ENTANGLED by Yash
Walking out on the verandah, she gave a quick glance
around and almost missed him. But there he was
sitting in the dark, nursing a drink, and staring out
into the starless night. She took a seat across from
him and stared out into the night too.
"When Mike left I hated him with all the passion a
seven year old boy could muster and when Deke revealed
his true nature my hatred for Mike knew no bounds.
But when Mike came here looking for me, part of me was
excited my dad had come back and was looking for me,
but a larger part of me was pissed that he left in the
first place. Every time I saw him and he tried to
apologize, all I could remember was everything my mom
and I went through at Dekeís hands."
Dara moved her seat behind his, wrapped her arms
around him, and laid her head on his shoulder. She
felt him tense up instantly. He wasnít used to
sharing his pain with others. She gently yet firmly
began to massage his neck and back, and slowly he
loosened up a bit.
"Then I think of Kristina and how Alexis was going to
let her go through her whole life thinking Ned was her
father and maybe one day tell Kristina the truth. In
Carlyís eyes when she was being honest and open, I
could see the pain of losing her father. I donít want
that for Michael. I donít want him one day to turn to
me with a look of disgust, anger, disappointment,
hurt, and ask, ĎWhy? Why did I keep him for AJ, yet
thought Carly was a good influence? Why didnít I let
him get to know his grandparents, great grandparents,
aunt, cousins? Why?í" Sonny paused and took a swig
of his drink. He reached beside himself and put a
tape recorder on the table along with some tapes. "I
remembered what you said and asked as I listened to
these tapes. An addict is an addict is an addict.
Whether youíre addicted to drugs, booze, food,
gambling, power. Youíre still an addict. And I
wonder if Iím trying to stop Michael from living with
the fear that I have every time Mike isnít acting like
himself. I instantly wonder if heís gone back to
She lightly kissed his neck.
"How can I forgive one addict, but canít forgive
another? Because Mikeís gambling and leaving killed
my motherís spirit just as surely as Deke killed her
body. How is that any different from AJ except Jason
is still alive?"
Dara held him tighter.
"AJís changed. The tapes prove it, but Carly
unfortunately hasnít," he admitted, fiddling around
with the tape recorder. "Yet time after time, I
forgive her, Jason forgives her, and Bobbie forgives
her. And who suffers? The kids because she never
learns. She just dumps them on Leticia and is off to
her next scrape that sheíll need bailing out of. Do I
want Michael and Nia to think that marriage is for
marrying whoever will help you out of the jam youíre
in at the time? Or that you can always rely on
someone else to get you of trouble of your own making?
Or that you can lie yourself out of every situation
or if that fails blame someone else because itís never
your fault?" Sonny ran his fingers through his
disheveled hair. "AJ is coming by tomorrow. If he
"He wonít. And if he feels like heís getting in over
his head, weíll be here, so will his sponsor, and his
family. Weíll protect Michael," she reassured him.
He nodded and they sat in silence continuing to stare
out in the night.
Hearing the doorbell ring, Dara ran to the front door
and was surprised to see Robin Scorpio standing on
"Robin, how are you? Come in," she said, hugging
"Good. How are you?" Robin asked in return.
Dara wondered what Robin was doing here.
"Robin?" Sonny questioned in disbelief, walking down
"Yeah, itís me, Sonny," she confirmed.
He opened his arms and Robin walked into them.
"Iím so sorry, Sonny," she whispered.
"No, hermanita, itís me whoís sorry."
"Iíve missed you so much. I love you."
"I love and missed you too," he said, stepping away
from her and looking into her eyes. "I promise never
to let anyone or thing separate us again."
"I promise the same."
"What are you doing here?"
"Sheís here for me, actually," AJ said, stepping into
Robin walked over to AJ and kissed him on the lips.
Sonny and Dara shared a puzzled look.
"Sonny, Dara, meet Dr. Robin Scorpio-Quartermaine."
"Congratulations," Dara said.
"How did this- -" Sonny asked.
"I went to Paris to regroup. I called the only person
I knew who lived there and it started from there.
Sometimes you can find out how much you have in common
with someone when you meet each other outside of your
Sonny and Dara both gave each other covert glances and
"I have drinks out on the verandah, if youíd follow
me," Sonny said, leading the group away from the front
"Dara, arenít you coming?" AJ questioned.
"This is concerning- -"
"Youíre a part of Sonnyís life so it concerns you,
Dara had been afraid of how people would react to her
relationship with Sonny so it warmed her heart to know
someone supported them, particularly someone who
wasnít a fan of Sonny.
Dara and AJ walked outside together. After
refreshments had been given, Sonny began.
"I called you here to discuss Michael," Sonny started.
"Did Carly not agree to give you primary custody of
Michael?" AJ asked concerned.
"No, I havenít even talked to her about it yet. But
sheíll agree. After listening to the tapes you got,
no judge in his or her right mind would allow Carly
even supervised visits. Michael is your biological
child AJ and after some consideration and what your
cousin, Ned, and Alexis tried to pull with me and
Kristina, I thought it was time that you and Michael
should know each other."
Sonny reached for Daraís hand and clasped it.
"Youíre giving me visitation rights?" AJ inquired
"No, Michael should live with you," Sonny informed
AJ looked at Robin, then Dara, as if searching for
confirmation that he was hearing Sonny correctly.
Then finally his gaze rested on Sonny. "Whatís the
Sonny shook his head. "Thereís no catch. All I ask
is that you allow him to see Nia and Stone, theyíre
brothers now. And also that you allow him some to
time to get to know you and Robin in his own time and
not let the Quartermaines push."
