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Danni is awakened with a kiss on her neck and a soft “Mornin darling” in her ear.
“Good morning to you too” she says sleepily as she runs her hand down the arm that’s wrapped around her. She looks at the clock and sighs softy “Aren’t you going to the gym this morning?” she asks as he kisses her neck again.
“No, Vince is coming in this morning. I have a meeting at 10 with him.”
“Does that mean we can have breakfast tighter?” she asks hopefully
“Well yes, but I had something else in mind.” He says softly into her ear.
An hour or so later they go down to the restaurant to have breakfast. Some of the other guys are there, but Mark steers her to a quite table in the back.
“I’m sorry, but I’m going to be pretty busy today.” Mark tells her
“That’s alright. Will you be free for dinner?”
Mark smirks “That depends on how the boss feels, but I’ll do my best.”
Danni smiles at him “Well maybe I can get Pam to go shopping with me for the day.”
Laughing Mark says “From what Glen tells me, that shouldn’t be a problem.”
“You’re probably right.” Danni laughs back
Mark takes a look around the room and starts to chuckle softly.
“What?” Danni asks
“Seems our fearless leader has showed up” and motions for Danni to turn around.
Danni turns and sees a man talking to Glen and Pam. Glen points over in their direction. The man turns around, it’s Vince. He looks at Mark, says something to Glen and walks over to their table.
“Hi Mark. It’s good to see you.”
“Same here. Vince this is Danni.” Mark says by way of introduction
Vince extends his hand to her. Danni takes it and then kisses the back of her hand. “A very great pleasure I assure you.”
Danni blushes “Thank you Mr. McMahan.”
“Vince please. Among my little family I’m just Vince.” He smiles “I’ve heard quite a bit about you already.”
“Oh! Really?” Danni starts to stammer “I um How? I mean…”
Vince smiles still holding her hand “Steph of course.”
“That’s enough you old dog.” Mark says with a smirk and removes Vince’s hand from Danni’s.
With a pout Vince says “Mark, I’m hurt.”
“Well, that’s your problem.” Mark tells him chuckling
Vince smiles and looks at his watch “Anyway, meeting in 15.” He tells Mark. Turning to Danni “I hope to see you later.” And he walks away.
“Well, that was obviously Vince, and that means my day is starting.” He leans across the table to give Danni a kiss. “I’ll see you later darling.”
“OK” Danni smiles at him and turns to watch him walk away. As he gets to Glens table he stops, talks to him and Glen gets up. They both walk out the restaurant door together. With a sigh Danni gets up and walks over to Pam.
Hey Danni. So I see you meet Vince.” Pam laughs softly.
Blushing “Yeah, I did. Hey, do you have any plans for today?”
“Well since they will be busy for most of the day I though we could go shopping.”
“Ah shopping, my favorite pastime.” Pam giggles “Sure, let’s go.”
The two of them go to the mall and start to wander through the stores. Pam picks up things here and there. They get some lunch at the food court, ‘for fuel’ as Pam put it.
Wandering through the other half of the mall they go into an ‘Affliction” store. Rummaging through the racks Danni finds a shirt she thinks Mark would like.
“Hey Pam, what size does Glen wear?”
“Well Glen and Mark seem about the same size.”
“That depends.” Pam says absently
“On what?” Danni asks her puzzled
“Do you want it comfy or to show off his muscles.” Pam tells her laughing
Pam looks at the shirt Danni had picked out. It was a silvery/gray with Celtic snakes down each side and a Celtic cross on the back. Then laughs “defiantly to show off his muscles. Get a double X.”
They finish up their shopping and head back to the hotel. When they go into the lobby there is a crowd of people.
Laughing Pam says “Looks like the ‘fans’ found out where the WWE is staying.”
Danni had to laugh at that. They skirt the crowd and make it to the elevator. When they get out on their floor there are a couple of big security guards on their hallway.
“Good afternoon ladies. Can I help you?” one of the guards asks them.
“Pam just sighs and hands him her room key. The security guard scans it through his portable scanner. “Very good, thank you.” he says and hands it back to Pam. He then looks t Danni.
“Oh, sorry.” Danni says and hands him her room key, he scans it as well. “Thank you, have a nice day.” And steps aside so they can pass.
