“AJ, will you marry me?”
“You know I always pictured my proposal a lot
different. The woman on bended knee, using my full
name, a ring.”
Glaring at him, Carly dropped to one knee. “Alan
James Quartermaine, Junior, will you marry me?” She
pulled out a platinum ring with a single, perfect
diamond gleaming in the middle.
AJ took the ring from Carly and held it up to the
light. “Don’t you think you should be divorced before
you propose to me?” he asked, still examining the
Carly got up and huffed. “I can’t believe I have to
put up with you again. Reginald!” she shouted.
Taking his own sweet time, Reginald casually walked
into the drawing room. “Yes?” he said with a false
charm, his disgust for Carly very apparent.
“Watch me.” Carly quickly withdrew her divorce papers
and signed them. “Sign here,” she commanded Reginald,
shoving the pen and documents at him.
“What am I signing?” Reginald asked, perusing the
“Stop being nosy and just sign here where it says
witness,” Carly demanded. “You’re so out of here when
I become Carly Quartermaine again,” she said, under
“This family would kill you before they would let that
happen again,” he fired back, under his breath. “Here
you go,” he said cordially, handing Carly back her
papers and pen. He smirked at her and walked out of
“How do you guys put him with him and his attitude?”
“What are you talking about? Reginald is a perfect
delight. And most importantly, Grandmother adores
him,” AJ reminded her. “So when should the divorce be
“I leave for the Dominican Republic in an hour and a
half. Two days later, I’ll be a free woman again. I
think we should get married Friday.”
“Who are we - JLo and Marc Anthony? Don’t you think
you should be divorced more than 3 days before you get
Staring at AJ, she asked, “Are you having second
“No, but I think it will look better and more
believable to a judge if we wait a while. If you
remember, there are children involved.”
“How could I? Even if I wanted to, my body wouldn’t
let me,” she joked.
AJ did not return her smile.
“I’m just kidding. AJ, regardless of what anyone
thinks or says, I love my kids. Mr. Man and Missy are
the two people I love more than anything else in the
world. I would do anything for them.”
AJ gazed directly into her eyes and was saddened. He
saw Carly was telling the truth. But her own version
of doing anything for them was the problem and brought
the doubt to everyone’s mind. So much so, he thought
his own son was better off with a gangster than with
her. He shook his head. “Well, you better get going.
We don’t want you to miss your flight.”
“You’re right,” she agreed, glancing down at her Rolex
watch. “We’re going to nail Sonny to the wall. He
won’t know what hit him. That’s why I think the
sooner we get married the bigger the impact and
“I don’t think Sonny would be expecting our remarriage
regardless of when we remarried. We’ll talk more
about it when you get back,” he told her as he ushered
her out of the front door, closing it in her face.
AJ sighed with relief. He hated being in her presence
now. He didn’t know why, but he was somehow still
shocked and dismayed at Carly’s actions even after
having experienced them first hand. How could she so
carelessly take her children from their father and
days later give them a new one? Especially
considering all the issues she’s had regarding her
adoption and her parents’ divorce. It amazed him that
she was so cavalier about it all. He ran his fingers
through his hair. He remembered the good days when he
and Carly were friends. She had been a good one.
She could be so insightful, if she ever took a minute
to calm down and think things through. But who was he
to judge? It was only through AA and a great sponsor
that he was able to be insightful and see situations
for what they really were now. He wondered what it
would take for Carly to get to that point. Or if she
He walked over to the phone and dialed the now
familiar numbers. As the phone rang, he thought,
after this, I think it’s time for a conversation with
Keesha. He hadn’t talked to her in a while.
“Hello, Dara. Carly was just here.”
As the plane lifted from the runway, Carly remembered
how AJ slammed the door in her face. That no good
twerp thought he was better than her with his midget
self. She would show him. She would show them all.
She couldn’t believe she’d sunk so low that she needed
to go to AJ of all people for help. But Sonny shocked
her when he asked her for a divorce. Granted, she
knew their marriage wasn’t in the greatest shape but
she figured things would either eventually work
themselves out; or they would start living his and her
lifestyles, but stay together for Michael’s and
But “Mr. I’ll never leave you” Corinthos stunned her
by walking out on her and the kids. She had been so
sure he was the one who would never leave his kids.
But this was just another lesson that you couldn’t
count on others, you only had yourself and your mama.
And her mama was buried in a cemetery in Jacksonville,
Wait, that wasn’t necessarily true, she could count on
Jason. He gave up Robin, the supposed love of his
life for her and Michael. She hadn’t want to draw him
into her feud with Sonny because of whatever problems
he was having with Courtney, but Jason loved Michael
and he wouldn’t refuse to help her. Why hadn’t she
thought of that before? Jason had always been there
for her even when he didn’t know her from Adam. And
Courtney was no match for Michael or Virginia.
Maybe she didn’t need AJ after all. Thank goodness
for that small favor. She had already been having
nightmares about moving into that wretched mansion.
Lila was okay, but she kept mostly to her wing and her
gardens. Jason wouldn’t fail her.
Though a thought did run through her head that she
could leave well enough alone and go solo. Sonny gave
her a nice ten million dollar settlement. He was
buying her a house of her choice. He gave up all
interests in her nightclub. And he was giving her
fifty thousand dollars a month in child support. Plus
he was paying for all school and school related fees
for the kids. Taking a sip of her martini, she turned
her head and looked out at the blue sky around her.
No, she couldn’t be that woman. She couldn’t be her
mama. She remembered the looks that the other mothers
would give her mama at school. Poor Virginia. She’s
a divorcee. Poor Virginia. She has to raise little
Caroline all by herself.
She remembered her mama telling her to ignore the talk
and that they had nothing to be ashamed of, they were
much better off without her daddy if he wasn’t willing
to give his full 100% to them. But her mother’s
platitudes did little to soothe her soul, she wanted
to be like the other girls with fathers. She vowed
she would never allow her child or children to be
fatherless. She didn’t want the pity of her peers.
She knew divorce was acceptable now in a way it wasn’t
when she was a kid, but for her and her kids it was
still unacceptable. All kids needed a male role
model, both girls and boys, and her kids would have
Picking up the airline phone, Carly inserted her
credit card and dialed Jason’s number. It was time to
get back to the basics.