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First: It is amazing "listening" to Luke explain his history with Robert to Ethan

Second: I wonder whether TG ever realized how much better the story could've been if he hadn't insisted on an awful retcon. These two scenes were better than anything Luke actually got to play against Ethan. They were funny, they referenced actual history and the relationship had so much more potential

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Okay, I wrote this in the last five minutes and I am also drunk, so be kind. A gift for @ulkis!

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"He's a SERIAL KILLER!" Elizabeth shouted.

"Whuzzat?" Lucky asked sleepily into the phone.

"I got engaged! He kidnapped Aiden! He tied your sister to a bomb, he got your cousin raped, HE WAS A DAMNED SERIAL KILLER AND I AGREED TO MARRY HIM!"

"Who are you - FRANCO? He's alive!?"

"No," Elizabeth said, more quietly but no less freaked out. "It was a dream I had last night. I haven't been able to get it out of my head."

"A dream, are you serious? I was ready to jump on a plane and have you committed again!"

"Shut up! What does it mean that I would dream of that?"

"That you had too many cheese fries before bed," Lucky told her, settling back into his pillow.

"He was obsessed with Jason," she said musingly.

"Lot of that going around," Lucky muttered.

"Shut up," she said again.

"Did you call me in the middle of the night to tell me to shut up?"

"That wouldn't be a problem if you were in the same time zone."

"Seriously? You want to start a fight about this now-"

"No! But your sons miss you."

"I miss them, too. I'll be out there soon, I promise."

"Cam was shoplifting. In my dream."

"Better than arson."

"This is serious."

"Honey, I promise you it's not."

"Lucky!"

"Fine, you're right. Put him on the phone, I'll yell at him about his imaginary shoplifting.''

"What if he really is feeling ignored? We've been so focused on helping Jake. I never wanted any of my kids to feel like they've slipped through the cracks."

"You're a great mom," Lucky said, in his firmest tone. "I think this is about you. Feeling lonely. Feeling like you don't deserve a great guy to be happy with. But you do, Elizabeth. You deserve the best."

Silence.

"You'll be back in Port Charles soon?" she asked at last.

"Yeah."

"Okay."

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Hee! Thank you! I would have had no idea about your state of inebriation.

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"Fine, you're right. Put him on the phone, I'll yell at him about his imaginary shoplifting.''

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18 minutes ago, rose marie said:

I might have posted this series here before, but after the recent Robin & Jason scenes, I felt inspired to update, so I thought I'd post it again. Hope linking to AO3 is okay!

https://archiveofourown.org/series/879024

100% okay, that is why the thread was created.

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Chapter 51

Patrick watched the signs closely as they drove down the highway. After some research Patrick had discovered that Heavens Gate itself was a rock formation and the only way to reach the top of it was by scaling the side. That was impractical for many reasons so instead they were meeting Aprils mother, Grace, by the entrance to the Queen Creek Waterfall and spreading Aprils ashes there.

"So everyone is doing well?" Robin had gotten a phone call a few minutes ago and Patrick knew from her side of the conversation that Sam had had her baby. "Thats great! I cant wait to meet the newest member of the family. We have a gift for you and will come by to see you as soon as we get back."

She laughed out loud. "I promise no sweater vests. I've seen the pictures, I know he had an unusual fascination with them when you first met."

Patrick was offended. "Hey - I looked damn good in those!

Robin turned to him and decided to indulge him. "Of course you did dear." She returned to her conversation. "Please send me a picture and I will see you both in a few days. Congratulations Jason."

Patrick couldn't help but see how happy she was about Jason's news. "Sam had the baby?"

"Yes, a beautiful baby boy: 7 lbs, 6 oz, 21 inches long and came out screaming like crazy." Robin was thrilled that Jason and Sam's little boy was healthy and strong.

Patrick threw her a little smirk. "Screaming, huh? Already taking after his mother."

She jokingly punched him in the shoulder. "Be nice. She turned her attention back to the road. Did April's mom say what time she would be here?"

"She texted me while you were on the phone." He handed her his phone. "Can you read it?"

Robin took the phone and opened up the message. "She is there and waiting for us." She saw the turn off and pointed. "There it is."

Patrick had seen it but knew that Robin was just being helpful so he bit back a sarcastic comment. Both of them were nervous about today and the trip out hadn't helped. Their flight out of Port Charles had been delayed which had led to them missing their connecting flight in Atlanta. By the time they landed in Phoenix and drove to the hotel in Queen Canyon it had been well after midnight and they were too exhausted to do anything other than sleep.

