Susan Lucci and Walt Willey (Rick Powell/ABC)

All My Children Fan Fiction

When the “All My Children” series finale aired on September 23, 2011, there was still hope that the mother of all cliffhangers was going to be revisited online just a few months later. After all, a gunshot rang out as the lights went down on the show ─ and the entire town of Pine Valley ─ without a hint of who might have been on the receiving end. But now that the Prospect Park deal and move to online is suspended, it is up to us to imagine who took the fall, and assume JR is the one who pulled the trigger. And with Erica the last one in motion as she ran after Jackson, it is easy to think she walked in the path, intended target or not. What if JR shot Erica?

“I wish you the best of luck in L.A. and with the rest of your life, without me.” Jackson says after Erica finally reveals she never wants to be married again. She begs him to stay with her, to support her. “I need you,” she cries. “Frankly Erica, I don’t give a damn what you need.”

JR seethes with anger behind the walls of the Chandler Mansion, and as Erica chases after Jackson a shot rings out. Erica drops to the floor, a bullet lodged in her chest, and screams out for Jack one last time. She is immediately surrounded by Opal, Angie and Jackson, who has run back inside. Bianca and Kendall race to their mother, and Zach and Marissa are right there with them, holding them back so Angie can do her work. Jesse is immediately looking for the gunman but JR is already on the move, weaving his way through the walls and out of the house. He still has the gun and is gone into the night before anyone sees him.