Johnny Zacchara started to pace his penthouse, his meetings long since forgotten by this point. As he tried to grasp the new found information that his sis...mother just gave him, Johnny couldn't help walk back and forth whilst she simply sat on the couch, sipping some brandy. She didn't mind waiting as the information sank in. She has been trying to figure things out on her own all these years and she wanted him to do the same, only he didn't have that much time to let things sink in.
"Are you sure?" he voiced, stopping right in front of her.
"As I live and breathe." Claudia says with conviction. "I swear to you, John, I'm telling you the truth."
"But how?" he countered. "Why didn't I ever know about this?"
"Daddy buried it just as deep as everything else." Claudia said simply. "I'm telling you because you deserve the whole truth, not just what Sonny Corinthos dug up."
"But if it was buried just as deep, why didn't he dig it up too?" Johnny countered, seriously needing all the pieces. "This is crazy."
"I know its hard to grasp, but Luke Spencer was the one to dig up the information and he had his own reasons for keeping the truth hidden." Claudia explains. "It won't stay buried for much longer."
"I can't believe this." Johnny pours himself a glass of whiskey. "So what now?"
"Now...now we take down the tyrant, once and for all." Claudia's eyes turn a shade darker. "I won't let the truth come out while he's still breathing."
"Wait...doesn't he know already?" Johnny questioned, eyeing her intently.
"Daddy wasn't exactly in the right state of mind back then." Claudia pointed out. "His memory from back then is a little hazy and I don't want the truth coming out until he's been dealt with."
"You know I'm in." Johnny says without hesitation. "Tell me what I gotta do."
"There's my Johnny." Claudia said with a smirk. "This is what we're gonna do..."
Elizabeth was sitting with her son, just watching him playing, and her heart truly felt whole again. Johnny stood by, just watching her and Jake. He's missed so much over the years that he was in a coma and then bedridden. Watching her with her son, he couldn't help but feel that much more angrier. Sonny stole so much from him and he wouldn't let that go. He could have been here helping Elizabeth through her hardships. With the family she was straddled with, lord knows that she could have used his help over the years. Sonny will pay for what he stole from him, no question about that.
"Elizabeth." EJ spoke from the doorway. "We need to talk. He'll be here when we're done."
"Okay." Elizabeth kissed her son's forehead before walking over to Johnny. "Stay with him, please."
"Wild lions couldn't drag me away." Johnny assures, smiling slightly. "Go handle what you need to handle."
"Thanks." Elizabeth took one last look at her son before following EJ to the office. "What's going on?"
"Have a seat." EJ gestured for the chair behind the desk. "There's some things you have to go over."
"Okay." Elizabeth sat down, curious as to what's going on now.
"What I'm about to tell you, cannot leave this room." EJ says seriously. "I know I might sound melodramatic, but I'm being completely serious."
"I know." Elizabeth laughs softly. "You're not the melodrama type."
"Glad you think so." EJ smiles slightly, sliding her a file. "I kept this from you because Franco deemed it so, but he's not in charge anymore and I'd really like to keep this friendship going."
"Do I want to know what's in this file?" Elizabeth countered, a little nervous to touch it.
"Yes, you'd want to know." EJ assures, walking over to the door. "I won't tell you what to do with the information, just think it through before you act."
Emily and Francis made their way up to the room that Johnny's in with Jake. None of them were able to spend much time with the little boy. Seeing him made them all realize just how much they missed out on. So many years wasted because of a threat to each of their lives. Francis and Johnny both had the same threat against them, Sonny, while Emily's threat was the matriarch of the Cassadine family. Helena's luck was about to run out and Emily will be standing there when it happens. Helena will know that it was Emily who put an end to her life. She will be the last thing that old bat saw before she breathes her dying breath.
"He looks so much like Morgan." Francis comments, watching the little boy play with the motorcycles.
"Doesn't he?" Emily smiled slightly, sitting down with him. "Hi Jake...remember me?"
"Aunt Emily." Jake says softly. "Wanna play?"
"You bet." Emily shook her head, taking the blue motorcycle from him. "Which is your favorite?"
"The yellow one." Jake holds it up proudly. "Daddy likes the black one, but also the blue."
"What a coincidence...I like the black one too." Emily overlooked the urge to ask which daddy he was referring to. "Its one of my favorite colors."
"I only like black shirts." Jake looks up at her. "That's it."
Spinelli finished up his compilation of information for Jason and travelled the distance to drop it off to him. A part of him wanted to give him the entire truth, but he had orders to follow and he couldn't go against them. Not even for his former mentor. Knocking on the door, Spinelli waited for Jason to pull it open before handing him the file.
"The Jackal apologizes for simply dropping the file off, but I must depart to a prior engagement." Spinelli says with a slight smile. "I hope what I've compiled gives you clarity, Stone Cold."
