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Well, thanks again for meeting me here, Ava. Yeah, it’s a good thing that, uh, Wendy and Tripp left me their key while they’re in Hong Kong. But listen, I really do need to get back to the pub soon because I can’t let Roman down. You know, I’ve been kind of living on a high wire without a net since I quit the bistro.

You quit? I wasn’t aware of that. Yeah. That’s for the best. Right. Well, either way, this won’t take long. Okay, good. I assume that Harris has got you up to speed on the lab analysis of Clyde’s black book? Yeah, he briefed me on that, told me that the bloody fingerprint was Gil’s and the actual blood was Lee’s.

Right. So, as of now, the working assumption is that Gil stabbed Lee. The question is why. And the other question is, can you help us prove it?

Hey there, Thomas. Hi, Eric. How’s it going, buddy? Good. My school went testing on Take Your Kid to Work Day, so we’re doing it today instead. Alright. So, does that mean you’re going to be my boss? No. I don’t want to be the boss. I want to be a reporter. Alright. Just like my mom.


What? Are you surprised to see me? Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you’d still be at the Spectator. I’m going back. I just took a break to hopefully see Holly after school. I’m hoping to mend some fences. Is she still around? Um, no, actually. She’s with Sophia, studying. Avoiding me like the plague. After our blowout, and I, I guess I understand.

I do apologize for my role in that. Honey, you have nothing to be sorry for. How could you possibly predict that Holly would fly from our Mother’s Day brunch like a bat out of hell? You were just trying to help. Like you always do.

Alright, what’s the latest? Well, this is a, uh, list of ex associates of Clyde’s. Rafe couldn’t seem to track anybody down, so I’m trying to remember anything I can. Friends, acquaintances, frequented places, anything that would generate a substantial lead. So here is to finding Lee’s real killer. And to Gabby coming home.

Hear, hear. Oh, I know that you love Gabby, Stefan. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. But I know the two of you haven’t really had a chance, and so I’m hoping that you have that chance now. Wow. Never took you for a hard bitten romantic, Kristen. Ah, well, underneath this ice cold exterior, I’ve always been one.

Hopelessly so. Just keep that bitch away from me.

Leo. The one and only, except no imitations. I have been looking all over for you. Well, let me know when you find me. You’re drunk. I prefer the term enlightened. You want a nip? Absolutely not. What’s the good stuff? Courtesy of E. J. DiMera’s bank account. Honest question, Leo. Are you out of your freaking mind?

So what’s the plan, huh? You gonna drink yourself into a coma? To sleep perchance to dream, aye, there’s the rub. For in this sleep of death, what dreams may come. Have you just come here to stand in judgment, or do you have something useful to say? Wow, well where do I start? So you lost your one true love.

Get in line, buddy. Welcome to the club. There’s about 7 billion of us. And honestly, was it a true love if he just dumped you right on your ass? Ugh. Cruel much, Miss Cruella DeCalis? Can we just talk about the real issue at hand here? You blew up my life. If anyone hears of this, they’ll be Oh, no, no, no. Don’t you dare, Sloan.

You chose this path, not me. You might as well have just published the truth about Jude in your Lady Whistleblower column. I have been good to you, Sloan. I’ve been loyal. No, you’ve been great, honey. You know, once you just opened your big drunken mouth and just proceeded to jeopardize everything. Leo, my family!

My, my, my marriage, my livelihood! You promised me! I kept my word. I didn’t tell Eric. Oh, but just about everybody else but Eric. Oh, okay. You’re being really dramatic. Beyond the people who already knew, E. J. DiMera is the only one now privy to Jude being Nicole’s dead baby.

Well, it definitely wasn’t the Mother’s Day I was hoping for. I’m so sorry, Nicole. Oh. You know, I’ve made a lot of mistakes with Holly, and even though she’s my biological daughter, Chloe’s the one who carried her, and then there was that horrific custody battle. She was a baby. I know, but you know, I read that even babies can sense trauma, and there was a lot of trauma.

And even when I did get custody, I became a single mother. And you showered Holly with love. Kids can sense that too.

Yeah. I suppose you’re right. Mm hmm. But I still wonder if things would be different if I raised Holly from her first day she was born. And I was really hoping to have that chance with our little boy. But, it’s okay. It wasn’t in the cards for me, so. How can I help you prove anything? I know nothing about Lee’s death.

