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Chapter 1

How would you like to get rid of Jason Morgan once and for all?

Ric Lansing leaned back in his chair and tapped his fingertips on his desk. He couldn’t stop thinking about his last conversation with Lorenzo Alcazar. Alcazar had offered him a partnership to take down Jason, and ultimately Sonny. Ric had accepted. If it took joining with Alcazar to take down Jason and Sonny then Ric would do it.


September 26, 2006

It had been a rough couple of weeks. Lucky was not going through withdrawal well which made getting through her first trimester smoothly difficult. After talking to both Maxie and Detective Rodriguez Elizabeth was trying to find Jason to warn him that Lucky was out to get him. It had taken her awhile to convince Bernie to tell her where he thought Jason might be. She was almost there when she heard Lucky and Jason on the pier. She could hear Lucky yelling but it wasn’t until she was already around the corner that she realized he was yelling about an ambush. She heard shots and she fell to the ground as quickly as she could. She heard Lucky scream.

She heard footsteps but they sounded far away. She felt gentle hands as Jason reached her.

“Are you hit?”

She lifted her head, but it was a struggle.


He then realized she had been hit. He was reaching for his phone with one hand and putting pressure on her right shoulder with the other one.

“Hang in there, Elizabeth. Help is coming.” The phone call went through. “I need an ambulance on pier 82. A woman has been shot.” He ignored the woman on the line and hung up because he needed both hands to staunch the bleeding. He ripped his shirt off and wrapped it so it was against the entry wound and the exit wound. He refused to acknowledge Lucky who was mumbling and crying a few feet away. “I need you to stay awake. Talk to me, Elizabeth.”

Her eyes blinked a couple times before they opened and fixed on his face. He could barely hear her voice.

“Rains in Uzbek…Uzbek…”


She smiled.

“You forget umbrella.”

“You want to find out for yourself, Elizabeth?”

Her eyes drifted closed.

“No? Not Uzbekistan? Elizabeth.” Her eyes fluttered. “Come on, Elizabeth. How about Italy? Open your eyes and I’ll take you to Italy.”

Her eyes fluttered again a few times before opening most of the way.


“I promise, Elizabeth.”

“Jason? Make them take care of…the baby.”

His eyes widened as he realized what she said. The EMTs descended on them and his hands were swapped for the EMTs. Jason quietly told them she was pregnant. She was assessed and strapped onto the gurney as quickly as they could. She was wheeled away. It was then he realized cops had also arrived with the ambulance. He sighed as he realized it would be awhile before he could check on Elizabeth.

“What happened here, Jason?”

Jason turned to look at Detective Rodriguez and wondered how this would go since he had been Lucky’s partner. He didn’t want to tell the cops anything, but he wanted to check on Elizabeth as soon as he could.

“Lucky called me earlier and told me to come here. When I arrived he pulled a gun on me and told me to drop mine. I put my gun on the ground as he threw two bags of cocaine at my feet and told me he was busting me. I could see he was high and tried to talk him down. We heard some footsteps and he accused me of an ambush. He turned and started firing. He realized too late it was Elizabeth.” He stopped as he relived the moment. “I realized she was shot in the shoulder and I called 911. Can I go now?”

Cruz looked around at the scene as other cops were taking photos of the scene and documenting what was found. He also saw Lucky and realized that no matter what had happened Lucky was probably at fault.

“Yeah, you can go. We’ll find you if we have any more questions. We’ll also return your weapon when we’re done with the investigation.”

Jason was gone before Cruz finished talking. He just shook his head and turned to Lucky who was being restrained in the corner. He pulled out his phone and called the commissioner.


Jason kept clothes in his saddlebag so he threw on a shirt quickly. He raced to the hospital as fast as he could without risking getting pulled over. He rushed into the Emergency Room looking for someone, anyone he knew who could help him. He spotted Epiphany and practically ran to her.

“Where’s Elizabeth? How bad is it? Is she okay?”

“Slow down there, Mr. Morgan. I’m not supposed to tell you any of that.”

“Please.” He could tell he’d shocked her. “I was there when she was shot. She was losing a lot of blood.” He swallowed roughly. “She’s my friend.”

“Come with me.” He walked with her to the elevator. After the doors closed sealing them in alone she started talking. “Elizabeth is in surgery. They’re having to take extra precautions because…” She paused trying to find the right words.

“Because she’s pregnant.”

“You know?”

“She told me right before the ambulance arrived. Told me to make sure they take care of the baby.”

“Okay, well right now their main concern is Elizabeth. They’ll do what they can for the baby, but it’s so early their efforts may not matter.”

His heart stuttered. She couldn’t lose another baby.

“Is there anything I can do?”

She smiled.

“Be her friend, Mr. Morgan.” She pushed open a door. “There's a bathroom down the hall where you can clean up and then you can wait here. They’ll be taking her to a room just down the hall when it’s over. I’ll be back later.”


