~ flashback ~
“Now, tell me again,” Nikolas laughed and wiped the buttercream
from his mouth, “exactly what it is that we are celebrating here
today. Our,” he did a
quick calculation in his head, “one hundred seventh day as a married
elbowed him in the stomach. “Don’t
make fun of me.” She took
another bite of creamy petit four.
“Beside, would it be so terrible if that was the reason I did
all this?” Gia indicated
the room with a lazy flourish of her hand.
Much to the dismay of the staff she had refused to allow them to
adorn the room. She had,
instead, seen to each detail by hand. Gia had painstakingly draped most of the bedroom’s surfaces
with sheer white gauze. She had carefully placed votives about the room
to illuminate the bedroom with soft light that gave it a dreamy
Nikolas smiled tenderly.
“I think that a hundred seven days of marriage is a perfect
reason for a celebration.” He
could not resist teasing his wife.
“I am not certain anyone else would appreciate such an
Gia’s sudden grin made her look like a mischievous little girl.
“What matters is that they have to pretend they do.
That’s my favorite perk about being the Princess Cassadine, by
rolled over and trapped Gia’s nude body beneath his own.
“Oh, really? Your favorite
telephone’s insistent ring interrupted the couple’s passionate kiss.
“It has to be an emergency,” Nikolas apologized.
“No one would dare disturb us otherwise.”
she was disappointed, Gia acknowledged the truth of her husband’s
words. She watched as
Nikolas’ relaxed form grew more tense with each word of the
conversation he held. “Nikolas?
What is it? What’s
have got to go.”
was amazing that tears falling onto a sheet of paper could sound so
thought immediately made her shake her head.
If anyone else had uttered something so melodramatic, she would
have been the first in line to mock them.
The only excuse she could give was that this time the tears were
dashed away the salty moisture that clouded her vision.
Like some kind of glutton for punishment, she raised the
newspaper to her eyes once more. Newlywed
Prince Rushes to Side of True Love.
intense pain assaulted her and took her breath away.
The sharp, vivid picture of her husband Nikolas wrapped in the
embrace of his former lover Dawn Jensen was on the cover of the trashy
rag for all the world to see.
never felt more alone than she did at that moment.
A small voice quickly reminded her that she was Nikolas’
wife. Princess Gia Campbell
Cassadine. And Cassadines
remained married until death.
moment of bravado evaporated in the next breath.
She loved Nikolas too much to keep him tied to her if his heart
longed to be somewhere else.
All the Way Across the Atlantic Ocean ~