Elena Ann Monroe was just a nice young country girl from a small country town. Not much was going on with her life since her last bad relationship ended not even three months prior. She had two small children to think about taking care of. She did everything that she needed to for them but it all seemed like a never-ending cycle of loss. Until that one fateful day...
It was the middle of summer break when her oldest child, Brianna, asked her mother if they could do something more fun than stay at home. Elena decided to take a trip to the city to the aquarium. Everything was all fun with Brianna and Jacob until Elena dropped all of things in the parking lot after she put the kids in the car.
“It never ends.” Elena muttered to herself.
“Let me help.” A guy dressed in nice jeans and a tucked in black dress shirt said as he leaned down and started picking things up and placing them on the trunk of the car. Once all the items were picked up they both stood up. “My names Stu,” He said holding his hand out.
“Elena,” she said shaking the man’s hand.
“Not to be rude or anything, but where are their father?” He asked nodding to the almost sleeping children in the backseat.
“He left while I was pregnant with my son.” Elena stated shaking her head. “I can deal with it though. Someone has to be there for them.” she shrugged with a small smile. “Anyways, thank you for your help.”
“Not a problem.” He smiled back at her. “It was nice to meet you, are you from around here?”
“Not really, about an hour south of here really. Bri, just wanted to do something more fun, here we are.” She said with a little chuckle.
“That’s nice to do every once and a while.”
“Yeah, they are all I have so I have to do everything I can for them. They are my world.”
“I love to see a woman who really does things for their children more than their spouse. Its a nice thing. Makes me miss my ma. Really.” Stu stated.
“Yo, mate, you comin’ or what?” A tall man with a cap and scarf on yelled from across the parking lot.
“Yeah, be there in a moment, mate.” Stu yelled back. “Listen, I know that this might seems bonkers but would you and your kids like to come somewhere tonight?”
“That’s a very strange thing to ask a woman with two small children, you realize that right?”
“Ah, I do.” He said with a small smirk on his face.
“What time and where?”
“It’ll be starting at 8 but how about 6?”
Elena looked down at her watch, noting that it was only 3. “Three hours from now?” She looked back in the car and smiled brightly. She never really did anything for her kids only when she had the extra money for. Scraping and saving and missing out on things just for her kids. She turned back to the man in front of her with curiosity and she shook her head. “Might as well. So where am I going exactly?”
“Do you have any idea as to who I am, love?”
“Can’t say that I do. Should I?”
“Guess not. That’s a nice change, actually.”
“So are you going to tell me where I am going or are you going to have me staying in the city all night with nothing to do?”
“Of course not. Do you know how to get to the arena?”
“Yeah, sure. That’s where they are having some kind of event tonight. Hockey or something tonight.”
“Not hockey, wrestling actually.” Stu said with a small hint of a small on his lips. “So you want to come?”
“Oh wrestling. Really?” Elena said a little too excited.
“So you know what wrestling is?”
“I know indys. I love the indys, I just don’t get to watch it very often anymore. But yeah I know how to get there.”
“Great, we’ll talk tonight. So be there at 6 with the kids. I’d love to show them around. Here,” Stu wrote his number down on a piece of paper and handed it to Elena. “Give me a call when you get there, I’ll meet you outside.”
“Ok, will do.” Elena took the paper as she watched as Stu walked off to the group of guys that had been waiting on him. He turned around one final time before he waved to her. She got into her car and looked in the review mirror at her two beautiful children.
“Mommy, what were you doing?” Her daughter asked her.
“Getting directions for our next adventure.” She said before she started her car.
“Ah, What were you doing?” Stephen asked me.
“Just helping.” I said shrugging my shoulders.
“No, you weren’t just helping there. You were flirting. What was that about?”
“Nothing, mate. Lets just go look at these fish.” I said trying to walk past Stephen.
“Dude,” Heath said running up to me. “Dude, did you give her your number?”
“Drop it, will you?” I said walking faster.
