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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
by Pam

At the Forrester mansion, Sasha walked around the living room. She looked up at the portrait of Stephanie Forrester. She told the portrait that she wished she could have met her. Sasha said they had a lot in common. "Who knows? Maybe one day I'll be up there too. Keep the frame warm for me," she said. She added that a girl could dream.

It appeared that Stephanie's portrait did an eye roll. Sasha thought she was seeing things, and she left the room. The portrait of Stephanie winked.

At Brooke's house, Brooke and Eric wondered who they should tell first about the news that they were grandparents to a baby girl. Brooke wanted to tell Bridget, but she and Eric decided it would be best if Rick told her. Eric joked that they were too young to be grandparents again. Brooke told him he was as handsome as the time she had married him. "Brooke Logan -- best liar I know," he said as he laughed.

Eric was glad they could share in the milestones of their family's lives. "We keep on rolling," Brooke said. They embraced. Eric and Brooke noted that if Stephanie had been alive, she would have been thrilled. Eric and Brooke wondered what name Rick and Maya would choose. Eric noted that Ridge and Caroline had honored Stephanie by giving their son Stephanie's maiden name as his first name. Brooke said that she thought Rick and Maya might want to name their little girl Erica Forrester after Eric. She said it had a nice ring to it.

Eric pointed out that Maya and Rick were not thrilled with him after he had sided with Ridge in allowing Ridge to move back into the Forrester house. Eric said he was proud of the man that Rick had become. Brooke added that she knew Rick and Maya had hoped to raise their baby in the Forrester mansion, but she was happy they were staying with her. She loved the idea of being a built-in babysitter. She added that Rick had Maya, and that was all he needed.

Eric and Brooke agreed that Stephanie had always said that all any man needed was the love of a wonderful woman. Eric added to the sentiment with "and a child of his own to steal his heart." Eric and Brooke admired the pictures of the baby on Brooke's phone and expressed thanks that Nicole had given them all such a gift.

At the hospital, Zende admitted to Nicole that he'd lost sight of the incredible thing she had done. Nicole said she was glad he'd been a part of it. He said she had made a generous act of love and had the biggest heart of anyone he had ever known. They kissed.

Vivienne, Rick, and Maya entered with the baby. They were surprised to see Zende. He admired the baby and said he'd had to see Nicole. They chatted about how he had been disguised as a member of the medical staff, and no one had recognized him. Zende left. Maya, Rick, Vivienne, and Nicole all smiled.

The doctor entered and said Nicole was doing great. The doctor added that they needed to check the baby again. She said that it was all routine. "Thank you, Auntie Nicole," Maya said. Maya and Rick thanked Nicole, and Nicole asked to hold the baby. She asked if they had chosen a name. Maya said they had a few ideas.

Maya said that they had all been happy to see Zende. They hoped it meant that Nicole and Zende were getting back together. Nicole hoped so, also, but they had a long way to go. Nicole said giving birth had been magical, and she thought some of it had rubbed off on Zende. She said the baby's birth had had an impact on Zende. She added that they had kissed. Nicole said it had been the best day of her life.

At Zende's room, Sasha had lit candles while she'd waited for Zende. Zende entered, and she asked if he wanted to go for a midnight swim. She assumed he had been at work all the time he'd been gone. Zende didn't deny he had been at work.

Sasha said it had given her time to reflect on her good fortune and how he had changed her life. Zende stopped her. She said he had been Mr. Humble, but she thanked him because she would never have been a top model at a top fashion house without him. Sasha thanked him for supporting her when he had learned about Julius. She'd never had his love or the love "of any man for that matter," she added.

Zende stopped her. "Listen, Sasha, I have had a pretty amazing time. You're beautiful inside and out, and I'm lucky to have met you." She kissed him, but he turned away. He said he had to tell her something. He shared that he had been at the hospital and had watched Nicole give birth to a little girl.

Sasha was surprised. Zende said he had been wrong and had messed up when he hadn't understood what Nicole had done for her sister. Sasha defended him. She said Nicole had been his girlfriend and had chosen to have another man's baby. Zende disagreed. He said it had been the greatest gift Nicole could have given her sister. "There was no more selfless act of generosity -- the miracle of birth," Zende said.

Sasha was glad he felt that way. She said it would get better. "It's gonna happen again. For us. I am pregnant," Sasha exclaimed. She wrapped her arms around him. Zende looked shocked and disappointed.

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