The Final Play by Heather


Prologue

The story begins about a month after Carly's escape from Alcazar's kidnapping plot (prior to the majority of the Carly/Lorenzo storyline, Morgan's birth and the coma that followed).

Chapter 1: Alcazar's Ultimate Plan

Lorenzo Alcazar is on his cell phone with an associate. The scene begins with Lorenzo in the middle of a heated argument with the mystery man or woman on the phone.

Lorenzo: Your job is not to give me your opinion. You job is to carry out my orders as I see fit. Any variance from that is forbidden!

Person on other end: But Senior Alcazar, I implore you to reconsider…what you are doing could cost you everything.

Lorenzo: Do I have to repeat myself? Fine. Mr. Corinthos is to be kept alive until I have no use for him.

Person on other end: Can I just ask one question?

Lorenzo (sighs): Fine. One question.

Person on other end: Why do you want him kept alive? I have him in my sights right now and I can have him killed in seconds. As you say, he is responsible for your brother's death.

Lorenzo: Killing him would be too simple. I want him to suffer like I have suffered. My brother's death will be revenged. Corinthos must pay, but only in the way I have designed. If he dies any sooner than what I have planned, you will die as well. Do you have anything else to ask?

Person on other end: No Senior Alcazar, you have been very clear.

Lorenzo: Good. Now get back to work.

He hangs up the phone in disgust. His scenario must be played out correctly to get what he wants.

Lorenzo punches a number into his cell phone.

Lorenzo: I need a location of a woman immediately.

The name? Brenda Barrett.

Chapter 2: All is well at Casa Corinthos.

Carly comes down the stairs, very pregnant, to find Sonny hard at work in the kitchen.

Sonny: Whoa, whoa whoa! Just what do you think you are doing?

Carly: Coming downstairs for breakfast…what else would I be doing.

Sonny: The doctor said no unnecessary walking. Come on now, let me help you back upstairs so I can give you the breakfast in bed I had planned.

Carly: Now that is what I like to hear…smells great, too. But really, I feel fine. The baby is well, I am well…

Sonny: I'm not taking any chances. You went through too many close calls when you were gone. Nothing is going to happen to this baby.

Carly: And nothing will.

Sonny: So are you saying you don't want breakfast in bed?

Carly (smiling): Now, I didn't say that…

Chapter 3: From Lisbon to France to London…

Brenda Barrett has been in Europe “finding herself” for over 6 months now. In that time, she's thought of many things…being alive, not having a terminal disease, Luis Alcazar being dead and gone, her late mother, her sister Julia, Jax, Port Charles, Ned. But the one thought that kept coming back to her was the last time she kissed Sonny. It changed her life forever. Prior to that, she was a day away from marrying Jasper Jacks. In a way it was terrible…she thought her life was planned out. Marry Jax, have a few kids in their cottage, live happily ever after. In another way, it was the best thing that could have ever happened. She realized that she has a true soulmate in this world. A lot of people never get to meet that person. She and Sonny had been though almost everything together. They've saved each other so many times. No matter what happened, even death and marriage, they were still drawn to each other.

Brenda has moved around Europe during her six months away from Port Charles, New York. Shortly after arriving in Lisbon, she decided to move on. She's spent time in Italy, France and now London, with many stops along the way. She's been seeing the world, but still yearns for the life she used to lead. The Face of Deception, hopelessly in love with Sonny.

She still carries the cell phone that Jason gave her when she left Port Charles. She gets calls from Sonny and Jason every now and then to check up. Her hopes always soar when she hears Sonny's voice on the other end.

Brenda (to herself): Ahh! Look at the time…I've really got to stop fantasizing about Sonny all the time if I ever want to be on time.

She grabs her keys and coat and rushes out the door.

Chapter 4: Finding Brenda

Lorenzo (on the phone): Tell me you found her.

Person on phone: Senior Alcazar, we found her former residence in Lisbon, but she had moved on months ago. She seems to be covering her tracks very well.

Lorenzo: Just as I figured. Corinthos must be helping her elude any followers. I'll have to move on to Plan B.

