"Val, your phone is going crazy in here", Catrina said, poking her head out of the locker room.
"Just let it go to voicemail, if it's important then they'll leave me a message", she said.
Catrina nodded, leaving Val and her cousin Rey in the hall together. They were going over their last few matches before Val's contract was up once again. They have been sweet talking Val into a new deal, they didn't want to let her go.
"Hey so how's Gabe?", Rey asked.
"Good, excited that I'm almost done and I get to spend more time with him", Val said.
He nodded, she knew his next question.
"Have you spoken to him?", he asked.
She bit her bottom lip and shook her head no. She hasn't had a real conversation with him since everything went down, they talked here and there, but only about their son. Gabe was about to be four and all he wanted was to celebrate his birthday with both his parents, together. Roman kept himself busy when he didn't have Gabe, but always left Gabe's birthday week free just for him.
"No", she said softly.
"You need to talk to him, he needs to know the truth Valentina", Rey said.
"He'll just call me a liar", she said.
"Then he's an idiot", he said.
He hugged Val and kissed her cheek.
"I'll see you tomorrow cousin", he said.
She nodded and watched him disappear around the corner. She leaned back against the wall and thought about her husband, he was still her husband, she hasn't asked him for the divorce and neither has he. They dated while at NXT, she got moved up before him and he couldn't have been prouder of her. The next year he was moved up with Dean and Seth, he also proposed, he surprised her the next day by going down to the court house and marrying her right there and then.
"Roman, don't you think this is a little too fast?", she asked.
He smiled at her.
"I love you and you love me, what's stopping us babe?", he asked.
"Nothing I guess, but I just don't want you to regret this", she said, softly touching his cheek.
He leaned down and kissed her, pulling away a bit and looking into her eyes.
"I would never regret you, not in a million years Val", he said softly.
She smiled and gave him a quick kiss. She nodded.
"Ok", she said.
"So you two crazy kids doing this or not?", Dean asked, looking between them.
Roman and Val looked at him and Seth, both nodding. Seth and Dean were going to be their witnesses. Walking into the building they found out where they needed to go, they waited for their number to be called. Val was in the restroom changing into a white maxi dress. She fixed her hair as best she could and smiled at herself in the mirror. Taking a deep breath she walked out, Roman smiled at her.
"You look amazing", he said once she reached him.
"Same to you Mr. Reigns", she said, fixing his tie.
They called their number and all four went to the room they told them to go to. Dean would be Roman's witness and Seth would be Val's.
"Do you Valentina Mysterio, take Roman Reigns to be your husband? To have and to hold from this day forward, till death do you part", the man said.
"I do", she said.
The man nodded and looked at Roman.
"Do you Roman Reigns, take Valentina Mysterio to be your wife? To have and to hold from this day forward, till death do you part", he said.
Roman smiled. He knew he didn't want anyone else, she was it, his forever.
"I do, forever", he said.
"Exchange rings please", the man said.
Roman placed the princess cut blue diamond ring on her finger. It was the perfect size, it wasn't too big or too small, getting the blue diamond because it was her favorite color. Selling his truck and finding a second job to be able to afford it. Even borrowing some money from Dean and Seth, that he promised to pay back even though they told him not to worry.
"If the witnesses would please sign here and here", the man said.
Dean and Seth writing down their names.
Val placed a black band on his finger, Roman had bought that one as well. He had been planning this since finding out they were being moved up to the main roster.
"I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride", the man said.
Roman pulled Val in and kissed her like his life depended on it. Dean and Seth clapped and whistled, excited for their friends. Val giggled into Roman's chest.
"My wife, Mrs. Reigns", Roman mumbled into her hair.
Val smiled softly to herself, sometimes she wondered if he was dating anyone. She was pretty sure he was sleeping with some of the female talent or at least finding someone to warm his bed while on the road.
Some fan girls liked to throw themselves at the men, knowing how lonely road life gets sometimes. She hasn't been with anyone, she couldn't, she believed in her vows still. No matter what he thought.
"Valentina, your phone is going off again. This is like the tenth time", Catrina said.
Val nodded and walked into the locker room. Finding her phone, she pulled it out and checked to see who had been calling. Triple H. She hadn't heard from him since leaving WWE a month before finding out she was pregnant with Gabe.
She licked her lips before hitting call on his name. Hearing it ring twice.
"Finally", she heard him say.
Now she was worried, did something happen to Roman?
"Is everything ok? Is, is he ok?", she asked.