“Sorry, I forgot to warn you about that.” Pam says motioning to the guards.
“Is it really necessary?” Danni asks her.
“I’m not sure how necessary, but it’s one of Vince’s ideas. Glen told me he does it so everyone has some privacy.”
“Wow, Vince really cares about them doesn’t he?”
“Well it’s not only for the guys, the ‘Divas’ are on this hallway too. Most of them are pretty nice.” Pam thinks as they walk down the hall. “Look, there something we need to talk about, why don’t you come to my room.”
“Alright.” When they get into Pam’s room Danni says “OK what do you need to tell me.”
Pam looks at Danni “Well, as I said most of the ‘Divas’ are pretty nice but…”
“But what? Pam just tell me.”
“There is one you should probably um stay away from.”
“OK, but why?”
“Just tell me.”
“OK, Glen told me that um Rosa Mendes/ her real name is Melina, she tried to….’comfort’ Mark after his divorce.”
“Seems he wasn’t very receptive.” Pam tells her
“Danni laughs a little “Is that all? I can deal with that.”
In a concerned voice Pam says “Just be careful. I’ve heard she has a mean streak.”
“Thanks for telling me.” Danni says and gives her a hug. “But I’m not going to hide the way I feel about Mark.”
Just then the door opens and Glen walks in. Pam turns and smiles at him. ”Hello there sexy. I hope this means you’re done for the day.”
Glen gives her a kiss “For now. We were good little boys and girls so Vince let us go.” He chuckles
Pam turns to Danni and sees her eyes light up. Pam tells her laughing “Well, get going. Where one of these two are, the other usually isn’t far behind.”
Blushing a little Danni grabs her shopping bag, gives them both a hug and goes out the door. Danni sees Mark talking to Paul down the hall. She gets his attention and motions to the room. He nods and she goes in. A few minutes later Mark walks through the door.
“Hi sweetheart. How was your day?” She asks as she walks into his embrace.
“Long.” He says with a smirk. They sit on the couch. “You know. Some of these new guys thin they know everything.”
“So, what happened?”
“Those guys from ‘NEXUS’. They think just because Vince has them working with John they are something special.” He gets a slightly evil grin on his face “Paul and I had a little….discussion with them today.”
“Oh! Should I feel sorry for them?” she laughs
“No, but I think they got the hint.” Then he sighs “and my day isn’t over yet. Vince wants a meeting with his ‘generals’ at 5:30.” He tells her “It shouldn’t take too long, but then there’s dinner. At least that’s pretty fun.” He notices Danni smile going away.
“Danni, Vince is including our um partners at the dinner. Will you meet me where we had dinner Wednesday about 6:30?”
“Of course, but who’s going to be there?”
He laughs “Me, Glen, Paul, Show, Randy, John, their partners and Vince. The only one you haven’t met yet is Chris (Jericho).
Danni’s smile returns “Alright then, I’ll be there.”
“Good. I would have figured a way out of it if you didn’t want to come.” He tells her
“Are you serious?” she asks him
“Very. Vince could get along without me for one dinner.”
“Mark, I don’t know what to say…” so she showed him how special he had made her feel.
Danni went down to the dinning room about 6:30. The door to the private room was closed, so she waited around, hoping one of the other women would show up.
“Excuse me, but what are you doing here?” she hears from behind her.
Startled she turned around “Oh, I was waiting for someone.”
“Who could someone like you be waiting for?” this woman said in a nasty voice.
“Not that it’s any of your concern, but I’m waiting for my boyfriend.” She snapped back.
“Here? Who could you possibly know in that room?” the woman says pointing to the closed door.
Stephanie had walked up behind this woman “Well for one, she knows me Melina. For another, Danni was invited, unlike you.” Stephanie snapped at her.
The door opened and Vince, Paul and Mark walk out a bit. Stephanie steers Danni away. “Come on the guys are waiting for us.” When they get out of earshot “Watch that one.”
“Thanks, I’ve already been warned.” Danni tells her.
Stephanie glances back in time to see the spiteful look on Melina’s face as Mark gives Danni a kiss. ‘I think I’d better keep an eye on her myself’ Stephanie thinks.
