AN: Thanks to everyone who has reviewed the last chapter.
Chapter 15 – I Don't Care
"Can someone put some sunscreen on my back, please?" Maria asked.
"Sure I'll do it," Mickie offered.
The three divas had planned to visit the hotel's poolside to spend as much as they could before they leave for the next city.
The redhead gave the bottle. Mickie stood behind her and squirted out some lotion into her hands before she start to spread it all over her back.
"Hey I want sunscreen on my back too." Candice whined like a four year old girl who hadn't gotten her share of the candy.
"Miss Woman, I don't have eight arms like an octopus, okay? Have patience," said Mickie.
Maria chuckled. She had a feeling that today was going to be great. She had her friends and a large pool to swim in. What could possibly spoil her day?
She sighed happily.
"Well, someone is feeling really good today," Candice noted. "Care to share with us?"
"Oh yes! Share! Share!" Mickie urged.
Maria giggled. "I'm just in a great mood today. Have you ever felt like everything has fallen into place?"
"Yep, I know the feeling." Candice smiled.
"Good to hear that you're in a good mood," said Mickie. "You've been pretty down recently."
"Yeah." Maria nodded. "But that's going to change…starting from today."
"Oh?" Candice asked.
"Uh huh," Maria beamed. "Santino's taking me out to lunch today."
"Oh…that's nice," Mickie spoke.
Maria giggled. "Yeah. Things are working out between us now. So it's all good."
Candice and Mickie exchanged looks with each other whilst the redhead was oblivious of the eye contact. Though they didn't like the idea that she and the Italian superstar were still together, they tried to respect her decision.
For now at least.
Whilst the redhead was getting her back rubbed with lotion, she looked and instantly her body stiffened at a particular sight.
A tanned muscular figure entered her line of vision from far away; coming into the other side of the pool. There were no doubts as to who the person was for she was perfectly familiar with his muscular frame.
"I still don't get how this guy is single for so long." Mickie shook her head. "I mean, either he has a disease…or something's wrong with the women in this world."
"Well I highly doubt about the disease part, Micks." Candice chuckled. "But I get what you mean. He's hot…and he's such a sweet guy."
"Agreed." Mickie titled her head to the side at the diva sitting below her. "Aren't you going to call him or what?"
Maria said nothing. Eventually, her eyes narrowed. "Why would I?"
"Because he's your friend?" Candice looked at her incredulously and even more so when Maria spoke in a bitter tone.
"Friend? Friend?" Maria laughed bitterly. "Yeah, that's a good one Candice. A so called friend that has nothing but a jerk."
"Wait…" Mickie blinked. "Is this the Randy Orton we're talking about?"
"Who do you think I was talking about? Of course it's him I'm talking about!"
"I don't get it." Just like Mickie, the candi-coated diva was also confused. "Why would you say such things?"
Maria didn't respond as she watched him sitting down on the pool chair at the other side. At last she said, "It doesn't matter. Obviously he doesn't care, so why should I care too?"
"I'm going to get us some drinks," Maria cut in as she stood up. "Anyone wants some iced tea?"
"Umm…yeah, that sounds good," said Mickie
"Sure," said Candice, looking back at Mickie.
"Great. I'll be back in a bit."
Once Maria was gone, the brunette was the first to voice out her question. "Okay…just what the hell is going on here?"
"That's the exact same question I'm wondering about myself," said Candice, turning her head to the other side of the pool.
Randy was starting to regret the thought of taking a morning swim.
Though he already knew that he couldn't avoid her at every chance he would get since they worked under the same brand. But this could have been the one chance to forget all of his troubles.
And it didn't help that a tiny voice in his head reminded him of a few nights back.
"Just so you know…whenever you're ready to stop being stubborn and admit that you like Maria, just let me know alright?"
Jeff may be crazy sometimes but he wasn't stupid.
Randy was determined to not these words affect him even more than it already had. But it wasn't exactly an easy thing to do especially when there was a possibly chance that he could bump into her at anytime.
"This is crazy," he muttered to himself.
Just then, a shadow crept over him and voiced out a greeting. "Well well well, if it isn't Randy Orton."
Instantly he was dragged away from his train of thought and looked up to its source. Once he did, he smiled. "Hi Kelly."
The slender blonde grinned. Randy and Kelly met through Kelly's trainer Rey though they had never really talked much.
"Hey! You should go and take a dip. The water is great!"
Randy chuckled a bit. "I will in a while."
"Cool." Kelly picked up her towel from her pool chair and began to dry herself. "So how's it going?"
"Not too bad. How about you?"
"I'm doing great!" The blonde diva replied. "Thanks for asking."
"You're welcome. Oh by the way, don't forget about the autograph session this weekend."
"Oh, right! You know that actually slipped from my mind." Kelly laughed. "Thanks for reminding me."
He smiled at her. "Anytime."
While Kelly was drying herself off with a towel, his eye happened to steal a glance at the bar when he captured the sight of a woman with red hair. His heart suddenly jolted in fear of who he thought would be there. And to his dismay, he realized it was Maria talking to the bartender.
Randy turned his head away quickly in the hopes that Maria wouldn't see him. Kelly, who was oblivious of the sudden discomfort he was feeling, began to speak as she took a seat next to him. "So, um…are you ready for your pay per view match coming up? I know you must be really excited for it."
