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Brace yourselves, this one's pretty long.
Monday morning came too soon.
Her bags were already packed and waiting at the door. Her next break would be in a few weeks come Christmas, and she was relieved that she could fit three weeks of clothes into her one suitcase. It was early, the sun had just began to rise. She skipped making herself a cup of coffee, not wanting to wake Corinne who had fallen asleep on the couch doing homework. Andi hopped into the shower, fixed her hair and make up, threw on a dress, and was ready to go within an hour.
"Be good to Rin for me, okay?" She whispered to her dog who had taken to sleeping with her roommate. She didn't blame him, after all she was barely home.
"Hey," Andi heard a groggy voice from behind her as she opened the door. She cursed herself for waking Corinne up. "Be careful on the road, okay?" Andi smiled her and nodded. "I'll see you in a few weeks."
Before she could say anything, Corinne had already closed her eyes and dozed off again.
Andi found herself on another lonely flight, bundled up in her seat under a blanket. She was headed to Oklahoma City for Monday Night Raw. Tonight, the cast of Total Divas would speak out against Andi, letting her know how they felt about the new girl coming in and taking their title opportunity away from them. Her match would be against Summer Rae, and it'd be a quick one. The duo had a near four minutes. It wasn't long at all, and Andi was disappointed, but it was still something.
As soon as she touched down, she went through the long, boring process of nabbing a rental car and headed to the hotel. There were fans waiting in the lobby when she arrived. A few of them called out to her, and she promised that she'd come back down and sign some autographs. When she got to her room, her opponent and roommate for the night was already there. Summer was painting her toenails and trying to talk on the phone at the same time.
Andi gave her a small wave and tucked her bag in the corner. After she checked her reflection in the mirror, Andi mouthed to Summer that she was going to head back downstairs. The blonde nodded and went back to her conversation, yelling at the person on the other end about Christmas plans.
The crowd cheered for her when she came back downstairs and made good on her promise. They probably expected her to disappear and leave them hanging. Andi wasn't like that, though, not to her fans. She signed everything that was put in front of her and took a picture with every one of them until they were no longer interested that she was there.
"Excuse me, Ms. Andi?" A small voice asked from behind her. She turned to see a young girl with purple hair like hers. She couldn't have been more than thirteen. "I was hoping you could take a picture with me?" The girl was so sweet that Andi couldn't resist. Not that she would have anyways.
"Absolutely!" She beamed. "What's your name, hun?"
"Elise," the girl replied.
"It's nice to meet you, Elise! Do mind if we take the picture on on my phone? I'd like to tweet it because we're hair twins. That is, if you don't mind." The girl's eyes widened and she nodded. Andi pulled out her phone and snapped a picture of the two of them, quickly posting it to her Twitter and Instagram. Then she let Elise take one on her own phone.
"Are you going to beat all the Divas and become champion?" The girl asked.
"We'll have to see. They're all really tough and talented, and each one of them deserves to be champ. Hopefully I can beat 'em, though. I think I'll do alright as long as I have you cheering me on."
Suddenly, the crowd began to cheer loudly again, signaling the arrival of another superstar. Only, when Andi looked up, she didn't see one superstar, but three. All three members of The Shield were being ushered in the front doors. She gave them a smile, and mouthed for them to come over. The crowd pleaded with her, but the guys seemed to be ignoring them.
"Do you guys want to meet The Shield?" She asked loudly. They all cheered in agreement. Seth was the first one to give in, Andi knew he wouldn't be able to resist. He was a lot like her when it came to their fans. Roman followed suit, and Dean wasn't far behind. Andi looked down at the young girl beside her who seemed nervous. "Do you like The Shield?" She asked.
Elise nodded and showed Andi the sign she had made dedicated to the faction. Andi asked who her favorite member was. The girl hesitated before she said Dean Ambrose.
"I like your hair!" Seth said as he kneeled down in front of the girl. Andi's heart skipped a beat as she watched him. "You pull it off better than this one," he said as he pointed up to his ex-girlfriend. Elise blushed and looked up at Andi who only nodded in reply. She took a picture of the two of them, and Seth autographed the girl's sign.
Andi pulled Roman aside, making him do the same thing. Elise looked as if she was about to cry as she saw Dean heading towards her. "Dean, there's someone I'd like for you to meet." Andi said. "This is Elise."
