Flash Fiction: A Shot in the Dark – Part 12

Written in 20 minutes. It might be terrible. Who knows.

“Shouldn’t we go back to the flat?” Patrick asked as Anna docked the boat, and Robert and Jason began lifting Elizabeth carefully to avoid jarring her. “We have to rethink—”

“No, Laura, Sonny, and Spinelli are already at the airport, and the flat may be compromised.” Anna turned to her son-in-law. “We have everything need on the plane and in our kits.”

“Even for an emergency transfusion?” Patrick demanded. “Damn it—and where hell is Luke and Lucky? I need someone to punch—”

“And mess with those hands?” Robin asked as he offered a hand for her to climb from the boat to the dock. “We’re gonna need them.”

Patrick looked at his wife—his miraculous wife who was standing in front of him as if the nightmare of the last year hadn’t happened—and swallowed hard. “She didn’t even get the chance to see Jake. Not really.”

“What happened to the man that did brain surgery by flash light?” Robin’s teasing tone fell short as she climbed into the van, looking away from Jason, cradling Elizabeth in the back seat. “Patrick—”

“I never should have let her come,” Patrick muttered. “We should have locked her up.” He took a deep breath. “But she’s like Cam and would have found a way to come anyway. Emma helped tie up your cousin, by the way.”

“Which knots did she use?” Robin asked.

The airport on Mykonos was still within sighting distance of Cassadine Island and Laura found herself watching the land, waiting for something.

“I thought you said the guards were coming to the marina,” she said to Spinelli as the tech scowled at his computer screens. “How much time do we have to get in the air?”

“I don’t know. I can’t track the boats, and I can’t—” Spinelli hissed as one of his screens went dark. “Damn it—” He turned as Sonny emerged from the bathroom, Jake still in his arms. Laura’s face softened.

“Jake. I didn’t get a chance to even look at you,” she murmured. “Thanks, Sonny.”

“You’re my grandma,” Jake said as Sonny set him on the ground. The little boy sniffed and swiped his nose with the back of his hand. “Uncle Nikolas showed me lots of pictures.”

“That’s how you knew your parents,” Sonny said. He exhaled slowly. “He went to Jason and Elizabeth,” he murmured to Spinelli. “If we’d known that, we could have kept Elizabeth home.”

“They’re on their way to the hangar now,” Spinelli said. He hesitated. “But Robert didn’t sound hopeful. It’s bad.” He turned back to Laura and Jake, found it in himself to smile. “But look at Little Stone Cold. He’s here. He’s alive. And he’s okay. That’s something. And they got Doctor Robin, didn’t they? Mission accomplished.”

There was a screech of wheels of the van pulled into the hangar. Laura stepped in front of Jake and Sonny hurried over to her. “We should get him on the plane before—”

“Mommy?” Jake said, his voice worried. “Why is Daddy carrying her? She’s—” He tugged on Laura’s pant leg. “She’s hurt.”

“We need to get her on the plane so we can help her. Sonny—” Laura looked at him. “Take him on the plane. But stay away from the back. That’s where Luke has Lucky locked up.”

“Should toss him out on the way back to New York,” Sonny muttered, but lifted Jake in his arms and strode towards the plane’s steps. Spinelli went after them, still cradling his laptop looking over the security cameras.

Laura blanched as she saw the spread of dried blood on Elizabeth’s midsection as Jason carefully set her in Robert’s arms so he could get out of the van. “Robin—” Laura touched the doctor’s shoulder. “I’m so glad to see you—”

“Me, too. Patrick and I are going to get washed up. We need to be in the air, but I want to get her stabilized so we can—” Robin shook her head and went after her father, Patrick, and Anna, leaving Laura with Jason for the moment.

“She made me promise,” Laura said. “I’m sorry, Jason, she made me promise I’d go as soon as Jake was safe.” She hesitated. “Did you—what happened to Nikolas?”

