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Jason parked off the side of Harborview Road and took a deep breath. While he had no doubt he could make onto the grounds and into the house unseen he had to be careful. After making sure the car couldn't been seen from the road Jason made the quarter of a mile trek through the woods and along the lake on the edge of the Quartermaine property. After slipping over the fence he made his way up to the east side of the house and slipped into the entrance off the kitchen. From there he used the back staircase and crept up to the second floor. After a quick glance to make sure the hallway was clear Jason slipped silently into Lila's sitting room.

After quietly closing the door and flipping the lock Jason stepped into the room and his grandmother looked up. Her face lit up like it always did but there was an extra sparkle in her expressive blue eyes as she saw her beloved grandson.

"Jason, darling…" She said softly almost reverently, extending her hand to him.

"Grandmother." Jason replied as he crossed to her and gave her a gentle hug. "I had to come see you, to tell you that I was alive."

"When Elizabeth told me that I would be visited tonight by someone unexpected I hoped she meant you but I couldn't bring myself to ask her."

"We did not want you to be alarmed when I showed up. I couldn't handle it if coming to see you caused you any distress."

"My darling I am just so thankful that you are here, that you are alive and well. Can you tell me what happened?"

"I'm sure you heard the news reports about what happened. I will spare you the details but I made it out of the water and I escaped to a safe place. Before I could make contact with anyone it was reported that I was dead."

"Why didn't you come forward sooner? The family is devastated."

"I'm sorry that I had to put you and Emily through that Grandmother, but it couldn't be helped. When I found out that everyone thought I was dead I took some time to reevaluate my life and I decided that I wanted to get out of the business."

"Oh Jason, I am so happy to hear that." Lila said as she smiled at her grandson. While she never judged the decisions he'd made in his life Lila had always believed that Jason was capable of so much more.

"To get out for good, I have to let everyone continue to believe that I am dead. There is no other way to get out safely." Jason let his words hang in the air between them for a moment before continuing. "But I couldn't do that to you. I had to tell you I was alive."

"What about the rest of the family?" Lila asked quietly.

"I'm sorry Grandmother, but I can't risk telling anyone else. I hate putting you in this position."

Lila thought about it for a moment. While the idea of keeping a secret from the rest of her family did not sit well with her, she would do anything to ensure Jason's safety. "I will keep this between the two of us darling."

"Thank you." Jason whispered, leaning in and kissing her cheek softly.

"Am I correct in assuming that you will be leaving Port Charles?"

"Yes, tonight, when I leave here I am going straight to the airport. It is too dangerous for me to stay here or even stay in the country."

"What about Elizabeth? Is she going with you?" Lila asked, hoping the answer was yes.

"Not tonight, but she will be joining me soon. It was too risky for me to stay long enough for her to travel with me so she will be meeting up with me in a few weeks."

"I'm glad to hear that the two of you found your way back to each other and are going to make a life together."

"I have you to thank for that Grandmother. It was our last talk that made me realize that I couldn't live without her. I don't know what I did to deserve it but she loves me and is willing to give up so much to be with me."

"I'm sure in her mind letting you go would be giving up more than going with you. My darling, you two love each other and that is more precious than anything else in this world." Lila said softly.

"I feel like I am being selfish by asking her to give up her life here to come with me. I swear I will spend every day for the rest of my life making sure she doesn't regret it."

"It gives me peace to know that the two of you will have each other." Lila's eyes filled with tears that she didn't fight.

"I wish I could stay Grandmother. I really do."

"I know that. All I have ever wanted was for you to be safe and happy."

"I will make sure that you know how to get in touch with us. If you or Emily ever need me, promise me you will let me know." Jason implored, hoping Lila knew that he meant it.

"I promise. All I need is to know you are happy."

"I will be Grandmother." Jason glanced at his watch and sighed. He needed to get to the airport.

"Go darling." Lila whispered her heart full of joy that Jason was starting over with the woman he loves and also breaking at the thought of never seeing her beloved grandson again.

"I hate leaving you."

"I will be fine. I am stronger than anyone gives me credit for." She reassured him.

"I love you Grandmother." Jason whispered as he brushed aside tears that filled his eyes.

"I love you too Jason."

With a final kiss to her withered cheek and a hug that he didn't want to end Jason stood and slipped from the room.

"Goodbye darling." Lila whispered once alone.

Jason left the Quartermaine mansion with the same ease as he entered and was back in his car on the way to the airstrip in a matter of minutes. Saying goodbye to his Grandmother had been even more difficult than Jason had expected, not that he thought it would be easy. As much as he wanted to refuse to acknowledge it Jason knew that was probably the last time he would see Lila and that made his chest ache.

