Guess who finally updated! It's been a while, huh? Well I do apologize for the long wait. I hope this chapter makes up for it though. I've made a small adjustment and changed it from first person to third person. Thank you all for your encouraging reviews, they were much appreciated.

Also, special thanks to "Happy fan" because your review motivated me to give this chapter another look and see what I could come up with.


There Is a Light in Your Eyes

As Maria walked around backstage, she couldn't help but notice all the looks of sympathy she was receiving. Everyone's acting like she had been brutally attacked, which wasn't true – not completely, anyway. If anything, they should all be checking on Randy, Cody, and Ted – they're the ones who got the worst of the assault. These were the thoughts that ran through her mind as she made her way down the hallways.

"Maria!" A voice called out from behind her and she turned around to see a familiar face.

"Maria, I am so sorry! Michelle and I – we didn't know what to do. I thought the Nexus was just coming out to make an announcement or something, I didn't think they'd actually hurt you. I mean, we were so confused because we had to stay in character and –"

"Layla, it's okay. I know you, and I know that what happened out there wasn't in your hands," Maria smiled at the petite, British woman.

Layla smiled softly, "So are you feeling any better?"

"Not really," Maria confessed. When Layla gave her a slight frown, Maria explained, "It's just that I haven't really gotten any proper rest because of all the traveling."

Layla shook her head in a disapproving manner, "You need to get your rest."

"I know, I'll try to get some shuteye soon," Maria replied.

"You better. Well, I should get going. I still have to pack and I bet John that I'd be ready before him," Layla laughed before giving Maria a quick hug.

"Tell Cena I said hi!" Maria yelled as Layla walked towards the exit.

"Will do!" She grinned before disappearing out of the building.


Maria quickly knocked on the door before she could change her mind. She bit her lip as she waited for the door to open. Her thoughts drifted back to Randy, Cody, and Ted. She wondered how they were doing. They were beaten so much worse than she was, and she couldn't help but feel guilty for being the cause of that. She hadn't even seen any of them since the attack – that is, until now.

The door opened to reveal a wounded Randy Orton. Maria knew they hadn't left on good terms the last time they talked but her eyes couldn't help but soften when she took in his injured state. He, on the other hand, just looked confused to find her standing there.

"Hey. I had some time before the next flight and I thought I'd come and check up on you… How are you?" She asked.

"Been better. What about you?" He asked and if Maria heard correctly, she could sense a hint of genuine concern laced in his voice.

"Same," she smiled softly.

"So what brings you here?" It was his turn to ask the questions.

"I told you, I wanted to check up on you," Maria answered.

"Yeah, and what else? There's obviously something else you came here for," Randy stated as a matter-of-factly.

"Wow, is it really hard for you to believe that someone might actually care about you?" Maria began to raise her voice because his attitude was beginning to irk her.

"Oh, I do apologize if I find it hard to believe that you actually care about how I am – especially considering the fact that we aren't exactly on good terms right now if I recall correctly," Randy hissed.

"Just because you were being a jerk the other night doesn't mean that I'm not thankful for what you did!" Maria retorted. She waited a moment before sighing, "Look, can we talk about this inside?"

Randy glared at her before moving out of the way to give her space to come inside his suite. Maria walked inside and took a moment to admire the gorgeous room before she turned around to face him.

"Have you told him?" He asked out of the blue.

It took a moment, but Maria quickly realized that he was talking about Ted. She had thought about telling Ted about what she had seen, but she couldn't bring herself to do it. She didn't want to be the one to break it to him – nor should she be the one to tell him. Randy and Maryse need to man up and take responsibility for their actions.

"No," she said curtly. "He deserves to know, but I sure am not going to be the one to break it to him."

Randy sighed. "The thing with Maryse… It was just a one-time thing. She came to my room looking for Ted and one thing led to another. It doesn't matter anymore though."

"What do you mean 'one thing led to another'? She came to your room to see Ted and you two ended up sleeping together," Maria said with a disgusted expression.

"I know, but I've learned from my mistake. It won't happen again," he promised as Maria rolled her eyes. "So anyways, tell me, why did you really come here?"

Maria looked up at Randy and hesitated for a moment. He seemed to catch onto her hesitation. "Just tell me," he encouraged gently.

"I wanted to know if you'd help me."

"Help with what?" Randy asked.

"I want to get even with the Nexus," Maria said with a wicked glint in her eyes.


"Maria, your plan is downright crazy," Randy said disapprovingly.

"Randy, please," she begged, "You saw what they did to me." She took a deep breath and continued, "I just want them to know that they can't get away with what they did." Her voice broke towards the end and Randy's head snapped up to look at her from where he was sitting in the room. Maria quickly looked away to hide the tears that had pooled in her eyes and threatened to fall. She needed to be strong right now.

Randy sighed and rubbed the back of his neck with his hand, "Maria, I know where you're coming from, but can't let you go through with this."

Maria gaped at him. "So you're really not going to help me?" She asked incredulously. When he said nothing, she pursed her lips in a straight line. "Fine," she said tersely as she stormed towards the door.

As soon as she opened the door, it was pushed closed. She turned around and saw Randy standing behind her with his arm pushing against the door. Maria realized how little space was left between them. She was about to turn around when he placed his other hand on the door too, effectively trapping her there between his arms. She slowly looked up at him, only to find his eyes already piercing into hers. He leaned down towards her. His breath fanned across her face and she tried to ignore how rapidly her heart was beating. She couldn't possibly feel something for Randy Orton, could she? Nope. No way. Not at all.

"I don't want you to get hurt," he whispered huskily as he leaned in closer to her.

Maria panicked and reached for the doorknob again. She quickly pulled the door open and lightly pushed Randy away from her in the process. "I have to go," she murmured as she hurried out of the room. Randy let out a defeated sigh as he watched her get further away from his room. He shook his head as he mentally cursed himself. Well, he just made things a lot more complicated.


Okay, so I hope you enjoyed reading this chapter. I've lost a lot of interest in this couple but I am not abandoning the story. I'll just try to update this semi-regularly if I have the motivation. Well anyways, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have fun, be safe, and eat lots of food.