Lorenzo hangs up and calls the airport.

Lorenzo: Get my private plane ready to go. The destination is Port Charles.

Chapter 5: Unexpected guest

Sonny ordered the guard to escort Michael and Latisha to the car. He and Carly were to join them shortly. After the kidnapping, he isn't letting anyone out of his or his guard's sight for an instant.

Sonny: I'll be right down, Carly, I just need to change my jacket…Michael spilled juice on the counter and it's all over it now.

Carly: Ok, I'll be waiting.

Sonny goes upstairs.

There is a knock on the door. Figuring that it is just one of Sonny's guards, she opens the door without asking any questions. The door swings open in seemingly slow motion to reveal Lorenzo Alcazar.

Carly (taken aback): Wh..wha..what are you doing here?

Lorenzo: Don't worry, Mrs. Corinthos, I'm only here to talk to your husband.

Carly (yelling): Sonny! Alcazar is here to see you.

Lorenzo: You have no reason to be scared, Mrs. Corinthos. I meant what I told you on the yacht…I would never have kidnapped you in your present state. I merely took full advantage of the situation that Ric had created. I have nothing but the admiration and respect for you.

Carly: I would still feel more comfortable with my husband present. Sonny!

Sonny (rushing downstairs): What is going on here? Who let you in?

Lorenzo: Your wife opened the door, your guard wasn't at the door to give you any warning.

Sonny: Fair enough. Now leave.

Lorenzo: Not so fast, Mr. Corinthos, I do believe we have a common interest to discuss.

Sonny: What do you mean? My family is home and safe and that is all that I care about.

Lorenzo: Are you certain of that, Mr. Corinthos? Your past behavior has proved otherwise.

Sonny (turning to Carly): Carly, go downstairs and tell the driver to go ahead without me. I'll catch up later.

Carly: Are you sure?

Sonny: It's for the best. I'll see you soon.

Carly leaves. Sonny turns his full attention to Alcazar.

Sonny: Now what is this common interest?

Lorenzo: I think you have some idea. She's part of the reason why my brother is dead.

Sonny: Alexis is the reason your brother is dead. You already knew that.

Lorenzo: I've said it before and I'll say it again. Ms. Davis was the one who ultimately murdered my brother, but he would have never been here if it weren't for you and Brenda Barrett.

Sonny (concerned): Brenda had nothing to do with it. If you want to blame anyone, blame me, leave her out of it.

Lorenzo: That's not going to happen. Now, we can do this the easy way or the hard way. Where is Brenda?

Sonny (lying): How am I supposed to know? Last I knew she was in Lisbon, but that was months ago.

Lorenzo: I don't believe that for a second.

Sonny: That's too bad because that's all I'm going to give you.

Jason enters the room.

Jason: What is going on here?

Sonny: Alcazar was just leaving.

Lorenzo: You haven't seen the last of me. I'm not leaving until I get what I want.

Sonny: And I'm willing to bet on that.

Lorenzo leaves.

Jason: What did he want?

Sonny: Brenda.

Jason: Brenda? Why?

Sonny: He blames her and myself for Luis' death.

Jason: That doesn't make sense….Alexis killed Luis.

Sonny: He believes that his brother would still be alive if it weren't for Brenda and myself. Luis didn't want Brenda to have any reason to want to come back to Port Charles. By his logic, if Brenda hadn't escaped to warn me, I would be dead already and his brother would still be alive.

Jason: We can't let him find her.

Sonny: Exactly.

Jason: I'll call her and warn her.

Sonny: No, you go ahead and let Carly know that I'll join them as soon as I can. I'll make the call.

Chapter 6: I Just Called To Say…

Jason leaves and Sonny picks up the phone. He dials Brenda's number from memory. As a precaution, he and Jason memorized the cell phone number just in case any of Luis Alcazar's associates ever attempted to contact her again. The precaution has proved to be very wise.

Brenda: Hello?

Sonny: It's me. How is everything?

Brenda: Fine…great. I'm having a great time.

Sonny: That's great.

There is a long pause as both of them think of what to say next. They both end up speaking at the same time.

