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Ashland: Thank you for meeting with me, jack.

Jack: I want to assure you, i have harrison’s best interest at heart always, as does kyle. We both love that little boy very much —

Ashland: I’ve thought long and hard about everyone’s position. Come to a decision about harrison’s future. Kyle has tried phoning me multiple times, but we have not been able to connect.

Jack: Yeah, the seven-hour time difference with milan is a challenge.

Ashland: Yeah, yeah, I’m sure that’s part of it. Why don’t you see if you can call him now so I can tell you both what I’ve decided is the best way forward for my son?

Billy: Ah, you again.

Victoria: What’s up?

Billy: Just grabbing a coffee on my way to work. Picked up the kids at camp and dropped them off at home.

Victoria: Did they have fun today?

Billy: I would say they had fun. Johnny learned how to throw a curve ball, and katie created a masterpiece for the fridge.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ]

[ Sighs ] So, did they mention the big news that I delivered this morning during my visit?

Billy: Big news? Right, your wedding to ashland.

Victoria: Yes.

Billy: Yeah.

Victoria: I mean, I assume that’s why you made the effort to pick them up instead of sending hannah.

Billy: They mentioned it, yeah, briefly.

Victoria: What did they say?

Billy: Well, katie was wondering if she was gonna be able to be a flower girl, and johnny was hoping that the wedding cake would be chocolate.

Victoria: Okay, so here I am, worried that they’re gonna be upset about this big change in their life, and all they care about is the ceremony.

Billy: I mean, I do think johnny’s onto something, ’cause there’s gonna be high expectations for a newman-locke wedding, and that cake better be good. And just a tip…

Victoria: Yes?

Billy: …Five-layer cake, fancy, you know, icing — they usually taste like cardboard.

Victoria: I’ll keep that in mind.

Billy: Look, they’re kids, okay? They’re in their own world. They’re gonna ask questions, and when they do, we’ll handle it together like we always do.

Victoria: Thank you for that.

Billy: How was ashland’s first treatment?

Victoria: Well, you know, he had some side effects, but nothing unexpected. Thank you for asking.

Billy: I know you were relieved that he decided to get chemo.

Victoria: Yes, he has a whole new outlook on life. Seems much more positive. And I’m hopeful. I think that this will give him more time, which means we’ll have more time together.

Billy: A lot of big things going on in your life. Giant merger with locke communications group, falling in love with the man that built it, and then planning a wedding with him all in a short amount of time.

Victoria: You make it sound like I should be worried about those things.

[ Knock on door ]

Devon: Knock-knock.

Lily: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

Lily: Come on in.

Devon: Sure you’re not too busy?

Lily: Uh, no. Uh, no, no. Actually, I could use a break. So, uh, can I get you anything? Water? Coffee?

Devon: Nah, I’m fine. Thank you.

Lily: What’s, uh — what’s going on? You seem a little upset.

Devon: [ Sighs ] Yeah. I was — I was on my way to abby’s, and the closer I got, the more frustrated I was getting. So I figured I probably wasn’t in a good headspace to visit anybody. And I stopped off here, and now I’m bugging you on your workday. I’m sorry.

Lily: No, you’re not bugging me. This is what I’m here for, to talk things out, you know, get some clarity. So what’s going on? Lay it on me.

Jack: I just texted kyle, asked if he was available for a video call. He is very eager to hear what you have to say, as am I.

Ashland: Well, it’ll be good to have this settled.

[ Clicks tongue ]

Jack: There are a lot of moving parts.

Ashland: Tara’s arrest and kyle’s leaving the country has thrown everything into chaos.

Jack: I-I know those were unexpected.

Ashland: There’s no easy answer here, jack, no one solution that’ll satisfy everyone. We can’t look at this as some cut-and-dried business deal where we simply do what we need to do to get what we want. It isn’t fair. And neither is life, for that matter, as I’ve been so constantly reminded of recently. But this is not about me. A boy’s future and well-being are at stake here.

