A/N: I am so horrible at updating this. I had to restart it a couple of times. Still don't like how it turned out but its still an update. I am think there is going to be at least another 5 chapters of this. Carmi debuting in the WWF as Stephanie's PA, her meeting John for the first time, a show down with Joey and where she meets Travis. i only own Carmi. Violet who is mentioned belongs to NellyLove.
October 31st, 2001, Cameron North Carolina
Matt Hardy's house
"Matt can we talk" Carmi asked from where she was lounging on his couch a fleece blanket covering her legs.
"Sure, what's up" he asked turning away from the Nightmare on Elm Street DVD that was playing. He had known that Carmi had come home for a bigger reason other then Halloween.
"Joey wants to get back together" she answered.
Matt felt his eyes go wide as he stared at the baby of the family, he didn't know they were getting to be that serious again. "Do you want to get back together with him"
"I don't know Mattie. Its just been so hard lately with him. I don't want him going back to how he was when we were together"
"You mean worrying at all hours of the night if you are going to get that phone call that he has been in an accident or arrested"
"The getting in the car drunk and driving, the drugs everything Matt. I don't think I can do it again"
"You shouldn't have too. It sounds to me that you have made up your mind about it"
"I think I have" she said chewing on her lower lip, "training with Dallas and Bam has given me a lot of independence and I like it. I don't want to go back to how I was with him"
"Good for you baby good for you"
Carmi nodded her head and looked at the clock, 'I am going to take over your room to get ready for the party"
"Okay, Amy will be here in a couple of hours too" Carmi groaned and crossed her arms in a childish pout.
"Don't pout I love her"
"Yeah I know you do just doesn't mean I have to like her" Carmi said.
"Just be nice, she likes you" Matt said.
"Fine I will try and be nice but I am not making any promises' Carmi said stubbornly before stocking up the stairs and slamming his bedroom door shut.
"Hormones" Matt huffed and leaned back against the couch
"Hey Carmi" Amy greeted quietly coming into the room, "Do you need some help"
Carmi turned around almost relived to see her best friend's girlfriend standing there.
"Please, Jeff isn't answering his phone like a dick and I don't trust Matt do this" she answered.
"Sit down let me see what I can do"
"Thank you' Carmi smiled sitting on the stool that she had brought into the room.
Amy went to work on her face looking thoughtful.
'You know I wish you and I could be friends' she said softly stilling her hand. Carmi opened her eyes and looked at her.
"You are Matt's best friend and I want your approval more so then Violet's"
Carmi chewed on the inside of her cheek before smiling at Amy, "I would like that too and I know Matt like that too'
Amy beamed at her, 'thank you Carmi' the younger woman nodded at her as the redhead started working on her face again.
A couple of hours later the party was in full swing Carmi was sipping on a drink dancing around the makeshift floor with Shannon and Jeff dancing and drinking away her worries that to do with Joey away.
Joey stumbled into the house having had his own party before coming to the family party. His eyes narrowed dangerously seeing Jeff grinding with his Carmi. He stumbled over to them and pushed Jeff out of the way.
'JOEY!' Carmi shouted helping Jeff before turning to her ex, 'are you high?' she stared at him, "oh my god you are high what are you thinking?'
"I am sorry" he said blinking his eyes hazily at her going over to touch her.
'Don't touch me' she hissed crossing her arms underneath her chest. He looked at her shock. 'Follow me' she hissed again going down the stairs. The rest of the family exchanged worried looks as the two disappeared outside.
'I can't do this" Carmi said hugging herself.
"What do you mean? You can't do this?' Joey asked angrily.
'This Adam!" she shouted using his real name, "You coming to parties high and drunk and picking fights with my family. The constant worrying that comes with you. You get high and drunk everyday and doing things that will get you killed. I physically can't take this anymore, I have made myself sick worrying that the next time my phone rings its going to be the morgue telling to come to see if the body they had is yours. Or the police saying that they have you in their drunk tanks. I love you Adam and I probably always will but this isn't going to work this time'
"Carmi don't go' he said sobering a bit realizing what she was saying.
"I have too' she went over to him and caressed his cheek before kissing his lips softly before going inside of the house.
"You okay baby' Amy asked having come up from the basement.
Carmi turned to look outside where Joey was still standing looking lost and hurt.
"Right now I am not but I will be okay. I don't need a man to define who I am' she said quietly.
Amy pulled her into a hug and squeezed her tightly, "Good for you. Good for you'