“I know. It’s—” Jason started to respond, but then the ground beneath them shook, and the sun all but disappeaerd as a cloud of dust, ash, and debris blotted out the early afternoon sky. “What the—”

“The island—” Laura stepped towards it, her eyes huge. “I—” The estate had once been dimly visible, the stone towering over the trees — but now it was covered in smoke and they could see the flames licking out behind the gray.

“We need to get in the air!” Anna called. “Let’s go—”

“But Nikolas—” Laura swallowed hard, nodded. “Let’s—let’s go.”

On board the plane, in the kitchen galley area, Robin paused while scrubbing her hands. She closed her eyes. “He didn’t know if he’d make it off in time.”


She looked at her husband, her eyes pale and large. “That was the plan. It was always the plan. Nikolas was going to burn the estate to the ground with all of them inside But it wasn’t supposed to happen yet. He must—he must have triggered it. Oh, God. He didn’t make it off the island.”

Grimly, Patrick dried his hands. “Then he sacrificed himself to give us time to get out of here. Let’s go make sure it wasn’t for nothing.”



  • I hope Nikolas got out when he destroys the building with everyone inside. I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next.

    According to Shelly Samuel on November 20, 2020
  • Every time I think there will be less tension, more comes! I sure hope Elizabeth makes it and Nikolas, too!

    According to Xenares1 on November 20, 2020
  • Nicholas did good. Hope some one has the same blood type as Liz

    According to leasmom on November 20, 2020
  • UGH my Nik loving heart! excellent update!

    According to Tania on November 21, 2020
  • loved it makes me happy that Jake knows his Dad and makes me sad that Elizabeth is so hurt. Doesn’t Sonny have the same blood type as Elizabeth?

    If Nic gave up his life to save them I’m okay with that as long as he killed off the whole lot.

    According to Pamela Hedstrom on November 21, 2020
  • Terrible?? ahhh, No! It was great! Glad they made it to the plane. Aww, I hope Nicholas had a contingency plan for himself and he is getting off the island as well. Patrick wants to punch Lucky and Sonny wants to throw him out of the plane, love it along with Robin inquiring on which knots Emma used.

    Glad you test was negative and you have some measure of security with work through to the new year.

    According to nanci on November 21, 2020
  • What a chapter! Jake got to see his mom for a second. Lucky better stay locked up. Nikolas did so good. He has to be alive.

    According to arcoiris0502 on November 21, 2020
  • Whoa, did not see that coming. Never would I expect Nik to be selfless. I have always love Patrick but Robin, you made her actually funny. Even Sonny is a good guy. Thanks

    According to Sandra on November 21, 2020
  • I really hope Nikolas made it out before he blew up the island. I hope Elizabeth will be alright and maybe they need to throw Lucky out of the plane.

    According to Carla P on November 21, 2020
  • Thanks and this is a great update!

    I’m glad that everything turned out to be okay. Please keep safe and thank you for writing. I appreciate and love your work.

    According to skatiefan on November 22, 2020
  • This was sooo good! Hopefully, Sonny can give her blood as they are the same blood type! I wonder what Alexis would make of all her family was alive but now dead. Can’t wait for Cam and Jake to be reunited

    According to Selena99 on November 22, 2020
  • Sonny has the same blood type as Liz right? He better be ready to help out
    Why are Lucky & Luke on the plane with them? Seriously catch the next flight my man! He better stay locked up or drugged up or whatever they’ve got in the back of the plane
    I hope Nik’s ok because he’s being decent in this story & Laura should get her son back so she doesn’t double down and having to help Lucky as her only son left (maybe that seems cold but Lucky is too far gone for saving at this point I my opinion)
    Loved the update even if Liz’s fate is still up in the air

    According to Jess on November 22, 2020
  • D@MN!!!
    agree with Sonny, and i’ll be d@mned,
    that’s a first! lol
    dumb luckless over the ocean
    hope Nic found a way off
    amazing chap!

    According to vicki on November 24, 2020