[ Ringing ]

Jack: That would be kyle. Hi, son. Thank you for being available so quickly.

Kyle: No problem. Is ashland there?

Ashland: I am.

Kyle: Ashland, hi. How are you?

Ashland: I’ve been better.

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Lily: So mariah’s still out of town?

Devon: Oh, mariah is completely off the radar.

Lily: Even at jabot?

Devon: Even at jabot. She hasn’t called anybody at her job. And jack said that if she doesn’t come back soon, he’s gonna be forced to find a new director of marketing.

Lily: Wow. Has she been in contact with anyone?

Devon: Just through vague texts saying she needs more time.

Lily: Well, maybe she’s having second thoughts about being the surrogate.

Devon: She didn’t come out and say that, but you can kind of infer it from the messages she’s been sending tessa and abby, saying to basically back off and stop pressuring her.

Lily: That doesn’t even sound like mariah.

Devon: Oh, I know it doesn’t sound like her, which is why I’m worried. This is — this couldn’t be farther from her character, to take on a responsibility that’s this big, like carrying someone’s child, and just vanish without saying anything. Rey even thinks it’s time to start investigating.

Lily: Wait, it’s that serious where the police are involved?

Devon: Yes. A couple weeks ago, she sent abby a text promising to be back in town by her next check-up. The day the check-up comes, she sends a message saying, “I can’t make it. I’m not ready to face the doctors.”

Lily: Well, I mean, maybe she’s feeling overwhelmed.

Devon: I mean, that’s possible. I know that mariah has an independent streak, and she likes to take care of herself, but something doesn’t feel right to me. And even tessa agrees. I mean, she knows her better than anybody else, and she can’t believe that mariah would just leave town and not tell her anything.

Lily: Well, has rey found anything out?

Devon: Yeah. I spoke to sharon before I got here. She said that they can’t trace mariah’s cellphone because something is scrambling the signal.

Lily: Okay, that’s weird.

Devon: And she hasn’t used any credit cards, debit cards, or made any phone calls in weeks. She’s only sent these text messages.

Lily: [ Sighs ] How’s abby doing?

Devon: She’s — she’s doing amazing, considering her husband isn’t here and has no idea what the hell’s going on about anything. You know, she’s doing her best to stay confident and to stay positive, and she says that she understands that chance has this type of job. It’s unpredictable, and, you know, she knows the work’s important.

Lily: I mean, I don’t know. That sounds a little too understanding.

Devon: Yeah, I know. I’d say so, too, ’cause you can say all those things, which she does, but you can tell that it’s killing her. This whole thing has been such an ordeal that, with chance being gone, she’s basically had to deal with it completely alone.

Lily: Yeah, but she’s not completely alone. I mean, she has friends and family around her to love and support her, including you. Unless are — are you having second thoughts about getting involved?

Victoria: You think I’m making a mistake marrying ashland, don’t you?

Billy: I’ve voiced my concerns, you heard them, and now I’m just doing my best to try and be supportive.

Victoria: Yes, billy, you’re saying all the right words, but I know you. So why don’t you just say what’s on your mind?

Billy: Okay. I think maybe, deep down, you are worried that you’re making a mistake and you’re using me to voice your fears.

Victoria: Don’t be absurd. I don’t have all the worries and doubts that you’ve cooked up in your frenzied imagination.

Billy: Well, then, I guess we’re both jumping to conclusions, then.

Ashland: Once tara admitted you’d had an affair, I was furious with both of you. But one good thing came out of all that drama. I learned what kind of woman that tara truly was, what ugliness she was capable of. Threatening to take away your child unless your fiancée broke up with you and moved abroad, i mean, for tara, that is business as usual. Smooth landing for summer, though. She ended up with a dream job.

Kyle: After what tara and sally put us through —

Jack: I hope you’re not planning on punishing kyle for being there to support the woman he loves and her career in a job you helped line up for her.

Kyle: It doesn’t mean I love harrison any less.

