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Summary: Jeff Hardy had made a successful comeback after years away from the WWE, and he should be on cloud nine but he finds himself lost with no direction. Can a person from his past come back and change him for the better or will he be lost forever?
Authors Notes:The time has come now for the last chapter to be written, so look for this to be the last one and for all the thank you notes to be sent out shortly after it goes up. Thank you all for your support of this new fiction and the new series that it started. It means a great deal and I hope I can do the ending justice the way I think it deserves.
Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.
Oh, well I'm going home
"Son before you talk I want you to listen to me. This is what I meant when I said you had left something here. Because three years ago you did. You left your love for her here with me and until she showed up on the land earlier today, I did not think you would ever come back for it. As it turns out, she came for it."
Gil looked between his son and the woman who was now on her feet standing, not looking any worse for wear and at the very least looking pleased to see his son standing with him. He took his leave of the room then with a small pat on Jeff's back to let him know he wouldn't be far away. He knew that the time had long come for these two young people to talk and he wanted to give them the opportunity to do it without him hovering nearby.
"I called you a bunch of times, I was so worried when I couldn't find you." Jeff choked out, wanting so much to go to her, to pull her close to him and never let her go again. The past week had been hell and when she hadn't shown up for work that Monday night he knew that it was not going to get any better. He felt like his heart had been ripped out when she ran and now with her standing before him he knew it was on its way to being healed. Even if she didn't want to have anything to do with him, knowing she was okay would be enough.
"I know you did, I got the messages today finally. I had turned off my phone because I didn't want to talk to anyone. I'm sorry if I scared you."
"You scared more then just me Trish when you left without a word. Vince has been searching for you, even going so far as to hire people to look for you and he hasn't had any luck. Have you been here all this time?"
She nodded her head, not trusting her voice to speak. She had so much she wanted to say to him in that moment, to make him understand where she had been and where she now was but she knew that he had to calm himself before any of that could come out. He was and is worried about her and he needed to deal with that first. The rest would come soon enough.
"Why did you come here?"
"Jeff I came here of all places because there is nowhere on this Earth other then here where I need to be."
She motioned for him to sit, knowing that right now none of what she was saying was making any sense and also knowing that in order for her to get everything out in the open, he would have to be comfortable and open to listening. With the stance he had now, as frigid as he seemed standing there she knew it wouldn't work. When he finally sat she let her heart do the speaking for her, no longer caring what it looked like or how it sounded, just that she had to get it out there for him to see.
"If I hadn't ran when I did then I would have chosen another time to do it Jeff. I would have ran from you at some point regardless of the situation. There was no better a reason to run then seeing you kiss another woman. But that was only the opportunity, not the catalyst. I never forgave you for the past, and for what i went through back then and I needed to do that in order for me to be open with my heart to talking to you now."
She took a deep breath quickly, knowing that she did not want him to intervene and try to make sense of what she was saying.
"I love you as much now as I did three years ago Jeff, if not more. But at the same time I never truly understood until I came here why you chose to walk away from me and this business all those years ago and break my heart in the process. I never understood that what you did then was so that I could be happy and I could get what I wanted out of life without you bringing me down. But what you didn't know then that I did was that nothing that was going on in your life at the time would have brought me down. I wanted to be the one you took all of your issues too. If you had needed to leave the business for whatever reason I would have understood and been right there with you every step of the way. You thought you would kill me if you brought me along with you during that time and you wouldn't have."
"How do you know all of this Trish? How do you know what I was thinking back then when I didn't tell you or even my father about my mind set then?"
"Its hard to explain and in time I will tell you all about it, but all you need to know now is that I do know that was your reasoning and I understand it now more then I ever did then. I know that what happened with Maria was nothing, just her shot at kissing another man in the name of television and getting away with it without consequences. She could claim it was all business and no one would discredit her. I also know you felt nothing but went with the moment you were in for the sake of the business."
"I was so afraid that you thought there was more to it then what there was." Jeff said, his voice calm and quiet, knowing that the time had come for them both to be honest with each other about the present and about the past.
"At first I did, and I only did because I never really dealt with the past."
"I have done what I came here to do and gotten the answers I so desperately needed back then and that I needed now in order to admit what I really feel. I talked to Beth, and we both came to terms with our versions of the past and how we both feel and have felt about you. She knows now that what happened with the two of you had nothing to do with me because I let you go, but she also knows how much I loved you then and how much I do now and she had given us her blessing and in turn can move on with her life now."
Jeff was in shock. She had talked to Beth about what had happened when he left the WWE and what had happened with their relationship and they had come to an understanding. Beth had given her support of whatever was going to take place between the two of them now? He just couldn't believe that all of this had been what her intent had been when she had taken off. She had spent the week in Cameron to try and get over what was overtaking her and he had never even known it.
"And you, what does all of this mean for you Trish? What do you want?"
"If you will have me, I want you and I want the life that I had always hoped that we would have. But Jeff before you answer me or tell me how you are feeling you need to know something."
"What?" he asked lightly, almost afraid to find out what was going to come.
"You almost killed me when you walked away from the WWE. When you chose to kiss me and walk away without so much as an explanation as to why. I was never the same woman after that happened and the only reason my marriage even took place is because Ron tried to save me from it. He never knew you were the reason for it but he knew that deep down, something had ripped a part of my heart out and he tried his hardest to make it come back. He couldn't because the only person that could was you. I don't want that to ever happen again with any man I ever decide to be with, or who decides to be with me."
"Matt told me Trish and I know I was wrong back then, no one knows that more then me. I want to be able to make that up to you and make you see that I am a different man now. When I told you I needed you and that I wanted you to help me hold on, I meant it. I want to love you and spend the rest of my time here in this life doing it. I walked away from you when I didn't know myself because I wanted to become the man I have become now, and at the time I thought I was saving you the pain. I'm sorry that it only caused you more pain then it saved you. It wasn't my intention."
She nodded and smiled slightly. "I read your poem, the one that you left here three years earlier. Through it I saw what you went through during that time and I know that your intention was never to drag me down as far as I fell. But you couldn't control my feelings even more then you could control your own and I do believe you would have spared me if you had known."
"Where do we go from here Trish?"
She moved then, away from the table and closer to him. The closer she came, her steps deliberate, his heart pounded harder in his chest. Just having her this close to him was making him want to scream out with feeling. They had finally addressed the past, and all that came with it and they were finally at a stage where it was all or nothing. And Jeff knew exactly where he wanted to go. He wanted to give it a chance and be all it could be.
"I want to make things right Jeff."
"What does that mean?"
She touched his hand then and wrapped it up into hers, not for once second letting her gaze fall anywhere but on his.
"When the divorce is final I want to do what I should have done three years ago."
"Jeff Hardy, I want to finally be the woman that you have wanted me to be all these years and I want you to marry me. I want to finally be a family."
He pulled her into his arms then, more then happy to give her what she wanted. There was no other woman on this earth who he would have wanted or needed to fall in love with and in that vein he knew that the only person he would ever consider making his wife was now his and standing before him. There was no way he was going to give up on that now, or ever.
It was in that moment, when he held her that he realized she had said the word family. That was indeed what he wanted all of his life. To have a family with one special woman, a woman that would mirror his mother in her life and generous heart. He had finally found her and now as he stroked her hair with his hands, he knew his mother was looking down on him in peace at last.
"We have always been a family Trish, we just had to realize it."
"Yes Jeff, we were always a family, you were always destined to end up here with me just the way we are now. But in about nine months, there is going to be three of us."