Sonny had made all the necessary arrangements for a plane to be waiting at a private airstrip outside of town. Jason would be flying to Montreal and then on to Europe, making a number of changes in mode of transportation before reaching Spain. He would spend most of his time there until it was time for Elizabeth to join him.

Jason parked the car and took a deep breath. It was time to leave his old life behind him and start over. He climbed out of the car and retrieved his small bag from the back seat. There wasn't time to pack much and traveling light made it much easier to remain unnoticed.

Slowly Jason walked towards the plane, stopping for a moment when he saw Sonny standing just off to the side. The older man approached him and Jason smiled sadly.

"You didn't think I'd let you leave without saying goodbye did you?" Sonny asked as he reached Jason.

"No, I guess not." Jason replied.

Sonny pulled an envelope from inside his suit coat and handed it to Jason. "All of your paperwork, ID, birth certificate, passport, etc. Benny transferred the money we discussed into the Swiss bank account, all the information is in there." Sonny paused and took a deep breath, shifting slightly from the balls of his feet to his heels and back. "That should be everything you need."

"Sonny…I don't even know what to say…"

"You don't have to say anything Jason, just be happy. You deserve it more than anyone I've ever known. You have an opportunity to live a safe life away from the organization. Hell if I was in your position I would take it too."

"I just want you to know how much you have done for me, and I'm not just talking about making the arrangements for me to get out. You gave me my life Sonny and I will always be grateful for that." Jason said, his voice thick with emotion.

Sonny stepped closer and pulled Jason into a hug. The two men stood there embracing for longer than they ever had before or would again. When Sonny finally took a step back he clasped Jason's shoulder and looked him in the eye.

"If you need anything you know how to reach me."

"I have to ask one more favor of you Sonny." Jason said quietly.

"Anything, what is it?"

"Keep an eye on the Quartermaines for me, especially my Grandmother and Emily. Make sure they have anything they could need. If something happens or I'm needed, you tell me."

"I will take care of them." Sonny replied with a hint of a smile. It would drive Edward crazy to know that Sonny had been entrusted to take care of his family.

"And once Elizabeth has left Port Charles too…if you want to tell Carly, you can. I won't ask you to lie to her for me."

"I will deal with Carly when the time is right." Sonny replied.

The engines of the plane fired up and both men looked at the aircraft then back at each other.

"You need to go." Sonny said as he stepped back.

Jason picked up his bag and nodded. "Thanks Sonny…for everything."

"Take care of yourself Jason."

Jason simply nodded, no other words being necessary as he climbed the steps into the small plane and the door was closed.

Sonny walked over to where his limo waited and stood beside it, staring at the plane. After a few minutes the small aircraft started to move, turning away and before long was picking up speed as it headed down the single runaway and lifted into the air. Jason was gone.

A knock at the door of the penthouse made Elizabeth jump. Since the moment Jason had walked out the door a few hours earlier the silence had been nearly deafening. It felt so strange to be there without him. She walked to the door and pulled it open slowly to reveal Sonny on the other side.

"Hi Elizabeth." Sonny said with a hesitant smile. "Can we talk for a second?"

"Sure, come in." Elizabeth replied as she stepped back to allow Sonny into the penthouse.

Sonny closed the door behind him and they walked over to the sofa, taking a seat.

"Is he ok?" Elizabeth finally asked.

"He's fine. He is on the plane and should be half way to Montreal already. He will get in touch when he can but it won't be until he's overseas."

Elizabeth nodded, letting out a breath in relief. "Thank god. I was worried someone would see him at the Quartermaines. Thank you Sonny."

"You don't have to thank me Elizabeth. I am just glad to be able to help him."

"But I know this has to be hard on you." Elizabeth said softly as she reached over, putting her hand lightly on Sonny's arm. "You are going to miss him."

"It won't be difficult to act as though I'm mourning him because in a way I will be."

"I hope you know that I didn't ask him to do this for me. I told him that I wanted to be with him no matter where we were."

"I know that Elizabeth. I am glad that Jason is getting out. Both of you deserve a life away from the organization and everything that comes with it."

"So what happens now?" Elizabeth asked hesitantly.

"That is pretty much up to you now. When do you want to leave?"

"I would leave tomorrow if I could, but I know that's not an option."

"No, it would be best if you wait at least a couple of weeks. It can't look like you're running towards something."

"I know. I had planned on telling my Gram that I'm leaving in a couple days and then pack up my studio, say my goodbyes and leave in about two weeks but I am going to go see her tomorrow because I um, already mentioned something to Detective Taggert."

Sonny looked at her in surprise. "Why would you tell Taggert?"

"He came into Kelly's the other day and wanted me to make a statement about the night that Sorel's guys came after me and injured Marco. I wouldn't confirm that anything happened and told him that even if it had I wouldn't be around to testify. I gave him the story we discussed, that I'm using the money Jason left me to travel and paint."

