Chapter 75: Here For You, Part 2 – Friday, August 12th, 2011 & Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Everything happened so fast. As they heard a shot, Chad and Will looked at each other in fear. Chad yelled as Rafe's gun went off, "No, Will!" Will dropped to the ground, but so did Rafe as Chad escaped from his grasp. Chad ran over to Will immediately to make sure he was okay. "Will? Are you okay?" Chad shouted at him worried that Rafe shot Will.

"Chad?" Will turned around and looked into Chad's eyes. "Are you okay?"

Chad looked Will over and realized he was not hurt. As a tear fell down his face, he pulled Will up to kiss him. After they parted lips, Chad smiled as tears continued to fall down his face. "We're both okay." Will and Chad turned over to Rafe and realized he was not moving.

Will stood up with Chad and moved closer to Rafe. As they realized Rafe was shot in the head, they wondered how that happened. "This doesn't make sense. He had the only gun." They looked away so they would not have to see the blood surrounding the back of his head and all over his face, but jumped when they heard someone behind them.

"Are you two okay?" Colin asked Will and Chad as he held the gun that Arianna dropped earlier. He was happy that he found the gun on the ground. He was also happy that the cameras blew up at the right time to distract Rafe. Will and Chad turned around and raised their hands. Colin lowered the gun. "I'm not going to hurt you. I heard screaming and found this gun. I saw that this guy was going to kill you, so I took matters into my own hands."

Will looked Colin over and noticed he looked rather dirty. He also thought that Colin seemed familiar because of his accent. "Who are you? Why are you out here?"

Before Colin could answer, Sami, EJ, and Marco showed up. EJ and Sami were rubbing their wrists where the handcuffs had been. They looked at Rafe's body and realized he was dead. "Oh my gosh," Sami said rather shocked. She looked back over and saw Will and ran over to him to give him a hug. "Will, you're okay! We heard two gun shots and ran here as fast as we could!"

Chad walked over to EJ and Marco. Giving his brother a hug, he told EJ, "I thought Rafe had killed you. Why are you guys here?"

EJ put his arm around Chad's shoulder. "We came here to save you, but it looks like you guys took care of Rafe yourself."

Sami turned over and noticed Colin for the first time. She looked him over. Even though he had a beard and looked like he had been on the island for years, she recognized him. "Colin Murphy? Is that really you?" Sami remembered Rafe telling her that he was hired. "Did you have a hand in all of this?"

Chad walked over to Sami as Will stopped his mom from accusing Colin of anything. "Mom, he saved us. He's the one that shot Rafe before he could kill either of us. Colin saved us from Rafe."

"Will's right," Chad responded as he took Will's hand. "We're fine because of him."

"I'm sorry, I jumped on you like that. I don't know what to think right now… all things considered." Sami was still curious as to why Colin happened to be in the right spot at the right time. "So why are you out here?"

"I've been trapped here for years. Your family thought I drowned when we escaped the first time. I floated back here." Colin looked the place over. "This is Melaswen – or what's left of it anyway."

Sami and EJ looked at each other surprised. Both had never been on the island, but they knew what happened on the island. EJ did not want to go into detail and walked over to Colin and smiled. "Thanks for saving my brother and his friend. As your reward, you are finally going to escape it. You're going with us to Salem."

Colin smiled widely. "Thank you so much! I have survived on bird meat this whole time," he lied.

As Sami made a squeamish face Marco stepped up to EJ. "I'm going to try to get in touch with your father, Mr. DiMera."

"What about Sonny and Dario?" Will asked.

EJ patted Will on his shoulder. "We'll look for them. I'm sure they will be fine." EJ hoped Arianna was able to stop Manny.

At the DiMera Mansion, Jennifer, who could not sleep because of worry, came over to talk to Kate about Manny and to see if she had any updates from Stefano. "Did you get a vibe from Sonny's boyfriend that he might be dangerous?" she asked.

"I did not see anything in him that would make me think he was dangerous, but Rafe had us fooled for the most part before his dark secrets came out." Kate thought about her mistake again and worried that she would lose everyone that she loved because of her scheme to get Will and Chad together. She turned to Jennifer and remembered what Jennifer said to her at the Cheatin' Heart. In a moment of weakness, she opened up about her fear to Jennifer. "You told me this would happen. You told me I would end up alone because of my scheming and games."

