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Miss Deveraux, Mr. DiMera, I have the results of the pregnancy test. Dr. Garcia smiled at the couple as she walked into the exam room, carrying a clipboard.
Abby looked up at EJ. He looked as nervous as she felt. How Abby actually felt about the impending news was hard for her to define. On one hand she was hoping for a negative result. She loved children and looked forward to one day having a family, but she felt she was nowhere nearly ready enough to have her own baby right now, especially with the added complication of it being the result of her affair with an engaged man. On the other hand, when she did picture her future children, there was only one father that she could imagine them having, and he happened to be the tall, handsome, oh-so-taken man standing next to her. It left her torn. EJ had assured Abby that if she was pregnant he would claim the child as his own, but Abby knew that was the extent of his promise. He would always belong to Sami. He made that abundantly clear when he ended their affair.
EJ swallowed hard as his hands instinctively went to the back of Abigails neck and shoulders. He could feel the tension in her taut muscles as he rubbed them in an attempt to sooth her. For the millionth time he chastised himself for getting into this situation. He didnt regret their lovemaking. It was an unexpected gift, the memory of which he would cherish forever. But hed never meant for them to be left with a permanent reminder of their undeniable, uncontrollable connection. It wasnt like he was an inexperienced teen who simply forgot to use protection. He was a grown man a man who knew perfectly well what might happen. Yet he got so caught every time he was near her that common sense didnt just fly out the window, it migrated south for the winter.
He was anxious for a negative result, of course because that would be the simplest outcome. Hed dodge a potentially fatal bullet. But if he was truly honest with himself, part of him was hoping that Abigail was actually pregnant. She would be an absolutely amazing mother, kind and loving, generous with her time and her affection. Their child would grow up knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that he or she was thoroughly loved.
It was a future he could only dream of for his other children. Samantha tried, but in the pecking order of her world, she came first, followed by her firstborn, Will and his daughter Arianna Grace. Occasionally EJ liked to think that he and their kids came third, but the mess with Kristen and Eric, had shown him that her twin stood above them. Given the sheer amount of times that Samantha had threatened to take Johnny and Sydney away from him, he knew that they fell into the next spot on priority list. He supposed that Allie would have been there too, if not for Lucas. Samantha didnt need to make her eldest daughter a priority because Lucas always would. On good days, like the ones they had before Bradys wedding to Kristen, EJ felt confident that at the very least he ranked above Samanthas exes, Lucas and Rafe. On bad days, he knew better. There had been a lot of bad days lately.
It was a sobering thought, one that lingered in the back of his mind as he waited for Dr. Garcia to say the words that might change everything.
Dr. Garcia opened her clipboard and scanned the page. With a smile on her face she looked at Abby. Congratulations. You are pregnant.
Abby gasped and felt her knees begin to buckle. EJs arms swiftly moved to encircle her waist, steadying her against his body. She felt his lips kiss the top of her head. Pregnant? Im really pregnant?
Yes you are.
EJs heart thumped wildly in his chest and his mouth suddenly felt dry. Youre absolutely sure. 100% beyond a shadow of a doubt?
Dr. Garcia nodded at him. The odds of a false positive are extremely miniscule with the type of test I administered. Of course if youre still in doubt, we can do a vaginal ultrasound to confirm it, but I really dont think thats necessary. Abigail, based on the symptoms you described, I am confident that the test results are correct.
Abby forced herself to take a deep calming breath. EJ hadnt let go of her, which was helping her maintain a semblance of calm. So whats next?
Well. Dr. Garcia explained. Mr. DiMera mentioned that you have your own family doctor. Its up to you whether or not you want to keep seeing me for the remainder of your pregnancy or not.
Abby turned her head and gave a questioning look at EJ, half expecting him to insist on her staying with Dr. Garcia.
EJ met the challenge in her gaze and replied sincerely. I meant what I said before. Now that we have the results, you can see whichever doctor makes you feel comfortable. The only thing I will say is that if you stay with Dr. Garcia you can guarantee that no one at University Hospital will find out. Dr. Garcia practices out of Salem General Hospital. But again Abigail, the decision is entirely yours.
