Truth Sets Free
Truth Sets Free
Lucy ran quickly down the stairs of the lighthouse, a cell phone in one hand
and a duck in the other. She placed the duck gently on the floor and hung up the
"Doc!" she called. Kevin's head appeared from behind a door.
"What is it, Lucy?"
"Oh, a couple of things. First off, little Siggy Two somehow waddled his way
"Actually, Mom, I took him upstairs to keep me company while I did my
homework. Sorry, he must have gotten out somehow." A tall, stunning, teenage
brunette walked down the stairs as she threw a simple black cardigan over her red
T-shirt and jeans.
"That's all right, Victoria- what are you wearing? Ugh! I bet none of that stuff
is anywhere near being designer!" Lucy exclaimed, looking at her daughter.
"Nope. It's not even name-brand!" Victoria replied, with an evil glint in her
eye as she slipped her bare feet into white sandals. "But, don't worry, Mom! These
are authentic 90's Birkenstocks, that's kind of a name brand, isn't it?"
"Doc!" Lucy complained. Victoria and Kevin began to laugh.
"I'm meeting Jakob for dinner after we finish at the firm, OK?"
"Ooh! Dinner! That's what I was going to tell you, Doc! Alexander's coming
home for dinner tonight! And he's bringing someone for us to meet!" Lucy
"Really? Vic, is there any way you can skip dinner with Jakob?" Kevin asked.
Victoria's nose wrinkled.
"Daddy! It's our two year anniversary! I'm sure Alex won't mind if I'm not
there!" Victoria checked her watch. Her eyes widened. "Ooh, Mr. B hates when
we're late! I really have to run! Say hi to Alex for me, and Mom, don't forget to give
his friend the thrid degree!" she cried as she raced out the door.
"Hey, Victoria, what's the rush?" Scott Baldwin asked the young intern as she
typed extremely fast.
"Oh, hey, Mr. B. I'm kind of in a rush, but it seems kind of pointless." Victoria
sighed as she glanced up from her computer screen. "Have you seen Jakob around
"No. And he should have been here awhile ago. Do you want to call
Wyndemere for me?"
"Oh, thank you so much, Mr. B! Now I can give him what's coming to him!"
Victoria grinned wickedly as she picked up the phone, putting a piece of paper over
the mouthpiece to alter her voice.
"Hello, this is Baldwin and Jones Law Firm. Is Jakob Cassadine there?"
"No, he is not, but I can go get Mr. Cassadine for you."
"Thank you." Victoria drummed her fingers on the table impatiently.
"This is Nikolas Cassadine."
"Hello, Mr. Cassaddine. This is Baldwin and Jones Law Firm. We were
wondering when your son wsd planning on coming in today for his internship
"Actually, he has decided to not continue his intership. He will be leaving for
Greece in a few days." Victoria felt sick. She smiled broadly into the phone, using
an old trick her mother had taught her years ago.
"Oh, well, please have him call us if he ever decides to continue."
"I doubt that will happen."
"Thank you, Mr. Cassadine. Goodbye."
"Goodbye." Victoria heard a click as Nikolas hung up. She slowly put the
phone down and walked out of the room.
"Scotty?" she said in a small voice. Scott turned around in alarm. Victoria
rarely called him Scotty. His eyes widened as he saw the watery-eyed Victoria,
standing in front of him, obviously upset.
"What happened, Victoria?" he asked gently. The tears began to overflow.
"Jakob's going to Greece in a few days. He won't be continuing his internship
here." Victoria sniffled and walked over to Scott's desk to grab a Kleenex. "He
didn't even bother to tell me, the bastard!" Victoria tried to compose herself. "Uh,
Mr. B, would it be all right if I took off the rest of the day?"
"Of course, Victoria. Give Lucy and Kevin my love."
"Thanks." Victoria reached over and grabbed a few more Kleenex's before
giving Scott a watery smile, and walking out of the office.
Jakob looked uncertainly at the simplistic diamond ring in the jewlers box.
Maybe it was too soon, maybe they were too young. He didn't want to get married
right away, of course. He wanted to wait until he was eighteen, which meant a two
year engagement... He smiled to himself, he knew this was right. The night of their
two-year anniversary, to ask his darling Victoria to marry him. If she accepted, he
wanted to go to Greece with her so she could meet Uncle Stefan. If she declined, he
needed to go to Greece to get away from her.
"Jakob, what is that? Is that why you're going to Greece?" Nikolas asked from
behind him. Jakob turned around.
"I'm going to ask Victoria to marry me."
"What? Jakob, you're only sixteen!"
"I figured we could have a long engagement. If she accepts, then I plan for us
to fly out to see Grandfather over the long weekend."
"And if she declines?"
"Then I'm going to Europe where the drinking age is lower." Jakob replied.
"It's a joke, Father." He added, when he saw the look on Nikolas' face.
"Well, it's your choice, Jakob. Your mother, Robin, and I will be behind you no
"Well, in that case, it's not my choice. It's Victoria's." Jakob looked at his
watch. "I better go. She's probably wondering where I am." He smiled at Nikolas
before walking out the door.
