Notes: sniff Final chapter. Man this fic started out as something completely different. It was supposed to be a fic about Chris Benoit's youngest son trying to make it in wrestling. About his struggles with his family and the other people training. But then Jules wrote what became chapter 15 and I asked her to be my co-writer. Trust me in the original version Owen and Chris were not coming back from the dead! And she also had the brilliant idea to kill Steve Austin and bring him back. It's been one heck of a two years and thanks for joining us on the ride.
Juliet's comments: Ditto. Thanks to all of our loyal readers who stuck with us through the ride.
Bam! I landed on my back in the center of the ring. I grinned as someone stuck their hand out to help me up.
"Okay good next time Eduardo try not to flip him so hard. You aren't supposed to hurt your opponent!" D-Lo called.
I got out of the ring in order for the next two people to have a chance at doing the move. I wiped away the sweat off my forehead with a towel.
"You okay Danny?" Eduardo asked. Eduardo's Chavo's son and has only been here a couple of weeks but he's already getting the hang of it. It must be a family thing.
"Fine. My back might be sore for a couple of days but I'm okay." I said with a grin to let him know I was just kidding.
"I have to watch out or Uncle Eddy will kill me for getting you hurt when you are almost out of here."
"I don't think I'm being called up for awhile. At least I haven't heard anything about it." I said thinking about the last conversation I had with Chavo, Uncle Eddy, and D-Lo. They just said someone was coming up to check on me but I haven't seen anyone.
"Danny!" I looked up to see Chavo standing there. "Why don't you hit the showers? There's someone that wants to talk to you." I nodded looking around but didn't see anyone.
I went to the locker room and sat down. It feels weird to be here after everything that's been happening. Athena and Cam were called up a few months ago and went to WCW. They both said it would have been weird to go to WWE because they both wanted to not be in their father's shadows. Understandable I don't even know where I want to go when I'm finished at OVW. I still think I have a long way to go before I'm called up. It's all that time I missed because of the trial and other things. It's only been about a year since I started training here.
I took a shower and changed wondering who wanted to talk to me. I walked out and headed to Uncle Eddy's office figuring he'd know something about it. I knocked on the door. "Come in!" He called.
I walked in. "Chavo said someone wanted to see me?"
Uncle Eddy nodded. "Have a seat. He went out to make a phone call but he'll be in here in a second. How's Eduardo doing? I noticed you were working with him a few minutes ago."
"He's doing really good. He's picking it up fast as long as he doesn't try to put the person through the ring."
Uncle Eddy chuckled. "Yeah well he's still new." He signaled to someone who was behind me. I turned around to see dad enter the room. I stood up and gave him a hug. I haven't seen him much because of the fact that he's been on the road with the WWE and I have been training at OVW. Though I wonder why Chavo didn't just say my dad was here.
"I'm going to go check on things." Uncle Eddy said leaving the room.
"I didn't know you were going to be here." I said as he sat down in Uncle Eddy's chair. I'm sure Uncle Eddy won't appreciate that when he comes back in. He doesn't really like people to sit in his desk chair.
"I thought they told you someone was coming up here to check you out." Dad said sounding confused.
"They did I just didn't think it was going to be you. So how long are you going to be here?"
"Actually I've got a 8:30 flight to catch so I can be at a meeting tomorrow morning."
I looked at my watch. It was three o'clock now. "But you just got here."
"I've been here for the last couple of days Danny." He said laughing. "I didn't tell you because I didn't want you to be nervous. And you thought I couldn't disguise myself."
I had to chuckle at that. Dad was kinda bad with disguises but even I didn't notice him. Must have been a good one after all.
"I also missed you. I haven't talked to you that much since I went on the road with the WWE. I don't know if I told you or not but Megan has come on the road too as a Production Assistant. She wanted to come along but I told her they needed her to help with Smackdown. She's really enjoying that job."
"That's great. No you didn't tell me that but that's great." It's good that Megan's in the business too. But I don't think David's getting into the business. Would be funny if he did.
"How are you doing?" He asked.
"I'm doing good. I'm glad that I decided to continue training. I don't think I would have wanted to so anything else."
"It's in the blood." Dad said with a chuckle. "I wanted to be a wrestler after I saw my first Stampede show. Nothing was going to stop me from being a wrestler. Not even the people who told me I was too small to make it in wrestling." He had a far away look in his eyes. "But then again who would have thought I'd be helping to run WWE? I certainly didn't."
"You are doing really good." Dad continued. "Ever given any thought of where you are going after your training is over?"
"I have but I'm not sure. Cam and Athena are in WCW but you, Owen, and Steve ruin WWE."
Dad nodded. "I guess this is a tough choice. I do understand why Cam and Athena went to WCW. So I would understand if you did the same."
"And I'd be following orders. You and mom told me never go to the WWE."
Dad gave me a look. "We meant never work for Vince, Stephanie, and Hunter." He paused. "I think Cam's trying to escape his father's past by going to work for WCW. Can't say I blame him."
I thought back to when Cam, Athena, and I resumed our training at OVW. Cam went up to Eddy and asked him if he had been pressured to send him up for the dark match. Uncle Eddy said no that he picked who he thought was most ready for it. I think Cam was relieved to hear that. I'm sure it was something that had been bugging him even before it came out that his father was a murderer.
Dad looked at me before saying anything. "Danny to be honest I'd say you have a couple of months of training left. You want to be as ready as possible before you make your big debut. That was WWE's problem before. They rushed the wrestlers and they weren't ready. Steve, Owen, and I don't want to make the same mistakes. At least we hope not to."
"I know." I said. I did know I wasn't ready. I'm glad my dad sees it too and that he's honest about it. I'd hate for him to lie about it and put me in when I wasn't ready though I don't think Uncle Eddy would have allowed him to. "I heard you fired "Chad."
"Well no one helps Vince and stays in the WWE." He said with a grin. "As soon as Eddy told us who he was, we decided right away to fire him. Some people will do anything to work for Vince." He said sadly.
It was quiet for a few moments. "I'm going to dinner with Eddy and Vicky you are invited of course before my flight." Dad said.
"Sounds great." I started to say.
"Get out of my chair Chris!" I couldn't help but laugh at Eddy's return to the office
Who would have thought when I started this quest to follow in my 'dead' father's footsteps I would be sitting in an office listening to him and Eddy argue over a desk chair? That's life for you. You set out to do something and it becomes more then you could have ever imagined.