You Ruin Me by The Veronicas

Job well done
Standing ovation
Yeah you got what you wanted
I guess you won
And I don't want to hear, they don't know you like I do
Even I could've told you
But now we're done

'Cause you play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I'm your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me
Later when the curtains drawn
And no one's there for you back home
Don't cry to me, you played me wrong
You ruin me

I know you thought
That I wouldn't notice
You were acting so strange
I'm not that dumb
And in the end I hope she was worth it
I don't care if you loved me, you make me numb

'Cause you play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I'm your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me
Later when the curtains drawn
And no one's there for you back home
Don't cry to me, you played me wrong
You ruin me

We're that song you wouldn't sing
Just a broken melody
You're killing me

You play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I'm your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me
Later when the curtains drawn
And no one's there for you back home
Don't cry to me you played me wrong
You ruin me

Chapter 46

April 5th, 2013

1:15 PM

Vanessa's hotel room

Running my hand over my stomach, I let out a sigh. "I should eat." I said out loud. No one was in the room with me, but it felt better to think aloud. "When did I eat last? Maybe at eight? I should probably go find something." I sat up and checked my phone for the time. I frowned at the unfamiliarity of the new device, but that's what you get when you smash your old phone to pieces. I stood up and slipped a pair of shoes on, grabbed my wallet and got ready to leave my room. Just as I was about to open the door, a knock sounded on it. I opened it to reveal Phil, who'd barely left my side since he'd found out.

"When did you eat last?" He asked me.

"At eight, I think. I was going to find food right now." Phil knew I was pregnant and had been hovering.

"Okay, good. I can come with you if you want."

I gave him a small smile. "You don't have to. I know you have a press conference to get ready for."

"You're more important."

"Phillip, you've already been yelled at three times in one week for skipping events to be with me. You don't have to prioritize me. I don't need taken care of." I told him. Phil sighed and nodded. "Okay, you win. I don't want to stress you out. I'll leave, but I'm free tonight. We'll hang out, okay?" He promised and hugged me tightly. I knew the only reason he wasn't pushing is because of my current state. I was pregnant and very fragile right now. I'd never felt like this in my entire life. I wasn't sure if it was the baby doing it, or the whole situation with Jeff. Either way, I expected I'd have to get used to it because I had eight more months of pregnancy and who knows how long without Jeff. I felt tears prick the back of my eyes at the thought of him, and decided I needed a distraction before I holed myself up in my room and cried the day away. Maybe I shouldn't have sent Phil away.

I glanced down at my phone and considered calling him. I quickly dismissed the thought. He had enough on his mind already. Vibrations brought my attention back to my phone. My heart ached when I saw it was Jeff calling me again for the fifth time today. He'd called nonstop since I'd found out about his cheating. I made the mistake of answering one time and it nearly killed me to hang up on him. I wanted so badly to be back in his arms, but at the same time I never wanted to see him again. I let my phone ring until it went to voicemail, which I knew he would leave, and shortly after I received a text message.

"I love you. Please talk to me, Pepper."

Forcing away tears, I walked out of my room with the intent to ignore the fact that Jeff Hardy existed, even if he was the father of my child.


Minutes later, I found myself sat alone at a table in the restaurant adjoining the hotel with a bowl of fruit in front of me. I really wasn't interested in eating, but I did it anyway. I ran circles around my still flat stomach with my thumb, knowing that the child inside of me was the only reason I was eating right now. "I thought I had it all planned out." I whispered, looking down at my stomach. "You were going to be born into a loving home, with loving parents. The only thing we were going to love more than each other was you." I felt every muscle tense as I remembered the future I had planned out for Jeff and I. We were going to be happy. We were going to grow old together. And now? I wasn't sure if I wanted to forgive him.

"I've never liked seeing you cry." A familiar voice said.

I glanced up and noticed Mikey standing at my table. I gave him a smile as best I could. I'd missed him. "You've had your fair share of seeing me cry." I said, reminded of when Jeff and I broke up the first time. Mikey had been there without fail each night I cried. He gave a sad smile and took the seat next to me, closing his hand over mine. "That's why I don't like seeing it. I've seen it too much. You're much too pretty to cry." He told me, reaching over and wiping away my tears. I laughed a little and gripped his hand a little tighter. "It's hard not to."

"I know, Pearl." The nickname he'd given me ages ago it seemed made me feel a little better. "You will make it through this. You and the baby."

"Who told you I was pregnant?"

Mikey laughed a little. "Pearl, you were talking to your stomach when I showed up."

"Oh. I know it doesn't even have ears yet, but I guess it just helps."

"Phil told me about the whole Jeff thing."

Pain shot through my heart like someone just sucker punched it. "Yeah…"

"Look, I know it's none of my business. Especially since we haven't talked in a while. But I don't think you should go back to him."

"Why not?" Mikey had said the words firmly, like he really believed in them.

Mikey gave me an incredulous look. "You were thinking of going back?"

"I…I don't know. I'm pregnant with his child."