Brenda: S…

Sonny: Bre…

Brenda: You go first.

Sonny: No, you.

Brenda: No, I insist.

Sonny (laughs softly): Ok. (his voice gets serious) Brenda, I need to talk to you.

Brenda: Ok…go ahead.

Sonny: No, not over the phone. It's important. I need to see you in person and soon.

Brenda: In person…(her voice drifts off)

Sonny: Yes. I can be there by tomorrow. It is very urgent.

Brenda: Ok. I'm in London. (she gives him her hotel address and suite number)

Brenda: So…I'll see you tomorrow?

Sonny: I'll see you tomorrow.

They hang up. The sound of Sonny's voice lingers in Brenda's head. She wanted to tell him something important, too. She was glad that he was coming to see her in person. It would be best to tell him in person than over the phone. She needed to see his face when she told him the truth about how she felt…how she has always felt.

Brenda (out loud to herself): I never stopped loving you, Sonny. And I never will.

Chapter 7: Arrangements

Sonny is on the phone with Carly explaining why he needs to go to Brenda. Needless to say, she isn't too happy that her husband is seeing his former love.

Carly: Why can't you just warn her over the phone? Send a guard or to over to her?

Sonny: You know I can't do that. If anything happens to her and I didn't do everything I could, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself.

Carly: I know. I'm sorry. It's just that we have been apart for so long and I just wanted to have some more time together.

Sonny: Don't you worry…we'll have all the time in the world. I just need to make sure that Brenda is going to be okay and then I will return.

Carly: Ok. I understand. Just get back quickly and be safe.

Sonny: I will. Have a good time on the island and let the guards know if there is anything you need. No unnecessary walking for you!

Carly: Hundreds of miles away and you are still bossing you around. (laughs) I'll talk to you soon. Love you.

Sonny: Love you too. Bye.

Sonny hangs up the phone and calls the airfield to make sure that his plane is read to go. His plan was to fly to France and then change planes so if Alcazar tracks his plane, it wouldn't lead him to Brenda.

Sonny (on the phone): Everything is set? Great. I'll be there in 20 minutes.

Jason enters the room looking worried.

Jason: Sonny, I really think I should go. There's no point in you leaving your family just to warn Brenda about something that might not even happen. You could be leading Alcazar right to her!

Sonny: I'm going and that is final. Look after Carly, Courtney and Michael for me. I'm counting on you to keep them safe.

Sonny takes his luggage and gets into the elevator.

Chapter 8: Hotel in London

Sonny is in front of Brenda's hotel suite door in London. He flew his private plane to France, then secretly transferred to another jet to take him to London via two other stops. He hoped that his efforts deterred any followers.

Sonny knocks on the door.

Brenda rushes to the door and looks to see who it is. She takes a deep breath full of anticipation when she sees Sonny's face on the other side.

Brenda opens the door.

Brenda: Sonny, hi!

Sonny: Hi Bren.

Brenda: Come on in.

Sonny steps in and Brenda closes the door. Sonny gives her a long hug and gives her a kiss on her cheek.

Brenda: How have you been?

Sonny thinks “Missing you every day.”

Sonny says: Great, how about you?

Brenda thinks “Missing you every day.”

Brenda says: Excellent. Seeing the world. Very exciting.

Brenda thinks “Would be better with you around.”

Sonny: That's great. I'm glad.

Brenda: So…not that I'm not happy to see you, but what brings you to London?

Sonny: You of course. I mean I need to tell you something in person.

Brenda: Right, that's what you said on the phone yesterday.

Sonny leads Brenda over to the bed where they both sit down.

Sonny: You know that Luis Alcazar has a brother, right?

Brenda: Yes…Courtney called me a few months ago to see if I had any information on him. I had no idea he even existed before her call.

Sonny: He never mentioned one word about having a brother?

Brenda: Not one word in four years. But that is how Luis operated. I only knew what he felt I needed to know. Or that he wanted me to know. (referring to his making her believe that she was dying)

Sonny: His brother, Lorenzo Alcazar, is the one who kidnapped Carly and Courtney.

