A knock at the door brought Kane and Litia back to reality. Kane reluctantly released Litia, who gave him another quick peck on the cheek before retreating to the bathroom to wash her face. Kane stood stiffly, still painfully aware of his engorged member. He groaned, wishing he had time for a cold shower, but the knocking caught his attention again. When he opened the door, his hard on deflated faster than a horny five hundred pound man's blow up doll. Waiting outside was his police escort and a very angry looking Texas Rattlesnake.
Kane met the bald man's glare with equal intensity.
"What do you want, Austin?"
"Where is she?"
"She is right here." Litia emerged from the bathroom wiping her face with a white cotton towel.
Steve pushed past Kane, who, in all honesty, didn't really put up a fight. Steve pulled Litia into a hug before holding her at an arms-length to survey any damage.
"Are you all right? He didn't hurt you did he? Cause I swear to God I'll…"
He trailed off when Litia gave him a low growl.
"What are you doing?"
"Just making sure you're all in one piece."
"I'm fine, Steve."
"You're fine? I just saw you make out with Kane in the ring."
"And? And I thought you might have suffered some sort of head trauma."
Steve grabbed her head, parting her hair in various places trying to find a lump. Litia pulled back to readjust her hair before Steve tussled it into a complete rat's nest.
Kane huffed and crossed his arms.
"I'm standing right here you know."
Steve whipped his head around to glare at the larger man again.
"I'll get to you in a minute, Crispy Critter."
A loud smack rang though the air off the dressing room. Steve rubbed the back of his head, looking back at the little brunette. Litia glared at him with venom in her eyes.
"Ow! Damn it, Litia, what was that for?"
"For being a dumbass, Steve."
"You heard me. Kane just faced his demons and revealed his face to the world for the first time since he was a kid and you call him a Crispy Critter? What the hell is wrong with you?"
"Damn it. I didn't mean anything by it."
"Don't care. Appologize."
"I've got a whole other can of whoop ass with your name on, Bub. You really want to call my bluff?"
"He's what, Steve?"
Steve grumbled under his breath.
"What was that, Steve? I couldn't quite hear ya."
"I said I'm sorry."
After a tense moment the silence was shattered by the deep, robust sound of Kane laughing. Litia and Steve turned their glares towards the monster of a man still standing by the door. He was doubled over laughing harder than he ever thought he could.
"And what do you think is so funny?"
As Kane regained his breath and wiped a few stray tears from his eyes, he spoke with an amused tone still in his voice.
"Litia just smacked the Rattlesnake upside the head to defend my honor. She must really love me to do that."
Litia's face broke out into a grin.
She brushed past Steve and straight into Kane's open arms. He kissed the top of her head before looking back at Steve, who was having trouble comprehending everything that just happened.
"Love? Dear God don't tell me… you two… really are a… I mean… this thing…is…for real? You're actually a couple now."
Litia looked up at Kane with the question reflecting in her eyes.
Kane answered for the both of them.
Steve got that bewildered look again, but after observing the couple for a moment he just shook his head.
"To each their own, I guess. I don't understand it, and I probably never will, but I suppose I can accept it."
Litia disengaged herself from Kane's arms to hug Steve and plant a kiss on the bald man's cheek.
"Anything for you, Darlin. But, Kane, you so much as make this little girl cry and I'll put a boot in your ass."
"I wouldn't have it any other way."
"Well, I've got some GM stuff to do… you know people to see, beer to drink, Bishoff's to annoy."
"Oh we understand entirely. Send Eric my love."
"I don't know if I can do that Darlin. They have laws against non-consensual castration around here."
"Even with a cheese grater?"
Both Kane and Steve cringed at the thought. Steve had to hold back a gag.
"Fuck, little girl! That's just sick!"
Kane looked down at Litia.
"Bishoff inspires me."
Steve paled a little.
"Remind me never to make you mad."
Litia gave him an evil grin that had him high-tailing it to the door.
As he opened the door, Steve looked back at the odd couple. Kane had pulled Litia back into his arms , his full attention on her having already forgotten about the Co-GM. Litia watched him go, giving him an innocent wave before turning back to Kane. Steve shook his head again and left the dressing room, letting the door close with a soft click behind him.
"I still can't believe you hit him."
Litia gazed up into Kane's mismatched eyes.
"He had it coming."
"I guess…but…well… thank you. I don't think anyone has ever stood up for me like that before."
"Anytime, Hot Stuff."
Kane gave her a quizzical look.
"Trying out nicknames."
"And you came up with Hot Stuff?"
"I have this thing about fire, remember?"
Litia cringed a little.
She thought for a moment.
"What about Honey Bear?"
Kane looked her dead in the eye.
Kane shook his head, letting go of Litia to walk towards his gear bag.
Litia grinned teasingly.
Kane just groaned.