Flash Fiction: Desperate Measures – Part 6

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As Jason pulled the car into a parking spot at his apartment building, his cell phone rang. He looked at Cameron. “It’s Diane.” Because he thought Cameron had earned it, he put Diane on speaker phone.

“Hey, Diane. I just got back to town with Cameron. Max is behind me, maybe five minutes with Jake and Aiden.”

“Oh, good. Good.” His lawyer sounded slightly distracted. “I’m calling because I called in every single favor I’ve had with all the judges, including some of yours, and I’ve got Elizabeth an arraignment hearing at 8 AM.”

“That’s in an hour,” Jason said. Without looking at Cameron, he continued, “Which judge got the assignment?”

“Richardson.”

“Okay. I have some calls to make. Thanks.” Jason closed the phone, looked at Cameron. “You can stay for this next part,” he told Elizabeth’s son, “but I’m going to commit a felony.”

Cameron’s smile was thin, his eyes wry. “Yeah? Cool. I think I’ve commited more in the last twelve hours than one.” He sat back against the seat, putting a hand over his eyes. “Which is never something I thought I’d get to say to Jason Morgan.”

He had his mother’s gloomy sense of humor, Jason thought as he called the clerk’s office. “Jimmy? Tell Richardson we’re even if Webber goes home.” He waited a minute, then hung up.

“That’s it?” Cameron frowned. “That’s all it takes? He’ll know?”

“He’ll know,” Jason said. He got out of the car as Max pulled into the parking spot next to him. He went to the passenger’s side to get Jake and Aiden.

“They fell asleep about ten minutes ago,” Max told him. “You want some help getting them upstairs?”

“Yeah.” Jason tossed his keys to Cameron. “I’m on the third floor, Apartment C.” He unbelted Jake and lifted his son into his arms, a pang of regret that with his eleventh birthday behind him, he was already too big to carry.

Max took care of seven-year-old Aiden, and the five of them trudged towards the building.

Once Jake and Aiden were settled in Jake’s bunk bed, Max left and Cameron was alone with Jason again.

“How do you know he’ll do it?” Cameron asked as Jason brewed a pot of coffee. “What if he doesn’t?”

Jason thought about the judge who liked to hire escorts in groups of two and three, and the wife and children he had at home. “He will.”

“What if he doesn’t?” Cameron insisted. “I mean, we can’t stay here forever.” He swallowed hard. “I didn’t think about what happens next. Mom told me to go, so I went. But she confessed. They might not let her take it back. If she goes to jail—” He looked towards the bedroom. “What happens to us?”

Jason hesitated, because he didn’t know. “That’s not going to happen—” he started, but Cameron clearly wasn’t in the mood for that.

“I’m not stupid, Jason. Bad things happen all the time. You can’t fix everything. If you could, Franco wouldn’t be here in the first place.” Cameron winced. “I’m sorry. I didn’t—’

“You’re right.” Jason looked at him. “I don’t know what happens to the three of you if your mother isn’t here to take care of you.” He hesitated. “I know that before—before Jake’s accident, she left custody of the two of you to me. She wanted you two to stay together. That was before Aiden was born. Laura might have taken over as guardian.” His lips tightened. “Or someone else from the Spencer family.”

“Oh.” Cameron closed his mouth. “I guess you’d get Jake, then. And Aiden would go to Grandma Laura or something, like Spencer.”

“Your mother might have other plans now. It’s been a long time since she could depend on me.” Jason hesitated. “But she can now. So can you.” He gestured down the hallway. “You want to sleep? My room is down the hall or you can take the couch—”

“I can’t sleep. I want—I need to see my mother.” Cameron shook his head. “I know you said the judge will let her go, but—”

“But you need to see for sure. Understood.”

An hour later, Diane called again — Elizabeth had been released on bail. Jason had already arranged to pay for it. Within thirty minutes, Diane had brought Elizabeth to the apartment.

She didn’t look much better than when Jason had left her five hours earlier, but she was relieved to see Cameron. Mother and son rushed at each other, and with a start, Jason realized that Cameron now towered over his mother—

He’d grown up. Just like Jake. None of them were little boys he’d known once.

“I’m so sorry,” Elizabeth murmured. She took Cameron’s face in her hands. “I’m so sorry, Cam.”