Abby had been weighing the pros and cons of seeing her family doctor while they waited on the results. For her it came down to privacy. As much as she loved the hospital that her grandfather had practically built, she couldnt deny that it would be extremely difficult to keep her pregnancy a secret for long if she went to her own doctor a doctor that her mother also visited on a regular basis. And besides that, she liked Dr. Garcia. She was professional, yet approachable. Id like to stay with you Dr. Garcia.
Alright then. So I will write you a prescription for prenatal vitamins, which I recommend you fill today. And if you stop by my nurses desk on the way out, she can book you in for your first ultrasound, four to six weeks from now. Now if youll excuse me, I have a telephone consultation scheduled. Ill see you in a few weeks Ms. Deveraux. Feel free to call me before then if you have any questions.
Abby and EJ waited until shed left the room before looking at each other. To say they were stunned, was putting it mildly. It reminded EJ of the moments immediately after their first time in the cabin, when theyd both been too overcome by the enormity of what theyd done to speak. Abigail, you have to believe me when I say that I didnt mean for this to happen. I didnt mean to take advantage
She cut him off. Weve had that conversation before, EJ. Dont you remember? At his wordless nod, she continued. You didnt take advantage of me then and any other time we were together. I was a willing partner and now we have consequences to deal with.
We need to figure out what were going to do. EJ agreed. But we cant do it here.
Ill call for the boat.
They left the doctors office together, stopping only to make the ultrasound appointment, which EJ insisted he was going to be at, and to pick up Abbys vitamins along the way. Neither spoke on the boat ride as both were still coming to grips with the fact that with one small sentence from the doctor, everything had changed.
Abby watched EJ as he stoked the fire that hed started in the fireplace moments before. Should I make us some tea? She was so nervous that she wasnt sure she could keep anything down, but she needed something to occupy her, if only for a minute. The enormity of what they were facing had begun to sink in on the boat ride to the island and she wasnt sure how much longer she could go without succumbing to the irresistible urge to start bawling her eyes out. Itll have to be herbal because I cant have any caffeine. She heard the catch in her voice.
EJ returned the fireplace poker to its stand before crossing the room and enveloping her in the warm circle of his arms. Shhh. He soothed. Its okay sweetheart. Its going to be okay.
Abby leaned into his body, resting her head against his chest, listening to the steady beat of his heart. You dont know that.
Yes, I do. EJ corrected her. Im a DiMera. Do you honestly think I would settle for any other outcome?
Abby craned her head back to look up at him. She laughed, despite herself. Right.
Im serious. EJ insisted. I dont know how this is all going to play out, but I do know one thing.
And whats that?
That you are going to be the best mother ever and our child is going to be the luckiest person in the world.
Its the world that Im worried about EJ. Abby explained as she disentangled herself from his arms and took a seat on the edge of the bed. She waited until he sat down beside her. Were going to have a baby. You and me. What was it that you said the first time in the cabin? Oh yes, the daughter of the Horton family and the son of the Prince of Darkness. Its a little implausible.
It became not so hard to believe the moment we got those positive test results.
Im glad that you acknowledge that. Now do you care to explain to me what were going to do? My family is going to kill me and most likely you when they find out.
No they wont. Samantha will kill us both first. He attempted be flippant, but it was a legitimate concern. Samantha wasnt exactly known for keeping her temper in check, especially when her pride was publicly assaulted. He harboured no illusions that shed mourn for him for long if they broke up quietly, but there was no way that this could be done quietly. Even if he hid Abigail away for the duration of her pregnancy, he had every intention of having his child in his life and knew Abigail would want to be involved in raising the child too. The truth would have to come out eventually, and knowing his fiancée, it would be dramatically.
EJ reached over and grasped her hands in his. He brought them up to his lips for a quick kiss. Abigail, I know Im hardly in the position to make many promises right now, but I do promise you this. I will support you throughout this pregnancy, not just financially, but physically and emotionally too. This baby is unexpected, but its also a tremendous blessing and I dont plan to miss a minute of the experience.
He smiled sadly at the skepticism in her voice. How could he blame her though? Yes. Abigail, you have no idea what it means to me to involved in this from the beginning. After what both Nicole and Samantha did during their pregnancies, I honestly never thought Id have another chance. You have given me such a gift.