Nothing. Well, since Wendy and Tripp were in Hong Kong, you were the only person living here in Salem when both Lee and Gil were killed. Maybe you know something without even being aware of it. Yeah, then maybe you should hire a hypnotist. Not a bad idea. Seriously, it would be pointless because I have been doing nothing but thinking about this nonstop ever since Harris told me about that fingerprint.

And I will swear to you, Rayvon, everything that I hold dear, I know just as much as you do. And I really do need to get back to work. Okay, then. Maybe I should come see you tomorrow, or perhaps later, after you’re done at the pub. You’re not gonna let this go, are you? I am not. Not a chance. Okay. You do realize I’m trying to protect myself here.

Because the thought of reliving any of that stuff is I understand, Ava. I understand. I understand that this is really difficult for you. I do. But I really need your help here. Badly.

I’ll do what I can to help.

Well, do you have any ideas of what kind of stories you want to cover? I want to be a crime reporter. He’s writing a paper about the mystery meat they serve in the school cafeteria. That is definitely a crime, big time. I need to take pictures of it, too. If you saw this stuff, you’d barf. Do you have a cell phone camera?

No. Well, if your dad is cool with it, I happen to have a second camera. Really? Yeah. It’s on the desk in the photography room, you know where that is? The one with all the pictures taped all over? That’s the one. Alright, well go on then. Alright, uh, Denny’s gonna meet you in five minutes to show you how to lay out the paper.

Yeah. And Denny can show you how to use the camera. Awesome! I can take some pictures. Yes, you can.

Oh, man. He’s a good kid. He gets it from his mom. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, okay? Gabby’s not even out of prison yet. And let’s not forget, that lead fell into your lap because I found Clyde’s little black book. Oh, I don’t believe this. You are gonna welch on a promise because of a technicality? No, no, no.

I want EJ out of that CEO chair as much as you do. That’s the mission. Plugging you in as CEO and getting him out. But getting Gabby out of Statesville, that is the priority. Getting my wife out of prison.

So in terms of evidence, so far so good. Looks like Gil stabbed Lee. But what was his motive? Yeah, how would I know anything about that? Well, I don’t know. I’m just trying to piece things together here, Ava. Okay, was there any chance that Lee was working with Clyde? No, absolutely not. Well, how can you be so sure?

I mean, unless of course there’s more that you’re not telling me about what Clyde and Gil were doing. Wow. Sounds like I need a lawyer now, huh? No, I’m not interrogating you. Really? Because you could have fooled me. Okay, but you did. You used to run a drug front for your father. Yeah, decades ago. Okay, yeah, so maybe Clyde knew that and he’s capitalizing on your experience.

You know, hypothetically speaking, any number of things are possible doesn’t mean they are. Okay. Yeah, fine, sure. There is one other thing, though, that has been bothering me. You were running a management position at the bistro, and yet, well, you’ve never managed a restaurant. Okay, you know what? We’re done here.

We are done. No, no, no. The thing is, like, why would Stefan take the fall for you? Why would he take the fall for the drug op? You’re the one with the criminal DNA. Okay, you know what? Your accusations are baseless, Ray. Ava! It was happening right below you! Right there! I mean, you’re smarter than that! Come on.

Okay. I just need to understand, okay? Why did Stefan take the fall for you? Was something going on between the two of you? Was he cheating on my sister with you? Please just help me understand. Help me make sense of this.

Okay, tell me the truth. When we got together, did you expect there to be so much drama? I mean, I know you know my past, but now you have to deal with Holly’s attitude and my occasional mood swing. Oh, and I don’t have any mood swings, or the occasional temper tantrum, and you still put up with me, though.

Yes, this is true. Besides, after being with Sammy, this has been an absolute bloody cakewalk, my dear. Oh, I am going to take that as a compliment. You should. Also, I absolutely adore you. And I am so grateful that I get to spend my time with such an extraordinary woman. So sweet. Okay, segue. Um, if, if Holly gets home before me, could you do me a favor?

Of course. Would you let her know that I will be working late tonight? And, um, that I did come by on my break to see her. Mm hmm. And I’ll make sure she has a hearty meal as well. Thank you. Now, could you do a favor for me? Of course. There is a City Hall fundraiser on the horizon, which is gearing up to be a real snooze fest, which these things are.

But, if you could be on my arm when I turn up, it’ll make me look Well put together. Like visiting royalty. Can I count on you? Oh, come on, Mr. DiMera. You know I’m always proud to be on your arm. Yeah. Plus, this is going to be interesting. And a chance to do something good. Your optimism is infectious. Yeah.

