The next morning, TC burst into the police station, with Rebecca close on his heels. Finding Sam at Luis's desk, he hurried over to talk to him.
"Sam, have you heard anything about Eve? Anything at all?"
"No, TC, I'm sorry," Sam said, looking from him to Rebecca. "Did you two...come together?" he asked, puzzled at why they would be arriving at the same time.
"Of course not, Sam, we just met outside the station," TC explained, a disgusted look on his face.
"TC, I didn't mean anything like that - I just thought maybe you had given her a ride over here, since you two are kind of in the same situation."
"Oh," TC said, easing up a little. "Well, I guess we kind of are in the same spot here, aren't we, Rebecca?" he said, finally acknowledging her presence.
"Yes, we certainly are," she responded, "so maybe we should try to comfort each other." She reached out to grab his hand.
TC jerked his hand away and shook his head. "You just don't change, do you, Rebecca? My wife is missing, and here you are trying to make a move on me!"
"I was not!" Rebecca defended herself. "I was just trying to show you my support."
"Yeah, whatever," TC said, rolling his eyes. He turned his attention once again to Sam. "Sam, please, you've got to help me find my wife here. I'm dying inside without my Eve. She's what keeps me going, you know? She's the most perfect person in the world. Without her, I would return to my bitter, angry old self that I was in the past."
"In the past?" Rebecca slammed. "Sounds like you just described yourself in the present."
"Hey, watch it!" TC retorted. "I have never struck a lady. But then again, I don't see any ladies here."
"Oh, you have asked for it now, you big dumb ox!" Rebecca shouted, whacking him on the head with her purse.
"Hey, hey, hey!" Sam yelled, pulling Rebecca away as Luis grabbed hold of TC to steady him.
"Just ignore it, TC," Luis said. "She's upset here too, I guess. She's going through what you and I both are."
"Yeah, well, no one can compare losing that scum Julian Crane to us losing our terrific women, Luis. They are worth a million Julian Cranes."
"I agree completely, TC," Luis said, "but just settle down, OK? Her nerves are frazzled too."
Rebecca, meanwhile, was enjoying having Sam's arms around her. "Now I know why Grace and Ivy are always fighting over you," she said in her most sexy voice. "Ooh, you do have a firm blue-collar grip. Ah!"
Blushing, Sam immediately released his hold on Rebecca. Taking a deep breath, he said, "I think we should turn our attention back to police matters, if that's OK with all of you."
TC and Rebecca nodded.
"All right then, Luis can brief you on what we know so far."
"It's not much," Luis said, "but Sam and I do think that the theory that Eve was abducted to deliver Sheridan's baby has merit. We have had her car examined for evidence, but so far that has turned up nothing. We kind of expected that, since we don't believe Eve made it into her car the night before last."
"But someone had to see something, right?" TC asked anxiously.
"Right now we have no witnesses," Luis said sadly. "It seems like Dr. Russell simply vanished."
"No, no, there has to be someone who saw something," TC said, hanging his head.
"Hey, we're working on it, pal," Sam said soothingly, stepping over to place his hand on TC's shoulder.
Rebecca, noticing the attention that TC was getting from the police chief, feigned a deeper concern for Julian than she truly had, hoping to reap some rewards. "My Pookey, he's the light of my life," she cried, choking back fake tears. "I...I don't think I can go on without him. Please, oh please, you must do something to find him!" She hung her head and pretended to sob.
Luis, younger and a tad more naïve than Sam about the tricks a woman like Rebecca will resort to, placed his hand on her shoulder for comfort. "It's OK, Rebecca," he said awkwardly. "We'll find them."
Rebecca, head still lowered, secretly smiled at the attention she was getting. "Not one, but two of Harmony's finest have had their hands on me today," she thought happily. "Oo-la-la!"
Sheridan smiled while nursing her baby girl. She enjoyed being a mother so immensely. It was more than she ever imagined - the love she felt for this little girl. Nursing was her favorite bonding time with her daughter. She only wished Luis had been there to share in these early moments of their daughter's life.
Eve walked over to check on the new mother. "How are things going with this little one?" she asked. "From the looks of things, she is eating up a storm!"
"She does have quite an appetite," Sheridan agreed. "I think she gets that from her father."
Eve laughed. It was good that Sheridan could joke while in this terrible situation. She just hoped it didn't get any worse for her. She knew they all needed some sort of release from the stress of their confinement. She and Julian had found that release - and so much more - the night before.
She turned to look at Julian. His eyes met hers, and they smiled at each other. There was so much they could communicate silently. As a couple, they were beyond the need for words to get their feelings across.
