It's nearing midnight one warm early August night. Brenda Barrett sits looking out a window, thinking. Jax is away on business. But her thoughts aren't with Jax...they are with the man she can't forget. Sonny left again nearly a month ago, but it felt like so much longer. She tried lying to herself that she was over him and she almost convinced herself. But, try as she might, she can't pretend that she's still deeply in love with him.
"Why? Why did he have to leave me at the alter? Why did I have to lie to him when he returned? I could be with him in a tropical paradise and instead, I'm home alone because Jax is off on more urgent business." Brenda thought to herself.
The sun is setting and Sonny Corinthos stands by his penthouse window watching the ocean shine a brilliant reflection of the setting sun. He knows he did the right thing. Brenda has to be safer away from him...right? But she was grazed with a bullet in Port Charles that had nothing to do with him. And Jax and Jerry are getting deeper into the underworld where they don't belong.
"Maybe I was wrong. Brenda isn't any safer in Port Charles than she would be here with me. I certainly would be happier. I can't live with this empty feeling forever. But I have to be fair to her. I left her and she's moved on. I have to accept that...and go on feeling alone." Sonny thought to himself.
"What is keeping me here? Jax? No. Robin? She's doing fine on her own. I wish I just had one more chance to make things right with Sonny. I know that's not an option...I don't even know where he is! Jason knows...but will he ever tell me?" Brenda thinks out loud.
Jax is in a limo returning from a late ending business meetings. He is deep in thought as the limo takes him to his hotel.
"My life is perfect, except for one thing. Brenda says she is over the mobster, but I don't believe it. He ruined her life, but she can't get over him no matter how hard I try to prove to her that he's horrible for her. I'm the better man. Why can't she see that and erase the mobster from her life forever?"
It's the next day. Brenda goes to Jason's penthouse, presumedly to visit Robin, but knowing very well that she's not there.
"Jason, is Robin here?" Brenda asks.
Jax returned early in the morning to find Brenda already gone. He places the three dozen roses in different areas of the room to greet her. Brenda walks through the door and the color falls from her face when she sees the room.
"Jax, what are you doing here? You weren't supposed to return until tomorrow." Brenda says.
"Am I doing the right thing? My life seems so perfect in Port Charles with Jax. Do I really want to risk everything for Sonny?.......Who am I kidding? I'd do anything to make things right between us. I want to be Mrs. Brenda Corinthos. Even if it means never seeing Port Charles again."
The plane takes off, headed to Sonny.
Sonny finishes his nightly walk around the activities of the casino he manages and starts to head to his penthouse when he changes his mind and heads for a walk on the beach.
"It'll take my mind off of things...things that will never be the way I want them."
A short distance away
Brenda arrives at the casino and starts to enter when she sees someone walking on the beach. Immediately she knows who it is.
She removes her sandles and starts to quietly and quickly walk across the cool sand to the man strolling along the shore.
Sonny heard the car pull up and woman's shoes walk the pavement to, he assumed, his casino and thought nothing more of it. He heard footsteps quickly approaching him and assumed it was a beach runner and didn't bother to turn around.
A few steps later, he felt something urging him to turn around.
When he did, he thought he was dreaming.
"Brenda!?" Sonny said out loud.
The next thing he knew, he was on his back on the wet sand with Brenda on top of him.
"What are you doing here? How did you find me?" Sonny asked.
Back in Port Charles...
Jax paces his penthouse floor.
"Why hasn't Brenda called me? She always calls me when she goes away." Jax wonders.
Unable to wait for Brenda to call anymore, he calls her agent to get the phone number of the hotel she is staying in.
"What are you talking about? She is on a modeling shoot. Brenda wouldn't lie to me. She's on a shoot." Jax says, getting upset.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Jacks, but Brenda has the week off." Brenda's agent says.
"She said that she was called to replace a model that couldn't make it to her shoot." Jax states.
"I'm sorry again, Mr. Jacks. I haven't spoken to Brenda in five days. I must go now. Goodbye." Brenda's agent hangs up.
"But wait!" Jax starts and slams the phone when he hears the dial tone.
"Where is she?" Jax questions.
Brenda awakes to find that Sonny has already woken up and is staring at her.
"What are you thinking?" Brenda asks.
Later that day
"Sonny, I have a question." Brenda begins.
"Brenda, call. Ring phone. What is going on? Why hasn't she...AHH!" Jax screams as the phone rings.
"How did it go?" Sonny asks as Brenda returns.
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