Title: Do You Believe Me Now?
Tidbits: The 1999 fire never happened. Lucky quit working for Jason and went to work for Luke. Elizabeth ended up taking Jason up on the offer to work there and quit her job working at Kelly's.
Present Day (October 31, 1999)
The sun is shining, the temperature through the town is just right, and she's got so much going on that she had to get up early just to keep up. Pulling herself out of bed, Elizabeth trudges to her shower to take a long hot bath.
She'll be eighteen soon and she couldn't wait. Her body fully relaxed and ready to face the day, Elizabeth walks back into her bedroom. With Bombshel's song 19 and Crazy blaring on her stereo, Elizabeth gets ready for her extremely busy day.
First stop is work. She had to go over the inventory so Jason would know what he needs to restock on and make sure that he's not too backed up on his orders. Blow drying her hair and throwing it up into a loose ponytail, Elizabeth throws on her blue denim jeans and dark green spaghetti strap before grabbing her Nike high-tops and slipping it on. She was halfway out the door when her cellphone started to ring, making her realize that she forgot it on the desk.
"Yes?" she answers, walking out of her room.
"Hey, its me." her boyfriend replies. "You heading down to the club?"
"Not yet. I have a four hour shift today." Elizabeth reminds him as she gets into her car. "I won't be at the club until tonight."
"Its Halloween." he points out. "I thought we'd be spending it together."
"I know, but I just have so much going on." Elizabeth apologizes. "I have to work and then Gram wants me to help her at the hospital for the afternoon."
"Are you still going to wear the costume?" he questions, she can hear the disappointment in his voice.
"Yes, I'll be wearing the costume we picked out." Elizabeth assures. "I'm running behind, I'll see you tonight, okay?"
Ending the call, knowing that he wasn't happy with her, Elizabeth started up her car and headed to the bike shop. Blaring her radio, Elizabeth sang along to every song as she made her way to work. Halloween is one of her favorite holidays, dressing up and being something you're not for a night, its pretty tempting. Grabbing her jacket from the passenger seat, she shrugged into it before getting down and walking inside. She'll make it up to Lucky tonight, for now its time to work.
"Thanks for coming in." Jason says when he sees her. "I really want to get things settled before Christmas."
"I'm sure we can get it together well before then." Elizabeth laughs softly, tossing her jacket on the back of her chair. "Mike coming in today or is he still playing the silent partner?"
"What do you think?" Jason counters with a smirk. "We shouldn't be here for that long."
"I don't mind, really." Elizabeth assures, grabbing the clipboard from the drawer. "Its not like I'm the one actually fixing the vehicles."
"Good point." Jason chuckles. "Let me know if you need help."
The normally quiet garage filled with music as Elizabeth turned up the radio and started working. Jason has grown used to the blaring melodies while he works. He noticed that she concentrated better with music in the air and soon enough he adapted to the change. It was like that whenever they were both working. They've both grown used to it and welcomed the calm surroundings.
"She's working again?" Emily eyes Lucky curiously. "I thought she had the day off."
"I did too, but apparently she had to go in today." Lucky grabs the wash cloth from the sink to wipe down the bar. "I don't know. Maybe her working at the bike shop isn't such a good idea."
"Come on, so she's working, what's the big deal?" Juan questions, not getting why they were so fired up. "The money's good and she does need to make rent."
"Oh sweet, sweet Juan." Emily shakes her head, slipping her hand into his. "Don't try to understand now. Lets just help get this place ready for tonight."
Carly's sitting with Michael in the living room of the Quartermaine estate, her mind on Jason and wondering what he's up to. Nothing she wanted has come true and she couldn't help but wonder if things would ever fall into place. Being married to AJ was never supposed to happen, yet it did and she was still trying to figure out what to do to change that.
"You know, your daddy loves you so much." Carly says with a smile, softly bouncing Michael on her lap. "I don't know how, but I will get our family back together. I promise you that, sweet boy."
Glancing at the clock and back at her son, Carly got an idea, prompting a sly smile to touch her lips. No time like the present, right? She may not be getting her family right then, but it didn't mean that she couldn't lay a little ground work. She won't bring Michael though, that was just cruel. So, instead of taking her son with her, Carly gave him to Leticia and got ready to head to the garage. She was taken aback when she heard music blaring from inside.
"Jason hates music." Carly mutters to herself as she opens the door. "What the hell?"
"Oh please!" Elizabeth laughs, throwing Jason a hand towel. "I do not act that way."
"Yes, you do." Jason chuckles. "Whenever you're writing the inventory, you bite your lip and stare at it so intently like you're taking a test."
"I do not!" Elizabeth protests, laughing at herself. "Even if I do, at least I don't sit like a statue."
"You're just making that up." Jason tosses his rag on the cart, finished with the last bike for the day.
"Oh really?" Elizabeth scoffs. "For three hours straight, you didn't even flinch while you were going over the numbers. You were completely rock solid."
Having enough of the little bonding moment, Carly cleared her throat, gaining the other two's attention.
"Carly." Jason looks at her intently. "Is Michael okay?"
"Does something have to be wrong for me to come see you?" Carly says sweetly, walking over to him. "You know, I got this cute pirate costume for Michael. You're going to love him in it."
