Emily sat in the beach house looking at a photo of her and Aiden. It had been 3 months since his body had been found washed up on the beach with 2 bullets in his chest. She knew it was Daniel who had killed him but she had no proof. He had been acting strangely for days after the New York bombings, she just thought it had been the news of Conrad being with the Initiative but after Aiden was found she knew he had killed him. A lot had changed in 3 months. Daniel and Charlotte had left for Paris 2 weeks after Patrick had arrived. They had only returned 3 days ago. She has tried to keep in contact with Victoria but Patrick made it difficult. He always seemed to be there, she understood why Charlotte and Daniel left. He seem totally loyal to Victoria and was clearly dangerous. He was very suspicious of Emily. He was always asking questions, trying to catch her out. Conrad was constantly busy working as governor; he had been cast out by the rest of his family they were still furious after finding out he had been responsible for Declan's death. Charlotte still didn't know but was suspicious of everyone now, everyone except Daniel, they had bonded over there hatred of Patrick. Patrick in particular hated Conrad; he knew everything and wouldn't let him get away with hurting Victoria like that. Jack was still working at the stowaway. He was just getting used to the idea of Emily being the real Amanda. He had resurfaced a few days after the New York bombings and claimed a head injury; the Graysons thought he had forgotten everything. So did Ashley, she had resumed working for Conrad but she had no real power anymore no one trusted her, she couldn't leave the Graysons would make sure she never worked again. Nolan had just recently been released from prison. Emily had done everything she could to blame the Graysons for the New York bombings but they were too well protected. Eventually she framed Aiden for the crime, the police were satisfied with his death and had freed Nolan and closed all investigations. Emily and Daniel were still engaged but had decided to slow things down; Emily had no feelings for him after he killed Aiden. She knew Aiden would have given him no other choice but it didn't change the fact she had truly cared for him. Everything had changed.
She was once again reliving the night her father was taken. It was the last time she had really felt happy. Now all that was left was a burning desire for revenge. She closed the infinity box and stood. Tomorrow Victoria was hosting a party to celebrate both Daniel and Charlotte's return and Patrick's arrival. Emily was dreading it, at least Nolan would be there. Ever since Aiden's death Nolan and Emily had been closer than ever, he was still mourning Padma and had spent most of his time working with Emily. She put the Infinity box away and went upstairs. Daniel was spending his nights with Charlotte and Jack was still angry at her so she was alone. Tomorrow was going to be difficult, facing both Patrick and Victoria would be extremely challenging.
Grayson Manor was packed the next day Emily arrived early to see Daniel who had spent another sleepless night with Charlotte, she hadn't really slept since Declan and died. She decided to remain upstairs. "Hi Emily" Daniel said sleepily.
"Hey how was Charlotte last night?" Emily said sympathetically.
"Just the same, thanks for being so understanding I mean I've barely spent any time with you over the past few months."
"It's ok she's been through a lot. First her sister died then she finds out she's pregnant and then Declan it's got to be hard for her."
"Yeah I don't know how she's been able to hold it together, if I lost you I don't know what I'd do."
"Luckily you don't have to worry about that, I'm not going anywhere."
"I know. I love you." He leaned in and kissed her forehead.
"Love you too." They embraced. She saw Victoria watching them from the top of the stairs. Patrick approached her. "Mother what," he turned and saw Emily and Daniel "oh she's back." He stared coldly down at Emily.
"Yes. She has been spending more time here than at her own house." She whispered back.
"There's definitely something wrong there, I see why you don't trust her. Daniel is very easy to manipulate, she could get anything she wants from him."
"She isn't your average gold digger, she has more than enough money of her own."
"I don't know, there has to be something."
"Don't worry Mother I'll find out. She's good I'll give her that but she can't keep hiding her secrets forever. I'll find out what she's up to, I won't let you get hurt again." He looked at her lovingly. She looked back "Don't worry about me Patrick I can take care of myself."
"I know, so will Conrad be attending?" They linked arms and began to walk down the stairs.
"I don't know, he still hasn't seen Charlotte since Declan died."
"I still think we should tell her what he did."
"No. She can barely cope as it is, I don't know what she would do if she found out what he had done."
"True. Hello Emily." They had reached the bottom of the stairs. Emily smiled at him.
"Oh Emily this is my long lost half-brother Patrick." Daniel said coldly.
"Oh believe me she knows. She's been spending lots of time here while you and Charlotte were away." Patrick said glaring menacingly at Emily.
"Well I wanted to get to know Patrick."
