Jeff Webber was at his wits' end on how to handle the situation. Things were imploding - if he doesn't find out where the leak in his organization is. His men are on high alert, they couldn't afford any more weak links. He had to get everyone in his organization under control - find the mole - and protect his family.
"Enter." Jeff voices, frustration evident in his voice. "Ah, Zander, any changes?"
"She's still a little on edge, but she'll be fine." Zander assures the anxious father. "As for the other stuff - still no changes."
"Good." Jeff sighs, shutting his laptop. "Sonny Corinthos cannot know the true identity of my daughter. If he does, suffice to say it won't bode well for Elizabeth."
"I will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, sir." Zander says without hesitation. "You know that."
"I'm afraid it may take more than us to keep her safe if Corinthos ever finds out the truth." Jeff clenches the stress ball in his hand. "This just might take Morgan."
"Are you sure you can trust him?" Zander eyes his boss intently - not at all willing to gamble Elizabeth's life in any way. "He's the head enforcer. His loyalty lies with his boss - first, last, always."
"You're forgetting who the betrayal will be for." Jeff points out, tossing the stress ball into the desk. "Elizabeth can inspire the strongest of loyalties from the most loyal people."
"But are you really willing to gamble her life on Morgan's loyalty?"
"Johnny O'Brien had been one of Sonny's most loyal enforcers." Jeff reminds him - even he had been shocked at the turn of events. "One week with Elizabeth and his loyalties transferred to her."
"You may have a point." Zander sighs, sitting down in the chair. "I guess we'll just have to go off of faith."
"No. Not faith." Jeff shakes his head, faith is never a good thing in his line of work. "We have a backup plan to our backup plan. My daughter's life is not something I'm willing to gamble."
"I'll get on it." Zander stands up, knowing just how important this assignment is. "I just hope you're right about Morgan."
"You and me both." Jeff mutters once Zander is out the door - picking up the framed picture of his daughter. "I'm going to keep you safe, Princess. I swear to you on my life."
Elizabeth is pacing the penthouse - absolutely fuming. Jason, of course, is seated on the couch, watching as she paces back and forth mumbling to herself. He couldn't help the slight smile that touched his lips - the sight of her angry was kind of hot. After a month of their new found relationship, he's gotten used to things like this.
"UGH!" she exclaims, still pacing the floor. "I swear I just want to post his picture on the STD alert website and be done with it!"
"I've been tested." Jason voices, even though he knows she's not talking about him. "You can ask my doctor if you don't believe me."
"Not you." Elizabeth groans, stopping in front of him. "Patrick Drake."
"Of course." Jason gestures for her to sit on the coffee table - to which she obliges. "What happened this time?"
"The hospital is hosting this fundraiser to raise money for the free clinic." Elizabeth says with frustration. "Apparently, Dr. Fool-of-himself was referenced in what the event would be."
"That doesn't sound good." Jason could feel the anger bubbling, knowing he would hate whatever the stupid doctor came up with.
"Nothing that has to do with Patrick Drake is ever good." Elizabeth says irritably. "His stupid suggestion - one that the hospital board agreed with, I might add - is a bachelorette auction."
"Isn't it usually a bachelor auction?"
"Usually, but they're doing that for the Halloween fundraiser where all proceeds go to the Cancer Research Foundation." Elizabeth really hates that doctor. "Now I'm stuck spending the entire weekend with Dr. Freak."
"How do you know he'll win you?" Jason really hated phrasing it like that.
"He said so himself." Elizabeth rolled her eyes, relaxing as he started to massage her thighs soothingly. "Apparently he's going to bribe Lucy into "pulling his name" from the bin."
"Not if I kill him first." Jason says through tight lips, causing a smile to touch her lips.
"You're too sweet." Elizabeth gets up to sit on his lap. "It'll be okay. Maybe Lucy won't take the bribe."
"Maybe." Jason agrees, though he has another way for Lucy to not take the bribe. "Where do you want to have dinner?"
"I'm not really in the mood to go out." Elizabeth concedes, staring into his eyes. "I was hoping you'd cook for me again."
"Sure." Jason kisses her soundly before sliding her off him and standing up. "Relax. No matter what happens, you're not spending a weekend with him."
Elizabeth watches as he walks the distance to the kitchen before picking up her cellphone. She wanted nothing more than to call her father, but she knew that it wouldn't be wise. When things were thins tense it was best that his attention wasn't diverted from the problem. She'd rather miss him for a little while than miss him forever because he's dead.
"Yeah?" she answers when her cellphone rings.
"Its me." Johnny's voice calms her slightly. "I heard about the bomb. How're you holding up?"
"I'm okay." Elizabeth assures. "I doubt I'll ever get used to someone trying to kill me, but I'll be okay."
"I hate doing this, but I have to head out of town." Johnny says sadly. "Sonny needs me to handle some stuff."
"Its okay." Elizabeth says softly. "I understand. Be safe."
"Always." Johnny runs one hand through his hair. "I won't be gone long. A month at the most."
"Don't be a stranger." Elizabeth takes a deep breath to steady her nerves. "I'm gonna miss you."
"I already miss you." Johnny tosses his bags onto the chair, buckling up for the flight. "I'll keep in touch."
"Okay." Elizabeth ends the call, hating that he had to leave again. "Please be safe."
"You okay?" Jason's voice pulls her out of her thoughts of Johnny.
"Yeah." Elizabeth shakes her head. "That was Johnny...he's being sent on assignment."
"He's gonna be okay." Jason sits down beside her, pulling her into his arms. "He's great at what he does."
"I hope so." Elizabeth lays her head against his chest. "I don't know what I'd do if I ever lost him."
"You won't." Jason promises, stroking her arm soothingly. "He'll be back before you know it."
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