"Taggert doesn't know when to quit does he?" Irritation was evident in Sonny's voice.

"For what it's worth he isn't an all bad person. He was good to me after my rape." Elizabeth said softly.

"We'll agree to disagree on Taggert." Sonny replied with a soft smile. "Let me know what I can do to help. I can have a couple of my guys at your studio to help with the packing."

"Since finding out that I own the building I'm going to keep the space but I need to have my finished paintings properly stored and I want to donate any of the useable supplies to PCU's art department."

"I think that is a great idea. Are you planning on staying here at the penthouse until you leave?"

Elizabeth considered Sonny's question for a moment. "I don't know…it will be hard to be here without Jason."

"I know, but I think it is best if you stay here and I also want to have Marco with you. I'm not expecting any trouble but I would rather be safe than sorry. It is a matter of public record now that Jason's will has been filed with the court that you inherited a lot of money from him."

"If you think that is what is best than I won't fight you on it."

"Thank you." Sonny glanced down at his watch and sighed. "It is late and I am sure you're exhausted so I'm going to get out of here." Sonny stood and walked towards the door. Before reaching for the handle he looked back at Elizabeth. "I meant what I said, about calling me if you need anything."

"Thank you Sonny. None of this would be possible without your help. I am very grateful."

Sonny simply nodded and flashed his dimpled grin before opening the door and leaving the penthouse.

Almost instantly the quiet settled heavily over Elizabeth. Being in the penthouse alone was going to be difficult but she just kept telling herself it wouldn't be for long.

After a restless night Elizabeth had gotten up, showered and was going to head to her studio. There was a project she wanted to finish before she left that was important. A knock sounded against the door as Elizabeth trotted down the stairs. A moment later the door opened and Marco stuck his head in.

"Elizabeth, Emily Quartermaine is here to see you."

"Thanks Marco, let her in." Elizabeth replied with a soft smile.

Marco disappeared and Emily came through the doorway. Once the door closed behind her Emily looked at Elizabeth with a strange expression.

"What?" Elizabeth asked self consciously.

"I'm just trying to figure out why you're back staying here." Emily stated as she moved to the sofa and plopped down.

Elizabeth couldn't help but laugh as she joined her friend on the sofa. "Sonny was concerned for my safety and thought it would be best for me to move back in here where he could be sure I would be safe."

"Why would he be worried? I mean…with Jason gone and everything…" Acknowledging that her brother was dead was something that felt like a knife to her heart and Emily wasn't sure she would ever get used to the idea.

"Jason's will was filed with the court so it is now public record that I have inherited a lot of money from him." Elizabeth paused for a moment before continuing. "Sonny said he had to make sure that I was safe, that Jason would expect him to look out for me."

Emily reached for her friend's hand and squeezed lightly. "Are you sure you're ok living here alone? It has to be weird…"

"It is. I mean, it's so quiet without him. Not that Jason made that much noise but you know what I mean."

"I know exactly what you mean. You could come stay at the mansion. I know my parents won't care and Grandmother would love it." The hopeful expression on her best friend's face tore at Elizabeth's conscious.

"Thanks Em, that is so sweet of you, but I'm ok here. I promise." She replied, squeezing Emily's hand.

"If you change your mind the offer is open."

"You'll be the first to know."

They sat there quietly together for a few moments.

"So my parents have decided to have a memorial service for Jason." Emily stated, seemingly out of no where.

"A memorial? Really? Why?"

Emily shrugged. "I don't know. I heard my mom say something about needing closure, a way to say goodbye to Jason. I guess she is having a hard time…since there wasn't a body and everything." Emily's voice broke near the end of her statement.

"That makes sense in a way. When is the memorial service?"

"I don't think they are in a rush to have it. Mom said something about waiting a couple weeks."

Elizabeth had to refrain from sighing with relief at hearing that the service will be held after she left. That was not something she would be able to handle attending but her absence would be suspicious. Elizabeth decided to seize the moment and tell her friend about her plans of leaving. "Em, there is something that I need to talk to you about."

The uncertain tone in Elizabeth's voice made Emily look up with concern. "What's wrong? It's not more bad news is it? I don't think I could handle it."

"I wouldn't say it is bad news…but I don't think you're going to like it either." Elizabeth said hesitantly.

"Ok…what's going on?"

Elizabeth took a deep breath. This was going to be harder than she thought. "Well I have been doing a lot of thinking since losing Jason, about my life and what I want. When I found out that Jason had left me all that money I couldn't believe it. He also included a message with it that he wants me to use the money to travel and see all the places I've always wanted to paint, so I have decided to leave Port Charles."

"You what? You can't…" Emily said as she stared at Elizabeth.

