Title: Daddy Dearest 24
"Your winners, and new tag team Champions, Degeneration X."
Catelyn went crazy, grabbing the belts from the timekeeper and sliding into the ring to give them to her dad and Hunter. She lifted their arms above their heads a big smile on her face at seeing Randy Orton's latest minions laid out in the ring around them. Anytime they were able to take down that slimy jerk was a good day in Catelyn's book, what made it even better was her team winning the belts.
Yes, her team, as in she was the full time manager for DX, contract and all. Life was good, she wasn't going to lie.
They exited the ring, big grins on all their faces as Hunter threw his arm around her.
"I say we go party."
"You say that every night." Catelyn said with a laugh. "Win or lose. Are you that intent on skipping out on baby duties?"
He made a face. "Hey now I love my kids but you guys say no every time, Shawn has to go talk to Becca and you are always running off to talk to Rated PG."
She punched him in the shoulder. "It's hard when he's out on injury, I miss him."
"You spent your whole time off at his house."
"Don't remind me." Shawn muttered.
Catelyn rolled her eyes, softening it with a smile. "Dad, seriously? We've been together for almost a year now, he's spent Christmas with us, he's even spent countless nights under your roof and you still have issues."
"In separate rooms." He reminded her.
"I somehow doubt that lasts long, buddy," Hunter said with a snicker. "Hell, you think he sticks her in the guest room at his place."
Catelyn went beet red as she glared at him. "Not helping."
He grinned at her.
"Catey, you're coming out tonight." Punk called as she passed by.
"No. Sorry." She called back.
Punk quickly caught up to them, pulling her away from Hunter so they walked behind them. "I'm sorry Catey, I think you misunderstood, I wasn't asking you, I was telling you."
She reached up and pinched his cheek, her voice turning sickly sweet. "Just because you're the only one I let get away with calling me Catey doesn't mean you can make me do whatever you fancy. Go bug Maria."
"Oh no, she's fully on board with this one."
"Fully on board with what?" She asked, her eyes narrowing as she stopped to look at him.
"With this." His grin grew wider as she was picked up from behind and thrown over someone's shoulders.
"Hey." She cried. "Put me down."
Matt walked into her eye sight and grinned down at her.
She stuck her tongue out as she realized who was holding her. "Put me down Jeffy."
"Nuh uh, I have my orders and you're coming out with us young lady. We hardly see you anymore."
"dad?" She called out at her fathers retreating back.
"Have fun Sweetheart." He yelled back.
"Are you all working against me?" She cried.
"Trust me Catey, it's for your own good." Punk told her, his expression solemn.
"I can walk you know." She said with a scowl.
"And have you attempt escape? I know as wrestlers we've lost a lot of brain cells but come on, we're not that dense." Jeff told her as they all exited the arena.
"I need to change still." She reminded him.
"Gotcha covered." Maria said with a smile, walking up with an outfit in hand.
Catelyn's scowl grew as Matt opened up the door to their rental minivan, Kelly already seated inside. Jeff placed her next to the blonde who gave her a cheery smile as Maria quickly scrambled into the back beside her and handed her some clothes.
Catelyn took them, knowing it was useless to argue and quickly changed in the backseat. When she was done, she frowned at the jean skirt and tube top Maria had given her but didn't say anything as Maria opened the door and told the guys they were ready. Punk, Jeff and Matt got in and despite Catelyn's attempts to find out where they were going, they all just grinned at her and she sat back in the seat, her arms crossed, a small pout on her face.
The car finally stopped and they all piled out. Catelyn could see it was just some club they were at that someone must've chosen. They skipped the line and entered, Jeff's hand firmly grasped hers as he pulled her to the back where some booths were and Catelyn's eyes widened when she saw what was there. The booths were decorated with balloons, streamers and a big Happy Birthday banner above them. She pulled away from Jeff, placing her hands on her hips as she glared at her friends.
"Who the hell told you?" She demanded to know.
"Oh come on Catey, you got away with it last year, you think we were going to let another year go by?" Punk asked her.
"Kind of the plan, yeah."
Punk mock glared at her. "Please you spent the last year and a half being 21 because no one knew when your birthday was. You gotta get older sometime."
"I was content doing it in my hotel room while talking to my boyfriend." She snapped.
"But that would've just been over the phone, I'm sure this is much better."
Catelyn's jaw dropped as she turned to the sound of the voice, breaking out into a big smile when she saw it was, in fact, her boyfriend.
"What are you doing here?" She cried as she ran forward into his arms.
"Who do you think help planned this?"
"How did you find out?" She asked, muffled by his chest.
He grinned. "You left your wallet out one day. I saw the date was fast approaching so I called your friends."
"Still hate us." Matt asked with a smirk.
She turned to face all her friends who were now all gathered there, she even saw her dad and Hunter at the back, big grins on their faces.
"Just slightly now." She replied with a smirk. "That could go away once I see what you got me for my birthday."
"Presents?" Punk asked in disbelief. "We do all this for you and you still want presents."
"It's my birthday." She replied with a pout before turning it into a grin and winking at him.
"Thanks everyone." She told all that was gathered, "I really appreciate it. Now let's party."
The group let out a small cheer and a drink was put into her hand, which was quickly removed by Edge who grasped her hand and pulled her away from everyone.
"Hey, you're off your crutches." She noticed.
"Yup." He replied with a grin. "Just in a walking cast now."
"That's awesome. But why are you taking me away from my party.?"
"To give you your present." His grin turned wolfish as he looked back at her and she raised an eyebrow at him.
"You know I have a hotel room for that, right?"
He laughed as he pulled her into a dark corner, kissing the top of her head. "Oh Little One, I think I've corrupted you just a little too much."
"And you're complaining."
"Not at all. Now close your eyes."
She did as was told and she could feel him moving behind her. She briefly wondered if he was planning to do something with her right in the club when he draped something around her neck, clasping it in the back and lifting her hair out from underneath it. She opened her eyes and looked down at the small butterfly shaped pendant.
"What is this?" She gasped.
"You were looking at it awhile back, before my injury. That's the one right?" he briefly looked nervous as he wondered if he screwed it up
She nodded, happy tears coming to the forefront. "I can't believe you remembered, or even noticed that."
He beamed down at her. "Of course I did, so you like it?"
"I love it." She whispered, grabbing him and pulling him down for a kiss. When they broke apart, she looked up at him through her eyelashes and he groaned. That look in her eyes always had him doing anything she wanted.
"So about my hotel room…"
"In a bit." He replied with a laugh. "You need to at least be present for part of your party."
"Fine." She replied with a big sigh.
"I love you." He said, leaning down for another kiss.
"Love you too." She replied when he pulled away.
"Come on, you can't hog her all night." Maria cried, grabbing her hand and leading her back to the party. Catelyn laughed but went with her.
Her life had changed so much since that fateful night a year and a half ago. While there were still moments she regretted ever having go through the abortion, she was happy where she was right now. She loved her family, she loved her friends, she loved her job, and she really loved the man who was currently trailing behind her as she talked to various friends, his hand wrapped around her waist as he traced lazy patterns on her waist.
Her friends seemed to accept him in her life and her dad, despite his many complaints, got along with him just fine. Edge was also great with her younger brother and sister. Everything seemed so different from where she was not even two years ago, but she was okay with that.
Catelyn Freeborn was gone but Catelyn Michaels was doing just fine.
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