Blake Armstrong
Destiny...

~Just hearing her name made it feel like someone dropped a bucket of ice water down my body. Me... in a match against Destiny Graves? How can that be? She's been dead for a long time. I looked up at Blake, searching his face, seeing if I could find something in there to indicate that it was some sort of a joke. But he had a look of horror in his eyes that surely matched my own. It was true.~

Heather Halliwell
No... It can't be, Blake. I mean, she's dead. She couldn't possibly be in a match against me. Right? Right Sean?

~I looked desperately at Sean, hoping that he would console me. But it was obvious from his face that not only did he still have helping Lilly on his mind, he was just as awestruck by the news as I was. I got up and started to pace around the room. Sean sighed and leaned back in his seat, rubbing his temples.~

Sean Graves
There must have been some sort of mistake... Or something.

Heather Halliwell
Mistake? Sean, they can't make mistakes like that! Everyone knows she's dead. Someone is messing with us. Someone is up to something.

~Despite myself, I found myself casting a suspcious sideways glance at Sean. He does have a history for roping people in, and then doing things out of the normal bounds of reality to bring them down. My suspicions were put to rest after seeing his look. I felt a wave of guilt wash over me for even thinking that he could possibly be behind it. Sean was a new man, a changed man. He was past going this low to achieve his goals.~

Heather Halliwell
You don't think the Black Order have something to do with this, do you? Or maybe Michael?

Sean Graves
I don't know, Heather, I really don't. I wish I did, but right now, I'm just as clueless as you are. Trust me, I'm going to do everything in my power to figure this out.

Heather Halliwell
And I'll be right there behind you trying to help. But for the moment, I need to be alone... I need time to clear my head out.

~I turned around quickly to leave, but Seans hand found mine. I turned around and looked into the eyes that I was so fond of. They were begging me not to go. I felt bad for leaving him when he had a lot more on his mind than I did, but I really needed to be alone. I leaned down and kissed his cheek, squeazing his shoulders lightly when I did.~

Heather Halliwell
I'll call you later, I promise. I just need time to think over my strategy. How the hell am I supposed to fight a ghost?

~I stood next to the door for a moment, and looked back at Sean. He wasn't looking up, but had his head in his hands. I looked over at Blake, who had remained silent during this. I nodded at him, and he nodded back. I opened the door, and closed it quietly behind me. I stood there for a moment, trying to decide what to do. I had said I wanted to be alone, but that wasn't completely true. The truth was, I needed to get away from Sean... Away from anything or anyone that could or would remind me of Destiny. I walked quickly out of the building and onto the sidewalk. I took a breath of the fresh night air. Suddenly, someting as trivial as Sean helping Lilly get her baby back was the least of my worries. Thinking back on it, however, I knew it was wrong of me to snap at him like that. He was only trying to help a friend, I would have done the same thing. But with everything else going on, it just seemed like the wrong situation at the wrong time. I only wanted to make him see that. But as I was talking to Dougy as the party, and saw her reach up and kiss him... I felt jealousy wash over me in a bitter wave. It left a sour taste in my mouth, one that I don't like having. Remembering myself, I walked a few blocks, looking for a Starbucks. An ice cold Vanilla Bean Frappicino would definetely hit the spot right about now. As I continued my search, I felt my phone vibrate. I took it out of my pocket and checked the ID. It was Heff. I then remembered guiltily that I was supposed to meet her after the show. I instead ditched her to go to Steve Jason's party. Knowing it was better to get her tirade over with now, I answered.~

Heather Halliwell
Hey Heff.

Heff Bentley
Wow, it's sure as hell nice to know you are alive! You know, if you wanted to have some time with Sean, all you had to do was call! But nooo, the great Heather Halliwell is too good to let her best friend know where she is going when SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET HER AFTER THE SHOW TO GO TO DINNER!

Heather Halliwell
Are you done?

Heff Bentley
Sean is a bad influence. He's already starting to rub off on you again. I don't like that sarcams, MISS!

Heather Halliwell
My bad. So what are you up to right now?

Heff Bentley
Like you care? I'm surprised you aren't snuggling with your boo cakes right now. Isn't that why you went back to XWF.

Heather Halliwell
Well, for one thing, I told you we are just friends this time. And two, I was wondering, because something just happened, and I really want to talk to you about it. It's bad enough to the point where I'm freaked out, Heff.

Heff Bentley
What could possibly be so weird that you're freaked out, huh?

Heather Halliwell
It's my match for Assault this week that has me reeling... Well, actually-

Heff Bentley
Why would a match have you freaked out? Is it one of those ECW type death matches or something?

Heather Halliwell
It's not actually the match that has me freaked, Heff... It's who my opponent is.

Heff Bentley
Who are you facing?

Heather Halliwell
Destiny...

Heff Bentley
............

Heather Halliwell
Heff? Are you there?

Heff Bentley
Is this a sick joke? If it is, Heather, its really not funny, and really low of you.

Heather Halliwell
Its not joke, Heff. Blake came in while me and Sean were arg.... talking, and told us.

Heff Bentley
You and Sean were arguing? Over what?

Heather Halliwell
Can we focus? Will you please meet me somewhere so we can talk?

Heff Bentley
Fine, but I want details on not only Destiny, but on what you and Sean were arguing about. Meet me at Starbucks in ten minutes.

Heather Halliwell
Fine. WAIT, wheres...

~Before I could finish my question, Heff had hung up. I let out a frustrated sigh and put my phone back in my coat pocket. Looking down, I realized I was still in the dress I had worn to Steves party. I wanted badly to change into a comfortable pair of jeans and a t-shirt, but I didn't have time. I still had to figure out where this Starbucks was. I finally hailed a taxi and had him take me to there. Much to my annoyance, the Starbucks was only another block away. I paid him what little I owed, and got out. I went inside and took in the smell of fresh coffee brewing. I couldn't decide if I wanted to wait until Heff got there to get a drink and a cookie or just get one while I waited. I didn't have to ponder for long, as Heff walked in not two minutes later. She shot me a dirty look, and sat down at a table in the corner. I sighed, bought myself my frappicino, and both of us big cookies, and joined her.~

Heather Halliwell
Peace?