"Thanks, Spinelli." Jason smiles slightly before walking back in as he went to the elevator.
Spinelli took a deep breath before getting in his car and heading to the estate. He's supposed to be meeting with the former computer technician of Corinthos/Morgan's organization. Arriving at the estate, he made his way inside, finding Stan in the dining room with a variety of computers in front of him.
"You must be the Jackal." Stan stood up, holding out his hand.
"That's me." Spinelli shook his hand. "How far have you gotten in the plans set forth by the Brooding One?"
"Half way." Stan sadly admits. "I keep hitting this wall. Maybe you can take a look at the code and see what I've missed."
"The Jackal will be delighted to inspect your sequence." Spinelli said without hesitation, taking a seat on the chair.
The two computer geniuses worked hard at their plans. Everyone was working on their parts of the plans that will come together into one huge big picture. Spinelli and Stan are the technical part of the group and nothing will move forward until they finish putting together the perfect grid sequencing to tie the plan together. Whilst they were figuring out what's wrong with Stan's coded sequence, Elizabeth is reading over everything that EJ put in front of her. She couldn't believe what she was reading.
"What do I do now?" Elizabeth mutters, staring at the file in front of her.
"Maybe I can help." Francis said from the doorway. "I can be a soundboard if you need it."
"I think I do." Elizabeth shook her head, watching as he closed the door and walked over to her. "EJ has given me everything and I have no idea what to do with it."
"You're not the only one that wishes Jason could be a part of this." Francis assures, taking her hands in his. "He's not strong enough right now."
"I know." Elizabeth sighs, truly hating Sam even more. "I read the affects of the protein and its not good."
"We'll save him." Francis swears, he's not ready to lose Jason either. "But the only way to do that is to end everything else."
"So what do I do now?" Elizabeth questions, truly needing his wisdom right now. "My whole life is in question and I have no idea what my next move should be."
"I know the one thing that will help." Francis smiled slightly. "Spending time with your son."
"Yeah." Elizabeth shakes her head. "That sounds perfect."
"Come on." Francis links arms with her and walks with her out of the office. "We'll figure it all out, Liz. Trust me."
"I do." Elizabeth assures, turning down the hall to go up the stairs. "I don't think I'd be this strong if you guys weren't here."
"I'm sure you would be." Francis leans over and kisses her temple. "But I'm glad you don't have to be."
Jason is looking over the file and he couldn't believe that this was really happening. Everything that Spinelli compiled had him feeling sick to his stomach. His head is pounding harder than its ever pounded before. The headache was one sign that his body was warding off the protein in his system. As the headache increased, the anger started to boil up within him.
"What have you done?" Jason questions aloud, staring at a picture of Sam.
"Jason, I didn't know you'd be home." Sam says softly, walking into the penthouse. "I'm glad you are though...Alexis wants to have us over for dinner."
"I can't tonight." Jason states, afraid of what he'd do if he stayed in her company right then. "Sonny needs me to go to a meeting for him."
"Tonight?" Sam eyed him intently. "Can't he do it?"
"No." Jason grabs the file from the table, grabbing his things before heading to the door. "I'll see you later."
"Jason..." Sam tried to stop him, but he was already out the door. "What was that?"
Spinelli nearly jumped out of the chair when he finally got the correct string of codes to fix Stan's sequence. Once they implemented it into the system, everything came up that was needed. Giving a victory high five, the two started to work hard at their own computers, Stan taking the control of their program. Spinelli didn't mind because this wasn't his area of expertise. Stan on the other hand has been planning this particular scheme for the last few years.
"How's it coming along?" EJ questioned, walking into the dining room.
"The program is just about perfect." Stan spoke while Spinelli kept typing away. "A few more tweaks and it'll be ready to go."
"How soon?" EJ mulled over everything in his plan.
"Tonight." Stan assures. "Your side ready for that?"
"I'll get back to you on that." EJ shakes his head. "Good work. Keep it up."
Walking out of the dining room, he made his way back to his office to check in with all the working parts of his plan. The men were already in place, simply waiting on his orders. He's leaving Sam McCall to Elizabeth and her friends. The same goes for Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan. What his men had to do was dismantle the organization piece by piece. Calling up a certain brunette, EJ waited for an answer.
"He's in." Claudia says as a greeting. "We'll handle our side."
"Good. Stan says the program should be up and running by tonight." EJ informs. "You going to be ready by then?"
"We're ready when you are." Claudia assures. "You better make damn sure you hold up your side."
"Don't worry about it." EJ says seriously. "Your threats aren't necessary."
"Good." Claudia states. "My family will become whole after this. As unnecessary as you may think it is, if my family is harmed, I'll make sure to personally end your life."
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