Jeff stared out the window was Matt crept along at not even twenty miles an hour. It was snowing like crazy outside and they had had the misfortune to get caught in it. The show that Chris, Matt and Jay were all scheduled to be at that night had been canceled, but that really didn't solve their current problem. They were still stuck on the dangerous icy roads and they needed to find some kind of shelter soon before they crashed the damn car.
"Maybe we should just pull over until this clears up," Jay suggested. He was sitting up front right alongside Matt while Jeff and Chris took up the back. Given his experiences out on the independent scene in Canada, he was used to this kind of travel conditions but that didn't make him any less nervous about the whole situation.
Matt shook his head. If he was scared about the situation they were in, he was doing a good job of hiding it. "I'm not sure where over even is," he said slowly. "Besides, I don't want us getting snowed in on the side of the road. If we're going to get snowed in anywhere, it's going to be in a nice, safe building."
Chris groaned slightly and shook his head. "Well we better find one of those soon before we die out here," he muttered. He was holding on to Jeff's hand way too tightly and his face was five shades paler than it normally was. Matt had already hit several patches of ice and had almost lost control of the car completely at one point, so Chris was way on edge. Jeff had tried to calm him back down but his efforts hadn't been working so far. Chris was paranoid about crashing and freezing to death and nothing was going to change that.
"Baby please calm down," Jeff pleaded. He didn't know why he was bothering but he figured it couldn't hurt to try again. "We're going to be fine. Matt knows I'll kick his fucking ass if he kills us."
"Yeah," Matt agreed with a chuckle. "I've got the fear of Jeffrey Nero in me."
Jay reached over and touched Matt's thigh with one hand while pointing to something up ahead with the other. "There's some lights up ahead there. We can go check them out and see if they lead anywhere helpful."
"Okay," Matt agreed. He began to carefully drive to where Jay was pointing, his grip on the steering wheel getting even more tight than it was before. The radio had been turned off a long time ago so Matt could concentrate more on driving, which allowed a very loud silence to take over the car.
Jeff let out a sigh and rested his head on Chris's shoulder. When Chris had begged him to come traveling with him again even though he was on a wrestling hiatus, he hadn't expected anything like this to happen. He had wanted to spend some time with Chris for once but now he was just wishing they were doing that at home, where it was safe. Home wasn't getting massive amounts of snow and it wasn't nearly as cold there. The only real bright side to the situation was that they were together. That was something at least.
Given how slow Matt was driving, it took them over a half an hour to get to the lights Jay had saw. Thankfully though, the time spent driving was worth it because the lights were coming from a hotel. "Oh thank God," Chris said in relief. "Let's get the hell inside."
"Oh yeah," Jeff agreed. That was a plan he could easily get behind. He opened the car door and got out, his body getting quite the shock from the frigid cold air. He had to wait until Matt walked around to the back of the car and opened the trunk so they could grab their suitcases and then bolt for the door.
"Whoa!" Jay yelled, nearly slipping and falling on a patch of ice. He managed to catch himself by grabbing Chris's arm, which did exactly go over that well.
"Watch it numb nuts!" Chris exclaimed. He had not appreciated being almost taken down right along with Jay.
"Fuck you Jericho," Jay said. He grabbed Matt's arm and hugged it tightly.
"Ha, you wish," Jeff said as Chris put his arm around him. "Only I get that privilege."
Matt rolled his eyes and opened the door so they could all go into the hotel. "You guys are ridiculous," he informed them. Absolutely fucking ridiculous."
Jeff stuck his tongue out at Matt before looking around the hotel lobby. It was quite big but it was hard to tell just how big because it wasn't really that well lit. There were huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, just hanging there ominously. There was some furniture off towards the side, right near a fireplace that was lit (that was where Melina, Eve, Kelly and Tiffany were all sitting). The hardwood floor had about three inches of dust on it and at the receptionist desk sat an old man, who smiled and revelaed that he was completely toothless as they approached him.
"More guests!" he said happily. He clapped his hands together and smiled wildly at them. "Oh yes, this is very good indeed. I'm glad you could make it. It's snowing so terribly out there. It's much better to be in here where it's nice and safe."
"Yeah," Matt agreed while Jay and Chris snickered and Jeff pretended to space out. There was something off about this old man. Jeff couldn't put his finger on it but he felt it. He definitely felt it for sure. "Do you mind if we rent two rooms for the night."
"Rent? Oh no no no. I can't charge you for these rooms," the old man said. He grabbed two sets of keys plus their duplicates and laid them down on the desk. "Here. You can stay here for as you need to."
