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Episode 41

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(EXT: The Capwell Mansion, panning in to Kelly's bedroom)

----Kelly wakes up in Ashton's arms and kisses her husband good morning. She tells him how much she's missed him and that it's killed her to be apart from him for so long. He smiles and says she won't have to be apart from him any longer. He leans in and kisses her passionately. She kisses him back and pulls open his shirt.

"Isn't it a little early?" he says, teasing her.

"I think you just have a bad case of jetlag, my friend. Besides, you have A LOT of catching up to do!"

"Oh I do huh?"

He smiles and leans in and kisses her, pulling her on top of him. He removes her satin night gown and kisses her on her neck, devouring her like a hungry animal. She laughs in anticipation as they roll around in her bed.

(EXT: Cruz & Eden's Beach House)

---Cruz and Eden walk downstairs to Rafe comforting Adriana. Eden walks directly up to her daughter and hugs her.

"Thank God you're alright sweetheart. I don't know what I would have done....." Eden says

"But what about Marta? All she did was try and help me and she ended up being taken away....If I was the one they wanted and they got her....what's to stop them from....from..."

"Don't think like that, darlin." Cruz says "We have reason to believe that Marta may have actually been the target here...."

Adriana insists that's not right, that clearly she was the one being abducted. Cruz explains that it's not so cut & dry- ever since Carlos Esteban was arrested, there have been threats on Angel and his family, possibly she and Eden as well. Eden laments that she knew it was too good to be true when he said he wouldn't be doing the undercover work on this assignment. Even without doing it, their family has still been thrown in the middle of danger. Adriana asks if they've told Angel & Carla yet and Cruz explains that a couple of guys were over there the night before to give them the news. Adriana is infuriated that Cruz didn't go and talk to them himself. Cruz says that he wasn't about to leave his daughter alone in the house after what had happened.

"So you do think I was the target....."

"I didn't say that...."

"Yes you did. If Marta was definitely their target, why would you need to stay here and protect me? So that means I still could be in danger...."

"Baby, I pray to God that isn't the case. But for now, I do want you to be careful. You're Uncle Rafe is going to stick close with ya for the time being. I gotta go..."

"Where are you going?" Eden asks.

"To the station, but I gotta make a stop on the way. I think I owe it to Angel, no?"

Adriana smiles at him and give her father a kiss on the cheek.

(EXT: A small house in Mexico, panning in to Marta tied up in a chair)

---Bobby (Marta's kidnapper) and Cisco (his accomplice) discuss the fact that they've got the wrong girl. Cisco tells Bobby that he can't believe he even bothered keeping the girl, especially after he realized it wasn't who they were after. Cisco looks at Marta, who's gagged and tied to a chair. He then pulls out the picture of Adriana.

"She don't even look like the right girl- how could you screw up so bad?" Cisco asks him.

"I told ya already, I had the blonde, then this little minx came up and sprayed mace all in my eyes. I didn't know who the hell I was grabbin.....By the time I saw it was her, we were halfway to Mexico, no turnin back."

They're startled when Marta starts to wake up. She opens her eyes and looks the men over. She moves her head from side to side, trying to loosen her gag. She then motions with her eyes for them to remove it and Bobby does so. She then goes to bite at his hand, which he swiftly moves away.

"Try that again, that gag is goin right back over yer mout"

"Oh, I'm so sorry. I wouldn't want to hurt you. You've only TIED me to a chair and gagged me for the past 12 hours. What do you expect me to do?"

"I'm gettin sick of your wise lip"

"And I'm sick of looking at your fat, incompetent self. Seriously, I don't know how an idiot like you was able to even get me in that car in the first place. How could you not see you had the wrong girl? And what's the point of keeping me know? You've already tipped them off and Adriana will have round the clock protection now, if I know that cop father of hers..."

"She's got a..." Cisco stops himself and looks at Bobby. "How u know her dad's a cop?"

"What, are you KIDDING me? You really are a couple of amateurs, aren't you? He's only the cop that put my dad in prison for the past 20 years of my life...."

"I take it you're not a fan of his work either?"

"You could say that again. But for whatever reason, my dad seems to have forgiven him. And I GUARANTEE that Adriana has given your description (she motions to Bobby) to her dad and he and my dad and the ENTIRE SBPD are looking for me as we speak....So what's your exit strategy boys? You know what strategy means right? Of course you do, strategy you get. It's execution that's your weak point!"

"Can it b!tch!" Cisco gets right up in her face. "That sharp tongue of yours is only gonna get you into more trouble. And here I was gonna convince Bobby here to let you go......but you.....YOU opened that big trap of yours and now......well, let's just say you've opened the floodgates for an exit strategy....."

(EXT: The Capwell Mansion)

---Rosa spots CC sitting at the dining room table, eating his breakfast alone. She quietly offers to join him and he humbly pulls out a chair for her.

"I know you miss her," she says quietly.

"I try not to think about it. I try to focus on work and on my children........but times like this, sitting down, having breakfast, or any meal for that matter......Going to sleep in an empty bed.....Nobody to talk sit in my bedroom with the light on, just talking about the little meaningless events of the day...."

"I know just how you feel CC. I could tell you that it gets better, but I'm afraid that wouldn't be the truth. I miss Reuben each and every day. But you learn to go on.....because that's how they would want it. Your family needs you to do that and you'll be able to.....with time"

She takes his hand in both of hers and looks him directly in the eyes. He looks back at her, seeing her pain is just as evident, even after all the years gone by. The silence is interrupted by the sounds of Kelly giggling with Ashton as they walk down the stairs. They continue flirting and walking close, laughing until they see CC & Rosa at the table looking at them.