And I adore it. Thank you. No, but, but, But seriously, it, it, it’s really sad that there are so many charity programs that are underfunded. So, with me being there, maybe I’ll pick up something from my article on Salem’s Unhoused. Well, it seems you and Eric have really thrown yourself into this. We believe these are stories that need to be told.

Tenacious, intelligent, beautiful. My wife has everything. Now can I have more of your black case? More. More. More. Okay, honey. I don’t want to be late. No. I want more. I have to go. Okay. I will see you later. Alright. Okay. Bye. Abigail, you know, was an amazing

person. Beautiful, kind, and everything else. Yeah, she was pretty damn perfect, wasn’t she? I mean, to me, anyway. I miss that girl. Yeah. You know, with the kids keep me going and um, I mean, there’s a lot of her in them. You know, her light shines through all of us. Thank God. I’m sure she’s smiling down on them.

And you. I’d like to think so. I know so.

You know what? Maybe this was all my fault.

So many things to choose from. I don’t know where to start. No, I’m talking about me leaving you alone at a bar to just drown your sorrows in booze. Oh, that. Yeah. Huge mistake on your part. If I were you, I’d never forgive myself. Out of morbid curiosity, how long after I left did you slip on over to EJ’s to spill your booze soaked guts?

Like, you want a timeline? Uh, let’s see, it was about three minutes and thirty eight seconds after my last martini, but then another twenty eight seconds after I got to that creepy mansion before I spilled my guts. What? I don’t know. I was drunk. I still am. And heartbroken. I wasn’t thinking. Are you ever thinking?

I’m thinking now, and if I’m being honest, something’s not adding up.

I’m sorry. You’re going to what? I’m going to EJ and I’m going to compel him to open Gabby’s case. She’s been locked up long enough. Okay, Stefan. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I know it’s hard to be patient, but we have to. Now, Rafe said that he was going to go to EJ after he spoke with Ava. Now, let’s just hope that he finds even more evidence that points to Gil as the killer.

Right. The only woman? That Stefan Loves is your sister. And I think you know that, Rafe. And besides, I thought we were here trying to get evidence to clear Gabby’s name, not have an interrogation into my past. I understand your resistance to your past, but it’s relevant. According to you. According to anyone.

Anyone who has an internet signal can look up your history with a cursory glance and see that you’re a criminal. Hmm. You’re trying to butter me up here. I’m trying to get the truth, Ava. The whole story. I have a theory. I think that the killings are connected. I think that Gil came here looking for you.

And he ran into Lee, and Lee was in his way, and so he took him out. Then my sister came in here and she She saw the body and she stupidly picked up the knife.

Yeah, well that

Is definitely a theory. No more dancing around it, Ava. You. You were the intended victim, and I think that you know it.

Kids that make it all worthwhile, don’t they? Even when they’re driving you up the damn wall. Yeah, they do. Jude, he’s my world. I mean, he may not carry my DNA, but the second they put my son into my arms, I knew he was. Well, genetics have nothing to do with that kind of love. Agreed. I mean, your son is, is amazing.

I agree. What a great kid. He’s growing up fast. Too fast. Yeah, they do, don’t they? Yeah, they do. Just make sure you cherish every moment you can with that little boy of yours. Oh, I will. I mean, I do. Man, I am so blessed to be his dad.

What do you mean, something’s not adding up? I told EJ about the baby swap out of the goodness of my heart. Oh, because that’s what you’re so known for, isn’t it? The goodness of your heart. It’s called mag something. Minity? Nimity. No. Let’s stay on topic. Look, I didn’t go there looking for a payout. EJ spearheaded that so that I wouldn’t ask any questions or talk to anyone about ye olde baby swap.

Great. So do what you’re paid to do, Leo. Look, I had no choice after your hunky husband cut me off. I had no money. Is that why you went to EJ? I told you I would if my allowance stopped coming. No, you more recently said that you wouldn’t. Yeah, well, this guy had other plans. This guy had nothing to do with it, Leo.

It’s you that poured the poison down your throat. You’re the reason that we’re in this mess. What do you want from me? Do you want me to say I’m sorry? Fine. I’m sorry.

I am. I’m sorry. Look, I, I care about Jude, you know that. He’s always given me that toothless little smile of his. When I babysat for him, I took this picture of him, and I look at it when I need to calm down or be cheered up, and honestly, I just think that Okay, it’s just enough. No, no, no, hear me out, please.