Nikolas looked saddened. His baby was getting old enough to get married. Ugh.
A two-year-old toddled up to him from an adjoining room.
"Why sad, Daddy?" she asked. Nikolas smiled and picked her up.
"Ana, promise me you'll never grow up, OK?" Luciana giggled.
Jakob took a deep breath and opened the door to Baldwin and Jones. He ran
smack into Scott Baldwin.
"Oh, I'm so sorry, Mr. Baldwin. I wasn't paying attention. Have you seen
Victoria?" Jakob apologized, reaching his hand down to help Scott up. Scott
swatted his hand away and stood up.
"She's not here. She went home."
"Why? I thought she wasn't getting off until six. Is she ill?"
"No. Why are you here anyway? You don't work here anymore. Shouldn't you
be in Greece by now?" Jakob's eyes widened.
"You didn't tell Victoria that I was leaving, did you?"
"She told me!"
"So much for the element of surprise. Where did she go?"
"Why do you care? She knows you're leaving. You didn't even bother to tell
"What? Oh, God! She thinks- Mr. Baldwin, I was going to propose tonight and
if she accepted, I was going to take her to Greece to meet my Uncle."
"Oh boy. Um, she's probably at the lighthouse."
"Thank you!" Jakob ran out the door.
"Len, chill out, OK?" Alexander said, glancing over at his companion.
"Don't tell me to chill out, Ander! Your parents are pretty famous, don't blame
me for being nervous about meeting Kevin Collins and Lucy Coe Collins!" an
annoyed Len replied.
"Or as I like to call them, Dad and Mom. You look fine, sweetie." Len glanced
nervously down at her short, simple black dress. Alexander grinned at her and rang
"Coming! Ooh, Siggy Two, get out of the way, you silly duck!" Lucy ran to the
doorway and opened it. "Alexander!"
"Hi, Mom!" Alexander replied, hugging her. He pulled away. "Mom, this is
"Hello, Mrs. Collins." Lucy shook Lenna's oustreched hand. Her eyes widened
and she picked up Lenna's hand to see it more closely.
"Alexander, what's this?" Lucy asked, shoving Lenna's left hand in his face.
Lenna and Alexander exchanged a look.
"That would be my fiancee's left hand." Lucy's mouth dropped open.
"DOC!" she yelled.
"Hello, Dominic," Carly Morgan said, as Remi let him into the penthouse.
"Hello, Mrs. Morgan. Is Virginia Jean ready?"
"Here I am!" Virginia Jean cried, racing down the stairs. "Momma, is it OK if
I borrow your dress?" Carly glanced at her daughter in the black-and-white dress
that Jason had bought her for their anniversary.
"You mean the one you have on?" Carly asked in amusement. Virginia Jean
smiled and kissed Carly on the cheek.
"Thank you, Momma. We're going to the Collins' for dinner. I'll take Andrew
with me, OK?" Carly gave Virginia Jean a hug.
"You too." Virginia Jean replied, as Dominic helped her put her coat on.
"Bye." Carly sighed. She checked the clock. Almost time for Jason to come
home. She settled in with a magazine and waited for her husband to come home.
"Luke, honey, are you ready?" Laura called.
"Ready for what?" Luke asked suspiciously.
"The invasion of the grandchildren. That was Nikolas on the phone. He has to
go to Nepal on emergency business and he was supposed to watch Spencer for Lu
and Dillon tommorrow night. And we already agreed to watch Louis-"
"Laura, I'm going out tomorrow."
"It's September 25th."
"Oh yeah. Well, while you're with ZoŽ, think of me, surrounded by two two-
year-olds and a five-year-old."
"I will." Luke gave Laura a kiss. "Let me wish you good luck in advance."
"I'll need it." Laura smiled at Luke.
"Okay, everyone, this is my fiancee, Lenna Thorne. Lenna, this is my twin
brother Dominic Collins, his girlfriend Virginia Jean Morgan, my mother Lucy
Coe Collins, my father Kevin Collins, and- where is Victoria?" Alexander asked,
looking around the living room.
"She's celebrating her two-year annniversary with Jakob."
"Oh. Well, Len, you'll meet them later."
"How old are you?" Lucy asked suddenly.
"Excuse me?" Lenna cried.
"You look like you're about fifteen!"
"Actually, I'm twenty. I know, it's a curse right now, but when I'm older it'll
be great. You know, what I mean, Mrs. Collins. You have to be about forty or so,
but you don't look a day over twenty-five!"
"Ooh, you can suck up with the best of them, can't you? I bet you're nothing
but a gold-digging Kathy Bell!"
"Mother!" Alexander cried.
"Lucy!" Kevin cried at the same time.
"For your information, Mrs. Collins, I have plenty of money of my own. I
assume that the Kathy Bell you're referring to is Katherine Bell, the owner of
Deception Cosmetics. Let me assure you, that I neither blackmailed your son into
proposing, nor did I get shot by him, nor did I pretend to be someone's sister. Do
you have any other questions?" Lenna replied calmly and politely.
"Ooh!" Lucy cried.
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