Stephanie walked into the bar looking around. What was she doing here? Last thing she knew she was laying on the bed, thoughts running through her head and now she was walking in this place looking for him. She had changed her mind a million times in the walk there and even turned around a few times. She scanned the building and with no sign of him or anyone else that she knew she turned to walk out.
"Hey McMahon." A voice called out. "Come on over."
Hunter was standing there with a group of people and was walking over to greet her. "I'm glad you came." He smiled at her. "We were just about to order some drinks."
She nodded a bit walking over with him. She rubbed his hands together trying to form some kind of words out of her mouth. She was nervous and scared and had no idea why. It wasn't like it was just her and him there. His girlfriend was there too. She took another deep breath and reiterated that statement in her head. "He has a girlfriend Stephanie. A girlfriend that he is planning on marrying soon. You can't be thinking. like this. You need to push these feelings aside and focus on not feeling like that." She thought to herself. "I can't stay to long, I just figured that I would come down here and say hello. I didn't want to be rude or anything."
"That's fine, come and have one drink with us." He smiled as he walked over to the table with her. "What would you like?"
Seeing that she really didn't drink that much and knew that if she drank it might lead to unwanted confessions her choice was really simple. "Just a soda." She spoke softly grabbing the money out of her wallet.
"Since I was the one that invited you here let me pick up the tab." He said as he placed his hand on hers. "Really it's cool."
A shiver went down her spine. It was just the way the simplest touch from him made her feel. It took everything in her power to hide that feeling. She took a deep breath and looked around. "So this place is nice." She spoke softly trying to make some small talk.
"Yea we try to find the closest bar, just to give us some down time." He looked around as Joanie protectively wrapped her arms around him. "So now you can just relax and join us." He nodded as the bartender came over handing her the drink. She couldn't help but glance over at Joanie who was seemingly giving her a dirty look. Could she tell what was going on in Stephanie's head. She quickly finished up the drink. " I should actually get back to the hotel. It's late and I am rather tired. Thank you for inviting me. " She spoke as she tried to excuse herself.
"Well sorry you couldn't stay longer Stephanie." Joanie choked out.
"Yeah. I guess I will see you at work." Hunter watched her as she nodded and walked out of the bar.
Stephanie finally made her way back to her room and onto the bed. Taking out a notebook she started to write.
"Feelings, this mass confusion of thinking that there is maybe something there when deep down inside. I have no idea what is going on with me, but there is something about him. Something that I just can't shake. Being around him it's like thing I have ever felt. What am I thinking? He is getting married soon and this is all a storyline. A storyline that will be over in a blink of an eye. I need to stop thinking about all of this. Thinking that there will ever be something more."
Stephanie wiped the tears away from her eyes and laid back on the bed finally falling asleep.
Stephanie woke up; her eyes still tear stained and red from crying. She felt like she had been sleeping for hours but in all honestly it couldn't have been more than twenty minutes. Her heart was seemingly breaking and she wasn't exactly sure why. She did but seemed to be having a hard time finally admitting it to herself. She couldn't feel this way. She wasn't going to allow herself to feel this way. Not now. Not ever. She wiped her eyes slowly looking over at the clock, her breath becoming a bit shallow. "I think I might be in love with him." She couldn't believe she finally spoke those words out loud. She was scared but saying it seemed to make it easier.
Her eyes moved over to the clock, reading a simple 12:37. She picked up the phone knowing that either he was at the office or in bed. She sighed as the machine came on. Hi Dad, it's Stephanie. We need to talk." She groused hoping that he didn't hear the truth in her voice. "We need to talk about this storyline with Hunter and me. I don't think that it is going to work. The timing is off and I don't think that things are going to fall into place the way that they should. Just give me a call when you get this. Whatever time it is. I think that this is something that we really need to talk about. Thanks Dad." She placed the phone on the stand and laid back sighing softly. If she didn't get her father to back out on this then she didn't know what was going to happen. She knew that she couldn't let her feelings get in the way or work, nor was she sure the feelings even existed, but just being with him. It was like nothing she could explain. She sighed and looked over at the clock once more. "12:44." She spoke out softly. He was probably in bed, no use waiting up all night for him. The call would come tomorrow morning and she would explain her position, maybe after a few bats of the eyes it would work. She had to remain confident in that fact.
She slowly laid her head down on the pillow when she heard a knock on the door. Maybe Vince decided that doing it in person was better than talking over the phone. She got up from the bed and made her way to the door, pulling it open. "Dad." She stopped dead in her tracks looking at the man before her. It was definitely not her father. "Hunter what are you doing here?" She pulled her robe around her tighter.
He looked at her for a minute just taking in the beauty of her. "You looked like you were upset. I wanted to make sure that everything was okay and that nothing was wrong." He shifted on his feet. "So are you okay?"
"I'm fine. I was just a little tired. Nothing to worry about at all." She watched him for a minute.
"Alright, I thought maybe Joanie's mixed signs made you leave. You have to excuse her. She seems to think everyone who is anyone wants to be with me." He laughed a bit. "You know the typical jealous girlfriend thing." He shrugs. "I just wanted to make sure that everything was okay."
