EJ help me! Please! Where are you? Help me!
Mr. DiMera? He felt a soft hand touch gently touch his shoulder and woke with a start. Confused, he looked up into the warm hazel eyes of his assistant Hannah, who had accompanied him on his trip to China. Im sorry. I didnt mean to startle you. I didnt realize youd still be asleep.
EJ took a deep breath, struggling to get his bearings. Abigails voice had sounded so real, so close and so scared.
You asked me to let you know once we were back over US airspace, remember?
We just finished crossing the Pacific and will be landing in San Francisco to refuel in a few minutes. I knew youd want to get in touch with your family as soon as possible.
Thank you, Hannah. Go ahead and take your seat. EJ waved her off and leaned back in his own seat. He was anxious to talk to his children, but more pressing was his need to check on Abigail. He wasnt someone who often remembered his dreams, but when he did, they had meaning. Abigail was in danger. He could feel it.
The past few days had been torturous. The trip had been stressful and extremely hectic. Fortunately it appeared that it had been worth it though as Mr. Shin was now firmly on EJs side, which would make the upcoming Board of Directors review go a lot smoother. The bad thing was Mr. Shin had demanded their meeting take place in his home village, far away from the trappings of modern technology. As a result, EJ hadnt been able to check his emails or text messages or even make any calls. While the break from Samanthas daily chatter had been appreciated, not being able to check on his kids or on Abigail had driven EJ more than a little crazy, even before the nightmare. He couldnt wait to call her and let her know he was finally on his way home. A few more hours and hed be able to check on her in person. In the meantime, now that he was back in range of the States, he could start wading through the umpteen voice mails, text messages and emails that he was bound to having waiting for him. He pulled out his cellphone and turned it on.
Abby rolled over and groaned as the alarm on her cell phone went off, cursing the early hour. She hit the snooze button and closed her eyes, determined to get a few more minutes of rest. The last few days had left her physically, mentally and emotionally drained and combined with her pregnancy, it was all she could do to collapse into bed every night. Somehow shed managed to get roped into not only helping Sami Brady plan her wedding to EJ, but now Sami was expecting her to EJs best person too. JJ had called Abby nuts for letting Sami steamroll right over her, but Abby didnt know what else to do. She was pregnant with the grooms baby. Samis life was about to implode and Sami had no clue. Abbys own feeling of perpetual guilt the guilt that her mother would say she inherited from her dad, made her feel obligated to help at least until she heard back from EJ.
He was the other thing that was causing her great stress. She had texted him about Samis wedding plans and hadnt heard a peep back. He had warned her that communication might not be possible during his trip, but her own self-doubts had momentarily made her wonder if he was purposely avoiding her. Thankfully Sami herself had cleared up that when Abby overheard her offhandedly mentioned to Monica, the professional wedding planner who was assisting them, that EJ hadnt even called or emailed the kids while he was away. If there was one thing about EJ that Abby was absolutely sure about, it was that his kids always came first. If they hadnt heard from him, then there was a good reason for it. She prayed that he was okay.
The alarm chimed again. Abby sighed and turned it off this time. As soon as the alarm was disabled her phone came to life, pinging and vibrating as her text messaging, email and voice mail came out of hibernation mode. Abby waited until everything seemed to be in and then looked at her notification hub. She had 20 text messages from EJ, 5 voice mails and a handful of emails. She glanced at the most recent text message. Please text me back as soon as you get this. Im at SFO, grounded due to fog. I hope to get out of here today, but it may take a while.
Abby, climbed out of bed and took the time to shower and eat breakfast before finally sending him a response. Seconds after she hit send her phone rang.
Abigail! I got your messages. What the bloody hell is going on there?
Abby snorted. Funny, thats what I wanted to know from you. When exactly were you planning to tell me about your wedding plans?
I dont have any wedding plans!
Thats not what Sami seems to think.
Look Abigail, I dont know what Samantha has told you, but shes wrong.
