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THE RETURN OF MS. DEVINE
Anna shook her head. She wanted more than anything to believe that their daughter was still alive. But she was afraid to venture down that road again. “Robert, don’t,” she said shaking, her head.
“Don’t do that to me. Don’t say that. I don’t want to get my hopes up only to have them dashed again. I can’t.”
“They won’t be.”
“Please, Robert,” she begged, tears filling her eyes again. “You know I want to believe you.”
“Anna, you can believe me. You know that. Look, I don’t know exactly what happen here, but this note— it’s a clue.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because… before I left to find you after Faison—that bastard—had taken you, I sat her down to have a talk to her. I didn’t know what in the world to say to her. You know, you were always the expert with teenage girl stuff.” He paused, taking her hand.
“Yeah,” she said with a nod. Her eyes were watery again, but a tiny smile graced her lips.
“Anyway, before I left, I sat her down and tried to explain in not so certain terms what had happened. She was so smart, Anna. She knew exactly what was going on—even though I tried not to let her see it. She knew it was dangerous. But she also knew I had to find you. She knew how much I loved you.”
She heard the pain still evident in his voice even after so many years. “Robert—”
He went on. “My God, how I loved you, Anna. I didn’t want to leave her, but I couldn’t… I couldn’t leave you out there, alone, with that madman. So, I hugged her and kissed her, and promised to bring you back to her. To us. She told me that we should think of each other every night at midnight. I told her that wasn’t nearly enough, that I’d be thinking of her every second of every day. And she said…” He chuckled. “She said, ‘I know Daddy, but with time changes and everything, it’s always midnight somewhere, right? So we’ll be thinking of each other all the time.’ She was so grown up. So brave. It was the last thing she said to me before I closed the door. ‘Remember, Daddy. It’s always midnight somewhere.’” He paused again and gulped, trying to swallow the lump in his throat.
“Robert, do you really think…?”
“She’s out there, Anna. I know it. You know it. You can feel it. I can see it in your eyes.”
“No,” She pulled away from his grip and walked across the room, still forcing herself to deny what she so desperately wanted to believe.
“Come on, Anna! Listen to your gut”
“What do you mean, you can’t?”
“I don’t know if you realize, but my instincts—”
“Your instincts are just as good as they always were. The note brought you here to me, didn’t it?”
“Anna, look at me.” He waited for her to face him again. “You are the smartest, most capable agent I know.”
“Please!” she said, walking slowly back toward the bed.
“Well, besides yours truly of course!” he snickered.
“Oh!” She swatted at him.
“Hey now!” He caught hold of her arm and wove his fingers in between hers, preventing her from walking away again. “Would it help if I told you that you are also the most beautiful agent I know?”
“Hardly. Flattery will get you nowhere, Scorpio. Anyway, I told you I’m not available.”
“Listen, just ‘cause Lavery’s alive, that doesn’t change the fact that you… you still take my breath away.”
She tilted her head and gave him one her half smiling, half crying looks, a look that made him want to envelope her in his arms and take it all in, all the joy, all the pain, everything. It hurt him to see her doubting herself.
“Come on, Ms. Devine,” he said, flashing her a smile loaded with his distinct brand of Aussie charm.
“Trust yourself. Hell, trust me!”
She had struggled so many times over the past year and a half to put Robin’s memory to rest, to find the power to accept that she was gone and the will to go living without her. Now she stood staring at Robert, searching her soul for the strength to dive head-first back into the pool of hope. Instead, she found it in him. All of the courage and conviction she’d ever needed stared back at her in his cool blue eyes.
“You’re sure?” she asked with a sniffle, lips pressed together.
She took a deep breath and licked her lips. “Okay,” she said, drying her tears on her sleeve.
“Does that mean you’re with me?”
“Robert, if you’re telling me our daughter is out there and this is your proof, you know I’m with you. So, what do we do now?”
“We start with the usual suspects,” he said.
“Faison?” she asked.
“Top of the list, but their keeping him at Steinmaur.”
“Helena?” he asked. “She was working with him for a while.”
“Nope. She and Luke had a showdown on the Haunted Star.”
“And Spencer won?”
“That round, anyway.”
“The things you miss when you’re in a coma.”
“What about the Jeromes?” she asked.
“A woman named Ava Jerome recently turned up in Port Charles. She claims she’s no relation to Julian, but Duke swears she is.”
“He would know.”
She gave him a stern look that softened quickly. “I hate to admit it, but I am a bit worried about a possible connection.”
“As well you should be. But even if it is the same family, what would they want with Robin?”
“I don’t know. Would they use her to get to Duke?”
“I don’t think so. She was gone before he ever resurfaced.”
“True. But Faison had him.”
“And now we’ve come full circle.”
“Of course we have. Why didn’t I think about it sooner? Damn!”
“Liesl Obrecht—the monster that put you in a coma—she’s his partner in crime.”
“And if she was here and Robin was here—”
“Then it stands to reason that she—and he—”
“Are involved with Robin’s disappearance,” he said, completing her thought.
