“There’s daddy’s little girl,” a voice said loud
enough to reach Carly’s ears, but low enough that her
Carly shuddered. She was enjoying a pleasant day of
shopping for her family and now Ric ruined it with one
“What do you want, Ric?” she asked, impatiently.
Opening the stroller’s umbrellas, he looked down into
the face of his angelic little girl. “She’s so
beautiful,” he said in awe more to himself than to
“Thanks,” Carly said flippantly, as she closed her
Watching the action in front of him, Dante started to
move closer. Carly saw Dante approaching out of the
corner of her eye and waved him off. Dante silently
communicated to Carly to stay calm as he caught her
eye. She quickly nodded and turned her attention back
“I want to spend some time with my daughter,” Ric
“Your wife hasn’t had her baby yet, has she? Is she
having a girl?”
“Cute, Carly. I’m talking about Virginia.”
“Virginia’s father is Michael Corinthos, Junior, and I
have a birth certificate that says the same,” Carly
informed him haughtily.
“Well, I have a DNA test result that says
“I’ve never thought Mercy’s staff and labs was up to
par. They’ve been known to make misdiagnosis and mix
up test results,” she said casually.
“What are you trying to pull? Don’t think I won’t
blow your little secret wide open?”
Chuckling, Carly continued to shop. “You won’t
because you have as much to lose as I do. How do you
precious little Elizabeth is going to feel about you
sleeping with your brother’s wife? A woman she hates
with a passion. And Sonny? Why don’t you go to him
and tell him how you took advantage of his depressed
and drunken wife, who can’t even remember the night in
question? How many steps do you think you could take
before you were sleeping with the fishes?” Carly
paused and tapped her index finger against her lips,
as if she were thinking. “I’ll be generous and say
Ric ran his fingers through his hair and started
pacing next to her. He tried to keep his temper in
check. “I’m willing to risk it, if it means being
with my daughter. And what are you trying to imply
about Mercy? That the test results were wrong?”
Carly remained silent.
“Do you want another test?”
“Because in utero tests are not 100% accurate.”
“Carly, it was 99.99% that Virginia was mine.”
Shaking her head, she looked directly into his eyes.
“When I held her for the first time and she opened her
those big blue eyes, all I could see was Sonny. In
her eyes, her little button nose, in her face, her
whole serene, yet intense personality, screams Sonny.
I know in my heart that Virginia Adella Benson
Corinthos is Sonny’s.”
Ric was flabbergasted. He was speechless. That was
without a doubt the most impassioned, intelligent
words that he ever heard come out of Carly’s mouth.
“I want two tests then. I found a university in
California that specializes in DNA testing. I want
samples sent there and the other test performed at
“Okay,” she agreed.
“Okay? That’s it? Why are you being so agreeable?”
“No trick, Ric.” She giggled at her own unintentional
rhyme. “I simply had an epiphany when I held her.
Nothing more, nothing less.”
Ric eyed her suspiciously. He had never had any
dealings with Carly that went this easily, not even a
good morning. In his bones, he felt something was
off. She seemed overly confident about these new
tests. He took a breath and cleared his mind of all
negative thoughts. Maybe he was being too cynical.
Maybe this baby and the permanent tie to Sonny she
represented made Carly feel more at ease, less
impulsive, and more hopeful about the new results.
He wasn’t sure what was going on with Carly or her
seemingly new attitude, but as long as she agreed to
his two tests, then he would deal with the rest later,
after he claimed his daughter.
“When and where?” he questioned.
“I’ll call Dr. Simone Hardy, make an appointment, then
I’ll call you.”
“I’ll have the information for her from the university
on where to send the samples.”
“Sounds good,” she replied cheerfully.
Ric saw the happiness in her eyes and felt compelled
to warn her not to let her fantasies get the best of
her. Even after everything she put him through, a
part of him still liked her and admired her tenacity.
“Carly, you should be prepared and ready to tell Sonny
the truth about Virginia being my daughter. I don’t
think Mercy’s test was wrong.”
“We’ll just have to agree to disagree, then. I know
what I feel in my heart and I know what I feel when I
Ric shook his head. Some people learned the hard way.
He shouldn’t be surprised that Carly Corinthos was
one of those people. There was nothing more for him
to say. Maybe it was time for him to take his own
advice and figure out a way to break the news to
“I’ll wait for your call,” he said, then walked away.
Carly watched him walked away and smiled like a
Cheshire cat. She just gave the performance of a
lifetime. She was sorry that no one else was around
to truly appreciate it. She was simply brilliant.
Marvelous. She saw the compassion and slight doubt
enter Ric’s eyes when she told him that crap about her
Everything was going according to plan. Life was
beautiful. Simply beautiful. She was going to have
the family she always dreamed of. She already had it.
Sonny was completely besotted by Virginia as she
predicted. The sight of Sonny waiting by the door for
Michael to come home from school with Virginia in his
arms, filled her heart with glee. She wished her mama
were here to see it.
Dante approached her silently. “Mrs. Corinthos, is
everything all right?” he asked, worry laced his
“Everything is turning up roses, Dante,” she reassured
him. “Now let’s go find me a dress to wear for our
first official family portrait tomorrow.”
With Dante and the other guard standing in her wake,
Carly pushed her daughter to the couture section of