*I decided to add a couple stories to my Where did The Love Go series as the children of Dave and Alex are pretty much older and grown up. I hope that you enjoy this story.
Twenty-two year old Chelsea was in her room getting ready to attend a RAW show with her parents; Dave and Alex, her brother Josiah and her little sister Sicily so she could see her little brother Ben wrestle in a dark match before the show. She was really dreading going because she wasn't looking forward to running into her ex-boyfriend Zack Ryder. He was the biggest mistake of her life and she didn't want to see him again. Her father had constantly told her to avoid dating actors and wrestlers because they were the worst men to date. He only wanted her to date a normal guy that would love her to no end. He wanted the best for his daughter. She was putting on her make-up when her father knocked on the door. "Come in," she said as she looked at herself in the mirror.
"Hey," said Dave as he walked into the room.
"Hey, Dad. What's up?"
"I was just coming to see if you were ready. We're almost ready to leave. WE don't want to be late for the show."
"Dad, I will be finished in a minute. I'm not sure if I really want to go," she said.
"Is this about Zack?" he asked.
"It's about whatever you want to think it's about but yes it's about Zack. I don't want to run into him again. I don't even want to see him. I haven't spoken to him since we broke up," she said.
"I know," he said, "but you can't keep being upset about what he did to you. Why get upset about the things you can't control?"
"Dad, he promised me he would marry me and that we would be together forever and then wrestling happened. Once he become a wrestler on the RAW brand everything changed. Suddenly I wasn't the one he wanted to be with. Those little ring rats were more important than me. "
"Chels, didn't I always tell you my number one rule for you was not to get involved with wrestlers and actors because they're only after one thing and one thing only? They'll make promises they can't keep and feed you all types of lies. A wrestler's life consists of ring rats. Believe me I know the life. If a wrestler doesn't have their head on straight they fall into that dark life. I know I've lived it. I do not doubt that Zack only dated you to get ahead in the business. I mean after all you are Batista's daughter. I hope you learned your lesson about dating these wrestlers."
"I did, Dad. I will never date a wrestler again but that still doesn't make me want to go tonight."
"It means a lot to your brother," he said. "This is going to be his life someday. I've been training him for years and this is his first match. You need to be there and if you run into Zack just ignore him. Don't even give him a reaction. Don't even let him think he has any power over you."
"Dad," she said. "It's not that easy. I loved him."
"Chels, I don't know what to tell you," said Dave. "Just go to see your brother wrestle. You don't have to worry about anything else. We're only going for Ben and besides your little crush Cody Rhodes is going to be there."
Chelsea's face turned a light shade of red as she remembered the crush she had on Cody Rhodes for years but she felt she was too old for crushes now and her crush on Cody had disappeared when she turned 18. "Dad, I don't have a crush on Cody anymore. That was so long ago."
"Chels, he used to be your favorite wrestler. You used to love him."
"I know but I was 13. I don't have a crush on Cody Rhodes anymore. And you shouldn't encourage me to have one on him because you don't want me dating wrestlers anymore."
"He's married and I'm sure that Cody is smart enough never to look at you in an inappropriate way so it's okay to have a little crush on him," said Dave with a smile.
"But I don't," she said as she stood up. "Can we go now?"
"We're ready whenever you are," said Dave with a smile. Chelsea had to get out of the room. She wanted to leave more than ever because of her father talking about the crush she had on Cody when she was little. Cody was still a good looking man but she had no feelings or any type of a crush on him.
Chelsea, Dave, Alex, Josiah and Sicily arrived at the arena to be greeted by Ben outside the arena. Ben looked so proud to have his family there to watch him wrestle, well most of his family. Kaylee was off at college in Pennsylvania and Jordyn was out doing whatever no one really ever knew what she was up to. "I'm so glad you guys could come tonight. I'm so excited," said Ben with a prideful smile. "Where's Jordyn?"
"Probably out getting pregnant," said Josiah with a chuckle.
"That's not funny," said Alex.
"I guess I should have known she wasn't going to be here," said Ben, "but at least you guys are here."
"We wouldn't have missed it," said Dave with a smile. "I am ready to see all the hard work I put into training you to pay off. You have no idea how proud I am of you right now." Dave looked as if he could cry from the excitement of Ben wrestling his first match. Dave had always wanted Ben to follow in his footsteps and become a wrestler so it meant so much to him that he decided to become a wrestler. The day Ben told Dave that he was going to be a wrestler Dave's heart filled up with joy and pride. He couldn't wait to start training him even though he was only 13. It had taken 6 years but finally at 19 Ben had made it to his first match. Ben was one of those privileged wrestlers as he was the son of Dave Bautista. He didn't have to start off in one of those side schools WWE had but he went straight to WWE even if it was just a dark match he was still on the WWE roster. He was not that bad of a wrestler either. He had quite the talent and Dave knew his career was going to go far but he did often remind him how easily it was to lose sight of things and fall into the dark place most wrestlers fell into. The life of luxury where partying, sleeping with women and doing it more for the money than the passion were the dark places he talked about. He didn't want Ben to make the same mistakes that he had made.
