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Chapter Seventeen


"I think that it's a great idea, Tess." Vince said. His hands were folded on his desk in front of him, and Tess sat across from him, her legs crossed at the ankles.

"Alright, so we'll put the notice on today?" Tess asked. Vince nodded.

"We'll put it up now. I want you to go and talk to some of the wrestlers, to see who all will participate in it." Tess nodded and stood up.

"Thank you so much Vince, I really appreciate it." Tess smiled. Vince returned the smile and nodded, and Tess walked out of the room. She made her way down the corridors of the arena, finally coming to the Women's Locker Room about five minutes later. She opened the door and slipped in, seeing only Amy, Trish, Stacy, and Lisa Marie in the room.

"Hey Tess." Amy said with a smile.

"Hey you guys." Tess said, also smiling. "I've come to you all with a little proposition. I just cleared an extra show next week, and I'm trying to find some people to participate in it. Of course I can't wrestle," She started, and all of them nodded. They'd probably heard about her cancer first from the local news, and she knew that Vince had told most of the roster afterwards, while she was getting her chemo threatment. "But you all can."

"What's the show for? Does it pay?" Lisa Marie asked.

"It doesn't pay...it's a benefit show. Vince is calling around to see where we can schedule it at. All of the money made at the show from tickets, merchandise sold, all of the money from the concession, everything, is going to cancer research. At the end of the show, I'm going to have my head shaved, probably by Chris or one of you ladies. I'm donating my hair to Locks of Love." Tess said. Trish looked at her with wide eyes, as did Stacy and Lisa Marie.

"I'm in." Trish said. "I'm sure that Amy or Lisa Marie will wrestle me....right?" She asked, looking at the two.

"Sure." Amy said. "I'd love to help. This is for a great cause."

"I'm in too." Lisa Marie stated.

"I'll help any way I can." Stacy said. Tess smiled brightly at them all.

"Thanks so much you guys. You don't know how much I appreciate it." Tess said. "I gotta go talk to some of the guys about it now. I'll see you guys later!" She said before walking out of the locker room. She once again walked down the corridors, this time a bit longer while looking for the Men's Locker Room. When she finally spotted it, she apporached the door and knocked on it. A few seconds later, the door opened.

"Tess!" Jeff Hardy greeted her, stepping aside so that she could get into the locker room. She walked in, waving her greeting to all of the guys. To her dismay, Rob was in the room. He sat down on a bench near her, looking at Tess with a smirk. She just offered him a forced smile, hoping that her being polite to him, even though he was being nasty to her, would get to him. Chris looked at her and offered a true, warm smile, which she returned. He knew what she was about to do.

"I have a favor to ask of you all, or at least some of you." She said. Jeff shot her a questioning look.

"What is it?" He asked with concern.

"Next week there's going to be a benefit show. All of the proceeds of the show are going to go to cancer research, and at the end of it, Chris is shaving my head. I'm donating all of my hair to Locks of Love." She said, absentmindedly running a hand through her long, wavy hair.

She sat and smiled as a great deal of the guys offered to wrestle at the show. She got down the names she needed and walked back to the Women's Locker Room. There, she pulled a notebook from her gym bag, making a list of the wrestlers who would be working, and then arranging the match card. It didn't take her long to put together an array of spectacular matches.


The rest of the week, along with part of the next week, was spent finalizing matches and making sure the show would be perfect. The show was set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

The day of the show finally came, and Tess was actually nervous. But the show went on with a bang, the fans having a spectacular time. The matches were amazing, and Tess actually felt as if the wrestlers were wrestling the best matches they possibly could for the cause.

The end of the show approached quickly. It was decided that she would wrestle a small match against Trish in a Hair vs. Hair match which Tess would of course lose. It was also decided that instead of Chris shaving her head, Trish would also do that. The girls got in the ring, trash talking each other before actually getting into it. It was only about a ten minute match, with the girls exchanging moves until Trish performed the Bulldog and pinned Tess by having her feet on the ropes. Tess screamed at the ref, running a hand through her hair. He shrugged, mouthing sorry. She kept arguing as Trish dragged her up the ramp and strapped her into the barber's chair. The buzzing of the electric razor hummed in her ear before Trish began shaving all of her hair off. After it was done, Trish walked off triumphantly, and Tess looked at her hair saidly. They swept the hair up as the fans began to leave, and placed it all in a ziplock sack that was ready to be sent off in a package to Locks of Love.

Tess was met with a round of applause as she made her way to the back. All of her friends were around, clapping for her and smiling. Chris walked up to her, slipping his arms around her waist.

"I'm so proud of you," He smiled before hugging her. She hugged him back, and after they broke the hug, Chris dipped down, kissing her gently on the lips.


A/N: Yay! I'm writing so much tonight!!!