He checked the caller id on his cell phone one more time to make sure that he was actually talking to Stephanie. "You want to talk to me Steph; I thought that we were done talking about all of this. I can't see what else we would have to talk about? You made it very clear that you hate my guts." Randy asked slowly not sure why she would want to continue a conversation with after all he had put her and her family through. "What is this all about?" Maybe she had changed her mind about this entire thing. In face maybe it best for everyone involved if they forgot all about the plan and he just went to Vince and told him the truth. The thought had crossed his mind several times while Paul was speaking and there after but he didn't want to come out and tell them any different.
"Honestly Randy I really don't want to do this over the phone with you. I would feel better doing it in person. Can you please come over the house or something? I would normally suggest a public place to meet but the kids are all in bed and Paul had to leave to take care of some stuff. I just really need to talk to you." Stephanie spoke softly through the phone.
Randy took a deep breath sighing a little bit but quickly covering it up so that the girl on the other phone didn't hear it. "Just give me a few minutes and then I will be over." He hung up the phone after a thanks from her and a simply goodbye. He had made it there record time probably not obeying any of the traffic laws. He wasn't sure why she wanted to talk to him now so it must have been something important. Or maybe since Paul was gone she wanted to have the shouting match that she wanted to have before. A million things ran through his head as he made his way to the door knocking softly. He took a deep breath as she answered the door, her long brown hair flowing over her robe...
"Come on in." She spoke softly as she watched him. Once he stepped inside she closed the door behind him. "Thanks for coming." She continued speaking as she watched him her feet shifting from side to side, her fingers rolling over each other in a crazy pattern. "I wasn't sure if you were going to come, so thank you." She walked a bit further into the house her bedroom slippers padding against the hard wood floors. "Randy, I called you over here because I wanted to tell you that I am sorry for being so nasty before. I was just hurt and a part of me wanted to blame you for this entire mess. A part of me still does but I know how my father is and I know exactly how he can be. I grew up with him. I am not condoning the things nor am I sure I will ever be able to fully understand then but I can't sit and hate you for the rest of my life for things my father put in motion. It is not going to change anything." She looked at me. "You are not off the hook and it will probably take me a long time to get over all this but I am not going to dwell on it."
Randy slowly looked over her. "Are you kidding me? You have ever right to be mad about the situation. You were put in a spot that you should have never been put into in the first place. I wish that I could go back and change thing. I really do but I unfortunately I can't. And you are right. I don't want you to forgive me because I can't forgive most of it myself. I have just come to term with the things that I did. Your father did a lot of things to me and I think that everyone else in the company has faced that problem but they handled it a lot different. I don't want you to forgive me because I don't and I finally realize that. I just wanted you to understand where I was coming from. I don't intentionally hurt people. You, of all people, should know that." He stopped quickly trying to avoid the last statement he just made. "Steph, if you don't want to go through this then I have no problem coming clean and telling your father that I told you guys." He looked at her blatantly knowing that that would be career suicide. He just wanted to prove to her that he wasn't the jackass that he had become over the last few months.
"If you did that you wouldn't have a job anymore and you are one of the most talented members of the company. I would never do that." She paced around a bit. "I can handle this and at the end of it all things will be back to normal and I will have my family back and you will still have your job." She nodded softly. "It's something that we have to do. And besides if you told my dad that he would probably take it out on you and try and find some way to lie his way out of it. We are talking about Vince McMahon. Nothing with him is ever easy." She sighed a bit walking into the kitchen. "I think Paul is right. This is the best way to fix all of this. Not that we can actually fix it but we can move on from all of this and get back to some sort of normal life. That is the only thing we can really ask for... And in doing that Randy I really hope that you can find peace in your life." She nodded softly going over to the coffee pot making some coffee. "Would you like a cup?"
He didn't understand how she could be so forgiving and understand when it came to such a huge thing. That was something about Stephanie. She would always put herself ahead of everyone and even when she got upset she would always give the person the benefit of the doubt. "Sure." He answered softly. "Thanks. I appreciate everything that you said. I am glad that you can understand where I am coming from." He took a seat at the table looking around at the house. "I remember the first time you ever made me coffee and it was so bad." He laughed a bit. "But I drank it anyways. Hopefully this cup is a lot better." He tried to make some sort of chit chat to get them away from all the trouble and hassle that was eventually going to come out. Right now he was with her and they were talking like adults and he didn't want to ruin it with all the bad things that had happened between them.
"It wasn't that bad." Stephanie laughed softly as she though about that day. "Sure it looked like tar but it was not that bad." She smiled and walked over setting a cup of coffee in front of him. "Sugars and a little bit of milk." She continued as she gave him a spoon. "There was a time when we were really close. Just seems like it was so far away now." She sat down across from him. "Life sure does take you in some crazy turns and now we are facing one of the craziest." She takes a deep breath.
Randy watched her studying each and every hand movement she made against the cup. "Are you sure you are going to be okay with us acting as though we are dating? Because honestly if you aren't be won't do it. I don't feel comfortable making you do something that you don't really want to." He sighed softly instantly regretting the words that just come from his lips. Good job Randy it's already too late for that. He thought to himself. "I didn't mean it like that.. I should have never said that." He stammered
"Randy it is done and over with, that is the past. And I am fine." She spoke softly know why he seemed to wince at that comment. ""I can handle it. I am big girl. But I think that we need to work on some stuff.". She watched him. "I mean I am not sure how exactly this is going to play out so I want to be prepared for all chances and situations. So..." She took a deep breath and laughs a bit. "I am not even sure what to say. I am little speechless per say Maybe we should just start out with holding hands and seeing where that goes... I think that we are going to have to move quickly if we want to get this done in a timely fashion." She slowly took his hand.
Randy felt shivers down his spine. Her hand was so warm, so inviting. Just like it always was. His heart managed to skip a bit as he tried to form some words from his lips. "It is a good start. I mean we don't have to really worry about to much right now, you know? I was thinking maybe I could ask you on a date or something and then go from there." He spoke as he played with her fingers.
Stephanie watched him for a minute her mind going back to that night. "This is only a date Randy, nothing more. You know why I am doing this. I have to protect my family." She quickly snapped herself back to reality. "A date sounds good. Maybe tomorrow night, you can pick me up and we can go to dinner or something. I can see if my dad will watch the kids. And I can make sure that he comes over here to do it." She nodded. "He will be here when we get home and maybe we can end it with a kiss. Nothing to crazy, just something simple" She couldn't believe that she was about to suggest this to him. "Maybe we can try a kiss now just to make sure that we make it believable."
"Um sure, yea I think we can do that." Randy looked at her and slowly stood up taking her hand. He leaned in softly kissing her. Stephanie took a deep breath as she leaned in kissing him. As his lips touched hers she instantly kissed him back wrapping her arms around his neck.