Two years after she disappeared from the Port Charles waterfront, Laura
Spencer returned as mysteriously as she had left. The force which
separated Luke and Laura was not the Cassadine curse, but another
Cassadine, Stavros! He abducted Laura (with Helena's approval) to avenge
the destruction of his family at the Spencer hand. For nearly two years,
Laura had been held captive on a remote island off the coast of Greece.
Helena allowed Laura to escape. Stavros was consumed with getting her
back. After his inauguration as Mayor, Luke walked out onto the balcony
and noticed Laura in the yard. They were joyously reunited. Stavros
prepared to rape Laura at knife point as Luke, his hands tied to the
bedpost, watched in horror. Luke used the bedpost to hit Stavros over
the head. A groggy Stavros fell down the stairs and died. Luke and Laura
departed Port Charles in pursuit of new adventures.