Summary: This story allows Damian Grimaldi to come back and cause some trouble. Noah is still blind, Chris has no heart problems, and Luke is dealing with strange powers.
Disclaimer: These characters belong to ATWT
Reid sat in the hospital break room, trying to eat his lunch in peace. The microwave beeped and he carefully unwrapped his Cup of Noodles. All he wanted was to drink his coffee, eat the soup, and maybe read through the baseball scores in the morning paper.
The door swung open and Doogie Hughes sauntered in. Reid sighed. There was no place in this town to escape.
"Hey Oliver," Chris said. "I heard you are going ahead with the Mayer operation."
"Maybe for some, " Reid looked pointedly at Chris, " but not for me."
"If it goes wrong," Chris continued, "This whole town will come down on you. I'll get Chief of Staff..."
"Looks like somebody has been self-medicating again."
Chris approached Reid, who was trying to eat his first spoonful of soup, and stuck a warning finger in Reid's face.
"I"m going to make your life so difficult," Chris sneered.
Reid looked at him dryly and twisted his lips. "Thanks, but I'm not interested in dating you."
Chris shook his head. "You know I am not gay."
"And the world rejoices!"
"I'm trying to date Katie."
"Stalking her is more like it," Reid observed. "When are you going to see she is not interested?"
"She's interested, " Chris said smugly, and with that Doogie left.
How could Bob Hughes have such an idiot for a son?
Reid went back to eating his soup. He huddled over it, his stomach growling.
Reid's mind wandered to Noah's operation. Another genius. He might be able to fix Noah's eyes, but nobody would make that guy a rocket scientist. Truthfully, the operation was very risky. Reid might be a little nervous...Thank God, nobody would ever know that. Of course, thinking about the empty-headed Barista only made Reid think about Luke. Now Mr. Snyder was acting stranger and stranger. What was with those flirty glances and smiles suddenly? And those dimples flashing at him like weapons? It had been so much easier to be hated by him. Now Luke was being...Reid exhaled sharply. Was it possible to spontaneously combust from just desire?
The door opened again. Reid groaned. Could he not just enjoy a meal?
"Dr. Oliver, " Bob Hughes said. "Are you ready for Noah's operation in a few days?"
"Bobo," Reid answered. "Are you ready for all the press writing about the greatest surgeon to ever grace this dog and pony hospital?"
Bob Hughes just smiled slightly and sat down next to Reid.
"Do me a favor? Make sure you talk to his friends and family - communicate with them."
"I didn't think Noah had any family."
"I'm sure the Snyders will be there."
Bob stood up, "You know, Doctor Oliver, it wouldn't hurt you to stop trying to act better than everybody. Your not a God."
"Really? " Reid smiled at Dr. Hughes, "that's not what the men in my life have told me."
Meanwhile, across town, Luke was really and truly afraid he might be crazy. Who could he talk to? Lily was, as usual, a sobbing mess. Holden was out of town with Molly and besides, Holden would go and get a pitchfork or something if Luke told him about Damian's text.
Luke shuddered. He had to talk to somebody about all of this, but it had to be somebody that he respected. Somebody tough. Damian was alive. Damian might be stealing money from the foundation. Damian had powers of some kind or another. Luke was reading minds and having visions...Who in the world could handle of of that information and not seek to immediately lock Luke away forever? The answer came to him quickly.
Lucinda Walsh was wheeling and dealing happily in her Worldwide office, when Luke had come to her with all of his troubles. Luke was very upset. He paced the room, and nervously bounced around like a pinball during the whole conversation.
"First of all, my darling, you are not going crazy," she assured Luke.
"It is really all true?" Luke whispered.
Lucinda nodded. "The Grimaldi's are very powerful. Mind control, visions, telepathy -I am not surprised by any of it."
"I need to think," Luke said, "go somewhere."
"Move into my pool house, " Lucinda told him. "It is separate from the mansion. You can think in quiet. No voices. "
"No mom crying."
Luke breathed out his relief. "Thanks, grandmother."
"Now," Lucinda almost smiled, "We have to set a trap, find out where he is, get the money back..."
Luke could hear her thoughts, Money. Enemy. Money. Craig is now not important. Damian. At last.
"He is my father," Luke said softly.
"What?" Lucinda asked. "Oh." She tapped her head. "Got in there, did you?"
"I have to plot. He is dangerous, Luke. Even if he is your father. " Lucinda looked off out the Worldwide office window. "I always thought he had some kind of spell over your mother -something sexual."
Lucinda didn't answer. But Luke suddenly felt his head pound. A vision took him over:
He could see his mother and Damian kissing each other. They were on a boat. Malta was in the distance. The wind was blowing Lily's hair all over the place. Damian caught it roughly and twisted it. They struggled. But soon, Lily began to kiss Damian. Her hands grabbing at his neck. His teeth bit into her lip, drawing some blood. His fingers brutally digging into her bare shoulders. Lily's eyes were stunned. Then another vision came, like changing the channel on a television. This time it was of Lucinda. She was pointing a gun at Damian. He was just laughing at her. A shot -
"Luke? Luke , my dear?" Lucinda shook him. "Come out of it."
Luke's eyes were glazed. Lucinda gave him a hard shake. Luke jumped.
