Romance blossoms in Salem as the New Year approaches. But danger looms for several couples. Who will survive the danger?
Steve “Patch” Johnson – Stephen Nichols
Kayla Brady Johnson – Mary Beth Evans
Hope Williams Brady Jennings – Kristian Alfonso
Rafe Hernandez – Galen Gering
Abigail Devereaux – Kate Mansi
Chad DiMera – Billy Flynn
JJ Devereaux – Casey Moss
Lani Price – Sal Stowers
Eli Grant – Lamon Archy
Gabi Hernandez – Camila Banus
Marlena Evans – Diedre Hall
John Black – Drake Hogestyn
Brady Black – Eric Martsolf
Theresa Donovan – Jen Lilley
Nicole Walker – Arianne Zuker
Dr. Daniel Jonas – Shawn Christian
Belle Black Brady – Martha Madison
Shawn Brady – Brandon Beemer
Philip Kiriakis – John Paul Lavoisier
Eric Brady – Greg Vaughan
Sonny Kiriakis – Freddie Smith
Paul Narita – Christopher Sean
Will Horton – Chandler Massey
Kate Roberts – Lauren Koslow
Eduardo Larson – A Martinez
Andre DiMera – Thaao Penghlis
Deimos Kiriakis – Vincent Irizarry
Xander Cook – Paul Telfer
“Sweetness, I’m so grateful for the second chance to prove to you how committed I am—that I’ve always been committed to you.” Steve told Kayla after having made love to her.
“I love you Steve.” Kayla told him. “I’ve always loved you.”
As Steve and Kayla go back to their lovemaking, Rafe and Hope were having a magical night or their own.
“Hope, I can’t believe we are here tonight on a date.” Rafe said in amazement.
After losing the love of my life, I thought my life was over.” Hope said. “I’ve lost so much but gained you as a friend when I needed one most.”
Rafe and Hope kissed as they rang in the New Year as John and Marlena found a new way to bring their own New Year happiness.
“Have some strawberries ‘n’ cream.” John said as he placed a cream-dipped strawberry into Marlena’s mouth.
“We are going to have a wonderful new year.” Marlena said, after she swallowed the strawberry that John had place in her mouth.
John and Marlena kissed to a happy new year as Chad and Abigail enjoyed a quiet evening home with Baby Thomas.
“Wow! I can’t believe that Clyde switched the DNA results so it would show Ben as Thomas’ father.” Chad exclaimed as he held his son.
“Somehow I knew something wasn’t right.” Abigail confessed. “I saw your eyes in Thomas’ face when I saw him for the first time after giving birth to him.”
Chad and Abigail kissed each other as they looked lovingly at Baby Thomas sleeping now sleeping in his crib.
The other couples, JJ and Gabi, Nicole and Daniel, Eduardo and Kate all had blissful evenings as they celebrated the new year. But as they welcomed the new year in, they were all oblivious to the danger that lurked in the new year.
Deimos Kiriakis was reviewing his revenge plot against everyone in Salem for sending him to prison. Unlike his brother, Victor, who managed to live a good life for 30 years while he languished in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, those in Salem who put him in prison would pay dearly. This New Year’s, nobody in Salem would be safe Deimos vowed!
Xander Cook was living it up with a call girl at the Pine Cone Motel, when he received his orders from Deimos via text: “It’s time!”
“Sorry, babe, but I have an important message coming in.” Xander excused himself as he got off from on top of the call girl he had been f******.
“Well, if that’s all I was to you but a f***!” the call girl got dressed and left Xander’s room in a huff. “He didn’t even bother to pay me!”
Xander locked his door to his motel and got into his car to do what he was ordered to do.
Nicole and Daniel were driving home after the New Eve’s bash at Horton Square happy and excited for their upcoming wedding come Valentine’s Day.
Nicole snuggled next to Daniel as he continued driving when she suddenly sat up and screamed, “Daniel! Watch out!”
But it was too late! Their car careened into the nearby ditch. Nicole was flown from the car, but Daniel was pinned behind the steering wheel.
Meanwhile, Eric and Jennifer were driving home when they happened upon the accident. Eric pulled over to the side of the road and stopped to see who was in the accident. That’s when they found Daniel pinned behind the steering wheel, bleeding profusely from the head. Jennifer pulled out her cell and dialed 9-1-1 immediately to get help as Eric looked around for Nicole.
