Alright, I took some liberties with this story. I kind of had to in order to make it work. There will be a reveal that Jake is possibly Jason, but Helena had a secret. There will be a crossover….hint hint. I just hate putting it in the crossover category because I don't think a lot of people check it out. I know I totally forget about that category. Skipping to the aftermath of fake wife (especially since my twitter feed implies it's stupidly written and full of holes (don't even get me started)). I don't watch anymore but I read the boards from time to time. So, haven't really seen much Liz/Jake. I'm winging it. Also, no Aiden. I just can't go there. The affair happened, but just no child. Everything else is pretty much the same.
Also, I am posting Blind Faith for the next fic still (after Practical Liason is done). This fic will not be updated every day because I don't have enough written (Only have 4 chapters). So, I will work on it but I'm also writing other things so…. I'll try to do at least once a week, possibly two.
Sometimes life changes in the blink of an eye. What you think is the truth turns out to be one huge lie and like a snowball, the lie grows bigger and bigger until a bright light is cast on it and melts away all the bull and exposes the truth. That has happened too many times in my life for me to count. I, Elizabeth Webber, am at the epicenter of a storm that is about to change my life in a way, I never thought possible.
Chapter 1 - Revealed
Jake gripped his head as a memory overtook him. They were coming more rapidly now, but that wasn't what scared him. It was the not knowing. There were people he recognized and some people he didn't, but the bottom line was that he had no idea if any of it was real. Helena could have done anything to him. Memories could have been implanted. His brain had been tampered with. What if he was someone really dangerous—even more dangerous then he already knew he was? Suppose his past endangered his future, would he be able to live with the consequences? Ric hiring his fake wife had completely thrown him for a loop, not to mention that the asshole had manipulatively set out to hurt Elizabeth. He clenched his jaw as the thought of ripping Ric to shreds overwhelmed him.
He turned and looked at Elizabeth who was helping Cameron with his homework. He was a good kid with the best mom that he knew of. The anger melted away and he found himself grinning like a fool. God she was beautiful. He didn't know why he was so drawn to her but he was. She had become his lifeline. He had come clean to her about the whole Sloane problem and she was understanding and a great sounding board. When he had nowhere to go and no one to turn to, she was always there. It was a huge risk to take him in, especially because of Cameron and it meant everything to him and even though he didn't live there anymore, he was falling in love with Elizabeth Webber. He wanted a life with her and the only thing that could stop them was his past that he didn't remember.
Elizabeth looked up and smiled before turning back to her son. It had been such a long time since she had these kinds of feelings. Jake was amazing. He was funny, sweet, and attentive. She had waited so long to have a man in her life that didn't try to change her or manipulate her to be who they wanted her to be. She had made a few stupid mistakes the last few years. Okay, she had made more than a few. AJ was all about guilt and trying to settle. She felt so bad about her affair with Nikolas that she ran to him, giving him several more chances that AJ just didn't deserve. They were much better friends then lovers. Then there was Nik. Their timing sucked and he threw their final chance away when he decided to take up with that lying shrew with a head case for a mother instead of fighting to be with her. Finally, there was Ric. Sometimes, she swore she had DID and another personality took over because she didn't even understand why she even spoke to the man let alone slept with him. In the end, he made her look like a fool yet again. Because no matter how many times he tried to say he loved her, he only used her to make him feel better about himself. He wanted to control her. His kind of love was toxic. The question was, why did she turn to him again after he had done so many horrible things in the past? Why did she feel like she deserved that kind of love?
Jake could sense her mood change and walked over to the table. Cameron smiled at him.
"How's it going?"
Liz smirked. "Fine, you need to go straighten up your room anyway."
He sighed. "Alright."
Jake mussed up his hair and then sat down in the chair Cameron had just vacated. "What were you thinking about before I walked over here?"
She rolled her eyes. "You really don't want to know."
"Maybe I do. I don't like anything that makes you frown like that."
A soft smile lit up her face. "If you must know, it was about Ric."
Jake groaned. "I'm sorry that I asked."
"Trust me, it wasn't good thoughts. I'm having a hard time forgiving myself for that lapse in judgment."
Jake contorted his face and Liz laughed.
"I am sorry that he targeted you because of me."
Jake shrugged. "I'm not afraid of Ric Lansing now that I'm onto his game. I'll have no problem spotting his shit a mile away."
"If only I had…"
"Hey, don't be so hard on yourself." He pulled her towards him and she stood in between his legs. "When was the last time I kissed you?" he asked pretending to think.
"Um, a half hour ago."
"Are you sure about that?"
She gave him a sultry look. "Oh, I'm quite positive that I remember every last detail."
His eyes softened and he licked his lips. "I need you to refresh my memory."
She grinned. "My pleasure."
She cupped his face and kissed him deeply as Jake pulled her closer. They hadn't made love yet, but he was really hoping it would be soon.
The doorbell rang and he groaned.
She pouted and pushed away from him. "I'll get it."