As Mark told her it would be, dinner was fun. The only one’s she didn’t really know were Vince and Chris, but they seemed to accept the fact of her being there without a problem. It was the same easy atmosphere they had been enjoying. They laughed and joked around.
When Randy teased Mark about Matt’s ‘we should keep her’ comment form last night, Mark growled a bit, then threw a roll at him and smirked when it hit him. Vince had been paying attention to Mark and Danni, without seeming to, for most of the dinner. When Mark didn’t get mad at Randy teasing him, but threw a roll at him instead, he was a bit surprised. He nudged Stephanie and nodded in their direction.
Stephanie leans over and whispers to him “I told you dad, she makes him happy.”
Vince smiled at her ‘So you did. I was just surprised I guess.”
Very soon after that Vince stands up to get everyone’s attention. It didn’t take long. “Alright boys and girls, we have an early day tomorrow. The ring should be set up by 9:00am, so I want you at the arena by 8:30.”
Groans all around the room follow that comment, but they break up the dinner and head back to their rooms.
The next morning Danni is awakened by the shower, again. She looked at the clock, it read 7:00. She laid back down. After a while Mark came out in shorts and a tank top. He notices that she’s awake. “Sorry Danni. I didn’t mean to wake you.”
“That’s OK. At least this way I can say goodbye.”
Mark started rummaging around in the dresser drawers, pulling stuff out and putting it into his ever present bag.
“Can I help?” Danni asks him
“You haven’t seen my ring boots have you?”
“I think they are under the table.”
He walks over “Yeah, thanks.” He picks up the ‘Affliction” bag from the chair. “What’s this?”
“Oh! I got that for you yesterday.”
He pulls out the shirt and smiles. Walking across the room, shirt in hand “Thank you, I really like it.” And gives her a kiss.
“So, when do you think you’ll be back today?”
Probably about 2. You have any plans today?”
“No, I thought I’d just relax until you get back.”
With a smile Mark tells her “Then I’ll do my best to get back early.” He looks at the clock. “Dam! Sorry, I gotta go. See you later.” With a last kiss he was out the door.
Danni went back to sleep for a while. When she woke up for the second time it was 9am. She made some coffee and straightened up the room a bit. Looking out the window Danni decided to sit outside for a while. Grabbing a magazine she heads down to get some more coffee and a bagel from the dinning room. Settling herself out in the patio, she starts to read. About a half hour later she hears “Good morning Danni”
Startled she looks up. “Morning Stephanie. Care to join me?”
“Thanks.” Stephanie signals a waiter for more coffee and settles herself at the table. “So, how are you doing?”
“Pretty good. I miss my boys, but it’s been such a fun time.” Danni tells her
“I know how you feel. I miss the girls too.” Stephanie gets a thoughtful look and sighs softly.
“Stephanie, do you have something you want to say to me?”
“How could you tell?” she asks Danni surprised.
“You got that look.”
“Well yes, actually my dad wanted me to talk to you.”
“Vince? What about?” Danni said wondering if she had done something wrong.
“The show tomorrow. How do I put this…”
“Just tell me.”
“OK, you know Mark as ‘The Undertaker’ is one of our, I mean WWE’s biggest draws.”
Danni laughs “Stephanie I’ve been a fan for years.”
“I know.” Stephanie laughs “It’s just that Mark needs a certain….amount of time to get into character. He usually shows up and….well goes off by himself for a while.”
Danni smiles at her “I understand.”
“Vince doesn’t want me to go to the arena with him right? He thinks I might….distract him?”
“Yes” Stephanie tells her with relief in her voice.
“Don’t worry. This is his job. Mark loves this too much for me to….want to distract him.”
Stephanie sighs “I thought you would understand. So, that’s settled.” They both laugh a bit. Stephanie fishes through her purse and hands Danni a pass. “That’s for the show. We girls are in one of the luxury boxes.”
“Cool, thanks! The closest I’ve been is up in the rafters.”
“Really?” Stephanie replies
“Yeah, I took Corey, my youngest, to Summerslam. He wanted to watch John beat up the ‘NEXUS’.” Danni laughs.
“They are annoying aren’t they?” Stephanie smiles
They talk for a while longer and then go their separate ways.
