A/N: I apologize for taking so long, but my last few weeks of break, I've just been trying to sleep and spend some time with friends and family. I am trying to update as much as I can, so please bare with me. This update is a bit long, just so you all will have something to read. I'm starting college tomorrow and I'm a bit nervous, but that comes with going to a new school. Thank you for all the support! I love you all! If I take long, you'll know why! :D
Disclaimer: I do not own any WWE Superstar. Just my ideas.
- Los Angeles, California -
Ted walked out of his room, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes. He felt exhausted and to top it off, he had an appearance today.
He didn't have very good night.
Cassidy ended up staying in the hospital much to Ted's dismay. He had no say over her life so he didn't even try to argue with her about staying at the hospital with that horrible ex-boyfriend of hers. Ted was furious at the fact that he wasn't there with her. He offered to come and meet her there, but she told him to just stay home since she didn't want any awkwardness in the hospital. She was there for Erick's father, not him. In some ways, Ted didn't believe that, but in some ways he did. He understood the fact that Erick's father was very close to Cassidy, which is why she felt obligated to go. But to him, it seemed like she was going for Erick.
Ted was just jealous. He honestly didn't even know what he was thinking. His mind was just beginning to make things up as the night progressed. He eventually went to his room where he stayed up, all these possibilities brewing in his mind. He finally fell asleep around four in the morning.
And now he was up at eight in the morning getting ready to head out to training in an hour.
He hated himself for worrying. He hated himself for even thinking about it.
Most importantly, he hated himself for being in love with Cassidy. Love is like a bittersweet feeling. It can give you the greatest feeling in the world, yet it can also give you the worst pain you have ever felt.
Ted has experienced both things. But he has never experienced having a woman not love him the way he loves her.
Of course, he wasn't self-centered. He knows that it's possible for a woman to not think he's cute or whatever, but this was different.
He felt like Cassidy was just not open to love anyone right now. That's the main reason Ted hasn't made his move. Until Cassidy lets go of the past, then he would never get a chance. Given, he does want to try and push it, but he would never try and force someone to love him. That wasn't right and he knew that.
He walked down the stairs and towards the kitchen. But before he entered, he heard voices coming from his kitchen. His steps halted as he listened to who was talking. One voice he recognize to be Cassidy's, but the other voice was a male and he knew it could only be one person, Erick.
His hand turned into a tight fist as Ted tried to stop himself from barging in the kitchen. He moved slightly closer to the entrance, hiding himself from view.
"Thanks for coming with me last night," He heard Erick tell her.
"It's not a problem, you know how much I love your father." Cassidy replied.
"Yeah, I know, listen, I was wondering if I can take you out for dinner tonight. Just a thank you dinner, no strings attached." Erick said.
Ted couldn't believe his ears.
'This punk is asking my girl out on a date.' He thought to himself as the anger built. 'Its okay, Cassie's going to reject this guy. Why would she even want to go out with him?'
No voices were heard.
Ted smirked. He just knew that Cassidy rejected him, that's the reason for the silence.
"Sure, you can pick me up around six."
Ted's smirk was completely wiped out of his face.
He couldn't believe this.
This was not happening.
"That's great, I gotta get going because I need some sleep. But I'll see you later." Erick told her.
"I'll walk you out."
Ted scrambled away from the door and ran into the hallway that would lead to the living room. He heard the front door open and close. He leaned against the wall and tried to think of a reason as to why Cassidy would even agree to such a thing.
'I thought she was done with him? Why is she going out with him?' Ted pondered.
This was the possibility that kept Ted up all night- the possibility of Erick sweeping Cassidy off her feet and taking her back.
Ted walked out of the hallway and into the kitchen. He found Cassidy standing by the sink, her arms crossed across her chest and with her head down.
"Good morning," Ted greeted her, trying his best to not blow up on the girl.
"Good morning," She replied lowly. "So I know you overheard my conversation with Erick."
"How?" He asked.
"I heard you coming down the stairs then the steps stopped outside of the kitchen door." She slightly smiled. "You want to give your speech now or when I wake up later on?"
Ted rolled his eyes. "I have nothing to say to you."
