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Chapter 6 – Something to Think About
"Hey girls," Ashley began once she reached at a spot where her friends were sitting.
"Hey!" said Trish, offering a smile to her. "How are you doing?"
"I'm alright, thanks."
"Are you sure?" Maria asked.
"Yeah, of course. Why you ask that?"
"Oh…no reason. It's not like we're planning something for you or…"
Mickie was quick to cover her mouth before she could spill the beans.
"We're just concerned that's all," Mickie insisted and faked a smile. "Right Ria?"
"Mhm!" Maria simply nodded to confirm the answer.
"Oh okay." Ashley made a faint smile. "Well I appreciate the thought but I'm fine, really I am."
"Good to know then," said Trish. She then patted on the empty space between her and Candice. "Come and sit here."
Ashley went over to them and took her seat. "So I guess the guys haven't arrived back yet?"
"No not yet," said Candice. "So we're just here chatting to pass the time."
"You know what? I think I'm going to have a cup of hot chocolate right now."
"Sounds good," Candice grinned. "I would totally love one!"
"Me too!" Maria echoed.
"Same goes for me," said Mickie.
"Great," said Trish with a smile. "I'll go and fetch them. Would you like to come with me Ash?"
They got up from their couch and began their short journey to the restaurant.
"You know we haven't got to talk much since we got here," Trish began.
Ashley nodded. "Yeah."
Trish looked over to her friend. She seemed really quiet…and from the expression she read on her face, she appeared to be sad about something.
"Is there anything that you want to talk about?" Trish asked once they got to the counter.
She didn't look back. "No, nothing." said Ashley.
But Trish wasn't convinced of that answer. "Come on Ash, I know there's something. I can tell when you're upset."
Ashley made a slight laugh. "Well if I tell you then it'll sound stupid to you anyway."
Trish looked at the dirty blonde in disbelief. How could she think that way?
"Good morning ladies."
She had almost forgotten that she was at the counter. "Good morning to you. Can we get five cups of hot chocolate please?"
"Sure, coming right up."
Trish thanked the man and turned her attention back to her friend. Ashley didn't look back though as she seemed to be in her own world.
"You know that I'm always here to listen to whatever it is you have to say," Trish told. "Last night I got worried when you didn't show up to dinner last night…and not only just that, you haven't been yourself for the past few weeks."
Ashley made a scoff. "Well I'm sorry that I'm not being my cheery, hyper self that I usually am…" she began sarcastically. "I'm just not in that kind of mood right now."
Trish looked at her with sympathy. She knew what the problem was...and and sadly Ashley still had difficulty in dealing with it.
"It's Matt isn't it?" she asked.
Ashley's heart made a leap as if she feared of hearing the sound of his name again. She didn't want to tell this pain all over again.
"You're still upset about the breakup, right?"
Ashley turned to see that the Canadian blonde still had her eyes locked to her.
The dirty blonde eventually nodded and her voice sounded broken as she spoke softly.
And that was when Trish bit her lip. At this point, she was feeling a little guilty.
She had already planned, with the help of the girls of course, to the dirty blonde up with someone. They had agreed that Jeff would be a great guy for her.
Now there was a problem as Trish began to wonder if setting Ashley up with Jeff was a good idea...
Or a bad one.
"So…you were practicing your proposal? This whole time?"
Randy nodded to confirm the answer and chuckled nervously. "Yes."
Jeff blinked. "…Wow."
Randy laughed. "Well I have to get it right. I don't want to be all tongue tied and mess it up, you know? I want it to be perfect…so yeah maybe it did look like I was talking to a tree….but I have my reason for this."
Jeff nodded with an amused smile. "And what a reason it is." Then he chortled. "Wow again. I wish you best of luck man."
"Thanks," said Randy, grinning widely. "If she does accept, I'll be yodeling for joy!"
"Please don't or you'll create an avalanche," said Jeff, rolling his eyes.
Randy laughed and gave him a playful punch on Jeff's shoulder, prompting him to laugh as well.
"But seriously man…do you think that she'll say yes?" Randy asked. He couldn't help but to be unsure about what he had intended to do.
"Of course! Jeff told. "You guys have been together for a long time, right? I couldn't think of a better time for you to pop the question." Jeff said with a smile.