No guessing. He shifted his position on the bed before reaching over to haul her closer to him. I can never repay you.
Abby snuggled against him. I dont want money, EJ.
He opened his mouth to say something and she quickly cut him off. Or jewels. Or fancy cars or villas on the Mediterranean.
He chuckled. I wasnt
Yes you were.
Okay, okay but anything you want, its yours.
I just want you. It took a second for Abby to realize that shed spoken that out loud. She glanced up to see how he had reacted and what she saw nearly took her breath away. He was wearing the same look that hed had in the cabin that first time. And now, like then, she was powerless as his lips crashed into hers.
We probably shouldnt be doing this again. Abby gasped between kisses as she felt his fingers slip between the buttons of her blouse and stroke her nipples through the thin material of her bra.
Whats the harm? EJ teased as his hand snaked around her back and unclasped her bra. Her shirt would need to go next, he decided. He whispered into her ear. Its not like I can get you more pregnant than you already are.
Thats a technicality.
Im a lawyer. EJ murmured as his hands continued their mission of ridding her of her clothing. I live for technicalities.
Abby knew she should put a stop to things, but shed spent every waking and sleeping moment since their shower room encounter craving his touch with every pore in her body. She didnt have the will to stop him or to stop herself, nor did he.
Afterwards, she snuggled against him, absently trailing her fingers across his bare chest in a circular motion. She could hear the accelerated thumping of his heart. This doesnt fix anything.
I never claimed it would.
But we agreed that this us we couldnt happen again.
We were obviously wrong. EJ chuckled as he smoothed her hair back and popped a kiss onto the top of her head. Abigail, I dont know what the future will bring, but I do know that theres an incredible pull between us. The more I try to ignore it, the stronger it gets, especially now that youre carrying my child.
EJ, I dont want you being with me just because you feel obligated.
Abigail youre not just an obligation, believe me. That pull I mentioned is the reason why youre now pregnant with my child. Im a DiMera. If all I felt was obligation, Id pawn you off to someone else to take care of and go on to live a happy life with Samantha and our children.
Abby snorted. Happy?
EJ was instantly defensive. Of course happy.
Like you were so happy back in January?
There were extenuating circumstances. Samantha was angry about what my sister had done to Eric.
And she took out her anger on you.
Not me specifically. She was furious with all DiMeras.
Are you seriously that blind?
What? EJ was stunned by the bite in her tone.
Youre engaged to her. She supposedly loves you. You have two children with her. She supposedly loves them. Youre a DiMera. Johnny and Sydney are DiMeras. Yet Sami was furious with all DiMeras and took her anger out on all DiMeras.
EJ flinched. It wasnt like that.
Really? Because I seem to remember your vein popping out when I mentioned her back then. Abby pulled herself up and reached across him to stroke the side of his neck. Just like it is right now.
Look, can we just not talk about this right now? EJ snapped with frustration. We were having a perfectly lovely afternoon
And I ruined it by bringing up your inconvenient fiancée.
The subtle warning tone in his voice was enough to push her over the edge. Without warning she burst into tears.
EJ let out a big sigh and hauled her back into his arms. Abigail challenged him on a daily basis as it was. She spoke her mind and had an unerring accuracy when it came to reading his inner thoughts. Pregnant Abigail, with the added surge of hormones coursing through her blood was going to be an even bigger challenge for him to handle. Oh who am I kidding? He thought to himself. His attempt to handle her back in January was what ultimately led them to this moment. All he could do was hold on and hope for the best, while preparing for the worst.
A couple of hours later, when Abby finally felt settled enough to return home they took the boat back to Salem and met with EJs waiting limousine. On his boss instructions, EJs driver took them to a side street near Horton Town Square, hidden from view, but still close to Abbys car. Ill be back in a moment. EJ told his driver.
I could have walked the half block by myself you know. Abby chided.
You cant be too careful. How would I explain it to your mother if something happened to you because I couldnt be bothered to escort you to your car?
I think thats the least of the worries my mom is going to have about you. Abby grimaced. Dont worry, Im not going to tell her just yet, but eventually shell find out. I can only imagine how well shes not going to take the news that shes going to be a grandmother and to a DiMera to boot.