The reality was they had no idea what they were going to say to April's mother when they saw her. The young woman had been convinced that her mother had given up on her but their conversations with her over the past week made it clear that that was not the case. Grace had always loved her daughter even if she didn't agree with her choice of a boyfriend. The woman was grateful that she had the opportunity to let April know that before she passed away.

"Man," Robin stared in shock at the almost full parking lot they had pulled into, "I didn't think that this place would be this busy on a Tuesday morning."

"I know." Patrick found a spot and parked the rental car. He reached over and took Robins hand in his. "Are you ready?"

She took a deep breath and nodded her head. "As ready as Ill ever be." She leaned over and gave him a kiss. "Let's go."

Patrick opened up his door and went to the back seat. There, held in place with pillows and a seat belt, sat the urn containing Aprils ashes. Just like in life, Patrick was treating the woman with respect. He carefully undid the seat belt and picked up the urn. He had just shut the door when he heard a familiar voice call out his name. "Dr. Drake!"

He turned around and smiled at the woman coming towards him. Grace Gilbert was a small black woman with a strong walk and a warm smile. She walked over to Patrick and Robin and hugged them. "It is so nice to finally meet you."

"You too, Mrs. Gilbert." Robin leaned back into Patrick after Grace released her from the hug.

"I thought I told you to call me Grace." It was a joking admonishment, not a serious rebuke.

"And we told you to call us Robin and Patrick."

"So you did." The woman nodded her head in agreement and then focused in on the urn in Patricks hand. Tears filled her eyes and she put out her hands. "May I please?"

Patrick didn't even hesitate. "Of course." He gently set the urn in her hands. "I want you to know that I wish I could have..."

"Stop!" This time the rebuke was serious. She hugged the urn close. "You saved my daughter's life and gave me a chance to tell her I love her and say goodbye." Tears filled her eyes and spilled over onto her cheeks. "She died because it was her time to go home. I wish I had gotten to see her one last time but that is on me, not you. You stood up for my daughter and protected her and I will never be able to repay you for doing that for her."

He heard Robin sniffle and pulled a handkerchief out from his pocket. "I thought you might need this."

She took it and wiped away her tears. "Thank you."

Grace smiled at them. "Now, I have some people I want you to meet." She turned around and led Robin and Patrick down the trail. "I know April thought she was alone but there were a lot of family who loved her and prayed for her every day." She led them to a clearing by the waterfall. "They want to meet the people who saved her life."

Robin gasped as she realized why the parking lot was so full. There were over 40 people standing in the clearing talking and enjoying the view of the waterfall. "This is Aprils family?"

"Some although the majority of them are friends from before she left. She was a member of choir at church and they wanted to come and sing with her one last time." Grace was a lay minister and the choir director at the church in their little town. "My girl had a beautiful voice."

She led the doctors to the group. "Everyone, I would like you to meet Dr. Patrick Drake and Dr. Robin Soltini - they are the doctors who were there with April for the last few weeks of her life."

Before they could move the couple was suddenly grabbed and pulled into the group, being hugged and thanked by everyone they met. At one point Patrick lost sight of his girlfriend in the sea of strangers but she quickly reappeared, being held in a tight hug by an older woman with Aprils eyes. Grace pulled Patrick away and smiled at him. "That is my mother. I don't think you know this but she was also on that call with me and spoke to April too."

Overwhelmed by everything he was seeing, he couldn't even speak so he just shook his head.

"We lived with my mother for years after April's father died." She saw a strange look cross Patricks face. "Yes, she told us all about you and Robin. About her HIV status and how she is a grandma who lives with her daughter and granddaughter."

"I thought it was just her medical status." Patrick was beginning to realize just how closely April connected to Robin. "But Robin reminded her of those days."

"Yes." The woman wrapped her arm around the doctor. "You and Robin made her feel like she was safe, like she was home again." She gave him another brief hug. "We need to get started. My mother and I would be honored if you stayed with us during the ceremony."

Patrick briefly thought of saying no but decided it was best to just go along with whatever she wanted. He held up his arm so she could slip her arm through it. "We would be honored."


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Patrick held Robin tight as Aprils mother finished speaking about her daughter. "My daughter was an amazing young woman who lived a troubled and difficult life. My greatest comfort today is in knowing that I had the chance to tell her how much I love her before she left this earth. I know in my heart that she is in a better place and has finally found the peace that eluded her in life."

