This just popped into my head so I wrote it out while it was still fresh. I don't know how often I will update, guess it depends on how many reviews this first chapter gets and more importantly how often I can find a chance to work on it. Hope you all enjoy my newest experiment. :-)
The Real Deal
Harley Cooper-Thirty-eight year old Advertising Executive.
Mark Calaway-Retired WWE Wrestler.
Laurel Hansen-Harley's best friend and Owner of "Perfect Harmony" a very successful dating service.
Shawn Michaels-WWE Wrestler and Friend of Mark's.
Summary-Harley has made her Mother so happy by telling her about her new marriage and her attempts to get pregnant so much that her mom has decided to come for a visit to see for herself, so now how is Harley going to explain to her mother when she arrives that she lives in a one bedroom townhouse and doesn't even know how to change a diaper?
Harley sat in her office thinking about her life when her cell phone began to ring. She knew without looking that it was her mother.
"Hello Mother." Harley said answering the phone.
"Harley, dear. How are you?" Havilland said in a very stuck-up tone.
"I'm great mother. I haven't heard from you in a few months. Have you been away?"
"Yes, I have. I met a man and we have spent the last three months on his Yacht just sailing all around the world. I tell you dear, if you would step out of that fantasy you call a life and live a little maybe you could find you a man to treat you every once in a while."
Harley inhaled deeply and counted to ten. Her conversations with her mother were always like this. Her mother wanted her to be like her sisters. They were both stuck in dead end marriages they were not happy in with kids that were little monsters.
Harley had always been the ugly duckling in her family. Her mother, Havilland, always treated her two older twin sisters, Hannah and Harrison, better than her. So her mother wasn't too upset when Harley left her home state of North Carolina to go to Houston to attend Texas Southern University.
Harley normally talked to her mother twice a month and it never failed for Havilland to ask her daughter when she was going to get married and start a family. It annoyed Harley to no end. She was a successful business woman and in her mind a husband and family just were not in the cards for her. She had been in two serious relationships in her life. One was with Steven Leonard, her high school sweetheart and the other was with Kendal Drew, a man that she had met her senior year at TSU. They dated for five years and were engaged for four years. Everything was great until one day Harley decided to surprise Kendal at his office for lunch only to surprise her self when she walked into his office to find that he wasn't alone.
They hadn't seen Harley as they were too enthralled in their own actions. Harley had returned to Kendal's house and gathered her things destroying some of his in the process.
Harley had decided that men were no longer a part of her long term goals. Yes sometimes late at night as she lay in her bed she wished she had a man to satisfy her needs, but hell that's what vibrators were for. And yes she sometimes wished that there was pitter patter of little feet filling the halls, kids fighting over the remote control, and little ones to call her mommy, but she had long accepted that it would never happen, but her mother pushing her was starting to put unneeded stress on her so she did the only thing she could think of.
"Mother, I have some news for you."
"And what's that dear? You get another promotion at that god awful job of yours? Oh no even better, after six years of celibacy you got laid." Havilland said bitterly.
"Mother! That is unnecessary." Harley said very offended by her mother's hurtful words.
"I'm sorry I may have been just a little out of line, what is your news dear? Oh wait before you go and depress me let me tell you. Your sister is pregnant again."
Harley groaned. "Which one?"
"Harrison, she is five months along." Havilland said and Harley could see her mother smiling through the phone.
Harrison already had four kids, ages nineteen, fourteen, eight, and four. They came to visit at Thanksgiving and Christmas but other than that Harley rarely laid eyes on them, which didn't bother her too much. Those kids were terrible. Her other sister Hannah had three children a set of twenty year old twin daughters and a fifteen year old son who was in and out of juve more than anyone Harley had ever met.
"How are all the kids anyway?"
"Well Harrison's bunch is all fine. Haylee just finished her sophomore semester at UNC and Harry is getting settled at his new high school. Hope just started second grade and Henry just got moved to the four and five year old room at his daycare. As for Hannah's three, Hilary and Hope are both modeling in New York and Hank is back in detention."
"What for this time?"
"Stealing a car. Can you believe that?" Havilland asked with an exasperated sigh.
"Hell yeah I can." Harley thought but didn't dare say aloud.
"No mother I can't believe that at all." Harley said sarcastically instead but her mother didn't catch the sarcasm part.
"So dear you said something about having news."
"Yes I have news." Harley was going to tell her mother that she was in a steady relationship. She was sure that would shut her up…well at least for a little while, but her mother's next statement simply made Harley see red and completely made Harley say something that she could not take back.
"Well tell me now so I can laugh about your pathetic little promotion later."
"I didn't get a fucking promotion mother, I got married and I'm trying to have a baby!" Harley slapped her hand over her mouth and waited for her mother to laugh at her ridiculous announcement, but laughter didn't come instead Harley heard her mother say…
"Awww baby you've made your mother so proud."
Harley was in shock. Had she heard her mother correctly? That woman had never once in her life told her that she was proud of her, not when she graduated valedictorian from high school and not when she got a full academic scholar ship to TSU.
"Why didn't you tell me sooner, how far along are you, when did you get married, why didn't you invite any of your family to your wedding?"
Harley's head was spinning and she was surprised to find herself rattling off very believable answers.
"I would have told you but like you said you've been sailing the world on a yacht and I'm not pregnant yet we just started trying recently. We got married two months ago and I didn't invite anyone because we wanted things to be simple so we just went to the justice of the peace and had it done. I took my best friend, Laurel, as my witness."
