[.:.* Picture It *.:.]Christy and Joey were just arriving back at the hotel after spending the evening enjoying a Houston Rocketís basketball game. Joey had even gotten Christy a jersey to remember the date by, the two of them were joking and laughing as they walked through the lobby and got into the elevator with Randy and Nathan.||% Randy %|| Hey guys, howíd the game go? ||$ Mercury $|| Who knows, I was too busy getting to know Christy better. ||* Christy *||Joey youíre so bad! Heehee The rockets won Randy. But the date was really fun, in fact weíve already got another one lined up. ||% Nathan %||I canít believe you man, you went to a rockets game and werenít even paying attention dude. I know Christyís hot and all **he said flashing a smile at Christy** but dude itís the ROCKETS! ||% Randy %||Donít mind him, heís too into sports, and not enough into girls if you ask me. ||% Nathan %||Hey at least I have a girlfriend, what do you have? And donít even say Tammi cause she may be married to you, but she wants out. ||% Randy %||Hey chill out, I thought you were on my side and wanted Tammi and me to get back together.||% Nathan %||Maybe sheís right and maybe all youíll end up doing is hurting her.[.:.* Picture It *.:.]The elevator stops and the doors open.
||* Christy *||This is us.||$ Mercury $||Weíd love to stay and share in this awkward family love fest, but weíve got to go. Night guys.[.:.* Picture It *.:.]Joey and Christy squeeze past Randy and Nathan and out the elevator doors, the elevator doors closed and Randy and Nathan just stood there in silence. Neither one breaking the awkward silence, the elevators stopped once again and the doors opened and Nathan just walked out without saying a word. Nether of them spoke as the elevator doors closed and both of them went into their rooms and to bed. The next morning I awoke to the smell of coffee and sausage, I walked out of the bedroom to find Chris sitting at the table eating waffles, eggs, hash browns and sausage. ||& Benoit &||Morning, I ordered breakfast come sit have some. **he said patting the chair next to him and lifting the cover off of the other plate that was sitting on the table** So how was your dinner with Nathan?*~* Me *~*It was alright, **I said as I sat down and picked at the eggs** Randy ended up going to. It was weird so I left early. ||& Benoit &||I know I was surprised when I got back from dinner with Eddie, you were already back and fast asleep in bed. *~* Me *~*Being around Randy just tires me out. ||& Benoit &||Does it now? **he says raising his eyebrows and smirking** *~* Me *~*You wipe that smirk off your face, its not like that and you know it, you and your dirty mind. Itís exhausting having to be around him, pretending everything is okaes, when its not. ||& Benoit &||You sure about that? You sure its not that you really do still love him and that the sexual tension between you is building up and you want to get back with him but are just to scared. *~* Me *~*No, sorry thatís not it at all. But look at the time, I think Im going to hop in the shower and then head off to the arena. Thereís lots of work to do, when you get to the arena stop by the office and Iíll take a break and loosen you up before your match. ||& Benoit &||But youíve hardly eaten anything, you should sit and eat. *~* Me *~*No time, but thank you for breakfast. [.:.* Picture It *.:.]I head off through the bedroom into the bathroom and take a quick shower and blow dry my hair out and slip into a black skirt and pale blue blouse grabbing a clip to pull my hair half up. I brush my teeth and put on some eyeliner not having time to do much else. Then I hurry into the bedroom looking for the heels I knew I had only worn on Sunday to work and were now mysteriously missing. *~* Me *~*Chris have you seen my black pumps? ||& Benoit &||Black what? *~* Me *~*The shoes that I wore on Sunday to work, you know the black heels that are a closed toe shoe with a one inch heel? ||& Benoit &||Ummm no, but I can help you look.
[.:.* Picture It *.:.]Chris and I search the hotel room and find them under a pile of dirty clothes. So I slip into my shoes and grab a coat and my purse and rush off downstairs to catch a cab. As I was rushing through the lobby and standing in front of the hotel waiting for a cab Tony walks out of the hotel and over to the valet who rushes off to go get Tonyís car. As he waits he spots me, and comes over. I was unaware of his presence for I was on the lookout for the cab, and was startled when he taps me on the shoulder. ||% Tony %|| Good morning, are you on your way to the arena too? *~* Me *~*Morning Tony. Yes Iím trying to catch a cab.
||% Tony %||There is no need for you to take a cab, Iím on my way to the arena too. Since weíre both going to the same place it is only logical for you to join me. So come on, theyíre bringing my car around right now.