When she got to the door and threw it open she gasped, "Oh my God," she said as her eyes filled up with tears.
Robin smiled. "I'm back."
Liz pulled her into a hug. "Does Patrick know?"
Robin made a face. "It's not like we left on the best of terms."
Liz stepped back. "Come on in."
Robin sat down on the couch. "I need to tell you something really important."
Liz sat across from her. "Go ahead."
"When I was in the lab, Victor revealed something to me."
"Are you sure you can trust him?"
Robin nodded. "Yeah, I'm sure. You see, he had Jason's body."
"What?" Liz said loudly.
Jake listened intently from the kitchen. He wasn't sure what to think.
"I know it's crazy but he was making me do research on cryonics. I brought Helena back and then they had me working on Jason so they could use him in their vendettas. Patrick knew he was alive initially but then thought he had died. Anyway, it worked Elizabeth."
Liz's mouthed dropped open as she tried to process what Robin was saying. "What are you trying to say?"
"I brought him back to life. He was different though, his own person. He wasn't the same Jason Morgan that we knew and loved. I don't know how to explain it."
Liz didn't even realize she was crying. "Where is he?"
Jake swallowed hard. He knew how much Jason meant to Elizabeth and he wasn't sure where that left him. He wasn't sure that he had a fighting chance with their kind of history.
Robin sighed. "That's the thing. On our way back to Port Charles, we were in an accident and I think he was hurt badly. I was taken. Helena's plan was to use him against everyone. She implanted a chip in his head and she had re-programmed his memories storing them away and replacing them with ones she had conjured and others that were correct."
Liz didn't know what to say.
Jake got up and walked into the room and his eyes met with Robin.
"He's cute. Who is he?"
Liz wiped her face and looked over at Jake. "His name is Jake. He was in an accident several months ago and doesn't remember anything. His injuries were extensive so he had plastic surgery and had to go through an intense rehabilitation." As she spoke the words, it suddenly dawned on her and Robin. "Do you think that—"
"—he's Jason? I don't know but there is only one way we'll find out."
Jake stood in the doorway with a sick feeling in his stomach. "You think I'm Jason Morgan, the mob enforcer?"
Robin stood up. "Yes."
"No, that isn't possible."
"You just had a chip removed and you've been having memories ever since," Liz said.
Robin gasped. "Oh my God. It all fits. Jason?"
Jake shook his head. "No, this can't be." At that moment, several memories slammed into his head about Helena and a lab and he dropped to his knees as his eyes filled up with tears. "This can't be."
Liz felt her heart breaking. If Jake was Jason... "You're married to Sam. Oh God, I'm going to lose you to Sam again."
Jake shook his head. "No, I don't want Sam. I want you. I don't really remember being with her."
He had some memories of both women, but it was like looking at movie instead of experiencing it.
"But you will. You are already starting too."
She went over to him and dropped to her knees. "It explains so much. I was so drawn to you. I can't believe I did it again."
He grabbed her hand. "Did what?"
"I opened my heart to you when you will choose her. Why does this keep happening to me?"
Robin started to tear up. She felt really bad for Elizabeth. Her heart had been broken so many times.
"Before we start the doomsday prophecies, I want to make sure that I am him," Jake said.
"We can go to my lab right now. I'll draw some blood and I'll compare it to what we have on file." Robin had gone to the hospital to see Patrick but he had gone home to Sam, so Epiphany ended up filling her in on what was going on.
"Do you still have access to it?"
"Yes. Dr. Obrecht gave me my job back on Helena's orders."
Both Liz and Jake made a face at the mention of their names.
"I don't have anyone to watch Cameron."
"You stay here. I'll take Jake and bring him back."
Liz nodded. "Okay."
Suddenly, the realization of why he chose the name Jake, made them both reel.
Jake looked over at Robin. "So, can you tell me more about what happened in the lab?"
"Sure. I brought you back. You weren't quite yourself, but we attributed it to the damage from you basically drowning and the trauma from the lack of oxygen to your brain. No one can predict if you'd be the same because the science is so new."
"So, I knew who you were when I woke up?"
Jake sighed. This was so much to process. "What else?"
"It took a while to get you physically ready to move, and when you finally were, we started to plan our escape."
"And then there was the accident."
Jake didn't know what to believe. If he was Jason Morgan, he wasn't sure what he was going to do. Jesus, he had a son and a wife. It wasn't that he hated Sam. He had almost hurt her very badly, but he didn't feel romantically towards her at all. Of course, if Danny was his, he'd want a relationship. This was a mess and he just needed to find out the truth.
Robin parked the car and took Jake inside using a back entrance and they went to the lab and she secured the tests. "It could take a week to get the results back."
"It's not like I'm going anywhere."
"I know. I'll put a rush on them. In the meantime, how are your headaches?"
"They aren't as bad since I had the chip taken out but sometimes, they hurt like a bitch."
Robin smiled at his quirky humor. It was so different than Jason's normal behavior. "I can only imagine."