So you didnt know anything about her plans for a quickie wedding tonight at midnight? She waited for his response, expecting another quick denial. As the pause stretched over seconds she grew suspicious. EJ? Are you saying you did know?
Abigail. EJ sighed in frustration. She ran the idea past me before I left. I told her no, in no uncertain terms. If shes gone ahead and made arrangements anyway, its all her own doing. I didnt have anything to do with it. You have to believe me. I would never let this happen
Well you have to admit, its not unusual for an engaged couple to make wedding plans.
Abigail, you know that there are extenuating circumstances
Abby felt her trusty self-loathing kick in. Oh Im well aware of that. After all, Im one of those extenuating circumstances.
Abigail, youre much more than that, you have to believe me when I say that.
Honestly EJ, Im not sure what to believe anymore. You said you needed time and Ive given you time, but from where I stand nothing has changed. Youre still engaged to Sami Brady and as far as shes concerned, the two of you are about to embark on your married life together.
You know its complicated.
Yes I know its complicated, but Ill tell you what, I can make it really easy for you. Sami has roped me into being your best person.
Samantha did what?
Its a long story. She can tell you about it when you get home. Suffice to say that Ive been very involved in planning your little wedding. Ill be up there, standing beside you when you exchange vows. If you can stand in front of me or beside me or wherever the hell it is that Sami expects us to stand, and pledge your love to another woman, then Ill take that as my cue to leave.
Leave? Abigail, what are you planning?
Yes. Leave, as in move away from Salem. Remember how months ago you suggested that I move back to Europe? I think Ill do exactly that. As the days without hearing from him had ticked by, fearing the worst, Abby had started working on her back up plan. Shed spent a semester in Spain once and had many friends there, and she was no stranger to England either, having lived there with her parents for a few years. Moving to Europe was quickly becoming the safest, most logical thing to do. She could have her baby and then, with JJs help, break the news to her mom. She had no intentions of divulging her babys paternity, and figured it would be easy enough to claim to her questioning relatives that she had a quick wintertime fling while getting over Chad, and that the father wanted nothing to do with the child.
Im not letting you cut me out of our childs life, Abigail.
And I wont cut you out. You can visit from time to time and Ill email you pictures. But if youre with your Samantha, youre not going to be in our daily lives. Its bad enough that youve strung me along for this long. I grew up with my dad coming in and out of my life depending on the whims of my parents. I wont put our child through that heartbreak.
Abigail, this is damn impossible to do over the phone. Just wait until I get back, please. Well talk in person.
Ill handle Samantha.
Like youve done so far?
Bloody Hell Abigail, just give me some time.
The clock is ticking EJ and I turn back into a pumpkin at midnight. Surely by now you have an idea of what you want to do with your life? Without giving him a chance to reply she continued. Look, its time for me to head to the hospital for work. And I meant what I said - when you get back to Salem, make up your mind. You know where to find me. And if I dont hear from you, Ill see you at your wedding tonight and then Ill make all of our lives a little less complicated.
With that she hung up her phone and turned it off, knowing that he wouldnt be content to let her have the last word.
EJ cursed as he heard the phone disconnect. He immediately pressed redial, swearing again as it went straight to voicemail. Dammit Abigail, you didnt even give me a chance to warn you about my dream. He ran his hand through his hair in frustration as he paced across the floor in the airports VIP lounge. She might be ticked off at him, but at least he knew in that moment that she was alive and safe. Maybe his dream had been nothing more than a manifestation of his worry over how he was going to clean up the mess hed made of everything.
He looked up as Hannah walked back into the room.
The pilot says that air traffic control isnt expecting the fog to lift until early this afternoon, so were going to be stuck here for a while. I already checked with the commercial carriers, but everything is fully booked or delayed as well.
Thanks. Remind me to let my father know that we need to upgrade the planes navigation system as soon as possible. This is bloody ridiculous. The technology exists to take off through fog. I dont understand why our plane doesnt have it.