"That just excuses the fact he's been having an affair for over a month with his ex when you two haven't even been married 6 months? The fact that you're carrying his baby makes that okay? How would you ever trust him again? How could your love ever be the same?" He sounded angry. Not at me, but at Jeff.

"I-I-I don't know." My bottom lip quivered, so I bit down on it. As soon as I did, I felt tears spill down my cheeks.

Mikey's features instantly softened and he pulled me into a hug. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you cry. I'm making it worse."

"He says he's sorry. He keeps telling me that he loves me." I whispered into Mikey's shoulder.

"If he loved you, Nessa, he wouldn't have even thought about going into anyone else's bed." Mikey said quietly. He hugged me tighter and then pulled away. "I have a press conference to get to, but I want us to stop being strangers. You need me, call me. I don't care if it's three in the morning right before 'Mania. Call me." He said, his voice holding a strict tone. "I look forward to seeing you back in the ring after you've had that baby. After all, I'm a secret fan." He said with a wink and then he stood. I found myself giggling a little, which surprised me. It felt good to talk to Mikey again, to be this friendly with him. "See you at the Hall of Fame?" I said. He gave me a grin and nodded. We hugged one last time before he walked away. When he left, so did my good mood. Jeff was calling me again.


*3rd person POV, with Jeff*

Frustration filled Jeff as he heard the now familiar intro of Vanessa's voicemail. "I'm sorry." Was all he said, his voice threaded with regret. "Please come back." Jeff Hardy was normally a very proud, hard-headed man and he never liked to beg for anything. But if begging would bring back his wife? He'd beg for all of eternity. He ended the phone call, not having anything else to say. He'd said all he could and she hadn't paid him any attention. He couldn't even feel bitter about her ignoring him— he deserved it.

"Thought I might find you like this." Came Matt's voice suddenly. Jeff hadn't even heard him come in.

"Like what?" Jeff asked, resting his face in his hand.

"Sitting alone, in the dark with your phone in hand. I was expecting you to be drunk also."

"Can't be drunk. Nessie might call and need me to pick her up from the airport." Jeff said.

Matt frowned. "Jeff, I hate to say it but—"

Jeff cut him off. "She'll come back. She always does. I just need to give her time."

"I don't think so. Not this time, Jeff. I've never seen her so upset before."

"You saw her?" Jeff asked, perking up. If she was talking to Matt, maybe that could be his way to her?

Matt nodded and reached for his pocket. "Yeah, which reminds me," he fished around in his front pocket and pulled out the ring that had previously been homed on Vanessa's finger. "she told me to give this to you. She says she doesn't want it." Matt placed the ring in Jeff's waiting hand and watched his little brother carefully. Jeff's hand enclosed around their mother's ring and his knuckles whitened. The youngest Hardy looked up at his brother, who was surprised to see tears in his eyes. "I screwed up, Matt."

"Well, yeah. I'd say you did. How did it even happen? How did you go from hating Beth's guts to cheating on Vanessa with her?" Matt asked the question everyone wanted to know. "You realize how badly Adam wants to murder you, right? I've never ever seen his anger that strong and I used to piss him off a lot."

"I'm stupid. She wanted to be friends, I thought I could handle it. Old feelings came back. I was angry at Vanessa one day, she'd threatened to leave me, and I called Beth over. Then it just happened. And kept happening. I couldn't stop it." The whole story of his infidelity surprised even Jeff. How could he have been this stupid? Yeah, his marriage had been on the rocks, but it could've been fixed. Now, it wasn't so fixable.

"I want to be the supportive big brother and tell you that you'll get your girl back, but I don't think I can lie to your face like that."

"You really think it's over?" Jeff asked.

Scratching the back of his head, Matt gave a nod. "If it makes you feel any better, I'm pretty sure Reby gave Beth a black eye. She was pretty pissed at her." Matt gave a small chuckle. "Blondie had somehow grown on her."

"She does that with just about anyone."

"Shit, I'm sorry man. I'm not making your life easier."

"It's okay. I put myself in this place. I did this. It's up to me to make it easier." Jeff looked up at Matt. "How pissed do you think she would be if I showed up at the Hall of Fame?"

"Nevermind her, just remember that Adam will be there. I'm almost 100% positive he would risk prison time to hurt you. You of all people should know how he feels about Vanessa hurting."

"So I'll just avoid him!" Jeff stood up, his mood lightening a little. "This could actually work, Matt. Maybe this is how I get her back? I show up, she's surprised, and we sit down and talk about what she needs me to do to fix us." A smile worked itself on Jeff's face. "And I get my wife back before any damage is done to our baby. I'll take time off of work and stay home with her."

"Jeff, I'm not sure it'd be that easy." Matt sensed Jeff was getting desperate. That wasn't ever a good thing.

"Of course it could be! She loves me. She doesn't want to leave me, or else she wouldn't have told me that she might come back." Jeff seemed excited now, and was collecting his keys, wallet and phone charger. "If I get on a flight now, I'll make it hours before the ceremony, she can cry her tears out and still induct Adam."