Ashland: Uh, I don’t know if jack has told you, uh, that i started treatments today. It could extend my life, which is what I’m hoping for. But if the treatments have no effect, I could be dead in a matter of months, and the thought of that has made me more determined to spend what time i have left with harrison, knowing that you will be able to spend all the time in the world with him once I’m gone.

Kyle: I can see where you’re going with this.

Ashland: Alright, don’t — don’t be too sure. The fact that I am dying is double-edged. Being with harrison and watching him grow up for the little time that I have is only possible if I survive the treatments and the cancer goes into remission.

Jack: How did things go this morning?

Ashland: The chemo went just fine, but I’ve been feeling like crap ever since.

Kyle: Sorry.

Ashland: Well, I’m told it could get worse, much worse, and that day in the park, when I had the shortness of breath, and i saw the look in harrison’s eyes, the kid was terrified. And I can’t stand the idea of putting him through what would happen if — when things got really bad.

Jack: Harrison is always welcome to stay here, where he’s comfortable, where he has a routine, and I could arrange visitation the both of you agree upon.

Ashland: It’s a possibility i have considered, but I rejected it.

[ Sighs ] With harrison’s mom gone, he is going to need a father, a full-time parent, which I am unable to do at this point. So I’ve decided that he should come and live with you in italy. Get more joy out of your shower

Ashland: Harrison will go to live with you and summer in milan, and, between treatments, I will come and visit if I am feeling strong enough. Or perhaps we can meet in between in new york. This way, I could visit with harrison in the place where he feels safe and knows best. That might be the easiest solution for all of us.

Kyle: Yes, yes, that’s an excellent plan.

Jack: I want you to know i appreciate your ability and willingness to see this from all angles.

Ashland: I only have two stipulations going forward with this.

Kyle: Name them.

Ashland: First, I want you to keep me alive in harrison’s mind. I’ll make video calls and send letters and gifts, but I want the freedom to visit anytime my health allows.

Kyle: Done. I’ll do everything I can to keep you a strong presence in harrison’s life because that’s what’s best for him, knowing he has lots of people who love him, even if he can’t see them every day.

Ashland: Secondly, whatever tara has done, she’s still his mother, and he adores her. She’ll have to be allowed to see him. That said, there will be strict protocols in place.

Kyle: Such as?

Ashland: Tara’s out on bail. Could be months before her trial, but she cannot leave the state of new york. And if and when you come to visit in new york and meet me there, I want to make sure there are rules in place for when tara can see him — strictly supervised, of course.

Jack: I understand. That makes all the sense in the world to me.

Kyle: I can set my own anger with her aside to do what you’re asking. My more immediate concern is for harrison, how he’s going to feel when he learns his mom has been arrested. Who’s handling that? What’s he gonna be told?

Ashland: As tough as it may be, I do think we need to tell him the truth, a version that he can grasp, something along the lines of, “mommy’s on a long-term timeout for what she’s done. Mommy broke the law. Mommy’s got to pay for the consequences of her actions.” Something like that.

Jack: Forgive me, perhaps we could couch that in a way that’s a little less harsh.

Ashland: Lying to the boy now, when eventually he will realize what really happened, could be worse. As young as harrison is, he’s a very smart boy. He’ll know that there are restrictions being put on his mommy when he and she visit together. Any deception will be internalized as to why, even though he can’t articulate it. These are the kind of things that create distance and mistrust in a child.

Kyle: I agree. 100%.

Jack: Yeah, I-I see your point now.

Ashland: Okay, then it’s settled.

Kyle: I promise to be the best father I can to harrison. I’ll continue to work with you so that he knows he’ll always be loved and taken care of and protected. ‘Cause to me, that’s the most important thing.

Devon: I do not regret stepping up for abby and chance one bit, okay? They went through hell after they got married, and they deserve to be able to start a family. So I was happy to be able to help them, and I still am.

Lily: Okay, then why did you feel the need to talk things out with me before you went to go see abby?