"Em…I'm sorry…I just, I can't be here anymore."

"So come stay at the mansion." Emily knew that Elizabeth wasn't referring to the penthouse specifically but she had to try.

"I can't be in Port Charles anymore. When you think about it I don't really have any reason to stay. Jason is gone, Lucky is gone…my Gram and I are barely speaking. You're going to be leaving for Stanford in a few weeks. I want to see the world and see the places that Jason used to tell me about."

"Italy?" Emily asked, her voice thick with emotion.

Elizabeth nodded and wiped a tear from the corner of her eye. "Yeah, I want to see if the light really is different there."

"I know that Jason always wanted to take you…I guess in a way he still will be." Emily whispered, as a few tears fell.

Guilt ate at Elizabeth as she watched her best friend mourn her brother but it wasn't safe for Emily to know the truth. "He'll be with me. He'll always be with both of us."

"When are you going to leave?"

"I don't have any specific plans yet but probably a week or two. I want to pack up my studio and give Bobbie notice at Kelly's."

"Well then I expect to spend every possible second with you until you leave."

"Somehow I think Zander might object." Elizabeth replied with a laugh.

"He'll get over it. Will you come see me in California? Maybe between your travels all over the place?"

"Of course Em."

"I'm going to miss you so much."

"I'll miss you too but we'll talk and email and everything. Besides you'll be busy with school."

"Maybe, but I'll never be too busy for you." Emily said as she gave Elizabeth a hug.

The two of them settled in for a long talk about all the places that Elizabeth wanted to travel.

Elizabeth took her time as she approached her Gram's house. Her hand shook slightly as she knocked on the door. It still seemed so strange to have to knock but given the strained status of their relationship it seemed like the best way to approach things.

A moment later the door opened and Audrey stood on the other side, eyeing her granddaughter wearily.

"Hi Gram." Elizabeth said softly.

"Elizabeth." There was no move from Audrey to open the door further or welcome Elizabeth inside.

"Can I come in? There is something I would like to talk to you about."

Audrey unlatched the screen door and allowed Elizabeth inside. Once they were seated with Elizabeth on the sofa and Audrey in the wing back chair opposite, Elizabeth met her Grandmother's eyes.

"I know that things have been…difficult between us recently but I felt like I at least owed you a visit and conversation about a decision that I have made." Elizabeth began.

"I wish you had felt I was due that courtesy before you married Jason, maybe we would have avoided everything that has happened since." Audrey replied coolly.

"I'm not here to debate the past Gram. What is done is done. I would like to find a way to move forward."

"Alright, what decision have you come to that you wish to discuss?"

"I don't know if you have heard but I um, I inherited a lot of money from Jason. Before he died he had changed his will naming me, Emily and the hospital as his beneficiaries. The money he left me came with a request and I have decided to honor the request."

"What was the request?" Audrey asked, almost not wanting to know. As far as she was concerned every penny that Jason had left Elizabeth was tainted and she did not want her granddaughter to accept any of it.

"Jason knew that I wanted to travel and see all the places I've always dreamed of being able to paint. So I have decided to leave Port Charles and do exactly that, to travel and paint. I need to regroup after losing Jason and now I have the means to do that." Elizabeth explained.

Audrey sat there for a moment absorbing what Elizabeth had told her. Finally she looked up and met Elizabeth's eyes. "So you're just going to leave? Where are you going to go?"

Elizabeth shrugged. "I'm not sure. I am going to start out in Paris. I want to go to Italy for sure. Jason wanted to take me there. Beyond that, I don't know, the rest of Europe, maybe Japan."

Audrey stood abruptly and walked to the window, staring out into the night. "And if I asked you not to go? Would you still?"

"Why would you ask me to stay? We barely can have a civil conversation and you don't seem to even be able to look at me. What do I have left here?"

"We are family Elizabeth. Family may not always agree but we don't give up on each other."

"I'm not giving up on you Gram, not at all. I am doing this for myself, because I need to figure out who I am and what I want next in my life. Maybe by leaving it will give us space and we can find a way to work on our relationship."

"How long will you be gone?"

Elizabeth knew the question was coming and while she didn't particularly want to lie or give her grandmother false hope, she couldn't very well tell Audrey that she would likely never return to Port Charles. "I don't know Gram, I really don't."

Audrey turned to look at her and for the first time Elizabeth could see the toll their estrangement had put on her grandmother. "I suppose I can see why you need some time away. Will you get in touch with your parents and Sarah? Maybe see them while you are travelling?"

"Maybe. I am not sure what my plans are other then I am going to fly to Paris and travel from there."

"What about your studio here?" Audrey asked as she returned to her chair.

"I'm going to pack up my paintings and donate most of the usable supplies since I won't be taking more than a sketch pad and pencils with me. I'll buy what I need along the way. I will be keeping the space but storing everything."