She might surprise you. Just remind her that she married your dad, despite everyone warning her against it.
Thats a very valid point, but Im not so sure shell be in the mood to hear it.
Well what did she have to say when you were dating Chad? Hes also a DiMera. Surely she had some of the same concerns.
She did. Abby agreed. But I dont think I ever gave her the impression that I was that serious about him.
Abby paused and looked up at him. Not really. Maybe it could have developed into more down the road, if he hadnt
If he hadnt lied.
Abby nodded. Yeah. That was the deal breaker. That was kind of the end of what would ever be. EJ I can handle a lot, just as long as its honest.
Duly noted. They reached her small sedan and he opened the door for her. Before she got in he leaned down and gave her a lingering kiss. I meant what I said. Call me if you need anything. Call me even if you dont need anything. We will figure this out. I just need some time to come up with the best plan moving forward.
Abby got in her car and looked back up to him as he moved to shut the door. I know. And Ill give you that, but dont take forever.
I wont. And dont forget to take your vitamins.
EJ stood back and watched her sedan until it rounded the corner and disappeared from sight before making the short walk back to his waiting limousine. He told the driver to take him to the office as he had a lot to think about before he faced Samantha again.
Where were you last night?
EJ looked up from his laptop and removed his reading glasses as Sami flounced into the living room in her usual loud manner.
I waited up for you.
Late night at the office. I had a video conference with the Hong Kong office.
I gathered it was something like that, but why didnt you come to bed when you got home?
Oh I had a splitting headache after the meeting. I wasnt sure that Id be able to sleep, and I didnt want to disturb you.
You wouldnt have. Sami assured him. Besides, you know I dont sleep when youre not next to me.
Right. EJ just managed to catch his eye roll in time. The truth was that when he had finally returned home, hed popped his head in the bedroom to see if Samantha had been waiting up and found her sleeping soundly, practically dead to the world.
So anyway, Ive been going through the flower choices that Monica, our wedding planner gave me for our wedding. She liked my idea of blood red roses everywhere but wants to accent them with another flower in a different color. Im undecided. What color do you think would work best?
When he didnt answer right away Sami waved her hand in front of his face. EJ, did you hear what I said?
Excuse me? EJ shook his head.
Where were you?
I was asking you what color the other flowers should be for our wedding. Its coming up so soon.
Oh. Yes of course. Pink and blue are quite lovely.
Sami looked at him strangely. For a baby shower maybe, but with red roses? I mean, I suppose a dark enough blue would work, but theres no way in hell Im mixing pink and red. Thats something Sydney would choose.
Here. She shoved some colored pages into his hands. Have a look at these. I printed out all the arrangement options that the Monica thought we might like. See if theres anything in there that screams EJ & Samantha forever.
No. Ill leave that decision to you. Im sure whatever you choose will be fine.
Thats what youve said about everything related to our wedding. Sami whined. Come on EJ, I know youre pre-occupied with work, but at least help me with the flower choice and I promise I wont bother you about the rest.
Sure. Okay. He rifled through the papers in his hands and chose one randomly, barely giving it a second glance. This. I like this.
Samis eyes widened as she took the winning one back from him and looked at his choice. Seriously?
You told me to pick one. Ive picked one. Thats it. Thats what I want. He spoke with authority leaving no doubt that he now considered the topic closed.
Okay. Ill let her know that we made a decision.
Good. Now if youll excuse me, I have a lot of work to get done. Would you mind closing the doors on your way out?
Sure. No problem. I have a meeting with CWs marketing department in half an hour to get to. I should get going.
Yes you should. Have a good day Samantha.
He waited until he heard her car drive away before picking up his phone.
After flushing the toilet, Abby held a cool, damp washcloth to her forehead and examined her reflection in the mirror. She was amazed that she still looked like her old normal self. She felt anything but like her old normal self. Hey little one. She said as she patted her abdomen with her other hand. I know youre trying to grow big and strong so that you can come out into the world in a few months, but it would help if youd stop making eating my breakfast such an ordeal.
