|Maybe It's Not Too Late
Author: Breathe Artistic PM
Piper Levesque is Paul Levesque's younger sister, who is trying to break into his business. She begins to fall for the one and only Jeff Hardy and what does Paul have to say about it? Will Piper end up loosing her big brother?Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Romance - Jeff Hardy - Chapters: 17 - Words: 91,542 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 11-10-05 - Published: 08-19-02 - id: 923185
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" Are you completely sure you want to go through with this sis?"
" Paul, don't doubt me, I'm ready."
Her brother Paul and she, Piper, walked into the giant arena. Wrestling is in her and now was her chance to prove to everyone that she was worthy of being a talent in the WWE for being Piper and NOT Triple H's younger sister. Yes, it's amazing isn't it? There is another 'game.'
" Piper move it! Vince wants to see you!" Paul called.
" I'm coming!" She yelled back.
Sighing, Piper followed Paul through the door to meet Mr. Vince McMahon himself.
" This must be Piper," He said. " Nice to finally meet you."
" It's nice to meet you as well Mr. McMahon."
" So you're interested in wrestling here with us? This must have come from Paul."
" Well, I can't let Paul take all the credit. I started watching on my own and I'm really into everything. I've always been athletic and I've trained a lot with Paul so I believe that I am qualified." Piper said.
" All of that sounds very good. But what REALLY makes you want to break into the business?"
" Everything, the athleticism, the acting, anything you can name, everything about the WWF absolutely captivates me."
" I understand all that, but what can you do in the ring?"
" I can do quite a bit in the ring, like I said before, I've trained with Paul so there's the power in my training and I'm pretty good at the off the top rope maneuvers but I'm improving those."
" Well Piper, you seem very qualified to be a part of this company..."
" Um...Mr. McMahon, I'm sorry to cut you off but I want to break into this business as myself, not as Triple H's little sister."
" I see, you want to come into the business as yourself, perfectly understandable. After all, following in 'The Game's' footsteps would be quite hard." Mr. McMahon laughed.
" My point exactly, I've been Paul's shadow long enough, it's time for me to be me." Piper said confidently.
" Well Piper your qualifications sound excellent. Now, if you'll just sign this, you will now be a part of this company."
" Thank you very much Mr. McMahon. I believe that I'll be a great addition to the WWE roster."
Piper signed the contract and shook Mr. McMahon's hand and left with Paul.
" So, you think you're gonna make it little sis?" Paul asked.
" I don't think Paul, I know." She said.
" Don't get too cocky around here Piper, you won't make any friends that way."
" Okay," Piper rolled her eyes. " So, are you gonna show help me meet some people or what?"
" Nope, you do that on your own," Paul said. " Meet me back here at 8:45."
" WHAT? URGH! Fine, see you at 8:45." Piper said, walking off down the hall.
" What in the HELL am I supposed to do for eight hours and 45 minutes? It just HAD to be noon!"
Piper sighed and walked aimlessly down the hall. As she was walking, she ran into a tall girl with long blonde hair, primping herself in the mirror. Piper had every intention of just walking by and not saying anything and trying to avoid the girl saying anything to her, but of course that didn't work. Spotting Piper's reflection in the mirror she whirled around and flashed her a fake 2-dollar smile.
" Hi! I'm Stacy Keibler! What's your name?" She chirped.
" Piper," She said. " Piper Levesque."
" Nice to meet you!"
" You too."
" Great! What did you say your name was again?"
" Piper." She said.
" Oh," Stacy rolled her eyes. " Well it was nice meeting you, maybe I'll see you around."
" Yeah," Piper grumbled. " See ya around."
Piper shook her head and continued her trip down the hall. On the next stop she ran into a girl with pretty long fire red hair and a guy with curly black hair, tied back in a ponytail. She had just averted her attention from her conversation with the guy as Piper was about to walk by.
" Hi." She smiled politely.
" Hey." Piper said.
" Oh geez! Where are my manners? I'm Amy Dumas." She said after a pause.
" No worries. I'm Piper Levesque."
" You're Paul's sister? Ah! We've heard so much about you!"
" Oh lovely," Piper joked. " So who's this?"
" This perv is Matt Hardy."
