Jason made his way through Sonny's front door and towards the living room. He figured it was about time he filled Sonny in on everything that had been going on lately with Jake.
Sonny was just pouring himself a drink when Jason walked in. "Hey. I haven't seen you in a while."
"Yeah, things have been a bit complicated lately," Jason said.
"Sam and the kids okay?" Sonny asked with concern.
"Yeah, they're fine. We've just been dealing with something. I'm not even sure how to tell you it's so unbelievable," Jason said.
"Good unbelievable or bad unbelievable?" Sonny asked.
Jason smiled a rare smile. "Good. Definitely good."
"Sam pregnant?" Sonny asked.
"No, but I do have another kid," Jason said.
"Huh?" Sonny asked in confusion.
"It's Jake. He's alive," Jason said.
Sonny regarded his friend cautiously. "Jason, are you feeling okay."
"I haven't lost it, Sonny. Jake is alive. I've seen him myself," Jason said. He wasn't surprised that Sonny was questioning his sanity. It was a pretty out there story. He probably wouldn't have believed it either if he hadn't heard it from Sam. DNA evidence or not, he only really believed it when it was first told to him because Sam was the one telling him.
"Jason, Jake died. His kidney is inside Josslyn," Sonny said carefully. He didn't know where this was coming from, but he knew it had to be wrong. It was impossible for Jake to be alive.
"No, it's not. Josslyn got a kidney, but it wasn't Jake's. There was some kind of mx-up at the hospital. Two kids were brought in that night with severe head trauma. Because there was so much facial damage, it was hard to tell the two boys apart," Jason explained.
"You telling me there was a switch?" Sonny asked in shock.
"Yeah. The other boy was switched with Jake. He was the one that died, not Jake. And because Jake was transferred to another hospital right after it happened, no one knew," Jason said.
"What about the other kid's family. They would've had to have known after he got better," Sonny said.
"He didn't have any family. They think he got his injuries from abuse and just abandoned him at General Hospital," Jason said.
Sonny cringed. That hit a little too closed to home for his liking. That could've been him. There were several times as a child that he wondered if his stepfather would go too far and kill him one day. It could've easily happened. "So what happened to Jake after he got out of the hospital?"
"He basically took on this other kid's identity. What would've happened to him happened to Jake instead. He was put in the system," Jason replied.
"Oh, Jason, I'm so sorry," Jason said. He couldn't even imagine what his friend was going through.
Jason shook his head. "No, don't feel sorry for me. My son is alive. I can finally let go of the pain I've been carrying around with me for eight years."
"And you're sure it's him? You're sure it's Jake?" Sonny asked.
"Yeah, we ran a DNA test to be sure. He's my son," Jason said.
Sonny went to sit down on the couch and motioned for Jason to do the same. "So where's Jake now?"
"With Robin and Patrick. He's gonna stay with them until Jake is ready to come home?" Jason said.
"And what's this mean for you?" Sonny asked. It was a fair question. Jason hadn't been in Jake's life even before the accident. Would that remain the same or would Jason finally assert his parental rights over the boy?
"I'm not walking away if that's what you mean. No, what happened all those years ago opened my eyes. Not having me in his life didn't keep him safe. It didn't stop Luke from getting drunk and hitting him with his car," Jason said.
"No, it didn't. You're doing the right thing," Sonny said.
"Yeah, well, some people don't agree with you," Jason said bitterly.
"Not Sam," Sonny said. He had a hard time believing that Sam would have a problem with Jason being in his son's life, but if not Sam, who was Jason referring to?
"No, of course not. In fact, she's closer to him than any of us. She's the one that figured this all out. She's spent a lot of time with him and he trusts her. The problem is Elizabeth. She wants to forget everything that happened and have things go back to the way they were. Where Jake didn't know me or Sam," Jason said.
"But doesn't she realize that you being away from Jake isn't going to protect him?" Sonny asked.
"I don't think she cares. I don't think this is about his protection. It's about the fact that Jake depends on Sam. She hates that," Jason said. Just then his phone started ringing. He immediately took it out. He saw that it was Sam and immediately answered it. "Hey."