Grace nodded at Patrick and Robin before she said her final words. "I would like to end this ceremony with Aprils favorite hymn."

From behind them, the couple heard several voices start to sing.


Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see



More and more voices joined in as the hymn continued.


'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home



Through their tears, Patrick and Robin finally began to sing.


The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun



Grace approached the couple and carefully set the urn containing Aprils ashes down on the ground. "I know you said you wanted to spread her ashes but..."

"She is your daughter Grace." Robin reached over and pulled the grieving woman into a tight embrace. "I think it is time for you to take her home."

"Thank you for making it possible for me to." Grace picked up the urn. "I am going to ride with my family back home today but I expect to hear from you two on a regular basis."

"Count on it." Patrick shook her hand. "Have a safe trip back and let us know that you got home safe."

"I will." She smiled at the couple on last time before turning to leave. "I will talk to you both soon."

They watched her leave and Patrick wrapped his arms back around his girlfriend. "Ready to go?"

"No." Robin's voice seemed almost distant as she looked out over the waterfall. "Not until I say something."

Patrick turned her around in his arms. "Robin, today has been emotional for a lot of reasons..."

"I need to say this." She took a deep breath. "I need you to understand something."

Patrick was worried. "Robin? What is it?"

"The other night you told me you loved me and I didn't say it back and I need to explain why." Robin saw him open his mouth and she put her hand over it. "I need you to let me say this."

He shut his mouth and nodded his head.

"I have loved three men in my life. Stone died of AIDS but he worked for Sonny and lived a dangerous life. Jason and I didn't work for a lot of reasons but one of them was his love for danger and my need to be safe." She sighed. "And then Roger was a firefighter who died on a call. All three of them lived life on the edge and that need for danger took them away from me."

"But..."

"You love to take risks too. You race cars at over a hundred and fifty miles an hour, you take risky surgeries, ones that increase your exposure to HIV and AIDS, you love the adrenaline rush and living on the edge. It scares me but it also one of the many reasons why I am with you and that scares me even more." She took his hands in hers. "I am petrified that I am going to lose you just like I lost Stone and Roger. That one day you will be at the track and crash or that you will get caught in another situation like the one with Jason where you continued to operate even though there was a knife wielding maniac holding someone hostage in your OR."

Patrick was beginning to wish he hadn't let her know about Manny Ruiz's attack during Jasons first surgery. "Robin, that was a long time ago..."

"But it is indicative of a pattern." The tears filled up her eyes once more. "And I have to make the choice whether or not I can take that chance again."

"Don't make any decisions today Robin, please?" Patrick thought he could see where this was going.

"Patrick, this isn't a decision I made today." She squeezed his hands. "I have been afraid of what I am feeling but I finally realized that, no matter the risk, fear should not stop me from doing what I want or being with who I want so here it goes." Robin smiled at him. "I love you."

"Robin..."

She wrapped her arms around him. "I am in love with you and I have been for a long time."

He relaxed as he heard the words he had been wanting to hear come from her lips. Knowing that she wouldn't have said it unless she meant it, he leaned down and kissed her. "Well, I already knew it but it is nice to hear you say it." He brushed a lock of hair behind her ear. "I love you too Robin."

Robin pulled him close and they held each other as they watched the water fall and hit the rocks below. Patrick kissed the top of her head and didn't even attempt to get her to leave - they were both where they wanted to be.

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Chapter 51

Patrick watched the signs closely as they drove down the highway. After some research Patrick had discovered that Heaven’s Gate itself was a rock formation and the only way to reach the top of it was by scaling the side of it. That was impractical for many reasons so instead they were meeting April’s mother, Grace, by the entrance to the Queen Creek Waterfall and spreading April’s ashes there.

“So everyone is doing well?” Robin had gotten a phone call a few minutes ago and Patrick knew from her side of the conversation that Sam had had her baby. “That’s great! I can’t wait to meet the newest member of the family. We have a gift for you and will come by to see you as soon as we get back.”

She laughed out loud. “I promise – no sweater vests. I’ve seen the pictures, I know he had an usual fascination with them when you first met.”

Patrick was offended. “Hey – I looked damn good in those!”

Robin turned to him and decided to indulge him. “Of course you did dear.” She returned to her conversation. “Please send me a picture and I will see you both in a few days. Congratulations Jason.”