" Hi Matt, my face is up here not in my tits." Piper said, waving her hand in his face.
" I'm really sorry, I was reading your shirt." He said.
" It's alright." Piper said.
She was wearing a black shirt that said 'You'd be dead without me...why are you still here' on it in red letters. One of her absolute favorites.
" You'd be dead without me, why are you still here," Amy read. " That's great! Where'd ya get it?"
" The one and only Hot Topic." Piper replied.
" There's a Hot Topic in Greenwich?" Amy asked.
" No, I live in Raleigh." Piper said.
" NO WAY! We're in Raleigh all the time!" Amy exclaimed.
" Too cool!" Piper smiled.
" Come on, you gotta meet Jeff!" Amy squealed, grabbing my hand.
" Jeff? Who's Jeff?"
" You'll see!"
Amy grabbed Piper's hand and they ran down the hall together in search of a guy named Jeff. The girls bounded into a room to see a guy with green hair dancing around with headsets on in leopard print pants and a white wife beater. The music was up so loud they could hear 'Down With The Sickness' by Disturbed blaring through the headsets.
" Jeff! Hey Nero!" Amy called.
" JEFF!" Piper helped.
He just kept shaking his ass around.
" JEFF!" Amy yelled at the top of her lungs.
" WHAT!" He exclaimed, taking his headsets off.
" Hey, I want you to meet someone," Amy said. " This is Piper, she's new here."
" Nice to meet you." He said, shaking Piper's hand.
" You too."
" You look really familiar." Jeff said.
" Oh, I'm Paul's sister." She said.
" ...Which Paul?" Jeff asked with a perplexed look on his face.
" Triple H, Paul."
" Oh cool." Jeff flashed me a cute little smile.
" I love your hair." Piper said.
" Did Paul leave you alone?" Amy asked.
" Yep, he left me to fend for myself."
" Want me to show you around?"
" I'll do it!" Jeff chimed.
" Jeff are you alright?" Amy asked.
" Fine." He said.
" If Jeff wants to show me he can." Piper said.
" Okay, see ya later Piper." Amy said.
" Bye, it was nice meeting you Amy!"
" Come on, we got lots to do in so little time!" Jeff said, linking arms with me.
Jeff and Piper walked around the halls. He showed her a few things and introduced her to countless people. Everyone was so nice and cool, they all really seemed to be friend with Jeff. Piper met some more of the girls in the business and a whole lot of the guys. Every time Jeff would introduce her to one of the guys or girls he would introduce her as Piper, not as Paul's sister or Trips' (that's what they call him) kid sister. Jeff is a great person, a little weird on appearance but he's sweet. He is quite the gentleman, opening doors for her, holding her hand down stairs, he showed Piper down to the ring and held the ropes for her. How sweet can a man be? Jeff and a friend of his, Adam Copeland (Edge), started joking around in the ring and Jeff had lifted Piper up and sat her on the top rope out of the way. While Jeff and Adam were wrestling Piper stood up on the top rope and when Jeff turned around Piper hit him with a hurrincanrana. Jeff sat up with a look of surprise flashing in his emerald eyes. He smiled and crawled over to Piper. She tried to crawl away but Jeff grabbed her foot and pulled her back to him. Jeff tickled Piper mercilessly as she laughed and squirmed to get away. Piper had just opened her eyes to see Paul looming above Jeff and she. Paul tapped Jeff on the shoulder and Jeff turned around and almost fell on top of Piper.
" What are you doing?" Paul asked, pulling her up off the mat.
" Nothing Paul, cool your jets." Piper said, fixing her hair.
Paul gave Jeff a death glare.
" Paul really, we were just joking around man." Jeff said, getting up.
" Paul, Jeff was showing me around we came out here and we were just playing around." Piper said.
" Yeah okay," Paul said. " Just come on, we got stuff to do."
" Um Paul...it's not 8:45 yet."
" COME ON!" Paul basically shouted, dragging me away.
" BYE JEFF!" Piper called.
" Bye Piper."
Piper sat in the lockeroom with Paul and Stephanie as they were going over things for that night's event.
" Paul, why'd you pull me away from Jeff earlier today." She asked, picking at her yellow nail polish.
" Like I was saying Steph." Paul ignored her.
