Morning came and Elizabeth was still sitting up by his bed. Jason fell back to sleep somewhere in the early hours of the morning, forcing Elizabeth to call up Sonny just to stay awake. The gash on her forehead was starting to ache, but she didn't want to take the pain meds unless she really couldn't stand the pain. She knows the kinds of affects that medication can have on a person and she really didn't want to become a statistic.
"Elizabeth, a minute, please?" her grams says from the doorway.
Glancing at Jason, she stands up from the chair. "Sure." Elizabeth says as she walks out of the room. "Is everything okay?"
"I heard what you're thinking of doing and I wanted to talk to you about it." Audrey says, glancing into the room before looking at her. "Have you thought this through?"
"If you're talking about Jason living with me, then yes." Elizabeth says with conviction. "I have thought this through and I'm doing it."
"What about Lucky?" Audrey counters. "Have you spoken to him about housing that man in your apartment?"
"I'll tell him about it later." Elizabeth says simply. "Right now, Jason needs my attention."
"And how do you suppose Lucky will feel about this?" Audrey presses on. "He is your boyfriend, my dear, or have you forgotten that."
"Yes, he's my boyfriend, but that doesn't give him control of my life." Elizabeth says seriously. "Jason and I are just friends. He needs to live with someone and I'm the only person he trusts enough."
"What about Sonny Corinthos?" Audrey counters. "Can't he live with him? Although, it would be better if the man stayed where he is."
"I'm sorry if you don't understand this, but he's staying with me." Elizabeth could see that her gram wasn't happy with it. "If Jason didn't push me out of the way, it would be me in that bed...probably worse off than he is right now."
"So this is gratitude?"
"No. This is me being a friend." Elizabeth corrects. "You taught me that."
"Are you sure you've thought this through?" Audrey questions again. "I really don't want this to backfire on you, Elizabeth."
"Thank you for caring, but I've thought this through." Elizabeth assures. "Jason needs me and I'm going to be there for him. I promise I'll call Lucky once Jason's discharged and settled in."
"Okay." Audrey wraps her arms around her granddaughter. "I really hope that this doesn't ruin anything you hold dear to your heart. You know I love you, right?"
"Yes...and I love you too, gram." Elizabeth says as she pulls away. "If Lucky loves me, he'll understand and if he doesn't...then it is what it is."
With that, she walked back into the room, closing the door behind her and taking her place by Jason's bed. She knew where her grandmother was coming from and she knew that Lucky probably wouldn't like it, but she couldn't change what is. There used to be a time when Lucky trusted her completely and didn't question her judgement on anything. There was a time when Lucky knew that he was the only one for her and nothing else could shake that faith, but it seems as if that has changed. As much as she loved Lucky, their relationship is nothing without trust. She's hoping that by having Jason living with her, it'll either make or break her relationship with Lucky once and for all.
"Hey." he greets, opening his eyes to look at her. "The doctor come in yet?"
"Not yet." Elizabeth shakes her head. "He should be in soon though. The nurse that came in after you fell asleep said that Dr. Leonard will be in with your discharge papers once he's on the clock."
"Good." Jason says as he sits up. "I hate hospitals."
"I know." Elizabeth laughs softly. "You'll be free soon enough."
"What are you up to now?"
"Sixteen and counting." Elizabeth conceded. "I'll be able to go to sleep around three in the afternoon."
"How did you stay awake?"
"Sonny." Elizabeth smiled slightly. "I called him around four and he talked to me for a few hours."
"I didn't know you two were close." Jason looks at her intently. "When did that happen?"
"Around the time you allowed yourself to get hit by a car and we were left waiting for you to get out of surgery." Elizabeth says simply. "Do you mind?"
"No." Jason shakes his head. "I don't mind."
"Good." Elizabeth smirks. "Because you really have no say in it."
They didn't have to wait too much longer for the doctor to come and discharge Jason. With his release papers in hand, Jason and Elizabeth were driven to her apartment by one of Sonny's men. Elizabeth didn't mind because it was Johnny and she's gotten to know him a little over the last few months. Getting to her apartment, she helped Jason inside, making him sit on the couch while she got the bag of clothes from Johnny.
"You got it from here?" Johnny asks, closing the trunk.
"Yeah." Elizabeth shakes her head. "Thanks for the ride."
"Anytime." Johnny assures. "Just so you know, we're looking into the hit and run. We're going to find who did this."
"Thank you." Elizabeth hugs him tightly. "Its really good to know that."
"Francis and I will be making rounds along with Max." Johnny says as he pulls away. "We'll be keeping watch until we find the driver."
Going back inside, Elizabeth makes sure Jason knows where everything's at, showing him where he'll be sleeping as well. While he's washing up, Elizabeth calls Lucky, asking to meet up because she wanted to get it over with. She wasn't sure how Lucky will take Jason living with her, but she wouldn't change her mind about it. Her grams says that anyone would have done that, but she doesn't know what anyone else would have done, she only knows what Jason did.
