So Close Yet So Far

By: Linda

Chapter 1 - The Big Day

I have not and will not except the fact that Maurice is gone, so I wrote this a little after he left. TPTB have really screwed up our [the S&B fans] ending, so in my story they don't leave. It starts after S & B get back from Florida. They are NOT planning to leave Port Charles, and it's their wedding day.

~~In Brenda's room at the church~~

"Let's do one final check, okay?" said the Brooklyn accent that we all know and love.

"Okay," said Brenda.

"Something old?"

"The pendant."

"Blue?"

"My hair peace."

"Borrowed?"

"My ring," said a cheerful Robin.

"And new?"

"Sonny's mother's ring," said Brenda as she looked down at her engagement ring.

"She would have loved you, Bren," said Lois.

"You really think so?"

"I know so," replied Lois.

"All right. Let's get this show on the road,"said Robin.

Mike walks in. "We ready to start in here? The groom's getting a little anxious," he said.

"Yes!" Brenda said smiling.

They all file out of the room. The music in the church starts, and everyone turns to face the aisle. Brooke walks down the aisle spreading flowers everywhere. Robin is next accompanied by Jason. Then, Lois walks down the aisle with Luke. Finally, the wedding march begins and you can see Mike and Brenda ready to walk down the aisle. Sonny and Brenda's eyes are locked on each other. Suddenly, the doors to the church open, and the Tin Man comes in. He grabs Brenda and knocks Mike over the head with his gun. Everyone drops to the floor. Jason goes for his gun, but Sonny stops him.

"Jason, no! He's got Brenda."

"That's right, Corinthos. I do have her, but not for long because she'll soon die. And you and your braindead friend are next," stated the Tin Man.

"Sonny, please help me," pleaded Brenda.

"Oh. How touching? Nothing can help you now, Miss Barret."

The Tin Man escapes from the church leaving the guests baffled and Sonny grief stricken. Jason runs to the back of the church and finds a note left by the Tin Man. Mary and Joe run over to Mike.

"How is he?" Sonny asks Mary and Joe.

"He'll be okay, but he'll have a bump on his head for a while," said Mary.

Mike starts to move a little.

"What'd you find, Jason?" said Sonny.

"It's a note, for you."

Sonny grabs the note. It reads: "If you'd like to see your fiance before you both die, meet me at the docks in a half hour. Come alone or you won't even get to say goodbye."

"What does it say, Sonny?" Jason immediately asks.

"You stay here. I'll be back."

Sonny dashes out of the church so fast that Jason can't follow him. He jumps in his car and heads to the docks, thinking of how to save Brenda and how much he loves her.



Chapter 2 - An Interruption

Sonny is pacing the docks thinking about the woman he dreams to call his wife. He hears a noise behind him and turns quickly. Brenda is gagged and the Tin Man is holding a gun on her.

"Well, well. Long time no see Corinthos."

"What do you want from me?" replied Sonny.

"I was paid to carry out an order, and I always do my job."

"Even when your employer is dead?"

"In this case, yes. Now let's get down to business. I told you that I'd give you a last goodbye, but I've reconsidered. I think I'll just let you watch the slut die."

Brenda tries to get away, but the Tin Man tightens his grip.

"Don't call her that," says Sonny with building anger.

"In your final moments, your worried about what names I call this whore?"

Sonny can't control his anger anymore. He lunges at the Tin Man. Brenda watches on as they stuggle for the gun. The gun goes off, and Brenda screams. The Tin Man falls to the ground in a pool of his own blood. Sonny runs over and takes the gag off Brenda. He throws his arms around her, never wanting to let go.

"Are you okay? Did he hurt you?" he asked almost whispering.

"I'm fine. What about you? When I heard that gun go off, I thought... I thought I'd lost you."

"You'll never lose me, baby."

They break apart and kiss softly.

"I gotta call the cops and take care of this scum. I'll get some of my guys to stay and wait for the cops. Are you sure you're okay?"

"I'll be fine, but I hurt my ankle a little."

"Can you walk on it?"

"I don't think so."

"All right. Here, put your arms around my neck, sweetheart. I'll carry you."

