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A few weeks later, I was walking down the hallway before Smackdown when I saw Cody Runnels (Cody Rhodes) talking to Aaron Steven Haddad (Damien Sandow). The two men had their backs to me, so I decided to sneak up on them. I quietly snuck up on Cody and grabbed his sides, causing him to let out a scream of surprise and Aaron to jump. They turned around to see me holding my stomach, laughing hysterically.
"Way to give someone a heart attack, 'Miss Sassie Cassie'!" Cody said, using his pet name for me.
"I still can't believe you're calling me that. I thought we agreed that you wouldn't call me that anymore once we broke up!" I groaned, rolling my eyes.
"Technically, YOU agreed. I didn't agree to it." he said triumphantly.
"As fascinating as this conversation is, I will see you in the ring, Cody. And I will talk to you some other time, Cassandra." Aaron interrupted, leaving the two of us alone.
As soon as he was out of sight, I sighed.
"He does realize that he doesn't have to be in character all the time, right?" I asked Cody, chuckling.
"He likes it. It makes him feel more villainous." he replied.
"Speaking of which, 'Runny Bunny'. You look quite villainous with that...um...thing on your lip."
"Oooh, you're gonna get it now!" he growled playfully.
He opened the door to an unused locker room, grabbed my arm and dragged me inside. Then he locked the door behind me so no one could see or hear what was going on. Before I could say a word, he grabbed my sides and began tickling me. I started shrieking as his fingers ran up and down my sides.
"Cohohohohody! Please stohohohop! Pleahahahahase!" I begged.
I tried to escape and bolted for the couch, only to be pinned down. Thankfully, my face was buried in the cushions so my laughter was muffled. My laughter grew louder as he slid his fingers underneath my shirt and began tickling my underarms.
"That's for calling me 'Runny Bunny'!" he said, chuckling as I shook my body from side to side, hoping to throw him off of me.
A few minutes later, he stopped his torture, allowing me to catch my breath. As I laid there panting, I could feel my shoes and socks being removed. Not that. Anything but that, I thought to myself.
"I'm curious, Cassie. Are your feet still deathly ticklish?" he asked mischievously.
"Please don't tickle my feet, Cody. I'm begging you!" I pleaded.
"Hmm...I'll take that as a 'yes'!" he said, wrapping an arm around my ankles.
I squealed as he began lightly tickling my bare soles. I squirmed around, but he kept a strong hold on me. Soon, the tickling became more torturous as his fingers dug into my feet. I buried my face into the couch cushions and laughed hysterically. Soon, he let go of my ankles, focusing instead on each foot individually. I could feel him hold my left toes back with one hand while tickling with the other hand. I shrieked as his fingers tortured the ball of my foot, the area under my toes and my arch.
"Cohohohody! I've had enohohohohough!" I giggled.
"But I haven't gotten to tickle your other foot yet!" he replied.
My eyes bugged out of my head, although Cody couldn't see them. Together, my feet were equally ticklish. However, if tortured alone, my right foot was 10 times worse than the left foot. He let go of my left foot and grabbed the right, once again pulling the toes back. The second he began tickling my sole, I began cackling and thrashing around as his fingers tortured every inch of skin. I nearly lost it when he tickled in between my toes.
"COHOHOHOHODY! STOPSTOPSTOPSTOPSTOP! PLEAHAHAHAHAHASE!" I begged.
I was laughing so hard that I began coughing violently. Cody heard me and stopped immediately. He grabbed a cup and filled it with water before handing it to me.
"Oh geez, Cassie. I didn't mean to make you cough! I'm so sorry! Can you ever forgive me?" he asked.
I nodded my head before taking a drink.
"As long as I get my revenge on you next week!" I teased.
The next week on Smackdown, I decided to get my revenge on Cody. I had purchased some nylon rope so I could tie him up. I sent him a text message to meet me in the locker room that I share with Stephen. Fortunately for us, Stephen was down in catering talking to his friends, leaving me alone to carry out my plan. I had turned off the lights and unlocked the door to make my ambush go easier. Suddenly I heard a knock on the door. I grabbed my rope and hid behind the door.
"Cassie? Are you in here?" Cody asked as he walked in.
The second the door closed, I turned the lights back on and locked the door before I hogtied Cody. I giggled as he wriggled around, trying to escape.
"Ha ha...very funny! Now untie me, Cassie!" he demanded.
"I'm sorry, Cody, but I can't do that. You see, I've decided to turn the tables on you." I replied, inching my fingers closer to his sides.
He started laughing as his sides were suddenly attacked. Cody is very ticklish, but hardly anyone knows except for his family and me. His laughter grew louder as I moved my fingers up to his ribs.
"Cahahahahahassie! Stohohohohop!" he pleaded.
I ignored him, choosing instead to focus on his underarms, just one of his most ticklish places. He cackled as my fingernails probed every inch of his armpits.
"What's the matter, Cody? Does that tickle?" I teased.
I stopped to let him catch his breath. As he laid there trying to cool down, I took the opportunity to untie his sneakers. I took the shoelace from one sneaker to use around his big toes. I removed his shoes, only to discover that he wasn't wearing any socks underneath. That made my job a whole lot easier. I tied the shoelace around his big toes, which made Cody turn his head towards me.
"Cassie, what are you-oh, please don't!" he begged, realizing what was about to happen.
He closed his eyes and squirmed as I traced his left foot with a fingernail. Other than his sides and underarms, his feet are one of his worst places. When we were dating, we used to have contests to see who could go the longest without laughing while having our bare feet tickled. To be honest, they usually ended up in a tie.
"Remember all those tickling contests we had when we dated? How neither of us could go longer than 5 seconds before we broke out laughing?" I asked while attacking both feet with all ten fingers/nails.
Yehehehehes. Those contests were tohohohohohohorture!" he replied in between laughter.
I held his toes back with one hand and tickled the undersides, sending him into hysterics. Whenever I got close to the area in between his toes, he would shriek.
"Have you had enough, Cody?" I taunted, torturing the balls of his feet and his arches.
He couldn't respond because he was laughing so much, so he nodded instead. I could see that his face was bright red and sweat was dripping from his forehead. His hair was plastered to his face. I stopped my torture and untied Cody. I walked over to the fridge and grabbed a water bottle while Cody laid on the floor panting. I handed him the bottle and watched as he drained the entire bottle.
"I call a truce. No more calling me 'Runny Bunny' and I won't call you 'Miss Sassie Cassie. Agreed?" he asked, sitting up and putting out a hand.
I hesitated for a second before putting my hand out and shaking Cody's hand. He pulled me into a hug and I took the opportunity to give his stomach a quick little tickle.