AJís laughter filled the room. He laughed so hard,
tears leaked from his eyes.
Looking around the room, Sonnyís eyes settled back on
AJ. "Did I say something funny?"
Robin smiled and shook her head. "No, Sonny."
"No, you didnít. I went from being a father of none,
to a father of three, now four, in the space of one
day. I asked God to bless me with a family I didnít
expect it all in one day."
Seeing the confusion on Sonnyís and Daraís faces,
reached into her purse and handed Sonny a Polaroid.
He and Dara looked at the picture of Robin, AJ, and
three biracial kids.
"The pre-schooler in AJís right arm is Robert Sean,
after my dad and godfather. Heís 3. In AJís left arm
is Duke Casey, after my other dad and a close family
friend. Heís 2. And the hair challenged baby in my
arms is Anna Jaime, after my mom and her dad. Sheís
10 months. The adoption was finalized in Pine Valley
"Robin, thatís great," Dara congratulated her.
"Honey, thatís fantastic. Youíre going to be a great
mother," Sonny stated. "Is the stress of having three
kids affecting your health?"
"No, Iím fine. The cocktail is still working for me.
Weíre just trying to find the right combo for Duke."
Sonny raised his eyebrow.
"Their birth mother was HIV positive. Jaimeís tests
have come back negative. But Duke is still testing
"Robin, honey, are you going to be able to go through
all of that again?"
"Yes," she said, nodding. "I cherish those last
months with Stone taking care of him, spending time
with him. I know he was at peace when he died, and
Iíve seen a lot of families in my line of work that
canít say the same about their loved ones." Taking
AJís hand into hers, she continued. "Tomorrow isnít
promised to any of us, Sonny, so AJ convinced me that
I need to take life one day at a time and enjoy it for
all itís worth. And thereís nothing I enjoy more than
being Mrs. Quartermaine and the mother to the next
generation of Quartermaines. And I have the added
benefit to know that my dad, Duke, and Stone are
watching over my babies."
"I canít wait to meet them," Sonny said with a smile.
"They canít wait to meet their Uncle Sonny."
"Sonny, do you think Robin and I can have a few
minutes?" AJ asked.
"Sure. Weíll be inside when youíre ready."
Giving the couple some privacy, Sonny and Dara left AJ
and Robin alone. As soon as they stepped inside the
house, Dara wrapped her arms around Sonny and kissed
him softly on the lips then slowly turned up the heat
before stepping away from him slightly and resting her
forehead against his shoulder.
"What was that for?"
"I just wanted you to know that I was proud of you. I
know that wasnít easy."
"Itís good to know theyíll be other kids in the
"Yeah, I canít believe my little sister is a mom. I
wonder how Stone would feel about this, especially
being married to AJ. Is it just me or is that odd?"
he questioned as they walked into the living room.
"I think Stone would be happy that sheís happy. And
sheís glowing. And itís super odd that those two got
together, but Iím sure people will say the same thing
"Thereís an us?" he asked, looking into her eyes.
"Isnít there?" she questioned, keeping his gaze,
praying her fear wasnít so readily apparent.
Leaning forward and pulling her into his arms, he
kissed her passionately. "There is no me without
"Regardless of what AJ says?"
She sighed and laid her head on his chest as he
stroked her hair. She was home. She had finally
found her home in Sonny Corinthos.
"I love you, Dara Jensen."
"I love you, Michael Corinthos, Junior."
"Why are you saying it for the first time, when you
canít show me how much you love me?"
"Anticipation is the spice of life," he smiled.
"Iíll have to remember you said that," she grinned.
"Am I going to live to regret I said that?" he asked
as he rained kisses down the side of her face and
Sonny loved her. When was the last time she heard
that. Was it Jack? Was Jack Forbes, the last man,
besides Stone and Michael, that said, "I love you," to
her? She and Justus never said those words to each
other because they knew that their relationship was
missing several key ingredients that would allow them
to be together for the rest of their lives. Her
relationship with Taggert had been one based entirely
on honesty. And they both sensed, while they loved
each other, they werenít in love with each other and
never would be. And the years between Jack and the
men of Port Charles were filled with forgettable men
who never touched her soul or spirit. Sonny was the
first. He touched her in ways that she never knew
existed. If only they could block out the whole world
and just love each other. But that wasnít going to be
possible. Was this connection enough to with stand
whatever fallout that would come? Well she was about
to find out. And if this didnít work, she might as
well call Ellen because she would give up on men all
Hearing footsteps, Sonny gave her one last lingering
kiss on the side of her neck then lifted his head.
"Robin, AJ, please come have a seat."
AJ and Robin sat on the loveseat opposite of them.
"Sonny, we donít get along. We donít even like each
other. I think for good reasons on both sides. But
thatís neither here or there. My wife loves you, my
kids are dying to finally meet their Uncle Sonny in
person, and my son loves you so Iím willing to put
that all aside. I, we," AJ corrected himself, asking
Robinís forgiveness for his slip of the tongue, with
his eyes; when she gave it, he continued, "donít think
Michael will be happy if he leaves your house and
comes to live with us. He doesnít know me, he doesnít
remember Robin. And while our kids would help ease
the transition, it wouldnít be fair or the right thing
to do to Michael. So we thought it best for him to
gradually spend time with us. At our house alone with
just us, then with the kids. And then once heís
comfortable, we can revisit the custody arrangement."