Jeff, who was innocently trying to get out of the pool, was completely blindsided by Shannon, who felt the need to tackle him right back into the pool. He was so taken by surprise that he ended up swallowing a giant mouthful of water as he tried to fight his way back up to the surface. "Sh-Sh-Shanny!" he gasped as he coughed and choked violently. "What the hell man?"

Shannon laughed. "Hey man," he said happily as he hugged Jeff. He seemed completely oblivious to the fact that he almost drowned his best friend. "You couldn't have a going away party without me. That would just be wrong."

Jeff continued to gasp for breath as he rolled his eyes. Raw had just gotten over and Hunter had dragged him and Phil to the show so they could be part of the party the Game was throwing in his honor. He had tried talking Hunter out of it, but he had failed pretty miserably with that effort. Hunter was once again doing what Hunter wanted and everyone else could just go to hell if they didn't like it. "Bastard," he said to Shannon. "You're lucky I love you or I would try to drown you back."

Shannon just kept laughing before getting out of the pool and stripping himself of all his clothes before jumping right back in. His naked dive into the pool earned quite a few cheers and Jeff just rolled his eyes as he finally managed to get out of the pool. It's only a matter of time before everyone else gets naked now. Man, I wonder what the hell the hotel people are going to do if they come in here and find a whole bunch of naked wrestlers in here. I bet they'll shit their pants.

"You okay?" Phil asked as Jeff grabbed his towel and dried himself off. He was wearing his swim trunks like Jeff was but he had yet to even get into the pool. He had been watching Christian and Tommy Dreamer torment Jack Swagger while Jeff did all the swimming.

Jeff nodded as he continued to cough. "Yeah I'm fine," he said as he smacked himself on the chest. He felt like he needed to throw up to make himself feel better. "I just need to plot Shannon's death and then I'll be really good."

Phil chuckled and wrapped his arm around him. "How long do you think we have until the other guests complain about the noise?"

Jeff shrugged. "I don't think it matters whether they complain or not. I think Hunter paid the hotel enough money to ignore any complaints that come their way." He looked around the pool side area and saw that Hunter and Stephanie were having fun shoving Shawn and Evan into the pool against their will. A little ways away from them, Matt was talking to Morrison and R-Truth. Judging from the glint in Matt's eyes, Jeff suspected that the three of them were probably going to get naked and join Shannon in the pool.

"You sure you're okay?" Phil asked. "You look kind of grouchy."

Jeff shook his head. "I'm just tired." He watched as Hunter decided to copy Shannon and get into the pool naked. "You want to come with me back to the room? I don't really think anyone would miss us if we left."

Phil nodded. "Yeah sure. That's fine with me."

With that matter settled, the two of them slipped away from the party unnoticed and went back up their room. Once they were up in the room, Jeff took off his wet swim trunks and then climbed into bed with Phil. "Fuck," he muttered as a pain flared up in his back. That was not a good sign. Unless he got really lucky, he was going to be in for a long and sleepless night.

"It's a good thing we got a room away from the pool," Phil said as he rested his head on Jeff's shoulder. "We would never get any sleep otherwise."

"Yeah," Jeff agreed. He began stroking Phil's hair gently. "Philly?"


"Remember what we talked about awhile back? You know, the whole me moving to Chicago thing to be closer to you?"

Phil nodded. "Yeah, I remember that. Why?"

"You're still okay with that, right?"

"Yeah. Why do you ask?"

"I just wanted to make sure." Jeff kissed the top of Phil's head and then winced as he felt a spasm in his back. "Can I ask you something else?"

"Technically you just did," Phil pointed out.

Jeff rolled his eyes. "Smartass," he said playfully. "But seriously um…you don't regret choosing to give me another chance, do you?"

Phil shook his head. "No. I don't right now. I mean, you haven't been treating me like shit or anything." He ran his fingers over Jeff's stomach. "What's with all the questions tonight?"

"I don't know," Jeff replied. "Maybe me leaving is making me all reflective." He sighed. "Seriously though, one more question: why did you choose to give me a second chance?"

There was a long moment of silence on Phil's part before he finally answered. "I don't think it's really a good idea for me to think my reasoning," he admitted. "I mean, after all the stuff you did to me, I should be staying as far away from you as possible. But I'm not and I'm not sure if I can really explain why without sounding absolutely insane." He looked up at Jeff hopefully. "Can we just leave it at that?"

Jeff nodded. "Yeah. I'm okay with that." He pulled Phil on top of him and gave the younger man a kiss. "I want you to ride me," he whispered. "Can you do that for me baby?" He nipped at Phil's lower lip. "Please?" He began ran his thumb over the head of Phil's cock, loving the way it was coming to life just from the simplest touches.

Phil, who almost seemed like he had gone into a trance like state when Jeff had started touching him, nodded and moved himself down so he was face to face with Jeff's crotch. He looked up at Jeff lustfully as he ran his tongue on the underside of Jeff's cock, circling the head before taking almost all of it into his mouth at once. Jeff closed his eyes and moaned happily, wishing that he could thrust upwards but knowing that he shouldn't. He didn't want to put Phil off plus he was sure that his back would hate him if he got too crazy. "Fuck baby," he groaned, opening his eyes back up so he could watch Phil work him with his mouth. Phil had one hell of a mouth on him.

Phil continued to suck him until he was nice and wet and then he positioned himself right over Jeff's erection. Jeff put his hands on Phil's hips and gently lowered the raven haired man down until he was inside of him completely. "Oh shit," Phil said, putting his hands on Jeff's chest and tilting his head back.