“Yes. But why?”
“Who knows why that demented Dane does anything he does? Other than because of his sick obsession with you, of course.”
“Dr. Obrecht is currently MIA. So, we’ll have to start with Faison.”
“When do we leave?”
“We don’t. I do.”
“I’m not letting you go alone.”
“You don’t have a choice, Robert. You can’t even stand on your own yet. You need time to recover and we don’t have time to waste.”
She had a point. Robin had already been missing for over a year. They couldn’t afford to let the trail get any colder than it already was. Still, the thought of her anywhere near Faison made his skin crawl. “I don’t like it Anna.”
“I don’t either, but I’ll do what I have to. For Robin.”
“What about taking Spencer with you? Or Mac?”
“No. Luke has enough trouble of his own right now. He’s off on his own wild goose chase. Mac is getting ready for the wedding. Though we should call him and let him know about you.”
“He and Felicia are getting remarried.”
“That’s a bit of good news, isn’t it?”
“Not for Frisco. Remind me to tell you about the Nurse’s Ball later.”
“Anna, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but… What about Lavery?”
“What about him?”
“What if he were to go with you?”
He shrugged. “Backup.”
“Robert, ten months in a coma must have done a number on your mind.”
“What does that mean?”
“I love Duke, but we both know that’s the dumbest idea you’ve ever had. He means well, but he’ll only slow me down.”
“Are you sure?”
“Rule number one: don’t send an amateur to do a professional’s job, right? Besides, I’m a capable agent, remember? You said so yourself.”
“Even capable agents need backup.”
“I don’t want to bring anyone else in on this until we have more to go on. I’d rather not get Mac’s or Patrick’s hopes up just yet.”
“Fine. But we should at least know what we’re up against. I’d like to make a few calls.”
“I’ll check in with Frisco,” she said, pulling out her phone.
“I’ll try Sean. Is my cell here somewhere?”
“Here.” She fished it out of the bedside table drawer and turned it on. He reached for it and she held it out of his reach. “Your battery is low.”
“Anna,” he said, agitated, but not oblivious to the fact that she was bending over to plug in the charger.
“I can manage that. Would you just give it to me, please?”
“Yes dear!” She tossed it to him.
He caught it. “Thank you, darling!”
“The pleasure is all mine.”
“I doubt that,” he teased.
“Dial, Robert!” she said, hitting send on her phone and waiting to be connected.
“Yes, boss!” he said, smiling. He liked what he saw. The Anna strutting around the room in front of him now was a complete change from the one who had stood before him only moments ago. This one was calm, in control, and in charge. She was back, and from his perspective, looking better than ever.
“Hi, Frisco? It’s Anna,” she said into the phone.
He turned his attention to his own phone and dialed. “Yeah, hello, Anna, Let me talk to your dad please. What? Tell him it’s Robert Scorpio. He’ll speak to me. Just tell him.”
“What have you got?” she asked once they’d both finished with their calls.
“Not much. According to their daughter, Sean wasn’t feeling well. She couldn’t get him on the phone, which concerns me.”
“She wasn’t home. I’ll have to see if I can get more info from him later. What did Frisco say?”
“Still no sign of Obrecht. He’s arranging clearance for me to get into Steimauer right now. Otherwise, nothing,” she sighed. “So, I guess I should get going.”
“Come here a minute, will you?”
“What?” she asked, approaching.
He took her hand. “Before you go, I need to tell you…” He stopped, suddenly unable to speak. He inhaled sharply.
“What is it, Robert?”
“I wanted to tell you…” He cleared his throat. “Just… don’t let him get to you, okay? Keep your head in the game.”
“Don’t worry. I will. But you know that I will do anything I have to, to get our daughter back.”
“I know. But don’t compromise yourself in the process, okay? I want her back as much as you do, but you have to stay safe. ‘Cause she still needs her mother.” He gave her a concerned smile. “So do I.”
“Don’t go soft on me Scorpio,” she said with a chuckle. She tried to stand and walk away, but he held fast to her hand.
“I mean it, Anna. If anything were to happen to you while I was stuck here…”
“Robert, I’m a big girl. I can take care of myself.”
“I know you can, but…”
Her brow furrowed as she regarded him curiously. She hadn’t seen that look on his face since the cancer scare several years ago. When he threw his head back on the pillow still at loss for words, she took it upon herself to make the next move. She leaned in and hugged him.
He wrapped his arms around her and buried his face in her hair. “I love you,” he whispered.
Squeezing him even tighter, she choked back her emotions and whispered back, “I love you too.” Then she pulled away and quickly wiped away a single tear from her left cheek. “I’ll be fine, all right? You just worry about getting well again.” She picked her bag and threw the strap over her shoulder, then checked for her phone and her gun. She turned and headed for the door.
“Anna,” he called after her.
She looked back.
“I’ll be waiting to hear from you.”
With a quick nod and one last smile, she closed the door behind her.
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