We went into the aquarium and made our way around the different fish I couldn’t tell you what they were because all I could think about was Elena and her two children. I had seen her putting them in the car. She was struggling with them and the stuff she had with her. It just tore at my heart and made me a little mad that there wasn’t a guy there to help her out. Being from England, you just don’t do that. When I saw her drop her stuff, I knew I would help her. When I found out that her kids father had walked out on them when she was pregnant with her last child it really pissed me off. So I wanted to get to know more about this beautiful woman. I didn’t care what any of the guys said about the situation, but for me I just wanted to get to know her that is why I gave her my number and didn’t ask her for hers. I would have to see if she showed up at 6. I really did hope that she would. My heart somehow needed her too.
I had took my children to get some food at a restaurant that had some type of playground for them before I went to the arena. I was sitting in the parking lot with two children who both were unbuckled and wanting to know what we were doing there. I just sat there with my phone in my hands, the number typed in I just had to press the green call button. It was just a little pass 6, I just didn’t want to get my hope up that this was just a prank. I sighed and hit the button, I was surprised that it only took two rings for the phone to be answered.
“Hi, this is Elena.”
“Good, are you here?”
“As in the arena, then yes I am. I am out front.”
“Parked out front, I’ll be there in a minute.”
“Ok,” I put the phone on speaker and sat it on the seat as I opened the door and got out. I got the kids out and had Brianna hold Jacobs hand so he wouldn’t run off. I picked up the phone and placed it off speaker and back to my ear. “Where do you want us to go?” I asked as I picked Jacob up.
“Go towards the front door.” He said as we walked where he said.
“Why am I here so early if this thing doesn’t start until 8?”
“Love, you are going to be coming backstage with me.” He said with a chuckle through the phone.
“How?” I said but didn’t finish as I saw his come from around the side of the building. I hung up the phone and put it in my pocket as my daughter kept a tight hold of my pants pocket. “What the hell?” I said as he approached us.
“Hello there.” He said as he came in front of me. “And who are you little one?” He bent down in front of my daughter and asked her.
“Brianna,” She said sadly.
“Hello, Brianna.” He said holding his hand out to her. She took his hand and shook it. “And how old are you?”
“That’s a big number.” He said standing up and looking at my son. “And who are you?”
“That’s Jacob, he’s 1.” Brianna answered to him.
“Well hello, Jacob. My name is Stu.” He smiled at the two children. “Do you want to go in and meet a few of the guys?” He asked.
“Wait a minute?” I said just now getting my head together. “You wrestle?”
“Sure do, love. This is how we are going backstage. I work here with the rest of these crazy people.” He motioned to the building beside us.
“Who are you?” I asked as we began walking towards the back of the building. “I know you are Stu, but who are you?”
“I wrestle as Barrett.”
I stopped where I was and gasped. “No!”
“What? You’ve heard of me?”
“Yeah, as Sanders.”
“That’s a long time ago. Like over 10 years ago, how do you know that name?”
“OVW. I know indys more than professional. I study them really.”
“Mommy loves it. We watch it all the time.” Brianna chirped in.
“Wow,” He said as he opened up the door for us to enter. “Wait did you ever watch IWW?”
“Oh course, until it got canceled that is.”
“You are going to be in for a surprise. There are a bunch of us indy stars here.”
“I realize that, most of the good ones gets signed then destroyed by the big company. Many indy stars gets crushed and have to conform into the company’s outlook on what should be done and how.” I said as I shifted my son to my other hip.
“Most would agree with you.” He said as we made our way to one of the locker rooms. Stu went in then came back out a few moments later. “Guys are covered.” He said opening the door. We all went in and I froze like a little girl in a candy shop. Most of the guys I grew to know by indy names were sitting in the room. “Ladies,” Stu said very loudly to get all of their attentions,” This is Elena, Brianna, and Jacob, they are with me tonight so be nice.”
“Welcome,” Said most of the guys.
“You know most of ’em don’t you?” Stu whispered to me.
“Yeah, but not who she knows them as.” I whispered back to him nodding towards Bri.
“Mommy,” Brianna said with a little excitement in her voice.
“She can go. They want bite her. Jacob can too.” Stu said to me.
I just nodded at her and put Jacob down. I watched as they both ran off and started bugging people. Stu led me over to a bench were one of the other guys was sitting. I just sat down when he turned around and I completely lost my mind. It was none other than Sheamus.
