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There's a calm surrender to the rush of day, when the heat of the rolling world can be turned enchanted moment, and it sees me through.
It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Sir Elton John
The week after Jeff returned from Denver was one of those weeks that passed so quickly that it felt like a blur. The majority of his time had been spent bouncing between work, the gym, signings, traveling, and he'd been so busy trying to juggle everything that he felt he'd been neglecting the someone that was more important to him than any of those things.
It wasn't that Trish ever made him feel bad about their tremendously busy schedules; She understood they both had work lives that took up a lot of time, and some days that meant they hardly got to see each other except for at the arena and when they were eating vending machine dinners in bed together at 2 am. She was cool with all that, and it was probably a good thing because tonight was looking like it was going to be another one of those nights where he'd end up crawling into bed beside her so beat and tired that he was barely able to keep his eyes open long enough to give her a kiss and say goodnight.
"One more time."
"Matt I'm tired.." Jeff leaned back against the ringpost and hung his head with a sigh causing locks of his deep purple hair to fall into his face. The show had ended almost an hour ago and since then he and Matt had been in the ring, despite the fact that the crew was waiting to take it down. "The footing got messed up - shit happens." He continued. "Going over the move a dozen times when I'm just about ready to fall asleep standing up isn't going to fix anything."
The elder of the two men in the ring heard Jeff's argument, he simply didn't care. "Someone could've gotten hurt." He pointed out. "so quit yer bitchin' and let's try it again."
"If you don't knock it off, let me go take a shower and get the fuck out of here, you're going to be the one that gets hurt." Jeff snapped irritably. "I know how to do the damn move."
"Great - one more time."
He raised his head, pushed the hair out of his eyes, and shot a glare at dark haired man standing opposite him. "Fine." He issued the reply with a low growl and complied with Matt's request to try the move once more then both rolled out of the ring, and while Matt headed up the ramp Jeff turned his attention to the gorgeous blonde woman that was sitting in one of the thousands of now empty auditorium chairs. "Trish you ready?" He called to her loudly, but he got no response and soon noticed why ~ she'd fallen asleep in her seat with one of her legs tossed over the back of the chair in the row in front of her and her head crooked back at an odd angle.
With a chuckle he hopped the barricade and climbed up the steps until he reached her seat then gently shook her shoulder, all he got in reaction to that was a soft grumble so he shook her again. "Trish.."
"You fell asleep."
"Oh, shit…sorry. Are you ready to go?"
Anything she said after sorry didn't register with Jeff because the apologetic word made him frown immediately. She'd stayed behind to wait for him and fallen asleep in one of those deadly uncomfortable chairs - there was no need to apologize for that. "You shouldn't be sorry…" He said softly, the weeks frustrations catching up to him as he sat in the seat beside her. "and I shouldn't be either, but I am."
"You shouldn't be…but you are?" She sat up and blinked her beautifully sleepy brown eyes a few times until they were clear enough to focus on him. "Why?"
"You fell asleep in a chair waiting for me."
"It's alright Jeff.."
"No, It's not." He said firmly. "It's not alright."
"I wanted to wait for you." She argued. "It's worth it. We've got the drive back to the hotel together and-"
"Trish stop…please." Her words only made him feel worse; He knew they'd been busy, but he hadn't realized just how desperate they were for time together. However, now that he did know he couldn't put it off any longer - they needed time together, something more than time in the car, more than Doritos and M&M's in bed, and he had the perfect idea. "Will you do me a favor?" He asked, his tired green eyes lighting up with renewed excitement. Trish nodded and he continued. "Go find yourself a big cup of coffee - I mean really huge - and enjoy it while you wait for me to get out of the shower. I won't be long, I swear."
"You want me to go get coffee?" She asked, repeating his strange request with her head quirked to the side in curiosity. "Why?"
"You love me right?"
She caught a glimpse of those eager eyes, accepted that there was no telling what the reasoning for the sudden need of a jumbo dose of caffeine was, and laughed at his answer. "Okay…so I'm going to get coffee." She began as she got out of her chair, stretched out, and straightened out her jeans and the long sleeved shirt she had on. "Do you want one too?"
"Yea, that'd be great." He smiled at her as he also got to his feet, then stole a kiss, and started down the steps. "I'll meet you by the locker room in about fifteen minutes."
By the time Trish found them some coffee and made her way back to the locker room the fifteen minutes had just about passed so she was only out in the hall for a few minutes waiting before Jeff came out. He looked a little more alive which, was probably due to the fact that after he'd eased his muscles with warm water he'd switched to cold for a minute or so to wake himself up.
"You ready to go?" He asked, taking the warm cup of coffee from her outstretched hand with a grateful smile, then placing his hand in hers where the warm cup had been and lacing their fingers together.
"I am. Where are we going?"
Since his mouth was full of coffee he simply narrowed his eyes, a simple indication of his answer and one Trish clearly understood.
"I'm not allowed to ask?"
"No, you're allowed to ask." He replied once he'd swallowed the delicious liquid he was counting on to keep him awake and functional. "You're just not going to get any answers."
"Because it would ruin the surprise."
"The surprise I planned for you." He countered with a grin.
