Ten years later…
The local park was filled with IWX stars and local residents. A community picnic was set up with rides and games for the kids. A yearly celebration that the Evans family started the year after Grayson was sent to prison. A way to unite the community and raise money for local families in need. Named after Cyrus’ and Mia’s daughter, the Hope Festival was the biggest event of the year.
Isis ran barefoot after her four-year-old son through the park, with her friend Candy chasing behind her. Gage and Isis’ fifth and last child was running through the crowd in just his underwear covered with political stickers, laughing, and trying to escape his mother.
He ran past Slade who was giving out samples from his new downtown restaurant that just opened. The third in the chain of restaurants that he and Candy now ran. She was still spending time in the ring with her new manager, Mia. She had finally become the top female wrestler in IWX. Slade was living his dream of becoming a celebrity chef with an IWX network show featuring wrestling superstars that would join him in the kitchen chatting about Wrestling news and gossip.
The little boy yelled the old drunken chant of Slade’s former self, as he ran. “Wee Wee Pee Pee!”
“Jaxson Stone. Stop running! Get back here!” Isis swerved to catch him.
Candy stopped and tried to catch her breath, as her teen son stepped up beside her with his father, eating an ice cream cone.
Slade and their son Colton were laughing hysterically. Most likely Slade and Colton instigated the drama. He was a jokester just like his father and would always talk the younger kids into doing things to prank the parents.
“You’re never going to catch him, Isis. That boy is a menace.”
“Shut up, Slade! I know that you, Colt, and Colton taught him this crap!”
“Crap Crap Crap!”
“Watch your mouth young man!”
Cyrus straightened his bow tie as Wraith stood by laughing at Isis. “So you’re really going to be the next mayor, huh brother? Are you sure you want to do this?”
“It’s the best thing for our community. I want to do something to help the schools and lower-income families. That’s how I can really make an impact. Besides, I’m ready to retire from the ring.”
“Not me. I think I have a few years left.”
“It’s where you belong. I think it’s time for me to spend more time at home with Mia and the kids. Since she is working from home on her art, and traveling only for live and televised shows, we can focus on the family more.”
“My girls love the ring. The twins wanna be just like old dad one day. They both are pretty athletic.”
Cyrus turned to see the two preteen girls Wraith and Lilly adopted a few years before. They never had children of their own and the girls were Wraith’s pride and joy.
“It’s great you adopted older kids. Lilly is a great role model for those girls.”
“Yeah. Ashley and Emma are smart and talented girls. I think since they lost their parents in an accident, I can relate to them and help them heal. I think it was the best decision Lilly and I ever made.”
“You’re great dad, Wraith. I’m glad you and Lilly finally have a family of your own.”
“Look around. The Evans family can start our own community. There are so many of us and we just keep multiplying.”
Cyrus laughed, “Isis and Gage alone are repopulating the world.”
Gage walked up behind Cyrus and gave him a noogie. “I heard my name.”
“We were just talking about your personal project to repopulate the human race with little Gage Stones.”
“What can I say? My little mini me’s are going to take on the world.”
“Except for Jaxson. That kid will grow up to be a supervillain and destroy it.”
“Eh. He’s not that bad.”
Wraith rolled his eyes. “He’s a menace.”
Slade and Colt walked up as Slade took a proud scan of the crowd. “Are we talking about our kids? Have you seen my son? He’s getting big. He’s almost as tall as I am. He wants to start training to wrestle soon. Since I opened the restaurants, Candy has been training him. My back just won’t take as much punishment as it did back in the day.”
“That’s what happens when you do all that high flying stuff. It takes a toll on your body.” Cyrus noted.
Wraith agreed. “Yep. IWX sure looks a lot different than when we were young. Since everyone has grown up and has families, it’s changing. It’s not like the old days when we were all a bunch of cocky guys who thought we owned the world. The new generation is really changing the game.”
Cyrus looked over at Colt, who was being quiet and smiling from ear to ear. “What’s the pretty boy smiling about?”