I just think that he should be with his biological mom. You know, the one who actually likes kids. Excuse me, what? Jude is never going back to Nicole. Ever. Wait, what?

You think I was skills targeted? I do. And I think with forensic evidence, I On a plausible motive, we have a much better chance at getting my sister her freedom. But I need the whole story, okay? I need, I need to know whatever your relationship was with Gil and how Okay, I did not have a relationship with Gil, okay?

He was a snake. And he was always coming on to me at work, making lecherous and creepy comments. And he was the kind of man who would not take, I am not interested, I’m sick. Or no for an answer, and that is it. Okay, so then why did you have to come back here to do that? Do I really have to spell that out for you, Rafe?

There is always the chance that someone can be at the bistro. It’s not really the most ideal place for a sexual assault. Is it too hard for you to get inside the head of a predator?

So after Gil killed Lee, he came back for you, and you killed him. In self defense. I’m sorry, I don’t understand.

Are you saying that EJ doesn’t want his kid? No, that’s not at all what I’m saying. Yeah, actually what you said is that Nicole will never have him, so using my excellent powers of deduction, that means EJ won’t either. Excuse me, just run it by me one more time, you know, that little thing that EJ said right before he paid you?

About it being a good idea to invest wisely? About him telling you to keep your mouth shut, don’t ask questions. Oh, that. Yeah, but you’re doing the exact opposite. I’m a journalist, Sloan. Take your lady whistleblower hat off, Leo, because it’s none of her concern. Lady Whistleblower is a part of me, sure. One part.

But you know what else I am? I’m a man with an extraordinary amount of flair. But underneath all of that flair is a sensitive guy with a big heart. A soft heart. And therefore, a ton of guilt for my role in stealing the cutest little child I’ve ever had the pleasure of birthing. A ton of guilt for letting EJ and Nicole think their child was dead.

And the truth is, I’m having a hard time living with myself because I feel so guilty. I feel guilty. What about you, Sloan? Lying to Eric this whole time. That baby being taken from his real mother. How are you sleeping at night? How are you living with yourself? So how is the, uh, feature coming along? It’s coming along well.

Yeah, everything okay? It’s going, uh, going alright with Nicole? Why wouldn’t it be? Well, I just know that, uh, I know you guys have history. And I know firsthand what it’s like to work with an ex. Yeah. Get a little bit thorny.

Oh, hey, sorry that took so long. Am I interrupting? No. Okay. Well, let’s get back to work. Uh, right. I should, um, I should have tracked down Thomas. He’s probably driving Denny nuts by now. Oh, wait, wait, wait. Hang on a second. I, I was setting up my desk this morning and I came across this notebook. I didn’t, I didn’t open it or anything.

It just seemed like the drawer had like a false bottom or something.

Is everything okay?

That’s Abigail’s handwriting.

The date of the last entry was just a few weeks before she died.

It still haunts me. Why I had to pull that trigger. And as big a bastard as Gil was, it still follows me. And

now the thought that Wendy’s brother was killed because of me.

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just like Gabby was. Or maybe it’s just a story you keep telling yourself. I can’t do this. I can’t do this anymore. Ava, I’m

I am telling you, Rafe, I don’t know anything. And if I did, I would tell you.

But I don’t. Okay.

Okay, I’m gonna accept that for now. But I am telling you, that as long as my sister’s freedom is on the line, I’m not going to stop digging. Not by a long shot. I mean,

I can almost hear her voice in this writing. And there’s stats about ODs, drug arrests, violent crime data, upward trends. I mean, I thought I read everything that she wrote and I’ve never seen this before. She must have been working on it just before she died. How can we find out? I mean, would there be anybody else who might know?

I mean, she probably confided in Jack. Jack was the editor in chief then. And maybe he knows something. There’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?

Hey, Jack. Hey, yeah, it’s Chad. No, no, no. Everything, everything’s okay. Yeah. No, the kids are good. Um I actually just had a question about Abby. Did she tell you or Jennifer about a piece that she was working on before she died?

Oh, isn’t this delightful? Two of my favorite people in the world, in the top ten at the very least. Good to see you too, brother. Drinks? Good for now. I can get myself one, thanks. You’ve always been good at taking care of yourself, haven’t you, Kristen? And I always will be. Confident words for someone who’s living in the family manor off the family funds.