“It’s okay, Mom.” Cameron’s voice broke, and he sounded for a moment like a small child again. “It’s okay. You’re okay. That’s all that matters.”

He hesitated. “Mom, Jason told me Franco had—that he’d been stabbed. I didn’t—I didn’t do that.”

“Stabbed.” Elizabeth frowned. She stepped back, looked at Diane and Jason. “What are you talking about? He—he fell and hit his head.”

“No one told her?” Jason asked Diane sharply.

“Told her? Why would? She confessed.” Diane planted her hands on her hips. “Are you—”

“I didn’t kill him,” Elizabeth said. “I—” She swayed slightly, then looked at Cameron. “Oh, God, you didn’t do it either. You didn’t—”

“But then how the hell did he die?”

Diane frowned, then strode forward. “Elizabeth—at any point before Cameron left the house, were you hit in the head?”

Elizabeth turned, looked at her with bewilderment. “What?”

Jason saw what Diane was looking at—at the slight blood trail at Elizabeth’s hairline. “You—” He touched her face. “You were bleeding earlier. I didn’t think to ask—”

Diane pinched her lips together. “Elizabeth—”

“I don’t—I was in the living room—and the boys were gone, and I was going—” She looked at Jason. “I was going to call you, but then I—” Her hands fluttered up to her head. “I fell. Didn’t I?”

“Aiden had already called 911, because the cops were at the house by the time I got there. You didn’t calle them. Neither did Jake or Cameron. It had to be Aiden—”

“Unless someone knocked Elizabeth out, stabbed Franco, and called the police themselves.”

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  • Dun dun duuuuuuuuun!

    I love Jason and Cam working together even though Cam is wary. Loving this story.

    According to Angela on June 26, 2020
  • Now the fun begins and they need to figure out who did it.

    According to leasmom on June 26, 2020
  • I love everything with Cameron and Jason here!

    According to Laura on June 26, 2020
  • I love the conservation between Jason and Cam. I am so happy that they are figuring out what happens to Liz the cops didn’t tell Liz how Franco died.

    According to Shelly Samuel on June 26, 2020
  • I’m so glad Elizabeth and Cameron got to see each other.

    According to Tania on June 26, 2020
  • Jason and Cam have a good rapport. I hope Diane has Elizabeth change her plea to not guilty. Oh, this is getting good. Thanks

    According to Sandra on June 26, 2020
  • If Aiden did it ten it has to be to save his mother. Or it could be Aiden and Jake. Wow. Who else could it be. Love this story.

    According to Carolyn Grandchamp on June 26, 2020
  • Sam is such an idiot. Wonder if she even factored Jason into her surprise plan of framing Elizabeth. Because of course, Jason is going to help her. Sam killing Franco is something Jason would have understood/agreed to some point. But framing Elizabeth? Yea, there’s no coming back from that. Can’t wait to see Jason work to figure this out! Looking forward to Jason bonding with the boys; already loving the Cam/Jason vibe.

    According to Julie on June 26, 2020
  • This is soooo good. I’m so excited. I hate that Jason has been out of touch, but I’m looking forward this story unfolding. Love it!

    According to Felicia on June 26, 2020
  • So good! I’m glad Diane was there when Elizabeth was told the truth. Now Diane will know the truth and fight harder for Elizabeth.

    According to Carla P on June 26, 2020
  • ah the plot thickens.

    must have been a total mess in that house with all these people and no one seeing or knowing the other was there.

    can’t wait for another update

    According to PAMELA HEDSTROM on June 26, 2020
  • I’m loving it! All four of them working together. Oh yeah, Jason is going to figure it out and Diane will be able to free Elizabeth. Sam messed up by thinking she could frame Elizabeth. Jason would have been fine with her killing Franco but not hurting Elizabeth. I love the conversation between Jason and Cam but I don’t like that he wasn’t around the boys, but I get it. It was sweet to see Elizabeth and Cam reunite and that neither killed Franco. Is Sam more involved than we think? Why was she there? Did she set up Franco? Hmm, I can’t wait to see where you’re going to take this story because I know Jason is going to end up with his family.

    According to arcoiris0502 on June 27, 2020