Brenda: I heard about that, too. What does that have to do with me?

Sonny: He blames you for his brother's death. He blames me, too.

Brenda: Wait…Lorenzo blames us for Luis' death? That doesn't make any sense. Alexis killed Luis. She admitted it.

Sonny: Alcazar doesn't see it that way. His theory is that if you, Jax and myself, hadn't spoiled Luis' plan he would still be alive.

Brenda: But then you and Jax would be dead, too. And I would feel dead inside.

Sonny: That's why I'm here. There is no way to win, no compromising. I have no doubt that he wants an eye for an eye…death for a death.

Brenda: So what are we going to do?

Sonny: What I hate doing the most. Wait for his next move, but be prepared for anything.

Brenda puts her hand on his shoulder and they look into each other's eyes.

Chapter 9: All of the pieces falling into place

Lorenzo is talking on his phone, arranging the final details of his plot.

Lorenzo: Everything is falling into place. My contacts in London have informed me that Corinthos has located Brenda and they are in her hotel suite. Carly is on the island…there should be no problems there. Is everyone in place? I want this to go down simultaneously. I want them to have no time to react.

Person on other end: Everything is in place Senor Alcazar. We are awaiting your word.

Lorenzo: Good. Expect a call shortly. According to the weather reports, it's about to get very stormy in London…

Chapter 10: Waiting on the Island

Carly: Jason, have you heard from Sonny yet? I thought he would check in by now.

Jason: So did I. I've been trying to call him for a half an hour now. He must have his cell phone turned off.

Carly: I hope he calls soon…I have a bad feeling about this.

Jason (grins): You have a bad feeling about everything, Carly. You had a bad feeling about your breakfast, your dream last night…

Carly (throws a pillow at him): Hey! I'm right every now and then.

Jason: Sure you are.

Michael runs in the room.

Michael: Mommy! Jason! Come see the sand castle I made. It's really tall.

Carly: Lets go see your castle.

They go outside to continue an afternoon in the sun.

Chapter 11: A Change of Plans

An associate of Lorenzo's is already planted at the hotel where Brenda has been staying. Posing as room service prior to Sonny's arrival, he planted a high-tech camera in Brenda's suite and all of their actions are being video taped.

Lorenzo has flown to the island to wait for an opportune time to prove to Carly that she isn't the one he loves the most.

Lorenzo (watching the video feed, thinking to himself): Come on…stop talking and do something. I've got to take further measures to get what I desire.

Lorenzo dials a number into his cell phone:

Lorenzo: Cut the power. Yes, I know there is a storm. The timing is couldn't be better. Did you alter the keypad on the door accordingly? Perfect…the two of them in a hotel room, in the dark and with no way out. This can only go down one way.

Chapter 12: Power Failure

The power goes out in Brenda's hotel suite.

Sonny: This isn't a good sign.

Brenda: Or it could be dumb luck. It's pouring outside, Sonny.

Sonny: Just to be sure, I'm going to make sure that it is not just this room.

Sonny goes to the door and turns the handle. The door refuses to budge.

Sonny: What's wrong with this? Shouldn't there be a backup in case of a power failure?

Brenda: I thought so…hopefully someone will check on everyone soon. Come over here and sit…there isn't much else we can do anyway.

Sonny comes over and sits next to her. They sit in silence for a few minutes and slowly shift closer to one another until they are touching.

Brenda: Sonny?

Sonny: Yes?

Brenda: Not that I'm not happy to see you…

Sonny: But you wanted to know why I came here instead of sending a guard?

Brenda: Exactly.

Sonny: I did what I thought was right…what I wanted to do.

Brenda: It is really good to see you. I missed you.

Sonny: I missed you, too.

Chapter 13: Actions speak louder than words

Lorenzo knocks on Carly's door on the island.

Carly: What are you doing here?

Lorenzo: I need to show you something.

Carly: Why should I let you show me anything? For all I know, this is a set-up.

Lorenzo: It is a set-up. I'm not going to lie about that. However actions speak louder than words and I'll show you exactly what I mean.