Randy chuckled. "Yeah. I can picture myself spending the rest of my life with her."
Jeff smiled at the words. He could tell that Randy did mean them. He put his arm over his friend's shoulder.
"Then buddy, trust me when I say that Candice will accept."
Randy made a nod as if to believe in his words. "Alright. I think I am ready to do this." He turned his head to him and smiled. "Thanks Jeff."
"Anytime. Now I think we better go or we'll have a certain Mr. Jericho hunting us down 'cause of you."
Randy laughed. "Yeah let's go."
They began to walk together, on their way back to the others. While they were on their journey, they started a conversation.
"This place is great isn't it? Randy asked. "The fact that we're up in these mountains. I've never been up here before."
For some odd reason, he hadn't gotten a reply. He looked at Jeff, who apparently seemed to be in his own world. His hands were in his pockets and he was staring down at the snow.
That did the trick as Jeff snapped himself out of his thoughts and bent his head upward.
"Huh? Oh I'm sorry. What is it you were saying?"
"I was saying that this place is great."
"Oh yes it really is," Jeff nodded. "I'm glad Chris came up with the idea."
"Yeah…is there something on your mind?"
Jeff stayed quiet. There was something on his mind…or rather, someone.
"Actually there is," Jeff revealed at least, sighing.
"It's about Ashley. I'm starting to feel concerned for her."
"How come? Is she sick or something?"
"No, nothing like that…it's about her breakup with Matt. Apparently she still hasn't gotten over it."
"Ouch that sucks," Randy sympathized. "I could imagine what she's going through."
Jeff nodded. "Remember yesterday when Chris handed out the keys?"
Randy nodded but was a little confused at the question. "Sure. What about it though?"
"Well when we realized that she has to share a cabin with me…I could tell that she wasn't exactly okay with it."
The self proclaimed legend killer put his hand to his chin to think deep into thought for a moment.
"I think I see what's going on here," said Randy. "This could be that Ashley wasn't up to it since she found out that she's sharing a cabin with someone who is very close to Matt, which in your case, happens to be his brother."
"Exactly. I don't want to look like the bad guy because of the stupid shit Matt put her through. Before I left for dinner last night, I went to check up on her and guess what? She lashed out at me."
Randy appeared to be in disbelief of this news. "What?"
"Yeah she did," Jeff said with a nod.
"Oh, damn. She really took out her frustrations on you huh?"
"Uh huh…I can't blame her for being in this state even though I didn't deserve to be lashed out in that way. But it's cool now. Ashley apologized to me this morning before breakfast."
"Yeah? That's good to know."
Jeff thought so too but now it wasn't enough. He sighed as he looked ahead of him. "I wish that there is something that I can do. I just hate to see her like this."
Randy could tell from the expression on Jeff's face that he genuinely meant what he said.
"Maybe there is something," he told at last.
This statement surely caught Randy's attention as Jeff looked at him again. "What is it?"
Randy simply smiled. "Well you're in the same cabin as her, aren't you?"
"So she'll need someone to talk to…besides the girls," Randy told. "I think it'll be a good idea if you help her cope with the breakup since you'll be around her for the most of the time while we're here anyway."
The rainbow haired man didn't seem to be up to the idea. "I don't know…"
Randy folded his arms and gave him a knowing look. "Come on Jeff, do I have to remind you that Christmas is nearly here? This is the time for everyone to be happy."
"I know but…"
"And I won't like to see sad faces on a happy day like Christmas."
"And I refuse to hear anymore of your excuses!"
"Alright, alright…no need to take my head off." Jeff rolled his eyes and then made a chuckle. "And you're right."
"Of course I'm right," said Randy with a smirk. Then his smirk was dropped and his face grew serious. "She needs a friend Jeff. She needs you."
Jeff thought for a moment. If there was anything that he could do for the dirty blonde, he would surely do it. He would do anything to bring a smile on that dirty blonde's face.
"We better walk on or the guys will probably think that we got lost," Randy told with a chuckle.
Jeff shook his head slightly before bringing his focus back to Randy.
"Oh, right. Yeah."
As they continued on with their journey back, the rainbow haired warrior had his mind occupied on a certain dirty diva again.
And then Randy's advice came into his head.
Throughout the whole journey, it became something for Jeff Hardy think about.