Not for the first time she wondered how long her morning sickness would last. It was going to be a challenge to hide her morning vomiting sessions from her mom and brother. Thankfully her mom was so wrapped up in her reconciliation with Daniel that she hadnt been paying much attention to her of late. And as for JJ, Abby was grateful that his community service kept him from hanging around the house for too long every morning.
Abigail, are you okay in there?
Speak of the devil, Abby thought to herself. After taking one last glance in the mirror she tossed the washcloth in the hamper and opened the door on JJs side of the Jack and Jill bathroom they shared. Hey squirt, whats up? I thought you left already.
I was about to ask you the same thing. And I did. Leave that is. I got halfway to the square and realized that Id forgotten my phone. I ran back up here for it and I heard you tossing your cookies. Are you sick?
Abby shook her head. I think I ate something that didnt agree with me. Ill be fine.
Are you sure?
Yes Im sure. Abby laughed and pushed him playfully towards the door. Youd better get going or youll be late for your shift. You dont want to screw that up.
Youre right. Ill catch you later. And dont forget that were watching Parker for Mom and Daniel tonight since theyre having their dinner party.
I remember. Abby breathed a sigh of relief after she heard the door shut downstairs. She was going to have to be very careful for the next few weeks, at least until she and EJ could up with a plan to break the news to everyone.
The sound of her vibrating phone caught her attention. Her heart skipped a beat as she saw EJs photo pop up. Hi. She said a little breathlessly. Whats up?
Do you really want me to answer that? EJ chuckled softly.
Abby felt the heat infuse her cheeks and was grateful he couldnt see her blush. Let me rephrase that. Is there something I can help you with? She regretted her choice of words before she even finished saying them.
Id say so. He teased.
Okay. Okay. Im calling just to see how youre doing? How did you sleep last night?
Abby smiled at the genuine concern she heard in his voice. I had a little trouble falling asleep. My mind was racing.
Ill bet. You?
Same. I stayed at the office until I was sure everyone would be asleep and then snuck home.
Ill bet that went over well with Sami. Abby said dryly.
Fortunately Samantha is accustomed to my late nights at the office.
If I was Samantha Id be questioning why a man such as yourself, with access to every resource known to man, has to stay at his office to work late when he could just as easily work from home.
Fortunately youre not Samantha. I prefer you to be Abigail. EJ quipped, purposely ignoring her subtle dig at his relationship with his fiancée.
So the reason I called was to see if theres anything you need before I head to the office.
Just a cure for morning sickness.
About the only thing Im managing to keep down before noon is crackers and ginger tea.
Im sorry Abigail.
For being the reason youre dealing with this.
EJ, were both to blame. I take full responsibility for our mis-
Our child is not a mistake. EJ corrected her fiercely. Our child is a gift. Never forget that.
Youre right. Abby agreed as tears gathered in her eyes. Im sorry.
Its okay. EJ soothed, sensing the distress in her voice. I didnt mean to snap. I just dont want our child growing up thinking it was a mistake.
He or she wont. Theyll be loved and theyll know it.
Good. Now aside from the morning sickness, hows everything else?
Fine. Im heading to work at the hospital for the afternoon and then tonight JJ and I are going to be babysitting Parker Jonas.
It will be. Hes a good kid. I was thinking that Id pull out the cupcake tins tonight and teach him how to bake.
Dont let Johnny hear that. He covets your cupcakes. Hell be jealous.
Like father, like son?
Abby laughed. Well thanks for checking in on me, but I really should get going. I have a couple of errands to run on my way to the hospital.
Take care Abigail. And again, call me if you need anything.
Your usual? Ben asked as Abby smiled at him across the counter at club TBD.
No, Im trying to kick my caffeine addiction, so just a large ginger tea please. And maybe one of those scrumptious-looking raspberry scones too. She figured by the time she got to her office shed finally be able to keep something down.
Uncle Lucas. Abby turned at the sound of his voice and gave him a big hug. What are you doing here?
Oh, Im meeting with a colleague. He nodded towards his table in the corner where Abby could see a pretty long haired brunette typing on a laptop. Thats Sheryl, right? You introduced me to her a few weeks ago.
