Post by Alexandra Calaway on Apr 17, 2023 2:20:20 GMT -5
to regard with fear; be afraid of.
to have reverential awe of.
without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.Sunset Pier
Key West, Florida
A Harley Davidson can be seen pulling up in Key West, stopping at the Sunset Pier. Pulling off into a part where very few people lingered watching the sunset. She got off her bike, before stopping to lean against the railing, looking out over the water. She remembered back to that fateful day in January, after three months of hell, when she and John Strader saved her daughter, doing what needed to be done. It seemed like hours had passed, however, it had only been mere moments. A hand landed on her hand and she turned to see a little girl standing there.
“Miss Calaway, can I get a picture with you? My momma told me to ask nicely.”
“You’re her favorite wrestler. I hope you don’t mind.”
“Not at all, sure. Come on over.”
Alexandra took a picture with the young girl, posing for a few moments. Before the little girl turned around and hugged her.
“Thank you! Make sure you send that Synn into the void.”
“Of course. I’ll do it for you.”
The little girl and her mom walked off, leaving Alexandra alone. Alexandra turned back around, looking out over the sunset in Key West. It was beautiful out here and Alexandra could definitely get used to it. However she was only out here because of one reason. Him. Moments passed again and night had taken the boardwalk. A voice sounded from behind her.
“Now that’s a fuckin’ view.”
She didn’t even have to turn around to know who it was joining her.
“Hello handsome. And I could say the same.”
Alexandra looked over at John Nash Strader, who leaned with his back against the railing, before turning to look at her, still leaning. He flicks his lighter and lights up a Marlboro red, before speaking.
“I definitely didn’t expect to hear you had come down to the Keys. After our meeting in Reno, I figured I’d see you at the show. What brings you out here?”
He gave her a smirk and she returned it. They both knew why she was there and neither in that moment denied it.
The two shared a chuckle before they both turned around to look out over the ocean.
“John, I never got to thank you for what you did. At least not verbally. She’s alive because of you.”
He shrugged, which caused Alexandra to tilt her head.
“Let’s not look too far into it. I was just doing what was right. No child should be without their mother. And no mother without their child.”
“You’re a hero John.”
“Yeah, yeah. Shut up. I don’t need everyone to know that.”
She looked around, noticing they were the only two on this part of the boardwalk.
“Who am I going to tell? And who’s going to hear us? Look around John, we are the only two standing here. We both know that without you, I probably wouldn’t be standing here today. Losing her would have caused me to lose it.”
She moved to look up at him. There was a pause between them, they both had one hand on the railing and the other hung down at their side. He took a drag off his cig and then licked his lips, before speaking.
“Shush it, I got a reputation to uphold.”
This brought a smile to Alexandra’s face, as John finished off his cig, putting it out on the concrete. She chuckled softly, before reaching up, running her fingers over his hair. His hand moves to her waist and he pulls her in close, he switches his gaze between her eyes and her lips. Neither moved for a few moments before John pressed his lips to hers, her arms wrapping around his neck. He whispered something into her ear, before pulling away from her, with a smirk. As quickly as it happened, it ended, leaving her trying to catch her breath. The two headed to their motorcycles and she followed where he had told her to go. A simple stolen moment, yet, she still was unsure about what it all meant for the two of them. With them being in the same company again, was it possible they’d get closer? Who knew, the two of them had danced around it enough.
Alexandra can be seen sitting outside, looking up at the moon, in just twenty-four hours she would be facing off against someone who most people would fear, however, she didn’t. She could call it an irreverent fear. The fear of Synn as a person, never. If anything, the main word used to describe Alexandra was fearless. The woman had put her body on the line several times and she would do it again as if it was nothing. Simply another scar on a body who had been put through hell for the last twenty three years. Taking a breath, she looked up at the camera pointed at her.
“Synn, we could sit here going back and forth for hours on if I fear you or not and it still wouldn’t matter. You can believe whatever you want to believe about me. What matters is what happens when we get into that ring. We could go back and forth on who has the deeper darkness, but guess what, that doesn’t matter either. What matters is who will come out on top. In the end, we both know, it will be me. After all, the entirety of OCW is glad to see their prodigal daughter return. The Hellion has returned to the gates of Hell and I have every intention on taking what should have been mine from the start.”
She rose, stepping down off the porch steps, before wandering out into the night. She leaned against a fence post for a moment, before wandering further out into the field, towards the giant barn. The moonlight shone down on her, the stars twinkling above her, bringing a smile to her face.