Carly: I'm not sure why I'm trusting you, but come in.

Lorenzo comes in and they sit in the living area.

Lorenzo: Carly, I love you. I know that you have feelings for me, too.

Carly: You love me? You hardly know me.

Lorenzo: You know that isn't true.

Carly: What do you expect me to do? Leave my husband because I have a crush on you? That's absurd.

Lorenzo: I completely understand. Here is where my set-up comes into play.

Lorenzo sets up his laptop with the video feed from London. The camera has night vision that was hidden in the small emergency light in Brenda's hotel room, so neither Sonny or Brenda have any idea that it is anything more than a light.

Carly: This isn't telling me very much…I already knew that Sonny was going to London to protect Brenda.

Lorenzo: I figured as much. I don't know them very well, but from what I have been told, they were very close when they were together. They were even engaged.

Carly (quietly): She was the love of his life. (louder) But Sonny loves me now. Only me.

Lorenzo: And if that is true, then Sonny will be the perfect gentleman with Brenda during the storm blackout.

Carly doesn't respond as she notices movement on the video feed.

Carly: Sonny…no….

Chapter 14: Some things never change

Doing a Las Vegas type of zoom into the computer monitor, the story returns to London as Sonny and Brenda are kissing.

Sonny (in between kisses): We… should… stop…

Brenda: You're… married…

Sonny: Exactly…

They stop and look at each other, out of breath.

Sonny: Damn, I missed that.

Brenda: Same here.

They fall back into each other's arms and fall back onto the bed. They spend the night reuniting and making love.

Chapter 15: Back on the island

Carly puts down the laptop screen after staring at it silently for several minutes. She witnessed Sonny kissing Brenda and knew where the evening would take them.

Lorenzo: Are you okay?

Carly: I shouldn't be. I should be crying or angry. Screaming. I knew it. He never stopped loving her…wanting her.

Lorenzo: Do you need anything? Do you want me to leave?

Carly: No. Stay with me. Please?

Lorenzo: Of course.

Carly lies down on the couch and puts her head in Lorenzo's lap.

Carly: Just hold me…just for a little while.

Chapter 16: Back to Reality

Sonny returns home with Brenda after assuring that any prospect of danger has been eliminated. Brenda goes to the Quartermaine's to visit Lila so Sonny can face Carly.

The Penthouse

Sonny arrives home to find Carly already home.

Sonny (trying to sound like nothing is wrong): Hi sweetie, how are you doing? How was the island?

Carly: Don't worry. There's no need to sugar coat anything. I know what you did!

Sonny: Whoa, whoa…what are you talking about?

Carly: I SAW YOU! WITH HER!

Sonny: How did…let me guess, Alcazar. Are you going to trust the man who kidnapped you over your own husband?

Carly: No. What I trust is my own eyes. Like I said, I saw you. With Brenda. Lorenzo had a camera in the hotel room. The threats were to get you in there alone with Brenda…the blackout was to keep you there. He did not have anything to do with what you did.

Sonny (sighs): Truth?

Carly: Please.

Sonny: I went there to protect Brenda. It was instinctive. Ever since I found out that she was alive, I swore that nothing would ever happen to her again.

Carly: There is a difference between protecting her and sleeping with her.

Sonny: I know…I know. Being alone with her…

Carly (interrupts, whispering): She's your drug.

Sonny (hoarsely): That's right.

Carly: I always thought you meant that as a bad thing.

Sonny: Not bad…addictive. I'm so sorry. I don't know what to do.

Carly: Do you still love her?

Sonny: I always will.

Carly: I need some time. I need to think about what I want.

Carly runs out of the penthouse, headed straight to Lorenzo's apartment.

Chapter 17: I need you

There is a downpour in Port Charles as Carly enters Lorenzo's apartment.

Lorenzo: Carly, what a pleasant surprise.

Carly: He told me.

Lorenzo: About what happened with Brenda?

Carly: No, that he is still in love with her. That she's his drug…addictive as ever.

Lorenzo: I'm so sorry. It might seem like what I wanted to happen, but the last thing that I ever want is to see you in pain.