"Really? Now I don't believe that. Come on, Teddy. Scold me. Please, I need someone to tell me what the hell is going on!" She told him, her voice slightly rising.
"What the hell is the matter with you? How can you ask me to try and figure this out for you when you're the one who said yes to this little rendezvous later today." Ted replied, his voice somehow stayed calm.
Cassidy sighed. "I don't know, I think I'm confused."
"You think you're confused? How so? Please, share this thought." Ted sat on the counter and leaned his head against the cupboard.
"I think the fact that he came back out of nowhere caught me off guard. Then his dad was in the hospital. We had a talk there and he just put all these thoughts in my mind." Cassidy explained.
"And what did he tell you in the hospital?" Ted questioned.
This was hard for him. He didn't want to see her back in Erick's arms. That's the last thing he would ever want. But what could he do?
"That he had to lie to me. Apparently, he still loves me and he never stopped. He just had to lie to me."
Ted gave her an incredulous look before letting out a laugh. Cassidy shot her best friend a glare and rolled her eyes.
"I'm here being serious and here you are, laughing. How great," Cassidy said.
"I'm sorry, this is just ridiculous. Do you actually believe the bullshit he's feeding you?" Ted questioned.
Cassidy looked up at Ted and nodded. "Yes, I do. Why would he tell me this in the hospital with his father fighting for his life?"
"You know what, Cassie. Why won't you just go see and what happens in your meeting later." Ted said. "Tell me what happens from there and we'll figure it out."
'I cannot believe I'm encouraging this.' Ted told himself.
"Yeah, you know what, I'm going to go get some sleep. You should get ready for training. I made some breakfast for you, it's in the oven. I'll see you when training is done." Cassidy walked over to him and wrapped her arms around him. "Thanks, Teddy. I love you."
Ted wrapped his arms around her as well, kissing the top of her head. "Anytime," He replied as she let go of him.
She walked out of the kitchen, leaving Ted sitting there.
Ted couldn't believe the things that just occurred. He knew he should have followed her to the hospital. He could have prevented the talk they had and now he was encouraging her to go on this date.
'What has the world come into.' He shook his head. 'There is no way I'm going to let them get back together.'
Ted walked out of the gym locker room after taking a shower to wash all the sweat and dirt he got from training. He walked towards his car and heard his name being called. He turned around and found Randy Orton running towards him.
"What's up, Orton?" Ted asked.
"I was wondering if you wanted to go get some dinner with me. We can catch up and stuff." Randy replied.
"Sure man, we can go head to that restaurant Cassidy's been talking to me about." Ted suggested.
"Been there, food is horrible." Randy replied. "You know what, let's just go back to my house and we'll eat there."
"Nicole's not there?" Ted questioned.
Randy looked at his watch and shook his head. "She should still be at her aunt's."
"What is she doing over there? Trouble in paradise already?" Ted teased.
Randy flicked him off causing Ted to laugh.
"No, asshole, she's just visiting her family with Jamie. They're having dinner over there." Randy replied.
"Okay, I'll meet you there." Ted unlocked his car and slid in.
Randy quickly walked over to his and did the same thing. He drove out of the parking lot first, followed by Ted.
Randy opened the gate to his home, driving in with Ted following. As soon as he parked his car, he closed the gate once more. Ted parked right beside him and exited his car after turning it off. He locked the car before stepping into Randy's home. Randy placed his training bag by the front door and walked over to the kitchen, with Ted trailing behind.
He opened the fridge to see what he had. He didn't feel like cooking tonight so he decided to just order some food.
Ted sat down by the counter that was in the middle of the kitchen. There was a sink there and a bowl of fruits that Nicole usually restacks for Randy.
"So what are we eating, Chef?" Ted questioned.
"Take-out, pizza or Chinese?" Randy asked.
"Pizza, haven't had that in a while." Ted replied.
Randy nodded his head before exiting the kitchen to fetch his home phone to call the pizza place. Ted took his phone out of his pocket and turned it on. He just didn't feel like being social today so he decided to turn his phone off. But then he remembered that there was a possibility that his mother may call him and he didn't want her worrying.
