When you love someone
Your heartbeat beats so loud
When you love someone
Your feet can’t feel the ground

Love Someone, Jason  Mraz

Wednesday, May 8, 2007

General Hospital: Elizabeth’s Room

“He’s perfect,” Elizabeth murmured as she leaned down to kiss her newborn son’s head again. “Isn’t he the most beautiful baby you’ve ever seen?” She looked at Jason, her eyes dazzled.

He looked a bit like Edward—wrinkly and angry, his red face screwed up in a wail as their son seemed to protest the whole concept of childbirth.  Jason didn’t think he could love anyone more.

Except Elizabeth, who looked exhausted from hours of labor, her eyes red, her skin still shining from the sweat and exertion. Somehow, she still looked as beautiful as she had the day he married her. Maybe even more.

“Is Carly on her way with Cameron?” Elizabeth asked, drawing his attention back to the present. “I want him to meet his new brother.”

Jason brushed a kiss on his son’s bald head. “She was picking the boys up from school and bringing them right over.” He perched on the edge of the bed. “I can’t believe he’s finally here.”

“I can’t believe how far we’ve come,” she murmured. She adjusted the baby slightly. “A year ago, we were at the PCPD, handcuffed together and waiting for our lawyers. And now, today…” She loosened one of her hands and reached for him. He rubbed his hands over her rings, a familiar habit he’d picked up in the last six months.

“Today, we have our son.” Jason leaned forward and kissed her. “Do you want to finish filling out the paperwork?”

“What’s left?” Elizabeth asked as he drew back and reached for the clipboard. “Do I have to sign?”

“You do,” Jason confirmed, picking up the pen. “Just his name and ours.”

She frowned. “But we decided on his name months ago. Did you change your mind?”

“No.” Jason scrawled in his signature and handed her the pen. She awkwardly added hers. “I just wanted to make sure you didn’t change your mind. It took us three months to decide—”

“Just because I changed my mind six times before we settled doesn’t mean I’m fickle. It’s his name.” Elizabeth sniffed and looked at their son. “Daddy thinks I’m flighty. I just wanted to make sure we didn’t saddle you with a name you’ll hate for the rest of your life.”

“I think we’re safe,” Jason said dryly as he wrote in their choice. Jacob Martin Morgan. “There, done.”

“It’s a good name,” Elizabeth said. “Jake. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before or that we went through so many choices. Kevin, Nathan. David. I don’t like any of those names now.”

She’d loved them each for nearly a week, but once she’d settled on Jake in March, she seemed to feel good about it. Jason didn’t really care one way or another. It was just a name. People didn’t rise or fall based on their names.

She looked at him, her eyes sparkling. “Jason, how long do you want wait before we try for a girl?”

He blinked, then laughed because of course she was kidding. They’d just gotten through this pregnancy. They still had a newborn to contend with. She couldn’t possibly be planning more children already.

But then Elizabeth smiled at him, and Jason began to think a year wouldn’t be too long. Cameron wanted a little sister, after all.

“I love you,” he told her, kissing her again. “Let’s make sure Cameron likes this one before we bring home another baby.”

“I love you, too.” She sighed happily, looking back at their son. She looked back at him. “Do you think life could get better than this?”

“I don’t see how,” Jason replied, smoothing her hair back. “But I guess we could try.”

Elizabeth laughed at him. “Yeah, I guess we can try. Though, what’s better than perfect?”


So that’s it, folks. I really love this story and I’ll tell you why. It’s the first idea I had returning to writing in Winter 2014 that wasn’t a rewrite or revisioning of a story I was already working on before 2008.

I also tried to do a few things with this — I tried to make Scott Baldwin a sympathetic character. I have my own fondness for him as a character, as someone I grew up with, as a legacy character who never gets the respect he deserves. He wasn’t always the jackass we see today. I hope you guys, by the end, could sympathize with Scott’s position.

I have some bonus material coming up — I had a lot of different ideas for this story, some of which didn’t work once the story got under way — this story as originally 24 chapters, but there’s honestly not enough story there once you get to the heart of the matter.

I hope you guys like, and please, leave me even a brief note if you’d read this story of the last eight months. Love you guys!





  • Know what you mean about Scott. He used to be a good character. Liz was right Jason probably would have grown to hate her for him putting Sonny in prison

    According to selma on August 8, 2015
  • I cannot believe this story is over. I did like Scotty in the beginning of GH. You did make me not hate him. Loved that they are calling the baby Jake.

    According to Carla P on August 8, 2015
  • She always did have a deep sense of doing the right thing. Dead Ted ring any bells? So glad she got Maxie’s sins out there. That mind of set the tone, with Liz in control of the conversation and not Baldwin. Her sacrifice illuminated his dark purpose, to bring down Sonny at any cost. I’m sorry to see this one end. You have hooked many a fan of Liason and that is what it’s all about. I feel like shouting, “Encore! Encore!” Brava! I’m a proud fan of Crimson Glass and its admin/writer!

    According to Carla on August 8, 2015
  • I never would have guessed Elizabeth would go nose to nose with Scott and he would blink. I disliked what Guza and then RC did to Scott. If anyone had a perfect right to end Sonny, it was Scott.

    I like this story. Nicely done, Melissa! Thanks.

    According to Jane on August 8, 2015
  • Wow, I can’t believe that this story is over. I am going to miss it. I loved Elizabeth going to Confess and Scott not wanting her confession either. Loved that she brought her own recorder. I can understand Scott ‘s plight and glad that he didn’t use her confession. Also loved that both Jason and Elizabeth talked about how they felt when they both confessed. I’m grateful he stopped her from pulling off her rings.

    According to Shay on August 9, 2015
  • Love your writing even though your Elizabeth drives me batty most of the time, geeze the choices she makes….

    According to Anonymous on August 9, 2015
  • Love Liz took matter in her own hand’s and won Gh mess up Scotty glad you redeem him he has every right to hate Sonny & Luke Thank you for a awesome story

    According to Debbie on August 9, 2015
  • Loved it. In the end Elizabeth took care of herself.

    According to robyn on August 9, 2015
  • I will miss this story… so good… I loved your Scott. Scott has every reason in the world to go after Sonny because of Karen (writers sometimes forgot the stuff Sonny has done). Terrific ending. Loved it

    According to tish on August 11, 2015
  • I loved this fic, but that doesn’t surprise me, because I love all of your fics. Thank you for continuing to write for Liason. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the story. That’s definitely the mark of a great writer.

    According to Felicia on August 11, 2015
  • I stumbled onto this story yesterday and wasn’t able to put my kindle down! Love, love, love your work andmI’m excited to go tearing thru here and read the your other work!

    According to Krista on September 17, 2015
  • love this story,
    love your writing

    According to vicki on March 18, 2017
  • Just finished.reading this story and absolutely loved it. My heart was in my mouth when Elizabeth went to the police station by herself, but I’m so glad she did what she thought was right. I’m glad she got Maxie’s actions on the record – didn’t much care for Mac in this story, and he’s usually one of my favourites. Thanks for the great read.

    According to Jo-Ann Rae on January 1, 2018
  • I loved it just as much the second time around.

    According to Felicia on November 22, 2018