" PAUL! Aren't you going to answer her?" Stephanie asked.
" Why not?" Stephanie and Piper asked.
" Because I've told her before." Paul said.
" Oh don't get involved with the guys. Keep romance away from business. Please Paul!" Piper said.
" They're two different things and they shouldn't mix!" Paul said sharply.
" Whatever Paul. AND! I never said I liked Jeff. I just think he's a cool guy."
" Jeff is a nice guy," Stephanie said. " I saw you two walking around earlier."
" See, Steph thinks he's nice!" Piper said.
" Stephanie! Don't encourage her!" Paul whined.
" Why not? I don't see any problem, she needs to make friends, so what's wrong with her being friends with Jeff?"
" Thank you Stephanie! See Paul, Steph thinks it's fine!" Piper said, sticking my tongue out at him.
" So who are you going to listen to, Steph or your brother?" Paul asked.
" Steph, cuz she's a chick and I think she'd know just a LITTLE bit more about guys than you do."
Piper huffed at Paul and walked out of the room. She wandered down the hall and on the way she heard Jeff's voice coming out of one of the rooms.
" ...I mean she's gorgeous Matt! Cute little thing, shiny hair, long legs, and I mean longer than Stacy's long. She's a sweet girl, great personality, beautiful smile, great body, you can't ask for more than that!"
Piper bit her lip and smiled at what Jeff said.
" Yeah she's also Paul's sister."
" Dammit." Piper cursed quietly.
Piper decided to stop eavesdropping and knocked on the door.
" Come in."
Piper walked in the door and Jeff's face instantly turned red. She smiled at him and sat down.
" Hey guys."
" Hey," Matt said. " Piper right?"
" That's me," She smiled. " How are you Jeff?"
" Fine...fine, and you?"
" I'm great, thanks for showing me around earlier by the way."
" No problem, it was my pleasure."
" So, when are you going to have your first match Piper?" Matt asked.
" Not for a while, they're still working on my in ring character." She replied.
" Are you changing your name?" Jeff asked.
" Nope, I thought Piper was pretty original anyway so why not just keep it."
" Sounds logical."
" Uh Piper, you didn't hear what I said about you did you?" Jeff asked uneasily.
" Yeah, I did."
" Oh geez, I'm so sorry..."
" Don't be it's alright," Piper smiled. " I'm truly flattered."
" Whew, that's a hell of a relief."
" I thought it was very sweet." Piper said with a smile.
" Really?" Jeff asked.
" Well I'm glad that's out of the way." Jeff smiled.
Piper smiled. " Well, sorry just to run like this, I have to go. I'll see you guys around?"
" Definitely." The Hardy brother's chorused.
" Bye guys." Piper said, walking to the door.
" Bye Piper." Matt and Jeff chorused once again.
Piper smiled and walked out of the room and down the hall. While she was walking she ran into a small blonde girl, she was pretty and looked like she was ready for a match.
" Hi." She said.
" Hi." Piper smiled.
" I'm Trish Stratus, you? I mean, I've never seen you around here." She smiled politely.
" I'm Piper Levesque."
" So YOU'RE Paul's infamous baby sister? Oh gosh! I shouldn't say that! I mean, you have you're own identity." Trish said quickly.
" Thanks Trish, I mean, everyone said, 'hey, you're Paul's sister!' and I'm kinda getting tired of it. I mean, he kinda yelled at me earlier cuz I was hanging out with Jeff."
" Yeah, Paul's kinda anal sometimes, it sucks."
Trish laughed loudly. " I can't imagine, but I bet you've suffered."
" Yes, yes I have." Piper joked.
" Well you're NOTHING like Paul. I can already see you're gonna be a little ball of energy." Trish patted her shoulder.
" That's what my parents said when I turned 3," Piper laughed. " Then when I got to middle school, people laughed at me because I was freakishly tall."
" Aw, that stinks. How tall are you now?" Trish said.
" I'm 6 foot."
" You beat Stacy by an inch! You're officially the tallest girl in the WWE. So is it a legs thing or are you just tall?"
" It's a legs thing," Piper shook her head. " I was born with long legs...I can't tell if it's a blessing or not."