Jennifer was surprised to see Kate so vulnerable. Jennifer remembered telling Kate that awhile back but knew she could not gloat about it because of the situation all of them were in. "Kate, you need to think positive. We will get the kids back. No one will get hurt."

"No good deed goes unpunished. I thought this time would be different. I did this so that Chad and Will could be together," Kate admitted.

Jennifer was shocked to hear that Chad was gay, too. She wondered what that meant for Abigail. Jennifer did not know how to respond. Thankfully, Kate's phone began to ring. "Is that Stefano?"

Kate looked at her phone. "Yeah," she said quickly before picking up. "Stefano?"

"Everyone is okay," Stefano claimed from the other side. "We are about to leave to come back to Salem. We'll have to stop at Maddalena to fuel up first though."

"Oh, thank God." Kate smiled and looked over at Jennifer. "Fly safely!" Kate hung up and turned to Jennifer. "Everyone is okay. They're all flying back."

Jennifer smiled and cried tears of joy. "I should call Adrienne and Justin just in case Victor hasn't called them yet. We can all head to the airport to greet them there." Jennifer pulled out her phone to call them.

"I'll call Lucas," Kate said as she dialed his number.

Marco flew the DiMera jet, while Sami, EJ, Will, Chad, Stefano, Sonny, Arianna, Gabi, Dario, Manny, and Colin sat in the main cabin. The others rode with Victor on his private jet. Sami sat next to Will and EJ. She held Will in her arms and did not want to let go of him. "I am so glad that you're okay. I thought I was going to lose you."

"Well, I'm here. I'm going to be okay." Will wanted to change the subject because he did not want to think about what just happened. He wanted to focus on lighter things. "So how are things in Salem?" Will noticed that his mother made a look after he asked his question. He recognized the look she gave him. "You're not telling me something. Did something happen while I was away?"

Sami looked down as she answered, "It's your great-grandmother. She had a stroke earlier in the week. She woke up and will be fine, but she is struggling with some movement and cannot remember anything that happened the last two months."

Will could not believe it. "She doesn't remember your wedding, Sonny, and me being gay?"

"No, her last memory is the week after your graduation." Sami held Will's hand. "You have to be careful around her. She can't deal with stress."

As Sami and Will continued to talk, Stefano took Chad's hand. "I'm sorry that I pushed you away. I will always love you and see you as my son." Stefano cleared his throat as he was not used to apologizing. "I'm afraid I will lose you if you decide to be gay. Our family has dark secrets concerning homosexuality. Things did not end well," he admitted. "I don't really want to get into that though. What's important is that you're safe and that I can tell you that I am on your side."

Chad did not know what to make of what Stefano told him. He noticed that Stefano squeezed his hand to let him know that things would be different now. "Thanks, father."

Sonny watched as Stefano pulled Chad close to him. Gabi and Dario watched as well. Gabi turned to Sonny and felt guilty for what Manny did to him. "Why didn't you fly with Victor?" she asked Sonny.

Sonny turned to Gabi and Dario. "I did not want my great-uncle to apologize to me just because I almost died." Sonny thought about what Victor put him through to 'fix him'. He thought about Kinsey and wondered if he would ever find out what happened that night. "Honestly, I am not even sure he would apologize."

Dario glanced at Sonny and tried to distract himself. Watching him on the jet made him sad because he realized that the trip was over. Not that he wanted Rafe and Manny's plan to continue, but more about the fact that his chance of hanging out with Sonny outside of real life was coming to a close. Soon he would head to Alaska and be away from everyone in Salem. He glanced at Sonny again and thought about the confession he made about his feelings when Manny had a knife to Sonny's neck. Even though he had admitted to how he felt out loud he knew he could not act on his feelings. Dario knew he would miss Sonny.

Manny sat next to his sister in cuffs. He could not believe Rafe was really dead this time. Arianna grabbed Manny's hands. "You will have to come forward about everything if you want a chance of not going to prison." Arianna noticed that Manny would not look at her. She believed that it was due to everything that happened, but then realized he was looking at Colin. "Do you know him?"

Manny shook his head and looked over to Arianna. "Never seen the man in my life," he lied. "Is it true he is the one that killed Rafe?"

"Yeah," Arianna said as she looked down. She did not know what to think of Rafe faking his death only to die on the island. She knew Colin had to kill Rafe to stop him. She wondered how she would break the news to her mother. She looked over at Gabi and worried that Gabi would not be able to handle what happened with Rafe and Manny.