"Everything is fine." She couldn't help but smile at his kindness. "Thank you for checking on my though. I appreciate it."
"Anything for you Steph." He smiled a bit. "If you need anything just give me a call." He smiled as they parted way and she shut the door.
"Anything for you Steph." She gushed like a schoolgirl as she laid on the bed. Maybe she could do this, it would just take a little bit of work. She smiled to herself as she drifted off to sleep.
A few weeks went past and the storyline seemingly progressed. Stephanie turned on her father, at Armageddon, and claimed to the world that she was in love with Triple H and their marriage was legitimate. She got more comfortable with it each step of the way and the feelings that she so longed to hide were becoming more developed, more defined. It was something more than a simple schoolgirl crush, something that she wanted to be even more. . The connection between her and Hunter was there but she wasn't sure how he felt about her. They had no problem acting like they were in love when the cameras were rolling, even Hunter's girlfriend could attest to that, and most of the time that spilled over after the show. They hung out together, they spent time together, they rehearsed kisses, but still he never came out and told her what he felt. Maybe it was because he was simply acting and it didn't mean anything to him.
Sitting back on the bed Steph went over the scripts for that night, her mind trying to focus on something other than what she was thinking. There was so much work that she needed to catch up on, so much that she needed to take care of. And that was going to be the saving grace of her thoughts. For that point and time she was just going to focus on her work. She put on her glasses and penned through some things that needed changing there was a knock on the door. She got up and smiled when she seen who was at the door. "Hi there. What brings you here so late at night?" She stepped back letting them come in.
"Hey there Steph." He shifted from one foot to another almost as though he was nervous. "How's it going?"
She could sense something was going on. "Fine." She looked at him for a minute. "Hunter what's wrong?"
He was holding a piece of paper in his hand, a folded up letter of sorts. "Joanie found this in my stuff. I didn't know it was there. I mean I did. I knew it was there. I mean I read it before... but I didn't know that she was going to go through my stuff and find it. I put it under my clothes. I'm not sure how she found it." He looked at her. "She said that she knew there was something more going on then we were letting on. She said that she felt it for a while, every time we kiss, every time I would hold you in my arms. When she read this letter she realized that what she believed in her heart, what she wishes for it not to be true, was. She decided that it was time to let go so she left me. She broke up with me, walked out and is never coming back."
"A letter, Hunter what are you talking about?" Stephanie looked at him not sure what he was talking about until he handed it to her. Her face paled instantly, as if she had seen a ghost. Everything that she wanted to confess to him was on that letter. She had written it and thought she had throw it away but somehow it managed to end up with his stuff. Somehow his girlfriend read it. "Hunter. I am so sorry. I never... I never meant for that to get out. I never meant for you to read that. I'm umm I'm not sure how you even got it." She bit her lip a single tear coming from her eye as she looked down at the letter.
"Steph, don't cry." He looked at her. "I'm not mad. I'm just not really sure what happened." He looked at her, his finger moving over her cheek to wipe the tear. "I am not mad at you. I know you didn't mean for me to read it but I thought we were friends, I don't understand why you couldn't tell me."
"Oh yeah Hunter I am just going come out and tell you all this stuff that I have been feeling. You would have looked at me like I was nuts. You would have... it would have changed things in our friendship. And working with you that is not something that I wanted to happen." She looked at him slowly and sighed. "How about we just pretend that I never wrote and you never read it? That it never existed."
"Pretend that is never happened. Stephanie I can. That letter." He looked at her. "You know we can't pretend that it didn't exist. It changes everything." He watched her.
"No Hunter. No. It doesn't have to. I never meant for you to see that. I mean why? We can pretend. We could. I can just take the letter and burn it. We can forget all about this, go on with our lives as if it never was seen. Please Hunter?"
He shook his head. His blood was starting to boil and truthfully he was not sure why he was mad. How could she think that he would just turn his back on something like that? The things she wrote in that letter meant something to her. It meant something to him as well. Did she think so little of him that she just thought he could close his eyes to what she had to say? Every word. "No Stephanie. I'm not going to just let it go. I am not going to drop it and I am sure as hell not to pretend it didn't happen."
"You can tell her it was a mistake; you can tell Joanie that I was just using it as something for our script. You know getting into character." She started rambling on. "Tell her that you love her, that you need her. Hunter I will tell her, whatever you need to me. I will tell her I will get you back together. I swear. "She started looking through things.
He looked at her and sighed. "It doesn't matter anymore."
"Yes it does Paul." She started to cry, that being the first time that she had called him Paul since this entire storyline started. "You love her. You need to be together. I will go to my dad and tell him to end it. Please, I don't want you hurt. Please just go back to her..."
"Stephanie stop." He watched her. "I don't want to."
Her eyes got big, "Why not Hunter? You guys are getting married. You love each other. You can't do this. You can't stop... If she knows the truth then she won't be hurt, she will understand and she will take you back. Hunter you love her and that is the most importa..."
He stopped her rambling. "I can't Stephanie. I can't go back to her because I love you." He pulled her into a kiss.