" Well, it's better than being short." Trish laughed, throwing her hands up.
" Man Trish, you don't know how sometimes I'd LOVE to be shorter than what I am. But I'm stuck with being tall...I guess it runs in the family."
" Well, who knows, maybe around here, you can put those babies to work!" Trish laughed.
" Maybe Trish, maybe." Piper laughed along with Trish.
" Well, I have to get going, I've gotta talk to Lita about our match later on. I'll talk to you later okay?"
" Definitely. See ya Trish!"
" Piper! Great news!" Stephanie exclaimed.
" Sup Stephie?"
She just gave Piper an annoyed look.
" Okay, I'm just kidding. What's up Steph?"
" That's better," She cracked a smile. " Now, you dear will be making your television appearance TONIGHT!"
" Are you serious Steph? Tonight?"
" Yes tonight! You're going to be back here with Paul and I, just kind of keep to yourself for a while. You get to feud with you brother on television," Stephanie smiled. " So how it goes is, Paul will turn around and look at you and ask you what you're doing here. You'll say something to him, like you wanted him to show you the ropes. And Paul will say something I suppose that would make you want to get back at him and walk out saying something and make sure that you include that he's your brother."
" Stephanie!" Piper whined.
" WHY must I play Paul's sister on TV? I mean isn't it bad enough I'm REALLY his sister? Now I have to play her on TV! Stephanie...please...isn't there a way to get me out of this...at least for a while?"
" Piper." Stephanie whined like I did.
" Stephanie! This isn't right! I don't wanna portray Paul's sister in AND out of the ring!" She exclaimed.
" Okay, okay, I'll see what I can do to get it changed."
" Thank you Stephie!"
She gave Piper the same annoyed look and left the room. She smiled and rested back against the couch she was sitting on.
" Maybe I'll get to valet for Jeff...or Edge maybe...that'd be fun." Piper said to herself.
Piper was just sitting there, thinking to herself when the door opened and Paul walked in.
" Stephanie told me about how you were supposed to be on tonight."
" Yeah, and?"
" Nothing, nevermind."
" Your choice." Piper said.
" Listen Piper, don't start whining to get your way around here. Understand? I know you've worked hard, but don't take advantage of it, this is a privilege got that?"
" Paul! I am 23-years-old, I THINK I know that by now! I just wanted to make it clear that I am my own person, NOT just your little sister. And I'd greatly appreciate it if you'd treat me like the age that I am. I know you're only trying to look out for me Paul but PLEASE! Let me have my own identity! We'll always be brother and sister, there's no escaping that, but in the wrestling ring, please, please, let me have something to myself, I'm begging you Paul."
" Piper, I understand that you want to make a name for yourself on your own and that's fine. But you have to understand that no one gets anywhere with out a LITTLE bit of help along the way."
" Sure they do, I've seen it done. You remember Natyla right? She recovered from a broken back ON HER OWN. Nobody but me and Olivia came to visit her, not even her parents, she did that on her own. So Paul don't tell me that no one gets anywhere on their own." Piper said.
" You're impossible Piper, purely impossible."
" Well I get it from you."
" You know what, forget it. Do what you want, but if you crash and burn, remember what I told you, and you'll want the help then."
" Do you have that little faith in me Paul?" Piper asked.
" What are you talking about?"
" You don't think I can cut it on my own do you? You don't think I can make it! You don't think I deserve to be here, is that it Paul? You just wanted wrestling to be all your own! Well face the facts Paul, you're not the only one with this dream! I'm not going to let you steal it away from me because you don't think that I have the fortitude to be here! Put away all the bullshit Paul because I'm stronger than you think, and I CAN make it."
" I never said I didn't think you couldn't make it here."
" Then what Paul? What?"
" What I'm saying is that you can't just whine and cry around this business like you could at home! This is a working persons business Piper, and if you think that just because Stephanie is your friend that you can take advantage of that and have her do things for you then girl you are dead wrong. You work for what you get around here, it isn't handed to you Piper." Paul said.