Epiphany had come to get him a couple of hours later. She had explained both Elizabeth and the baby were holding their own after the surgery and had made it through recovery. She was finally in her own room and Jason was allowed to sit with her. He still wasn’t sure why they were letting him since he wasn’t family, but he wasn’t going to question it. He was content to listen to her breathe and couldn’t stop himself from reaching out and holding her hand. He stroked the back of her hand almost absent-mindedly.

“You have to be okay. I can’t take you to Italy if you don’t get better.”

She stirred. Her eyes opened, but they seemed a bit dazed.


“Yes, Italy.”

“Jason said he’s taking me to Italy.”

He smiled, realizing she was still coming off the sedative.

“I am.”

“What if he’s the father of my baby?”

His hand tightened momentarily around her hand when her words sunk in.



“I might be the father of your baby?”

“Jason might be the father of my baby.” Her voice lowered. “I don’t want it to be Lucky.” She looked upset. “Is that wrong?”

She looked sad.

“Hey, you get to feel how you feel.”

She smiled.

“That sounds like Jason. I know he’d be a good father.”

There was a knock at the door and it was pushed opened to reveal Elizabeth’s obstetrician, Dr. Lee.

“How’s our patient?”

“She’s talking, but she doesn’t seem to know it’s me.”

“That’s normal. She and the baby should be fine as long as she takes it easy.”

“That’s good.”

They both looked at Elizabeth who had fallen asleep again.

“I’ll be back later when she’s awake.”

She left, leaving Jason to his thoughts.


She panicked inwardly when she opened her eyes and she saw mostly darkness. She took a deep breath when she realized she was just in a dark room and it was fairly dark outside. She looked around and caught her breath when she looked to her left and found Jason looking at her. She couldn’t really see his eyes but felt his gaze nonetheless. He switched on the small light above her bed.


“Hey. You feeling okay?”

She shifted slightly and felt some pain in her shoulder.

“It hurts, but not too—” She stopped and her movement became jerky. “The baby. Is the baby okay?”

Jason moved closer and covered her hand.

“Baby’s good.”

She left out a shuddery breath. He caught the first tear as it slid down her cheek.

“I’m so glad.” She tried to look him over, but movement was difficult. “Are you okay?”

“I’m fine. I’m not the one with a bullet hole.”

“Not a new one, anyway.”

He tilted his head.

“Is that a joke or are you still loopy?”

“It’s a…wait. When was I loopy?”

“You woke up from surgery and were talking to me, but you didn’t really know it was me.”

“Did I say anything embarrassing?”

“No, but you definitely shocked me.”

She caught his gaze and studied him.

“I told you the baby might be yours, didn’t I?”

He let out a breath.

“Yeah. I wasn’t sure if you knew what you were talking about.”

She smiled and put her hand on his arm.

“It’s true. I found out Enduro made a defective batch of condoms.”

“And the reason you came over was to check.”

“Yes. I didn’t want to say anything until I knew for sure. I didn’t want to mess your life up more than necessary.”

“First off, you won’t mess up my life. We’re friends. Second, I’ll admit I was thrown for a loop when you said we might be having a baby, but it’s not a bad thing. Third, what’s next?”

She smiled.

“Kelly said it’s too early for a paternity test so right now we have to wait a couple more weeks. The test is a simple cheek swab for you and it takes a week to get the results.” She paused. “I need to ask you a question.”


“What happened to Lucky?”

“My contact at the station says he was arrested. They’ve got him here under guard while he detoxes. He’s going to be charged with several felony charges, maybe more, depending on what they decide after talking to you.”

“I’m sorry.”

He was taken aback.

“Why are you sorry?”

“I’m sorry he went after you.”

“Hey, it’s not your fault. He’s an adult and he did this, not you.”

They sat in comfortable silence for a few minutes, but she could see his face change as he thought.

“It can’t be that bad, Jason. Just talk to me.”

“We have to talk about what happens if this baby is mine.”

Understanding dawned.

“Guards, security, and such?”

He looked uncomfortable.

“Yes. I know you don’t like it-“

“Jason.” He looked at her. “I’d like to think I’ve grown and matured since we first met. I’m not going to question or argue about anything you think we need to do to stay safe. Now, do you think it’s safe to wait until we know for sure?”

“Maybe, but I’d like to have one guard on you anyway. He can hang back so it’s not obvious. We’re having some problems right now and I’d feel better if you had someone around.”

There was a knock at the door and a nurse poked her head in.

“Your grandmother is here, Elizabeth. Oh, and Dr. Lee will be by later to talk to you.”

“Thanks, Leyla.”

“That’s my cue. Is it alright if I come back tonight and check on you?”

“I’d like that.”

He stood up and leaned over. He kissed her forehead as the door opened.

“I’ll see you later.”

Jason nodded at Audrey as he left the room.

“Oh, Elizabeth. What happened?”
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