Meh. What the hell, figured I'd double post and officially end this story. I'll only have limited internet access til Monday night haha. This ending has been written for literally about five years. You'll notice that the dialogue/quote formatting is a bit off when compared to the chapters I actually wrote recently. My fake-OCD pointed that out to me. But, hopefully nobody except me minds it. hahaha. I also recently found out that Sage is actually a boy name. But, whatever I still think it's cute for a girl. If I tried to change it I'd probably accidentally leave it typed into a sentence somewhere and confuse everyone. Trying to edit stuff is funny that way...cause you know what you meant to put and it screws with your head LOL.

Thanks to heidyurbano89. Noticed that you've been reviewing quite a few things lately. Didn't want you to feel left out, cause I generally thank people individually when I first notice them :-).

It's bittersweet that this one has come to an end but hopefully you've all enjoyed the ride as much as I have. This fic was only supposed to be 20 chapters, as it was originally written. But, the missing flash drive made me end up changing some of the middle chapters and unintentionally expanding it. Oh well. Hopefully you've all enjoyed how everything turned out. There's nothing left to say except THANK YOU and ENJOY the fluff!


Thursday, September 19, 2002

"Fuck you, Hunter!" Stephanie screamed. "You're never touching me again! Do you hear me?"

"Whatever you say, babe."

"Don't you whatever me - I mean it! You just watch, you're looking at a lifetime of blue balls, guy!"

"Uh huh…" He murmured, and then grimaced as she crushed his hand.

"Oh am I hurting the big man?" She asked with fake concern. "Well suck it up unless you'd like to take a crack at squeezing something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of my pinky!"

"Stephanie, I need you to push," her doctor told her.

Stephanie screwed her eyes shut tightly, trying to block out the pain. "No!"

"The baby is almost here. Just a couple more good pushes."

"Are you deaf? I said no! I can't-I can't push anymore." She breathed out, raggedly. "It hurts too much."

"The pain isn't going to stop just because you refuse to push, Steph. You're only prolonging your pain." Hunter said softly, brushing the hair from her forehead. "And mine." He added.

"Who gives a shit about you and your pain?" She asked seriously. She then directed her attention to her doctor. "Fine. I'll try only because I want this baby out of me already," she stated reluctantly. She took a deep breath, and bore down, squeezing the life out of Hunter's hand.

"That's it. You're almost done. One more push like that and your baby is here." The doctor told her.

Hunter managed to grin, despite the agonizing pain in his hand.

Stephanie fell back into the pillows as she breathed heavily. "Oh, God." She groaned.

Hunter touched her cheek gently. "Come on, baby. Just one more push."

Tears sloped down her cheeks. "I can't."

"Please, Steph. For me," he begged while wiping the wetness from her cheeks.

She glared at him and moved her face away from his hand. "Oh, sure I'll rip my body in half for you!" She agreed sarcastically. "You're a selfish asshole and all of this is your damn fault," she told him. After a moment, she added, "I hate you right now!" Hunter gave her a pitiful expression and she immediately felt bad. "I didn't mean it, baby," she said softly.

"I know you didn't." He bent down to kiss her cheek.

A fresh batch of tears welled up in her eyes. "I love you!" She declared.

Hunter smiled at her tenderly. "I know, sweetheart. I love you, too."

"No matter what I've been saying, know that I love you!"

"I know, Steph." He reassured her. "I know it hurts badly but please, can you just push?" He asked her, smiling.

She nodded, sat up and took a deep breath, holding it. She grunted, as she pushed with everything she had, ignoring Hunter's pained expression. She relaxed, after hearing a cry echo through the room.

"It's a girl, Steph!" Hunter told her, to which she nodded. "I love you." He smiled and kissed her on the lips softly.

"I love you, too." She smiled and then shifted her gaze. "She's not happy." Stephanie laughed, despite her exhaustion as she watched her baby flail her arms and legs as the doctors checked her out and ran their standard tests.

