AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story is based off the hit soap One Life to Live, yet the "history" has been changed somewhat to suit the purposes of this story. I'd like to note that I do not own ABC's One Life to Live or the characters and I will NOT be receiving any payment whatsoever for writing this story. It is intended for entertainment purposes only.

This story is AU.

~*~o~*~

After their fiasco date at the Palace Hotel Restaurant, Todd suggested they conclude what remained of the evening at Marty's place. They'd get Marissa off to bed, then they could enjoy some movies and quality time together. "I think that's an awesome idea," Marty told Todd with a smile. "I think Marissa would love it if her daddy tucked her into bed tonight."

"Sure, I will tuck her in and tell her a story," Todd agreed.

"While you're doing that, I can pop a big bowl of popcorn to go with our movies," said Marty as Todd's limo driver drove them toward Marty's residence.

After they had arrived, Todd paid the nanny and sent her on her way. "Time for me to tuck you in and tell you a bedtime story," Todd said to Marissa who was already wearing her pajamas.

"Do I have to go to bed already?" Marissa asked. "I wanna stay up with you and Mommy."

"It's 15 minutes passed your bedtime already, sweetheart," Marty told her daughter. "Now give Mommy a kiss and go find your favorite storybook for Daddy."

Marissa kissed her mommy's cheek and told her goodnight. "Love you," Marissa said as she started up the staircase carrying Teddy.

"I love you, too. Good night," Marty responded.

Todd followed his daughter upstairs and tucked her into bed. After he had read her a story and kissed her cheek, Marissa asked, "How was your date with Mommy?"

"We had a very nice dinner," Todd replied. "Now it's time for you to get some rest. Sleep well, bunny."

"Good night, Daddy," Marissa said as she hugged her teddy bear and closed her eyes.

Todd turned off the light and quietly left the room. Not even a minute later, Marissa sat up in bed with a little grin on her face. "I want Daddy to stay forever," she said quietly as she slipped out of her bed and tiptoed across the floor.

~*~o~*~

Marty had just popped a huge bowl of popcorn. She carried it into the living room and set it down upon the coffee table. She was looking through the movie collection upon a nearby shelf when Todd came downstairs. "Did Marissa go to sleep?" Marty asked him.

Todd nodded. "She asked how our date went," he told Marty with a smile.

"I wish we could have stayed for the cake and a glass of wine, but it really didn't go as planned."

"We can have some popcorn and watch a movie instead."

"The popcorn's ready... but we should head down to the wine cellar for a bottle of wine. How does that sound?" Marty asked.

"Sure, a glass of wine would be nice," Todd agreed. "I can help you pick it out."

"Alright," Marty said as she lead the way.

Neither of them were aware that Marissa stood nearby and had heard every word. She peeked around the corner, seeing her parents headed toward the basement.

"Mommy needs to spend more time with Daddy. Then she will see that Daddy needs to stay with us," Marissa said to Teddy. "What should we do?"

Marissa pressed her ear to Teddy's sewn-on little mouth. "Really, Teddy?" she said to the bear in surprise as she looked down at his little face. "Well, if you say so..."

After her parents had gone through the basement door and closed it behind them, Marissa walked over and turned the lock. With a smile on her little face, she shifted Teddy in her arms and headed back upstairs to bed.

~*~o~*~

It didn't take Todd and Marty long to choose the bottle of wine. "Looks like a good year," quipped Todd as he carried the bottle up the stairs.

Marty laughed as she followed along behind him. "Just don't tell Dr. Larry I had a couple of glasses of wine," she warned him.

"You gotta have a little fun now and then," Todd said with a laugh as he approached the door. He turned the knob and gave it a push, but the door wouldn't budge.

"What the hell?" Todd gasped. "The door isn't opening."

"Is it jammed?" asked Marty.

"I don't know... but I think it's locked."

"Who locked it?"

"Marissa?" Todd asked as he turned to look at Marty questioningly.

"She wouldn't... would she?" Marty said in disbelief. "Todd, she's all alone out there..."

"I'm sure she's fine," Todd tried to reassure her. "We could try to find a way out of the basement, but there's no way I can break this door down. We might be stuck down here until morning."

"Ohhh great," Marty said unhappily as she turned around and headed back downstairs. The wine cellar wasn't exactly a cozy place to hang out.

"This date just keeps getting better and better," Marty said with a sigh as she sat down on an old, beat-up couch, the only piece of furniture in the musty, cobweb-infested basement.

"Hey, well, at least you have me," Todd stated with a little grin, plopping himself down next to Marty.

"And a bottle of wine," he added as he handed it to her.

"Ohhh yes, we still have the wine," Marty said as she tugged on the cork.

She pulled and pulled, but the bottle would not open. Finally she gave it over to Todd who pulled out the cork effortlessly. "Have a sip," he said as handed the bottle back to her.

Marty took a sip of the cool, potent liquid. "It's wonderful," she said, offering the bottle to Todd so he too could sample the wine.

"I agree," Todd said after he had taken a swig. "You have excellent taste in wine."

"I was saving that bottle for a special occasion," Marty told him.

"I think that 'we' are a special occasion," Todd said as he looked into her eyes.

"We definately are," Marty agreed as she took the bottle from Todd and downed another large drink.

Passing the bottle back and forth between them, they laughed and told a few jokes. Marty had become more relaxed, and after several drinks, she had ended up in Todd's arms. "I like it when you hold me," she told him. "It reminds me of that night... after we made love. All I wanted was to be in your arms."

