Once Upon a Time in Italy

Disclaimer: We own nothing associated with the WWE. And we do love Edge, we really do! Don't let this story fool you, lol.

Summary: After six months, Edge came back to the WWE after a career threatening injury and made an impact by winning the 2010 Royal Rumble. But on a tour in Europe, everything is ripped away when he is taken and tortured. With time working against him, can he be found before it's too late?

Characters: Edge, Christian, Chris Jericho, The Miz, CM Punk

Pairings: Edge/OC, Christian/OC, Miz/OC, possible Punk/OC

Rating: Higher T

Genre: Drama/Suspense

Warnings: Violence (nothing very graphic), language, and a couple suggestive adult moments

Author's Note: Wow, what can I say about this story? For starters, despite the title, it is not a fairy tale. Lol! It's based on a dream I had, and really just to answer my own questions about the events of the dream, this story was started. It's co-written with a good friend of mine x0allisonqt0x (who is Allison in this story), and after six months of coming up with theories, planning, writing, and more planning to make it as realistic as possible, we're glad to unleash our "little monster," which we mean in the most loving of ways. Anyway, I won't keep you any longer from this! There will be clues as to who's behind everything that happens and why, so keep an eye out to see if you can figure it out. Enjoy!

OCs

Susannah
Boyfriend: Adam Copeland (Edge)
Hair: light brown
Eyes: hazel
Personality: outgoing, artistic, empathetic
Interests: creative writing, sketching
Favorite movie: "The Crow"
Favorite book: "Dracula," Bram Stoker
Favorite song: "Metalingus," Alter Bridge; "Blackbird," Alter Bridge

Allison
Boyfriend: Jay Reso (Christian)
Hair: brown
Eyes: dark brown
Personality: klutzy, funny, caring/sensitive
Interests: dancing, watching wrestling
Favorite movie: "Titanic"
Favorite book: "Nineteen Minutes," Jodi Picoult
Favorite song: anything by Alanis Morissette

Anna
Boyfriend: Mike Mizanin (The Miz)
Hair: brown highlighted blonde
Eyes: brown
Personality: loud around friends but quiet around strangers, likes to make things difficult, protective of friends and family
Interests: nature/animals, Mike
Favorite movie: "Flipper"
Favorite book: "Hush, Hush," Becca Fitzpatrick
Favorite song: "Livin' on a Prayer," Bon Jovi

Jillian
Boyfriend: likes Phil Brooks (CM Punk)
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown
Personality: clumsy, caring, fun
Interests: dancing, singing
Favorite movie: "Meet the Parents"
Favorite book: "Handle With Care," Jodi Picoult
Favorite song: anything by Nickelback

Prologue

Three... two... one.

Adam Copeland sighed as he stood backstage with the the last few superstars waiting to enter the match. He hadn't been this nervous, or this excited, since coming back from his previous neck injury to step into the squared circle again. He rubbed his hands together as Kofi Kingston's music began, watching as he ran out at number twenty-seven to enter the Rumble. Only one person was left in front of him, and then he would be running out there too.

Number twenty-eight, Chris Irvine, otherwise known as Chris Jericho, looked over his shoulder at him. "You look nervous, Man," he muttered with a small smile. "Calm down."

"Yeah, I know," Adam replied, laughing a little. "I'm just more excited than anything. To have to wait this long..."

Chris smirked, watching as the clock continued to wind down until he was supposed to run out. "Well, you don't have much longer to wait now," he told him as the time reached ten seconds.

Adam nodded, quickly looking to his right when he felt a gentle hand wrap around his. He smiled broadly when he saw Susannah, his girlfriend of three years, smiling back up at him. "Almost time," she said with excitement.

Five... four...

Chris watched as Adam pulled Susannah closer to him, running his fingers through her hair before softly kissing her. "Almost," he agreed quietly.

Three... two... one.

The buzzer sounded from the arena before "Break the Walls Down" began to play, and Chris dropped his gaze as he turned away from the couple and walked out onto the ramp to enter the match. Adam sighed as he watched him leave. He was next.

Susannah wrapped her arms around him tightly in anticipation, her eyes glowing. In a little over a minute, her boyfriend would be returning to the WWE after a career-threatening injury, a moment she had been waiting for all during the rehab process. "This is it," she muttered, the smile never leaving her face. "After everything you had to go through, this is going to be simply amazing..."

Adam smiled down at her. "You mean everything we had to go through," he corrected.

"Ah, I just helped," Susannah replied, laying her head on his chest.

Before Adam could tell her she had done much more than that for him, he looked over his shoulder when he heard footsteps, and he smiled as he watched Jay Reso, his best friend otherwise known as Christian, walk over to them. He had the ECW Championship he had successfully retained earlier that night over one shoulder, his girlfriend of two years, Allison, wrapped in his other arm. With them was her older sister Jillian.

"Hey, Man, had to watch this closer up," Jay said with a broad smile.

Adam nodded as he looked at the man he considered to be his brother. "That means a lot," he replied truthfully.

Ten... nine...

"Make Edge's comeback amazing," Jay told him, laughing a little as he shook the other man's hand.

Eight... seven...

"Oh, I will," Adam assured him. "Just wait, Jay. I've been waiting for this moment for months."

Six... five...

"Good luck, Adam!" Allison said happily, giving him a quick hug. "Not that you really need it..."

"Thanks, Allie," Adam replied as he let go, wrapping his arms around Jillian as she gave him a hug next.

"I can't wait to see this!" she added, a broad smile on her face as she stood back next to her sister.

"Well, I'll make it awesome." Adam smirked before he looked back at Susannah when she took his hand again.

"I love you," she muttered, brushing some of his damp hair out of his face before setting her hand on his shoulder. "I'll be watching and cheering for you from back here, and I'll be waiting for you after."