Moments later, the baby was given to Stephanie. "Sage Andrea." Stephanie whispered as she stared at the pink bundle in her arms. Sage was almost the mirror image of Stephanie, as she had her nose, chin, and eyebrows. She had Hunter's ears – that was the only thing that was distinctly his, so far. Sage had long eyelashes and light brown hair with a few blond strands.

"She's beautiful," Hunter said, running his finger over her tiny hand, which was balled into a fist.

Stephanie nodded and smiled at Hunter. "Don't you want to open your eyes for your Mommy?" She asked, pressing a kiss to Sage's cheek.

"Guess not." Hunter laughed quietly when Sage merely yawned and clutched his finger.

Stephanie stuck her tongue out at him playfully. "Your Daddy is a silly man. Ignore him."

Friday, November 29, 2002

It was Hunter and Stephanie's 3-year anniversary. Stephanie looked herself over in the mirror and nodded. She was almost ready. So far, weddings weren't her thing, but she hoped that this third time was the charm. She refused to count the unholy wedding because she hadn't been a willing participant of that. And the wedding to Andrew didn't count because it wasn't ever her intention to go through with it. She was elated when Hunter suggested the idea to do this because quite frankly, she had given up on having a wedding to him go smoothly.

She had busted her ass in the gym for the last two months, leaving all of the details of their renewals to her mother and Hunter. Linda did the shopping, planning and inviting and would just come to Stephanie for approval of what she'd done.

However, Stephanie didn't let her determination to get her body back, deter her from her baby girl. She smiled as she thought of Sage. She was such an easy baby; her feeding and sleeping schedules were already set and the only time Sage strayed from them was when she had a minor cold a couple of weeks ago.

"You look beautiful, Steph." Marissa commented with a smile, placing her supplies back in her bag.

"Thanks, Riss. I owe a lot of the credit to you for that." She said, hugging her sister-in-law.

Marissa had done Stephanie's makeup for her, as the makeup artist called in at the very last minute, saying she was sick. Stephanie panicked and was about to chew the girl out, until Marissa offered to help instead.

"Knock, knock," came Vince's voice from outside the door.

"Come in, Dad."

"Ready yet?" He queried, walking into the room.

"Just about." Stephanie smiled as Marissa did a few touch-ups to her hair.

Then the door opened suddenly. "A certain someone wants to see you." Linda said, poking her head in.

"Tell Hunter he can't see me until we're at the altar! It's bad luck!" She exclaimed, her eyes wide with terror.

Everyone laughed at Stephanie's fear.

"Look, I'm not taking any chances." She explained. "I don't care if you guys think I'm paranoid but this is my third wedding to him and it's going to go correctly!" She ordered, chuckling.

Linda was completely amused. "That's nice, dear. But, I wasn't referring to Hunter. Believe me, you've scared him into not even attempting to come near you before the ceremony."

Stephanie blushed. "Oh. Well who is it then?" She detected a soft whimper and smiled as Linda finally stepped into the room to reveal a fussy Sage. "What's wrong, Andrea?" Stephanie asked, calling Sage by her middle name before taking her from Linda's arms.

"She missed her mother, apparently," Vince said, brushing a hand over Sage's back.

Stephanie kissed Sage's cheek and rocked her in her arms soothingly. She smiled, listening to Sage coo and gurgle at her. "You just wanted my attention, little girl." She grinned. "Do you feel better now?" She asked, staring into Sage's blue-hazel eyes. She laughed as Sage smiled toothlessly and babbled as she began to play with her necklace.

"I think that's a yes," Marissa observed.

"I think so, too." Stephanie said, prying her necklace from Sage's tiny hand.

"Ready yet?" Came Shane's voice as he walked into the room.

"What the f-heck?" Stephanie caught herself, not wanting to curse in front of the baby. "Is everyone that's invited to the wedding going to come in here?"

"Don't be silly, Steph. Hunter just sent me because he knows that you take forever to get ready."