His screen popped out revealing a picture of Cassidy and his dog, a Labrador that Cassidy had given him for his birthday. He smiled at the picture, but it was soon blocked by a notification saying he had two missed calls. Ted clicked on it and the calls were from Cody Rhodes. When he went back to his home screen he saw that he has a few text messages. There was one from Cody, one from his younger brother, and one from Cassidy. He ignored the other two messages and opened the one from Cassidy.
'Erick just picked me up. Wish me luck.'
Ted sighed. He just to encourage her, but at the same time, if he argued with her about her date, would she actually not go? It was a lose-lose situation for Ted. There was nothing he could do, but just pray that somehow, someway, Erick wouldn't charm his way back.
'Good luck, please take in what I said. You can't believe everything he has to say.'
Ted sent the message and opened the rest of his messages. He opened Cody's last since his brother may have needed something. He opened Cody's message and laughed out loud as he read it.
'Ted you are such pussy! How can you let that happen? This punk is back and now she's on a date with him! When I see you, I'm gonna kick your ass.'
Ted deleted that message and opened the other messagethat came from Cody.
'So now you're not answering my text and phone calls? Ted DiBiase, you better call me today or I swear to God, I'm coming to your house just to have a talk with you! We've talked about this! You were supposed to make your move a long time ago.'
Ted laughed as he dialed his best friend's number. He pressed the call button and waited for Cody to answer the phone. After three rings, Cody finally answered.
"That's right, it's a wise decision for you to call me." Cody told him. "I was reaching for my keys, getting ready to go to your house."
Ted chuckled. "Oh, I'm shaking," Ted teased him. "What's up? What do you need to talk about?"
"What do I need to talk about? What do you need to talk about is the better question. I called Cassidy this morning to find out she's going on a date with that punk ass ex-boyfriend of hers. How did this happen?" Cody exclaimed.
Ted sighed. "I don't know man, he took her to the hospital to see his father and she told me to stay home."
"You should have went,"
"I know that, believe me, I'm deeply regretting not going with her yesterday."
Cody sighed. "Ted, come on, you need to find a way to get her away from Erick. If he sinks his claws back in, I'm not sure if it can come out."
"I know, he's bound to make a mistake again."
"But you can't wait for that. What if he doesn't? Look, I'll talk to you later because it's dinner time."
Ted replayed his best friend's words in his head and laughed.
"Never thought the day would come." Ted shook his head. "You are now a committed man."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Go get your girl." Cody told him before saying goodbye.
Ted placed his phone on the counter as Randy walked back in the kitchen.
"Who were you talking to?" Randy asked.
"Cody," Ted replied. "You order yet?"
"Yep, it should be here in twenty minutes." Randy answered. "Ah, Rhodes, how is the newest committed man?"
"He's good, he had to go because he had to say grace." Ted told him.
Randy raised an eyebrow and chuckled. "Oh man, never thought I would ever hear that." Randy said. "So, where's Cassidy? I'm surprised you didn't insist on going home to be with her."
Ted pursed his lips. "She's on a date."
Randy gave Ted an incredulous look and stood across from him with his hands placed on the counter top.
"A date? You actually let her go on a date? With who?" Randy asked.
Randy shook his head. "Oh God, Ted! Why would you let her go on a date with her ex-boyfriend?"
"You know, I don't really have an answer for that, can you not ask me that question?" Ted asked, slightly getting annoyed with everyone bombarding him with the same question.
"But it's a logical question. You always tell us that you will never let the guy get anywhere near her and the exact opposite is happening." Randy replied.
"Orton, do you think I actually have control over the situation? You know if I did, that man would be nowhere near her, but things can't always go our way." Ted countered. "Their date is for closure, that's it."
"What if it's not?"
"I think I should just take this one step at a time. I can't jump into conclusions." Ted told him.
"That's true, you shouldn't. I don't know Ted, let's just hope that he won't poison her mind."
"Yeah," Ted ran his fingers through his hair. "So how are things with Nicole?"
Randy smiled. "Never better, man. She's going to move back in."
"That's great, Randy. You finally get that complete family." Ted congratulated him. "So wedding bells?"
"Not anytime soon, I don't want to pressure her. The wedding will come in the right time." Randy replied.
The doorbell rang.