Devon: Because I was — I was upset — i am upset that I know chance is a good guy. Like, I know that he’s that. I know he has his honorable job where he’s saving people’s lives and he’s a hero and all that. I get it. But, at the same time, he made a commitment to start a family with my best friend and, you know, told her to move forward with the surrogacy and told her that he’s gonna be home soon. He chose to take the case after they already decided to let mariah go ahead and carry the baby. So you know that you’re going into this situation with your brand-new wife. You know you have this insanely unpredictable job. It feels like he’s choosing his work over the responsibility to his family. Is now a good time for a flare-up?

Lily: Okay, please tell me that you have not breathed a word of this to abby or even hinted at how you feel.

Devon: No, I know this stays between us. That’s why I’m telling you. I wouldn’t say that to her.

Lily: Okay, good, ’cause i think she has enough to deal with than having to listen to people criticize her husband for the choices that he’s made.

Devon: I understand that. I know better. I just — I get frustrated when I see how much it affects her. She stopped making those videos for chance just ’cause she’s worried that he’s gonna catch on to how distraught she is.

Lily: Aw, that’s sad.

Devon: I know it’s sad. Her husband isn’t even here, and she feels like she has to hide her feelings from him. It’s not okay.

Lily: Well, like you said, she knew was she was getting into when she married him.

Devon: No, you’re right. And, listen, I’m — I’m more upset at the situation than I am at chance. I know he’s doing everything he can right now. He doesn’t even know what’s going on with mariah.

Lily: Yeah, and, look, i think it’s really important that abby have faith in her husband right now, especially if she’s feeling abandoned ’cause I think it’ll make it even harder for her to understand that maybe mariah just needs some space right now, which I am really hoping that’s all that this is.

Devon: Yeah, I hope you’re right.

Lily: And chance would be here if he could, you know? And I’m just gonna have good thoughts that mariah will come home when she’s ready, and hopefully abby will, too. And in the meantime, just keep being the amazing friend that you are ’cause this baby will need you in his support unit when he arrives.

Devon: I just wish there was more I could do.

Victoria: Just listen to us, trying to psychoanalyze each other, like the amateurs that we are.

Billy: [ Chuckles ] Yeah, we’re funny, aren’t we? Although you know what? Maybe there’s something there to examine.

Victoria: Oh. Well, by all means, please enlighten me.

Billy: Well, I’m talking about us as exes. Maybe we’ve finally found that sweet spot.

Victoria: Meaning?

Billy: Meaning we have a lot of history. And we’ve both moved on. And we’re both happy with our lives, so maybe we are able to challenge each other and hold each other accountable in a way that’s not —

Victoria: Not toxic.

Billy: Maybe even healthy. Look, nobody knows each other like we do. And I’m hoping that we can keep it real, say it like it is, be honest with each other, and still be aware that whatever we say to each other is taken in the spirit in which it was meant.

Victoria: Yeah, you know, i think that the technical term for that is called being friends.

[ Both chuckle ] But all kidding aside, I hope you’re right. I hope that you and I really have gotten to that place.

Billy: Me too.

Ashland: One final request. I would like to be the one to explain this to harrison. I don’t want him to think that I’m abandoning him.

Kyle: By all means.

Jack: He is upstairs right now in his room with the nanny doing some drawing.

Ashland: I’ll go talk to him then.

Kyle: Wow. [ Chuckles ]

Jack: Wow, indeed. Boy, that wasn’t easy for him. Given his volatile temperament, I didn’t know what to expect.

Kyle: Neither did I. I’m blown away. I refused to let myself hope that he could put everything else aside and allow harrison to come live with me, and now that he has…dad, I can’t wait to see my son.

Jack: So, how are you feeling about everything else? You’ve made some pretty big decisions — moving to italy, putting things back together with summer. Now you’re gonna add to that being a full-time father.