*~* Me *~*Umm okaes, thanks. ||% Tony %||Here it is **a black escalade pulls up** thank you **he says handing the valet a tip and walks over to the passenger side and opens the door for me** *~* Me *~*Umm you knowÖ I forgot IÖ I have to do something first. So Iím just going to catch a cab, and Iíll meet you at the arena but thank you.||% Tony %|| Are you sure? Because I can go with you and then we can drive to the arena together. *~* Me *~*No its okaes. Iíll see you at the arena. **I say backing away from him**[.:.* Picture It *.:.]Tony leaves and I stand there waiting for a cab, I donít know why but I didnít want to ever get in a black escalade again. It was in Randyís escalade that I was stupid enough to believe him and take him back and thus getting myself in this mess. A cab comes and I have him drive me downtown towards the arena, but before we reach the arena I ask him to stop at a little card shop and get out and get an apology card for Nathan. And then I have him take me to the arena. At the arena I instinctively head to Teddyís office and was about to go in when I realized my desk would no longer be in there, that it had been moved to Tonyís office. So I head down the hall and knock on the door. ||% Tony %||Come in. *~* Me *~*** I open the door** Hi, sorry Iím late, so umm what did you need me to do? ||% Tony %||Hey that was errand was quick. And you know you need not knock on the door, this is your office too. And here Iíd like you to go over these contracts. Some of them are ending soon and I want you to write out renewals for them. Iím sure youíre familiar with doing so, because if my information is correct it is you who has been trying to get Christian to resign with the WWE. *~* Me *~*Yes I can do that. **I say setting my purse down and taking off my coat sitting down looking over the contracts he had set down on my desk**||% Tony %||How is that going by the way? Have you convinced Reso into resigning. Because rumor has it Jason Reso is ending his contract with the WWE and is signing with TNA, and that wouldnít be too good for us now would it. *~* Me *~*Christian said he was thinking it over, and that he has yet to make a decision. I think it best not to pressure him, for he just may feel like heís being controlled and no man wishes to be controlled. I want Christian to feel like heís free to do as he pleases without pressure, it may be the wrong way to go about it, but itís the way Iím doing. Iíve told Teddy about my method and he says its on me. And I will take full responsibility if Christian does not resign and the company suffers for it. ||% Tony %||It wouldnít be your fault, Iíve gone through numerous contract negotiations in my life time, on both sides of things. And there is no way you can help it, it is another persons decision and no matter what you say, if theyíre not feeling it you cant change their mind. So, donít stress about it, just rework out some new contracts for me will you. **he said winking at me**[.:.* Picture It *.:.]Tony and I worked in silence for a couple hours until there was a knock on the door. Tony called for them to come in, and Elaine Orton came in. *~* Me *~*Mrs. Orton itís nice to see you. ||* Elaine *||Hello my dear. Its good to see you too.*~* Me *~*Mrs. Orton this is Tony Ikeda, Tony this is Mrs. Orton. ||% Tony %|| Itís a pleasure to meet you maíam. You husband and son are quiet the athletes. ||* Elaine *||Thank you, and you can just call me Elaine. Tammi dear, I was wondering if we could have lunch together. *~* Me *~*Ummm sure. **I say getting up and walking towards the Elaine**||* Elaine *||It was a pleasure meeting you Mr. Ikeda. ||% Tony %|| No the pleasure was all mine. Good day ladies. [.:.* Picture It *.:.]Elaine and I walk over to catering, it was a bit crowded but after getting our food we found an empty table in the corner. I wasnít really hungry so I picked at the fettuccini I had gotten pushing it around on my plate.
||* Elaine *||Arenít you hungry dear? You should really eat, you need your strength. *~* Me *~* I ate a big breakfast ** I lied but I just didnít feel like eating** So you guys are leaving tomorrowÖ ummm I was wonderingÖ||* Elaine *||yesÖ what are you wondering dear. *~* Me *~*I was just wondering if maybe youíd let Nikki stay with me tonight, Iíve missed her thatís all. ||* Elaine *|| Oh of course sweetie, she is your puppy after all. Weíre just looking after her while youíre on the road, since Randy said she was getting in your way *~* Me *~*He said she was getting in my way? ||* Elaine *||Yes thatís why he brought her to us, so that you wouldnít have to worry about her. *~* Me *~*Well thatís not exactly the truth, he took her cause he thought I was ignoring her and he wanted to upset me, and well never mind. Mrs. Orton was there something that you wanted to talk about? ||* Elaine *||No tell me, what did you mean he just wanted to upset you. What makes you think that?*~* Me *~*Umm well cause he straight out said that I was ignoring Nikki, leaving her in the office or hotel room and if I canít take care of a dog how am I going to take care of a baby. So yeahÖ umm Iím sorry I should be getting back to work, I have lots of work to do. ||* Elaine *||No Tammi wait. Randy was wrong to say those things to you. But I know he didnít mean it sweetie, and that he didnít mean to hurt you by sending Nikki to me. You can have her back darling. *~* Me *~*Sheís happy with you, Nathan was telling me how she follows you around the house. Its fine Elaine, you keep her, and like Randy liked to point out, sheís his, he bought her. Sheís not mine, but thank you. Just take good care of her will you. **I said putting on a smile and getting up and walking out of catering.** [.:.* Picture It *.:.]I walked back to the office to find that Tony had left to go get something to eat, so I finished working on the contracts and sat there thinking about what Randy had said the night beforeÖ his words ringing in my ears, yet I was unsure if I should believe him. The things he saidÖNo, because I have something to say and I want you to listen. And after I say my piece and you still want to leave then Iíll move. Tammi, I know Iíve made a lot of mistakes, but Iíve realized that I was stupid, and that Melina she means nothing to me. And I should have never said that I wanted Melina on my list, babe, if I had you I wouldnít need a list, because all of the names on my list would read Tammi Orton. Youíre the only one in the world that I want, and without you, I am just an empty shell of a man. My heart breaks every morning I wake up without you in my arms and every night as I lay in bed I look out the window staring at the stars wondering if you too are looking at the same stars and wishing that we were together. Tammi it hurts me so, to know that you are so close and yet so far, and that it is my fault that we are not together. That it is my fault that we are not a happy family. I want to be a handís on father to this baby; I want to be a loving husband to you. Honestly I donít want this annulment to go through and the only reason Iím agreeing to it, is because it will make you happy. Because I would rather die a thousand deaths and be in constant misery as long as you are happy and healthy. Tammi I love you more than life its self, and if you take me back I will do everything possible to prove to you day after day that you are the one and only one for me. I will show you every day just what you mean to me, for now I know what it is like to not have you in my life, and donít ever want to risk having to be without you again. If you want me to quit the WWE, and stay home with you and the baby, Iíll do it! Iíll call Vince right now! I will do anything you ask of me. But please darling just take me back. For living a life without you, is not living at all. It is pure torture and torment. tormenting me.