Carly: I almost believe that.

Chapter 18: Hiya Edward

Sonny arrives at the Quartermaines's to find Brenda talking with Edward.

Edward (bellows): Reginald! Get this hoodlum out of the house!

Sonny: I do believe that the lady wants me here Eddie.

Brenda: It's true, Edward. We've…um…well, we've reconnected.

Edward: Oh dear. Lila will have a fit.

Brenda: I already told her. She said that whatever makes me happy is what she wants for me.

Sonny (puts his arms around her from behind): And one of those things has been me.

Brenda (turns to Sonny): Lila invited us to stay for dinner. You don't have to…but would you?

Sonny: Anything to be with you.

Meanwhile, the storm grows stronger and floods roll in.

Chapter 19: Déjà vu

Author's Explanation of Events to Follow:
I am borrowing some material from the storyline taken from General Hospital. I couldn't write it in a way that Sonny would up and leave his wife for another woman, even Brenda, with one son and another on the way.

Lorenzo gives Carly a towel to dry off with. As he is reaching forward with the towel, he touches her arm.

Carly (jumps): NO! Not now!

Lorenzo: I'm sorry. I know, it's too soon…

Carly: Not you! My water broke.

Lorenzo: I'll call 911.

Carly: No time for that. With the storm…they will never make it on time!

Lorenzo: Tell me what to do.

Carly: That might be a problem. I was unconscious when Michael was born. I've never really given birth before.

Lorenzo: I'll get some things from the bathroom and call 911 so they can send someone. We will get though this, Carly. Together.

Lorenzo is told that all emergency vehicles are en route to storm emergencies.

An hour later, with Lorenzo's steady voice guiding her, Carly has her baby. Exhausted from the event, Carly passes out.

The ambulance arrives shortly after to take Carly to the hospital. Since the phone lines are down, all attempts to locate Sonny are unsuccessful. Power is out for the majority of the city, with the hospital running on back up generators.

Chapter 20: Abrupt Awakening

Sonny and Brenda are asleep in her old room at the Quartermaine's. Due to the storm, they decided to spend the night at the mansion. They slept contently in each other's arms until Sonny's cell phone rang at 4 a.m. The service had been down due to the storm, which has subsided.

Sonny (groggily): Hello?

Jason: Where are you? I've been trying to get a hold of you all night, but no one knew where you went.

Sonny: I'm at the Quartermaine's.

Jason: Well, while you've been there with Brenda, your wife has given birth to your son.

Sonny: Is the baby okay?

Jason: Yes, Carly and the baby are okay. We're at the hospital. Get here as soon as you can.

Sonny: Okay. I'll be right there.

Sonny hangs up the phone.

Brenda: Is everything okay?

Sonny: In a way. I'm a father. (Sonny puts his head in his hands, thinking about the situation he is in).

Brenda gives him a hug.

Brenda: I know…I know.

Sonny: I have to go to the hospital.

Brenda: Do you want me to come along?

Sonny: It's probably best for you to stay here for now. Get some sleep. Meet me at Kelly's at 9 and we'll have breakfast.

Sonny gets dressed, kisses Brenda and leaves.

Chapter 21: Mother, father, son and the man in love with the mother.

Sonny enters the hospital room to find Lorenzo sitting on the edge of Carly's bed, holding her hand.

Sonny: What is going on here?

Carly: You're one to talk. Where have you been all night?

Sonny (ignoring the question): What is he doing here?

Lorenzo: I helped Carly deliver the baby.

Carly: He was wonderful…he was with me every step of the way.

Sonny: Oh. I suppose I owe you my thanks.

Lorenzo: Don't mention it. I'd to anything for Carly.

Carly: Do you want to see him? He's in the nursery.

Sonny: Do you want to come with me?

Carly: No…I'm tired, I think I'll just get some sleep.

Lorenzo: I'll let you rest, then.

Sonny leaves the room.

Carly: Stay, Lorenzo. At least until I fall asleep.

Carly drifts off to sleep with Lorenzo watching over her, holding her hand.

Chapter 22: At Kelly's

Brenda: How was it?