"It's nice to meet you, Sweetheart. What's that you got there?" Dean pointed to her sign. She reluctantly showed him. He smiled genuinely as he saw the hand drawn three headed dog logo. "That's really awesome, did you draw that?" He asked. Elise nodded but still hadn't said anything. "You can talk to me, I don't bite."
"You're my favorite wrestler." She replied.
"Aw, shucks. I'm flattered." Dean replied. "Come here, let's take a picture."
He bent down and motioned for her to jump on his back for a piggy-back style pose. The girl's face blushed bright red as Dean lifted her off the ground with no effort at all. Andi snapped a couple pictures of the two of them, before Dean said his goodbyes and disappeared towards the elevator. When she looked back down at the girl, she noticed that Elise had tears in her eyes.
"Thank you so much!" Elise said. "That was the best moment of my life."
Andi smiled. "I'm glad. I hope you have fun tonight and enjoy the show." She gave the girl a hug before she said her goodbyes to the rest of the crowd and headed towards the elevator herself.
When she got to her designated floor, and in her room, she plopped down on her bed and sighed. It was almost time to start heading to the arena. Summer was already gone. She must have snuck out the back while Andi was downstairs. Andi sent a quick text to Eva Marie, remembering that she had promised to help the diva in the ring tonight before the show.
A soft knock came from her door. Seth stood on the other side; hair pulled back and tied in a little bun, glasses, colorful screamo band t-shirt. "Just a second!" Andi called as she darted into the bathroom to check her appearance. She pulled her hair out of it's ponytail and teased it with her fingers, trying to give herself some appeal. She stripped herself of her sweater and tossed it on the bed, and finally opened the door.
"Hey," he said softly to her. "Can I come in for a second?"
She held the door open for him as he stepped inside her room. A lump was forming in her throat as she moved to sit down on her bed. Seth sat on the bed opposite her, pushing his glasses further up the bridge of his nose. He always did that when he was nervous.
They sat in silence for a minute; Andi was waiting for him to break it, not knowing why he was here. Seth rubbed his hands together, on his jeans, through his hair. He was definitely nervous. He had no idea how to tell her. "How was your flight?" He settled for making small talk first, because it might make it easier to transition the conversation to the fact that he had started dating someone else.
"It was a flight," she replied narrowing her eyes at him. She knew him too well for this.
He was avoiding her stare, knowing that the words on the tip of his tongue were sure to cause an argument, and that's not what he wanted. She was either going to yell or she was going to pretend she didn't care. The latter would be easier for him to deal with so that he could pretend she didn't care as well, even though he knew it would truly hurt her. And when he thought about hurting her, he hated himself. "That's good." He said.
Andi nodded. "So what's up? I know you didnt come over here for idle chit-chat."
"What? We can't have a conversation?" He was stalling, bad. "I thought you wanted to be friends."
Before she could answer, someone knocked obnoxiously loudly on the hotel door. It could only be one person. "Open up, lovebirds." Dean said. Andi sighed and stood up, allowing him in. Seth let out a breath, thankful that his friend had unintentionally saved him. Sure, he was only digging himself a hole, but the longer he could put off seeing that look on her face, the better. "What are you two doing in here?" Dean asked. "Andi, did I mention you look absolutely gorgeous today?"
"Thank you, Dean." Andi replied with a smile. "I wish I could say the same about you." She reached up a hand and messed with his already messy mop of hair. Seth rolled his eyes, not liking the playful banter between his best friend and his ex-girlfriend.
"You ready to go, man?" Dean asked his teammate.
Seth sighed and nodded. "I'll talk to you later, alright?"
"Okay?" Andi said, but it was more a question.
Soon after they left, Andi packed up her own things and headed towards the arena, changing into something more comfortable first. She couldn't get in the ring and warm up with a dress on. Eva was waiting for her, sitting on the barricade as Dean and Dustin Rhodes practiced a few moves in the ring. Seth wasn't far, standing on the sidelines going over technique with Cody.
Andi started with stretching, she always did. She propped her foot up on the barricade and stretched her muscles as much as she could. She repeated the stretch with her other leg.
"Someone likes what they see," Eva joked. Andi looked over her shoulder to see Seth look away quickly. "Boy was practically drooling over there."