"Why would you keep that drafty old place?" Audrey asked, her distaste evident, having never liked the place.

"Yes I am. There is no reason not to. Jason, he bought the building and left it to me."

"You own the building?" Audrey asked in shock.

Elizabeth nodded, not looking up at her grandmother. "Sonny is going to handle maintaining it and any management needed for the few tenants that rent space so I won't have to worry about it."

The mentioning of Sonny's name made Audrey's spine stiffen and her demeanor cooled even more. "I see. Well it seems you have thought of everything then."

"Gram, I really don't want to leave with things so stressed between us." Elizabeth said sadly.

"I don't want that either Elizabeth." Audrey sighed and reached her hand out to her granddaughter. "I am sorry for the way I handled things when you married Jason. I was afraid for you and handled it badly. I hope you know that it was only because I love you."

Elizabeth took Audrey's hand and squeezed it tenderly. "I know Gram. I love you too."

"Oh Elizabeth." Audrey stood and gently pulled Elizabeth to her feet as well, pulling her into a tight embrace. "I'm going to miss you darling." She whispered tenderly.

"I will miss you too Gram. I will keep in touch, I promise."

"When are you leaving?" Audrey asked as she stepped back, wiping her eyes gently.

"Two weeks." Elizabeth replied, wiping her own eyes.

"Then we have two weeks together." Audrey said softly as she looked at her granddaughter.

Two weeks flew by and before Elizabeth knew it the day had come for her to leave Port Charles. She had spent as much time as possible with Emily and even some time with her Gram. When she wasn't with one of the two of them Elizabeth was at the Quartermaines visiting with Lila or painting.

Her studio had been packed up with the assistance of Marco, Johnny and a few of Sonny's other men. Sonny had even hired an expert to properly pack and store her finished pieces. After some time had passed and once she and Jason were settled Sonny had promised to send a few select pieces.

As Elizabeth zipped her suitcase she looked around the master bedroom one last time. It had been strange to stay there without Jason but Elizabeth was glad she had. It made her appreciate even more the fact that Jason was waiting for her and they would be together again very soon. Knowing that she would never again be in the penthouse was an even stranger feeling.

Elizabeth had just come down the stairs and set her suitcase down when there was a knock at the door. She crossed to the door and pulled it open. What she saw made her speechless.

"Don't I even get a hello?" Francis asked with a smile.

Instead of a hello Elizabeth grabbed him and pulled him into a tight hug. Francis laughed as he picked Elizabeth up off the ground and held her close for a moment before stepping back and looking down at her.

"I guess that works too." He teased.

"Oh my god, Francis. I can't believe you're here. Why didn't Johnny or Sonny tell me that you were getting out of the Rehab center?" She said as she grabbed his hand and pulled him into the penthouse.

"I asked them not to. I wanted to come by and surprise you myself before you left." Francis said as he followed Elizabeth inside. He glanced around, never having set foot inside the place.

"I am so glad that you're ok. You are ok aren't you?" Elizabeth asked as they sat down.

"Yes, I'm ok. The doctors have given me a clean bill of health."

"You had me worried sick you know. Promise me that you won't ever do something like that again."

Francis smiled and nodded. "I will do my best." His expression shifted and he gently put his hand over hers. "I'm sorry that I wasn't here Liz." He said softly.

Elizabeth put her other hand over his and held it tightly. "You have nothing to apologize for Francis."

"Yes I do. If I hadn't let Rick get the jump on me that night none of this would have happened. He wouldn't have tried to kidnap you and forced Jason's hand. Jason never would have been charged with murder…everything would be different."

Elizabeth took a deep breath and squeezed Francis' hand to make him look up at her. "I don't want you to blame yourself for anything that has happened. What happened that night at Jake's happened and everything after…well it was what was meant to happen. I don't regret marrying Jason. If I hadn't I never would have been ready to accept that I was in love with him."

"It still doesn't seem real that he is gone." Francis said, his voice breaking slightly.

The familiar feeling of guilt that Elizabeth had gotten used to over the last few weeks reared its ugly head again. "I can't either." She said, having to practically bite her tongue from revealing the truth.

"And I can't believe that you're leaving Port Charles." Francis added as he looked at Elizabeth. Francis couldn't help but notice that Elizabeth had changed in the months that he'd been out of commission. It wasn't anything specific, maybe just the way she seemed to be carrying herself, there was a confidence that Francis hadn't seen before.

"I need to start over somewhere fresh. Too much has happened for me to stay." Elizabeth replied.

"I get it Liz, I do. I am just going to miss having you around."

"After a few weeks you won't even notice. I'm sure that Sonny is going to keep you plenty busy."

"No matter what the boss might throw at me I will still notice."