Danni decided to take a walk around the hotel, and then she headed back to the room to wait for Mark. After pushing her way through the crowd in the lobby and once again showing her room key to security guards she made it back to the room about 1:30. When she gets in she sees Mark sprawled on the couch, one leg over the end. It looked like he was asleep. As the door closes he opens his eyes and smiles. “Hi darling.”
“Hi yourself. You look beat sweetheart.” She tells him.
“I’m not that tired. I was just relaxing a bit. Would you mind if we get out of here for a while?” he asks.
“No, of course not. But does Vince need you anymore to day?” she asks concerned
“Actually no. Not until tomorrow.” He says smiling “I thought we could take a ride. One of my ‘perks’ showed up today.”
With a sigh Danni asks “Do we have to go through the lobby?”
Chuckling Mark replies “No darling. There’s a back way to the garage.”
Danni grabs their jackets and Mark picks up his bag and the head out ‘the back way’, which included more security and a whole lot of stairs. They made it to the garage seeing no one else. Sitting by the door was a beautiful burgundy colored Harley.
“Nice perk.” She tells him.
Mark smirks, pulls a key out of his pocket and fires it up. Danni attaches the bag to the back gets on and puts her arms around Marks waist. Mark squeezes her arm and the take off. About 2 hours later they drive up to a small beach community. Mark parks the bike in one of the driveways.
“Whose place is this?” Danni asks as she gets off the bike.
“Don’t worry.” He tells her “It belongs to Vince. No one’s here right now.”
“Do you have a key?”
‘No, but I really just wanted to spend sometime outside. The hotels get to me after a while.” Mark gets the bag off the back and then takes Danni’s hand. He leads her down the side of the house to the patio overlooking the ocean. The view was breathtaking. Danni walks over to the railing.
Mark puts the bag down by one of the chairs and walks up behind her. Putting his arms around her, he kisses her neck. Danni leans back into his embrace.
“It’s beautiful here.” Danni says softly
“Yeah, quiet too. I come here sometimes to unwind.”
They stand that way for a while watching the wave’s crash on the shore.
“Come on, there’s still a little time before sunset. Let’s take a walk.” Mark says softly
They take off their shoes, or in Marks case boots, and go down the stairs to the beach. They walk hand in hand just content to be in each others company. As sunset nears they walk back to the porch. Danni sits down on an overlarge lounge chair while Mark picks up the bag. He pulls out a blanket “Are you hungry? I grabbed a couple of sandwiches.”
“No, not right now.” Patting the lounge chair “Come on over here and keep me warm.” She says with a smile.
“Gladly” Mark gives the blanket to Danni and settles down next to her on the lounge chair. Danni spreads the blanket over them and snuggles up with Mark. Her head on his chest and one arm across his stomach. With Marks strong arms wrapped around her Danni sighs in contentment.
They are watching the beautiful sunset when Mark whispers into her hair “I love you Danni.” She lifts herself up so she can see his face. “I love you too.”
They didn’t actually see the sun slip under the horizon.
Monday morning Mark and Danni wake up about 9:30, not too surprising as they didn’t make it back to the hotel until midnight. At least there hadn’t been any ‘fans’ in the lobby when they had gotten in.
They spent a quiet morning in their room getting ready for the day. Danni watched Mark as he went through his ring attire, making sure he hadn’t forgotten anything, and packing it away in his bag. About 11:00 the phone rings.
“I’ll get it.” Danni says “Hello?....Hey Paul what’s up?....Hold on I’ll ask.” Taking the phone away she turns to Mark. “Paul and Stephanie want to know if we want to go over for lunch.”
Holding the phone back up “He said sure….Ok see you then.”
“You don’t mind, do you?” Mark asks her.
“Why would I? I like them, besides you don’t get to see them that often.” She tells him
“It’s just….” He hesitates
“What sweetheart?” she says walking over to him
“I’ve had to spend a lot of time working this trip.”
Smiling Danni replies “Like I didn’t know that was going to happen.”
“You’re right” Mark sighs “I guess I just want to make sure your OK with all this.”
Danni reaches up to put her hand on the side of his face. “Mark, I understand. This is you livelihood, as well as what you love to do. How could I be upset?”
He looks into her eyes “Some people would.”