"Hey. Can you come down to the hospital?" Sam asked.
"Why, what's up? Is everything okay?" Jason asked in concern. People didn't generally tell him to come to the hospital unless something was wrong.
"Yes and no. No one's hurt. Robin called me. Today was supposed to be Jake's first session with the therapist and refuses to go. He's in Robin's office and he refuses to come out," Sam said.
"What? How come they didn't call us earlier?" Jason asked. If he'd known that this was happening today, he would've already been there.
"They told Elizabeth. Apparently she 'forgot' to tell us." The tone in Sam's voice made it clear that she didn't believe there was any forgetting involved.
"I'm on my way," Jason said before hanging up.
"Everything okay?" Sonny asked.
Jason sighed and stood up. "Jake was supposed to see a shrink today and is apparently not very happy about it."
"Well, I can't really blame him there," Sonny said.'
"Neither can I, but there's no choice. This is the only way to get him home. I gotta go," he said.
"Keep me posted," Sonny said.
"I will," Jason said before rushing out the door.
Jason made his way to Robin's office and found her, Elizabeth and Lucky right outside. He glared at Elizabeth. "Thanks for the head's up."
"I'm sorry, Jason. She said she'd told you," Lucky said apologetically.
"I'm sorry too. I should've called you myself," Robin said.
"It's not your fault," Jason assured her. Elizabeth was the one he was pissed at. She was the one that kept the information to herself. "Where's Sam?"
"In with Jake. I don't think she's having much luck though," Robin said.
"Well, of course not. She's not his mother. I'm the one that should be in there," Elizabeth said.
"Actually, I think Jason is his best bet. He understands what Jake is feeling right now," Robin said. She remembered how reluctant Jason was to see a shrink. Jake's refusal to do the same reminded her a lot of it. Sam had been right when she'd predicted his reaction.
Jason nodded and immediately walked inside. He heard Jake's loud voice as soon as the door opened.
"No, I don't care! I'm not seeing some stupid shrink!" Jake all but yelled.
"Jake," Jason called gently.
Jake turned to look at him. "I won't do it. You can't make me."
"You know I had to see a shrink once. I hated it just as much as you do now," Jason told his son.
Jake rolled his eyes. "Let me guess. This is where you tell me that the shrink taught you something." All adults said stuff like that. It was a crock as far as he was concerned. It was something people said to kids to get them to do what they wanted.
"Yeah, he taught me to hate shrinks," Jason deadpanned.
Jake couldn't help but crack a small smile. "Okay, that's the weirdest way I've ever heard of someone trying to get someone else to do something they don't want to."
"I'm not going to lie to you, Jake. I hate shrinks. I think they're a waste of time. For me anyway, and probably for you. I don't think this doctor is going to help you any," Jason said honestly.
"Well, then why are you trying to make me see him?" Jake asked.
"It's not my choice. Sometimes we have just have to do things we don't want to," Jason said.
"What do you mean it's not your choice? You're my dad, right?" Jake asked.
"Yeah, but right now you're still under the state's guardianship. They decide for you right now. And this is just something we have to get through in order to get you out of the system," Jason told him.
"So you're saying that I should do this to make them happy? Pretend that the crazy doctor is helping me so that we don't have to deal with them anymore?" Jake asked. That was what he was taking away from the conversation anyway. He had say his dad was the weirdest adult he'd ever met. Weird in a good way though.
"Yeah, pretty much," Jason said.
"Okay," Jake said. That he could work with. He could pretend everything was great to appease the idiots at social services. He wasn't sure why he hadn't just done that in first place. He supposed he was just so pissed at the thought that everyone believed he was crazy that he hadn't thought of it.
"Okay, let's go," Sam said.
Jake immediately headed out the door. Jason and Sam followed.
"You know you're not supposed to say stuff like that, right?" Sam whispered to Jason. Her tone was slightly amused. She personally didn't have a problem with it because she knew Jake didn't need a shrink. Still, only Jason would come up with something like that.
"Whatever works," Jason said as they followed Jake out of the office.