He found her about 20 yards from their car unconscious but breathing. He picked her up and took her to the site where an ambulance had already arrived and was tending to Daniel’s injuries.
Meanwhile, Chad and Abby, Rafe and Hope, John and Marlena, Sonny and Paul, and the other Salemites were still celebrating New Year’s at Horton Square when a fire broke out.
Chad managed to get Abby to safety when he saw the ceiling about to cave in over Abby. But Eli and Gabi didn’t fair so well as both were trapped inside a burning building along with JJ and Lani.
John and Marlena and Rafe and Hope, who made it out of Horton Square safely waited to see if everyone else made it to safety as well.
They were relief to see Chad and Abby make it out alive but they didn’t see Sonny and Paul, JJ and Lani, or Eli and Gabi.
John, Rafe and Chad went back to see if they could save the others as Abby, Marlena and Hope both feared and hoped for the best.
At Salem University Hospital, Kayla was on duty when Daniel and Nicole were brought in via ambulance and when she saw the extent of Daniel’s injuries, rushed him to the ER to examine him, while another doctor tended to Nicole.
Eric and Jennifer waited in the waiting room when Eric saw a call come from Marlena.
“Mother?” Eric said when he answered his cell.
“Eric, there’s been a fire here at Horton Square!” Marlena said with relief when she saw Eric was safe.
“What?” Eric said in disbelief.
“Yes. John and I got out as well Rafe and Hope and Chad and Abby, but Eli and Gabi and Sonny and Paul as well as JJ and Lani are trapped inside a burning building.” Marlena informed her son.
“Mother, is there anything I can do?” Eric asked.
“No, stay where you are?” Marlena told her son.
“Mother, we have news as well.”
“Oh?” Marlena asked wondering what it could be.
“Daniel and Nicole were in a car accident. Jennifer and I happened upon it and they are at Salem U now.”
“Are they ok?”
“Nicole doesn’t seem to be too bad, but Daniel seems to have suffered extensive injuries. Kayla is examining him now.” Eric told Marlena.
“Well, keep me informed. I got to go.” Marlena told her son.
While Jennifer and Eric waited word on Nicole and Daniel, and John, Rafe and Chad worked to get Eli, Gabi, JJ and Lani out of the burning building, Sonny and Paul happened upon a shock in their lives as they are confronted by Sami Brady who has news for Sonny.
“Sonny, I have the best news for you!” Sami told Sonny, barely able to contain her excitement.
“Sami, I’m surprised to see you.” Sonny told her, but glad to see her.
“I need you to come with me.” Sami told Sonny, turning up her nose at Paul. “But not with him!”
“Sami, what have you been doing since Will was murdered?”
“That’s why I need you to come with me.” Sami said urgently.
“I’m busy with my fiance, Paul.” Sonny told a shocked Sami.
“No, you can’t marry!” Sami told him.
“Why can’t i? Will’s dead. I’ve moved on with Paul.”
“Just come with me!” Sami said as she grabbed Sonny’s hand and shoved him into her Jeep and drove off to undisclosed safe house.
“Sami, where are we?” Sonny said when Sami pulled up and turned off the ignition.
“Just come inside.” Sami told him.
His curiosity picqued, Sonny followed Sami inside and was shocked to discover Will lying in a hospital bed hooked to machines.
“Will’s alive?” Sonny asked, confused. “I don’t understand?”
“After Ben had shot my son, I had Will brought to this safe house where I’ve tended to his care waiting for him to get better.”
“So, that’s why they never found Will’s body? You had him all this time?” Sonny asked.
“I knew he was still alive when I felt his pulse and I brought him here to recuperate.”
“You let us all think Will was dead!”
“Just until he was well enough to tell everyone the truth.”
“So, he still seems to be unconscious?”
“Will doesn’t seem to be pulling through. That’s when I thought of you.”
“I’m sorry. What can I do?”
“Talk to him. Tell him you still love him.” Sami urged Sonny. “Give him a reason to live.”
Sonny walked over to Will lying in bed hooked to machines. As much as he loved Paul, his heart still belonged to Will. As Sonny knelt beside Will’s body, Sonny held Will’s hand. A glimmer of hope came as Will felt Sonny’s love.