"I will keep in touch Francis, I promise."

"You'd better." He said sternly followed by a smile.

Her cell phone ringing made Elizabeth stand and grab it from her purse, answering it quickly.

"Hi Johnny." Elizabeth said with a smile.

"The plane is waiting whenever you are ready." Johnny replied without a hello, something Elizabeth had come to expect from her friend. "Did our friend stop by?"

"Yes, you jerk." Elizabeth said with a laugh. "I can't believe you didn't tell me that Francis was released."

"He swore me to secrecy. I couldn't say a word."

"Whatever Johnny. I am just about ready here and just have one stop to make on the way to the airport."

"Marco is waiting in the hall to take you."

"Will you be waiting at the airport?" Elizabeth asked, hoping to have a chance to see her friend one last time because she left Port Charles.

"You're not getting away that easy Liz." Johnny replied, a touch of laughter in his voice.

"I'll see you soon Johnny. Bye."

The call disconnected and Elizabeth turned back to Francis. "That was Johnny, the plane is ready to go."

Francis stood and pulled Elizabeth into another hug. "Then you'd better get going."

"I'm so glad that I got the chance to see you before I left Francis, to see for myself that you are ok."

"I'm glad too. There was no way I was letting you leave without a goodbye. Take care of yourself Liz. If you need anything, I don't care where in the world you are you call me and I will be there."

"I know Francis. Thank you. Take care of Sonny for me ok?"

"I'll do my best" Francis said with a laugh as he walked with her to the door. "Bye Liz."

Elizabeth gave him one final hug, blinking back a few tears as she pulled away. "Bye Francis."

Francis nodded to Marco who picked up Elizabeth's bag and followed her to the elevator.

As the doors closed Elizabeth couldn't help but think just one last stop then she would be on her way to start her life with Jason.

Marco pulled the car to a stop in front of the Quartermaine estate and glanced back at Elizabeth.

"Are you sure you don't want me to come in with you?" He asked uncertainly.

"I'm sure Marco, I'll be fine. I just need to see Lila and Emily, and then we can go to the airport."

"I'll be right here then."

"Thanks, I won't be long." Elizabeth said as she opened the door and stepped out. She pulled the wrapped package from the back seat carefully. With a deep breath she approached the door and knocked.

Moments later Reginald had shown Elizabeth into the Quartermaine den, where she waited anxiously for Emily and Lila. Emily came bounding into the room, straight over to Elizabeth and gave her a hug.

"I can't believe you're really leaving today." She pouted as she looked at Elizabeth.

"You are leaving in less than a week yourself so don't give me a hard time." Elizabeth replied with a smile.

"I know but I can still be mad that you're leaving before me."

"It's time Em, you know that."

"I don't have to like it. You promise to call me as soon as you get to Paris right?"

"Yes, I promise. We will talk all the time." Elizabeth promised.

"Alright if I don't go now I will lose it and I don't want to cry. Have a safe trip. I love you Liz."

Elizabeth hugged Emily once again. "I love you too Em."

As they pulled apart and wiped their eyes Lila came through the doorway in her wheelchair.

"Elizabeth my dear, how good to see you."

"I'll leave the two of you to talk." Emily said giving Elizabeth another quick hug before disappearing from the room, closing the door behind her.

Elizabeth moved to Lila's side, kissing her cheek and kneeling beside the older woman. "Hello Lila."

"How are you darling?" Lila asked as she took Elizabeth's hand.

"I'm doing good, a little nervous about the flight but I'm excited to get where I'm going."

Lila squeezed Elizabeth's hand lightly. "I'm sure you are but I know you will have a safe trip and that you will find what you are looking for when you arrive. Do promise to keep in touch."

"Of course I will. I will write and call whenever I can."

"I am so happy that you have found what makes you happy, found what you love."

"It is because of you that I did Lila. You are the reason that I have this second chance."

"Nonsense my dear. You have this chance because you never gave up on love." Lila replied with a smile.

"Thank you for everything. I wouldn't have made it through these last couple of weeks without our visits." Elizabeth said softly, fighting back tears.

"I am so glad I was able to help you Elizabeth." Lila reached up and brushed aside a few of Elizabeth's tears.

"I have something for you Lila." Elizabeth said as she stood and grabbed the wrapped package that she'd set against the sofa when she'd come in.

"You didn't have to give me anything dear." Lila said as Elizabeth carefully placed it in her lap.

"I know but I wanted to." Elizabeth helped Lila unwrap the package to reveal the painting Elizabeth had done of Jason on his motorcycle.

"Oh Elizabeth…" Lila whispered as she ran her fingers lightly over the canvas.

"I finished it a few days ago and I wanted you to have it. Something to remember us both by I guess."