“In case you haven’t noticed I’m not ‘some people’. I understand about your responsibilities.” Smiling up at him “besides, I have this incredibly warm, caring and completely sexy man standing in front of me….and we have an hour before we have to leave.”
Mark chuckles softly, then “Danni, I’m being serious.”
“So am I” she sighs “Look, I know it might not seem like it, but I responsibilities too. I was lucky enough to get time off work and my mom to watch the boys. The next time you’re free, I may not be as….available. It’s just something we’ll need to work out.” Danni pauses “I’m willing to work at it if you are.”
“I’m willing.” He smiles
:Just remember you said that when I’m at a practice or playing taxi.” She says laughing.
With a smirk Mark replies “I’ll try.” He pulls her into his arms “So, we have an hour?”
She kisses him by way or reply.
Lunch was fun. Besides Paul and Stephanie, Randy, Sam, Glen and Pam were there. Mark and Danni came in for a bit of teasing as to why they were a bit late. When it looked like Paul wasn’t going to stop anytime soon, Randy joined in with “Hey, at least they didn’t have to wait in the hall when they got here.”
Paul blushed and stammered “That was Steph..”
“Oh really? I guess I was in here all by myself then?” Stephanie says as she hit him on the back of the head.
That set everyone off for a bit. Most of lunch was like that, the guys and girls teasing each other. The only thing work related was agreeing on what time the guys were leaving for the arena.
By 2 they were back in their room. The guys were meeting at 2:30 to leave. Mark paced back and forth, then noticed Danni watching him.
“Sorry darling.” He said sheepishly. Then “Aren’t you getting ready?”
“No, not yet. I’m not leaving until about 4.”
“You’re not going with me?”
“No, Stephanie asked me to go with her and the other girls.”
“OK, but why?” he asked puzzled.
Danni waves her hand at Mark, he had started to pace again. “You need to go be ‘The Undertaker’. I’ll see you after the show.”
He stops pacing and looks at her “Danni….”
“Mark, we just went through this.” Danni gets up off the couch and walk over to him. Pushing Mark, or at least he let her, down on the chair so they were more or less eye to eye, she tells him “Go! Do what ever it is that you need to do to become ‘the big bad phenomenal Undertaker.” She pauses “ I’ll be waiting for you….Mark….After the show.”
He looks into her eyes “You really mean that don’t you?”
“With all my heart.”
His smile intensifies the green of his eyes. “Thank you.”
Before they get any farther, there was a knock on the door.
Mark sighs “That’s probably Randy.”
“Of course it is.” Danni laughs “Go on.”
“Meet me backstage, at the dinning area?”
“Of course.” Another knock on the door, this one louder “You better go before Randy breaks the door down.” She teases him.
He pulls her into an embrace “love you” he whispers into her ear. With a last kiss he let Danni go. Getting up he grabs his bag and heads out the door.
Taking a limo with Stephanie, Pam and Sam was cool. Danni had never been in one before. They were taken to the underground entrance. Stephanie took them on a whirlwind tour, mostly for Danni’s sake, of the ‘back area’. They stopped in the ‘dinning area’ to pick up some snacks. “Sorry, I can’t eat the food they serve in the concession stands.” Stephanie said by way of explanation. They made it to the ‘luxury box’ by 5:30. It was exciting, they watched the fans finding their seats and checked out the signs the fans had brought.
SMACKDOWN started at 6:00. So they settled in to watch.
MVP vs. Dolph Ziggler – a very serious back and forth match with MVP finally pinning Dolph, even with Vickie screaming outside the ring.
Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy – This one didn’t take too long. Jack made Matt tap out with his ankle lock. Unfortunately it looked like Matt has really gotten hurt. He needed to be helped backstage.
“You know, this is a lot different now that I’ve met some of these guys.” Danni tells Stephanie.
Stephanie laughs “Believe me I know. A lot of them are just regular guys, but when they get here….” She waves to the arena “ BAM! Fireworks! What I try to do is think of them as their ring persona, sometime it helps.”
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio – Show dominated most of the match. When it looked like Show was about win, Alberto’s ring announcer interfered and Show lost by count out.
Edge and Christian vs. Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre –A pretty good match. Lots of tags, but of course Drew cheated and he and Cody won.