Even though Manny hated that his brother was dead, he was glad that Colin stopped Rafe before he brought more shame to the family. He knew if Rafe succeeded in killing the other guys, Gabi would not be able to take it. He also would have felt worse for helping Rafe murder them. "I'm going to tell the cops everything that Rafe did. He put this all together. He played me and other people just to get what he wanted. I know it won't make up for what I did, but I hope I can repair some of the damage I've done to our family."

Having heard Manny talking to Arianna, Sonny turned around to talk to him. "My father will represent you if you need a lawyer. He can help you."

Manny gave Sonny a strange look. "Why are you being so nice to me after what I did to you?"

Sonny gave Manny a half-smile. "I don't want you to waste your life away. I believe deep down you have a good heart, Manny."

Manny looked down in shame as Arianna nodded her head at Sonny. Dario and Gabi were also thankful for Sonny's kindness.

Everyone returned to Salem that day. After recuperating from what happened, Roman, Bo, and Hope questioned everyone on what happened on the island. Saturday was slow as everyone decided to stay home or spend time with family.

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

On Sunday afternoon, almost everyone gathered at the DiMera Mansion for a party to celebrate everyone surviving the horrors of the week before. Chad and Will walked down from Chad's room to mingle with the others. Will tried to grab Chad's hand, but Chad moved his hand away. Will looked over at Chad and noticed that Chad was pretending that nothing happened. A bit annoyed, Will took a step away from Chad to give him space. "I'm going to hang out with Sydney and my mom."

Will left Chad and walked over to his mother. "I saw great-grandma earlier at the hospital. She smiled at me. I can't remember the last time she did that."

Sami, who was holding Sydney, gave Will a hug. "Will, it will be okay." Sami could see that Will was taking things hard. "What are you thinking?"

"That I'm to blame," Will admitted as he grabbed the back of his neck. "I caused her to have a stroke because I'm gay."

"You did not cause her to have a stroke, Will." Sami gave Will a gentle look. "Don't blame yourself for this. These things happen." Sami gave him another hug. As Sami hugged him, Sydney gave Will a kiss on the cheek causing Will to smile.

After Will walked away from him, Chad made his way over to his brother and father. He felt guilty for blowing Will off, but he was not ready to be public. "There's something we need to talk about."

Stefano and EJ turned to give Chad their full attention. "What is it, son?"

"I'm moving out of the mansion. It won't be for good, but I think it's better if I lived somewhere else during the school year. I want to focus on school without other stuff getting in the way."

"I hope father and I aren't included in the other stuff," EJ joked.

"No, I'll stop by and visit, but I think it would be best if I got out of the family business. I don't mind doing things for you during my breaks, but I just need to focus on school." Chad smiled hoping they would understand he was not trying to break off from them completely.

Stefano smiled and gave Chad a hug. "I understand. I want you to be happy. If you ever need anything let me know."

"We'll have a job waiting for you when you graduate," EJ replied. "Also, give us a list of when you're on break, so you'll never have any rest," he teased.

Melanie noticed that Abigail did not want to be there. Taking Nathan's hand, she turned to both of them. "If you want, we can go back to my place or your place to watch a movie or something."

Abigail appreciated Melanie's suggestion. "It's too bad Josh had to work some high school end of summer party today." Abigail looked around and spotted Chad with his father and EJ.

Nathan spotted Abigail looking at Chad and realized her being here was not good for her. He placed his free hand on Abigail's shoulder. "Let's go home and watch a movie."

Abigail turned back to Nathan and Melanie. "Okay. I should tell my mom that I'm leaving."

Melanie, Nathan, and Abigail walked over to Jennifer, who was talking to Daniel, Lexie, and Abe. Melanie gave her father a hug. "We're leaving." Abigail told her mother the same thing.

"Okay, you guys have fun," Daniel said. "Text me when you get there." Daniel smiled as Melanie nudged him for being overprotective. After Melanie, Nathan, and Abigail left, Daniel turned to Lexie and Abe. "I don't know if this is appropriate to say, but the fact that you two are here makes me feel better about being in this house. I've heard this house has many secrets."

Lexie smiled. "Oh, I understand. I've had bad memories here and it took me a while to come back after that happened. I've tried to change that over the years by creating new good memories in this house."

Jennifer smiled. "And today is one of those good memories." Abe, Lexie, and Daniel agreed.