"It's my wedding day…kind of. I can do that. Tell him I said to stop complaining. I know he just wants to hurry up and get out of the fancy attire." She laughed.

Shane smiled at her. "You look nice, by the way."

"Why thank you. You're looking quite spiffy yourself," she complimented him with a cackle. "Why are you trying to kidnap my baby?" She asked, as Shane took Sage from her arms.

"I am not. I'm just spending some time with my niece, since her mother takes decades to get ready." He laughed. "Doesn't she, Sage? Yes, she does. Your mother is a nitpicky perfectionist. She's driven me crazy for years." Shane cooed, laughing as Sage patted his face and grinned. "See? She agrees with me."

"You're turning my own daughter against me. Give her back." Stephanie said, taking Sage from her older brother.

"Just give her to me so you can get ready, Stephanie." Linda ordered the bickering siblings, reaching for Sage. "If I leave her in here with you, we'll be lucky to get you down the aisle by the end of the year." She explained, as Stephanie handed her over.

"Okay." She pouted and pressed a kiss to Sage's crown.

"You are done, my dear." Marissa announced, as she finished adjusting the tiara-veil on Stephanie's head.

"Finally!" They all exclaimed at the same time, then burst into a fit of laughter.


"Take care of my little girl, Hunter." Vince said sternly.

"I have been for 3 years. You need not worry." He smiled.

"Uh huh. Make sure you keep treating her right."

"Daddy!" Stephanie scolded. "Stop it!"

"Why?" Vince asked pitifully. "I'm just trying to make sure you guys have a happy marriage."

"Dad, we're already married, anyway." She said with a smirk.

"I know, but for my own benefit I was trying to pretend you weren't." He said, holding Stephanie's arm out towards Hunter.

Hunter chuckled and Stephanie sneered.

"Dad, you have to let go." She said, after trying to yank her arm free.

"Do I have to?" Vince sulked.

"Yes." Hunter and Stephanie both said.

"Oh, fine." He reluctantly released Stephanie to Hunter.

"So was I worth the wait?" She questioned with a smile.

He grinned. "You always are, but I didn't complain about how long you took."

"Remind me to hit Shane later."

"Why?"

"He came in the room saying that you sent him to see what was taking so long. Then, he tried to make off with Sage." She laughed.

"Ok I'll remind you when we get back from our honeymoon."

"Thanks."

The wedding went off without a hitch, with Stephanie and Hunter reciting the traditional vows, as they had already tried their own before.

Never thought I'd say I'm sorry
Never thought I'd be the one to bring you down
Now when I look out my window
But there doesn't seem to be anyone around

And I, I think I'll change my ways
So all your words get noticed
Tomorrow's a brand new day
Tomorrow's a new day

"You picked a good song, baby." Hunter said as he held Stephanie close to him, for their first dance to Forty Foot Echo's "Brand New Day."

"I know." She boasted, leaning into him even more.

We said we'd take little time
For both of us to see
And wonder what it'd be like to carry on
Ya, I know I got crazy
Well I guess that's just me
If I could turn back time before
The wrong

And I, I think I'll change my ways
So all your words get noticed
Tomorrow's a brand new day
Tomorrow's a new day

"How did you get them to play here?" At first she wasn't going to ask, but her curiosity was killing her. All she did was tell Hunter the song she wanted for their first dance. She felt it described their situation somewhat. She never expected that he'd get the band to actually play it at the reception.

Hunter laughed. "I'm Triple H and your Dad is Vince McMahon. Need I say more?"

Stephanie shook her head and smiled. "Nah."

Ya, And I, I think I'll change my ways
Ahhhhh
So all your words get noticed
I think I'll change my ways
I think I'll change my ways
Ahhhhh, Ahhhhh
I think I'll change my ways

Never thought I'd say I'm sorry
Never thought I'd be the one
To bring you down

Everything that happened back in November of last year turned out to be both the worst and the best thing that had happened to them – to her, really. The worst: for obvious reasons and the best, because after a long, dreadful sleep, their relationship was wide awake, now.