"Come on baby, ride me," Jeff said, losing his patience rapidly because being inside of Phil's tight heat felt so good. "Make us both scream."

Phil leaned forward and kissed Jeff as he began to move his hips up and down. Jeff quickly helped Phil along, wanting it to be as hard and fast as it could. Phil whimpered and buried his face into the crook of James's neck. "Oh Jeff…please…touch me please I need it…"

Jeff shook his head and nipped at Phil's ear. "No baby. Touch yourself for me. I want to watch you do it."

Phil let out a whimper protest, but when Jeff took his hand and put it down there, he got with the program and began stroking himself frantically. The sight of his boyfriend being so needy and horny was more than Jeff could take. Just as Phil started to cum, he stopped trying to hold out and groaned as he came deep inside of Jeff's body. They both rode out their orgasms for as long as they could before Phil finally collapsed directly on top of Jeff. Jeff smiled and wrapped his arms around Phil tightly, keeping his grip nice and tight until he finally drifted off to sleep.

As soon as he and Phil arrived at the Smackdown tapings, Jeff felt like he was having some sort of surreal experience. The vibe he was getting was unlike anyone he had ever felt before and as the time for his and Phil's match drew closer, he just started to feel weirder and weirder. Part of him wanted the match to just be over with but another part of him was having second thoughts again.

"Are you clear on what you need to do Brooks?" Stephanie asked for the sixth time. She, Hunter, Matt and Mark had come into Jeff and Phil's locker room to see them beforehand and while Hunter and Mark were there for moral support, Stephanie was there for strictly business reasons. Normally that would annoy Jeff, but considering the fact that Vince wasn't exactly happy with him and taking it out on her, he didn't really blame her for being grumpy.

"I was clear the first time Steph," Phil said with a sigh. He was obviously getting irritated with the Billion Dollar Princess. "I have to really attack Jeff tonight and build up heat to get Vince off my ass."

Stephanie raised her eyebrows. "Don't take that tone with me. I--"

"Cool it Steph," Hunter ordered. "He's a professional. He'll get it done out there."

Jeff raised his eyebrows. It was weird hearing Hunter compliment Phil. Before he could dwell on it too much though, he found himself being hugged tightly by Matt. "Oh holy crap!" he said as he was lifted up off his feet. "I love you too Matty…but I would also love to breathe again."

Matt loosened his grip just a little bit but didn't let go. "I love you bro," he said, kissing Jeff on the cheek. "You know that right."

"Yeah I know," Jeff said.

"Hey hey hey!" Hunter yelled. "Don't hog my Jeff!" He snatched Jeff out of Matt's arms and squeezed him so tightly that Jeff could have sworn that a couple of his ribs cracked.

"Let go of him you idiot," Mark ordered as he saved Hunter before the Game got even more carried away with the hugging. He smacked the blonde upside the head before patting Jeff on the shoulder. "Kid…" His voice trailed off and he shook his head.

Jeff grinned. "Are you getting choked up Mark?"

"No," Mark lied. "Now get going. You're match is next."

Jeff smiled and then went over to Phil and gave him a kiss. In less than twenty five minutes, his WWE career would be over. And despite some of his doubts, he was sure that this was the right decision.

Phil winced as he heard Jeff cry out in pain. He had just landed a huge superplex when Jeff had been on top of the cage and if that hadn't aggravated Jeff's injuries, nothing would. Resisting the urge to break character to ask Jeff whether he was okay or not, he slowly got back up to his feet and began making his way up the cage. He would have been okay with just climbing out of the cage and winning at that point, but Jeff had to get up and chase after him. He sighed as Jeff grabbed on to him and quickly poked Jeff in the eye and then slammed his head against the cage until he fell back on to the matt. Putting on the biggest grin he could manage, Phil dropped down to the floor and looked at the shocked faces in the crowd. They really could not believe that Jeff had just lost. He got back up to his feet and stumbled towards the back, making sure to keep the grin on his face until he got behind the curtain. He couldn't go far because he had to hit Jeff with the belt after he got done saying his goodbye to the fans, but at least he got a chance to stop smiling and catch his breath.

Matt nodded at him as he took a bottle of water the trainer offered him. "Good job out there," he said.

"Thanks," he said. He stared at the monitor that was nearby. Jeff had gotten up to his feet and he now had a microphone in his hand. He let the title hang loosely in his hand as he listened to Jeff carefully.

"First of all, I'm sorry if I let anyone down," Jeff said, looking around at the crowd. "I'm sorry that you'll be seeing CM Punk instead of me on Smackdown. But it's been one hell of a ride, hasn't it? I just want to thank all of you and let you know that this is not goodbye forever; this is only goodbye for now. And if the time is right, I think I'll see you in the future. Thank you all."

Phil looked over at Matt. "Do you think he'll be back?"

"Hey but at least Matt's back on my side," Jeff said, attempting to cheer the crowd up and inadvertently interrupting Matt's answer. "There's still a Hardy on this show. Yours truly Jeff Hardy, ours truly, this life." Phil had no idea what the hell that meant but it sounded like a Jeff thing to see and the fans liked it, so that was all that really mattered.

"I don't know," Matt said with a shrug, finally answering Phil's question. "We'll have to wait and see. What about you and him? Do you think you'll work out?"

Phil thought about it and finally just shrugged. "I don't know. I guess we'll have to wait and see about that too."


A/N: Okay, so that ending was definitely open ended, but it was the closest to closure that I could get. Considering the way the whole relationship started and considering how this story changed course on me completely, my muses couldn't even decide whether it'll last or not. But they're together for now, which is just how I need to leave it. Much more thinking will make my head explode.