Heff Bentley
Damn my weakness for cookies. Okay girl, start at the beginning and work your way to what I need to know.

Heather Halliwell
Alright, the argument you're dying to hear about stemmed from something that happened at Steves party...

Heff Bentley
Speaking of ol' SJ, how's he doing? Bet you were on cloud nine to have seen him after so long, eh?

~Heff winked at me and licked her lips jokingly. She was referring to my not seeing him after a brief... thing we had in my last XWF run. The truth was, I fell for Steve, hard, and hadn't gotten the chance to tell him why I had left. Seeing him at the party had effected me deeper than I thought it would. Standing so close to him shook me to the core. I still had feelings for the guy, there was absolutely no doubt about that. Thats why I couldn't bring myself to reply to her comment about him, knowing the suggestion that was in it. I chose, instead, to continue with the reason I brought her here.~

Heather Halliwell
Anyway, back to what is important. During the party, I was talking to Dougy, and Sean went over to talk to his friend Lilly. Fine, no problem, I don't care. What I did care about is that she just kisses him out of nowhere. I find out when we get home that he is sticking his nose in her mess to help her find her baby. Like he really needs to get involved in that. It's going to do nothing but cause him more trouble and widen the target that he already has on him. But he refuses to be derailed, he is absolutely dead set on helping her.

Heff Bentley
To be fair, Heather, you would do the same thing if Tegan was in danger.

Heather Halliwell
Of course I would, Heff. But the difference between me helping Tegan and Sean helping Katie is that Tegan is my niece. She is blood, she is my life. Sean barely knows this baby, and he's just friends with the mother.

Heff Bentley
So you're saying that if I ever had a child, and my baby got kidnapped, you wouldn't, as my best friend, help me find her? Because that's exactly what you are telling Sean not to do right now. I may not be fond of the guy, but I see where he is coming from on this. As his close friend, I would think you'd be a little more supportive about this.

~Heffs words made me stop in mid-sip. As I registered them, I realized she was right. Sean was only trying to help a good friend. I would give my life to Tegan if I ever found out she was kidnapped and/or in danger. And Heff was right. I would do everything in my power to save any child Heff bore, if that child was ever put in danger of any sort. And all Lilly gave Sean was a peck on the cheek... I realized then that I was making something out of nothing. Heff could tell that I was weighing her words, and gave me a few more moments to do so before pressing on.~

Heff Bentley
So whats this garbage about you wrestling Destiny on Assault? She's dead, how could you possibly be facing her?

~Destiny, the name that tore me from Sean. In so many ways, so many times. I couldn't take it anymore. I knew that I couldn't go back to Sean's tonight. I was still shaken badly by the news that I would be facing a ghost. A phantom. A god damned demon, if you will, that is set on ruining Seans life again. I shook off my fears for the moment, and found my voice again so I could tell Heff what I knew.~

Heather Halliwell
Here's what happened. Sean and I were arguing over his helping Lilly find her baby. He had asked me, very sarcastically I might add, if he hadmy blessing to help. Before I could answer, Blake walked in. He made a joke about us arguing, like old times, but he had a very peaky look about him. When we asked him what was wrong, he told us about Sean's match on the PPV. Okay, not a problem. That didn't explain what was wrong, and it was starting to freak us both out. We asked him again, and he said it was my match, that I was fighting an impossible opponent. I smirked, thinking that maybe it was someone he thought I couldn't beat. When I asked him who, he said Destiny...

Heff Bentley
And you are absolutely sure he wasn't just yanking your chain?

Heather Halliwell
You should have seen him, Heff. It looked like she had just risen out of the grave in front of him right there. I don't know what to do, what to think. I thought this Destiny thing was over... And now its starting up all over again.

Heff Bentley
Is it going to cause problems between you and Sean?

Heather Halliwell
I don't know. The fact that we are on the heels of an argument doesn't help matters. Now that Destiny, or someone posing as her, is back in our lives, it's definetely going to do something to our... aaaah... friendship.

Heff Bentley
If I were you, I'd keep a low profile until your match. At least then, you are out of the line of fire, and you can do a little research. Find out who exactly you are facing, and why they are doing this to you.

Heather Halliwell
You're right... And I think I know just the place I can go. Thank you Heff, for coming here. I really appreciate it.

Heff Bentley
Hey, you apologized and bought me a cookie. I was happy to listen, and hopefully, I was of a little bit of help.

Heather Halliwell
Always babe. I'm gonna make a call to where I think I can go. When I get confirmation that I can hang there for a few days, I'll let you know, okay?

~Heff didn't ask me what I was thinking. She knew I wouldn't tell her a thing until I knew for sure myself. She had learned that in our years of friendship. She hugged me then went about her way. I walked back to the hotel room and changed into a pair of loose fitting jeans and a white tank top. I pulled my hair back and sat down on the bed. I was a little hesitant to make this call. It was a long shot, and not only that, but a very bold move. But I knew that if I could stay in the place I had in mind, I'd be able to clear my head. I picked up my phone and dialed the number... A number I hadn't called in a very long time, but still knew by heart. I paused again for only a second before hitting the call button. I waited, the phone rang three times on the other side. I was about to hang up when I heard his voice on the other end. My heart started to beat faster, but I knew what I had to do.~

Heather Halliwell
Hey, Steve... It's Heather. Listen, something came up and I need a place to stay for a few days, and I was wondering...