He picks her up and carries her off the docks.



Chapter 3 - The Ceremony

Sonny walks back into the church with Brenda in his arms to find everyone in groups talking about what had happened earlier. He takes her over to one of the pews and lays her down

"Joe can you come over here, please?" asked Sonny.

"Are you guys okay?" asked Joe.

"What happened?" followed Lois.

"We're fine. Joe, could you check Bren's ankle?"

"Sure, Sonny," Joe replied.

"Mike, are you okay?"" asked Sonny.

"I'll be fine, Michael"

"Corinthos! What happened?" asked Lois again.

Jason walks over.

"The note Jason found, said for me to go to the docks, so I did. The Tin Man showed up, I jumed him, the gun went off, and he's dead. End of story."

Sonny leaves Jason, Lois, and everyone else standing there dumbfounded. He goes over to Brenda.

"How's the ankle?"asked Sonny.

"She'll be fine," replied Joe.

Sonny whispers something to Joe.

"I think that would be all right," said Joe smiling.

"What are you up to, sweetheart?" asked Brenda.

"Me?"

"Yes, you!"

"Well, I justa asked Joe if you were well enough to walk down the aisle"

Brenda's face lights up.

"Actually, I don't want you to hurt your ankle anymore, so c'mere."

He picks her up and carries her to the altar. Then, he gently sets her down.

"You know if oyu keep carrying me everywhere, I'm gonna forget how to walk."

Sonny kisses her hands and smiles at her.

"I'd carry you anywhere, baby"

He turns to the crowd.

"If you would all take your seats," Sonny begins,"we can finally start the ceremony."

Everyone finds their seats quickly. The Preist begins.

"We're gathered here today to join Michael and Brenda in holy matrimony..."

He goes on, but Sonny and Brenda don't here him anymore. They stare into each others eyes and see all that they've been through- when Sonny was shot, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the wire, Stone's death, Canada, when he was shot full of heroin, their reunion, and the whole Doorman murder. We pick up at the end of the ceremony.

"Michael, repeat after me: with this ring, I thee wed."

"With this ring, I thee wed," said Sonny hoarsely.

"Brenda, repeat after me: with this ring I thee wed."

"With this ring, I thee wed," says Brenda with tears coming down her face. Sonny wipes them away.

"By the power vested in me, by the state of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."

Sonny takes her in his arms and kisses the woman who is no longer his girlfriend, but his wife. The kiss is filled with more passion and love than any other they've ever shared.



Chapter 4 - A Special Toast

Luke's is packed full of wedding guests. Everyone is dancing and having a great time. Sonny and Brenda are near the bar talking to Luke and Laura. Sonny has his arms around Brenda's waist.

"So, where are you guys goin' for the honeymoon, man?" Luke asked his best friend.

"Puerto Rico, of course," smiled Sonny.

"It's so beautiful there. I can't wait to go back," said Brenda.

"Soon sweetheart. We're outta here in a few short hours."

"I think it's time that the Best Man made a toast," said Luke as he walked up to the stage.

"Can I have your attention please? If you'd all grab a glass of champagne, it's time for the toast."


Sonny goes to hand a glass to Brenda but she declines.

"I don't think that I'm up to having champane tonight, but I'd like a glass of sparkling cider though," she says not quite ready to tell him the real reason she doesn't want champagne. He goes to get her a glass of sparkling cider without questioning her. He hands her a glass and Luke begins.



"You two sure have been through a lot to get here."

"You can say that again!" replies Sonny. Everyone laughs.

"Well, I've been there on the sidelines the whole time, and it's been some ride. And you could have avoided the whole thing if you both weren't so damn stubborn. But seriously, I want to wish you all the happiness in the world, 'cause g*d knows you deserve it. To Sonny and Brenda." Everyone raises their glasses. Sonny and Brenda click glasses and kiss.



"They really look happy, don't they?" Jason asked Robin while they stared at Sonny and Brenda.

"Definitely," said Robin.

"I'm glad. I don't think I've ever seen him this happy."

"Me either."



"Stay here, sweetheart. I'll be right back," Sonny told his wife.

"Where are you going?" Her quesion was soon answered when she saw Sonny go up on the stage.

