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I'm a huge fan of John and Natalie. And I just hate the way John is being written on General Hospital. So I have decided to fix it, well in my own little world anyway. This is my first attempt at writing for Jolie. It is just what I think should happen and a way to bring Natalie to GH so my couple can get back together. This takes place just after Jason Morgan is presumed dead and it follows on with what has happened on GH so far. John is still in Port Charles thinking that Natalie has moved on and doesn't want anything to do with him. Natalie is still in Llanview but not everything is as it seems with her. Hope you enjoy. Please review and let me know what you think. I don't own the characters only ABC does.

I'm putting this in the One Life To Live section because I eventually plan to put them back into Llanview.


Chapter 1

Port Charles

The moon played on the surface of the inky, black water as John stood staring off into the distance across the harbor. His thoughts were on the two people who meant the most to him in his life, his little boy Liam and the woman who should be his wife. Taking out his phone he stares as the picture of his family. Touching their faces, he whispers, "I miss you guys so much."

"Talking to yourself, John?" a voice said behind him.

Startled, John whirled around to face the intruder. "Anna, you scared me. What are you doing down here this time of night?"

"I could ask you the same thing. But to answer your question, I have a crime scene not to far from here you know. I'm still trying to figure out what happened down here the night Jason Morgan was killed. Now answer my question. Why are you talking to yourself?"

John gives her a smirk, "Talking to myself? Now why would I be talking to myself? Do I look like I've lost my mind to you?"

"No, but I know what I heard. And you do look like something is bothering you. What's going on?"

Sighing, John moved away to stare back out across the water. "Ah, nothing really, just have a lot on my mind."

Anna moves next to him on the edge of the dock. "Do you want to talk about it?"

Cutting his eyes around at her, John says disbelieving, "Do you not know me at all? Let me introduce myself. I'm John McBain and I don't talk"

"Funny," Anna laughs. "Yes, I know you don't like to talk, but sometimes it helps to talk to a friend when you have a problem. I could be that friend if you want me to."

"Thanks, but talking is not going to change anything. I'm still going to be here and my family is still going to be at home. Talking is not going to get me any access to my little boy. Talking is not going to get Natalie to forgive me and let me come home to them. Talking is not going to do anything but make me madder at the situation I caused." John told her.

"Things aren't any better between you and Natalie?"

John shakes his head. "She won't even talk to me. Every time I call her, some woman claiming to be her assistant answers her phone. I haven't talked to Natalie herself since I came home and found her and Liam gone. But the woman makes sure I know how Natalie feels about me. That she has moved on to someone who can provide for her and Liam in ways that I never could. Her exact words are that I can't provide for my family in ways that they have grown accustomed to on my civil service pay check."

"Wow, that's a little harsh, and doesn't really sound like the Natalie you have told me about."

"I know. And that is what is so confusing. Natalie has never cared about money. She has always

had trust fund the entire time we have been together, but she never used it. She always preferred to work and provide for herself. She even worked at a bar as a waitress to support herself before she got into forensics. Money was never important to her. I don't understand how she has changed so much. She doesn't even want me anywhere near Liam, says its for his own good if I just stay away. That's just not like her."

"Could someone be putting her up to this?" Anna asked.

John sighs. "I don't know. But I don't see how someone could be. When I first received the restraining order, I thought for sure that Clint was behind it. That Natalie was just really angry at me and Clint was feeding that anger to get me away from her. He never thought I was good enough for her and was always trying to get her to leave me. So I thought that in time that her anger would fade and she would stand up to her dad and let me back into Liam's life. I knew it would be harder to get her to forgive me and let me into her life again, but she knows how much I love my son and that I'm a good dad. She grew up without her family and I know she doesn't want that for Liam, so I thought she would eventually relent, you know. But its went on for so long that I just don't see Natalie letting someone control her for so long. Now it just seems to be getting worse and I don't know how to fix it."

"How is it getting worse?"

"She wrote me a letter, sent it to me through the lawyers. I had such hope when I saw that letter. My hands actually shook while I was trying to open it. I thought she had finally decided to let me know how she was feeling and maybe, just maybe, she was ready to talk to me just a little. But when I read the letter my whole world shattered."

"What did she say?"

John runs a hand through his hair. "It seems she has moved own. She's found someone new. Said she didn't mean for it to happen but it did and she just thought I should know. And that she thought it was best if I just stayed away."

"I'm sorry, John."

"That's not all. She said if I ever cared for Liam at all, that I wouldn't fight the restraining order. But I can't do that. I can't lose my son. And she should know that. I've always thought she knew me better then anyone. So she should know that I would never give up on my son. I may have lost her love because of me being stupid and kissing Sam right here on this dock, but I won't lose my son." John states empathically.

"What are you going to do?" Anna asks

John shakes his head. "I don't know yet. I have Alexis fighting the restraining order but things have just gotten a little bit more complicated."

"What happened?"

"I just received a call from Bo Buccannan."

"The LPD Police commissioner?"

"Yeah, my boss, supposed friend and Natalie's uncle. It seems that the LPD will be hiring a new chief of detectives, one that will not let his personal life interfere in with his job. So now I'm jobless. How am I suppose to prove to some judge that doesn't even know me that I'm fit to be a father to my son when I don't even have a job to support him? Clint Buccannan has all the money in the world to hire lawyers or buy judges and I don't even have a job so now I look like a dead beat dad." John explains.

"Maybe I can help with that."


"I can give you a job. Now wait a minute, this is not a hand out," Anna says when John started to protest. "The Chief of Detectives position has just opened up at the PCPD and the Mayor thought you would be perfect for the job."

John shakes his head. "You should give the job to Dante. He's a good detective and deserves the chance of moving up in the department."

Anna nods. "Dante is a good detective and would probably do a good job. But the mayor and I want someone with more experience. The Mayor was impressed with the way you handled things during the toxin scare. She wants you for the job because of that and because of your experience in the FBI and in Llanview. She has faith in you and so do I. I would love to work with you again. I think you are the best man for the job."

"Ah, I don't know if I want to officially want to leave Llanview yet. Don't think I want to be that far away from Liam all the time. Maybe I can't see him right now, but to be a couple states away permanently, I just don't know." John says.

"Well look at it this way. Take the job for now and it would give you a way to show the court that you can take care of Liam. And then when things change and you can see Liam, then you can always quit and go back to Llanview. How does that sound?"

John shakes his head. "I wouldn't want to take the job if I can't give it 100%. I wouldn't want to let you or the Mayor down after you both put so much faith in me."

"You wouldn't John. You do the best job you can while you're here, and then if you have to go back to Llanview you can with no hard feeling." Anna was quiet, giving John a moment to think. "So what do you say? Will you come work for me?"

John stares out at the water again for a moment before turning to face Anna again. "You or the Mayor won't give me any grief if I have to go back home at a moments notice?" Anna shakes her head no and John sticks out his hand to her. "I promise I'll do the best job I can, but you should know my home will always be in Llanview with Natalie and Liam."

Anna shakes his hand. "Welcome aboard. I will be proud to work with you as long as I can."

John nods as Anna releases his hand and walks off. Taking out his phone again, John once again looks at the picture of his family. "This isn't forever guys. I promise that as soon as I can I will be back home with you. No matter what, Natalie, we will be a family again."