A single tear fell down Lila's wrinkled cheek. "It is just wonderful. It looks just like him. You are so talented my dear. I will have Reginald hang it in my sitting room where I will be able to see it every day."

"I'm glad you like it." Elizabeth lifted the painting from Lila's lap and set it against the sofa.

"I love it." Lila said softly before smiling up at Elizabeth. "You should go dear, I'm sure Mr. Corinthos' plane is waiting."

Elizabeth nodded reluctantly. "I do have to go. I will call when I arrive."

Lila knew that Elizabeth wasn't referring to her arrival in Paris but when she was once again with Jason. It was bittersweet for her to see Elizabeth leave. Sweet because Lila was so happy to know that her grandson had found an eternal love with Elizabeth and bitter because she would not be able to see it grow and blossom in person. Lila smiled and squeezed Elizabeth's hand lightly. "Be happy Elizabeth."

Not caring that tears were streaming down her face now Elizabeth leaned up and hugged Lila tenderly. "I will and I will make sure he is too." Elizabeth whispered before kissing Lila's cheek.

"I love you my dear." Lila replied, a tear sliding down her wrinkled cheek.

"I love you too Grandmother." Elizabeth said before finally standing and leaving the room.

Marco shot out of the car as Elizabeth came flying out of the mansion, obviously upset. He reached her at the bottom of the steps. "Liz, are you alright?" He asked with concern.

"I'm fine Marco. Can we please just go?" Elizabeth replied as she hastily wiped the tears from her face.

"Sure." Marco replied as he opened the back door and assisted her into the car before returning to his place behind the wheel and heading for the airport.

Half an hour later Marco pulled the car through the gate at the private airstrip and moments later parked beside the Corinthos private jet. He got out of the car and opened the door for Elizabeth who stood up, looking around somewhat bewildered.

The back door of Sonny's limo opened and Sonny stepped out. He smiled, his dimples showing despite the touch of sadness in his eyes as he approached Elizabeth.

"The plane is fueled up and ready to go. Marco will put the last of your luggage on you can be on your way."

"Thank you Sonny…I don't know how I can ever thank you enough for this." Not having to fly commercial made the trip that much easier for Elizabeth to make.

"It's nothing. You will be stopping in Paris and as far as the official flight plan states you will be staying in Paris but the plane will refuel and head on to Venice. He will be meeting you there."

Elizabeth nodded. "I can't believe it is actually happening…that I'm leaving Port Charles."

"You better not think you're getting on that plane without saying goodbye to me." Johnny said as he approached from the limo.

Elizabeth laughed and shook her head. "I wouldn't dream of it."

Sonny stepped a few feet away to give Elizabeth and Johnny a moment together.

Johnny closed the distance and pulled Elizabeth into a brotherly bear hug. "Take care of yourself Liz. If you ever need anything, you just call me ok?" He said seriously, looking down into her eyes.

"I will Johnny, I promise. You take care of yourself too…and Sonny. He's going to need you."

"Don't worry, Francis and I will keep a close eye on him."

"I'm so glad that Francis is going to be ok. He just surprised me at the penthouse before I came here. It was such a relief to see for myself that he's going to be ok. I was so scared we were going to lose him."

"Are you kidding, he's too hard headed for that to happen." Johnny replied with a smirk. Truth was it had been much too close a call for Francis. After weeks in a coma he had finally woken up. It had taken time and some rehab but he was going to be make a full recovery. Thankfully there wasn't any lasting damage from the traumatic brain injury.

"Thank you Johnny…for always being there and being my friend."

"Hey now, don't you go saying goodbye. This isn't goodbye, it is see you around ok?" Johnny was uncomfortable with emotions and even more so with goodbyes. He didn't like the achy feeling in his chest or the tightness in his throat as he looked down into Elizabeth's blue eyes which were already swimming with tears.

"Right, I'll see you around." She whispered.

Johnny pulled her into one last hug, lifting her off the ground and swinging her around which elicited a laugh from her.

"See ya Liz." He said softly as he turned and headed back to the limo.

Sonny returned to her side and smiled down at her. "You're going to be missed around here Elizabeth."

"I'm going to miss all of you too." She replied as she wiped her eyes. "How can I thank you for giving me this gift…for giving it to both of us?" Elizabeth asked softly as she looked up at Sonny.

"Be happy and take care of each other, that's all the thanks I need. You deserve it Elizabeth and so does he." Sonny could see that Elizabeth was rapidly approaching an emotional melt down and knew she wouldn't want to do that in front of everyone. "Come on, let's get you on the plane." He said softly.

Elizabeth nodded and allowed Sonny to lead her to the stairs and guide her up into the plane. She'd never ridden in a private jet before and was amazed by the plush interior.