"You okay?" Elizabeth asks him when he walks out of his room using his crutches.
"Yeah." Jason assures. "Going somewhere?"
"Kelly's to meet with Lucky." Elizabeth concedes. "I'm just going to pick up food while I'm there. Want your usual?"
"Sure. Sounds good." Jason says as he makes his way to the couch. "Do you have any guidebooks?"
"No, but I can pick some up." Elizabeth says as she grabs her purse. "Where would you like to go?"
"Egypt." Jason says with a slight smile. "And Rome."
"Okay." Elizabeth shakes her head. "Anything else?"
"No." Jason says as he lifts his leg to elevate it. "That's it."
"Okay. I'll be back as soon as I can." Elizabeth says as she walks to the door. "Take it easy okay?"
"Go." Jason says simply. "I'll be fine."
"Okay." Elizabeth laughs softly. "I'm going."
Walking out of her apartment, Elizabeth gets into her car and heads to Kelly's, stopping off at the book store to pick up a few guidebooks beforehand. Getting to Kelly's, she found Lucky outside the diner, talking to Emily and Juan, who was the first to notice her.
"Whoa, what happened to your face?" Juan blurts out when he sees her.
"Elizabeth?" Lucky rushes to her, framing her face in his hands. "What happened?"
"I had an accident." Elizabeth concedes, moving his hands from her face. "Well, a hit and run."
"What?" Lucky looks at her confusedly.
"Me and Jason were leaving the bike shop when a car came right at us." Elizabeth explains. "Jason pushed me out of the way."
"Oh my gosh, is he okay?" Emily asks, her hand over her heart.
"For the most part." Elizabeth assures. "They had to repair his spleen and one of his legs are broken."
"I should go see him." Emily says, walking off with Juan before Elizabeth could say anything else.
"Are you okay?" Lucky asks, pulling out her chair for her. "Why didn't you call me?"
"It all sort of happened so fast." Elizabeth sighs, her side aching a little. "I wanted to wait before I called you."
"I guess I owe Jason a thanks." Lucky takes her hands in his. "I hate that I could have lost you."
"Lucky, I need to tell you something." Elizabeth takes a deep breath. "Jason...he's staying with me."
"He can't stay alone for at least a month and...I offered my place for him to stay while he recovers." Elizabeth says carefully. "He's there right now."
"What do you want me to say to that?" Lucky asks. "Am I supposed to be okay with it?"
"I can't tell you how to feel." Elizabeth says softly. "But he's going to be staying with me."
"For how long?"
"A month?" Lucky exclaims, letting go of her hands. "He's going to live with you for a month?"
"The doctor said he couldn't live alone for at least that long." Elizabeth explains. "So...yeah."
"Do I even have any say in this?"
"You can say what you want, but no...it won't change anything." Elizabeth shakes her head. "Lucky, you're my boyfriend. That means that you should be able to trust me and if you can't...we won't make it."
"So this is on me?" Lucky counters. "I'm supposed to be okay with him living with you and if I'm not then I'm a bad boyfriend?"
"That's not what I said." Elizabeth sighs. "You used to be able to trust me without question...why is it so hard for you to trust me now?"
"I trust you." Lucky says sternly. "I don't trust him."
"Why not?" Elizabeth counters. "He's your friend. Why can't you trust him?"
"I just don't." Lucky states. "But obviously that's doesn't matter to you."
"With that aside, if you trusted me, this wouldn't bother you." Elizabeth stands up. "I have to go. I'll call you later."
"I hate this." Lucky says as she pulls open the door of Kelly's. "I'll never be okay with this."
"I'm sorry about that." Elizabeth says in a hushed tone. "I guess you'll have to figure out if you love me enough to accept it."
With that Elizabeth walked inside to order her and Jason's food. She could feel the end coming and she wasn't sure if she could handle it if it came time for it. Lucky's eyes told her all and she knew that he was slowly letting go. With a deep sigh, Elizabeth paid for the food and headed back to her apartment. She's made her choice and if Lucky can't accept it, she'll let him go too. But for now, she'll hold out hope that he'll be the boy she knows and loves, until he gives her reason not to. Getting back to the apartment, Elizabeth sets up their food on the coffee table, putting the guidebooks on the table by the couch.
"You okay?" Jason asks, like she knew he would.
"Sure." Elizabeth shrugs, opening her container. "Let's eat."
Jason stops her from scooping food onto her spoon. "How did it go with Lucky?" he asks with an arch of his eyebrow.
"As well as expected." she says, removing his hand from hers. "I don't want to talk about right now...maybe later, okay?"
"Okay." Jason concedes. "Later."
A/N: Let me know what you think.
Reviews much appreciated from last update.