Friends and Foes
Sonny was back in his warehouse offices when there came a knock on the door.
He called out permission to come in. Johnny opened the door and announced Roy
DiLucca's arrival. Sonny nodded. He'd had Roy sent for shortly after leaving
Carly's office. He nodded to a seat. DiLucca shook his head, preferring to
Sonny shrugged. Whatever. He sat back and regarded the man before him
with a cool eye. The thought that this man had caused his wife to take action
behind his back could easily send him into a rage. He shook his head
slightly, repressing his anger for now. In contrast to how he felt inside,
his voice was cool and almost absent of any emotion at all. Sonny got
straight to the point. "I'd prefer it if you don't see Carly anymore."
"So now you're going to control who has access to her or not?" Sonny felt the
man studying him, trying unsuccessfully to gauge his mood. He gave off
nothing for a moment, taking the time to study Roy as well.
"Against people that might be a danger to her, I'll always protect my wife."
"I'm no danger to Carly." Roy replied. "And I would never put her into a
position where she would be."
"That's nice to hear, Roy, but you'll forgive me if I don't just take your
word for it."
"Why not, Sonny? In your world, isn't a man's word his honor?"
"That's just it, Roy…you have no honor. Your livelihood is based on you
having no honor."
"That's in the past." Roy snapped.
"Is it? Well, I can't take that chance, DiLucca." Sonny snarled, the menace
in his voice open and unmistakable. He had very little respect for a man who
lived his life selling his word. "My wife is misguided sometimes in her love
for me. Someone could take advantage of that."
"And you think that someone might be me?"
"I won't take that chance either way. Now, I'm asking you nicely, this time,
that you not discuss anything of a nature that might concern my business with
my wife. Don't think that your past association with Carly's mother will save
you if you cause harm to my family."
"I never said I had." Roy said. He tensed. He wasn't afraid of Sonny. Not
really. But cautious. But common sense told him that if Sonny had meant to do
him harm, it would have been done already. "And I don't use or hide behind
"Then we understand each other. If it never happened, then let's make sure
that it never does." Sonny sat back down in his chair. "Meeting's over Roy."
The other man recognized a dismissal when he heard one. He tensed in anger at
the cold way that Sonny treated him but left the office without another word.
Jason opened the door to Jake's, the note that had brought him here tucked
safely in his jacket pocket. As he walked in, his eyes swept the room, but he
didn't see the familiar face he was looking for. One of the bartenders saw
him and called him over.
"You've got company upstairs." He said with a grin. "Dark eyes, dark hair and
very very pretty. I don't know her name, but I've seen you in here with her
more than once, so I figured it would be okay to let her into your room."
Jason nodded and headed for the stairs, a small smile on his face. All the
note had had was a time and a place, but it was just like Eliana to come up
with a surprise like this. She'd gotten into the habit of surprising him with
things like this, unplanned picnics on the living room floor, and then there
was the incident with the limo and lunchtime… that memory still had the
ability to make him smile inside. He was finding out for the first time as
Jason Morgan what it was to have someone simply love him, with no other
agenda but that. No scheming, no plans, no manipulations, subtle or otherwise.
Jason opened the door and stared.
She'd tried to set a romantic mood. Scented candles were scattered around the
room, and flowers were every where…including rose petals strewn across the
floor, leading a trail to the bed, where she lay, wrapped seductively in the
sheets; a black negligee contrasting against her pearly skin. Jason found the
room cloying and the perfume of the candles and flowers together,
overpowering. He walked to the window and opened it, trying to get some fresh
air into the room.
He walked back over to the bed to look down on her. "What are you doing,
She reached out for his hand and pulled him down to sit on the edge of the
bed. "Waiting for you, Jason. Didn't you get my note?" she smiled at him.
After all the work she'd gone through, and the way she'd fixed the room and
her hair…she knew he liked her with her hair pinned up. He'd told her that
often enough, how she looked so pretty with her hair piled on top of her head
like some princess in the fairy tales that he read to Michael.