She got a call from them a few years back telling her Roman had to be taken to the hospital. She flew down to see him but he had had a nurse kick her out.
"Who? Oh, Roman, he's fine", Hunter said.
Val sighed and relaxed.
"So then what can I do for you Hunter? Last time we talked you made it clear to me that your company wanted nothing to do with me", she said.
She heard him sigh.
"Its been brought to my attention that I was misled. After investigating I realized it wasn't your fault, you did nothing wrong Val and I would like to right my wrong", Hunter said.
"Can you get to the point, I have to go film soon", she said.
Hunter understood why she was angry with him and Stephanie. He had believed someone's lies and fired her before even getting a chance to hear her side. He jumped the gun and regretted it as soon as he had done it, but there was no going back.
Her contract was voided and she had already started working with Lucha Underground as a backstage interviewer since she was pregnant. They locked her down with a four year deal. Which was now up and he knew this because he had his people keeping an eye on her and her contract.
"I want you back here, I need help with this women's division and you were the only one who knew how to run this the way the fans wanted it. Please", he said.
"I don't know Hunter, Lucha Underground is offering me a new contract and they've been really good to me", she said.
She heard him swear under his breath.
"Please can we have at least a meeting, discuss option for your contract. You get to call the shots on it, whatever you want it's done", he said.
If she took this meeting, more then likely she would sign with them. She wanted to sign with them, Gabe would be able to be near Roman and they could spend as much father son time together as they wanted.
"Ok, when?", she asked.
"Raw will be in Houston next Monday, I'll send a jet out to San Diego for you and Gabe. I'm sure Roman would like to see him", Hunter said.
"Yeah and can you do me a favor H", she said.
"Name it Val", he said.
"Don't tell him, don't tell anyone. I want this to be a surprise", she said.
"You got it, see you next Monday kiddo", he said before hanging up.
Val's hands were shaking, she was already starting to freak out. What was he going to say? What would he do? Is he going to be angry? Of that one Val was sure of, she was the reason he hardly came to see Gabe because he didn't want to have to see her.
When WWE was in California, he sent Dean or Seth to pick their son up and take him to him. Dean and Seth, the only ones who knew the truth about what happened between her and Kevin Owens. Roman was too stubborn to listen to Dean and Seth though, too stubborn to hear the truth.
"You ok?", Ivelisse asked.
She looked at her long time friend and nodded.
"Yeah", Val said, standing and brushing down her shirt.
"Baby daddy?", she asked.
Val laughed and shook her head no.
"Just thinking about Gabe", she said.
Ivelisse nodded and crossed her arms over her chest.
"Something's bothering you, come on out with it Tina", she said.
"I might see him next Monday. I just, I don't know if I'm ready for that", she said.
"You two have to talk at some point. Gabriel is getting older and he's going to start to notice the way you two act around each other. He's going to think that's normal and I know you don't want that for him", Ivelisse said.
"I don't, but it's kind of hard to sit down and talk with the man if he ignores all the attempts I've made. He hates me with a passion and I, I'm still so madly in love with him", Val said, letting a tear fall.
Ivelisse wrapped her arms around her friend.
"Obviously he's still in love with you too. You've been separated almost five years and he hasn't made a move to divorce you. That says a lot Val", she said.
Val looked down at her wedding ring, never once taking it off unless it's to shower, clean, or wrestle. Even when they interview her and they ask about her relationship statues, she says she's married.
They ask for a name but never gives one, saying that's private, which they didn't like but she didn't care.
"He still wears his you know, I've seen a few photos where he's wearing it", Ivelisse said.
Val smiled, she couldn't watch his matches or look at photos of him without breaking down.
"He's probably just use to wearing it", Val said.
Ivelisse rolled her eyes.
"You and I both know that's not true, he wears it for the same reasons you do", she said, before walking away.
Val looked down at her finger again. Slipping the ring off and reading the engraving.
She put the ring back on, making her decision. She would go to that contract meeting, get what she wants and try to talk things out with Roman, even if he ignores her while she talked.
Val smiled, she knew how she was going to get him to listen, that would go in the contract as well and there will be nothing he could do about it. He was going to listen to her.
"What's with the creepy look?", Prince Puma asked.
"Just had a brilliant idea", she said.
"It looked more like you had to poop or fart", Fenix laughed.
He and Puma laughed.
"You two are the least I'm going to miss", she said, walking away.
"We were just kidding Val", Puma said, catching up to her.
Fenix was on her other side.
"So, does that mean you aren't coming back next season?", Puma asked.
"Not sure yet", she said.