Where Does The Time Go?
June 30th 2014... Five years later…
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Cody and Matthew.
Happy Birthday to you!
As Lorelei sliced into the cake, Rebecca opened the package of plates and helped serve cake. Lorelei couldn't believe that five years had passed since she and Cody welcomed Matthew into the world. Cody was still wrestling with RAW and Lorelei was now the head of the creative writing team for all of WWE.
For Matthew's fifth birthday they decided to celebrate it in San Antonio at her parents house. Shawn absolutely loved being a grandfather. Cameron who is now 14 years old, loved being an Uncle. And Cheyenne who is now 10 years old, was still getting used to having a nephew who is 5 years younger than her.
"Mommy!" Matthew yelled.
"Matthew, how many time do I have to tell you not to yell in the house?" Lorelei asked.
"Sorry, Mommy. Piper is crying." Matthew answered.
"Thank you, Matthew. Can you get your dad to get her, please?" Lorelei responded.
"Ok, Mommy." Matthew stated as he went to get Cody.
"Is everything ok?" Matt asked walking into the kitchen.
"Yeah. Matthew is still learning to use his indoor voice indoors." Lorelei stated.
"Gotcha. Have you seen Jeff?" Matt asked.
"Last time I saw him he was out front on the phone. Is everything ok with him?" Lorelei answered.
"I don't know. He and Beth keep having all these arguments and I think its really starting to get to him. I just want to make sure he's ok." Matt responded.
"Well, if I see him I will have him come find you." Lorelei stated as she washed off the knife she used to cut the cake.
After everyone ate cake it was time for presents. Cody was sitting in the shade with Piper on his lap. Piper had just turned two the day after WrestleMania. Cody still couldn't believe that he was at the top of his career, he had a beautiful and wonderful wife of almost six years and two adorable children. Cody thought that things couldn't get any better for him and Lorelei.
After the party was over, Shawn, Rebecca, Lorelei and Cody helped clean up while Matthew played with his new toys and Piper was down for a nap. While Lorelei was cleaning the kitchen, Jeff walked in looking rather down and out.
"Jeff? Are you ok?" Lorelei asked concerned.
"I will be. I hope." Jeff muttered loud enough for her to hear him.
"What's wrong Jeff?" Lorelei asked.
"It's nothing I'm not used to by now." Jeff answered.
"Jeffrey Nero! I've known you too long to know better than that. You know that you can talk to me about anything." Lorelei stated.
Jeff knew that she was right and the fact that she used his full first name and middle name, she wasn't going to give up until he talked to her. Jeff didn't know how to talk to her or any other female about what was going on at home. Lorelei stood there looking at Jeff and waiting for him to say something.
"I just don't know what to do anymore! We've been together for almost 14 years." Jeff started to say. "It all started when I got home after you had Matthew. I started hinting that I wanted to start a family with her. At first she was all for it and then as time passed and nothing happened, we started going to get tested for everything possible."
"Wow. I didn't know about any of this." Lorelei stated.
"No one does. After finding out that everything was fine with both of us, we started trying again, but this time she seemed different. Like she wasn't really into it. I asked her if she still wanted to have a family with me and she told me she did, but I guess deep down I knew that she didn't. Now five years later, we do nothing but argue and fight about it. She says that she never wanted to have kids and that I was too immature to bring a child into the world." Jeff continued.
"Jeff, I don't know what to say." Lorelei stated as she took in the information. "I'm going out on a limb here and I'm guessing that your mind and heart you love her, but after stringing you along all this time, you are starting to really re-think your relationship?"
"Pretty much. I'm not sure where we are or where we stand on this whole situation. And I can't keep on pretending that it doesn't bother me. I'm sure Matt has said something to you about the way I have been acting." Jeff responded.
"He mentioned something earlier when he was looking for you." Lorelei stated. "I don't know what to tell you. It's something that you have to think about and come to a decision on. No one else should influence your decisions. Just know that Cody and I are here for you if you need someone to talk to or a place to stay for a few days."
"Thank you." Jeff stated as he gave her a hug.
"Anytime." Lorelei responded.
Two weeks later, Cody was back on the road traveling with RAW and Lorelei was working at the corporate office in Connecticut. Both Matthew and Piper were in daycare while Lorelei worked. Cody was usually gone for 3 days and home for 4 days. Lorelei couldn't believe how fast time has flown and in just a matter of 6 weeks, Matthew would be starting Kindergarten.
Jeff finally told Beth how he felt and decided that it wasn't worth his time to keep playing these games. Jeff called it off with Beth and she went on her way. Jeff continued to travel with Smackdown and occasionally with RAW. Matt remained on RAW and finally meet the woman of his dreams.
Lorelei and Cody were both very happy and content with the way their lives had turned out. Both Matthew and Piper were very bright and cheerful children. They couldn't have asked for anything better than what they got. Lorelei and Cody were both looking forwards to the future and to see what all it brings.
(AN: I want to thank everyone for the great reviews. I am sad to see this story end, but it was time. I hope that you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am still working on "The Future Is Now" the sequel to "One Night" and "Second Chances" which is on hiatus for the moment. I have started another story, but don't have a title for it yet. I will hopefully have it posted soon. Thanks again! ~ Krista.)