With Eliana out of the way, she could talk to Jason. Everything between them
was just one great big misunderstanding. Without her there to cloud his
judgment, Jason would see the truth about her.
She waited to see the desire in his eyes, but her smile faltered as nothing
changed in them as he looked at her.
Elizabeth let her hand leave his, to curl around the back of his neck and she
tried to bring his lips to hers. But she was surprised when he grabbed her
wrist with one hand and moved it away from him.
"Your note?" Jason's eyes went colder than she had ever seen them when he
looked at her. "Get dressed, Elizabeth. Nothing is going to happen." Before
she could say a single word, he turned and walked out the room.
Alone in the room, Elizabeth jerked her clothes back on in a blur of unshed
tears and hot-faced embarrassment. She hadn't counted on this. The last thing
she had expected was for Jason to turn away from her without a even a second
glance. It seemed to take forever to get her clothes situated right. She
kept seeing Jason's icy expression as he looked at her. She stumbled out of
the room and somehow made it down the stairs.
At the bottom of the stairs, she looked out into the crowded bar. Jason was
at the bar counter, a bottle of beer at his elbow. She'd embarrassed herself
enough. All she wanted to do was get out now, before he saw her. She kept her
head down and tried making her way through the noisy crowd. She made it out
to the parking lot before Jason caught up to her.
He pulled her around to face her. "You shouldn't be out here by yourself.
What are you doing here anyway?"
Elizabeth had a moment's hope when he came after her, but it quickly died as
she looked up into his face. But something in her made her try. "I just
wanted to - show you how much I care to you. I wanted to show you how I feel
about you." She tried another tack, one that had always worked in the past.
She let the tears come up to shine in her eyes, and allowed the tiniest
tremble to shake her voice. "I'm sorry, Jason. Can you forgive me?"
He looked at her for a long moment. "You didn't do anything to hurt me,
Elizabeth. There's nothing for me to forgive you for."
Elizabeth let a small smile curve the corners of her mouth. "I'm glad,
Jason." She said. So much for him being finished with her, no matter what
Eliana had said. She reached out and took his hand and lifted it to cradle
her cheek against it. "Are we still friends?"
"I'll always be your friend." Jason said. "But…" And Elizabeth was dismayed
when he took his hand from her face and took a small step back from her.
"Elizabeth, you have got to understand. As far as anything else goes, I'm
finished with that. Nothing is ever going to happen between us." He shook his
"I always thought that …someday…I wanted so much more for us…" she said
"I don't feel that way about you. Not anymore."
"Tha-that way?" Elizabeth stammered. Her heart was beating so hard she felt
it was about to leap out of her chest. "Not anymore?"
Jason put both hands on her shoulders. "You knew that I felt more than just
friendship for you. You let me think that I...that we had a chance to be
She opened her mouth to speak, to say anything to stop him. It couldn't be
over, it hadn't even begun. But Jason kept on talking. "You didn't think that
you could have us both? Me and Lucky?"
That sounded too much like what Eliana had said to her. He had it all wrong.
Elizabeth struggled to explain. It wasn't his fault, or hers. But Jason
didn't want to listen. "I'll take you home." he told her, motioning to his
motorcycle. "This isn't the safest neighborhood for you to be in. You should
have never come down here. There's no need for you to keep coming down here.
You can't keep running to me every time you and your boyfriend hit a bump in
When they arrived back to her building, Liz got off the bike, then tried to
talk to Jason one more time, but he cut her off. "Don't make me say something
that will hurt you. I don't want to do that. But you have to understand, I'd
like for us to stay friends, but we can't if you're going to play these kind
of games." Jason looked at her, mentally shaking his head. It was true
enough, he didn't want to hurt her. But she had to be made to understand that
whatever it is they might have had a chance at, it was over and gone now. A
single tear trailed it's way down her cheek.
Jason reached out and wiped it gently away. "Don't be sad, Elizabeth. Be
happy. I want you to be happy." He smiled at her one last time, then revved
up his engine and sped away without looking back, leaving Elizabeth standing
alone on the sidewalk.