"Oh, good morning daddy, I didn't think you'd still be here...."

She walks up to her father and gives him a kiss on his cheek. Ashton walks up and wishes CC good morning, offering him a handshake. Rosa says that she'll go and fix them a plate, but Kelly tells her not to bother. Ashton has some contacts he's supposed to meet with shortly and she's going into the office today.

"You're coming back to work?"

"Well, yeah, if that's alright. Don't you think it's about time I do?"

"Of course, of course. I'm thrilled you're coming back. So that means you're staying....."

Kelly smiles and tells her father that she and Ashton are actually going to look at houses later in the day. CC smiles and tells her he's thrilled to have her back, that things weren't the same without her. Kelly asks if that means he's forgiven her for getting married without him being there and he insists he has. Ashton apologizes to CC for not getting his permission first, but things happened so fast...... CC claims that it's quite alright, so long as he makes his little girl happy. Ashton promises he'll do so. CC asks if, since he wasn't able to give her a wedding, Kelly would be opposed to him throwing a reception in their honor.

"I think that would be just fine, but are you up for all that?"

"Are you kidding? Some good news and celebration is just what this family needs right now. I know your mother would approve...."

"If you're sure that you're up for it........" He nods at her. "Okay, well it sounds great. Just tells us when & where and we'll be there. In the meantime, we'd better be going."

She and Ashton say their good-byes and exit through the front door. Now alone, CC asks a favor of Rosa.

"Sure CC, anything."

"Alright Rosa, but please, you can't ask any questions. I need you to go up to the guest bathroom and get one of Ashton's hairs from his comb or hairbrush or whatever the hell he uses on that mane. Put it in a plastic bag and set it aside for me...."

"His hair? Why would you nee.."

"Ah. I said no questions Rosa. Please. Will you do this? For me?"

Rosa looks at him curiously and agrees to retrieve the hair.

(EXT: The Ramirez House)

----Cruz pulls up into the all too familiar driveway, dreading the scene he knows is about to occur. He approaches the front door and knocks. A distraught and sleep-deprived Angel answers the door.

"Castillo. Took you long enough"

"Yeah, I'm sorry about that man, but I didn't want to leave my little girl alone, after what happened...."

"I understand. I swear, if there is anything I could have done to protect my Marta...."

"I know, man, I know."

Angel asks if there's been any word on Marta. Cruz says they haven't heard much. The witness from the parking lot claimed the man was heavy-set, dressed in all black and sunglasses, and that they left in a black Lincoln with dark tinted windows. Cruz says that the state highway patrol has been notified and there is a nationwide Amber alert put out, with a description of Marta, her kidnapper, and their vehicle. Angel asks if Cruz has any idea who could be behind it, and Cruz claims to have no idea. He says that it's unclear whether or not the people intended to kidnap Marta, but the longer she stays missing, the longer it looks that way. Angel wonders if Carlos could be connected and Cruz agrees that's a distinct possibility. A wrecked Carla then bursts into the room.

"A possibility? A POSSIBILITY? You know damn well that he's behind this, you just want to save face. Well it's not going to work with me DETECTIVE. I told your wife, I told Angel and I told you that Carlos is a dangerous man- when he's crossed, he's capable of anything and I mean anything. I shudder to think what my poor Marta is being put through right now because of all of this. And you have the NERVE to send two cops over here that we don't even know to tell us our daughter has been abducted? After YOU were the one who put her in this danger to begin with? How could you? How COULD YOU? All you care about is your damn arrest and your own daughter and family, safe at home. But what about MY family? What about MY daughter? Get out of here. Get out of my house..."

"Carla, I'm so so..."

"I don't want your apologies detective. All I want is my daughter back and my family under this roof, safe and sound. Now GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!!!"

Angel walks Cruz to the door. Cruz turns around and tells him to please call as soon as they hear anything from the kidnappers. Cruz says they're doing everything they can on their end and all incoming calls will be traced. Cruz takes off, leaving behind a distraught Carla, sobbing in Angel's arms.

No sooner does Cruz pull out of the driveway than the phone rings. Carla pulls back from Angel and her eyes bug out at him. Angel races to the phone and answers it.



"Marta! Marta, are you okay?"

"I'm alright. These idiots have me-"

Cisco grabs the phone from her and gets on with Angel. "If you wanna see your daughter again, you're gonna do exactly as I say?"

"Please, anything, I'll do whatever you want. Just don't hurt my little girl. I won't testify against Esteban, I'll take my whole statement back, I'll figure it out, just please, don't hurt my little girl...."

"She'll be alright.....for now. Don't tell anyone of this contact. We'll be in touch later in the day...."

Cisco hangs up the phone on Angel and looks at Bobby. He calls him over and quietly tells him this may work out even better than we thought. Cisco & Bobby turn to Marta.

"Alright, Ramirez, listen up. You and us, we may have a..."

"You and us?" Marta says sarcastically.

"Yeah, you and us, er.......we & you.....er....eh, shut up. The point is we might have something in common here and if you play your cards right, this could be the smoothest kidnapping you've ever gone through.......If you cooperate....."

"What's in it for me?"

"How bout revenge on the man that put your "papi" away for 20 years? Sound enticing enough? NOW, I want you to tell me everything you know about this Esteban......."

THE END...............FOR TODAY

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