Flash Fiction: Signs of Life – Part 38

Written in 20 minutes.


Thursday, February 3, 2000

Quartermaine Estate: Driveway

Jason slowed the bike as they approached the main entrance of the mansion, but even before he’d switched off the ignition, he could predict the disaster laying ahead.  One of Sonny’s cars was parked haphazardly near the garage, the driver’s door hanging open. The front door to the mansion was wide open —

And he could hear the shouting from where they stood.

None of this had anything to do with him, Jason realized as he stood next to the bike. Sonny might be his friend, but it wasn’t really Jason’s job to run after him. And Carly and this baby were nothing to him.

But his grandmother was inside, and she didn’t deserve any of this.

“Let’s go.” He took Elizabeth’s hand and headed in.

Sonny hadn’t made it further than the foyer—AJ and Ned were blocking his progress, and Alan was standing behind them, fuming.

“I want to see her now!” Sonny bit out. “Either get out of my way or—”

“I’ll be damned if I let you anywhere in this house,” Alan cut in. Sonny lurched forward again, and AJ shoved him back, the younger man’s eyes slightly wild, his hair disheveled. “I’ll have you arrested—”

“Sonny—” Jason reached for his partner but Sonny shoved him back.

“Not without talking to that—”

Ned grimaced as Sonny came forward, and this time Sonny threw a punch, landing a solid blow to AJ’s jaw as Ned ducked out of the way.

“Damn it—” AJ swore, then leapt at Sonny. The two of them began a fist fight, rolling around on the ground, trading punches, jabs, and kicks as Ned struggled to separate them.

“That’s it!” Alan strode to the phone and snatched it off the receiver. “I’m calling the police—”

“I’ll go find Carly,” Elizabeth told Jason reluctantly as she slipped around the fracas and Jason moved in to break up the fight.

Elizabeth checked in the front parlor, then in the family room where she found a worried Lila with an irritated Reginald, her ever present manservant.

“Oh, darling—” Lila held out her hands, and Elizabeth squeezed them. “If you’re here, I hope that means Jason is. He’ll know how to sort everything out. He always does.”

“I know,” Elizabeth said with a rueful sigh. “He’s dealing with AJ and Sonny. I thought I’d try to find Carly before Sonny can—” Not that she cared much, but like Jason, she wanted to contain the situation somehow.

“Don’t bother,” Reginald said tightly. “She’s gone.”

“Gone?” Elizabeth echoed. “How—she’s not upstairs either?”

“As soon as Mr. Corinthos barged in, I came to find her,” Lila said, her voice shaking. “She was in the gardens, heading for the garage.”

“And her car is gone.”

That wasn’t good. Elizabeth went back to the foyer, relieved to find that Jason and Ned had separated AJ and Sonny, though both men were still tossing insults. She met Jason’s eyes and lightly shook her head, hoping he’d understand.

“I don’t care what crime you think was committed against you,” Alan told Sonny, his eyes burning. “You have no right to come into this house an attack my family. If you were dumb enough to sleep with another man’s wife, then you deserve every piece of misery coming your way—”

“She had no right to lie—”

“She had every right,” Alan sneered. “Isn’t that how Jason justified stealing Michael for over a year? The right of a mother? I may not want Carly anywhere near my family, but don’t pretend you didn’t lie for Jason, either.”

Jason flinched, then closed his eyes, his grip loosening sightly at this reminder that it had all started with him.

Elizabeth scowled at Jason’s father, but kept her mouth shut as she crossed the room to stand by Jason. She’d been in Port Charles long enough to know Alan had no business casting stones at anyone else. After all, Jason was the result of an extramarital affair, and she knew AJ’s paternity had been in doubt as an infant.

Officers from the PCPD arrived then, and hauled Sonny out in cuffs. Elizabeth waited until he was clear before leaning up to whisper in Jason’s ear. “Carly took off as soon as she heard Sonny in the hall. Lila saw her go, and Reginald confirmed her car is gone. She’s gone.”

Jason winced. Now Carly had time to plan the next step, and he really didn’t want to think about what she might have planned. She had to know he’d told Sonny. He had to find her  before she had time to plot her revenge.

Comments

  • Carly runs out again, it’s what she does best. Poor Jason always cleaning up after everyone, how sweet is Lila and her love for Jason.

    According to Becca on July 1, 2022
  • Carly needs to get out of AJ and Jason’s lives. Sonny is an ass, and he deserves what he gets. Thanks for the update.

    According to Shelly Samuel on July 1, 2022
  • Great update! It’s too bad that Carly wasn’t there for the excitement. She ran and Jason does what he always does, run after her to clean up.

    According to Felicia on July 1, 2022
  • Of course Carly isn’t going to stay for the fall out she had a hand in creating. I love Lila’s unshakable faith in Jason. I do wish he wasn’t going to have to clean up after Carly and then of course Sonny but if they all want to come out of this relatively in one piece he may have to. Too bad Sonny hadn’t been slightly more chill in his approach, he may have caught Carly unaware and toppled AJ’s smugness with a whisper instead of a bull horn but Sonny leads with his temper first. So it was definitely in character. I so wish Elizabeth could have subtly reminded Alan he isn’t perfect but she chose wisely. Great update. Hope your tests go well and you get more information to formulate a plan to make it better. Happy 4th.

    According to nanci on July 1, 2022
  • I really hope you can get your health under control. Hopefully you will get the answers you need for treatment. I really hope Jason can stop Carly without getting any more involved. Sonny needs to stand down he just made things worse.

    According to Carla P on July 1, 2022
  • Ugh to your health issues continuing to plague you, yay for doctors finally seeming like they are working to help you.
    Oh how I both admire your organization and tenacity for sticking to your schedule and simultaneously wish every day was Friday (or just “update day”).
    Once again, awesome job keeping characters in character and allowing characters to drive plot.
    The question really is: what will Carly do next? Where was Michael in all of this? Why is Friday a full week away? Can we make this week go faster and not feel like a decade while trying to process bad news upon bad news? Inquiring minds want to know and we hold hope now that the Court is out of session.

    According to LivingLiason on July 1, 2022
  • hope all your health issues are cleared up or under control for you soon.
    LOved the update and the fist fight.
    Carly is such a coward and I would rather Jason let her stay gone.
    AJ has Michael and if she wants him she has to show up again.
    Sonny is such a jerk but Alan sounded pretty snarky also.

    According to Pamela Hedstrom on July 2, 2022