"I have a special toast to make," said Sonny into the microphone. Everyone turned to face the stage. Brenda smiles at her husband, knowing how much he hates to speak in public. "I'm not too good at this, so bear with me. I ah... I just wanted to say that I know that most of you are here for Brenda, not me. And you probably think that she's making a big mistake... Maybe she is. I know I don't deserve her, but I love her and I can't live without her." Immediately following his last words, he walks off the stage and over to Brenda. She has tears in her eyes as does he.

"That was so beautiful, honey," she says almost in a whisper.

"It's true."

"I love you." They throw their arms around each other never wanting to let go.



Chapter 5 - A Long Flight

"How long before we land?" asked Brenda anxiously.

"We just took off, baby. I think we have a while."

"I just can't wait to get there. We'll lay on the beach and watch the sun set."

"We could do that, or we could spend our honeymoon where it should be spent."

"And where's that?"

"In bed!" he replied before smothering her with kisses. He started to unbutton her shirt, when she reluctantly pulled away.

"We can't. What if the pilot or crew comes back here?" she asks while he continues to kiss her.

"Bren, the pilot has to fly the plane, and the crew is on strict orders to use the intercom first. Any more problems?"

"None."

They continued to kiss, and Brenda no longer worried about how long the flight was.



"Thanks for your help Mary, but don't you have to work tomorrow?" asked Mike while stacking the final chair on the table.

"Yes, but I was glad to do it."

"Okay, it looks like we're done here. Would you like a ride home?"

"Sure."

"Hey, Luke. We're outta here."

"Us too, Luke," said Jason and Robin.

"Goodnight guys," said Luke finishing up behind the bar.

"Jason. Do you think we could take the limo tonight? A motorcycle and a bridesmaids dress don't mix well," said Robin while walking out the door of Luke's.

"I guess your right. We'll take the limo."



"Mr. Corinthos, if you'll both buckle up and take your seats, we'll be landing in about ten minutes," said the pilot over the intercom.

The announcement woke Sonny up, but Brenda still lay sleeping in his arms. He looked down at his wife and smiled. He decided to wake her with a kiss.

"Ummm... Can you wake me like that everyday?" she asked her husband.

"If you'd like me to," he smiled. "It's time to get up and get dressed sweetheart. We're landing in ten minutes."

"I don't want to get dressed. I want to stay like this forever."

"Well, you could walk out of here naked, but then all the guys would be looking at you. So, maybe you shoud get dressed."

"Let them look honey, because I'm taken," she said getting up and getting dressed.

"You definitely are," said Sonny doing the same.

"Honey, did you see my other shoe?" Brenda asked. He smiled and handed it to her. They sat in their seats, buckled up, and the plane landed safely. Once they had checked in at the front desk, they headed up to the HM suite. Sonny opened the door, and Brenda gasped in disbelief. The room was filled with candles, and the table was set with strawberries and champagne.

"This is so beautiful," she said. "How did you do this?"

"I called from the plane while you were sleeping."

She gave him a soft little thank-you kiss, and she walked over to the table. He picked up a glass of champagne and handed it to Brenda.

"I don't think I should." said Brenda refusing the glass.

"Why not? Don't you feel well?" he asked concerned.

"Honey, there's something we need to talk about!"



Chapter 6 - Revelations

Luke stood at the bar doing some paper work when Jason and Robin walked in.

"Hey guys. What's up?" said Luke.

"Not much," replied Jason.

"I'll be right back guys," said Robin walking towards the bathrooms.

"Okay," said Jason.

"Hey Jason. Could you do me a favor?"

"Sure. What is it, Luke?"

"It's Cassadine. He's been acting strange lately, and I don't mean his normal strangeness either. I think he's up to something, and I don't like it."

"I'll put someone on it right away."

"Thanks, man."



Meanwhile, in the bathroom, Robin splashed some cold water on her face. She hadn't been feeling well lately and didn't tell anyone. She was too afraid of finding out that something was really wrong. She dried her face and joined Luke and Jason at the bar.



"Talk about what? You're scaring me Brenda."