Next Kane’s music hit the arena.
“Danni leans over to Pam “I don’t know if I can watch these two beat on each other.”
Pam smiles and gets up “I feel the same way. Want to take a walk?”
The two of them take a walk around the hallway, of course they could still hear the crowd going wild. Finally Kane’s pryo goes off. They head back to watch the RAW show.
RAW started off with HHH coming out to a standing ovation. C.M. Punk comes out and challenges him.
Danni caught Stephanie leaving out of the corner of her eye.
HHH beat won to an almost deafening roar.
Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison – Daniel seemed to hold his own for a while. That is until John hit him with ‘Starship Pain’ for the win.
Wade Barrett setup the next match – Sheamus vs. John Cena
Another good match. John and Sheamus went back and forth. When John had Sheamus up in the AA, Wade stopped him and pulled John out of the ring. Sheamus won by count out.
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov vs. Tyson Kidd and David Heart Smith
Santino was funny as usual. Unfortunately the Heart Dynasty didn’t seem to be on the same page and lost. They fought all the way up the ramp.
Sam got up and left the room.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
Randy was in the ring when Wade and the NEXUS came out, NEXUS stayed on the top of the ramp. Randy was winning until NEXUS ran down to the ring. They beat Randy down and ‘the show went off the air’.
Sam came back in a few minutes later. Seeing Stephanie and Sam leave when their husbands were on stage made Danni feel better about not watching the Kane/Taker match.
The girls waited a bit for the crowd to die down before going backstage. Once there they head for the dinning area to wait for the guys. Most of the ‘superstars’ were already there wandering over by the food table or talking in small groups.
“Glen and Mark are usually the last one’s to get here.” Pam tells Danni.
Laughing Danni replies “Why doesn’t that surprise me?”
“Oh, I don’t know.” Pam laughs back. “ I’m going to get a soda, do you want one.”
Pam walks away to get their drinks, which leaves Danni alone. She leans up against the wall and watches the wrestlers and crew interact with each other.
“Hi there.” Danni hears someone say. She turns to see C.M. Punk standing next to her.
“Hi” Danni replies
Holding out his hand “C.M. Punk”
Danni takes his hand to shake it “Danni”
“I hear you’re a big fan.” Punk says as Danni tries to pull her hand away.
“Well a fan of WWE anyway.”
Still holding her hand “I meant a big fan of mine.” Punk says as he leans in closer.
“Um, not really.” Danni tried to sidestep Punk, but he moves with her.
“It’s alright. You don’t have to be shy.”
Danni catches Mark approaching out of the corner of her eye. Stepping the other way while still trying to reclaim her hand Danni sighs “I’m not shy. I’m just trying….”
Punk interrupts with a smile and puts his other hand on her arm “What? Get me alone?”
“No, save your ass.”
With a puzzled look Punk says “Save my a….”
He didn’t finish as Mark had just grabbed him and pulled him away from Danni.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Mark growls
“Hey, just meeting a fan.” Punk tells him
“Really? She didn’t look to happy about it.”
By this time a couple of the wrestlers had come over.
In his defense Punk says “Well, I was told she was a fan.”
Mark just glowered at him.
Danni puts her hand on Mark’s arm to get his attention. “Sweetheart….I think he was….misinformed.”
Punk gets a surprised look on his face “Sweetheart?” he gulps.
“Dude, even I’m not stupid enough to grab Mark’s girlfriend.” Adam snickers from behind Punk.
Punk’s head whips around to stare at Adam “Girlfriend?”
“Oh sh*t!” his head whips back to Mark, who still looked pissed off. Punk babbles “Oh man….look Mark….I didn’t know….seriously….Melina….she pointed her out….she told me….I thought….”
Mark takes a step toward Punk, but a large arm across his chest, sort of, stops him. It was Show.
“Mark, it was a misunderstanding.” Show says to help calm Mark down. Punk was shaking his head YES. “Punk wouldn’t have approached Danni the way he did if he had known.” Turning to Punk “Right?”
“Totally….completely…” Punk stammers
“He should never have done it anyway.” Mark was still pissed off “ I saw Danni trying to move away from him.” He tries to take another step towards Punk.