Andi shrugged. "It was probably more of a glare of hatred than lust." She replied, stretching her arms over her head. "I think he's begun to resent me, and that's okay, because it's probably easier for him that way."
Eva gave her a look saying that she didn't buy it. Dean called the two girls into the ring, letting them know he and Dustin were finished, and took a seat in the corner on a top turnbuckle to watch. Not too long into their run-through, Summer climbed into the ring as well, and took the reigns from Eva. Suggesting that she watch as Andi and herself practiced their moves for tonight's match.
When Andi hooked Summer's arms for the DDT, she guided Eva through what she should be doing in this moment. It was all about acting and facial expressions. "The audience doesn't know that her head didn't hit the mat, but they think it did because she looks like she's in pain." She said as she planted Summer into the canvas.
"I'm a damn good teacher." Dean said as he hopped down from his perch. "Everything she learned, she got from me." He boasted to the other two girls in the ring. Seth scoffed loudly from the sidelines. Dean rolled his eyes, "you sure as hell didn't teach her that."
It was true that Dean was the one who taught Andi most of her moveset. She was sporadic and wild in the ring like he was. That's what the Higher-ups liked about her though, that she wasn't afraid to jump off the top rope, and expressed her feelings for wanting to have a tables match. Seth was the one who taught her how to sell those moves, though.
Before heading off to the back, Andi gave Eva a few more pointers, and told her who to call when she was at home in California. Andi had made a lot of friends over the years, and if Eva ever needed any help, she knew the right people who could help her become a lot better.
The rest of her day flew by, and before she knew it, Andi found herself sitting in Gorilla with Summer and the rest of the Total Divas cast. Their match was second on the card after Dolph Ziggler v. Damien Sandow for a shot against Big E for the Intercontinental Championship at TLC. Butterflies swarmed in her stomach as she heard Damien's music begin to play, signifying that her time was almost up. She itched to get out there and hear the crowd. She hoped that this time they'd really rally for her. That was all she cared about, what the crowd thought of her. She relished every second of their cheers, because she knew that when she really turned heel, they'd be booing her.
The Total Divas cast consisted of Eva Marie -whom she had already beaten- Summer Rae, Cameron and Naomi, Natalya, Brie, and Nikki Bella. After her win over Summer tonight, Andi would move on to face Naomi and Cameron in a 2-1 Diva's Handicap match on Smackdown tomorrow. Following that win, she would be ambushed by the Bella Twins in her match against Natalya on the next episode of Raw. Once she put all three of them away, her last match would be against Tamina Snucka on the Smackdown before TLC.
Andi liked the line-up, being in the middle gave her more options. Not only was she feuding with AJ but she had every other Diva on her trail as well. Having a target on her back felt good.
It was Natalya who called Andi to the ring, trying to be the peacekeeper of the group, saying that they just wanted to have nice chat about the way the company worked. Andi's music hit, and she stood at the top of the stage, knowing that if she went in that ring, she'd be dead meat for sure. Nikki wanted a go at her, but Brie held her back.
"None of us think it's fair that you just show up out of no where and decide to take over." Natalya said in her 'mom-voice' as Andi liked to call it. "You earn your keep here."
"Okay," Andi replied. "But see, I made a deal with your little Diva's Champion, and I don't go back on my deals. If I can beat all of you, which I will, I get a title match." Natalya went to say something but Andi held her hand up. "But before you say anything, how about this... If one of you happens to beat me, you get the title shot instead? That seems fair right? I'm all about being fair." The Divas in the ring seemed to think that was a good enough stipulation. It raised the stakes and put more emphasis on their matches. The crowd seemed to agree as well. "So who's going to be next?"
Summer hit the mat like dead weight after Andi planted her with "Razor's Edge". She pinned the blonde for the three count and had won the match. When she slid out of the ring and backed up the ramp, she turned to see AJ standing at the top of the stage. After a short stare down, AJ held her title over her head and the crowd cheered wildly. When the lights dimmed, signaling they were off-air, Andi headed backstage.
She stuck around during the rest of the show to witness the The Shield's match against Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Big Show. Her encounter with Seth had plagued her mind since he left her hotel room this morning. Obviously he had wanted to say something, she just couldn't think of what. Did he think about what she had told him over the weekend about how she missed him? Did he want to get back together?