Sonny: Strange. Lorenzo Alcazar was there. And I think Carly wants him there.

Brenda: Why is he there?

Sonny: He delivered the baby.

Brenda: Wow. How do you feel about that?

Sonny: I'm still trying to figure that out. My enemy delivered my wife's baby. Now she seems to want him around. I just can't figure out if she is trying to get back at me or if she really has feelings for the guy.

Brenda: What if she really has feelings for Alcazar?

Sonny: On one hand, I hate that she is developing these feelings for my biggest enemy. On the other hand…

Brenda: It will make it easier to leave.

Sonny: Yes.

Brenda: Lets go see him.

Sonny (confused): Lorenzo???

Brenda: No, your son. Morgan.

Sonny and Brenda leave for the hospital.

Chapter 23: Threes a Company, Four is a Crowd

Sonny and Brenda arrive at the hospital. In the nursery, Sonny picks up Morgan and rocks him gently.

Brenda (after a few minutes): Can I hold him?

Sonny: Of course.

Brenda (holding Morgan): He's so tiny. So precious. He looks like his daddy.

Carly enters the nursery in a wheel chair, guided by Lorenzo.

Carly: What is she doing, Sonny?

Sonny: Don't get mad. She wanted to hold him and I let her.

Brenda (gently): You have such a beautiful son, Carly.

Carly: Thank you.

Brenda carefully gives Morgan to Carly.

Carly (to everyone): What is going to happen? What are we going to do?

Sonny: I don't know. I really don't know.

A nurse enters the nursery.

Nurse: Would you like to take him to your room, Mrs. Corinthos? We really shouldn't have this many people in here at one time.

Carly: No, not right now. I just came to hold him for a couple of minutes. When is he due for his next feeding?

Nurse: In one hour.

Carly: Okay. You can bring him to me in an hour. He looks so sweet sleeping that I don't want to disturb him.

The nurse leaves, ushering Brenda and Lorenzo out of the room.

Inside of the nursery

Sonny: I'm sorry that I hurt you. You don't deserve this.

Carly: Don't be sorry. You are doing what your heart is telling you to do. As much as it hurts, I can't blame you.

Sonny: You've just given me the greatest gift I could ever ask for. A son. And look how I pay you back.

Carly: I haven't been very loyal lately, either.

Sonny: Lorenzo?

Carly: Yes and no. Nothing has happened yet, but I just keep thinking about him. It will probably blow over…you know how tense situations can bring to people closer.

Sonny: Yeah…I do.

Sonny: I think I should go. Give you some space. I think that's what we both need, some breathing room, time to think.

Carly: Okay. I understand.

Sonny leaves the nursery and finds Brenda and Lorenzo looking uncomfortable in the hall.

Sonny (extends his hand to Lorenzo): Thank you.

Lorenzo: You're welcome.

Sonny: Take care of her. I know that you care about her…if you let anything happen to her, you know what will happen, right?

Lorenzo (half grins): I have some ideas.

Sonny and Brenda leave the hospital.

Chapter 24: Springing Up

Six months have passed since Morgan's birth. Sonny and Brenda settled into a steady life of love, work and life. Much to her surprise, Carly has fallen in love with Lorenzo and has since moved in with him. Sonny sees Michael and Morgan on a regular basis.

Early Spring

Sonny and Brenda plan a Saturday at the park for the first picnic of Spring, and of thier new lives together.

Brenda: Come on, Sonny, you know I hate surprises.

Sonny: And you know I hate giving them away. (grinning)

Brenda (smiles seductively): I'll do anything if you tell me now. (she is very close to kissing him)

Sonny: Anything? (kisses her)

Brenda: Mhmm...

Sonny (backs away smiling): Nope, not going to happen. You'll just have to wait until I'm good and ready. Now lets get going so we can have the best spot for the fireworks tonight.

They leave for the park together with a huge picnic basket and blanket in tow.

Elsewhere...

Carly and Lorenzo's house.

Lorenzo: Are the boys ready?

Carly: Just about. Michael is so excited about showing Morgan the park.

