One Life to Live Update Wednesday 12/13/06


Written By Glynis
Pictures by Jennifer

"Michael, it's me Natalie and there will not be any speeding up of the healing process!" Natalie hangs up the phone. She turns to John and tells him that she will not let him screw up his recovery. He has come so far and has been so lucky and she will not stand by and watch him ruin everything by trying to get out of that bed before he should.

"I have more decorations in the car, so you should help me," Jessica tells Nash. He thanks her for that but he has all the Christmas cheer right now that he can handle.

Cris stands before an easel and he starts drawing.

"That bastard arranged his own escape and got away?" Evangeline gets the news from Bo about Spencer and wonders how this could have happened. "Actually, we don't think that he escaped. We think that he was taken and that Todd is behind this.

Spencer seethes in anger as he looks up into the tiny hole above him. He is still tied to the chair by duct tape and he still has his face up to the drip! BLINK! Another drop has fallen on his face. "God help me Todd when I get out of here, I am going to kill you!"

"Leave it alone Natalie." Natalie is upset that John isn't going to stay in the hospital as long as he should. "You are not a doctor," he tells Natalie. Michael arrives. "It isn't a good idea to speed up the skin graphing procedure. "I am just asking you to check it out Michael." Michael leaves to ask the doctor but if they say 'no', the answer will be 'no'. John turns to Natalie now asking if she is happy now.

Cris does a few strokes and it doesn't look too bad actually. He hears someone coming and covers his canvas quickly. Antonio arrives and he asks if Cris is painting again when he sees the man wiping his hands with a piece of cloth as he stands before the easel. Cris says he isn't painting. Cris is glad that his brother has stopped by. He has something he wants to talk about with him. "Every time that I think about asking Evangeline to marry me, I don't do it."

"It Todd does have Spencer kidnapped, then I don't want to think about what he is doing to him," Evangeline says making a face. Bo says that he had better be careful or he will end up back on death row and this time it might stick.

"You did everything that you could to bring Spencer down and it wasn't enough, so you blamed yourself," Todd says. He feels that has been the reason for her headaches. Blair isn't being straight with him about her condition and he can tell something is off but he doesn't badger her about it. They sit together now. "It's been lies Blair. That is what has kept us apart all this time. It's all these secrets. That is why I have something that I have to confess to you."

"Look Jessica thank you for coming by but I am working right now and I don't have time for decorating." She ignores Nash and enters his house. She says that she hates seeing people depressed on the holidays and she wants to help. "There is a tree tied to the top of my car and I am not driving back to Llanview with it." Nash says that a tree is stupid for one person. "Are you going to help me bring in that tree Nash or am I going to have to do it myself?"

"Evangeline loves you, so nothing else should matter," Antonio says. Cris says that he wants to be able to take care of Evangeline when they marry. He has nothing to offer. Antonio knows that money shouldn't be an issue. "You should talk. You and Jessica had a lot of issues before you got your inheritance." Antonio thinks that this isn't about the money.

"I can understand the possibility of Truman never really being punished could drive Todd crazy and act out," Bo says. ***He has no idea who wants to see John punished more… Todd? Or John…

John sips his drink while Natalie watches him. "You know that I love you with all of my heart and I wouldn't ever hurt you… However, I am going to do everything in my power to ensure that you do nothing to compromise your recovery, and I mean everything." She sees Michael in the hall and she goes out there.

Michael is on the phone and Natalie waits for him to get off the phone. The doctors will not speed up John's operations, but Michael knows that John will find another way. Natalie finds that John is changing. Michael understands. "He isn't going to listen to reason Natalie. Not from you, and not from me."

"If it is money that you need…if it is anything?" Antonio offers. Cris could take his money but he couldn't ever repay it. "I have nothing." Antonio has an idea. "why don't you stop thinking about what you can't do and focus on what you can do?"

"I don't want a tree and I am not going to buy ornaments for one." Jessica tells Nash that she already has decorations for the tree. He says that he is going to have a Christmas but she doesn't get it. Christmas trees are for families. She can see that if he isn't depressed yet, he will be soon.

"So I should just ignore the fact that I have no money or career?" Antonio tells Cris that he should be proud of how well he has done in spite of the things that he has had to face. He is a great fighter, and a great painter. "What I am trying to say Cris is that life is too short and if you love someone you should get on with it." Antonio has to go now. "I have to go to get Jessica at Nash's. Jessica got some Christmas stuff for him." Cris hasn't any idea how Antonio deals with all this. Antonio feels he has to get along.

Evangeline arrives and apologizes for interrupting. Antonio was leaving anyway and shouts bye on his way out. Evangeline goes to Cris and hugs him. "You have no idea how much I needed this." He promises to make her day better.