She sat in catering with Nattie, watching the match and silently cheering her friends on. She didn't tell Nattie about what had happened between her and Seth over Thanksgiving break. She didn't think that was something that needed to be told. The news of her hooking up with her ex would reach China by morning if she told anyone. It wasn't that she didn't trust Natalya, it was that she didn't trust her being on a reality TV show where they exploit anything and everything. Even the personal lives of people who aren't even on the show if it gave them something to talk about. Andi was sure her breakup would make it on the next season.
After the show, Andi and Summer headed back to the hotel and ordered room service. "What's got you in a mood?" The blonde asked as Andi fell back on the bed after changing into her pajamas. "You've been off in your own world like all day. Is it because Seth decided to get back with Leighla?"
Andi sat up immediately. "What?"
Summer's face gave away that she probably shouldn't have said anything. "I- I thought he would have told you." She said. "You didn't know? It's been going around all day!"
Andi didn't stay and answer Summers question. She stood up and flung her hotel room door open, stomping down the hallway towards Seth's room. She knocked loudly on the door in front of her and crossed her arms over her chest, balling her fists tightly to keep from smacking him.
Dean answered the door, but before he could say anything and pushed the door open all the way to peer behind him. "Where's Seth?" She demanded after only seeing Roman in the room.
"He's in the next room." Dean replied. Andi stood there and stared up at the man for a moment, contemplating on yelling at him for not telling her. It wasn't Dean's place to tell her though. Seth should have said something.
She didn't even have to knock. He was already at the door, waiting for her, after having heard her storm Dean and Roman's room. This was exactly what he was trying to avoid. It was all so much worse now that she had heard it from someone else. He invited her into his room and took a seat on the bed while she paced the floor. A lump the size of Texas formed in his throat. Seth had dated Leighla two years prior to meeting Andi. He ended the relationship three days after they met.
"Why didn't you tell me?" She asked him, still pacing the floor.
"I tried to," he replied.
"But you didn't." Her blood was boiling. She had never been a jealous person, but after five years, she would have thought that he would've waited a little bit longer. "You're dating Leighla again and you didn't tell me. How long has this been going on?"
He didn't want to answer that. He could lie, but they both knew that wouldn't be the right move. "I started seeing her again the night you got your things from my apartment."
That wasn't what she wanted to hear. He had been seeing someone else, yet he still came to her house that night. She felt sick to her stomach. "Talk about someone who isn't used to being lonely." She spat. "At least I didn't start fucking someone else a few weeks after we broke up."
"What do you want from me, Andi? For Christ's sake you broke up with me! How many times to I have to remind you of that? Now all of the sudden you've changed your mind? You want me back, is that it? Just say it, Andi. Admit you were wrong."
"What good is that gonna do? You gonna call up Ms. Cosmetologist and break up with her?" Seth was silent for a moment, taking a seat back down on the bed. Andi nodded her head. "I didn't think so."
Without another word, Andi turned on her heel and left. Dean was still lingering in the threshold of his room, eavesdropping on their conversation. Her shoulders slumped when she saw him, not wanting to talk about it. When she got back to her room, Summer was packing up her things.
"Where are you going?" Andi asked.
"I figured you would want some time alone. I'm just going to go stay with Eva." She said softly. "I'm really sorry about that, I thought he would have told you."
"It's not your fault, Summer."
She hugged the blonde goodbye and fell on the bed. There was a courtesy bottle of wine on the dresser in a bucket of ice. Andi eyed it for a minute before getting back up and pouring herself a drink in a little plastic cup. She wouldn't have thought in a million years that that's what Seth needed to talk to her about. Here she was, naive enough to actually think he would ask her if she wanted to try and start over.
A soft knock came from the door. Figuring it was Seth coming to apologize, she opened the door only to find Dean standing on the other side. He smiled at her faintly and held up the courtesy bottle of wine from his room. "I felt like you might need a drink."
She thought about it for a moment, before holding the door open and allowing him in. She didn't care that this probably wasn't the best idea. She had made a lot of mistakes lately. What was one more?
And the drama begins.
I just want to say that I really love seeing Dean interacting with kids, so I had to add that little tidbit in there. I love writing Dean.
1. First Love Never Die - Soko
2. Baby Girl, I'm A Blur - Say Anything
3. Hide And Seek - Imogen Heap
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