Kyle: I made the right decision, no doubt, even though it’s difficult being away from all of you. Plus — let’s be honest — even as much as summer enjoys harrison, it’s gonna be an adjustment for her.

Jack: I’m confident you’ll both work your way through it.

Kyle: How are you feeling about all of this?

Jack: To be honest, it’s — it’s bittersweet. I mean, we’ll work out the stuff about you doing jabot work in milan, but on a personal level, I already miss you like crazy.

Kyle: And you’ll miss harrison like crazy.

[ Chuckles ]

Jack: This is what’s best for him. I will cope.

Kyle: Summer and I needed a fresh start. And you’ll see us before long. I want you to be the one to bring harrison to milan.

Jack: There’s nothing I would like better. Ok everyone, our mission is to provide complete,

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Ashland: [ Exhales heavily ]

Jack: How did it go with harrison?

Ashland: Well, it was harder for me than it was for him. He seemed to take it all in stride.

Jack: Well, I’m glad to hear that, for his sake.

Ashland: Some kids are able to view change as adventure. I was like that.

[ Chuckles ] Adaptable. You know, it really puts my mind and my heart at ease knowing that he is in your and your family’s capable hands.

Jack: Well, thank you. I want you to know I — i realize what a difficult half a year this has been for you. Finding out about the paternity, tara’s arrest, the divorce, now your illness. Whatever brings you happiness, I’d say that’s a good thing.

Ashland: Victoria does that. She is the bring light that has pulled me out of the darkness and gloom of this awful year, someone who has brought me more joy and happiness than I ever thought possible.

Jack: I’ve known victoria all her life. She’s a keeper. Hold on tight.

Ashland: Oh, trust me. I intend to.

Victoria: So, let me know when the org chart is finalized, and you can run it past me. Then we’ll set up a meeting. Okay. Super, dave. Great.

Devon: Victoria.

Victoria: Well, hello, stranger.

Devon: How you doing?

Victoria: Good. It’s going well. You know, I’ve just been so busy with the details of the merger and, you know, all of my personal stuff, I really haven’t had a chance to keep up with anyone.

Devon: Oh, don’t worry about it. It’s okay. It’s all good.

Victoria: You know, seeing you reminds me that I haven’t checked in with abby about the baby in a while.

Devon: I’m sure your sister understand you have a lot on your plate these days, so it’s okay.

Victoria: Any word about chance and when he might be home?

Devon: Not a word.

Victoria: Oh, gosh, that’s got to be tough on her. He’s been gone so long. I, um — I definitely need to call her and check in.

Devon: She would really appreciate if you did that, you know. I actually just got back from visiting with lily, and it reminded me how nice it is to have a sister that you can talk to, you know?

Victoria: I have to tell you, she has been such a life-saver to me.

Devon: Lily has?

Victoria: Yeah. I mean, she’s just stepped up in a major way, you know, taking on a larger role with the kids while I focus on ashland and his medical issues. I’m just really grateful to her and billy.

Devon: Well, that’s very kind of you to say that. I know she loves those kids, too, so I’m sure she doesn’t mind having them around.

Victoria: Oh, still. I mean, any other woman in her shoes wouldn’t be so accommodating. It speaks to the kind of person that she is and the great place that she and billy are in.

Lily: Mmm.

Billy: [ Chuckles ]

Lily: I see you remembered the extra shot this time.

Billy: Thought you could use a treat this afternoon.

Lily: Ah. You trying to butter me up or something?

Billy: Actually, I did run into victoria at crimson lights. We had an interesting chat.

Lily: Oh, okay. That could be code for a lot of things.

Billy: Yeah. Well, you know, we were standing there, and — I’m sorry. Do you want me to skip the gory details?

Lily: No! No. I want to hear everything. I love hearing you ruminate about your ex.

Billy: Okay, I’m gonna up now.

Lily: Oh, stop. I’m kidding.