“It’s been a long journey back home. I needed to walk away, I needed to find myself, without Paramount, without Easton, without the friends I had made here. To truly find myself, I needed to stand alone, face my fears and know that I could come out the other side without help. Before I left, something bad had happened in my life, I almost lost my close family members, my daughter, my brother and my niece. They all almost died. Then there was the kidnapping. It caused me to lose my focus. But thanks to old friends, I managed to find them all again. And with their return, so returned my focus. But do you want to know what stayed Synn?”
She took a deep breath, kneeling down, looking at the skull of some small rodent, probably a raccoon or possum, both were local here and coyotes normally picked them clean, if they didn’t the carrions would. It was, after all, the circle of life. Especially out here in the so-called “sticks”.
“That darkness, the anger, the rage. The cruelty. That stayed behind, it’s got a hold on me that well, you’ll experience. The girl everyone knew when I left, she’s gone. As far as ANY of you is concerned, she’s dead. There’s nothing left of that girl. The fear of stepping between my so called friends and gold, or those who I see something in common with, she’s gone. Dead. The woman standing in front of you now, she’s not afraid to do what must be done. And it will be grand to show you first hand, just who this new me is. I do hope everyone else will be watching.”
She gave the camera a wink knowing that he would be watching, that they all would be watching. There’s nothing that held her back now, no one she had to make sure not to upset. She could take what she wanted, to become a champion. It was only a matter of time. Her path to the Gold would start right here, right now, with Synn. She rose back upwards, looking up towards the night sky, keeping her mind on the situation at hand. Win or lose, she wasn’t going to stop, there would be nothing standing in her way. Losses would be learning lessons, but she would not be the loser, not this time.
“This is just the beginning of a new chapter in a story that is far from ending. We are going to have so much fun together Synn. So tell me, are you ready to ride into hell with me? Because I’m ready to take you on a trip that you are FAR from ready for. I’ve seen you before, all this talk of the darkness you possess, that you live in. You aren’t that intimidating, at least not to me. No matter the outcome, I respect you. I see the darkness inside you and while you may think yours is the strongest, that darkness in you, is nothing compared to the darkness inside me.”
Alexandra looked back towards the main house, her eyes spotted someone standing on the porch motioning for her to come inside. She knew who it was and what was happening.
“But I think I’ve given you enough of my time, enough of my focus. For now, I’m going inside, I’m going to enjoy a warm meal, with people I know I can trust. Until we meet in our match.”
She nodded and turned away from the camera as the scene fades out on Alexandra walking back up to the porch of the main house.
Tamika motioned for Alexandra to follow her into the dining room. They both sit down at the table and Alexandra starts to speak.
“Hey, thanks for having me a bit early, considering the show isn’t for a few more days.”
“I figured this could give us the time to talk that you wanted. I did have a few questions, that I feel I need to ask. But I also feel that I already know the answer.”
Alexandra chuckled with a nod, reaching out for the drink in front of her. She turned to look at Tamika.
“Whatever you want to know, I’m willing to give you an answer.”
Tamika takes a moment, looking down at her drink and licks her lips, before her eyes focusing on Alexandra’s. The two sit in silence for a few moments, another beat passes and then Tamika begins to speak.
“Well the thing we need to discuss is my brother. Do you love him?”
Alexandra looked at Tamika and the gaze that Tamika gave her was one that said if she doesn't approve of the answer Alexandra was going to find out. Without a thought or missing a beat.
“Yes I do. But, I don’t know where he stands with that. I just came back from Key West. I saw him while I was there. I know it’s going to be awkward for a while, but the way I smiled when I saw he was brought back in as the Head of Security, my heart skipped a beat.”
Tamika kept her eyes on Alexandra.
“Good answer. I think you knew exactly what would happen if you didn’t answer that right. There’s a reason I brought him back when you returned. I know there’s something there between you. And I’ll tell you this, whatever happens, treat him right. He may be a grown man, but he’s still my brother and I will protect him. As for how he feels, we've all seen how he lights up when you are mentioned.”
The tone of Tamika’s voice didn’t change, she sat back in her chair, finger tracing around the top of the glass she had been drinking out of. Alexandra nodded and smiled at her.
“Tamika, I wouldn’t expect anything else. Look, I love John, I think a part of me liked him before I left. I just didn't realize how much until after.”
Tamika cut her off.
“Until after he helped you rescue your daughter.”
Alexandra nodded, bringing her drink to her lips, downing it in one drink.
“Like all good things, it just takes time.”
She smiled as the two continued to talk into the early hours of the morning. One thing was for sure, come what may, Alexandra was home. For the first time in a very long time, she felt at peace.