Show steps between them. Sighing “Mark, he thought she was a fan, you know how some of those girls act.” At least he had Mark’s attention now. “It won’t happen again.” Turning to look at Punk over his shoulder “Will it?”
“No way man!”
Show played his last card.” Beside, I think you should be checking on Danni, don’t you?”
That brought Mark up short. Turning to see Danni still leaning up against the wall, the pissed off look he had started to fade away.
“It’s alright.” She tells him and moves into his embrace. “I was more worried you were going to hurt him and Vince would have to fine you or something.” She teases him.
That was exactly the right thing to say. She felt his muscles start to relax. Punk and several others took the opportunity to slip away.
Mark holds her tightly and whispers into her hair “Are you alright?”
“I’m fine, really. He was just annoying.” Then she starts to chuckle.
Letting go just enough that he could see her face he asks puzzled “What’s so funny?”
“Well….I think you scared Punk enough that he won’t be as….annoying….to the next fan he meets.”
Mark had to laugh at that.
“I think you might be right Danni.” Show laughs. Most everyone had left, but there was still a small crowd in the dinning area. Sighing Show tells them. “I’ll take care of this.” He turns around to face the room. “OK people. In case there are any more idiots….I mean people….here that don’t know, this is Danni, she’s with Mark.” There was laughing from the crowd.
Danni pulls one of her arms from around Mark’s waist and hits show on the arm.
“Hey, just trying not to have any more….misunderstandings.” show tells her with a huge grin
“Thanks.” Mark replies sarcastically.
“You’re welcome. I may not be there next time to stop you from pounding someone.” Laughing show walks away.
Mark sighs ”Sorry about, you know….getting pissed off.”
“There’s nothing to be sorry for.” Danni smiles “Besides, you didn’t actually hurt him.” She laughs.
Mark chuckles “You’re right. Come on, let’s get out of here.”
As Mark and Danni walk to the back door, they run into Glen, Pam and Paul.
“Nice show.” Paul says with a smile.
Mark moves his shoulder a bit, it was hurting again. “Thanks, Glen and I try to please the fans.” He says sarcastically.
Laughing Paul says “I meant the one in the dinning area.”
Mark growls “Yeah, well….”
“Don’t get me wrong. Punk deserved what he got. I’m only surprised you didn’t….actually hit him.” Paul tells him
Still growling “Show stopped me before I could.”
“Yeah, well” Paul continues “That’s probably for the best. By the way, Steph is….taking care of the….problem.”
“What exactly does that mean?” Mark asks
Sighing “She’s making sure Melina is….’traded’ to RAW.”
Smirking Mark says “Tell her thank you for me.”
“You can thank me yourself.” Stephanie says as she walks up.
Mark gives her a hug “Thanks.”
“You’re welcome. I should have seen it sooner, sorry about that.” Stephanie admits.
“Hey no big deal. Come on let’s go.” Mark says as he takes Danni’s hand.
The six of them leave the arena.
Good bye’s the next day were really hard. Danni did her best, but she would miss him so much.
“Danni….I don’t know when I’ll be free again. Vince has me scheduled for several house shows, as well as the regular ones.”
Danni sighs “I know.” Mark gives her a puzzled look. “ Stephanie and I talked about she added.
Mark pulls her into an embrace “I’ll miss you, you know.”
“I know, about as much as I’ll miss you.”
They stay in each others arms for a while.
“Call me when you get home?” she asks
“As soon as I walk in the door.” He promises her.
Their luggage had already been taken down to the lobby.
“Come on sweetheart. Glen will be waiting for you.”
Reluctantly they go down to the lobby. Glen and Pam are already there. Mark leaves Danni with them to go and check out. Once Mark is out of earshot she turns to Glen.
“I have a favor to ask you.”
“What?” Glen asks
“Will you look out for Mark for me?”
“Danni, you have my word.” Glen tells her seriously.
“Good. And thank you.” She gives Glen a hug.
Mark walks back. He and Glen point out their luggage to the bell hop to be taken tp the waiting car.
“Remember I love you.” Danni tells Mark softly “And I’ll be waiting for you.”
“I will. I love you too.” Mark tells her just as softly. “As soon as I’m free I’ll let you know.”
With a last passionate kiss, Mark walks out with Glen.