I will, sir. Oh and by the way, I just forwarded you the results from a background check that you asked to be run just before you left for China.
Thank you. Ill read through it now since apparently Ill have lots of time on my hands this morning.
Well I dont care if itll take the staff all day to make, thats what I want for dessert tonight. EJ DiMera is paying you a lot of money. Make it happen. Sami growled into her phone as she headed for the shortcut through the park on her way to Horton Town Square. Rounding the corner she cursed as she literally ran into someone, sending her phone tumbling into the bushes.
As she bent down to pick it up she caught a sniff of a very familiar perfume. The clanging of the jewelry cinched it. Without even looking up she muttered. Hello Kate.
Sami! Kate beamed with her usual fake sincerity. I couldnt help but overhear you. Problems with your staff again?
Sami managed to successfully retrieve her phone and stood up. Brushing off the dirt, she frowned, noticing that the battery had spontaneously drained with its fall. She hoped she hadnt completely killed it. EJ would never let her live it down, saying she killed phones faster than she killed people. She shoved it in her purse and tried to move past Kate. The older woman sidestepped, intercepting her. Look, I dont care what youre selling Kate, Im not interested.
Oh? A bit testy are we?
Oh, Im fine. Sami plastered a grin on her face. Ecstatic even.
EJ and I are getting married at midnight tonight.
Without missing a beat, Kate quipped back. Ah yes, we have heard the chimes at midnight. Tell me Sami, does EJ know that hes getting married tonight?
Sami had the decency to look a little guilty. Well actually, no. Its a surprise. But I suggested it to him before he left on his business trip.
And he actually agreed?
To the idea in general, yes. At least thats what shed managed to convince herself of over the last few days. Sure, EJ had been adamant about waiting, but he was just stressed about everything with Mr. Shin. Once he solved that she knew hed be fine.
Kates eyes narrowed like a hawk stalking its prey. In general? What are you up to, Sami?
Nothing! Sami chuckled. I swear.
Like thats worth anything.
Sami was indignant. Ill have you know that my word does mean something!
Kate threw back her head and laughed. Oh Im sure my sons would have something to say about that.
Youre a fine one to talk! If you hadnt interfered Lucas and I would still be together.
Right. Kate snorted. As if Lucas would want anything to do with you after all the stunts youve pulled on him over the years.
My stunts! My stunts! Samis voice was teetering on the edge of shrieking. Youre the one who didnt let Lucas confess to killing Franco in self defense, causing me to be executed on death row.
I was trying to protect my son and my grandson. You were going to marry that Italian sleaze and take Will away from Lucas. I couldnt allow that to happen.
So you were willing to let me die in exchange.
Kate shrugged. Well maybe that was wrong of me, but you proved me right when you nearly ruined Austins life a few years later when you tried to marry him in Vegas. Thank god I showed him your true colors, just in time.
Yeah, thank god for that, because if you hadnt, I wouldnt have fallen head over heels in love with Lucas a couple of years later, but wait, you ruined that relationship too when you drugged me and put me in bed with Brandon.
I was only doing what I thought was right.
Do you realize that if you hadnt done that, Lucas and I would be celebrating our tenth anniversary next Valentines Day? Do you? And half of my kids wouldnt be fathered by the guy who rap
Kate raised her brow. Finish the sentence Sami.
Sami shook her head and sank down onto a nearby bench. As Kate sat down beside her, she muttered. It doesnt matter. I wouldnt trade Johnny and Sydney for anything else in the world.
I think it does matter. Deep down you still think of him as the man who raped you, as you should. So why on earth are you preparing to spend your life with him?
I could say the same thing about you and Stefano.
Sweetie, do you see me lining up to remarry that old bastard? I would die first before I go back into that family.
EJs different. Hes a really good father to Johnny and Sydney and Allie loves him as her stepfather.
So? Kate shook her head. Lucas is a really great father to Allie and he treats Johnny and Sydney like theyre his own, yet I dont see you lining up to marry him, thank god.
