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Chapter 3

One Newcomer to Another


"You will never believe what my parents just did!" Teddie fumed.

"No what?"

"They adopted a girl! A nineteen year old girl!"

Izzie chuckled. "Is that all?"

"No! Don't you see?"

"No," Izzie admitted.

"They're trying to replace me. I was always the troublesome one. I was less than perfect. Well little miss Lucy must be pretty close to perfect, for my Mom to actually agree to another child."

"Calm down girl," Izzie admonished. "You're making a big deal out of nothing."

"Nothing?!" Teddie exclaimed. "You call that nothing?"

"Hey - how often do you see your parents? Honestly?"

Teddie took a deep breath to slow her racing thoughts.

"Not much," she acknowledged.

"Sooo...you shouldn't have to deal with her that much. Besides, look at you, you got the dream job - you got the life, girl!"

"Uhh...not exactly. I don't even have a job or a permanent home right now," Teddie pointed out.

"That's great!" Izzie exclaimed. "Trust me, that's a good thing."

"Why?" Teddie was puzzled.

"Well, first things first," Izzie said. "I am holding in my hand a piece of paper."

"That says?" Teddie prodded.

"It says...813-338-8778," Izzie read, almost triumphantly.

"What is that, Batista's phone number?"

"No, it's Evan's."

"Evan? You mean...Evan Bourne?"

"The one and the same."

"But..."

"He told me to tell you he was sorry for running off the other day, but he gave me his cell phone number to give to you. He thought that since you were coming to ECW, you might be a little lost and he offered to show you around, "as one newcomer to another" - I think that was how he put it."

"Wait - what? Since I'm coming to ECW?"

"Yep!" Izzie announced triumphantly. "Congratulations girl - you are part of the new ECW photography team!"

Teddie shook her head. "That's - that's great!"

"I thought you might be happy."

"I never really thought I would be going back to the WWE," Teddie admitted. "I mean, I kinda blew it the first time."

"Everyone deserves a second chance," Izzie pointed out.

"Maybe. Wow - thank you Izzie."

"What for?"

"I may be slow, but I'm not stupid. I know that I didn't just get back into ECW without a little inside push."

"Well...you're welcome." Izzie said.

"That reminds me girl - why didn't you tell me Shannon had left WWE?!" Teddie demanded, abruptly changing the subject.

"Well, it didn't seem that big a deal," Izzie said sheepishly.

"Not a big deal? Girl, you two used to be really hot for each other!"

"Well, that was in the past. I mean, look, if I'd been dating him I'd have been pressured to quit when he did. And you know more than anyone that my career means more to me than anything."

"Shannon would never pressure you to quit just because he chose to. He's not that kind of guy," Teddie said firmly.

"Yeah but I want a guy I know will be there with me for a long time," Izzie pointed out. "I was never sure if Shannon was sure about his future with the WWE."

Teddie shook her head, but decided that it would be for the better if she decided to keep her opinions to herself.

"Does Finlay know I'm coming?" She finally asked.

"No, I don't think so. At least, I didn't tell him. I think myself, Matt and Evan are the only ones that know so far."

"Okay - don't tell him."

"I won't," Izzie promised. "Unless you want me to."

"Nooo...I'd like to keep the peace as long as I can."

There was a brief pause.

"That was a nasty match Evan had with Morrison the other night," Teddie said. "Do you know if he's alright after that bump to the head?"

"Well he was being checked by medics backstage afterwards and I saw him with an ice pack later, but I think he's ok." Izzie hesitate and then suddenly giggled. "Teddie, I think you have a crush!"

Teddie shrugged, but couldn't hide her smile. "Perhaps," she said. "But I'm no Kelly Kelly, you know."

"No, you're better. You actually have something they call personality," Izzie teased.

Teddie heard whimpering coming from the other room. She sighed.

"Girl, I gotta go. Gracia's up."

"Ok, you go deal with the lioness," Izzie told her. "I'll talk to you another day...and I'll see you next week!"

"Next WEEK!" Teddie gulped.

"Yeah, girl. Check your email. You should have an email from Stephanie and another from me. You are supposed to fly in for Raw's next performance. I know that only gives you about five days to get your life situated, but that was the best I could do."

Teddie nodded. "No, really - it's fine. Thanks Izzie."

Her friend smiled. "You're welcome."