Patrick couldn’t help but see how happy she was about Jason’s news. “Sam had the baby?”

“Yes, a beautiful baby boy: 7 lbs, 6 oz, 21 inches long and came out screaming like crazy.” Robin was thrilled that Jason and Sam’s little boy was healthy and strong.

Patrick threw her a little smirk. “Screaming, huh? Already taking after his mother.”

She jokingly punched him in the shoulder. “Be nice.” She turned her attention back to the road. “Did April’s mom say what time she would be here?”

“She texted me while you were on the phone.” He handed her his phone. “Can you read it?”
Robin took the phone and opened up the message. “She is there and waiting for us.” She saw the turn off and pointed. “There it is.”

Patrick had seen it but knew that Robin was just being helpful so he bit back a sarcastic comment. Both of them were nervous about today and the trip out hadn’t helped. Their flight out of Port Charles had been delayed which had led to them missing their connecting flight in Atlanta. By the time they landed in Phoenix and drove to the hotel in Queen Canyon it had been well after midnight and they too exhausted to do anything other than sleep.

The reality was they had no idea what they were going to say to April’s mother when they saw her. The young woman had been convinced that her mother had given up on her but their conversations with her over the past week made it clear that that was not the case. Grace had always loved her daughter even if she didn’t agree with her choice of a boyfriend.  The woman was grateful that she had the opportunity to let April know that before she passed away.

“Man,” Robin stared in shock at the almost full parking lot they had pulled into, “I didn’t think that this place would be that busy on a Tuesday morning.”

“I know.” Patrick found a spot and parked the rental car. He reached over and took Robin’s hand in his. “Are you ready?”

She took a deep breath and nodded her head. “As ready as I’ll ever be.” She leaned over and gave him a kiss. “Let’s go.”

Patrick opened up his door and went to the back seat. There, held in place with pillows and a seat belt, sat the urn containing April’s ashes. Just like in life, Patrick was treating the woman with respect. He carefully undid the seat belt and picked up the urn. He had just shut the door when he heard a familiar voice call out his name. “Dr. Drake!”

He turned around and smiled at the woman coming towards him. Grace Gilbert was a small black woman with a strong walk and a warm smile. She walked over to Patrick and Robin and hugged them. “It is so nice to finally meet you.”

“You too Mrs. Gilbert.” Robin leaned back into Patrick after Grace released her from the hug.

“I thought I told you to call me Grace.” It was a joking admonishment, not a serious rebuke.

“And we told you to call us Robin and Patrick.”

“So you did.” The woman nodded her head in agreement and then focused in on the urn in Patrick’s hand. Tears filled her eyes and she put out her hands. “May I please…”

Patrick didn’t even hesitate. “Of course.” He gently set the urn in her hands. “I want you to know that I wish I could have…”

“Stop!” This time the rebuke was serious. She hugged the urn close. “You saved my daughter’s life and gave me a chance to tell her I love her and say goodbye.” Tears filled her eyes and spilled over onto her cheeks. “She died because it was her time to go home. I wish I had gotten to see her one last time but that is on me, not you. You stood up for my daughter and protected her and I will never be able to repay you for doing that for her.”

He heard Robin sniffle and pulled a handkerchief out from his pocket. “I thought you might need this.”

She took it and wiped away her tears. “Thank you.”

Grace smiled at them. “Now, I have some people I want you to meet.” She turned around and led Robin and Patrick down the trail. “I know April thought she was alone but there were a lot of family who loved her and prayed for her every day.” She led them to a clearing by the waterfall. “They want to meet the people who saved her life.”

Robin gasped as she realized why the parking lot was so full. There were over 40 people standing in the clearing talking and enjoying the view of the waterfall. “This is April’s family?”

“Some although the majority of them are friends from before she left. She was a member of choir at church and they wanted to come and sing with her one last time.” Grace was a lay minister and the choir director at the church in their little town. “My girl had a beautiful voice.”

She led the doctors to the group. “Everyone, I would like you to meet Dr. Patrick Drake and Dr. Robin Soltini – they are the doctors who were there with April for the last few weeks of her life.”

Before they could move they couple was suddenly grabbed and pulled into the group, being hugged and thanked by everyone they met. At one point Patrick lost sight of his girlfriend in the sea of strangers but she quickly reappeared, being held in a tight hug by an older woman with April’s eyes. Grace pulled Patrick away and smiled at him. “That is my mother. I don’t think you know this but she was also on that call with me and spoke to April too.”

