~ I sat in the hot tub later, in the pent house room of the Paramount. Steve was still training, and I was milling over a successful day. I had not only gotten Sean, Lilly, Holly, and Heff to break the ice the previous day, but I was also forming in my mind, a girls get-together. It would be me, Holly, Heff, Lilly, and Jen. I had every intention of inviting Clio Masters... At first. Then I had turned on my TV and saw a very insulting promo she had cut towards me. Yawning, I reached over and grabbed my cell phone. I dialed up someone I hadn't talked to in a very long time. ~

Kat Brittingham
Hello?

Heather Halliwell
Hello, my married friend. How the hell are ya?

Kat Brittingham
Heather! Oh my god, do you know how nice it is to hear your voice? How the hell are you?

Heather Halliwell
My voice, I'd imagine anyone would want to hear it. Well, yeah, considering we haven't talked in AGES. As for how the hell I'm doing, I am great. I could never be better.

Kat Brittingham
I bet not. If what Heff and Holly say about your relationship with Steve Jason holds any truth, then you ought to be in the best emotional shape of your life.

Heather Halliwell
Can't keep their mouth shut about anything, those two. But whatever they've been telling you, it's probably true.

Kat Brittingham
So do you think that... You know, you and Steve could ever get married?

Heather Halliwell
Woah! Katherine McCaffery-Brittingham! Slow down babe, we've only JUST started dating again after a year of being apart. Take it easy. Just because you met your soul mate and was married to him after a year and a half doesn't mean we are all so lucky.

Kat Brittingham
You wouldn't show that if you weren't such an independent spirit, wrapped up in your career. If you really wanted to, you could set aside your career right now, let Steve persue his, and just be by his side.

Heather Halliwell
Kat, you know I can't do that. I love Steve, but I love wrestling too. And I know his passion for our business matches my own. Thats one of the things that makes us so great together. Our passions and desires are the same. He would never ask me to give up wrestling for him.

Kat Brittingham
But if it ever came down to it... Which would you choose. The love of a man or the love of a career?

Heather Halliwell
That's the hardest thing I'd ever have to choose from. And until that time comes, I won't. I have both, I'm not letting either go, wo we're fine. So, since we're on the subject of my career, have you been watching lately?

Kat Brittingham
Of course. Who the hell is this Clio Masters slut you're facing this week? This chick seems to be nothing more than a big slut that doesn't know the boundaries.

Heather Halliwell
I dunno, Kat. Maybe she's just misunderstood. You can't blame a woman for liking sex. I mean, look at Lilly. We don't judge her, do we?

Kat Brittingham
No, but Lilly also hasn't taken advantage of and had sex with her best friends man when he was drunk off his ass.

Heather Halliwell
Wait, WHAT?

Kat Brittingham
You haven't heard? Clio came right out on camera and admitted that she had sex with Sean.

~ This was complete news to me. I knew from her reputation that Clio was a ruthless seductress, but I never would have guessed she'd go that far. Lilly and her were supposed to be best friends, how could she ever CONSIDER doing something like that? What gave her the right to think that. Her good looks? Her mass sex appeal? Sure, men were drawn to her like bees to honey, but that didn't mean she always had to provide the nector. Suddenly, I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Did Lilly know? Had Lilly seen this promo that Kat had? It suddenly dawned on me that I had turned Clio's air time off half way. Hoping to see it, I turned the TV in the room back on and was just in time to see Clio's face come onto the screen. Sure enough, the confession of sleeping with Sean was there, clear as day. I turned off the TV, sunk back into the hot tub, and let the panic seize me. Kat correctly interpretted my silence. ~

Kat Brittingham
I know that you and Lilly are starting to get close, but believe me. It isn't up to you to play hero. She'll find out in her own time, and thats when the shit is gonna hit the fan. For now, all you can do is sit back and be ready to play the friend that you promised to be.

Heather Halliwell
I don't believe this. Lilly and Clio were supposed to be best friends! What the hell kind of a best friend would sleep with the man her friend is in love with?

Kat Brittingham
It's not a pretty situation. But I can't say that I'm surprised. Clio is just picking up where Lilly left off.

Heather Halliwell
This is horrible. She's willing to do something like that to her own best friend. I'm her damn opponent. What the hell kind of shit would she try to pull on me?

~ As I said this, Steve's face flashed into my mind. White hot fury coiled through my body. I tried hard to keep my voice even, but it was hard with my quickly rising anger. ~

Heather Halliwell
I swear, if she so much as LOOKS at Steve in a way I don't like... I can't wait to get my hands on her! I just found a new motivation to kick her ass. This isn't about winning to me anymore. This is about a friends honor. Two friends, to be exact.

Kat Brittingham
This isn't ALL Clio, though. I mean, as drunk as he was, Sean DIDN'T have to sleep with anyone that night.

Heather Halliwell
I know, but I can't help but think Clio used his intoxication to her advantage. I know Sean. When he is drunk, he doesn't know his cock from his ass hole. All Clio had to do was tell him it was Lilly, and he would have been all over her...

Kat Brittingham
Maybe. I hate to break this up, but you did kinda call at a bad time. Mike just got home from work, and I'm really horny. Can I call you back tomorrow around noon time?

Heather Halliwell
Of course sweetie, go have fun. I'll leave my phone on, but I might not answer right away. Just keep calling until you get a hold of me. I love you lots and tell Mike I said hi.

Kat Brittingham
Love you too, and I definetely will. He misses you. Night, sweetie.