Peter, how are the renovations coming along on your glass house, CJ? Okay, can we put a pin in there? In the toxicity for a minute. I was just about to ask Kristen if she noticed that Damir is stuck. Oh! Don’t get ahead of yourself, AJ. It’s only itching up. Enough for the board to vote me in as permanent CEO of the next election.

Sure about that, huh? Oh, I’m very sure. It’s all about the bottom line, after all. Oh, I know. And who can argue with that, right? I mean, ingenuity, creativity. No one gives a rat’s ass about that, right? It’s all about the money. Always has been. I take it you’ve resigned yourself to my imminent ascension, Stefan.

Just remember, though, the rising tide lifts all boats. Right, well, since Tony and Chad want nothing to do with running the company, and I’m obviously persona non grata, DiMera, who else could it possibly be, right? Who else indeed? Looks like you got it buttoned up, brother. It’s a family.

Guilt is a waste of time, Leo. Nobody gets medals for suffering. Where did you pick that up? How to have no conscience in ten easy steps? Look, I’ve come to terms with what I did, okay? So should you. Let’s just put this dark time behind us. But you did what Dimitri did. What I’ve done. Put it behind us? For God’s sake, Sloane, we didn’t forget to feed a cat or water the plants.

We told a woman her son was dead when he wasn’t. A woman who is still grieving to this day and probably will for the rest of her life. And that is sad, yes. But look, she’s gonna get over it. Look, Nicole is in a very happy marriage to a rich and powerful man, okay? She has a daughter, she has a job. I think she’s doing fine.

So get over your self indulgent guilt, unless you want to spend the rest of your life as a dumpster fire. I’d keep my big mouth shut if I were you. Otherwise, I’ll happily tell EJ that you’re not upholding your end of the bargain. And honey, when that cat’s off the bag, losing all that money is going to be the least of your troubles.

Hey, Harris. It’s, uh, it’s me. Um, I’m not feeling so great. So I told Roman that I couldn’t work tonight, but, um, I need to talk to you, so Call me, please.

I can’t do it. I mean, how? How am I going to tell Wendy that it could be my fault that her brother is dead?

I pray that Rafe is wrong. Thanks, Jack. Yeah, I’ll, uh, I’ll give your love to the kids and please give ours to Jennifer as well. Okay, talk soon. Well? So, apparently Abby was working on something pretty heavy before she died. She was about to break it wide open. Heavy? That’s the word he used? What does that mean?

Look, Abby never told him what it was, and nothing ever came of it, so Jack just assumes that she dropped it. But based on, based on these dates and, and her notes, I mean, she, she didn’t. She didn’t drop it. So, if you were to guess, My guess would be the increased drug traffic in Salem. Hey, wasn’t Clyde Wesson released from prison right before Abigail died?

Yeah, Salem PD is still trying to dismantle that narcotics operation. You mean the drugs that nearly killed Holly?

Abby was on to Clyde. Question is, did he know about it?

Since when do you make house calls? Since you’re never in your office. Can we talk? I’ll assume I’ll have no choice.

Oh, well look who else is here. What’s this about? There’s new evidence that suggests that Gabby is innocent. That she did not kill Lee Shin. Please, your sister is far from innocent. What is this, a copy of a photo? No, that is a photograph of the black book and lab results and fingerprints. Is that all you’ve got?

Is it all? It’s Gil’s fingerprint in Lee Shin’s blood. Which could have been there for years, this proves absolutely nothing. What do you mean proves absolutely nothing? Especially since it happened to be discovered by Gabby’s husband. Okay, I found that book knowing it belonged to Gil and I immediately turned it over to the police.

So you say, but there’s nothing substantial enough here to justify reopening the case. Look, I’m not just insane, EJ. The book couldn’t have been there for years. The Bistro was only under Gil’s management for, what, a few months? And Gil and Lee hadn’t been there for years. As D. J., the decision is mine, and the decision is final.

We will not be reopening this case. Are you End of story. D. J.? EJ! Oh, this is This is so beautiful! This is beautiful! Baby! What’s going on?

Did I miss a date?

Uh, it has been non stop. I’m telling you, between patients and administrative work, and problems with our internet, so our telemedicine appointments are all messed up, and uh, I’m just glad that I was able to get away. Oh, sweetness, I’ll take any time I can get with you. I’m really sorry all the staff shortages have been wearing you down so much.

Yeah, it’s been tough, but I can handle it. Yeah. Um, I’ll just be happy when new docs show up, you know?

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