Before You Judge Me, Try to Know Me

A/N: I got this idea in mind today so I thought why not try it out? My pairing may seem like an 'odd' one to you but I think the idea of Candice and Jeff as a couple is cute. (This is just my opinion, I dunno about you, lol) So please review and tell me what you think of it so far. This chapter is going to be short and hopefully the next one shall be longer. So I hope you'll enjoy this new story and happy reading!

Synopsis: Candice has her preferences about the guy of her dreams, but when she goes on a blind date, she finds out that the guy isn't the one that he appears to be. But what's going to happen when she finds out that guy who didn't 'top' her list ends up helping her out with her training?


Chapter 1: Her Number One Goal

By the time the training session had ended, the pink t-shirt that the dark haired diva had on got soaked with perspiration. She had been sweating like crazy but she was used to that. All the training sessions were like that so there was nothing new about its outcome of practicing new moves for about an hour. She had her hands on her knees, gasping for breath but she had on a smile formed on her lips. Candice was exhausted but she was satisfied to know that her craft had been improved little by little. Slowly but surely she was getting there.

"Great job Candice. I expect you to keep it up."

"You know I will."

Her goal was to become women's champion and what could be better than to have a trainer who happened to win that title on more than one occasion. She had retired from the company a year ago but just because she hadn't been back to the WWE in such a long time, it didn't mean that she wasn't willing to help out a friend in need of training.

Trish Stratus took some of her time off to train Candice for the past three months. Since after her retirement, she had been working at her fitness center back in Toronto. The training session began when she had gotten a call from Candice, asking her to be her trainer. The Canadian blonde quickly agreed to the idea, believing in her heart that the dark haired diva had the potential to wrestle. Candice just needed someone to encourage her to use that potential and Trish would be the one to do that.

The former seven time women's champion had her hands placed on her hips and smiled at the response of the determination that she was expected to hear coming from the mouth of Candice Michelle.

"I'm glad to hear that. Keep that positive attitude of yours to the same level."

"Don't worry about me Trish," said Candice as she got to her standing position. "As long as I have you as my trainer, I don't think I'll be casting doubt on myself any time soon."

"Good. So let's have our drinks and then we'll get out of here."

The blonde Canadian went for two bottles of chilled water from her cooler and handed Candice one before drinking her own. The coolness tingling down her throat was all that she needed as she gulped down some of the icy cold water that could only satisfy her quench of thirst. Candice then let out a satisfying sigh and wiped her mouth with the back of her hand.

"I feel so refreshed now."

Trish giggled as she screwed back the cap of the bottle. "So tell me, what's going on in your life?"

"Well besides the training with you," said Candice with a grin. "I've got a photo shoot coming up in two weeks."

"That's cool. But I'm talking about your life outside of wrestling?"

Candice let out a small laugh. "No I haven't found the one yet, if that's what you're trying to ask."

It wasn't that she didn't want to date, it was the time that she couldn't manage to find. Due to her busy schedule, Candice hadn't found the time to date any one, regardless of the male superstars who happened to work under the same brand as her for that matter. She had planned to get a boyfriend one day but for now, her main focus was on her goal to become women's champion for the first time in her career.

"Are you sure about that?" Trish asked with a smirk in a teasing manner. Of course she wouldn't let Candice get away with that answer easily if there was someone in her friend's life. Trish just had to get it out from her, even if it would annoy her to the core. Candice rolled her eyes at this.

"Let me think." Candice had a finger tapping onto her chin as she went deep into thought. "There are plenty of guys out there, but gosh, not one of them got my attention."

"And what could be the reason, I wonder." Trish raised a brow at her.

Candice simply shrugged. "Just not interested at the moment, I guess."

Her eyes widened by that answer. Candice made an expression on her face as if to say 'What?'

"Not interested?" Trish began in disbelief. "Candice, listen to what you've just said."

"Look Trish when you're working obviously you don't pay attention to these things."

"I know but when are you planning to date? When you turn forty?"

"Ha ha, very funny," said Candice in a sarcastic tone. "I have a tight schedule in my hands so…"

"You're waiting until you get a break?" Trish finished her sentence. "Go ask Vince for one so you can start man hunting, why don't ya?"

Candice laughed and gave Trish a playful punch on the shoulder which Trish responded by rubbing her shoulder and letting out a laugh of hers.

"I thought you understand!"

"I do honey," said Trish. "But what if there's someone that comes into your life right as you got out of this arena-"

"Which I highly doubt that," said Candice with a playful roll of the eyes.

"I'm serious."

The dark haired woman looked at her and could tell from Trish's expression that she was being serious and not joking around.

"What if you meet someone regardless of how tight your schedule may be would you turn him down?"

Candice went deep into thought for a moment. She hadn't thought of this question nor did she think that she would need to. Since Trish had brought it up, she had to answer it as candid as possible.

"I don't know," said Candice with a shrug. "It's too soon for me to know that anyway."

"But honey, that guy might walk down this ramp just like that," said Trish with a snap of her fingers. "My point is you just never know."

Candice sighed. "Well I can't think about it right now. Work becomes the first thing at this point for me. The guys just have to wait."

"Wait on what? For you to say 'Oh I'm off from work now, let's go out tonight?'"

Candice couldn't help but to laugh at Trish. But she knew that she was being serious at the same time.

"You know what I mean Trish. I just can't think of dating right now."

Trish shrugged in defeat and then said, "Okay then. Well I was hoping to get some juicy info but it looks like I can't even get a single drop. Thanks for making my day."

Candice grinned. "Aw Trish, don't be like that."

"It's okay, don't worry about me. So are you ready to go?"

"Yeah I am."

"Then let's go."

The two women exited through the middle and bottom ropes of the four sided ring, collected their bags and went out of the arena. As they got to the backstage area, they continued on with their conversation, this time it was about Candice's upcoming match against Jillian Hall. It was going to be her first match since her training sessions with Trish. And she couldn't wait to expose her craft to the hundreds of fans in attendance.

Candice was going to show everyone that she was more than just a pretty face. She could be a fighter just as any diva in the women's locker room. Soon her hard work would be recognized and that could earn her rightful chance at the women's title.

As of next week, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is.

And come next week, Candice Michelle would do just that.