"I'm sorry, honey. I don't want to scare you. Come sit with me." She takes his hands and leads him to the couch by the terrace doors. They sit, and she begins. "Do you remember at the reception, when I had cider instead of champagne?"

"Yeah. I meant to ask you about that."

"Well...I don't think I should drimk just in case..."

"Just in case what, baby?"

"Lately i haven't felt well, and I was thinking that...that maybe I could possibly be...pregnant."

"Pregnant? You're pregnant?" he says smiling.

"Nothing's definite yet, but it's very possible."

"When can we be sure about this?"

"I was thinking that tomorrow we could go for a test. What do you say?"

"I don't know if I can wait that long!" he said excited.

"I'm sorry, but you're gonna have to. I'm pretty sure that every doctor's office is closed at this hour."

"So, what are we gonna do until then?" he seductively asked.

" Well, we are on our honeymoon. I'm sure we could find something to do," she said smiling.

"I bet we can!" he said while taking her in his arms. They kissed, and when the kisses turned more intense, he pulled back.

"Brenda, we can't do this."



"Hey man! What's up?" Luke asked Jason, who just walked into Luke's.

"I've got the information you wanted on Cassadine."

"Turn up anything big?"

"Yes, and it's not good, man."?



Chapter 7 - Surprise Connections

''What do you mean 'we can't do this'?'' Brenda asked worried.

''If you are pregnant, it might hurt the baby.''

Brenda smiled at her husband's concern. ''Before we left, I asked Lois, and she said it was sfae. But don't worry, I didn't tell her I was pregnant 'cause I wanted to tell you first.''

''You're sure it's okay?''

''I'm sure,'' she said smiling.

''Well then, where were we?'' he said leading her over to the bed. He sat down on the edge of the bed, and she straddled him.

''I think we were about here.'' She kissed his neck and he ran his hands through her hair. They slowly undressed each other and made love all night long.

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''What do you got Jason?'' asked Luke.

''Well, we did a lot of digging and found some interesting stuff. Turns out Cassadine is a distant cousin of Miranda Jameson.

''What?''

''Yeah. He's the one who funded her exit from Port Charles, but there's more.''

''Lay it on me.''

''You know that when Rivera 'killed himself' Sonny got control of Puerto Rico.''

''Yes, but what does that have to do with Cassadine?''

''Well, when Sonny got control he sold the prostitution ring and the drug ring. He's just not into that stuff. And at the time, the guy that bought them checked out.''

''What do you mean by 'at the time'? What's changed?''

''Nothing's changed, but we missed something when we checked him out. It turns out that this guy is the president of a little company owned by none other than our dear friend, Stefan Cassadine.''

''Are you saying what I think you're saying?''

''I'm saying that Stefan Cassadine is connected to the mob.''

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''Hi Mary,'' said Mike as Mary walked into the Recovery Room. ''I put in our lunch orders. I thought Frank and Julie were going to join us today?''

''Oh, they are. They'll be here in a couple minutes.''

''Okay. I can't wait until Michael and Brenda get back. I want our kids to get to know each other, and I want you to know my son too. I just hope it all works out okay."

''Don't worry, Mike. I'm sure we'll all get along, just fine.''

''I hope so. Oh look. There's Frank and Julie.''

''Hi son, Julie.''

''Hey Ma. How are you Mike?'' asked Frank.

''Good. And you guys?''

''We're doing good,'' said Julie while smilimg at Frank.

The cook walks out with lunch.

''Looks like lunch is ready. Shall we eat?'' said Mike.

''Let's go,'' said Frank.

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Chapter 8 - A New Day

The hot Puerto Rican sun is shining through the windows of the honeymoon suite. Sonny and Brenda lay curled up in each others arms. His hand is on top of her stomach, and her hand is on top of his. Brenda moves slightly from the sun, which is shining in her eyes. At her movement, Sonny also begins to wake up.

''Good morning, sweetheart,'' said Sonny as he kissed her.

''Do that again, and it'll be a great morning,'' she said smiling.

''Okay.'' He kissed her again. ''Are you ready to get up?''

''Sonny, since when do you get up early?''