"In the last fifteen minutes you've managed to plan something for me?"
"You doubt my abilities Ms. Stratus? I'm hurt. " He pouted a little and she laughed softly.
"You are not."
"I am." He insisted, sticking his pierced bottom lip out further. "I've spent the last fifteen minutes thinking long and hard about this date and I think I've come up with something damn good…and you doubt me."
"Like a real date?…Tonight?"
He nodded, slightly amused by her reaction. "I know it's late, but ya've gotta live for the moment, and I figured since we haven't done the whole awkward first date thing yet it's probably about time that we do. Sound go-?"
Before he could finish the question Trish had carefully wrapped herself around him in a tight hug. "Okay - I won't ask anymore." She said quickly. "I don't doubt you, and I'm so ready to go."
"You sure?…I don't wanna have to twist your arm… "
"No!…You're not. I wanna go!" She wiggled excitedly, untangled herself from him and the two headed out into the snow covered parking lot.
"I love traveling in New England during this time of year." The smile on her face as she spoke was child-like in it's beauty and simplicity. "Sure, the leaves are all gone, but the snow…it's so beautiful."
"It is." Jeff nodded as he stuffed their bags into the back seat. "Not so much fun to drive in though."
"I know, ya'll southern boys ain't used to this kinda weather and that's why ya'll need to be careful when yer driving eh? " She put on a heavy southern accent and sauntered towards Jeff, and just as he shut the back door he wrapped his arms around her until she got close enough and Jeff playfully pinned her against the car.
"I don't think I sound like that…" He gazed down at her, and tried to hold back a laugh at her goofy combo of a Canadian and Southern accents as he stole a kiss.
"Well ya'll don't listen to yerself talk, do ya, eh?" She replied through a giggle.
"I don't. I also don't think I've ever said 'eh' - that and all the manic hand gesturing while talking are strictly Canadian things."
"You're picking on me?" She pouted, dropping the southern accent completely and jutting her bottom lip out in a look that would've convinced anyone, or at least anyone that didn't know her well enough, that they'd genuinely offended her. However, Jeff did know her well enough and he wasn't going to give in.
"Hey, it's alright…I got smacked a few times and now I've learned to dodge the hands when you're talking, it's all good." He shrugged. "Besides, you started this."
"but…I was only teasing." She continued to sulk. "I happen to think your twangs and thangs are very cute."
"Well thanks darlin'."
That simple phrase scored an epic win for one Jeff Hardy and put an end to the battle of the brogues because the way he said darlin' in that sexy southern drawl made Trish's eyes light up and, as much as she would've loved to continue playing up the hurt-feelings act, she couldn't resist the urge to lean up on her tip toes and claim a kiss from those lips.
"Damn you and your southern charm."
"I take it you're over it?" Jeff smirked and Trish nodded reluctantly. "Great, then hop in gorgeous, I've got the perfect night planned for us."
Trish giggled as she looked at the large building whose parking lot Jeff had pulled into. "I've never been on a date to Wal*mart - Oooh and it's a super center." She said with a grin. "Are you going to buy me a toy?!"
"This isn't our date…" He glanced at her out of the corner of his eye and offered her a crooked smile. "and I'm not telling what our date is. I only stopped here because I need to run in and pick up a few things. You don't even have to come in, just sit here and look pretty, I'll only be a minute."
"Fine…but I still want a toy."
Jeff chuckled. " Well, If you're good-"
"You won't know that for sure until later…"
"What?" She looked at him with an innocent smile. "I just meant later, you know, when you get out of the store. Between now and then I could change all your radio presets and write dirty messages on your windshield with my fingers. What'd you think I meant?"
"hehe…fibber." She teased, sticking out her tongue at him as he got out of the car, looking a bit flustered, and headed into the store.
Left to her own devices to keep entertained for the ten or so minutes Jeff was gone Trish decided to check her messages and once she'd finished with that she opted to try one of the games on her phone. Just as she was starting to get the hang of 'snake' -which was around the same time that she was starting to get bored with the game- she heard the trunk pop open, followed by a few minutes of bags rustling as they were being settled and shifted, then finally Jeff joined her in the car once again.
"There, all set." He tucked something under his leg, but Trish didn't bother to question that - which was a smart move because she wouldn't have gotten a straight answer anyway.
"Awesome! So now we're going?"
"On our real date, or are you taking me somewhere like Target or Sam's club?"
Jeff laughed but he didn't justify that question with a response, he just rolled his eyes and shook his head before pulling out of the parking lot and heading towards their next destination…which perplexed Trish once again.
"Where are we?" She asked, staring out the windshield at a small park that was covered in snow and nestled away from the glow of city lights.
"It'll make sense in a few minutes. " He leaned over and kissed her cheek then took the item he'd tucked under his leg and held it out for her to take.
"A blindfold.." She wiggled her eyebrows suggestively "kinky."
"Very." He replied with a grin. "but for now I just need you to put it on so I can get things set up."
"Alright." She slipped it on without any argument and sat as patiently as she could while Jeff unpacked the trunk and set up his surprise. She really had no idea where he was going with this and as each moment passed the curiosity ate away at her, until finally he came back and helped her out of the car.