Lorenzo: Wonderful...I'm excited myself, you know.

Carly: Yeah?

Lorenzo: Yeah. Spring is my favorite time of year...full of hope, happiness and love. Thanks to you.

Carly: I've been feeling the same way. (They kiss as Michael comes downstairs.)

Michael: Ewwww. Stop kissing, it's gross.

Carly (smiles): It's not gross! (runs over and gives him dozens of little kisses)

Michael is giggling.

Carly: Are you and Morgan ready to go to the park?

Michael: Yes! I can't wait, lets go.

As they leave the house, Lorenzo pulls Carly aside.

Lorenzo (whispering): I have a little surprise for you and the end of the night.

Carly: Now why did you have to tell me that...you know that I'm not going to wait that long.

Lorenzo (smiles): We'll see...we'll see.

Sonny, Brenda, Carly and Lorenzo spend their day at the park, not knowing that the other couple was in attendence as well. Night falls, the fireworks erupt in the sky and Sonny and Lorenzo are set to reveal their surprises to their loved ones.

Lorenzo: Carly, I have loved you from the moment I laid eyes on you. You are my heart and soul. You and the boys are the light of my life.

Carly: Lorenzo...

Lorenzo: Carly Benson, will you do me the honor of marrying me?

Carly (smiling through tears): Yes...of course!

They kiss as the fireworks continue.

The other side of the park.

Sonny and Brenda are lying together on the blanket, gazing up at the fireworks.

Brenda: This was such a perfect day...

Sonny: And it's only going to get better.

Brenda: How's that possible...oh, yeah! The surprise. How could I forget.

Sonny (standing up, then kneels on one knee): Brenda Barrett, I asked you this once before. I thought that us being apart would keep you safe, but it broke my heart. This time nothing will stop what should have happened years ago. Brenda, will you marry me?

Brenda: Yes! A million times yes. (They kiss..and kiss...and kiss)

Sonny: And there is something else.

Brenda: Are you sure? I'm not sure that I can take much more today. (smiling)

Sonny: Remember our dream home?

Brenda (whispers): Every day.

Sonny: It's ours now...we can move in at any time.

Brenda: I can't believe this is happening...it's all so wonderful.

Sonny: It's all because of you...you are my everything. Nothing else matters as much as you. I love you with all of my heart.

Brenda: I love you with all that I am. Nothing is going to take us apart this time. Nothing.

Sonny: I won't let it.

Brenda: Neither will I.

They settle back into each other's arms on the blanket and watch as the fireworks come to an end.

Chapter 25: The Beginning of Sonny and Brenda Corinthos


Sonny and Brenda married at St. Timothy's Church four months ago today. The ceremony was beautiful and all of Sonny and Brenda's loved ones were in attendence. As they danced at the reception, they were the picture of bliss. They went to Europe for the honeymoon, stopping at London, France and Italy before moving into their dream home in Port Charles.

One month, Sonny and Brenda discovered that she was pregnant. Today they are going to the doctor to find out the sex of their baby.

The doctor sets up the monitor and begins.

Doctor: Oh, my. Look at that.

Sonny and Brenda (together): What's wrong?!

Doctor: Nothing at all. You are having twins.

Brenda: Twins...(slight smile)

Sonny: Can you tell their sexes?

Doctor: Lets see...this one is a boy and....a girl. You are having a boy and a girl.

Brenda and Sonny leave the hospital soon after and arrive home.

The next day:

Brenda: Is it too soon to think about names?

Sonny: Not at all...I've been thinking about it since we found out that we were having a baby.

Brenda: Me, too. Do you have any ideas?

Sonny: I want to name our boy after Stone.

Brenda: I would love that...Stone would too. He always said we would be together.

Sonny: Do you have a name in mind for our girl?

Brenda: Two, actually. A first and a middle. Lila Veronica Corinthos.

Sonny: Perfect.

Brenda: I can't imagine my life without all of this...without you, Sonny Corinthos.

Sonny: I don't want to ever be without you again, Brenda Corinthos.

The End of the story...the beginning of the rest of their lives

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