Randy excused himself so he could answer the door. It was the pizza guy. He paid the amount that was asked for and gave the guy a tip as well. He brought the two pizza boxes and brought it to the kitchen and placed it on the counter top beside Ted.
"Yes, food is here!" Ted smiled as he opened the box while Randy got two plates for himself and Ted.
"So tell me Ted, what is the game plan now? I got my girl back, I think it's time I help you get your girl."
Ted smirked. "You think I should take Cody's advice?"
"What advice would that be?"
"To start showing Cassidy my feelings for her."
"The fact you're taking advice about love from Cody slightly frightens me, doesn't it frighten you?"
Ted chuckled. "It slightly does, but Cody's not that bad." Ted thought for a moment and added. "Well not that bad ever since Katie became his girlfriend."
"But either way, you think I should do that?"
Randy rolled his eyes. "We've been telling you this for so long Ted, how can you think of doing it now?"
"I wasn't threatened until now."
Randy laughed. Before he could even utter a reply, the door leading to the garage opened. Nicole walked in holding Jamie's car seat in one hand and her bag and Jamie's bag on the other. Randy rushed over to her and held the door open, taking Jamie from her. He kissed her on the lips as a greeting and they both smiled. Ted smiled at this and continued eating his pizza.
Nicole's eyes fell on Ted and she smiled.
"Hey Teddy," She greeted him.
"Hey Nic, you want some pizza?" Ted asked, pushing the box towards her.
Nicole placed the bags on the counter besides the refrigerator and walked over to Ted to give him a hug. "Yum, pizza! I would love some!"
Nicole took a slice and sat beside Ted. Randy picked up Jamie and carried him over to where Nicole and Ted were. He sat across from them and placed Jamie on the counter.
"I thought you were eating at your aunt's?" Randy questioned as he opened the baby food for Jamie.
"I didn't like what she cooked so I told her that you cooked dinner tonight and she let me off the hook." Nicole replied making Randy and Ted laugh.
"Such a devious girl," Ted teased.
"Yes, well I learned from the best." Nicole winked at Randy. "Not that I'm not enjoying your presence, but why aren't you with Cassidy?"
"She's on a date." He simply replied, not wanting to go over the subject once more.
Nicole's mouth dropped open. "My God and you let her? Are you ill Teddy?"
"No, look, she's just catching up with the guy, it might not even be a date." Ted replied.
"Wait, catching up? Who is she with?" Nicole questioned.
"Erick," Randy answered for Ted.
"Wow, Erick?" Nicole shook her head. "Its okay, Teddy. I'm sure the guy has no chance."
"What makes you say that?" Ted asked.
"Well, Cassidy told me if she was given another chance, she doubts that she would rekindle the relationship. All she wants is closure." Nicole explained.
"There you go, Ted. All she needs is closure." Randy smirked. "Then once she gets it your in, man!"
Nicole nodded her head. "Yep, I agree."
"Wait, does Cassidy ever talk to you about me?" Ted questioned.
Nicole rolled her eyes. "I feel like we're in high school."
Randy, Ted, and Nicole laughed.
"Yes she has, she told me that John told her that you have feelings for her." Nicole replied.
"John told her?" Ted exclaimed.
Jamie looked over at Ted and tilted his head. Randy called his name so that he could continue feeding Jamie. He looked over at his father and opened his mouth.
"Yes, he did. I thought he would have told you." Nicole said.
"Well, he didn't. What did she say?"
"You know what, Cassidy usually just stops there. She would just shrug and change the subject. I mean, I always try and force her to talk, but she doesn't really budge."
"Ah I see, so you wouldn't know if she even has the slightest feelings for me?" Ted questioned.
"I'm sorry, Ted. I wish I could tell you something, but I really don't know if she does." Nicole answered. "I'll try to get something out of her, but for now, I suggest that you make sure that you prevent Erick from being something permanent in her life."
Ted nodded his head. "I will, but Randy, I need a favor."
Randy closed the jar of baby food and nodded his head. "Sure, what's up?"
"Can you come with me and Cassidy when we get her tattoo tomorrow?" Ted questioned.
"The day before Christmas Eve? Why so early?" Randy asked. "I thought it was going to be after Christmas?"
"Yes, well I want to get it for her now." Ted replied.