" I never said ANYTHING about Stephanie, or trying to take advantage of the friendship that we have. You Paul, you insinuated that point! I'd never do that to Stephanie, never. You just don't understand how hard it is to work in YOUR shadow! You don't know what it's like to have everyone look at you and say 'hey, you're Paul's little sister'. You just don't get how hard it is for me to face it that I'm your younger sister and I'm trying break into the same business and trying to be my own person and have everyone take it for granted that I'm related to you and have everyone have standards set for me! I'm not you Paul. I'm not! And nobody understands that."
" I don't get why you think you're so misunderstood Piper." Paul said.
" Because I AM! You don't get it because you're part of the problem! You think that everything is just perfect but it's not Paul! If you took 2 minutes to actually get to know me now that I'm not a little girl anymore maybe you'd understand me, but you don't because you only think about yourself and what you can do with your damn character to get that fucking belt back! You're so self-involved that you don't care about me anymore Paul! I want my brother back...at least a little bit of him."
" Well Piper, you can't always get what you want." Paul said angrily.
Piper's jaw almost hit the ground, this was her older brother, the person who always cared about her, the one who she used to be able to come to for anything...anything at all. And now he's basically telling her he doesn't want her as his sister anymore, he doesn't want to give her that little piece of her brother back that she wanted to hold onto for the rest of her life. Paul was the one person Piper depended on, the one and only and now...well she must not be able depend on Paul anymore. A few tears that had been resting at the brim of Piper's eyelids fell down my cheeks as her blinked. Piper turned and ran out of the room, the tears falling quickly down her cheeks. she ran into the Women's lockeroom and sat in a chair in the corner. Piper was hoping there was no one in because she had started sobbing uncontrollably.
" Piper? Is that you girl?" Someone said.
She lifted my head up out of my hands and saw a blur of red and blonde. Piper wiped my eyes and Trish and Amy were standing in front of her.
" What's wrong hun?" Trish asked, putting her arm around Piper.
Amy crouched in front of her, resting her elbows on her knees. " Yeah chica, what's the problem?"
Piper shook her head wordlessly and cried harder.
" Come on sweetie, what's the problem?" Trish said sweetly.
" I...I got into a fight...with Paul," Piper said disconnectedly. " And...and he just basically told me he...he didn't even want me as a sister anymore. He says he doesn't get why I think I'm misunderstood around him...but its because he won't take the time and get to know me...like he used to. Paul was my...best friend..." She started coughing.
" Shh...take it easy babe." Amy said softly, rubbing Piper's back.
" I thought I could always trust Paul but he can't stand me anymore." She cried.
" Oh honey. I don't think he can't stand you. People just say things they don't mean sometimes; it's not necessarily because he truly can't stand you. Maybe Paul's just upset about something. It isn't your fault sweetie." Trish said.
" Trish is right Piper. Just give Paul a little time to cool down from whatever is bothering him and try and talk to him then. Maybe he'll apologize for what he said."
" Nu-uh," Piper shook her head. " Once Paul says something it's said. He doesn't take things back, that's just how he is."
" But you're his sister baby, don't you think he'll feel bad?" Trish asked.
" Oh he'll feel back, but he's too much of an egotistical shithead to apologize." Piper said.
Amy and Trish remained silent for a moment. Slowly but surely, Piper began to see tears falling from Amy's eyes.
" What's wrong Amy?" Trish asked.
" Well...I may have only known Piper for 10 seconds but I really, really hate to see people mistreated, especially by family. Those are the people that are supposed to love you no matter what. I mean, Piper, I have a strong feeling that we're gonna be great friends through everything, but I just can't stand to see my friends hurt like this. It's just something about me that it absolutely irks me to death when people are purposefully hurtful to others," Amy wiped her eyes. " I know Paul but not well enough to know his habits, I know probably the only people here that know him that well are you, Piper, and Stephanie. Maybe you can talk to Steph and get a little more perspective on what Paul's problem is. But I can't give you much more direction than that."
" Amy's got a point, you and Stephanie know Paul well enough to know what he's going to do next. Like Amy said, I've only known you for about 30 minutes now and I can already feel this almost...sisterly should I say, connection with you. I have a feeling it's gonna be the three of us for a while." Trish said.
" Thanks girls. I really need friends like you two right now. I think I'm gonna go talk to Steph, see what's what." Piper said.
" Good idea Piper. So we'll see you later?" Amy asked.