Matt waved his hand and tried to politely refuse. "Sir really, that's very generous of you but we can't-"
"Oh please, I insist," the old man said. "Here at the Briarwood Hotel, your safety is what matters most to us. Besides, my staff all evacuated the building so they could be safe from the storm so you'll be fending for yourselves. I'm quite old and can't look after all of you fine people all by myself."
"Dude, quit trying to refuse his hospitality," Jay said, elbowing Matt in the ribs. "He's offering up free rooms! Let's just take them already."
Matt sighed and nodded. "Okay. Fine."
"Excellent! Your room numbers are on the keys-"
Feeling even more unexplainable uneasy, Jeff backed away from the desk and headed to the girls. "Jeff!" Eve said happily. "What are you doing here?"
"I'm traveling with Chris for awhile," he answered. He hopped over the back of the couch across from the women and grinned. "And now I'm spending time with you fine ladies." He took off his coat and gloves and set them aside. "Now if only it wasn't snowing like hell-"
"Oh God, I don't want to talk about the snow anymore," Kelly said. She grabbed Tiffany's hand and squeezed it tightly. "We almost died like a million times before we got here. It was horrible."
Tiffany nodded along. "It was. We were lucky this place was here. I don't know what we would have done if we would have had to keep driving."
"Is there anyone else here?" Jeff asked, smiling when he saw that Chris was coming over to join them.
Melina nodded. "A whole bunch of us. Adam and Randy arrived at the same time we did and Mark and Glenn and Phil arrived with the Psycho Parade a few minutes afterward."
"Oh joy," Chris said with a shake of his head. "There's nothing like being stuck in a hotel with the Lawsons."
Jeff smacked Chris's arm lightly. "They're not that bad," he said defensively. He knew the Lawsons scared the majority of the locker room but he liked them. For crazy serial killers they were actually quite entertaining to be around.
Chris snorted and shook his head. "Oh yeah, they're a laugh riot."
"You're just mad because Cooper is hotter than you'll ever be and he could steal Jeff from you in a heartbeat if he really wanted to," Melina said, getting an elbow from Eve and a glare from Jeff.
"Was that really necessary Mel?" Jeff asked.
Melina just shrugged. "Hey, I'm calling it like I see it. I think it's just too bad he doesn't play on my team. I could do things to him that-"
"Please don't finish that sentence," Tiffany begged. "You're not getting in Cooper's pants and that's that. You have a worse chance of getting in his pants than Michelle does getting into Mark's."
"That's just because Mark is a bisexual manwhore," Melina snapped.
Chris shook his head in amazement. "You're going to get it if he ever hears you saying that."
Melina just let out a defiant snort. She didn't give a shit. While she was better than she used to be, she was still kind of a bitch.
"Anyone else here that we should know about?" Jeff asked, deciding it would be wise to change the subject.
"Uh…" Tiffany stopped to think about that. "Layla and McSkank are here. I saw them when Kelly and I were putting our stuff in our room. Dolph here and Vickie isn't-"
"Thank God," Kelly interjected.
"Thank God indeed," Tiffany agreed. "And the only other people I know are here are Kofi and Evan. I think there's more though and I just haven't seen them yet."
Jeff nodded his head. "Cool." He tapped his fingers against his leg, feeling kind of antsy. The gesture did not go unnoticed by Chris and he put his hand in Jeff's out of concern. "Hey, what's the matter?" he asked.
Jeff hesitated for a moment before answering. "This place…it gives me a funny feeling."
"Funny ha-ha or funny strange?" Chris asked.
"Neither. It's more of a funny get the fuck out of here as fast as you can."
Chris raised his eyebrows and Jeff already knew that he didn't feel it. He could see it in his eyes. "I think you're overreacting a little bit," the blonde said gently. "I mean I admit that this place kind of has a creepy vibe but I'm not picking up the run away vibe like you are." He looked at the girls for support. "What about you guys?"
They all shook their head. "Sorry Jeff," Eve apologized. "We just don't feel it."
Jeff sighed and nodded along, even though he was far from assured. If this was in his head it still felt way too damn real. He couldn't lie to himself about that.
"Yo! You two! Let's go get our rooms!" Jay called out, beckoning Jeff and Chris to join him and Matt.
Chris gave Jeff a kiss on the cheek. "Look, we'll probably only be here for one night anyway. Tomorrow when it stops snowing and the roads clear up enough to drive, we'll be out of here. I promise."