"Thanks, Dad," said Ben as he led his family into the arena. Many superstars stopped to say hello to Dave but there were very few wrestlers left from his era. Randy and John were the only two friends that were left in the business. Ben then had his family directed to their seats so they could watch the show. Dave's popularity had slowly fallen after he left the business and went to make movies and he realized this when he could sit to watch wrestling matches without being bothered for more than 3 autographs. Dave couldn't complain because he was able to watch his son wrestle and was able to enjoy the show.
Ben wrestled a pretty good match. A match good enough for rookies but the guy he wrestled was way below his level. Ben could have wrestled someone much better but that didn't' stop Dave from being proud of his son. Chelsea was just as proud of her brother as she watched him wrestle. Ben was Chelsea's little brother and they had a very close relationship. Ben even offered to beat Zack up for Chelsea after he broke her heart but Chelsea told him that would not be necessary. After Ben's match Chelsea was forced to stay and watch the rest of the show where she did have to see Zack wrestle. Zack saw her sitting in the front row and gave her a soft smile but Chelsea did not retaliate. She put her head down and acted as if he didn't exist. She kept her head down until the match was over and then when the main event happened she couldn't help but to watch it as it was Cody Rhodes facing Kofi Kingston. She realized after seeing Cody for the first time in 4 years that she still had a crush on him and he was still a very good looking man especially for his age which was way older than she was. Cody saw the Bautista family sitting front row and after the match was over he made sure he went over to say hi to each and every one of them including Chelsea. Cody still gave her butterflies when he talked to her. As Cody made his way to the back so did the Bautista family.
When they arrived backstage they congratulated Ben on his first match as Cody and Ted came up to them. "Good job, Rookie," they said to Ben.
"Thanks," he said.
"A few of the guys are going out for a few drinks if you want to come," said Cody to Ben.
"I wish I could but I'm only 18," said Ben. "Sorry."
"That's right. I forgot you were so much younger than the rest of us. What about you, Dave, you wanna go out with the guys for old times sake?" asked Cody.
"That's not my life anymore," said Dave with a smile. "My days of partying and drinking are over."
"It was worth a shot," said Cody with a smile. "Chelsea, would you like to go out for a few drinks with us?"
Before Chelsea could answer Dave answered for her. "Chelsea is a little young to be going out for drinks and with a bunch of wrestlers I don't think that's a good idea."
"Dad," said Chelsea feeling embarrassed, "I'm 22. I've been out drinking before. I think I'll be all right."
"I don't know if it's a good idea," said Dave.
"Dave," said Cody. "It's fine. I'll be there and I won't let anything happen to her. I'll keep an eye on her and I won't let any of these assholes take advantage of her. She's fine."
"All right," said Dave as if it was his job to still give Chelsea permission. Chelsea felt that sometimes her dad forgot she was an adult and that she graduated college. He often treated her as a child instead of an adult she even felt that 14 year old Jordyn had more freedom than she did.
"Dad, I'll be fine," she said with a smile.
"So you're going?" asked Cody.
"Yeah," she said with a smile.
"All right. Let me shower up and get ready then we can go. Sound good?"
"Yeah," she said. "Dad, don't wait up for me. Love you, Bye." She gave her dad a quick kiss on the cheek and then walked off with Cody and his friends.
Dave shook his head and said to Alex, "I don't like it. I don't like it at all."
"Dave, she's 22. You can't control what she does. Besides she's with Cody. What could happen?" asked Alex trying to calm Dave down.
"I guess you're right. Let's go home," he said as they headed to leave the arena and go home for the night.
Chelsea, Cody and the guys arrived at the bar shortly after midnight. The guys separated going their separate ways to find a woman to buy drinks for and hopefully get lucky for the night leaving Cody and Chelsea alone. "Don't you want to go off with your friends?" asked Chelsea.
"No," said Cody as they walked over to the bar. "I told your dad I would look out for you and that's what I'm going to do."
"Oh," she said. "I don't want to ruin your fun."
"Chelsea, relax, you're not," said Cody with a smile. "I'm looking forward to spending time with you. I haven't seen you for a few years. What do you want to drink?"
"A beer is fine," said Chelsea.
"Two beers," Cody said to the bartender. He laid his money down on the bar as the bartender handed him two beers. "Let's go somewhere a little more private," said Cody as he handed Chelsea her drink. They headed off to a small little table big enough for two. Cody sat across from Chelsea. "So you're 22 now?" he asked.
"Yeah," she said.
"Chelsea Bautista all grown up," he said with a smile. "So what have you been up to?"
"Just working," she said. "My dad gave me the money to open my own dance studio. I've been running it for a year now. I love it."
"That's cool," he said. "You love dancing don't you?"
