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Chapter 11 - Realizing His Feelings
"Which color should I choose? Pink or yellow?" Mickie asked as she held up two attires.
"I said the pink one," said Candice.
"Then pink it is."
"You sure are in a good mood this evening," Candice noted. It wasn't anything bad. She was content of her best friend's new mood.
"Sure I am," said Mickie, smiling. "I'm just excited that I'm going to kick some ass tonight."
Candice laughed. "Okay."
"You know this feeling that things are going to be just great?"
"Uh huh. I know what you mean."
Mickie turned to your best friend and smiled. "I'm sure things are going awesomely since you and him, right?"
"Oh yeah things are going great between us," The dark haired diva made a giggle at the thought of the self proclaimed legend killer as her boyfriend. "I couldn't be much happier."
"I'm happy to hear so," said Mickie. She went behind the folding and began to change into her pink wrestling attire in preparation for her singles match against Melina.
"How do I look?" Mickie asked when she came out.
"Ready to kick ass," said Candice with a smirk.
Mickie whooped. "Alright, I'm gonna get my hair fix up. I'll see you after the match."
They shared a hug before Mickie skipped happily out of the women's locker room. Candice couldn't help but to smile. Mickie was certainly in a good mood for the past few weeks since her breakup. She hoped that it wouldn't change anytime soon.
The dark haired diva exited the spacious room and ventured down the corridor to visit someone.
That certain person that was responsible for the short brunette's sudden change to her mood.
So now there was something in her mind. A question that she wanted answered.
"I love you," Brian proclaimed to the dirty blonde diva with a content smile.
"I love you more," Ashley giggled.
"No I love you more."
"I love you ten times more than you do."
"Well I lov…"
"Sssh! Will you two lovebirds keep it down? I'm trying to concentrate."
Brian rolled his eyes. "You can try all you want but there's no way you're gonna be my record in Street Fighter."
"Don't be too sure about that, my friend," Paul looked over to his friend with a smirk on his face. "I just did."
Brian shot across to the bench immediately and stared onto the small screen of the gaming device. By the look on his face as his eyes widen, it was clear that he was in mere disbelief.
"What?! But how…"
"Looks like I'm the King of Street Fighter now," Paul joked. Then a knock on the door was sounded.
"I'll get it," Ashley announced, jumping up from Brian's lap and went to answer the door.
"Oh Candice, hi."
"Hey," said Candice with a smile. "Have I come at a bad time?"
"Not at all," Ashley assured her. "Come in."
The candy coated diva stepped inside and followed the dirty diva to meet with the two men who were apparently in an argument.
"I can't believe this. You beat my record with Chun Li?!"
Paul mocked a shock look on his face. "You underestimated girls in a video game. Shame on you!"
Then at the corner of his eye, he looked up to see another diva in the locker room. She appeared to be amused by the argument.
"Oh hey I didn't hear you come in," Paul said with a smile. "What brings you by?" He asked.
"Actually, I come here to talk to you."
Paul nodded. "Okay."
"I think we'll be on our way out now," said Brian, taking note that a private talk was needed.
"No problem." Brian took his girlfriend's hand and they walked together. Their voices were still heard on their way out.
Well Brian's voice was still heard anyway.
"Come on Bri Bri, it's only a game," was Ashley's voice.
"But he beat my record with Chun Li! Brian complained. "Chun Li of all characters!"
At last there was silence. Candice covered her mouth as to contain her laughter and Paul chuckled.
"He'll get over it, surely," Paul told. "So, you say you want to talk to me…about what exactly?"
Candice didn't hesitant to get straight to the point. "Mickie."
"What about her? Is she alright? Did something happen?"
"No, no, no," said Candice, shaking her head to confirm the answer although she smiled when she saw how caring and considerate Paul really was. "Nothing happened."
"So…" he trailed of with a quizzical look on his face when he saw her smiling. "what is about Mickie that you want to me about then?"
This was it. The time had come for her to ask him a question that she had been wondering for some time.
"I want to know about something and you have to be honest with me."
"Okay," said Paul. He was curious about what Candice wanted to know that had anything to do with her best friend. He was about to find out soon enough when her glossy lips parted again.
"Do you like her?"
Now that was totally unexpected.
He chuckled. "Wait. Hold on. Where are you going with this?"
"I'm only just curious."
"And so this question just pops up out of nowhere?"
Candice smirked as she folded her arms. "Well you guys practically hang out these days, you gave each other silly nicknames, and now recently I've been hearing text alerts from Mickie's phone at the same time every night, what Mickie refers them as 'good night texts'. So with these little things that are going on between you and her, what do you expect me to think?"
Paul shrugged non-chalantly. "That we're crazy people?"
Candice rolled her eyes. "Far from it."
