"Lucky?," a voice calls. "Elizabeth?" Nikolas walks deeper into the woods, the light of his flashlight beaming across Luckys face.
Lucky shields his eyes. "Are you trying to blind me, man? Kill the light, would you?"
Nikolas approaches Lucky slowly, turning off the flashlight. "I dropped Emily off, and came back here to get you and Elizabeth. I figured you wouldnt have gotten very far on foot. Where is Liz?"
Lucky stares off into the distance, fighting back tears. "Gone," he says softly.
Nikolas recognizes his tone of voice. "Did you two have a fight?," he inquires. Lucky says nothing. "Is this about what Emily said?" Lucky just stares ahead, lost in his own thoughts. "I can understand why you dont want to talk about thisto mebut I can see that youre very upset."
"It happened again." Luckys voice rings hollow in Niks ears.
"I hurt her." Lucky starts to cry. "I just keep hurting her."
Nik watches his brother curiously. Ive never seen Lucky so defeated, he thinks. "How did you hurt her?"
"I kissed her," Lucky states, his voice coarse.
"I dont follow."
"I followed her into the woods. She was angryviolently angry. She was clenching her fists and screaming into the night. In a way it was good to see," he muses. "A bit of the fiery old Liz coming out. I told her to hit me and---"
"Wait a minuteyou told Elizabeth to punch you?" Nik starts to laugh. "Im sorry, I just find it amusing that youd ask someone to beat you up."
"Thats what she said. I just wanted her to get her aggressions out. I thought it would help her."
"Well, if aching ribs and stomach are any sign, Id say yeah."
"She hit you hard?"
"The girl was brutal!"
Nikolas laughs, mentally picturing Liz attacking Lucky. "You should learn to keep your mouth shut, Spencer."
Luckys face clouds over. "Yes, I should," he says darkly.
Nikolas turns, realizing he hit a nerve. "The kiss?"
He nods slowly. "The kiss."
"After she hit me the last time, I fell backwards, and she fell down with me. She landed on top of me. I tried to make a joke about things, but it didnt work. We were both worked up She just looked so beautiful she had this fire in her eyes " He shakes his head. "I just wanted to kiss her, man. Nothing else."
"Did she think you wanted something more?," Nikolas asks slowly.
Lucky shrugs. "Things were . intense. She was on top of me and I could feel her heart beating against mine We were both short on breath and it just seemed right. So I kissed her. She kissed me back, and things got---"
"Intense," Nikolas completes. He fights back a smile.
"Yeah. I was just really into the moment. I wasnt thinking, and I rolled us over and I was, well, you know," he says, giving Nik a look, "and she suddenly shoved me off her."
Lucky stares at Nik, perturbed. "You see? You see what?"
"Why youre so upset. I heard a little of what you and Liz were talking about in the boxcar. She pulls away every time things get intense between you, and you think its because you make her think about the attack."
"Eavesdropping, Nikolas? How unlike a Cassadine." Nik glares at him. "Sorry," Lucky mutters.
"I couldnt help but hear you two talking. If I understand this correctly, you and Elizabeth were high on adrenaline, you started to connect, and she suddenly flashed back to the night of her attack."
"Thats the way it goes. I caused her to relive it, and she ran away." Lucky pounds his fist into the ground.
"Maybe it wasnt you that caused her to relive it."
"What do you mean?"
"She was attacked in the park, correct?"
"Correct," Lucky says, mimicking Nikolas tone.
Nik brushes him off. "She was attacked in the bushes, isnt that right?" Lucky nods. "And your little interlude took place on the ground, in the woods."
"Are you saying it was the environment that caused her to freak out?"
"I think its a distinct possibility."
Lucky shakes his head. "It was my fault. I shouldnt have kissed her, I shouldnt have gotten on top of her she probably thought I was going to rape her."
"No!," Nikolas cries. "Do you ever listen to a word she says?"
"Of course I listen to her!"
"Then you know that she doesnt think you would ever or could ever do that to her or anyone else for that matter. She believes that and she wants you to believe that."
"Its in my DNA, man! My father raped my mother. Elizabeth thought I was going to rape her. Ive probably lost her forever."
"I think youre being an idiot, Lucky."
"Did I ask for your opinion?"
Nik laughs. "Spencers dont ask for anything." His face softens. "Look, Lucky, from what Ive seen these last few days and months, you love Elizabeth, and she loves you. Theres no way she would believe that you were going to attack her."
"You know her so well," Lucky spits, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
"I know herand youwell enough to see that you two are very much in love. She knows you would never attack her, and I think somewhere, you know it too." He stands up. "Face itthe only reason youre going on about being like Luke is because youre angry that your parents destroyed your idyllic little image of what their marriage is like."
"Actually I think your appearance in Port Charles helped destroy my image of their marriage," Lucky shoots back.
"Of course. Change the subject, blame it on the Cassadines. Some things will never, ever change." He starts to walk off. "Im going to find Elizabeth. Are you coming?"
Lucky stares at him for a moment. Slowly he rises to his feet. Nik smiles, victorious. They walk off, separated by a wall of silence, their hearts heavy and their minds focused on a common goal.