"I want to get back to Elizabeth. We need to talk."
Robin nodded. "I'm going to get this processed through two independent labs. I don't want to take the chance. I'll have someone I can trust pick them up later."
"How do you know you can trust them?"
"Because my mom wouldn't let me down especially once I tell her how important it is that the test isn't compromised."
"Okay. Thank you Robin."
"That is what friends are for."
Liz opened her door and was shocked to see Sam standing there. "Sam."
"Is it a bad time?"
Liz tried to play it off. "No, come on in."
Sam walked inside and Danny looked around for Cameron.
"He's upstairs in his room. You can go up there."
Danny took off running.
"Have a seat."
They both got comfortable. Liz rubbed her hands on her pants. "What's going on?"
"I just wanted to see how Jake was. I heard what Ric did."
Liz looked away. "Yeah, typical Ric."
"Yeah, well, I guess I have to learn my lesson the hard way."
Sam looked away awkwardly.
"Jake is fine. He should be back any minute."
Liz wasn't sure if she should tell Sam before they knew the truth. She just hated lying. There had been too much lies between them in the past and people got hurt because of it. "Sam, there's something you need to know."
Jake walked inside and could see it was serious. "You're telling her aren't you?"
Sam looked between them. "What's going on?"
Jake closed his eyes and let out a deep breath. "Go ahead."
Liz nodded and looked at Sam. "A few hours ago, Robin showed up at my doorstep."
Sam's mouth dropped open. That was the last thing she expected Liz to say and she wondered if this would affect her relationship with Patrick. They were considering moving in together. "Why? Where has she been?"
"I don't know, but she came to tell me that Victor was making her do some cryogenic work and he had Jason's body."
Sam turned pale and her eyes fluttered and Liz grabbed her arm, thinking she was going to pass out.
"Jason? Oh my God. What did that asshole do to my husband?"
Jake cringed. That was the million dollar question.
"Sam, Robin was able to revive Jason. She said he wasn't the same Jason we all knew but it was him and he did remember her."
Sam was shaking as tears poured down her cheek. "Is he alive?"
"That is something we're trying to figure out."
Jake sat down next to Liz. "Robin thinks that I'm Jason."
Sam furrowed her brow. "What?"
"I just came back from getting a blood test done. We'll know in a week."
Sam couldn't understand how this happened. She was in shock. "You could be my dead husband."
"But you're nothing like him."
"Clearly. I'm just as clueless as everyone else."
Sam looked at Liz and a familiar jab of jealous made her stomach queasy. She wiped her eyes. "I'm surprised that you told me this so soon."
"There were too many lies in the past. I just couldn't go there again. I was going to wait until we knew for sure so you wouldn't get your hopes up for nothing but when you showed up, I just couldn't keep it from you."
Jake was looking down at the floor and Sam couldn't help but stare at him, trying to find any sign of her husband in Jake. "What if you are Jason? What does it all mean?"
"I don't know. I still don't have his memories."
"We would be married."
Jake shrugged. "Didn't you have me declared legally dead?"
"Look, you're happy with Patrick and I'm happy with Elizabeth."
"It's not that simple. I was in love with Jason. We were a family."
Jake cleared his throat. "From what I understand, you had just started speaking to each other again before Jason disappeared."
"That's true, but it doesn't mean I didn't love him or that he didn't love me. We had been through hell the prior year and we still found our way back to each other." Sam felt like she was emotionally unraveling.
"Look, I don't have any answers for you. I just know how I feel. I'm falling in love with Elizabeth and I don't remember you. If it turns out I'm Jason, I'm not going to just tell you what you want to hear because of our past."
Sam swallowed hard. This could not be happening. "I'm just asking that if you are Jason, that you give us a chance to get reacquainted."
"We can do that, but that doesn't mean I'd come back to you Sam."
Sam needed to get out of there. This was too much. It was like Jason was being dangled in front of her only to be snatched away again.
"Sam, you can't tell people yet. We need to make sure Helena doesn't get wind of what's going on and make sure the test isn't tampered with," Liz said.
"I agree. The only person I think deserves to know is Patrick."
"Just please wait until the test results are back before telling anyone else," Jake asked.
Sam stood up. "Okay." She called up to Danny and he ran down the stairs to her. "Sorry baby but it's time to go. Say goodbye to Elizabeth and Jake."
Jake smiled. "Bye."
He walked them out and then sat down next to Elizabeth again. "I meant everything that I said. I want to be with you."
She closed her eyes. "I know, but forgive me if I'm having a hard time believing that this won't blow up in my face."
He walked up to her. "I'm telling you right now, I have no intention of leaving you Elizabeth. I'm crazy about you. I want to spend the rest of my life watching you smile and being at your side. That is not going to change."
She reached up and grabbed his face and Jake kissed her thoroughly, ravishing her plump lips. He poured all his emotions into it, making sure she knew just how much he cared about her.
A/N - Let me know what you think! lol reading some comments already. This is NOT a triangle with Sam. Take the crossover hint.