Billy: No, it’s — it was interesting. We were — we were standing there talking, and then it kind of just dawned on me, some of the things that we were saying to each other. They were still, you know, a little bit brutal, but they were honest, and we were open. And the conversation didn’t spiral into something weird or into some kind of argument. Or maybe we were just projecting our own insecurities on each other. I don’t know.

Lily: Wow. That’s some professional-grade analysis.

Billy: Yeah, victoria made the same joke, something about us being shrinks? Something like that.

Lily: Ah, great minds.

Billy: Is my time up, or can I keep going?

Lily: No, I mean, look, I’ll be honest. It is asking a lot for me to always help you figure out where things stand with her.

Billy: I understand that. I do. But I think this is a good thing. I mean, we’re working towards some kind of healthy equilibrium.

Lily: Mm. You know what I think?

Billy: Tell me.

Lily: I think that you and victoria kind of like having things unresolved between you two. Helps you feed off the competitive vibe.

Billy: You know what? There might be something to that. Age-related macular degeneration may lead to severe vision loss,

Jack: What time will you have the jet ready for the trip to milan? Yeah. Two passengers. Great. I will see you then.

Devon: Hey, jack.

Jack: Hey! How are you?

Devon: Good, man. Sounds like someone’s taking a trip.

Jack: Yes, I am, actually tonight.

Devon: Taking the red eye to italy. Must be a story there.

Jack: Oh, it is the most amazing story. Kyle and summer are back together.

Devon: Really? Good for them.

Jack: Long story short, kyle has decided to join summer in milan permanently.

Devon: Kyle’s gonna move to europe?

Jack: He is starting a whole new life there, and he wanted his young son, harrison, to be part of that new life. But it hinged on ashland locke and just how contentious he wanted to make things. The outcome was not what we expected.

Devon: Wow, you guys thought locke would put up roadblocks?

Jack: Say what you will about the man’s business tactics. He truly loves that little boy. Kyle and I were all but certain he would insist that the child live with him, but to our surprise and great delight, he agreed with us. The best thing for harrison would be to live with kyle in milan. That way, he’d have a full-time father while ashland fights his cancer.

Devon: Wow. That’s a — it’s a huge sacrifice. From what I hear, the guy is in pretty bad shape.

Jack: He did not want to traumatize harrison if his treatment failed, if things started to go south, so he put his own desires aside and did what was best for the boy.

Devon: That’s what you do when you’re a good parent — you look at the big picture and you put your kid’s needs first. I wish somebody I knew understood that.

Jack: Who are we talking about now?

[ Keys jangle, clatter ]

Victoria: Hey. How did it go at the abbott’s?

Ashland: Well, it’s done. Jack got kyle on the phone, and, uh, they agreed to my terms. And then I talked to harrison.

Victoria: How did he react when you told him about going to live in italy?

Ashland: Well, he wanted to know if he was still gonna be able to see me, and I said… I’d visit as often as I could, you know, whenever I’m feeling strong enough. It’s a hell of a thing to try and explain to a 3-year-old.

Victoria: Gosh, that must have been one of the most selfless and hardest things you’ve ever had to do.

Ashland: It’s up there.

Victoria: I have never respected you more than I do right now.

Ashland: [ Sighs ] Well, I had to go with what i knew in my heart was best for harrison, then take my ego out of the equation.

Victoria: It says a lot about who you are that you were able to do it — and with such grace.

Ashland: You know, I’m looking at my life these days from a different perspective, thanks to you.

Victoria: No, you — you keep trying to give me the credit, but you’re the one doing all the work.

Ashland: You know, you need to learn to take a compliment.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] You’ve been thrown so many curves, things that would make most people angry and bitter. And you just — you look at it as a growing experience. I’m in awe of that.

Ashland: [ Sighs ]

Victoria: I have known a lot of people who thought that they could change, and when the chips were down, they couldn’t or they wouldn’T. But you’ve redefined your life. You made that choice, and I — I — I love you for that.

Billy: [ Clicks tongue ] You might be onto something here. Okay, hear me out, alright? A series of online essays where we talk about the insanity and/or maturity of past relationships.

