The next day when Hunter went back to the hospital to see Steph, he was surprised to find that she was no longer there. She had signed herself out first thing that morning. He was suddenly angry. How could she go on pretending that everything was okay? Someone was hurting her. How could she let someone do that to her, and do nothing to stop it?

He decided to confront her once and for all. He was still her husband. It was his job to protect her and make sure no one ever hurt her. She probably went home straight from the hospital, so that's where he was headed.

Once he arrived at her house, he was surprised by the lack of security. She was Stephanie McMahon, there should at least be a guard waiting at the gate. Letting himself in, he took a moment to look around. Her limo was there, along with a car that he didn't recognise. As he neared the front door, he was surprised to hear yelling coming from inside. He quietly opened the door, not wanting to alert anyone to his presence yet.

"I will! I'll tell everybody about what's going on."

That was Stephanie's voice. He peeked around the corner and saw Stephanie and Chris Jericho standing in the living room. He saw Chris sneer.

"No one's going to believe you. I mean, look at you! You're pathetic! And everyone knows about all the other lies you told, they will all just think you're up to your old games again. Nobody's going to help you now."

"The only reason I told that baby lie was because you threatened me and Hunter!"

Hunter felt as if he'd been kicked in the stomach. He couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"Yeah, but it worked, didn't it? Hunter left you and you joined me."

"Yeah, because you forced me! You knew I'd never leave Hunter and you used that against me. Hunter making that stipulation that if I were pinned I had to leave the WWE was the best thing that could have happened."

Hunter saw Chris take a step forward and slap her. Hard. Steph fell to the floor. She covered her cheek and looked up at Chris with fear in her eyes. Hunter felt his blood boil. How dare he touch her? She was his.

Without thinking, he walked over, turned Chris around and punched him. Chris went down, and Hunter got down beside him and continued to rain blows on his body. He barely registered Stephanie trying to pull him off, yelling at him to stop.

As much as she wanted to see Chris beaten up, she didn't want Hunter to get hurt and knowing Chris, he would fight dirty.

Finally, Stephanie's pleas for him to stop registered with him and he slowly stood up, not taking his eyes off Chris.

"Get up," he ordered.

Groaning, Chris managed to pull himself up, with the help of the coffee table.

"Now get out, and don't bother coming back. Ever."

Chris stood still for a moment, before anger at Hunter for ruining his plan surfaced and he lunged for him. Hunter easily sidestepped him, and pushed him back to the ground. He looked down at him with disgust before grabbing him up and dragging him over to the front door. He opened it and threw Chris out on the porch.

"If I ever find out that you've come near Steph again, I will kill you. That's a promise."

With that, he slammed the door and turned back to see Steph leaning heavily against the living room wall, her hand over her mouth in shock. She was pale, which made her bruises stand out, and looked as if she might pass out. He quickly made his way to her side, led her over to the couch and sat her down. He sat down next to her.

"Are you okay? Do you need a doctor?"

Steph shook her head, still too shocked to speak.

Hunter put his head in his hands.

"Damnit Steph, why didn't you tell me what was going on? That he was threatening you? I would have protected you. You made me think that you lied to me. But it was really Chris behind the whole thing."

Steph nodded her head.

"He told me what to do, with all of it. He said if I didn't, he would go after you. I couldn't let that happen," she said, her voice choking up.

Hunter couldn't believe how wrong he'd been about her. All this time he thought that she was just some pathetic, conniving bitch, but it had all been an act to protect him. He thought back to all the mean things he had said to her and felt guilty. He was going to make it up to her, no matter what the cost.

Taking both of her hands in his, he looked up into Stephanie's eyes and knew that he didn't want to live without her. She had put herself in harms way to protect him, and that was the most amazing thing anybody had ever done for him. He just hoped it wasn't too late for them.

"Steph, I am so sorry. I should have known that something wasn't right, that you wouldn't do that to me on purpose. But I was hurt and I didn't want to think about it. I just wanted to forget that it had all happened. But now I know the truth. Please, forgive me for ever thinking that you would do that to me. I love you. I know I don't deserve it, but please, give me another shot. I promise, I won't let you down ever again."

Steph felt tears slide down her cheeks. She couldn't believe this was happening. He still loved her. She was getting a second chance. Removing one hand from between his, she reached up and cupped his cheek.

"I love you so much. There is nothing to forgive. I lied to you. It should be me asking for forgiveness. I hope you can. I want nothing more than a second chance with you. Please tell me it's still possible. Please tell me that I haven't lost you."

Taking Steph into his arms, Hunter held on tightly, afraid that this was all a dream.

"You haven't lost me. I can't believe this is all happening. We're going to have our happily ever after. Just wait and see. I'm never letting go of you again. Ever. You're stuck with me now."

Steph sighed happily. Yes, she was stuck with him now. And there was nowhere else she'd rather be.

THE END