Overwhelmed by everything he was seeing, he couldn’t even speak so he just shook his head.

“We lived with my mother for years after April’s father died.” She saw a strange look cross Patrick’s face. “Yes, she told us all about you and Robin. About her HIV status and how she is a grandma who lives with her daughter and granddaughter.”

“I thought it was just her medical status.” Patrick was beginning to realize just how closely April connected to Robin. “But Robin reminded her of those days.”

“Yes.” The woman wrapped her arm around the doctor. “You and Robin made her feel like she was safe, like she was home again.” She gave him another brief hug. “We need to get started. My mother and I would be honored if you stayed with us during the ceremony.”

Patrick briefly thought of saying no but decided it was best to just go along with whatever she wanted. He held up his arm so she could slip her arm through it. “We would be honored.”

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Patrick held Robin tight as April’s mother finished speaking about her daughter. “My daughter was an amazing young woman who lived a troubled and difficult life. My greatest comfort today is in knowing that I had the chance to tell her how much I love her before she left this earth. I know in my heart that she is in a better place and has finally found the peace that eluded her in life.”

Grace nodded at Patrick and Robin before she said her final words. “I would like to end this ceremony with April’s favorite hymn.”

From behind them, the couple heard several voices start to sing.

 

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see

 

More and more voices joined in as the hymn continued.

 

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

 

Through their tears, Patrick and Robin finally began to sing.


The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun

 

Grace approached the couple and carefully set the urn containing April’s ashes down on the ground. “I know you said you wanted to spread her ashes but…”

“She is your daughter Grace.” Robin reached over and pulled the grieving woman into a tight embrace. “I think it is time for you to take her home.”

“Thank you for making it possible for me to.” Grace picked up the urn. “I am going back to ride with my family back home today but I expect to hear from you two on a regular basis.”

“Count on it.” Patrick shook her hand. “Have a safe trip back and let us know that you got home safe.”

“I will.” She smiled at the couple on last time before turning to leave. “I will talk to you both soon.”

They watched her leave and Patrick wrapped his arms back around his girlfriend. “Ready to go?”

“No.” Robin’s voice seemed almost distant as she looked out over the waterfall. “Not until I say something.”

Patrick turned her around in his arms. “Robin, today has been emotional for a lot of reasons…”

“I need to say this.” She took a deep breath. “I need you to understand something.”

Patrick was worried. “Robin? What is it?”

“The other night you told me you loved me and I didn’t say it back and I need to explain why.” Robin saw him open his mouth and she put her hand over it. “I need you to let me say this.”

He shut his mouth and nodded his head.

“I have loved three men in my life. Stone died of AIDS but he worked for Sonny and lived a dangerous life. Jason and I didn’t work for a lot of reasons but one of them was his love for danger and my need to be safe.” She sighed. “And then Roger was a firefighter who died on a call. All three of them lived life on the edge and it took them away from me.”

“But…”

“You love to take risks too. You race cars at over a hundred and fifty miles an hour, you take risky surgeries, ones that increase your exposure to HIV and AIDS, you love the adrenaline rush and living on the edge. It scares me but it also one of the many reasons why I am with you and that scares me even more.” She took his hands in hers. “I am petrified that I am going to lose you – just like I lost Stone and Roger. That one day you will be at the track and crash or that you will get caught another situation like the one with Jason where you continued to operate even though there was a knife wielding maniac holding someone hostage in your OR.”

Patrick was beginning to wish he hadn’t let her know about Manny Ruiz’s attack during Jason’s first surgery. “Robin, that was a long time ago…”

“But it is indicative of a pattern.” The tears filled up her eyes once more. “And I have to make the choice whether or not I can take that chance again.”

“Don’t make any decisions today Robin, please?” Patrick thought he could see where this was going.

“Patrick, this isn’t a decision I made today.” She squeezed his hands. “I have been afraid of what I am feeling but I finally realized that, no matter the risk, fear should not stop me from doing what I want or being with who I want so here it goes.” Robin smiled at him. “I love you.”

“Robin…”

She wrapped her arms around him. “I am in love with you and I have been for a long time.”

He relaxed as he leaned down and kissed her. “Well, I already knew it but it is nice to hear you say it. I love you too Robin.”

Robin pulled him close and they held each other as they watched the water fall and hit the rocks below. Patrick kissed the top of her head and didn’t even attempt to get her to leave. They were both where they wanted to be.

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