"It's ready?" She held tightly to him as she stepped out into the snow was led a few steps away from the car.
"It is. He slipped the blindfold off and, in the instant that the black material that had been obstructing her view was taken away, tears began to form in her chocolate colored eyes.
Taper candles were stuck in the snow, casting a soft golden glow over a blanket that was fully set up with plates, wine glasses, and a basket - it was a snow picnic and, besides being one of the most breathtaking things she'd ever seen, it was the most thoughtful and romantic thing anyone had ever done for her.
She turned around at hearing Jeff's voice and took his hand, allowing him to led her towards the area he'd set up. "It's so beautiful." She whispered, causing Jeff to smile as they got situated on the blanket
"I'm glad you like it," He said sincerely. "but you haven't even seen the best part - I'm going to wow you with my culinary skills."
"You are?" She asked through a laugh. "Howso?"
"I'm going to make you the first thing I ever learned to make." He explained as he pulled the picnic basket towards them and unpacked all the things necessary to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, along with some chips, and a bottle of sparkling apple cider. "It's not much, but it's my specialty."
"It's perfect." She replied, wiping at her eyes since they seemed to insist on tearing up once again.
"And while I do that…" He grabbed a bag that had been hiding behind the basket and set it on her lap. "this is for you."
"What is it?"
She eyed the bag in bemusement then untied it and gazed down at the contents. "Toys." She said softly as she took a couple of action figures, a Barbie doll, a glow stick, and a gumball machine ring out of the bag. "I can't believe you actually bought me toys."
The look on her face as she studied the doll made the strange stare Jeff had gotten from the cashier when he purchased it completely worth it. "You don't have that one, do you?" He asked, setting the first of the two sandwiches he had made on the plate in front of her. "I know you collect them, I just wasn't sure which ones you had and…I thought that one was kinda cool because.."
She looked away from the plastic package that encased Barbie as a cowgirl and glanced at Jeff, their eyes locking as she did. "Because she has a cowboy hat?"
Over dinner the conversation flowed as effortlessly as always and when the sandwiches and cider were gone the two pushed the basket aside and snuggled on the blanket. With Jeff's arm wrapped tightly around Trish and her head on his shoulder they looked up at the stars, and enjoyed the tranquility as well as just being with each other.
"It's been an amazing night." She said, very sleepy voice breaking the comfortable silence. "Thank you."
"Anytime," He assured her with a smile. "but it's not over yet."
He shook his head and got to his feet then helped her up as well. "No. Just stay here for a minute, I'm gonna put everything in the trunk and then there's one last thing I want to do before we head back to the hotel. That alright with you?"
"Absolutely, but are you sure you don't want help cleaning up?"
"Nope, I've got it." He picked up the blanket and the basket and brought it back to the car while she busied herself slipping the glow stick out of it's wrapper and running her fingers along it so that it made a small snapping noise as it began to glow bright purple.
"There we go." He closed the trunk and puttered around opening up the front doors on both the driver's and passenger's seat, but Trish didn't notice right away because she was busy trying to crack the hard plastic shell that the 25 cent ring was enclosed in - in fact she didn't really catch what was going on until she heard music coming from a few feet away and she lifted her eyes away from the plastic to see Jeff standing in front of her.
"Need some help?"
She nodded and while the soft opening notes of the song played he quickly managed to free the ring and slip the gaudy trinket on her finger.
There's a calm surrender to the rush of day, when the heat of the rolling world can be turned away.
"You are." He replied with a smile. "Now, may I have this dance?"
"Gladly." She took his hand and he pulled her close, but then almost simultaneously they noticed she still had the glow stick clutched in her hand.
"Here, give me." He took the light stick, however, instead of setting it on the ground like she supposed he'd do he bent it into the round necklace shape it was meant to be in then placed it gently a top her hair and grinned. With those sleepy eyes, her cheeks that were the faintest shade of pink - the way girls tend to get when it's a little cold out-, and that purple halo sitting atop her blonde hair he was certain that she'd never been more astonishingly adorable than she was at that very moment.
An enchanted moment, and it sees me through…
With his gaze fixed on her he pulled her close once more and they dance, her head resting on his chest as they slowly swayed to the music until the song had almost finished.
He heard a delicate laugh in response to that and she nodded slowly. "A bit."
Without any hesitation he picked her up, cradled her in his arms, and as the music faded he carried the nearly sleeping woman towards the car. "I love you." He whispered.
"I love you too…so much. I just hope someday I can think of something this amazing to surprise you with."
"You don't have to.." He began, setting her down on the seat carefully before stealing a kiss. "Like that song said…it's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you."
Wow - that took forever and a day for it to come out the way I wanted and to find the perfect song to go with it. I hope everyone enjoyed - I know it's major fluff and I promise some drama soon but come on...who can resist Jerish fluff? ^-^ not me. Anywho! Thanks so much for your patience, reviews are always appreciated - a HUGE thanks to Yuri, LilMary,TrishOrton, and PurplePinkBlueRed for your reviews last time..and since it's New Years Eve I'll share some booze with those who review this time!...Not really...but I'll love you forever...so that counts for something right?