Daniel turned to Abe. "So can you tell us anything about what the cops are doing with what happened on that island?"

Abe scratched his head. "Well, even though we can't charge Rafe because he's dead, he has been found guilty of all the crimes he committed since he escaped prison. Manny may take the fall for the informant's death, but we are not sure if he was the one that killed him. He admitted to stealing the number from EJ's cell phone, but he claims he did not kill the man."

"I know that has to be hard for Dario, Gabi, and Arianna. First Rafe becomes a living nightmare, and now their other brother might have killed a guy to protect Rafe's plan." Lexie shook her head.

Abe gave Lexie a kiss. "I'm going to check on Theo upstairs to make sure he's still having fun with Johnny and Mary."

As Abe made his way upstairs, Gabi and Arianna arrived. Arianna made Gabi come with her so she would not have to show up alone. Arianna turned to Gabi. "Are you going to be alright? We won't stay long. I just need to talk to EJ about something." Arianna noticed that Justin was there as well. "I also need to talk to Justin about Manny's case."

"Yeah, I'll be fine." Gabi looked the place over hoping to find Abigail or Melanie. She turned and spotted Sonny walking away from his parents towards them. She felt uncomfortable because she did not know what to say to him.

"Hey Gabi and Arianna," Sonny greeted them nervously.

"You can call me Ari, Sonny." Arianna smiled. "If you'll excuse me, I am going to talk to your parents."

After Arianna left, Sonny thought about how he had not seen Dario since the police questioned them about what happened on the island. "Where's Dario? I was hoping to talk to him about something."

Gabi looked down and hated to be the one to tell him the news. "Dario could not make it because he's flying out tonight and has to be at the airport early."

Sonny scratched his head. "Wait. I thought he was flying out tomorrow night."

Gabi hated being in the middle of Sonny and Dario's relationship. "He decided to take an earlier flight so he could see our mother before he flew out to Alaska from there."

Sonny looked away feeling hurt that Dario never told him that he changed his plans to leave. He wanted to tell Dario not to go, but now Dario made it clear to him that he wanted nothing to do with him. "Oh."

Gabi noticed that Sonny seemed disappointed. She did not understand how Sonny, Chad, and Will could feel something more than friendship for each other. She began to shake her head as she spoke, "I don't understand how Dario could love you in that way."

Sonny's eyes lit up from what Gabi said. Sonny knew he could not give up. "Wait, when was he going to head to the airport?"

Gabi looked at her phone for the time. "In the next half hour I guess."

"Thanks!" Sonny exclaimed. "I have to go." Sonny rushed out of the DiMera Mansion leaving Gabi standing there alone and confused.

At the Salem Police Department, Roman took a cleanly shaved Colin to his office to talk. Roman gave Colin a calm look. "Well, you're a free man. There's no way to disprove your story as it appears you have lived on that island for years." Roman looked through some paperwork. "When we escaped the island, those that made it back to Salem cleared your name of all the charges because you helped them escape. It's not your fault that André faked your death just like he did with me and the others. He held you hostage just like us because you would not do his dirty work. Nicole told us that you turned down his offer to help and that's why he held you hostage." Roman paused for a moment before continuing, "I want to personally thank you for saving my grandson's life. Before I let you go, do you have any questions?"

Colin shook his head. "No, sir."

Roman stood up and uncuffed Colin's hands. "Do you need a ride or any help to get anywhere?"

"No, thank you. I think I will stay in Salem for a while. I can find my own way." Colin smiled. "It's good to be free and not on an island."

"If there's anything that we can do for you, let me know." Roman opened his door and let Colin walk out.

Colin made his way out of the police station and walked by a guy. As they walked by each other, the man gave Colin a cell phone. After the man walked away, Colin dialed a number. When the woman answered, Colin greeted her. "I'm free and in Salem. I think everything is going to work out after all."

"Excellent," the woman replied. "What about the other Hernandez brother?"

"I promise to you and myself that I will never work with another Hernandez again," Colin replied. "I don't think Manny will be a problem. We spoke, and he thinks I saved the day. Everyone does."

Sonny waited outside of the airport looking everywhere for Dario. He hoped he had not missed him already. He watched a cab pull up, but Dario was not inside. He sighed and looked a different direction. "Dario?" he said to himself. He walked closer and realized that he did spot Dario coming out of a different cab with his luggage. He rushed over to him and stopped him from going inside. "Dario, you can't leave without at least saying goodbye."