''Since I found out I could be daddy.'' Brenda smiled at him. ''So let's go get showered and dressed so we can get to the doctor,'' he said getting out of bed.

''Sonny,'' Brenda said with sadness in her voice.

''What's wrong, baby?'' he asked concerned.

''Do you regret this? I mean me being your wife and having your baby, not Lily. 'Cause she would have been a great mother, and I know you'll be a great father, but I don't know about me.''

''What? Brenda, I love you, and there's no one I would rather have as the mother of my child. You'll be a great mother. I know you will,'' he said trying to reassure his wife. ''Okay?''

''Okay. Now didn't you mention something about a shower?'' she asked seductively.

''Uh-hm. And you know what? We could always conserve some water and take a shower together.''

''Anything to help the environment,'' she said following him into the bathroom.

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''I thought we were going out for breakfast this morning,'' Robin told Jason.

''We were, but I had to go talk to Luke. Didn't your Uncle Mac give you the message?''

''Yes, but all it said was that you had to cancel, and you'd stop by later.''

''I'm sorry. Did I worry you?''

''No more than usual,'' she said smiling. Jason smiled back.

''So what do you say we go out for lunch?''

''Sure. Since you went to Luke's this morning, we can go to The Outback.''

''Sounds good.''

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''Good afternoon. What can I do for you?'' said the nurse behind the counter of the clinic.

''We need a pregnancy test,'' said Brenda with Sonny beside her.

''Okay. A doctor should be with you shortly. If you give me your name, I'll call you when we're ready.''

''Brenda Corinthos.''

''Okay, Mrs. Corinthos, you can have a seat over there,'' she said pointing to a row of chairs.

''Okay,'' said Sonny and Brenda in unison.

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Chapter 9 - Confirmation

''Karen? Is that you?'' Mac asked as Karen walked into The Outback.

''Hi Mac. Yes, I'm back.''

''Robin mentioned something about it, but what about Jagger? Is he still in San Francisco?''

"Yeah. He's not coming to Port Charles. We got married too soon and we grew apart. The divorce should be final in a couple weeks,'' she said with sadness in her voice.

''Divorce? I'm sorry.''

''So am I,'' she said sadly. ''But enough about my problems, can I get a table?''

''Sure. Are you expecting anyone?''

''Yes, Joe Scanlon. Oh, there he is,'' she said as Joe walked through The Outback door.

''Hey Karen,'' said Joe. ''Sorry I'm late. We had an emergency in the E.R.'' He turns to Mac. ''Hi. Have we met?''

''Joe, this is Mac. He's my friend Robin's uncle,'' said Karen.

''Oh hi,'' said Joe.

''Nice to meet you, and it was nice to see you again Karen,'' he said walking back over to the bar.

''So are you ready to order?'' asked Joe.

''Sure.''

They ordered, had dinner, and went to Karen's place. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

''When is he going to call?'' said Brenda pacing around the hotel room.

''Come sit down, baby. pacing around the room is not gonna make the doctor call faster.''

''I know, but why is it taking so long? Maybe there's something wrong. Do you think there could be a problem with the test results?''

''Sweetheart, come sit down with me. Stop worying. You're gonna make yourself sick.''

''That's just it, Sonny. What if I am sick already?''

''Brenda, you're fine,'' he said going over and putting his arms around her. 'Look at me,'' he said. ''There's no way I'm gonna lose you. We just got back together,a dnwe're never gonna be apart again. Got that?''

''I got it.'' she said smiling.

Just then the phone rang. Brenda ran over to it and answered it quickly.

''Hello? ... This is Brenda Corinthos ... yes, I see ... uh-huh ... okay. Thank you.''

''Well, what did the tests say? Are you ... we pregnant?''

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''Hey gorgeous,'' said Luke as he walked into his house.

''Hey. You're home early,'' replied Laura.

''I got someone to watch the club. Where are the kids?''

''Lulu's asleep.''

''And Lucky?''

''Lucky's on a date with Emily Quartermaine.''

''Way to go Cowboy!'' Luke exclaims. Laura smiles at her husband.

''So you didn't tell me why you're home early?''

''We've gotta talk Laura.''

''What's wrong?'' asked a concerned Laura.