"I can't believe this. I am so happy for you. Listen I have to go but I want to know more about all of this. Like how you met the guy what he does for a living just everything."
Harley was panicking how could she give her mother details about a man that didn't even exists?
"Alright mother I will tell you everything when you call in a few weeks."
"No, you don't understand, Harley. I am coming to visit. I want to meet my new son-in-law."
"What?! Mother I have lived in Houston for twenty years and you have never once visited."
"That's because I never had a reason to dear, but now you will not be able to keep me away. I have handle some things here first before I can leave so I will see you in two weeks, work for you? Good." Havilland said before blowing kisses at her daughter and hanging up the phone.
"Oh my god! What have I done?" Harley said before slamming her head onto her desk.
Harley left her office early. She had to talk to someone and she knew exactly who to go to. She drove the ten miles from her office to "Perfect Harmony" It was a dating service that her best friend Laurel Hansen ran. Laurel's little business was very successful. People would come to her and fill out a dating profile and she in turn would match that person with their "perfect match". Harley thought it all sounded silly. She didn't understand how people could put their love lives in someone else's hands, but Laurel had clients by the bus load.
Harley walked through the doors of "Perfect Harmony" and was greeted by the chiming of bells that hung over the door.
"Be right with you." Harley heard Laurel call from the back.
"Take your time, hon. I'm not in any kind of hurry."
"Hey Harlz, I will be out in a sec."
Harley walked around the front parlor looking at all the happy couples in the photos. Under every picture were the names of the people in the photos, the date of when Laurel had matched them, and how long they had been together.
"Some of my most satisfied customers." Laurel said with a grin as she walked out from the back. Laurel was a tall slender woman about 5'9 with big brown eyes and long curly brown hair. She had very pale skin and wore bright red lipstick. She was forty years old and lived in the town house next to Harley's.
"Lucky them." Harley said forcing a smile.
"What's wrong, Harley. You don't sound like yourself."
"My mother called."
Uh-oh that is never a good. What did she say this time?"
"Harrison is pregnant again, and mother was so happy and then she started putting me down again and I just snapped." Harley said as she started pacing back and forth.
"She just doesn't know when to stop, ya know? But this time she went too far, but I think I may have gone farther."
"What do you mean, what did you say to her?"
"I told her that I had gotten married and was trying to have a baby."
"I bet that made old Hav freak."
"Oh no on the contrary, she told me she was proud of me, do you believe this shit! And to make maters a hundred times worse she is coming here in two weeks to meet her new son-in-law." Harley said still pacing.
"What are you going to do?"
"Hell if I know." Harley said with a sigh. "I guess I will just have to call her back and fess up to my lie, what else can I do?"
"You could always get married Harley."
"Yeah right, to who the invisible boyfriend that I've had for the past six years?"
"Fill out a dating profile; let me match you with someone."
"Because I just don't want you to." Harley said.
"It can't hurt you."
"It can't help me either. I mean even if you found me a match two weeks isn't really enough time to fall in love and decide you want to have a child with someone."
"That's where you are wrong Harley, haven't you ever heard of love at first sight?"
"Yeah, and I think its bullshit. Lust at first sight maybe, but love at first sight is just a myth. Thanks for the offer Laurel, but I think I am just going to go home and call mother and explain everything. Look come over when you leave here tonight we can order pizza and watch Johnny Deep movies."
"Sure Harlz, I'll see you in a couple of hours, and Hey will you do me one favor?"
"What's that?" Harley asked looking at her friend.
"Hold off on calling Havilland, let her have her moment of happiness, even if she doesn't really deserve it." Laurel said winking at Harley.
"I guess I can do that, see you at home." Harley said as she waved and left the shop.
The minute Harley left the shop Laurel was on the phone talking to an old friend.
"Hey, yeah Shawn it's me, Laurel. Yeah it's been quiet a while. Listen I need a huge favor. Do you happen to have any single friends in this area? Great! Listen I have a friend in a jam…" Laurel spent the next fifteen minutes explaining Harley's situation to her long time friend Shawn Michaels. She knew if anyone could help her figure out a solution it would be him.
Harley went home and took a much needed hot shower. She couldn't believe that she had actual told that lie to her mother about being married. No man had laid eyes on her in years mainly because she spent most of her time in her office or in her home steering clear of any male contact. She wasn't unattractive; standing at 5'3 she had shoulder length red hair and blue eyes. She looked nothing like the rest of her family. Her sisters took after their mother with blonde hair and hazel eyes and stick thin figures. Harley wasn't fat but she was quite curvaceous. And she had big supple breast. She had always felt like Cinderella around her family. She had never known her father, he had died in a car crash when her mother was in labor with her, and for some reason she always got the feeling that her mother blamed her for it. She only had one picture of her father and it was obvious that she took after him in every way.
Harley stepped out of the shower and dried off. Wrapping her hair in a towel she put on a pair of tinkerbell pajama bottoms and a tank top and lay on the couch waiting for Laurel to join her for the night.
"You have really made a mess of your life this time, Harley Davidson Cooper, a real mess." Harley sighed as she flipped on the TV and stared blankly at the screen.
"This better be good Michaels." Mark barked into the phone.
"Sorry man didn't mean to wake you, look I need a favor."
"What kind of a favor?" Mark asked suspiciously.
"I would rather not talk about it on the phone, meet me tomorrow for lunch?"
"Sure, but I have a bad feeling about this already."
"See you tomorrow dead man." Shawn said as he laughed at his friend.
Shawn hoped that he was able to convince Mark that doing this would be a good thing and that Mark didn't kill him when he told him what he wanted him to do.