So how are things going between you two? Abby teased. Shed sensed some sparks between them when shed met Sheryl and hoped it was turning into something more. Her uncle hadnt been the same since his break up with Sami in the summer of 2012 and shed been worried that hed never find anyone else. There was no good reason why he didnt have women swarming around him. He was handsome and successful and a lot of fun. She supposed it had to do with Lucas lingering feelings for his ex. For the millionth time, Abby wondered just what it was about Sami Brady that inspired the men she cared about to be so fixated on that mess of a woman. Hell, even her own father had defied Salem logic and been close friends with Sami.
Were just co-workers. Nothing more.
It doesnt have to be that way. Abby reminded him gently.
Lucas pointedly ignored her last statement. Im glad I ran into you.
I have a favor to ask.
Samis supposed to drop Allie off at my place tonight but I have to fly to New York City this afternoon for an evening business meeting, so I was wondering if it would be okay if Allie gets dropped off at your place and stays over night? Ill be back to get her by the time shes finished school tomorrow.
Sure. JJ and I are already babysitting Parker for Daniel tonight. Itll be fun if Allies there too.
Perfect. Ill text Sami and let her know what the plan is. Youll be home by six, right?
I will. Have fun in New York City. She nodded over to the table where Sheryl was working. Are you taking Sheryl?
As a matter of fact I am.
You know how much we love having Allie stay with us, so if you want to stay away an extra night its no problem.
Lucas rolled his eyes at her. Thanks.
Heres your tea and scone, Abigail.
Thanks Ben. She handed him her money and headed out.
Abby had just taken a bite of her scone when she heard a knock on her office door. She chewed and swallowed and then called out. Come in.
Abigail. Sami said breathlessly as entered the room.
Speak of another devil. Abby thought to herself. She forced a smile on her face. Sami! What a surprise. I wasnt expecting to see you until tonight.
Really? Whats happening tonight?
Oh didnt Lucas text you yet?
I was in a meeting all morning. I havent checked my phone.
Abby watched with interest as Sami scrolled through her text messages, looking for one from Lucas.
Stupid phone. Sami muttered. Every time I try to get to the most recent message it jumps back.
Here, we have the same phone. Let me see if I can fix that for you.
Abby took the cell from her and had a look. Well heres the problem, your conversation with my Uncle Lucas goes back to 2012. Every once and awhile you need to delete them to keep them from scrolling back.
I cant delete that!
Why? Is there something critical in there? Abby was perplexed as to why Sami objected so strongly.
Yes. No. I mean. Isnt there a way we can fix it without having to delete it?
Abby raised a brow. Okay. Yeah. There is. We just need an app so we can save it. Give me a minute. You might even have one on here already. As suspected, she found one. There we go. Its all saved.
Youre a miracle worker. Sami said gratefully.
No. I just know how to use my phone. So anyhow, theres a new message from him in your inbox now.
She waited for Sami to read it. Oh, now I get it. Lucas wants me to drop off Allie at your place tonight instead of his. Are you guys doing some family dinner or something?
Abby shook her head. No. He wants us to keep Allie overnight because hes going out of town on business.
Abby bit her lip to keep from smirking. Sami was practically turning green. She wondered whether EJ knew just how much interest Sami still took in her ex-husbands life. Of course it wasnt like she was going to run to EJ and tattle on Sami. She wanted EJ, in her life as her partner and soul mate, but she needed him to reach that point on his own or it wouldnt be authentic. Still, the thought that perhaps the home she was wrecking was a doomed one anyway made her feel a smidge less guilty about being EJs pregnant mistress.
So its no problem for Allie to stay with us. Just drop her off whenever. Parkers staying with us too tonight.
Sure. Sami said distractedly.
If you didnt know about that before you must have had another reason for stopping by?
That got Samis attention. Yes! Despite the fact that there was no one else around she leaned over and whispered. Did you get your results back yet?
Results? Abbys heart thumped loudly.
You know. Of the pregnancy test.
Ah yes. I did.
Abby took a deep breath. There was little point in trying to lie to Sami. Very soon everyone would find out anyway. And the test was positive.
Omigod! Abigail. Congratulations!
Abby tried not to wince as Sami enveloped her in a huge hug.
You dont seem as thrilled. She said after she released her. Im sorry. Is it the father? Did he give you grief?