''Well, Cassadine's been acting stranger than usual, so I had Jason do some checking.''

''What'd he come up with?''

''A lot. Not only is Cassadine a distant cousin of Miranda...''

''Cousin?''

''Yes, but you haven't heard the best part. He has mob connections.''

''The mob?''

''Yeah.''

''What are we gonna do about it?''

''I don't know yet, Laura. I don't know.''

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''Brenda?''

She truns around and smiles.

''Are you ready to be a daddy?''

''Raelly? Oh my god, Brenda!" he says as he picks her up and swings her around.

''How far along are you?''

''3 months.''

''And we didn't realize?''

''The doctor said that people can go for five or six months and still not know.''

''I want to celebrate. Let's go out. i saw an expensive restaurant about a mile down the road. What do you say?''

''I say I'd love to got out to dinner with my wonderful husband.'' She goes over to the door, but he grabs her arm and stops her.

''Wait a second.''

''Did I forget something?''

''Did you forget something? You just announced that you were pregnant. Aren't you gonna kiss me?''

''Oh you want a kiss, huh? I'll give you a kiss,'' she said follwed by a long, hot, passionate kiss.

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Chapter 10 - An Unforseen Problem

Sonny and Brenda have spent the last two weeks in Puerto Rico. They spent most of their time in the hotel room, in bed. Ocassionally, they would go out to dinner or lay on the beach. They did a lot of talking about the future too. Sonny brought up the idea of moving into a house so there'd be more room for the baby. Brenda was touched that he'd even suggest it, but she didn't want to leave the penthouse. There were too many memories of Stone there. They also decided that if the baby was a boy, his middle name would be Stone. They knew Robin would like that. Eventually, they had to get back to reality. The honeymoon was over, and it was time to go home. They couldn't wait to tell their friends and family about the baby. They packed their suitcases, and left for the airport.

They're now on Sonny's private jet. Sonny is sitting on the leather sofa, and Brenda is leaning against his chest with her legs on the couch.

''What do you think about coming back here someday? When the baby's old enough, I'd like to show him all the sites,'' said Sonny.

''Him? You think it's a boy, huh?''

''Yes, I do. I have a strong feeling about this,'' he said smiling.

You do? What if I say that I have a strong feeling it's a girl?''

''I'd have to say that you're wrong,''he said while kissing her forehead.

''Oh. I'm wrong, am I?''

''Definitely,''he said before covering her with kisses.

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''Hey, Amy,'' said Robin. ''Have you seen Karen today? I was supposed to meet her here, and then we were gonna go out to lunch.''

''Hi, Robin. Yeah. I saw her about five minutes ago. She and Dr. Scanlon were headed towards the on-call room.''

''Thanks. I guess I'll go meet her there.''

''Okay. Bye, Robin.''

''Bye, Amy.'' Robin started to walk towards the on-call room, but felt a little dizzy and fainted.

''Oh my god! Robin!'' said Amy as she ran over to her. ''Someone get Dr. Quartermaine fast!''

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It's a couple hours later, and Sonny and Brenda have fallen asleep on the plane. The phone rings, and it wakes them both up. Sonny answers.

''Hello?.....Hey, Jason. What's up?.....What? Oh my god!.....We're on the plane. We should be there in a couple hours.....Okay. Bye.''

''What's wrong, honey?''

''It's Robin, sweetie. She collapsed. She's in the hospital.''

''Oh no! Is she gonna be okay?''

''Jason doesn't know. All he said was that she's stable.''

''Oh god, Sonny. We can't lose her. We can't,'' she says beginning to cry. Sonny wraps his arms tightly around her.

''It's okay, sweetheart. Robin will be fine.''

''I hope so.''

''So do I.''

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Chapter 11 - Return To Sorrow

Once the plane has landed at Port Charles International Airport, Sonny and Brenda race off and head for the limo. They are met by Joseph.

''Welcome home, Mr. and Mrs. Corinthos. Shall I take you straight to the Penthouse?''

''Hi Joseph. Take us to the hospital. Robin is sick.''

''Of course. Right away.'' They get into the limo, and Joseph drives them to the hospital.