Behind them, they heard Mia, Lilly, Isis, Sahara, and Candy shriek with glee. “WHAT? YES!”
Slade nudged Colt with a sly smile. “Should you tell them or should I? Looks like the ladies know.”
Colt smiled and turned to his brothers-in-law’s. “Wraith. Cyrus. I have something to announce. After almost eleven years of marriage, Holly and I are finally having a baby. The fertilization worked and we are having a child. Our surrogate is pregnant.”
Wraith, Cyrus rushed their brother-in-law in a huge hug. Cyrus rubbed his head laughing with joy.
Holly had had so many emotionally straining years trying to conceive and finally was blessed with having a child of their own. She had all but given up until now.
Holly was now a general manager of IWX and ran a new project for female wrestlers. She had put a stop to the exploitation of the IWX woman and revolutionized how women wrestlers were perceived. The years of ring rats and groupies backstage were long gone. She held the men’s title for two consecutive years, forcing Gage and Davis to make all their titles intergender, and revoking the separation between women and men’s divisions. She was a leader in the locker room and the face of the company.
Gage chuckled, “Our kids have outnumbered us. I hope they don’t start an uprising.”
Sheriff Miles yelled from the main stage to start the festivities.
“May I have your attention? Today we celebrate our new mayor. A man whose family changed the direction of our community making it a safe place for all of us. He is now working to bring our community to greater heights. He has built our local economy, resulting in the lowest homeless and unemployment rates in decades. Cyrus Evans had his start as one-half of the infamous IWX Doom brothers and went on to now become our new mayor."
The crowd cheered.
"Before we bring the man of the hour to the stage, we want to thank IWX for once again coming to this event and being part of our small community. Bringing your new training center will provide over 100 jobs to our small community. We welcome IWX owner Gage Stone to the stage.”
Gage turned to Cyrus and straightened his tie. “Showtime, Cy.”
Gage headed to the stage looking over his shoulder at the Thank You Mayor Evans moniker overhead.
“Wow. I never thought I would see my best friend’s name with political stamps next to it. When I first started at IWX I met two amazing brothers from Tennessee who I am honored to say are my family. Cyrus Evans, your new mayor, was the one man that held our IWX team together. We were a rowdy crew over the years and he was the clear head that kept us in line.”
Davis yelled, “Here! Here!”
“Wow, Gage. I can’t believe I’m up here. I'm going to make this short. First, I want to say thank you to the residents of Pine Tree Cove for entrusting me with this honor. Also to my beautiful wife Mia, and our children Elias and Hope, for allowing me to do this and always standing by me. Retiring from the ring was a huge choice but I think it is the right one.”
“I love you, baby!” Mia yelled.
“We love you, dad!” Elias yelled, hugging his little sister.
“I love you too, flower. I love you kids.”
The crowd in unison said. “Awww!”
Cyrus blushed all the way up to the tips of his ears, waving them off. “Cool it guys. Can ya blame me? She’s beautiful. Anyway. I want to thank Gage Stone for agreeing that our community was the best choice for the new IWX training center. Our town is starting a new chapter in wrestling history that will lead a new generation of talent to the ring and provide new lasting jobs to the community. Next, we want to thank Slade and Candy Logan for opening their new restaurant last week in downtown, providing even more new jobs. Not to mention a place for me to get some damn good food. Who knew Slade was a chef and ended up with his own cooking show? After three years, it still blows my mind.”
Slade raised his water bottle to Cyrus. “You better tip my servers well, Mayor.”
“Oh. I intend to.”
Isis ran past the stage chasing her son, who was now buck naked holding his underwear in his hand, swinging them over his head.
“Wee Wee. Pee Pee!”
Cyrus ran his hand over his face in annoyance. “Someone put some pants on that boy.”
The crowd cheered and Cyrus went off stage where Mia was waiting. “You did it, Cy. I’m so proud of you. Look around. Our big crazy family is all here.”
Cyrus pulled Mia to him, kissing the top of her head. “I wouldn’t be here without you. It finally happened, Mia.”
“Our happy ending.”
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