"There is a pilot, co-pilot and attendant. If you need or want something all you need to do is push that button next to the phone." Sonny said, pointing out the button he was referring to. "There is a small bedroom in the back if you want to sleep, which if you can I recommend so you don't get slammed with the time change."

"This is incredible. Thank you Sonny." Elizabeth said as she looked around, still marveling.

The pilot appeared from the cockpit. "We're all set Mr. Corinthos. We can take off whenever we're ready."

"Thanks Andrew. Miss Webber will be ready in just a few minutes." Sonny replied. The pilot nodded and disappeared back behind the cockpit curtain.

"You heard him Liz, it's time to go. You ready?"

"As I'll ever be. I'll be better once I get there."

"I know you will. Call if you need anything. You have the secure phone that I gave you right?"

"I do."

"If you ever need anything all you have to do is call me or Benny ok?"

Elizabeth nodded. "I will, thanks Sonny."

Sonny gave Elizabeth a gentle hug. "Take care Elizabeth." His voice hoarse with emotion.

"We will." Elizabeth replied softly.

Sonny stepped back and smiled his trademark dimpled grin before turning and letting the pilot know they were set and exiting the plane.

Elizabeth stood there for a moment before the pilot again appeared with a smile.

"Miss Webber, if you're ready to go then you can have a seat and buckle up. We'll finish the last few pre-flight items and be in the air before you know it."

"Oh, of course." Elizabeth replied, feeling very out of sorts in this form of travel. She quickly took a seat and secured her seatbelt.

As promised they were in the air less than 20 minutes later. Once they were at cruising altitude the attendant appeared and got Elizabeth something to drink and snack, explaining they would be in the air for about eight hours before disappearing up front once again.

Elizabeth settled into her seat and let her mind wander. How much her life had changed in a little more than six months. Was it possible that it was only six months ago that she had been a modeling hopeful and clinging to her relationship with Lucky? As difficult as the chain of events that brought her to this night, to the trans-Atlantic flight taking her away from the place she considered home, she wouldn't change it. Her heart had belonged to Jason for longer than she had been willing to admit and now they were starting a life together. The only thing better would be for the world to know he was alive but if this was the only way to make a life with Jason safe then Elizabeth would give up anything to see that happen.

Jason paced anxiously as he waited for the plane to taxi towards the hanger. Sonny had called to tell him that Elizabeth's flight had taken off as scheduled and he'd received another call when the plane took off from Paris. For the last two hours Jason had been watching the clock, counting the moments until he had Elizabeth back in his arms. The last 17 days had been some of the longest of his life as he waited for Elizabeth to join him.

Finally the plane appeared from the runway and rounded the edge of the hangar. Jason forced himself to stand beside the car as the pilot parked the plane and the engines shut down. The moment the latch on the door was released Jason started towards the aircraft.

Elizabeth clicked off her seatbelt and was on her feet the moment the plane stopped. She knew Jason would be waiting for her and couldn't stand to waste a second. The attendant unlatched the door and the staircase lowered automatically. As soon as it touched the ground she started down, her eyes locking on Jason's below. His smile stole her breath for a moment before she flew down the steps and into Jason's waiting arms.

Jason wrapped his arms tightly around Elizabeth, swinging her around and burying his face in her hair. Home. It didn't matter that he was thousands of miles from the place he'd considered his home, all he needed was Elizabeth to be home in his heart.

"I missed you so much." Elizabeth whispered into his neck as she held onto him.

"I missed you too." He replied as he finally set her down, pulling back just enough to look into her eyes before claiming her mouth with his.

When he finally pulled away and met her eyes he smiled. "How was your flight?" He asked as he put his arm around her shoulder and they started walking towards the car.

"It was good, I could get used to flying in a private jet." Elizabeth said with a laugh. "I tried to sleep but wasn't very successful, especially not once we left Paris. I was too excited."

"We can head to the hotel and you can get some rest." Jason offered as he opened her car door.

"What if I don't want to rest?" Elizabeth asked as she looked up at him.

Jason leaned on the opened door and smiled. "What would you rather do?" He asked.

"Anything. I'm in Italy and we're together…we can do anything we want." She teased, her eyes shining.

"Yes we can. We have the rest of our lives to experience anything and everything."

"I love you Jason." She say softly, her eyes locked on his.

"I love you too Elizabeth and I always will." He placed a soft kiss to her lips before stepping back and walking around to get behind the wheel. Jason took Elizabeth's hand in his as he put the car in drive.

The rest of their lives. Elizabeth liked the sound of that.

The End.

Thank you to everyone who has gone along for this ride! I hope you enjoyed the story. I can't tell you how much the feedback, reviews and support has meant to me. This was my first fanfic and all of the wonderful support has encouraged me to keep putting my work out there. I'm working on some more Liason stories but it will be a little while until I start posting.