"We talked about this." Jason sighed, pulling her to the side. "Why do you keep doing this?"
"Doing what?" Carly looks at him innocently. "Michael misses you so much. I miss you too."
"You chose things to be this way." Jason points out. "Just let go Carly."
"No." Carly says firmly. "I refuse to believe that we can't be a family."
"I don't want to do this right now." Jason pinches the bridge of his nose. "I've said all I have to say. You have to go."
"Jason, we love you. We're a family."
"Jase, I'm heading out." Elizabeth calls to him. "Will I see you tonight at Luke's?"
"Yeah." Jason smiles slightly. "I'll see you there."
"Great." Elizabeth grabs her jacket. "See you later then."
"Who is that?" Carly snaps as the door closes behind Elizabeth. "Is she the reason you don't want to fight for us?"
"She works for me." Jason says sternly. "You and I both know why things will never work between us. Just let it go, Carly."
"We're good together." Carly insists. "We can be great if you just fight for us."
"I fought and I'm done." Jason shakes his head. "Its time you got that."
Getting to the hospital, Elizabeth changes into the nice witch outfit for the little kids in the pediatric wing. She promised her grandmother that she'd help with the children, hopefully making their Halloween a little more enjoyable. Lucky has called a few times, but she didn't have time to answer any of his calls. She was too busy and she'd be seeing him that night.
"Elizabeth, sweetheart, I'm so glad you could help me today." Audrey says softly, hugging her. "I'm sure the kids will truly appreciate it."
"Its no problem, really." Elizabeth smiles, watching the little kids playing. "I love the idea of helping them enjoy the holiday."
"Well, for what its worth, I'm glad you could be here." Audrey hands her the face paint. "Go have fun."
"Okay." Elizabeth laughs softly, walking into the pediatric wing.
Luke's was coming along so nicely. The Halloween bash was going to the best in Port Charles history, they'd make sure of that. Lucky was walking around with his brother Nikolas, making sure things were set for the night. The band is already setting up and soon people will be arriving and the party will start. Emily and Juan have gone home to get ready, promising to come back and help out once they were dressed. His father is in the back, handling some kind of business, leaving the preparations to Lucky.
"If you really want to see her, why not go down to the hospital?" Nikolas suggests. "I'm sure they can use another volunteer."
"No. I have the club to get ready and she won't like it if I went down there." Lucky shakes his head, fixing the center pieces. "I'll see her tonight."
"I know this may be crazy to ask, but is everything okay with you two?"
"Honestly?" Lucky sighs. "I don't know. Normally the answer would be most definitely, but its been so hard lately."
"Since she took over your job at the bike shop?" Nikolas guessed.
"She loves working there." Lucky defends. "But the hours leave a lot to be desired."
"Have you talked to her about it?" Nikolas questions, knowing that he was conflicted about something.
"She loves the salary." Lucky shakes his head. "Not that I blame her, Jason does pay well. I wouldn't want to talk her out of doing something she likes."
"Then what's the problem?" Nikolas counters. "You're not making any sense."
"I guess I just miss spending real time with her." Lucky says as he plops down on the stool. "When she worked at Kelly's it was easy because I could hangout there, but I can't at the bike shop."
"Ah, now I get it." Nikolas shakes his head. "You miss having her all to yourself."
"That makes me selfish, doesn't it?"
"No. That makes you a boyfriend that's in love with his girl." Nikolas laughs softly. "You'll be okay. Its only been a month, you'll get used to it."
"Yeah, I guess."
Elizabeth got home with a couple hours to spare before she had to be at the club. She wasn't too happy with the outfit, but it was the only one they agreed on. She'll be the Sandy to his Danny. She hoped that it would be the innocent Sandy, but no...its the leather wearing Sandy. Pouring herself into the leather dress and jacket, heels to match, Elizabeth curled her hair to complete the look. By the time she was done with her hair and makeup, it was time to meet up with Lucky.
"Finally!" Lucky wrapped his arms around her, already dressed up as the jock Danny. "Everyone's already here."
"Sorry. Took a little longer for me to get my hair the right way." Elizabeth smoothed her hair with one hand. "I think its good enough."
"You look beautiful." Lucky assures, hearing his father calling to him. "I'll be right back."
"I'll be at the bar." Elizabeth says, walking that way while he made his way to his father by the stage. "Jason, hey!"
"Wow." Jason looked her over. "Do I know you?"
"Very funny." Elizabeth nudged him. "Its Halloween."
"Right." Jason shook his head. "In my opinion, its a pointless holiday."
"You obviously have never learnt the true meaning of Halloween." Elizabeth crossed her arms over her chest. "Its not about the candy. Its about the one night that we all get to put on a new face and live out our wildest dreams without being looked down on by society."
"Why wait for a holiday?" Jason counters. "Why not be who you want to be, every day of the year?"
"So technical." Elizabeth smiles, shaking her head. "So you."
"What are you supposed to be?"
"Sandy from the movie Grease." Elizabeth says matter-of-factly. "And you have no idea who I'm talking about."
"Not at all." Jason chuckles. "But you look good."
"Thanks." Elizabeth says softly, both oblivious to Lucky's watchful eyes as he talks to his father.
A/N: Let me know what you think.
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