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Jason and Mac are quietly sitting at Robin's bedside. She is still unconsious, but expected to wake up at any moment. Lois, Ned, Felicia, Katherine, Lucy, Kevin, and even Mike were there earlier. Mac and Jason convinced them to go home, saying they would update them in the morning. Jason is half asleep, holding her hand. Robin moves slightly. Mac and Jason rush to her side.

''What happened?'' asked a groggy Robin.

''Amy said that you passed out, sweetheart,'' said Mac.

''Oh yeah.'' They hear noises outside and turn their heads to the door. Sonny and Brenda walk in.

''Robin! What happened?''asked Brenda.

''Are you okay?'' followed Sonny.

''I'm okay,'' said Robin.

''She collapsed in the hallway, but Alan said she'll be fine,'' said Jason.

''It was a reaction from the new medications she's taking. Alan changed them around a little,'' said Mac.

''Are you sure you're okay?'' asked Brenda.

''Yes. I'm fine. When did you guys get back?''

''We came straight from the airport,'' said Brenda.

''Yeah. Jason called us while we were on the plane,'' continued Sonny.

''So you guys haven't been home yet?'' asked Robin.

''Not yet.''

''Then go. Get some rest. You too Uncle Mac. Jason's here.''

''Yeah. I'll stay here tonight.''

''I don't know,'' said Mac.

''Me either. I don't want to leave, Robin,'' said Brenda.

''I'll be fine. I promise.''

Sonny wraps his arms around Brenda's waist, and places his hand on her stomach. "Brenda, you do need your rest,'' he whispers.

''I guess we'll go,'' said Brenda. ''But we'll be back first thing tomorrow morning.''

''Okay.'' They all exchange goodbyes, and Jason and Robin are left alone.

''Thank you for staying. I didn't really want to be alone.''

''No problem. Now get some rest.'' He kissed her.

''Okay. Goodnight, Jason.''

''Goodnight.''

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''Home. Finally, home,'' said Brenda as she walked throught the Penthouse doors.

''Now you should get some sleep. Both of you,'' he said rubbing her hand over her stomach. She smiles at him.

''Only if you join me.''

''You don't have to ask me twice.'' He took his wife's hand and led her up to bed, where they made love and fell asleep in each other's arms.

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Chapter 12 - Captured

Sonny and Brenda woke up early the next moring. They showered and dressed quickly. Brenda was ready to go see Robin.

''Where do you think you're going?'' Sonny asked.

''To the hospital. Aren't you coming?''

''Of course, but after we eat breakfast.''

''But I want to go see Robin.'' He walks over to Brenda and wraps his arms around her waist; she's still not showing.

''You need to eat your breakfast. You want a healthy baby, don't you?''

''Of course I do. All right. I'll eat breakfast. Then, we'll go to the hospital. Deal?''

''Deal.'' They seal it with a kiss. They eat breakfast and head to the hopital. They tell the driver to take them to the hospital, but unbeknownst to them their limo driver was switched with a fake. When the limo stops, Sonny gets out and doesn't know where he is. Brenda gets out after him and is just as confused.

''I told you to take us to the hospital,'' Sonny told his driver, but it was no use. The driver hit him over the head and knocked him out. Brenda ran to him. She knelt dowm and rested his head in her lap. Some thugs came out from behind the bushes.

''Grab her and take him,'' the driver ordered.

''Get off me,'' said Brenda as the thugs grabbed her.

''You will go willingly or your husband will die,'' said the driver pulling out a gun. Brenda agreed and followed them.

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''Did you see Sonny and Brenda out there?'' Robin asked Lois and Ned as they walked in.

''No. They're not here, Robin,'' said Lois.

''Ned, would you go and try to call them? I have a feeling that something's wrong. They said they'd be here, and they never showed up.''

''Sure. I'll go call them.'' Ned leaves the room.

"Robin, they did just get back from their honeymoon. Maybe they're.....sleeping or something.'' Robin laughs.

''Maybe, but Bren would have called.''

''Yeah.''

Ned walks back in the room. ''There was no amswer at the PH. I saw Jason in the hallway. He said he'd go over and check to see if they're there.''

