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Whither Thou Goest - Chapter 15

Title: Whither Thou Goest
Fandom: Guiding Light
Disclaimer: Guiding Light and its characters are the property of Proctor and Gamble. No infringement intended.
Pairing: Otalia
Rating: PG
Previous parts: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14

Chapter 15

It had been a long time coming, but life was definitely good.

Finally.

Olivia smiled softly and let it all soak in. She leaned back in the comfy club chair in her daughter’s apartment and swirled her glass of wine. It finally felt like her life was on the right track, now she just had to get back to Springfield and begin to enjoy it.

The interior designer her friend had recommended from Venice Beach was excellent, with a fantastic eye for detail and quality workmanship, and the woman had hit it off with Ava almost immediately. A flurry of colour swatches and material samples were flying before they had barely sat down. Now three hours later, Olivia could finally relax, knowing that Ava’s move would be in good hands.

Olivia picked up her cell phone and glanced for messages. She had been unable to reach Natalia after lunch, her call going straight to voicemail. No texts had come through either, which was disappointing. It was hard to ignore the niggling feeling that something was wrong, that the inevitable shoe was about to drop, right on her head if past experience was anything to go by. Things never went this well without something coming along to screw things up.

Reluctantly she put her phone back down on the small table beside her. No, she would not second-guess this; she would just relax and enjoy it. Natalia loved her, chose her and was waiting for her to come home and be a family together. It’s not like the woman would run away and disappear out of the blue, leaving her in the lurch. They had come too far, been through too much and Olivia was worrying for nothing, she knew, but it was unusual not to have heard something from Natalia by now. Olivia sighed and frowned despite her internal pep talk. Damn she missed Natalia.

“Penny for your thoughts,” Ava said smiling warmly as she sat down in the chair beside her frowning mother. Although Ava was sure she could likely guess, since Natalia seemed to never be far from her mother’s thoughts. It was sweet really, seeing Olivia like a teenager in love.

“Nothing worth remotely that much money, just wondering where everybody is back home.” Olivia took a sip of her wine and smiled at her eldest daughter.

“By everyone you mean Natalia,” Ava said wisely. It had been a good day out with the designer and now a nice meal was bubbling away in the kitchen, next on the Spencer girls’ agenda.

Olivia didn’t bother to answer, simply cocked an eyebrow and sipped more wine. She missed spending time with Ava and it was all very comfortable and homey here. She could get used to life on the coast. She wondered what Natalia would think of the idea.  Olivia’s phone chimed and her eyes lit up, reaching for it immediately.

“Well, speak of the devil. Say hi to Natalia,” Ava smirked knowingly, thrilled at how happy her mother looked from a simple phone call. She hopped up and dropped a quick kiss to her mom’s head before dashing back into the kitchen to check on her pasta.

“Hey there,” Olivia swatted at Ava in passing and then focused on the phone call. “Missing me yet?”

“Not really, Slugger, but I thought I’d touch base with you before any lawyers come knocking on my office door.”

“Doris, what the hell?” Olivia looked back at her phone. It clearly was from Natalia’s cell number, the brunette’s happy face chomping on a chocolate chip cookie beaming up at her from the contact photo.

“First of all, I wasn’t sure you’d answer my call, so that’s why I’m using Natalia’s phone.” Doris hesitated a moment and then before Olivia could ask any of the million questions racing through her mine she continued. “Secondly, don’t worry, Natalia is fine. She is however in custody down at the police station.”

“NATALIA IS IN CUSTODY?” Olivia stood up not believing what she was hearing. “What is going on there, how did…what happened?” A sick feeling settled in the pit of Olivia’s stomach, a logical conclusion jumping to the forefront of her mind. “It was fucking Frank Cooper again, wasn’t it?”

“I just want to let you know that I’m on your side here, Olivia. Yours and Natalia’s, and I’m working now to have the charges dropped. I spoke with Frank this afternoon and reprimanded him for the shit show today. The whole viral video thing is totally out of our control, however I am working on it.”

“Wait, what?” Olivia covered one ear to hear better. “What viral video? What the hell are you talking about Wolfe?”

“Um…the video of Frank and you this morning in Company.” She could hear Doris’ smirk in her voice. “Or as we are calling it, the Slap Heard Around the World.”

“Shit,” Olivia touched her cheek, still tender from Frank’s thick palm. She had just wanted to forget about the man but apparently someone had a video of the whole sordid mess. Natalia must be pissed off with her, for giving as good as she got instead of turning the other cheek. No wonder there had been no contact from Natalia today. Her heart sank, the sound of the other shoe dropping echoing loud in her mind.

“I’m on the Springfield gossip website now and we’re working on pulling the video down with a court order, but it’s taking time. Oh…what’s this? They’ve just loaded another video. Oh, Olivia…” Doris began to laugh. “I read the official police report but this is even better! OH MY GOD! I didn’t know Natalia went all South Side on his sorry ass. You are gonna have your hands full with this girl, let me tell you...”

Olivia sighed in frustration as peals of laughter echoed across the miles. Dear God, what was going on back home?

The laughter died quickly though.

“Oh shit. I had no idea it got that rough…” Doris’ voice turned serious. “Damn it Frank. What were you thinking.”

“Doris,” Olivia’s stomach dropped at the tone of her friend’s voice. “What’s the site address.”

“I’m texting you the link now.”

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
ndasky1
Sep. 2nd, 2015 06:07 am (UTC)
First, way to go Natalia, standing up for Olivia like she did. Second, Doris had better be working on getting rid of the doofus detective. Seriously, how is this guy still employed? I'm sure Mallet and Remy can handle the police work without Frank. And third, Olivia, please book a flight home ASAP.
geekgrrllurking
Sep. 12th, 2015 02:42 am (UTC)
I believe she already has her ticket purchased, lol! Good idea about Mallet and Remy running things...
usadoc36
May. 1st, 2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
Time for an Update
I love this story please finish it.

Doc
geekgrrllurking
May. 18th, 2016 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: Time for an Update
Lol, I do love this fic. Fingers crossed my GL muse rears her head soon. Thanks for reading and your comment, Doc.
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