Four... three... two...

Adam smiled. "I'll look for you," he whispered. Then, he placed his hands on her waist and pulled her into a deep kiss.

One.

The buzzer sounded, and You think you know me echoed around the arena. Adam broke the kiss, resting his hand on Susannah's cheek for a second as "Metalingus" began to play, and he turned and walked out onto the ramp to enter the match to a thunderous crowd.


Adam stood in the center of the ring, pointing up at the Wrestlemania sign as sparks flew around it. He couldn't keep the broad smile off his face as his theme music and the cheering of the crowd both echoed loudly around him, almost mingling together in his mind. It was exhilarating- returning to the WWE after his Achilles tendon injury and winning the 2010 Royal Rumble. He had tried to ready himself for the return since he had been told he was going to win two days before by coming in at number twenty-nine, but nothing could have prepared him for the reception the fans had given him. He stood on the turnbuckle and threw his hands up, watching as some fans returned his hand sign while others jumped up and down and cheered. They were just as excited as he was that he was going to headline Wrestlemania 26.

He finally rolled out of the ring, the crowd's energy not wavering as he made his way up the ramp. Once he got to the top, Adam stopped and once again turned around to face the crowd, watching as cameras flashed everywhere around him as the cheering continued. It was at that moment he knew it was one of the most exciting nights of his career, one he was sure was shared with the girl waiting for him.

He then turned and went backstage, smiling when other superstars who had been eliminated earlier stopped and congratulated him on winning and his return. But he continued to look through the bustling crowd of faces, not spotting the one he wanted to see most. She should have been there somewhere. She had told him she would be waiting.

"Congratulations."

Adam stopped, turning to look behind him when he heard the voice of his former tag team partner and the first man he had eliminated. "Thanks," he replied, the broad smile still on his face. "Tonight has been amazing."

Chris nodded, a thoughtful look on his face. "I bet," he muttered. "I mean, you come back after injury, win the Rumble by eliminating me and John Cena..."

Sighing, Adam ran his hand through his hair. "Look, Man," he said. "I know you were originally supposed to win and all, but creative thought this was the best route to take."

"I know." Chris gave him a smile. "And I agree. Welcome back, Man." He held out his hand. Adam shook it.

"Adam!"

The smile returned to Adam's face, and he turned to watch as Susannah hurried toward him. This was who he had been looking for. "Hey, girl!"

Susannah smiled as she wrapped her arms around his neck in a tight hug, laughing when Adam lifted her up and spun her around once before setting her back on her feet. "You looked great out there," she told him with excitement, her smile lingering as Adam kept his arms around her waist. "I am so proud of you, Addy! That crowd was electric!"

"You're telling me," Adam replied. "You should hear them out there."

"I have a pretty good idea from back here," Susannah said, shaking her head as she too couldn't stop smiling. "Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still screamed when you won."

Adam laughed a little as he brushed some of her brown hair out of her face. Her continuous, avid support was something he loved about her. She was absolutely beaming. "You know I couldn't have done it without you," he muttered. The months he was out on injury had been some of the hardest of his life. Not only had they been painful as his tendon had to reattach, but he had also been filled with doubt, a feeling that had been very unsettling to him.

The girl he held in his arms had been his saving grace. She had been there for him through the entire healing and rehab process, being his source of strength and comfort. She had put faith in him when he lost it in himself, supporting him when he needed it most. It had been a frustrating time for him, and he knew it hadn't been easy on her dealing with him all of the time either, but she had always been there, giving him unconditional love. And that was the most important thing for him.

Susannah wrapped her arms around him again, standing on her toes to kiss his cheek. "I knew you could do it," she told him. "But that didn't make seeing you out there again any less exciting."

Adam smiled, leaning down and giving her a soft kiss. "I love you," he whispered.

"I love you too." Susannah smiled against his lips before giving him another slightly more passionate kiss, running her hand over his chin. "But as I've said before, you could shave this, though. Just saying."

"Yeah?" Adam ran his own hand over his beard. "Too much?"

"Just a bit," Susannah said with a wink.

Adam raised his eyebrows quickly. "Well, I guess I'll have to do something about that," he replied quietly, kissing his girlfriend's neck and making her laugh a little.

Susannah then smiled as she took her boyfriend's hand, turning to look at the other man still standing with them. "Hey, Chris. Good match tonight." She reached forward, giving him a one-armed hug. He had been one of her first friends in the WWE.

"Thanks, Susannah," Chris muttered with a small smile when she pulled away. "Almost wish I still would have won, but then Adam wouldn't have had this opportunity."

"I know it was a little disappointing that plans got changed last minute..." Susannah began.

"No, really, it's okay," Chris interrupted. "I'm happy it went this way." Then, he glanced at the nearby clock hanging on the wall, sighing almost nervously. "I'm gonna get going. I'll see you guys at the hotel later."

"Sounds good, Man," Adam replied. "Later."

The couple watched as the other man walked away before starting to head toward Adam's locker room. "I'm glad Chris isn't too upset about what happened," Susannah said thoughtfully.

"He'll be fine," Adam assured her, tightening his hand around hers as they reached the room. "It's just a storyline."

"That's true." Susannah watched Adam open the door, entering the room first since he held it open for her.

"I wouldn't worry about it," Adam muttered. Then, he pulled her up against him once they were both inside, holding her close as he brushed some of her hair behind her ear. "Tonight is our night."

Susannah smirked as she placed her hand on his chest, Adam winking at her as he shut the door behind him.

Author's Note: Well, that's it for that one. Not much action yet, but it sets the tone for the rest of the story. Make sure to keep an eye out for clues as it progresses. Thanks for reading! Your reviews are much appreciated, just no flames, please. Thank you!