Flash Fiction: Signs of Life – Part 37

This entry is part 37 of 41 in the Flash Fiction: Signs of Life

Written in 20 minutes. Had to stop because brain couldn’t handle today.

Thursday, February 3, 2000

Corinthos Penthouse: Living Room

Sonny looked from Jason to Elizabeth, then back again as he absorbed what Jason had just told him.

“I don’t know if you’re the only other person it could be,” Jason continued, “but AJ made it clear to me yesterday that it isn’t his baby.”

Sonny turned away, scrubbing his hands down his face. “How long?” he asked quietly. “How long have you known she was pregnant?”

“Sonny—” Elizabeth began but Jason shook his head, released her hand, and stepped forward.

“Since the day of wedding reception. I didn’t say anything at first because Carly said there was a chance—”

“And you believed her?” Sonny bit out, whirling back. “She does nothing but lie—”

“I know. I told her I wanted to a paternity test—”

“Like they can’t be faked—” Sonny’s gaze burned into his. “Was this your idea of revenge? I put your family at risk, you keep mine from me?”

“No, that’s not—”

“Sonny—” Elizabeth tried again, but he wasn’t in any mood to be comforted or talked down.

“You had no right to—” Sonny shook his head. “To hell with this,” he bit out. He stalked past them, slamming the door behind him.

“He was never going to take this well,” Elizabeth murmured, putting a hand on Jason’s shoulder.

“He would have if I had told him when I found out,” Jason replied, irritated with himself. And he’d thought of keeping his mouth shut even longer? Was Sonny right? Had there been some thought in the back of his mind that Sonny deserved to be in the dark?

“Should we go after him?” Elizabeth broke into his thoughts, and he frowned, looking down at her. “He’s going to the mansion to confront Carly, but she’s not alone. AJ might be there. Lila definitely is, and maybe Michael—”

“Sonny might be angry, but—” Jason paused. He wasn’t worried about Lila or Michael, he realized. He trusted Sonny enough to moderate himself around his grandmother and a toddler.

But if AJ was there—or Edward or Alan—if any of the Quartermaine men were—Sonny would be arrested before he got two steps into the mansion and that would be a headache none of them could afford.

“You’re right. Let’s go.”

Quartermaine Estate: Terrace

Carly kicked at small pile of snow that had collected beneath one of the railings. She was running out of time to figure out what to do. She’d managed to hold Jason off for a while, but eventually he’d demand that paternity test—

She huffed, her breath exploding in a cloud of white as it dissipated into the freezing air. She should have gotten out of town when she’d had the chance. Jason had been ready to make her and Michael disappear, but no, Carly had to reach a bit higher. Had to go for the gold.

She’d never settled in her life, and until these last few weeks, she’d never had to. She’d set out to destroy her mother’s marriage, and she’d done it. She’d schemed to make sure no one took Michael for her, and until now, she’d managed that. She’d made sure she was a wedge between Jason and Robin—

It should been easy to get the little bitch away from Jason. Robin had almost been pathetically easy to get rid of once Michael was in the picture. Carly had nearly tipped Jason into having an actual affair with her, and if not for that Webber bitch—

She squeezed her eyes shut. If Jason had just left with her, had taken Michael and run, they’d be somewhere and a family. Jason would believe this child was his. It should be his. It wasn’t fair—

There was a thud and some distant voices somewhere in the house. Carly turned away from the gardens, towards the terrace doors, frowning. Who was even here to argue with? AJ had taken the day off to spend with Michael, but nearly everyone else was gone—

Carly pulled the doors open and went towards the entrance connecting the family room to the foyer—stopping when the voices became more clear.

When she recognized them.

“Where the hell is that whore?” Sonny demanded. Carly couldn’t hear AJ’s response, but she didn’t need to.

It was over. Sonny knew. And he was going to tell AJ—if he hadn’t already.

Damn it.

Carly closed the door again and headed back to the terrace. She’d leave through the gardens, get into the garage, take one of the cars—

It was time for Plan C.


  • Carly needs to pay for her actions, she needs to get what she deserves. It’s my hope that Carla doesn’t hit Liz when she jumps into the car. Thanks for the update.

    According to Shelly Samuel on June 24, 2022
  • Carly’s plan is falling apart. She needs to face the consequences of her actions. She’s going to be surprised that it was Jason that told Sonny.

    According to arcoiris0502 on June 24, 2022
  • Finally Carly can’t get out of this one! I’m so glad that Jason listened to Elizabeth and stopped protecting Carly. Let the games begin!! Carly is going down!

    According to Becca on June 24, 2022
  • Let the games begin!! Carly is finally going down and I can’t wait to see it happen. Jason finally realized that he doesn’t need to cover for her abs that his future is with Elizabeth.

    According to Becca on June 24, 2022
  • YIKES! Carly has managed to do it again and now crazy Sonny is after her.
    Someone is going to get hurt, let’s hope it is only Carly or hey maybe she will run over Sonny.
    Glad Jason has finally seen the light.

    According to Pamela Hedstrom on June 24, 2022
  • (1) you get so much done in 20 minutes it’s amazing! (2) reason 10,995 I hate this current Supreme Court and today’s decision. And F Sonny for even thinking about being mad at Jason. (I mean totally in character for him, which is one of the reasons I love your writing is the character consistency but still.)

    According to LivingLiason on June 24, 2022
  • I agree I hate what the Supreme Court has done. Thanks for writing what you did. Carly never thinks of anything except herself. Sonny better not blame Jason or Elizabeth for not telling.

    According to Carla P on June 24, 2022
  • Great update! I’m glad that Jason spilled the beans. Carly, don’t let the door hit you. Great writing!

    According to Felicia on June 24, 2022
  • Great update! I’ll give Sonny about 6 minutes to be angry at Jason and then he will need to dust the chip off his shoulder and set about making sure he slows his roll and gets rights to his child. Glad that Carly is going to get what she so richly deserves and I can’t wait to hear what AJ has to say for himself in his false smugness. I’m happy that Jason has stopped protecting Carly and I think it is also wise that he and Elizabeth are booking it to the mansion because I don’t think Sonny could sensor himself around Lila or Michael if he works himself into a huge snit.

    According to nanci on June 24, 2022