Lily: Wait. What?

Billy: Think about this — a fascinating conversation with one of our journalists and a slew of celebrities, and they talk about their current connections to their past lovers.

Lily: Well, that’s been done before.

Billy: Okay, then we —

[ Sighs ] We zoom in a little bit. We make it about genoa city how do people do it here? How do you constantly run into people from your past and still find a way to communicate? I mean, it’s a small town. And we can call it “the ghosts of love.” Right? And forget the journalist. We need somebody that people are gonna really listen to and open up to and someone that’s gonna put them at ease, and I know the perfect person for that — you. You would be fantastic at this.

Lily: Mm. Yeah, I mean, it’s a decent idea, but, man, oh, man, this has got to be one of the best dodges I have ever seen you pull.

Billy: Well, that is my superpower.

Lily: Oh, no, no, I’m not speaking hypothetically. I really think that, secretly, you and victoria don’t want to resolve your issues.

Billy: Okay. And I think that maybe you are still looking for that conflict because you are afraid of a real commitment.

Lily: A real commitment? Are you kidding me? I have done nothing but show how committed I am. So, someone is in denial here, and it is not me.

Billy: [ Sighs ] Diy means having the right tools.

Devon: You know, I just — I’ve been thinking a lot about chance and this never-ending case he seems to be on and just about how much he’s missed being away.

Jack: Yeah, I know. He’s not the only one. Listen, no one at jabot has heard from mariah. Have you or anyone else?

Devon: Just more texts that don’t tell us where she is or when she’s coming home.

Jack: Poor abby. I don’t know how she’s holding it all together.

Devon: She’s strong, but we’re all being there for her. Listen, I don’t want to take up any more of your time. I know you have a big flight to get ready for.

Jack: Yeah, traveling with a toddler does have its challenges.

Devon: I can imagine. But it is very cool how you get to spend this time with your grandson, you know? It’s like you guys are embarking on an adventure together.

Jack: Yeah. Yeah, it does feel like an adventure. Listen, great seeing you.

Devon: You too, sir.

Jack: I’ll talk to you soon.

Devon: Safe travels. Hey. It’s devon. I know that you’re busy, so I’m gonna get right to it. I need a favor, um, and it’s something that’s pretty important.

Billy: Actually, I think you’re right.

Lily: About you being in denial?

Billy: I love you, okay? I do. You are my future. There’s no one else.

Lily: But you just said that —

Billy: I said that I am not in denial about my relationship with victoria. She is the mother of my children. I get to have an opinion about the choices that she makes in her life, especially if it can affect my kids.

Lily: I know, but do you really expect me to believe this is only out of concern for your children?

Billy: Not only, no.

Ashland: I have evolved as a human being in more ways than I — I thought possible. And whether or not you choose to acknowledge it, it is due to your influence.

Victoria: Ashland —

Ashland: I look at my life in such a different way now. First and foremost, I want to make the most out of every day that I have left.

Victoria: And I’m gonna be right there, right by your side, cheering you on.

Ashland: Well, I expect you to do more than just cheer.

Victoria: [ Chuckles ] Okay, fine. What is my first assignment?

Ashland: I need you to help me pick a date out for our wedding.

Billy: I have been trying very hard to convince myself that victoria is doing the right thing by marrying ashland. You know, they have a lot in common. They’re alike. She’s fully aware of what she’s getting herself into, but the truth is, that would be me living in denial.

Lily: Because…?

Billy: Because, as hard as i try to make myself believe that all those things are true, it is me ignoring every instinct i have.

Ashland: I want to be past the first round of chemo when it happens, but not so far out in case the treatments aren’t successful.

Victoria: They will be. I’m sure of it.

Ashland: Well, then it’ll give us one more thing to celebrate once we are officially husband and wife.

Billy: Victoria marrying ashland — it’s a mistake. It’s maybe the biggest mistake victoria will ever make in her life.

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