"It's my life," she said. "I've been dancing since I was 3."
"That's a really long time," he said taking a drink of his beer taking in Chelsea's beauty. As Chelsea had grown up he was seeing her in a new way; in a way he never had before. He had started to see her as a potential love interest. Chelsea was very pretty and she had always seemed to be a nice girl.
"Yeah," she said. "What about you? What have you been up to?"
"Nothing really. Just wrestling that's about it."
"Oh. And how is your wife and your daughter?" she asked.
"Lily is great. She is my pride and joy. And as for my wife. We're not together anymore."
"Why?" asked Chelsea as she took a sip of her own beer.
"We just wanted different things. She wanted more kids and I didn't. The time away from home took a toll on us. It's the life of a wrestler. It's really hard to keep a relationship or a marriage together when one person is gone most of the year. It's tough."
"Oh," said Chelsea. "I'm sorry to hear about that."
"Don't be sorry. It's okay," he said. "What about you? Any boyfriend or fiance?"
"No," said Chelsea. "I'm single."
"How does a pretty girl like you stay single? I would think that guys would be falling at your feet."
Chelsea blushed a little and said, "I'm not that pretty and I just haven't found the right guy. I haven't been with anyone since Zack."
"That loser," said Cody shaking his head. "I heard you were with him at one point. Why? He's a loser."
"I don't know," she said. "I guess a poor lapse of judgment but we're over now and I'm looking for something bigger and better," she said.
"You deserve someone better," he said as he looked into her dark brown eyes. "I mean you're a pretty girl. You deserve someone that's going to treat you right."
"I guess," she said as she looked back into his blue eyes. "One day that guy will come until then I'm just going to enjoy being a single girl."
"Like going to a bar with a bunch of wrestlers?"
"Yeah," she said with a smile. "That's something to enjoy."
"Well, then let's enjoy it a little more and go do some dancing."
"I don't know," she said.
"Come on," he said getting up and taking her hand. "I'm not going to bite you," he said as he led her out on to the floor to dance. To Chelsea's surprise Cody was not that bad of a dancer. She enjoyed her time dancing with him. They had their moments when they were all over each other and dancing in ways Chelsea knew her father wouldn't approve of but she knew she was only young once. She was going to enjoy her night to the fullest.
When they got tired of dancing they went back to their table and Cody ordered more drinks as they talked about their lives and what they were up to. They even talked about wrestling. Somewhere in their conversation they had gotten cozier and Cody was sitting next to her as closely as he could. He sat holding her hand with their fingers intertwined as they talked. Chelsea was starting to feel the effects of the alcohol and she looked up at Cody and their eyes met. A spark flew through Chelsea and she said, "are you going to kiss me or what?"
Cody smiled at her and leaned in and softly kissed her lips. Chelsea was amazed at how good of a kisser Cody was. Cody let go of Chelsea's hand as they kissed in the small booth. He took one hand to wrap around her back and rested his hand in the small of her back as his other hand softly massaged her thigh. Chelsea took her hands and ran them through Cody's hair as she kissed him passionately. As they continued to kiss in the booth the passion grew stronger and Cody pulled Chelsea onto his lap having her straddle him as they continued to kiss passionately. Cody's hands began to wander up Chelsea's grey top and he began to feel her body under her shirt. He knew what he was doing was wrong but he couldn't help it. Things felt so right with Chelsea but he went with his better judgment as he thought about his relationship with Dave. Chelsea was his daughter. He couldn't do this with her. He broke the kiss and removed his hands from her shirt. "Chelsea, I think I should take you home."
"Why?" she asked.
"Because this isn't right. What is your dad going to say?"
"I don't' care what my dad says. I'm 22. I don't' want to go home. I want to be with you for the night."
"Chelsea, that's not a good idea. I don't think…" he was interrupted by Chelsea's soft lips meeting his. Her kiss was like a spell of passion for him. He knew it was wrong but he didn't want to stop. Chelsea was right. She was an adult and she made her own decisions so Cody broke the kiss once again.
Before he could say anything she said, "so you don't want to do this. Fine take me home."
"No," he said. "I wasn't going to take you home. I was going to see if you would come back to my hotel room with me so we can take this a little further. I mean if it's all right with you."
"Let's go," said Chelsea as she got up. She was wasting no time to go back to the hotel with Cody.
They hailed a taxi back to his hotel and as they sat in the back of the taxi they could not keep their hands off of each other. They made out until they pulled up in front of the hotel. Cody paid the driver his money and then took Chelsea inside. They made their way up to Cody's hotel room. They made out the whole time they were on the elevator, broke their kiss long enough to walk to Cody's room, resumed their kiss outside his hotel room door as Cody struggled to open the door with his key. He finally got it open and led Chelsea into his room shutting the door behind him…..
*a/n: So what did you think? Is it a keeper or no? Please review and let me know what you think. Thank-you.