"Of course." He said. "Well Mother we better finish preparing for the guests arriving."
"Yes we must be going. Goodbye Emily." They left leaving Daniel and Emily together.
As the guests began to arrive Emily and Daniel separated. He was off talking to some of Grayson Global's investors and Emily was with Nolan. "Hey Ems, how's Patrick." He said as he approached her. "Suspicious, and sticking close to Victoria. He hasn't left her side all night."
"Someone's eager to stay close to mommy, what do you think he just can't get enough or,"
"He's trying to protect her. Daniel said he's practically obsessed with her. After they got back he found out Patrick knew everything, he was furious Patrick wouldn't let him say a thing against Victoria though."
"He told you this?" Nolan asked.
"No I managed to sneak a few microphones in I heard everything." At that moment Conrad walked in Ashley by his side. Emily saw Patrick turn to Victoria and whisper something. They both started staring at him. He said something to Ashley and she left. He walked up to Daniel. "Daniel so good to see you back. How's Charlotte?" He said.
"How's Charlotte? How's Charlotte!" He said angrily "Three months ago you kill the father of her child and the love of her life and you dare ask how she is!" He shouted. Some people had started to notice. "Daniel keep your voice down. The Initiative may be dormant but they will kill you if you expose them."
"Expose you, you mean. I can't believe you would even show up tonight, I won't expose you only because it would hurt Charlotte is she knew the truth but as for you and me, we're done. I never want to speak to you again, and you better stay away from Charlotte or I will bring you down. Whatever the cost." Daniel turned and ran away. Conrad stood silent for a moment before turning towards the exit. Before he could reach it Patrick blocked him. "I just wanted to let you know that my pathetic half-brother's threat is nothing to what I will do to you if you hurt Victoria again." He snarled.
"I see she's converted you into one of her disciples. Be careful Patrick, she's dangerous. She abandoned you once I wouldn't dedicate yourself to her you can't trust her." Patrick just smiled back. "You know governor you really should be careful. There's a lot of people out there who strongly disagree with some of your views. It would be a terrible tragedy if one of them were to go crazy and attack you." He smiled menacingly.
"Are you threating me?" Conrad whispered.
"No I'm warning you stay away from my Mother." He watched Conrad walk away.
Emily and Nolan watched on. "What do you suppose Patrick and Conrad were talking about?" Nolan said.
"I don't know. But Patrick knows how Conrad betrayed Victoria and from what I've seen he won't let him get away with it."
"You think Patrick might try to kill Conrad?"
"I wouldn't put it past him." She said thoughtfully.
"Is Jack still not talking to you?" He asked.
"No he still can't get over the fact I'm Amanda. How about you?"
"Well last time I went round he still didn't talk to me but he didn't slam the door in my face so, progress." He smiled. Ashley walked up to them.
"Nolan, Emily." She said. "How's Jack, has his memory returned."
"No. He's just the same as ever." Nolan replied.
"He won't return any of my calls I just hope he's ok."
"Well join the club. He won't talk to anyone he's still mourning Declan." Nolan said.
"Well if you hear anything let me know I'm still thinking about him." She left.
"Does Ashley still want to bring down the Graysons?" Emily asked.
"Looks that way. She better be careful with Patrick sniffing around for anything that could potentially hurt Victoria."
"Victoria would never let him hurt her. She knows too much."
"Still if I were her I'd be getting nervous. Anyway I promised Daniel I'd try and talk to Charlotte and it's getting late so I better get up there."
"Ok Ems bye." They embraced and Nolan left.
Emily entered Charlotte's room and heard her crying inside. She was laid out on her bed surrounded by pictures of Amanda, Declan and David. She was sobbing into a pillow. "Charlotte, it's Emily." Emily said gently.
"Oh, what do you want?" She looked up still crying.
"I want to talk to you. I know what you're going through I lost both my parents suddenly."
"Oh yeah I forgot about that. How did you get over it?" She asked.
"You never really get over it. You just have to try and rebuild your life piece by piece. In time things will get easier and you will move on with your life. Think of all the things you have to look forward to, I mean you're going to be a Mom."
"I know it's just, I've lost so many people things will never be the same again."
"You're right but you have to build a new life for you and your baby. Don't let Declan's death destroy your life. He wouldn't want that. He would want you to raise his baby and make sure that you and the baby had a happy life."
"You're right. Thank you Emily you've really helped me." Emily sat down next to her and put her arm around her half-sister. "You're going to get through this." She got up and left. She knew Charlotte was right. Nothing would ever be the same again. Everything had changed.