Sami let out a little cough. Lucas doesnt want me anyway.
Well of course not. Hes with Sheryl now.
I guess he hasnt told you yet?
Kate frowned. Told me what?
He and Sheryl broke up.
What? But they were getting along so well. I thought for sure it was just a matter of time
Well you were wrong.
What on earth happened?
You happened, Kate.
Kate, has it ever occurred to you that in all your attempts to do what you think is the best for your children, all youve managed to do is screw up their lives?
I have not! My children are happy!
Really? Lets see. Austin is married to Carrie. She cheated on him once with Mike and almost cheated with Rafe. Theyre together because of the baby, and maybe theyre happy now, but theyve had a lot of miserable years. I take the blame for some of that, but you need to share in it too. Carrie wouldnt have felt alone and miserable and turned to Mike when Austin was busy helping me fight the murder charges if, I dont know, say you hadnt framed me for murder. She took another breath. And lets talk about Billie. Shes never been able to get over my Uncle Bo.
Thats hardly my fault.
But maybe if you hadnt hired Franco to go after Hope, then maybe Uncle Bo and Hope would have reconciled sooner, and Billie could have made a clean start a lot earlier.
You dont know that.
Ill skip Lucas for a minute. Well come back to him. Lets see, Philip. Hes another one. You did your best to keep him tied to Belle, even hiding Claires true paternity.
Belle and Philip were perfect together. I still dont understand what she sees in Shawn.
Sami shrugged. If Im totally honest, neither do I, but he makes her happy and that makes me happy. So poor Philip wasnt allowed to get over Belle, and where is he now? Hiding in Chicago after going through a bevy of women: Chloe, Morgan, Stephanie, Melanie, you know he should have stuck with Morgan. Theres something about him with women whose names end with an e that just doesnt work.
Hey! My name ends with an e. Kate protested.
Sami arched a brow. Exactly. And lets talk about Rex and Cassie for a moment. Where are they? And why do they never visit? Hell, nobody even talks about them.
Theyre off living their lives. Ive asked them to come home, but they always have an excuse not to.
Because theyre smart, thats why. Theyve heard the horror stories from everyone else and they know that the only fighting chance they have involves staying the hell away from you.
Kate crossed her arms and shook her head. Im just trying to keep my children from making mistakes.
Sami ran her hand through her hair in frustration. But all youve done is made them miserable. You want to know what would have made Lucas the happiest man in the world? She didnt wait for Kates answer. Marrying me, and giving Will a family. Thats all he ever wanted. And we had that, until you ruined it.
Sami, if you and Lucas were truly meant to be, my interference wouldnt have stopped you from being together. In fact, you did end up together, remember? You had that big fancy wedding and rubbed cake in my face. But you screwed it up by not cutting all ties with EJ.
I was protecting my family! Stefano was going to kill them!
Kate rolled her eyes. If that old geezer wanted the entire Brady family dead, theyd be dead. Stefano lives for the game. Hes the puppet master. He lives to control people, and youre one of his puppets, just like John was and still is his pawn. And his chosen method for controlling you is his son, Elvis.
Maybe in the past, but its not like that anymore. EJ loves me.
Are you sure about that Sami?
What the hell does that mean?
I mean, do you trust him?
No, I dont mean just with the kids because yes, Ive seen enough to know that he loves them more than anything, but how well do you think you know him?
I know him better than anyone else ever could! Sami said defensively.
Well for your sake, I hope thats true.
What are you trying to hint at, Kate? Tell me, please.
Im sure its nothing, nothing at all. Kate stood up and motioned towards the town square. Run along now. Have your little surprise wedding with EJ. I just hope it brings you both everything your hearts desire.
Sami was perplexed, but didnt have time to question it further. Of course it will. Its what we both want. Even if EJ doesnt realize it yet.
?To what was lost... to what was found... to what will always be..." ~ Jack Deveraux