“So, this is the girl you gave yer number too, then.” He said to Stu.
“Don’t start. Ask her a question about IWW.”
“What in the hell are you talking about?”
“Irish Whip Wrestling. I know you from there.” I said looking down at my hands.
“What?” said the guy beside him who was none other than Claudio himself.
“He’s Sheamus O’Shaunessy, many very good matches especially with Galloway. I loved those clashes you two had. You are Claudio Castagnoli who wrestled in Chikara against Brodie Lee in the first Steel Cage match of the history of the company. That was a great match.”
“Wow, that’s impressive.” Claudio(Cesaro) said leaning back.
“What the hell mate?“Sheamus said looking at his friend, “We need to talk.” he said as him and Stu walked out the door. Leaving me with the other men in the locker room.
“So let me get this straight. She doesn’t know this business. She knows indys better than anyone. I mean what she just said is from like ten years ago.”
“Yeah, I know. When she figured out who I was she said that I was from OVW. She knows her stuff if you have been in this business long.”
“Want to test this out?” Stephen asked me with a wide smirk on his face. “Lets get the guys that have been in the indys to grill her. I mean if she knows the indys and all like she says.”
“Not a bunch of them, just the ones that we get along with.” I agreed and called Jon.
“What do you want?” Jon said on the other end of the line.
“Come to the locker room, I need to test something.”
“Fine,” he hung up the phone.
“Ambrose is on his way.” Just as he got there we filled him in and he was all for it. I just wanted to see if she really knew this or was pulling our legs. I liked this girl and I thought she was a strong person. I just wanted to get to know her a bit more. Dean walked in and sat next to her and smirked his crazy smile at her, I just shook my head.
“Do you know who I am?” He asked her. She turned her attention to him and stared at him.
“Many still call me that. Do you know about the matches that I have been in before this?”
“Which match do you want me to talk to you about? Is it the one with the triple threat match for your title that got a bit outta hand. That damn ring couldn’t hold any of you three, you guys went outside and used cars and the sidewalk as a ring. Oh, how about the one that used the not so fake, fake jigsaw? That was fun to watch. Or how about the one that you wasn’t suppose to be in but filled in for a fellow wrestler that ended up dying of a laceration to his bicep.”
“Wow, all of those have been a while.”
“Oh. I know, my favorite one is the one that you were a bit drunk and came out singing and dancing on the bleachers. That was really funny.” She said with a little bit of a giggle.
“Guys, she’s the real deal.” Dean said as he got up and walked out the door. I just looked at Stephen and smirked at him.
“Is the test over?” I asked looking at the red-headed man in front of me.
“Fer now.” he said before walking out of the room.
“He doesn’t like me very much.” I mumbled under my breath, shrugging my shoulders.
“He doesn’t like change, love.” Stu whispered in my ear. I hadn’t realized that he had took a seat besides me when I opened my mouth. “He’ll get use to it.” I stared at the man before me. He was different than anyone I had met. I wasn’t going to let myself get caught up though, this was just a one night thing. “The show is about to start. Come with me, I want to show you something.” he said holding his hand out.
“I can’t,” I said staring at his open hand.
“Kids?” I glanced at his face and nodded my head. “They can come if you want.”
“Bri?” I called out to her as she was bugging Claudio.
“Do you want to come with mommy?”
“Do I have to? I like talking to him.” She said pointing to Claudio.
I looked at the man that my daughter just pointed to and he just stood up and walked towards me with a grin on his face.
“They both are more than welcome to stay with me for a bit. I’m good with kids, you can trust me.” When he said it, I believed in him. I knew I could trust him with the two most precious things in my life, my kids. So I just nodded to him and mouthed a ‘Thank you,’ before I turned back to my daughter.
“You can stay, but I want you to be on your best behavior, ok?”
“Yes, Ma’am.” she said before she took Claudio’s hand and led him back over to where he was.
“Shall we, then?” Stu asked again with his hand still held out. “We want be long, I promise.” I took his hand and went out the door with him looking back once at my two precious being in the room and wondering if I was making the right call.