''Okay. Thanks Ned.''

''No problem. Now how are you feeling today?''

''Much better.''

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Sonny and Brenda are in a small dark room. Sonny is still unconsious, and Brenda is at his side waiting for him to wake up. She has his head resting in her lap. Sonny begins to move slightly and mumble a little.

''Br.....Brenda? Are you okay?'' he says sitting up.

''I'm fine, honey.''

He places his hand on her stomach. ''The baby?''

''We're both fine. They didn't hurt us.'' Sonny kisses her.

''Did you see who's behind this whole thing?''

''No.''

Stefan Cassadine walks in the room.

''Well, well. Mr. and Mrs. Corinthos nice of you to come visit,'' said Stefan.

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Chapter 13 - Unfortunate Discoveries

''Cassadine? What's going on here? What do you want from me?'' asks Sonny.

''Very simple, Mr. Corinthos. I want your organization.''

''You what?''

'' Are you deaf? I said I want control of your organization. I don't like the way you run things.''

''What the hell does my organization have to do with you?''

''Oh. I guess you don't know, do you?''

''Know what?''

''I don't know how much your new wife knows about your business, so maybe she shouldn't be here. Guard! Take her out of here.'' A couple of men roughly grab Brenda.

''Leave her alone!'' yells Sonny. The guards tighten their grip. ''I said leave her alone. She's pregnant,'' Sonny angerly blurts out. When the guards hear the word ''pregnant'', they release Brenda. She runs over to Sonny and throws her arms around him. He holds her in his arms and looks up at Cassadine.

''Pregnant? Is that so?'' says Stefan. Sonny and Brenda remain silent. ''I don't think I should believe you.''

''Why would I lie?'' asks Sonny while Brenda is still holding him tightly. She has tears streaming dowm her face.

''Maybe you're hoping that I'll let you go, but you're wrong.'' He pauses for a moment. ''I do however have a soft spot for children. So I'll have a test done at GH, and if you are pregnant, Mrs. Corinthos, then I shall not harm you.''

''You're not gonna touch me. I won't let you hurt my baby,'' says Brenda as she backs out of Sonny's arms. Stefan ignores Brenda's comment and leaves the room with his guards. They lock the door so Sonny and Brenda can't escape.

''I'm scared Sonny,'' says Brenda.

''I'm so sorry that this happened, sweetheart. C'mere.'' He opens his arms, and she jumps into them.

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Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Jason walks into Robin's room. Luke and Laura are there visiting.

''Jason. What happened? Did you find them?'' asks Robin.

''Find who?'' asked Laura.

''What's going on?'' asked Luke.

''Sonny and Brenda are missing,'' says Jason.

''Missing? So they weren't at the PH?''

''Sorry, Robin. The PH was empty. Luke, you think you could help me do some searching?''

''Sure man. Laura-.''

''Go. I'll stay here with Robin,'' says Laura. Jason and Luke leave.

''Thanks for staying, Laura. Mike's stopping by soon, and I don't want to tell him alone.''

''No problem, sweetie.''

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A couple hours later, Stefan comes in with the test results. They are positive.

''Now we should get back to the subject at hand. If Mrs. Corinthos would please go with the guards, we won't have to harm her,'' says Stefan.

''I'm not going anywhere.''

''She's staying with me,'' says Sonny.

''This doesn't concern her.''

''She stays,'' Sonny says angerly.

''If you insist. Now, apparently you don't know of my mob connections,'' said Stefan.

''Mob connections?'' said Brenda.

''What connections?'' asked Sonny.

''When you sold the drug and prostitution rings in Puerto Rico-.''

''I checked the guy out,'' Sonny interrupted.

"Not good enough, Mr. Corinthos,because if you had, you would have discovered that I was his financial backer. In fact, I still am.''

Sonny was silent. he knew that Cassadine could be telling the truth because he wanted to get rid of these operations quickly and didn't do a good background check.

''So what happens now?'' asks Sonny.

''Like I said before, Mr. Corinthos, I want your organization.''

''Well, I'm sorry. That's not an option.''

''Well then, we have a problem, don't we?''

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Continued
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