"Uncle Bo!" Natalie says excitedly. Bo has come to visit and finds Natalie and Michael in the hall. They all go to John's room. Bo has news and John needs to hear it too. "Hi Bo!" Bo just tells them. "The van that was taking Truman to the sanitarium was hijacked and Truman was taken from the scene by an assailant. We thought that Truman escaped but now we think that Todd might have done it. He was way too calm when the judge called a mistrial." Bo has put a trail on Todd and hopes to hear something soon.

"There is something that you don’t' understand about me Todd…." Spencer has found a brittle, sharp edge and he rubs the cuffs on it… back and forth and back and forth… "Spencer?" Spencer stops moving. "Ma? MA?"

"Anyway the point is that I realize now that lying to you was a mistake Blair…so now because I feel this regret about lying to you, I feel I have to tell you something that I have been planning." Blair waits to see what it is that Todd is trying to get out. " I feel like I am risking everything by telling you this." Blair has a feeling now that this isn't good. "what did you do?" Todd picks up his glass and puts it near his lips before he speaks. "I've kidnapped Spencer and I am holding him prisoner."

"You take care alright?" Bo leaves. "What are you thinking?" Natalie asks. John was just wondering why Mike is still standing there and not talking to his doctors. "He already did and they feel that John speeding up his care is a bad idea." John doesn't care. "It was just bull wasn't it John? You were not going to stay in bed like you planned and take care of yourself were you?" John did mean what he said, he just needs to finish what he started first.

Cristian and Evangeline sit with a bottle of wine and he massages her as she whines about the mistrial. "Close your eyes…Take a deep breath….and let me do all the work." Cris starts kissing Evangeline now from head to toe…

"I know that you want the three of you here for Christmas Nash but I can't help you with that! That is one of the things that I am discussing with Dr. Jamison." Nash wants to know what happens in these sessions. Jessica starts talking but Nash really doesn't need to hear it. "I am just trying to get you to understand that I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me." She says that she isn't pitying him. "I just want to give you a Christmas!" That is his point. She just wants to give him a Christmas.

Someone knocks. Cris lets Antonio in and he is carrying in the tree. "Where do you want me to put this?"

Spencer can see his mother now. She is in a rocking chair and holding a baby. "Ma? No! You're not really here. You're not really here. He can see her again with the baby, walking towards him.

"I have been torturing him," Todd says. "I have been torturing him and I will keep torturing him until he tells me where my kid is." Blair wants to just go with him and let the crazy bastard loose so they can just dissociate from this. "I can't do that Blair! I can't do that until he tells me where my kid it!" Blair calms down and turns from the door. "Okay then…Thank you for telling me the truth. Now tell me how I can help." Todd smiles.

"Oh god! That's amazing. Cristian could you do this all night long?" He is massaging her feet and she can barely stand it. "Too bad we don't have a hot tub," he jokes. "We have a shower," she responds…

"If you knew me, you would know that I have to get out of here to finish Spencer off." The nurse makes Michael and Natalie leave so that she can change John's dressing. Michael and Natalie are in the hall and they panic now that they see that John is getting out of control again. The nurse comes out of the room. "His blood pressure is unstable. She runs off down the hall. Natalie and Michael reenter the room. They tell him that he is already endangering himself. "Listen to me. I am going to talk to the doctors and I am going to get out of here."

Spencer struggles and struggles and finally he gets up from the chair and simply walks off. He goes to his mother at the side of the room. She is on her deathbed and she has something to tell Spencer. "Your father…he left me…Asa Buchanan…He got me pregnant…I had his son…He abandoned us…Please Spencer. Make him pay. Make him pay."

Spencer's eyes fly open and he realizes that he is still tied to the chair. Drip! Drop! Drip! Drop! He starts rubbing the metal on his cuffs back and forth behind his back now..

"What did you do to him?" Blair asks. "Chinese Water Torture," Todd answers. "I am going to keep him there and try to get him to tell me where my kid is…If he doesn't, he can stay there until he goes insane. I'll call the cops and they can cart him off to the nuthouse. Either way, I win."

"If we don't stop we are not going to make it to the shower." He stops his kisses and carries her to the shower.

"Dim the lights!" Nash turns the lights off and Jessica plugs in the tree. "It's perfect. Nash is it okay?" He says that it is perfect. "Just perfect.."

"Get me the hell out of here Michael." Michael will do it. He walks to the door, even though Natalie tries to stop him. Michael has to do this for his brother. John needs Natalie to help to. "Please…" Natalie looks down and says a quiet okay. "whatever you want John, just promise me that you will not leave me again."

"I want an update on the search and I want to know where he is every minute of the day." Bo knows that this is going to be mostly about saving Manning from himself.

"I was just wondering about this kid and if you will be able to raise the child as your own." Blair puts her head down. "You know Blair, I have to tell you, if the shoe were on the other foot, I don't think that I could do it. I don't think that I could accept a child that you had with another man." Todd gets up and goes to another part of the room. Blair rubs her stomach in response to Todd's stinging words.

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