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I am back on the road for wrestling and unfortunately we are in Florida for our shows. I am taking this time to meet with Ashley and hopefully talk her into signing the papers so that I can move on with my life with Natalie. I am hoping to get things resolved as well as get some of my things out of the house. I know this is going to be difficult but I'm hoping after talking to her she won't be so stubborn. I am sitting in my car in the driveway of my home that I shared with Ashley. I have been sitting here for at least 45 minutes. I guess it's time for me to get out of the car and go to the front door. It's now or never. I take a deep breath before I open my car door. I get out and walk to the front door. I ring the doorbell and I stand there for a few minutes before Ashley opens the door with a smile. "John!" she says enthusiastically, "I knew you would be back!"
"Ashley, I'm here to talk about the divorce papers. Can I come in?" I ask.
"Come in," she says with the smile never leaving her face. I walk in the door behind her and shut it. "Would you like a drink? Maybe some wine or something?" she asks and it is almost devious.
"I'm all right," I say. "I just want to talk."
"All right so talk," she says leading me to the living room. I take a seat on the chair much to her dismay as she has hope in her eyes that I would sit next to her on the couch. I do not trust her so distance is my best option.
"Well, why won't you sign the papers?" I ask.
"John, why do you keep asking me this question?" she asks. "You know why I won't sign the papers. You and I are supposed to be together. I love you."
"No, you love my money," I say.
"I love you too," she says. "Are you sure you're doing the right thing?"
"I know I'm doing the right thing, Ash. I want a divorce. That's all I want. You can have the house, you can have the cars that I bought. I don't care. I just want out."
"John, please," she says.
"Ashley, you can say please all you want but I'm not changing my mind. I am where I want to be and with who I want to be with. What good is it for you if you keep holding off signing the papers? I'm not here. I'm not with you so there is no gain for you whatsoever," I say. I don't' know why she keeps holding on. I have let go. There is nothing in it for her if she continues to hold on without signing the papers.
"Because you're still mine," she says.
"Ashley, I'm not yours. I'm Natalie's and you not signing the papers isn't going to change my feelings for her."
"What is it about Natalie? You have always been worried about Natalie. What is it about her, John?"
"I don't know," I say. "I just love her. I have loved her for a long time. I will never stop loving her. She knows me better than anyone and I know her better than anyone. I took her virginity away so we always have that special connection."
"So because you took her virginity you have a special connection? That's why you've been obsessed with her for years?"
"No," I say. "That's not why. I love her. That's why. I never stopped loving her. That's why I have been worried about her for years because I love her. It has nothing to do with me taking her virginity whether I did or didn't my feelings for her would be no different."
"Then it's because she had your child. That's what I don't get, John. She lied to you for 8 years and never told you that you had a daughter but you still love her. Why?"
"I know that she lied to me for 8 years but we talked about it. She did it for me so that I could have a career. I probably wouldn't have one if she had told the truth. I was mad at her. I was upset with her but I have forgiven her. I can't hold that against her. I'm in my daughter's life now and I'm having another child with Natalie so I am good."
"John, I think you're being an idiot. She doesn't love you. She just wants your money."
"She wants my money? The only one that wants my money is you. You don't work. You sit around here all day living off my money and off my perks. You have been about my money since we got together. I'm not stupid, Ashley. I know all about your interests in my bank account. That's why a prenup was signed."
"I'm still entitled to half of what you earned while we were married, John, but that doesn't matter because I'm not signing the papers."
"Ashley, Please just sign the papers. The sooner you sign the papers the sooner we can move on."
"John, you're the only one that wants to move on. I told you I want to stay married to you."
"But I don't want to be married to you," I say. "Please stop being so ridiculous. This is making you sound crazy."
"Crazy? I'm crazy?" she asks and her smile fades away.
"I didn't' call you crazy. I said you sounded crazy."
"John, you have no idea what crazy is," she says. "I am not crazy. I am far from crazy," she says.
"Again, I said you sound crazy not that you are crazy. Listen to what I say," I say full of frustration. Ashley is starting to frustrate me. Nothing is being accomplished. It's the same old nonsense.
"Why are you getting so upset?" she asks.
"Because you're pissing me off, I just want you to sign the divorce papers but you're making it way more difficult than it has to be. Why can't you just sign the papers?" I ask.
"John, I told you because I love you."
"I don't love you," I say.
"Yes you do," she says, "don't say things like that. You and I can be a family. You and I can have babies and be a family."
She is starting to get a crazed look in her eyes. She is absolutely desperate. I can't deal with her desperation anymore. I am getting frustrated. "Ashley, I don't want to be a family with you. I don't want to have children with you. I want a divorce and I already have a family with Natalie. WE are having a baby. I don't want anything to do with you. I just want to give you the house, get my things and leave. That's it. It doesn't have to be difficult," I say.
"Fine," she says. "So you and Natalie are having a baby?" she asks.
"Yes," I say. "We are having a baby."
"When?" she asks.
"January," I answer.
"Interesting," she says. "So January?" That's when I see it in her face; craziness in her eyes mixed with devious. "So you're looking at April for conception?"
"May," I say stupidly.
"Hmm," she says, "before you asked for a divorce?"
"I guess," I say. "What is the deal?"
"Nothing. I'll sign the papers," she says.
"What?" I ask. I almost don't believe her.
"I'll sign the papers," she says with a smile.
I feel like I just won a major victory and can't help but to smile until she says, "You're going to be sorry, John. And you will be hearing from MY lawyer." She says this with a devious smile and that's when I know she's up to something and I am in for a lot of trouble.
*A/N: So what did you think? Please review and thank-you for reading.