"Uh yeah, of course." He nodded. "I'm very excited. In fact, I can't wait to wear the gold around my waist again. It's been a very, very long time."
"I bet. You're very good at what you do. And I must say that you're one hell of a good dropkicker." Then her eyes widen after realizing something. "Did I just say that?"
"Yes you did." Randy smirked slightly. Kelly tried to not smile but it didn't seem to work. Soon they both realized this and laughed.
Meanwhile, Jeff walked over to where Candice and Mickie sat. "Enjoying yourselves?"
"For the time." Candice smiled up at him. "What's up?"
"I just come by to let you know that I'm going to see Matt for a while."
"Okay," said Candice. "I'll see you later."
"Of course you will," Jeff replied and pressed his lips on her temple.
"Hey Jeff, do you by any chance know what's going on with Randy?" Mickie asked. He had happened to be close to Randy so if anyone knew anything about Randy, it would be the rainbow haired warrior himself.
"I might have," Jeff responded. "Why you ask?"
"Well Maria mentioned something about Randy being a jerk…and we want to know why that is."
Then it hit him. He remembered the night when Maria was stopping by to see Randy, only to find out that he didn't want to see her.
"I see." Jeff nodded. "But not to worry. I'll go have a chat with him later."
"Can you tell us what this is about?" Candice asked.
Jeff smiled. "Let's just say…that he's unwilling to accept his feelings for Maria."
Then there was silence. Both divas had their eyes widen at the revelation.
"Wait, you mean…"
"Uh huh. I totally saw that, obviously."
"Oh my g…"
Jeff hushed them with a finger on his lips. "But you'll have to keep it quiet though."
"So all this time, he has feeling for her?" Then Mickie smiled. "Aw, so cute!"
"Very cute," Candice agreed. "So he's been avoiding her because he likes her?"
Jeff nodded. "Yep." He looked away for a moment to watch the other end of the pool. He made a frown as the Legend Killer deep into conversation…with another woman.
"I guess he's a little preoccupied at the moment," he said with a frown as he watched him talk to Kelly.
Mickie and Candice looked on as well. Randy and Kelly were sharing a few laughs.
"They look like they really enjoy each other's company," Candice commented.
"It looks that way to me," said Mickie. "You don't think…that Randy's trying to forget his feelings for Maria, do you?"
Jeff still had his eyes on the scene set before him. "I hope not." Then he sighed. "Look, Maria can't know about this. I rather Randy tell her for himself. So this secret stays with us, alright?"
"Oh yes, absolutely." Candice nodded. "I mean it's about them after all. Everything will sort out."
"Let's not forget the Italian Man," Mickie pointed out. "We'll have to get him out of the picture."
"But of course! I'm getting sick of his bashing about every single damn thing he sees," Candice rolled her eyes.
Jeff chuckled. "I've gotta run but I'll see you when I get back." He kissed his girlfriend and jogged away from the poolside, leaving the two divas something to think about.
"Wow, that was something," said Candice.
"I know," Mickie grinned like crazy. "Yay, down with the Italian Man!"
"You sure like to use that name for him," The candi-coated diva giggled.
"Ugh I refuse to speak of his name. You know that."
"Yes, I do know. Well we finally find someone a real guy that can really treat Maria right."
"He's a cool guy, Randy." Mickie spoke.
Candice nodded. "So now we know. Now we know that Randy likes…"
"Poptarts!" Mickie spoke up at a highest pitch.
She looked over to the brunette and raised a brow. "What?"
"Oh you know…Poptarts! It's getting hot…hot hot!"
Candice blinked, confused at this point. "Mickie…you've lost me."
Just as Mickie was about to speak, another voice beat her to it.
"Hey girlies! Maria greeted cheerfully. She was carrying a tray with drinks. "I'm back with Iced tea!"
Mickie gave Candice a firm nod. "Poptarts." She spoke slowly.
Finally deciphering the secret code, Candice nodded and smirked. "Oooh. Poptarts."
"Mhmm, exactly." Mickie smiled as Maria gave her a glass. "Thanks sweetie."
"You know, I could use a drink…like a passion fruit. I love that."
"Yeah? Me too." Randy beamed. "Let's head over to the bar. I'll pay for yours."
"I brought my purse with me so it's okay. You don't h…"
"I insist. It's on me." He smiled.
"Well, alright." She smiled back with appreciation. "Let's go."
Kelly wrapped her pink sarong around her waist before she accompanied him to the bar. Their journey had been followed by a pair of eyes which belonged to a diva.
She had just happened to caught sight of them together. It had certainly got her attention. The more she watched, the more envious she felt.
She should have been the one hanging with Randy. Not Kelly. She should have been the one deep into conversation with him, not Kelly.
She should have been the one walking close by him. Not Kelly.
Yet, the blonde had benefitted with being around such a personality like Randy's. This was the Randy she knew. This was the Randy that was way beyond what other people had said about him. He was really a sweet and caring guy who had gotten the hold of the wrong end of a stick.
Despite the fact she still held her anger at him for being so cold, she couldn't stop caring for him.
"I don't care," Maria muttered, just to assure herself that she was feeling quite the opposite.
Mickie leaned over to whisper to Candice. "I think she still cares for him."
"You and I both, Mickie." Candice said, looking over at their friend. "You and I both."
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Sorry for the long wait. But I'm back now. Hope it's okay.
Randy and Maria have an autograph session together. Considering the present situation, how will it go down and what happens afterwards?