He laughed. "Okay. So what you're saying…or rather what you're trying to ask is if I have feelings for Mickie, right?"
A smirk played on Candice's lips. "What a smart man you are. I'll give you credit for that."
The dark haired superstar chuckled in amusement. But Candice wasn't.
"What?" he questioned upon seeing the serious look on her face.
"You know what," Candice stated and folded her arms. "And no jokes this time, Paul. Do you have feelings for Mickie?"
Paul thought for a moment. He reminisced the times he shared with Mickie. He always enjoyed spending time with her, even if it's just playing a good video game on the Playstation Two. Though he had only met her since his debut on Raw, he felt as if they had known each other for ages.
They were certainly no strangers to one another whenever they made an encounter.
Just thinking of her made him smile inside.
And outwardly when his lips curled upward.
"I guess I do," he said at last.
Candice was delighted at the answer as she made a grin. "So did you tell her?"
He shook his head. "No I didn't."
She gave him a look as if to wonder if he was crazy. "So what are you waiting for?!" Candice asked with a scoff of disbelief.
"Uh, nothing?" Paul said and chuckled.
"But if you like her then you should let her know right? Why keep them to yourself?"
His smile faded away and then a sigh followed. "I think it's too soon."
"Oh come on Candice, she had just been going through rough times since her breakup. I didn't want to make her do anything that she's not ready for."
"But she's alright now!" Candice exclaimed. "And even better now that she has you in her life. You have no idea how you've changed her. Don't you see Paul? She needs someone who she could rely on and trust and knows that he would never hurt her. I think, no scratch that, I believe that you are that someone that she needs."
Paul nodded and smiled softly. "I'm happy to hear this, because I believe that too."
Candice smiled. "I think you should tell her."
She nodded. "I wouldn't have been here if I didn't that you had something for her."
He nodded and then went deep into thought for a moment. He never took notice of his feelings but now as he thought about it, he had just discovered that he had fallen for her.
"I better go now," she touched his arm lightly. "But do think about what I said."
Paul turned to her and made a small smile. "I'll keep it in mind."
Candice smiled at this and then she left. Sinking back down on the bench, Paul was alone on his own, having something to think about.
"Did I just really say that? That I have feelings for her? Wow…I guess I do. I am in love with her. I'm in love with Mickie James."
And with this proclaimed right from his mouth, he couldn't help but to smile at this.
Mickie James was a very good mood tonight.
She defeated Melina in a singles match and it was clear for anyone who happened to pass her, to take note of the elation.
"I feel great!" Mickie exclaimed, grinning from ear to ear. "Don't you feel great Mr. Cena?"
John felt compelled to answer this random question. "Um…yes?"
"How wonderful! I know you're ready to kick Triple H's ass tonight. So good luck with that! Not that you would need it. I mean, he can't see you right?"
Randy, who had just happened to be in a conversation with the Chain Gang Soldier, tried to contain his laughter as John's face got scrunched with confusion.
"…Uh, yeah that's right." John nodded out of stupidity.
"Well I'll be watching your match. I hope you win! Bye John! Bye Randy!"
And with a blink of an eye, Mickie bounced away from sight. John turned to Randy.
"What the hell was that about?" he asked.
Randy laughed. "Looks like someone is in a good mood tonight."
"More like a little bit too much…" John said, pulling the brim of his baseball cap downwards.
The short brunette was certainly in a hyper mood as she happily skipped along the corridor, not caring if anyone looked at her strangely.
It was quite clear that she was a happy woman.
And there was nothing that was going to change this mood.
Mickie stopped at the sight of someone down at the end of the corridor. She smiled brightly when she realized who it was.
"Hey hey buddy!"
The person turned back and he smiled also. "Hey hey!"
Mickie continued to skip along until she reached to Paul and the two shared a friendly hug.
"Paul, we're having pizza tonight and I expect you to accept this invitation."
"…Is there anyway that I can get out of this?"
"Hm, let me think." Mickie tapped a finger on her chin and then shot her eyes at him about two seconds later. "Nope!"
"I thought so," Paul laughed. "But I don't see why not."
"Yay!" She quickly linked her arm with his and began to walk down leisurely with him. Paul chuckled softly at this but he didn't seem to be bothered with this at all.
"You know," Mickie began. "For the past few days I feel so broken down…like I thought I couldn't go on. But now I think I'm getting better. Slowly but surely I'm getting there."
"That's good to know."
Mickie looked up and saw a warm smile that was made for her. She smiled back.
"Yeah it is," she agreed. Then she leaned her head into his chest.
A smile crept up Paul's lips. By just one look at her gave him a tingling feeling inside.
And he had indeed welcomed this.
It was clear to him now that he was in love with Mickie James.