No. No. The fathers been wonderful and supportive. Its just complicated.
Me too. She gently pushed Sami towards the door. I dont mean to be rude, but I have to get a lot of work done this afternoon and I cant stay late, so Im afraid I dont have any more time to chat. What I just told you, thats just between us, okay?
I will tell my family soon, but I want it to be done the right way.
I will not tell a soul. Its our little secret.
Abby watched her walk away and had no doubt that very soon EJ would be hearing her news from his fiancée. Sami might be able to resist telling the town, but Abby knew better than to expect her to keep it a secret from him. If you know only knew, Sami.
Im heading out honey. Jennifer called out to Abby as she walked into her office later that afternoon.
Have a great time. Daniels dropping off Parker at the house, right?
He is. Oh and before I forget, Hope asked if it was okay if Ciara stayed over too. That way she doesnt have to rush home from the party. I already texted JJ, hell pick her up at the pub on his way home.
Oh thats perfect. Did Uncle Lucas mention to you that Allies staying with us?
He did. You and JJ will have a full house with the three kids.
Itll be fun. Well order pizza and make it our own little dinner party.
Down here. EJ called back as he handed his coat and brief case to Harold to put away. Hed missed seeing the children the day before, so hed made a point of being home in time for them to return from school today.
Good. Sami said as she hurried down the staircase carrying a small overnight bag and her briefcase. I was going to call you.
I have an early morning meeting in New York tomorrow and since your father took the plane with him on his European trip, I have to fly commercial.
Oh the horror. EJ deadpanned. New York?
New York City, yes. One of CWs clients from Paris is in the States and wants to meet me with me. The only time hed agree to is bright and early tomorrow. I would have run it by you but you were tied up in another meeting.
EJ waved off her explanation. Its fine. Are the children home yet?
They got home about 10 minutes ago, and thats the other thing. Its Allies day to go to Lucas, but she needs to go to Jennifers because theyre keeping her for the night. Sami scrunched her face apologetically. Do you mind taking her there?
EJs pulse sped up at the thought of seeing Abigail. Of course not. Anything else?
Oh and Theo is staying with us overnight. Abe dropped him off and asked if he could come for a sleepover with Johnny and Sydney since he has plans and couldnt get Theos normal sitter.
Oh good. I always love spending time with my nephew.
Thats what I told Abe. Sami glanced at her watch. Anyhow, I hate to dump this all on you and run, but I wont make my flight if I dont leave now.
Dont let me keep you.
The wheels in EJs head were turning as he wandered into the kitchen, where Mary was treating Allie, Johnny, Sydney and Theo to an after school snack of melon slices. He heard Johnny comment to his twin. Youre so lucky. Abigail will probably make you cupcakes. Theyre soooooooo good. Arent they daddy?
Best in the world. EJ agreed with a big smile.
Thats because Abigail is awesome.
She is indeed.
I wish we could all go to Abigails house for cupcakes. Johnny said wistfully.
Yeah. Sydney chimed in. That would be fun.
EJ crouched down to eye level with his daughter. Well why cant we?
Do you mean it Daddy?
Well well have to see if its okay with Abigail when we get there, but I dont see why we cant all go with Allie, at least for the evening. Well stop and get some surprises on the way too.
Yay! The kids chimed in chorus.
Oh that must be Daniel with Parker. Ill get it. I have to fold anyway. She tossed down her cards and left the table.
Oh sure. Leave me to fend off the shark alone. JJ called out with a laugh.
Its not my fault that Im a much better poker player than you. Ciara said seriously. You need to practice more.
I was taught by Jack Deveraux. I should be winning.
Ciara shrugged. I taught myself. From a book. You know what books are, right?
I read. JJ protested defensively.
Obviously not enough.
Look whos here! Abby called out as Parker ran into the room, straight to JJ who scooped him up and gave him a big hug.
Parkers too young. Ciara reminded him. When will Allie be here? At least she knows how to play poker properly.
Should be soon Abby was cut off by the sound of the doorbell ringing. Ill get it again.
She was still chuckling over the beating JJ was taking from Ciara as she flung open the door.
Hello Sam She stopped cold. EJ?