~ I turned off my phone and tossed it away as if it were infected. Spreading my arms out and leaning my head back against the rest of the hot tub, I closed my eyes and began to think. Sean was definetely in trouble when Lilly found out about what happened. I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. They were a truly beautiful couple, and I didn't want to see someone like Clio break them up. Not when they were finally openly acting on their feelings for each other. Knowing how I had hated keeping my relationship with Steve a secret, I knew how much of a relief it was to be able to speak of it. Then again, Lilly and Sean were truly in the open yet, were they? Shane Carver and Andrew Gibson still didn't know. Sighing, I allowed myself to focus on something else. Clio was still fresh on my mind, and I recalled what she had said to me. She told me to bring my sorry, jaded ass to the ring at Anarchy so she could kick it. I smirked this time, thinking she had no shot. I was on a roll as of late. My return record was blemish free so far, and I had no intention of changing that quite yet. Considering the rage I felt towards Clio now at how she had wronged my friends, she had no chance with me in the ring. She was a done woman. And I meant what I had said to Kat. If she so much as looked at Steve the wrong way, I would have no problem taking care of her. She probably thinks I'm jealous of her. I'm sure that I seem jealous, that is the first emotion that people would guess when words like that are spoken. But on quite the contrary, I pity Clio Masters. It's a shame that a beautiful woman like her could have such little confidence in herself that she has to spend her nights bedhopping with man to man. It gets worse when she has to lower herself to sleep with her "best friends" man. I know how Lilly is going to feel. While Sean was married to Destiny when him and I started our fling, I hated the fact that it was to HER bed he was going to return to each night when he was done with me. I knew he loved me then, but he couldn't tell me so, because of Destiny. Clio was proving to be another Destiny, and this time, Lilly was to be the victim. No... No she wasn't. I knew how to handle Destiny and anyone like her. I would not... I refused to let Lilly suffer the same humiliation or heartbreak I had faced in my desperate attempt to keep Sean. Mind you, I still had Sean, but in a very different way. He was my brother now, and as my brother, I would protect him if it cost me my life. I knew he felt the same about me, after having so many blood siblings that turned out to be nothing but bad memories for him. I promised myself that I would never become the next Brian or Michael Graves. I didn't have the chance to dwell on these thoughts, however, as I heard the door to the parlor open. I listened closely, to see if it would be the clunky, loudness of Dougy or the stleathy, quick grace of Steve. Despite the hard floors his feet had to meet, Steve barely made a sound as he walked across the hall. Smiling, I slipped off my bikini and made a fair amount of noise to let him know I was in the hot tub. A moment later, Steve peaked his head in. I was leaning againt the edge, smiling up at him. He walked over to me, knelt down despite the fact that his muscles were not doubt burning and aching, and kisses me softly. I kisses him back, running my wet hands through his hair. When we broke the kiss, I rested my forehead on his and gazed up into the icy-blue eyes that held so much love and warmth for me. For me... The thought made my heart flutter, and suddenly, I wanted him badly. ~

Steve Jason
How as your day, beautiful?

Heather Halliwell
Very informative... God, you're so tense! I don't mean to sound like a nagging girlfriend, but I can't wait until this PPV is over. You are training yourself to the limit, but its going to wreak havoc on your body.

Steve Jason
Don't worry, baby. I'll be fine, I promise.

~ I closed my eyes listening to his voice, taking in the sound of his deep, powerful Australian accent. Where there was usually no emotion and even a bit of frostiness towards most was warmth and passion. It woke up every molecule inside my body, making me want him even more. Staring up at him with passionate eyes, I ran my hands up his shirt, pulling it up and off over his head. Steve smiled and pulled off his board shorts and slid with ease into the tub next to me. I smirked playfully and wrapped my arms around him, pulling myself on him, kissing him passionately. I felt his lips and tongue eagerly meeting with mine, which caused me to shiver. Jesus, I really loved this man. We continued to kiss passionately, until a thought that came so suddenly made me pull away. I could tell that he was surprised at the abruptness at which I ended our passionate make-out, and I kissed his nose apologetically. I wrapped my arms around his shoulders as I felt his lock around my waist and push me against him. I kept my forehead on his, turquoise eyes staring closely into ice-blue ones, our lips barely inches apart. As I spoke, I spoke in a breathless whisper, my accent growing even more feathery. ~

Heather Halliwell
Steve... Promise me you'll NEVER leave me. No matter how much sexual temptation another woman might offer you. No matter how much another woman might come to love you. Promise me that I'm the woman for you.

Steve Jason
Heather, you know all of that is true. You are my love, I'm not letting you go. Why would you even ask me to promise such things when you know it's all going to be fullfilled.

Heather Halliwell
I know that, and I completely trust you. But please, just let me hear you say that you promise.

Steve Jason
I promise...

Heather Halliwell
God, I love you so much, Steve!

~ Feeling my emotions coming over me so strongly, I thought I was going to cry, I press my lips against his and kiss him again. I knew that Steve was wondering why I was making him tell me this, and in time, he would find out. But watching Clio and what she was doing made me realize how lucky I was to have a guy like Steve. I knew his eye would never wander, knew his heart would never go to another as long I was in his arms. I knew now that I wanted to spend the rest of my life as Steve's woman. I didn't care if we ever got married or had kids. Of course, I'd dreamed of both. But right now, all that mattered was that we were together, and that he was mine, all mine. Because whether Steve knew it or not, he had all of me. Like I had done with no other man, I had given Steve my mind, body, soul, and most importantly, my heart. All of it, and he had gotten it, because I knew I could trust him not to break it, not one piece.. From now and forever, I belonged to Steve Jason. ~