"Grandmother," he said suddenly, " maybe I should go to the police, not involve you. Maybe this was a mistake." Luke tried to calm down. He tried to believe that these visions did not mean anything. They were not necessarily real. Still, panic was beginning to gnaw at him.
"The police? " Lucinda scoffed. "In this town? No,dear. We will figure it out. Meanwhile, you look awful. Go to the pool house, rest. Nothing has to be solved today. I will start by tracking down the missing money. Always follow the money, my boy. "
Luke nodded. "Okay." Maybe his grandmother was right. Maybe it was all of this stress causing it all. He would go and be alone.
"And let's keep Lily away from it all." Lucinda warned. " Damian has too much hold over her."
Luke heard, Sex. Lust. I knew lust like that once...John Dixon.
"Er- I gotta go," Luke jumped up.
"Oops, did you hear? Well, hell Luke I'm old...not dead."
"I can't do this. Really grandmother." He ran out.
"Don't be silly, of course we are all here, " Lily shot Luke a pointed look, "We are like your family, " she told Noah.
"And you are like, " Noah sounded choked up, Lily grabbed his hand, "you are like the mom I never knew."
Luke heard, It's why I stayed with Luke so long; I wanted to be a part of his family so much.
Luke narrowed his eyes.
"I'm so happy you are all here to support me. Thanks Lily, Luke. "
"Sure," Luke said, a bit sarcastically. He should have stayed in the pool house. It had been so nice there for the past few days. Silent.
Just then, the door opened and Dr. Oliver walked in.
Luke gave him a big smile. Dr. Oliver deliberately ignored him. Luke walked up right behind Dr. Oliver, watching as he examined Noah. Suddenly, Luke's mood was improved.
Luke checked out Doctor Oliver's scrubs. Nice.
"Ready for this, Noah?" Dr. Oliver asked.
"If you are!"
"Always ready and always the best," Dr. Oliver said. He glanced behind him for a second at Luke.
"Boy, you are so confident!" Noah gushed.
Luke heard, I want you to see alright. See me kiss your ex-boyfriend senseless.
Dr. Oliver turned and Luke deliberately blocked his path and bumped into Reid lightly.
"Oh, sorry," Luke said with mock innocence. He was so close to Dr. Oliver that the material of Luke's jeans grazed the material of his scrubs. The space between the two men was so small that not a shadow could break through. Luke could smell a hint of Reid's soap, and Reid breathed in Luke's subtle cologne. Luke reached out a hand on Reid's chest to steady Dr. Oliver, who had almost dropped his chart.
"Please stay out of the way, Mr. Snyder."
"Sure." Luke took his hand off Reid's chest, but he casually patted it first.
Dr. Oliver bolted out the door.
Luke watched him leave the room. He really shouldn't be teasing Dr. Oliver right before Noah's big operation, but it was so much fun.
A few moments later, Richard entered the room. Then Alison. Luke felt like it was a good time to make an escape. He really did not want to read their minds.
"Good luck, " he said to Noah. Luke did not try and touch him. He really did want the best for Noah, but that was about all.
In the hospital corridor, Luke spotted Dr, Oliver examining some scans. He went up, intending on actually just saying goodbye to the doctor and leaving him alone to do his job, but then Luke heard:
Must do a good job for Luke. Don't want to let Luke down!
"Uh, Doctor Oliver."
Reid jumped. Luke was face to face with him. Luke's hair fell slightly in his eyes and Reid fought the urge to touch it.
"What is it now? " Reid demanded.
Luke had a funny smile on his face again. "Nothing, doctor. I wanted to thank you for helping Noah."
"Well since you blackmailed me here, I hardly accept your thanks," Reid told him.
"I meant to bring something," Luke said, "like a four-leaf clover or whatever. But my life has been...Anyhow, I just forgot."
"What?" Reid shook his head at him. "Why would you bring me that?"
Luke reached out and stroked Reid's cheek. Reid froze. Then Luke leaned in and planted a quick, hard kiss on Reid's firm mouth.
Luke grinned at him. "For luck, doctor," Luke said and he walked away.
Reid stood there a moment, completely flabbergasted.
Then he touched a finger to his lips and let out a low whistle. Now that Luke Snyder had made the first move, Reid did not plan to let him get away.
Luke laughed as he drove away from Memorial. It had felt so right to stun Dr. Oliver like that...And as for reading his thoughts, well, Luke had never in his life felt so wanted.
While Luke was busy moving his belongings into the pool house, Damian Grimaldi boarded a small jet. He took only four of his best trained men. Two of them would leave immediately for Oakdale and two remained with him. The other guards, he would leave in Malta with clear orders to take care of any unexpected surprises. Damian needed to first go to New York for a few days and go to his bank vault there. He would transfer some more of the foundation's funds. He would meet with his associates from New York. After that, he was headed to Oakdale too. Damian smiled chillingly, and he took out a picture of Lily holding Luciano as a baby. He felt like a man who had been dreaming about a long silence. His soul had grow heavy in the darkness. It was amazing what the denial of love could do to a person. Damian allowed his finger to gently stroke Lily's cheek and the top of the baby's head. Mine, Damian thought. And in the end, he always got what was his.