"Ah, to get the cool points." Nicole said picking up Jamie as he crawled over to her.
Randy took a bite of his pizza and nodded his head. "Yep, oh, DiBiase, you are a slick guy." Randy teased.
"Shut up," Ted replied. "So will you?"
"Yeah, I'll go with you two." Randy replied. "Do you know what kind of tat she wants?"
"Hmm, I don't know. We'll see tomorrow." Ted answered. "I mean, she constantly changes her mind, it usually goes back and forth."
Randy and Nicole smiled at one another as Ted cleaned his plates.
"Babe, when are we getting your stuff?" Randy questioned.
"Um, after Christmas we can start getting my things and Jamie's as well." Nicole replied as she played peek-a-boo with Jamie.
Randy smiled at the two and threw a piece of crust at Nicole and her mouth opened in shock. He smirked at her and laughed. Ted looked back at them and smiled as Nicole got the piece of crust and was making faces at Jamie. Randy turned away from the two and got a drink from the fridge. Nicole looked up at him and threw the bread square at his head. Randy flinched as the piece of bread hit him. He turned around as Nicole bit her lip to hold in her laughter. Jamie reached up to his mother's face and slightly pushed her cheeks, causing her to stop biting her lip, making her laughter come out.
Ted laughed along with her as Randy just nodded his head.
"Alright, Leon, I'll get you back, you'll see." Randy turned away as Nicole's laughter halted.
"Babe, I'm just kidding. Come on, we're even." Nicole told him.
Randy just nodded his head. "Mmhmm, okay, we are."
Nicole eyed him suspiciously and just remained quiet. Ted sat beside Nicole once more.
"You know what, I'm gonna get going." Ted said. "Thank you for dinner."
"No problem man, I'll see you tomorrow." Randy told him.
Ted kissed Nicole on the cheek and softly patted Jamie's head before giving Randy a handshake. He walked out of the kitchen then out of the front door. He unlocked his car and saw how the gate opened. He backed up and headed towards his house. He was eager to see Cassidy. He was quietly praying that somehow, someway, her date with Erick went horrible.
- Cassidy & Erick -
Cassidy slid out of Erick's car and walked over to the sidewalk as Erick gave his keys to the valet. They walked in and were immediately brought to their seats since Erick made reservations.
It was quiet the whole way there. Every time Erick would open his mouth, nothing would come out. He didn't know what to tell Cassidy. The way they left some things, it made it a bit awkward for her. Cassidy felt the same and just chose to stay quiet. She just hoped it wasn't going to be like this during dinner.
They quickly looked over the menu and ordered their food.
It was silent for a few minutes until Erick broke the silence.
"So Cassidy, what have you been up to? Besides being Ted DiBiase' assistant." Erick asked.
"Nothing, just been busy with school." Cassidy replied. "How about you? What have you been up to?"
Cassidy was trying her best to make small talk with Erick. As curious as she was about what he's been up to, all she wanted to know was what made him lie to her.
"Well, I own a tattoo shop here." Erick replied.
Cassidy slightly smiled. "Ah, your dream coming true, that sounds great, Erick. I'm happy for you." Cassidy said. "Do you only have one or did you establish one in Spain as well?"
"I established one in Spain and Miami." Erick replied.
"Wow Erick, that sounds amazing. It seems like you've done well for yourself." Cassidy's smile got a bit bigger. "How's your family?"
"They're great. My mom moved here along with my dad about a year ago. My sister stayed in Spain, while my brother is in Miami taking care of the shop."
"Does he do tattoos as well?" Cassidy questioned him.
She studied Erick. Nothing changed. He looked the same. He acted the same. He had the same aura. He seemed like the same man she fell in love with. But then again, that same man left her.
"No, he doesn't, he just manages the shop for me. My cousin does though." He replied, his dimples showing as he let out a small smile.
'Ah, the dimples. Still have the same effect on me.' Cassidy thought to herself as she saw his trademark dimples.
"Ronnie? That's cool. It's like a family affair. Does your sister manage the business in Spain?"
Erick shook his head. "No, her husband does."
"She got married?" Cassidy asked, shocked.
"Yep, she actually lasted with Paulo." Erick smiled once more.