Sheridan noticed their look and wondered at the intensity of it. She saw something in her brother's eyes that wasn't there the night before - satisfaction? Confidence, perhaps? She knew something had happened to change his demeanor...something after she had gone to sleep.
Eve turned back to the nursing mother. "I think I'll give you some privacy," she said. "Just let me know if you need anything. When you get done with that little angel, I'd like to give her a check-up. It's just a routine exam, don't worry."
Sheridan nodded, smiling. "I'm so grateful to have you down here, Eve. When I think what would have happened to me and my baby if you hadn't been..." she shuddered, not wanting to comprehend the tragic outcome that would have been almost certain without Eve's medical prowess.
Eve smiled and patted Sheridan's hand. "I know I've told you this before, Sheridan, but I truly meant it. I am glad to have been here for you - you don't know how glad," she said, glancing back at Julian.
He walked over after the baby had finished nursing and Sheridan had covered herself once more. "So, how is everything going with my favorite little niece?" he asked, placing his hand on Eve's back as he joined them.
Eve smiled at his touch. She loved the simple things between the two of them every bit as much as she loved their lovemaking...and that was exquisite. She sighed, remembering the magical night they had spent together. Thank goodness Sheridan had not awakened during that time. She didn't know how she would have explained it. Somehow, though, she felt Sheridan would have understood.
"Your niece is doing just fine," Sheridan said, "although she seems to eat like a pig." She giggled.
Eve bent down and carefully took the infant from Sheridan's arms. "I'm going to take this little piggy over to the wash basin to bathe and change her. Then I'm going to give her a little exam, if you don't mind."
"Go right ahead," Sheridan said, smiling. "That will give me time to catch up on things with my big brother here."
She grabbed Julian's hand and pulled him over to chat. Making sure Eve was out of earshot, Sheridan softly asked, "So, what's new with you, Julian? Something sure is different..."
Julian could feel his face reddening. "Well, uh, I..." he stammered, not able to find the right words.
"It's OK," Sheridan laughed. "I'm just teasing you." She smiled at him. "It looks like you had a good time last night, am I right?"
He returned her smile. "I guess you can say that," he said, blushing more.
"I can't believe my playboy of a brother is getting embarrassed. He must be in love!" she said lightly. Then she turned more serious. "Julian, I'm glad you two had a good time together. I think you needed that. You deserved it. I just wish Luis..." she stopped, choking back tears.
"Sheridan, Luis will come; I know it," Julian said, kneeling down to comfort his sister. "He's going to rescue us. You'll see."
"I know," Sheridan said. "I have so much faith in him. It's just he's missed out on so much with our daughter already...I don't want him to miss anything else."
"Hopefully we won't be here much longer," Julian sighed. "I am as ready as ever to get out of here and start living my life again."
"And does that life have anything to do with our Dr. Russell?" she probed.
"Well, let's just say I hope it does," he answered. "There are, however, a lot of things that we need to work out first - especially her. She is, after all, a married woman."
"And so am I," Sheridan said sadly, remembering the vows she took with Antonio. "Julian, I don't know the status of Eve's marriage to TC, but from what I see here, she is completely in love with you. You two remind me of myself and Luis. I never thought I would say that about any other couple, but it's true."
"We have a great love," Julian admitted, "as do the two of you. I am so sorry for my part in trying to break you two up. I was as bad as Father was with me and Eve..."
"That's water under the bridge now," Sheridan said. "But Julian, seeing what you and Eve have together has made me realize what you risked having those goons kidnap her for me."
Julian looked at her, surprised. "How did you...?"
"Eve told me," Sheridan said. "We had a little chat this morning when you were over at the wash basin."
He grinned. "So you two ladies were having a little girl talk, huh? My ears should have been burning."
"I just think Eve wanted me to know what you had done for me, Julian," Sheridan confessed. "I was so out of it then, I didn't really remember anything that went on. I just figured that getting my doctor was something the kidnappers had thought of - that maybe they each had a heart after all."
"I'm just glad they listened to me," Julian revealed. "If they hadn't..."
"If they hadn't, I wouldn't be here, and neither would that precious little baby over there," Sheridan said.
"I couldn't let that happen," Julian admitted tenderly. "I couldn't lose you, Sheridan."
"I know that." She smiled. "And I also know what you had to risk to keep that from happening. That woman over there means more to you than anything in this world, Julian. I'll be eternally grateful for your sacrifice."
"I hope I have made up for some of the bad things I have done to you in the past," Julian confessed. "I know I owe you so much..."
"Julian, this more than makes up for everything," she said warmly. "I have my brother back - the brother I idolized when I was a little girl. And I have a little girl of my own, who is as healthy as can be, thanks to you."
Julian smiled and hugged her close. "I love you, Sheridan."
She returned his hug. "I love you too, Julian."