New character: Paige Alcazar
Who is she: the daughter of the late Luis Alcazar. She was born to Luis and his wife, Anna Sophia Alcazar. Luis didn't want children, but Anna Sophia became pregnant anyway. Luis was angry enough about that, but even angrier when said child turned out to be a girl, not a boy. He hated Paige from the day she was born, and treated her terribly. Her mother committed suicide when she was a baby. Her uncle, Lorenzo, took care of her and took on the role of an almost "surrogate father", per her mother's dying wishes.
As soon as she turned 18, Paige left the Alcazar compound and began her own life, far away from her father. She got a college degree in business management, with a minor in history (like her beloved uncle Enzo). After graduation, she traveled around the world.
While in Australia recently, she met up with Jasper "Jax" Jacks. Recognizing him from her father's murder trial, she claimed her name was "Paige Alexander" so there wouldn't be a scene. Jax and Paige were attracted to one another, and had a fling. Thinking she'd never see Jax again, Paige never told him who she really was. Jax told her he wasn't planning on going back to Port Charles, so Paige felt safe going there to stay with Lorenzo - not realizing that Jax had changed his mind and was returning to town.
Paige is first introduced to the show when Lorenzo takes Carly hostage. The more he falls for Carly, the more Lorenzo tells her about his life - including about his beloved niece. He tells Carly that Paige is a good and decent person, who, while she may have grown up in the mob, has shaken off her past and has a fulfilling life of her own.
When Paige shows up in Port Charles, she doesn't get a warm reception from any of the townsfolk, because of who she is. Nobody trusts an Alcazar. Carly, by this time, is back with Sonny, and has told him about Paige - and that Lorenzo says she is not a part of his operation. Sonny decides to have a meeting with her to check things out for himself.
Sonny is fully prepared to offer Paige a role in his own organization, or at least his protection, to get her away from Lorenzo. Paige isn't intimidated by Sonny, and explains to him that, while she doesn't approve of what Lorenzo does for a living, he's still her family. He raised her, she loves him, and she won't abandon him. She also gives Sonny some insight of what a cruel man Luis was, which reminds Sonny of his own past with Deke.
Sonny was at first prepared to consider Paige an enemy if she didn't take his deal, but he realizes that he can respect her, and feels a kinship with her. Paige and Sonny are both upfront and honest with each other.
Jason, however, isn't so sure about Paige. He thinks Sonny may have gotten suckered in, because of what Carly said. He also thinks Carly has a soft spot for Lorenzo, and will believe anything he tells her. He decides to check into Paige himself.
Paige also isn't intimidated by Jason, and quickly belittles him by referring to him as "Sonny's manservant" and "Lunkhead". She points out that she has Sonny's trust, and that's all she needs - that she doesn't need Jason's permission to be in town, or to even exist, because he's below Sonny. They throw insults back and forth. Jason quickly realizes that, while mouthy, Paige is not the threat he had envisioned. He finds her irritating and annoying, but can't help himself from throwing barbs back and forth with her.
Jax runs into Paige, and is shocked to realize her true identity. She apologizes for lying to him, and assures him that she doesn't have any ulterior motives. (Seeing that she is an Alcazar, Jax immediately assumes she was out to get him). It takes him awhile to trust her again, but he eventually does and forgives her, and they begin dating.
Skye befriends Paige. She is curious about the newcomer to town, and realizes they have a lot in common. She's also amused to see how Paige handles Jason. Paige also befriends Gia when they work together at the courthouse.
An unhinged Alexis is thrown further off-guard by Paige's arrival in town, and the fact that she is dating Jax. Paige and Jax both try to explain to Alexis that she has nothing to do with her father and uncle's unsavory business, but Alexis is having none of it. She rants and raves at Paige, and threatens her, especially after she realizes that Paige has become friends with Skye. She is determined that Paige is going to help Skye keep baby Kristina away from her.
Lorenzo buys Jax's old lake-side cottage from him, for Paige to live in. He's afraid that Paige will be targeted worse for being an Alcazar if she lives on his yacht with him.
After Paige has settled into town, Faith shoots Lorenzo. Paige finds him in a pool of blood on the docks, and in her emotional pleading for him to stay alive, we learn more about her background (i.e., her mother's suicide, Lorenzo's promise to Anna Sophia to always take care of Paige). Lorenzo is rushed to GH, but hovers between life and death.
Monica gently asks Paige why she is there, why she gets involved in Lorenzo's life. Paige again points out that Lorenzo is her family, and she loves him regardless. She also points out to Monica that Monica would be by Jason's bedside, should anything happen to him, regardless of what he does for a living. Monica is understanding.
Sonny approaches Paige at the hospital. She believes him when he swears Lorenzo was not shot on his orders. Jax sees the two together, and is visibly jealous. He also doesn't understand why Paige is so willing to believe Sonny. Paige points out that she has grown up with mobsters her whole life, and she knows Sonny wouldn't have approached her if he had been responsible. She also knows Sonny has no real reason to lie to her, and that he respects her enough to be honest with her.
Later, she overhears a lurking Jason comment to Monica that Lorenzo would be better off dead. She finally breaks down and confronts Jason. Jason softens slightly when he sees a normally strong Paige in her obviously vulnerable state. By the end of their conversation, he even offers to watch over her, in case Faith comes after her, but she gently declines, pointing out that Lorenzo's bodyguards will look after her. After the shooting (which Lorenzo survives), Jason and Paige still banter and act hostile, but there's more of a softness there, and a feeling, underneath it all, that they might actually not hate each other.
I have more coming. Oh, trust me, I have a whole STORYLINE worked out for this character ;-) What was scary is that I started writing it, and I pictured a dark-haired, attractive female character - and then I heard Kelly Monaco is coming to the show as Alcazar's long-lost daughter (or something), and is also going to be Jax's love interest.
Again. I should be writing this. ;-) Anyway, that was my synopsis/send-up/what have you of Paige Alcazar. Trust me, there's more coming - very soon, in fact. I just wanted to break it up a bit so we didn't have a huge, huge entry. What do ya'll think?