Dario could not believe that Sonny found out he was leaving early. Looking down, he replied. "I'm not good at goodbyes."

Sonny placed his hands on Dario's shoulders. "Don't leave then. Dario, I love you, and I know that you love me, too! I saw it in your eyes when Manny held me hostage."

Dario tried avoiding eye contact with Sonny. "I only said that to protect you – to make Manny let you go."

"You're lying, and you know it! What you said about me to your brother was real. I could feel it!" Sonny called Dario out. "You won't even look at me."

Dario finally looked up and into Sonny's eyes. Quickly, tears formed in his eyes as he replied, "The reason I need to leave is because I can never give in and give you what you want." Dario pulled Sonny in for a hug. He laid his head on Sonny for a moment not wanting to let go but pulled his head back and gave Sonny a quick but passionate kiss on the lips. Dario massaged Sonny's shoulders as he continued, "You need to move on and find someone who will treat you better."

Sonny was speechless and watched as Dario walked into the airport to check in. He watched as Dario moved on to go through security. Tears began to fall from his face as Dario disappeared into the crowd. "Bye Dario."

Chad and Will decided to head upstairs for some alone time. Chad immediately shut the door and grabbed Will to kiss him. Chad broke from Will feeling bad for what happened earlier. "I'm sorry that I am not comfortable doing stuff in public. I understand if you want to date someone else."

Will grabbed Chad's hand not wanting to make a big deal of it. "I love you Chad, and I'm not going to let you go. I don't want to push you into anything you're not ready for."

Chad did not want Will to make a commitment unless he was sure this is what he wanted. "It's more than PDA. I'm not ready for anyone else to know about us being together. School is about to start, and I'm not ready to take that step. Are you sure I'm not too much of a closet-case as Sonny would say?"

Will squeezed Chad's hand. "We will keep our relationship a secret until you're ready to go public." Will gave Chad a kiss. "Besides, I have to keep it a secret from my great-grandma because she can't deal with the stress right now and doesn't remember that I'm gay and what she did." Will smiled at Chad trying to forget about what happened with Caroline. "I dare you to let me love you."

Chad smiled. "Thanks. Only if you let me love you, too."

"That shouldn't be a problem." Will let go of Chad's hand to grab something from his pocket. "I almost forgot. I wanted to give this to you. I got this when we were in Maddalena. It's nothing special, but it seemed like something you couldn't find in the states."

Before Will could show him his gift, Chad rushed over and opened a drawer. "I got you something from Maddalena as well." Chad pulled a necklace out of the drawer and brought it over to show it to Will. Both of them realized they got each other the same necklace. "Ha. Our minds must have connected when we bought it."

Will laughed as they exchanged necklaces. "Yeah. It's a good thing they're not exactly the same color." Will gave Chad a kiss. "Will you put it on me?"

"Sure." Chad turned Will around and grabbed Will's necklace after putting his in his pocket. As he put the necklace on Will, he said, "I love you, Will. I never want to let you go." After he was done, Chad hugged Will from behind.

Will looked down at his necklace. "It's your turn. Turn around so I can put yours on."

Chad kissed Will on the back of his head. "I told you I never want to let you go." Getting a bit serious, he continued. "I promise that I will always protect you." Chad thought about what happened on their trip.

Will turned around and placed his hand on Chad's cheek. Looking into his eyes, he replied, "I already told you I'm not going anywhere. I love you, too."

Outside of the DiMera Mansion, Lexie walked out holding Theo as he slept. She spotted her mother waiting by her car. Heading down to the car, she spoke softly, "Thanks mom for picking up Theo. Abe left earlier to talk to Roman, and I want to stay and talk to father and EJ for a bit longer."

"It's no problem, darling." Celeste smiled as she helped Lexie put Theo in the car. "I noticed that the mansion in the next plot over is up for sale."

Lexie stood up after making sure Theo was secure in the back of Celeste's car. Putting her hands on her hips, she responded, "I doubt that place will ever sell because no one in their right mind would want to live next-door to my father." Lexie noticed that her mother shivered and wrapped her arms around her body. "Are you feeling okay? You're holding yourself like it's cold. It's hot out here."

Celeste unwrapped her arms. "I'm fine, Alexandra. I just got a chill." She began to look around and then to the sky. "I fear things are not over. There's something in the air and it does not feel right."


Thanks for reading! Stay tuned...