Cassidy smiled once more, remembering Erick's family. She always had a great time with them.
She envied them.
They were a complete family. She never had that feeling. Maybe for a couple of years she did, but then after, she never did. She promised herself that if she were to have a family one day, she would do everything in her power to make sure that it would never be broken. Her children won't go through the pain she went through. They didn't deserve that.
But at the same time, she didn't mind that divorced happened. She was heartbroken. That was a fact. But it taught her many lessons.
One of them was how to a love a person.
She learned that when you love someone, you need to let them go. No matter what the consequences are, if the love only exists within one person, you need to let the other person go, so he or she can experience love as well.
As much as she hated what happened between her parents, her mother told her that it turned out for the better. In some ways, Cassidy agreed. It did turn out for the better. Her father met another person whom he loves and who loves him as well. Her mother found someone as well. She didn't have any other children, but at least she found her happily ever after.
But she still despised her father for breaking her family apart. If he never did what he did, if he never fell out of love, this wouldn't have happened. She would still have a complete family and she might have been able to let go of Erick without any bitterness.
She couldn't do what her mom did. She couldn't let the person she loves go.
The day Erick left her, she felt like how she felt when her father left. To Cassidy, love is temporary. It's never permanent. It can be wiped away as easily as it appeared.
Till this day, she felt that way.
She wanted to let Erick go.
She wanted to let him go so that she could love again.
Maybe that was the reason for her mindset.
Before Erick, her mother taught her that when you truly love a person, it's eternal. Her love for Cassidy's father faded for the simple fact that he wasn't the eternal love that was meant for her. Things happen for a reason and God gave her Cassidy before she realized that their love was slowly fading. When Cassidy's father left, that's when she found her true love.
She never regretted anything that has happened. She was happy with Cassidy's father for some time, but it just faded once they realized that the love has faded. In the end, there were some hard feelings, but as time passed by, they forgave one another. At that time, Cassidy was too young to understand, but once she was of age her mother explained everything to her.
Cassidy understood to some extent, but the hatred never faded.
There are just some things that cannot be fixed by a simple conversation with your mother. At times, you need to have a conversation with your father to fix things.
Throughout the dinner the two actually got a conversation going with ease. They didn't have any difficult anymore. It was like old times and for some reason, Cassidy liked it. She felt like things were getting better between them.
Erick and Cassidy walked out of the restaurant, laughing at one of the memories they have together. He opened the door for her and she slid in. He paid the valet before sliding in his side of the car.
"Thank you for the dinner, Erick." Cassidy told him.
Erick smiled. "Not a problem."
"So, I know this dinner is supposed to be out closure. Why did you say that to me Erick? Why did you lie to me?" Cassidy questioned.
"I didn't have a choice, Cassie. I didn't know what to do and in that situation, I felt trapped. The only thing I could think of was to lie to you." Erick glanced at her. "It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. You have no idea how difficult that was for me."
"Imagine how difficult it was for me to be lied to." Cassidy told him as she fought for the tears to come down.
That day never left her mind.
For a whole year, she thought about what she could have done wrong to push him away. Questions popped into her mind and it wouldn't stop.
Did she become too needy?
Did she suffocate him?
Did she not show her love enough?
All these questions were difficult for her to answer. She blamed herself for how things ended. She was the reason as to why the relationship ended.
At least that's what she thought for some time, but as time passed by she realized that it wasn't her fault.
Erick stopped in front of a home and Cassidy became alert.
"Where are we?" Cassidy questioned.
"My house," Erick replied. "My mother wanted to see you."
Cassidy nodded her head and opened the door. She slid out of the car and followed Erick towards his front door. He unlocked the door and opened it. He waited for her to walk inside, once she did, he closed the door. He placed a hand on her lower back and led her through a hallway. They ended up in the living room where Erick's mom was.
They walked over closer to her and she looked over at them, smiling at Cassidy.
"Cassie! It's great to see you!" She said excitedly as she got up to greet Cassie.
Erick moved away from Cassie and walked over to the couch. He picked up a little girl and walked over to Cassie.
"Cassie I would like you to meet Charlie." Erick said as the little girl looked over at Cassidy. "I want you to meet my daughter, the reason why I lied to you all those years ago."