Todd gently brushed the tendrils of blond curls from her face as he gazed lovingly into her eyes. "I wish I had held you in my arms all night long. You were so beautiful... just like you are now."

"I wanted you to stay."

"What would have happened if I had stayed with you, Marty?"

"I think we would have had our 'forever,'" she said in a whisper.

Todd took the bottle of wine from her and gently set it aside. He leaned in closer as his lips met hers in a tender kiss. This time, Marty didn't hold back. She wrapped her arms around him as the flames of love between them began to burn like the sweetest, fiercest fire. "I need you..." Todd murmured against her lips.

"I need you, too, Todd. Please make love to me," Marty responded.

When she realized he was about to protest and pull away, she grabbed onto his collar. She pulled him down to her, tugging him closer as she lay back against the couch. "Hold me, Todd..." she pleaded. "...All night long."

Seeing the embers of passion that glowed in her deep blue eyes, Todd could not deny her what it was she truly desired. He too wanted her with an all-consuming fire. He had waited far too long. In his heart, they had always belonged together, even though their painful past had kept them apart.

Marty forgot about where they were and their surroundings as Todd began to undress her. "Are you sure, Marty?" he asked her as he unzipped the back of her dress.

She nodded as she was unbuttoning his shirt. As she eased it from his shoulders, her lips came forward to kiss his chest. Todd groaned low in his throat as he carefully removed what remained of her clothing. After he had her naked, he gazed at her in wonder. "Babe, you're so beautiful," he said as he tenderly caressed her breast.

Her nipple pebbled up at his sensuous touch. "I'm having trouble breathing," she whispered. "Because I want you so much."

"I can't believe this is real. That you're here and in my arms... and you want me again."

"I never stopped wanting you, Todd. I was just so scarred and hurt."

"I'm scarred, too," he quietly reminded.

"Yes, you are..." she said as she tenderly traced over his scar. "But we can help each other to heal."

"You're all I need," he said as he stood up, removing the remainder of his clothes.

He stood over her, naked and thrillingly aroused. Seeing his stiff erection jutting forward, she took it in her small hand. Todd groaned as she caressed it boldly and reaquainted herself with his hard, throbbing flesh.

"Two can play at that game," he said in a half-growl as he moved over her, tugging a tender nipple into his mouth. He sucked on it strongly as he slid a hand between her legs. She moaned as he stroked her trembling slit.

"Todd... please," she said in a breathless whimper.

"Hmmmm? What do you want, Marty? What is it you need?" he questioned.

"You. Inside me. Please?"

He tugged her up into his arms. In a quick movement he had seated himself on the couch with Marty facing him. Their gazes locked as their bodies became one. "Ahhh YES..." he said in a voice of ultimate pleasure as every inch of his throbbing flesh became encased within Marty's tight, slick walls.

Neither of them moved as they held each other and hung onto the sweetness of the moment. They spoke with their eyes until that moment when they both knew it was time to begin their dance of love. Their kisses and touches became intense as they clung to each other in the pursuit of ecstasy. After they had reached the highest summit, they lay entanged in each other's arms.

~*~o~*~

When morning came, reality struck. They got dressed quickly for fear their daughter may come downstairs to check on them. "Do you think she's unlocked the door?" Todd asked as he took Marty's hand and helped her up off the couch.

"Probably. She wouldn't want to miss breakfast," Marty said with a small smile.

"She must take after me then," Todd laughed.

Together they decended the staircase, leaving their love-nest behind. To Todd's relief, the door came open with a simple turn of the knob. He stepped out into the hallway on the main level, seeing no sign of his little girl.

"Where is our mischievous little daughter?" Todd asked he as he looked up and down the hallway.

Marty joined him, looking around for Marissa as well. "Maybe she's in the kitchen, searching for her favorite box of cereal."

"Here I am, Daddy," Marissa said as she entered the hallway.

"Did you lock me and your mommy in the cellar last night?" Todd asked his little girl.

Marissa nodded. "I thought you needed some alone-time with Mommy," Marissa stated.

"Why would you do that, Marissa?" Marty asked with a slight frown upon her face.

"Teddy told me I HAD to do it," Marissa replied. "Am I in big trouble?"

"Probably, but I really think that Teddy deserves a LONG time-out in the nearest corner," Todd said with a half-smirk upon his face.

Shaking her head, Marty wasn't sure what she should do about Marissa's little stunt. "Well, I suppose you... and Teddy had good intentions. Why don't you go in the kitchen for now? We'll talk about this after breakfast," Marty said as she gave her daughter a hug.

"Okay, Mommy," Marissa said as she carried Teddy and skipped off toward the kitchen.

After she had left, Todd and Marty looked at each other, and Todd just shook his head. "She's too smart for her own good," Todd said with a hint of pride within his tone. "Just like the two of us."

"She's definitely a clever one," Marty agreed as they stood there in the hallway.

"Look, Marty... I better go. I need to... get to work," he said as he hesitated. He bent forward slightly, brushing his lips against hers.

"There's something I want you to know first though... I'll always love you."

He turned to leave, but Marty grabbed onto his sleeve. "Todd," she called out to him.

"Don't go," she said quietly.

"Stay," she urged him. "Despite everything, I still love you. And I want a future with you."

"You do?" Todd asked in surprise.

"Absolutely. I love you," she said as she threw herself into his arms.

Holding her tightly, Todd fought back his tears. "I'm not leaving you, Marty. I'm yours forever," he promised.

THE END

Author's Note: Special thanks to Melissa for helping me so much with the planning of this chapter. I couldn't have done it without you! Your ideas were wonderful. I truly appreciate all your inspiration and support. :-)