"I don't think this is a good idea, man."

Jeff paused and looked Matt in the eyes. "Even if she screams at me, I need to see her Matt. I need her to know how much I regret what I did. If she can forgive Jay, she should be able to forgive me."

Matt gave a sigh and let his shoulders sag in defeat. "Good luck, I guess."


*With Vanessa, 1st person POV*

During the day, it was easier to be strong. It was easier to pretend that I didn't have any problems. It was easier to just focus on my big brother's Hall of Fame induction. At night, when I was trying to fall asleep, Jeff constantly flooded my mind. Our first kiss, when he took my virginity, when he asked me to marry him…. "God damn it." I cursed as I forcefully wiped away the tears. "Pull it together, Vanessa." I said loudly.

I sat up, knowing that I wouldn't get any sleep tonight.

Again.

I stood up and decided to walk around the hotel for a little while and try to take my mind off of Jeff and every little thing I missed about him. I slipped some shoes on, grabbed a jacket and left my hotel room. It was nearly midnight and seeing as mostly everyone in this hotel room was a WWE employee, it was pretty quiet. I thought about calling Phil again, just so I would have company. But I thought better of it. I didn't want this to be like every time I was upset, where Phil would drop his life to make sure I was okay. I loved my best friend and appreciated him so much, but I couldn't keep butting into his life.

Deciding to grab something to drink, I made my way to the vending machine on my floor. When I reached the machine I was surprised to find a familiar face already there. "Why are you up so late?" I asked. I watched Minnow's back straighten and he turned around to face me.

"Well, Rue and Phil have decided now is a great time to start getting intimate. I was kicked out."

"I know that feeling. Adam and Amy used to do that to me all the time when they were dating."

Minnow gave me a grin, to which I found unable to not return. "Why are you awake? Shouldn't you be sleeping? Am I going to have to interrupt Phil and tell him that his pregnant best friend is lacking sleep? He'll come running with some warm milk and a bedtime story." Minnow's light tone helped me feel a little less miserable.

"No, I butt into his life enough. I just can't sleep. It's harder at night." I said.

His features softened, but unlike most people, pity didn't cross his face. "I can imagine so. Need some company? Keep your mind off it?" Minnow's smile grew, if that was possible. Sometimes I had a hard time believing he and Rue were friends. He was so bubbly and outgoing, and Rue was not.

"I don't think I need another guest at my pity party. Seems like one is a crowd as is." I wanted the company. Badly. But I didn't want to drag him into my feeling sorry for myself party. "I'm sure you have better things to do."

Minnow chuckled. "Nope, not really. You know I got kicked out. I have literally nothing to do. Nothing better to do than spend time with my pretty pregnant friend."

"I guess I could use the company." I said, finally giving in. I was thankful he was being pushy today, because I knew if I went back to my room I would do nothing but cry and think about Jeff.

"Why don't we go for a walk? You can talk about whatever you like. Nonsense, being pregnant, the whole situation, or even what you ate for breakfast this morning. Talk my ear off."

"If I talk about my situation, I'll probably cry. I think I've done enough of that." I said, my mood already darkening.

He tapped his shoulder and chuckled. "That's what this is for. You need to cry? You can wipe your snot and tears on this."

I tried a smile, but I'd already made myself sad again. Minnow crossed the distance between us and wrapped an arm around my shoulders. "Before I make matters worse, let's go for our walk." I nodded and let Minnow lead me down into the lobby, where we began our midnight walk.


The next day was hectic as all hell. It always was before a Wrestlemania. I'd gotten to the arena well before the Hall of Fame was even supposed to start and was trying to get an idea of what was happening that night. Crew rushed around, trying to set the place up for a ceremony worthy of the people getting inducted. I was passed around by countless crew members, asking me for an opinion on the item they'd been put in charge of. I was thankful for the rush, as it kept my mind elsewhere for the day.

Watching the rookies get nervous at the thought of their first 'Mania being tomorrow brought back bittersweet memories of my first Wrestlemania last year. I'd gotten the Women's championship for the second time, retained my titles with Adam and watched him win the World Heavyweight Championship yet again. Then I took part in Shawn's last match, had been the one to make the call that it ended when my hand slapped the canvas a third time.

I chuckled, remembering how hard I'd cried that night. It seemed so over dramatic, looking back at it. Shawn was just retiring, not dying.

"Mini me!"

I laughed again. Speak of the devil. I turned on my heel and turned to face my hero. "I was honestly just thinking about you, Shawn." I told him, a smile on my face.

Shawn grinned, his smile lighting up the entire room like only Shawn could. "I heard a secret." He said, his smile widening.

I rose a brow at him. With Shawn, a secret could be many things. "Oh?"

"Hunter told me, that Steph told him that my Mini me is going to have a mini me of her own."

I placed my hand on my stomach and glanced down. "Yeah, I am." I said, my voice falling flat. I wanted to be happy about my baby, I wanted nothing more than to be screaming with joy. It was hard, given the circumstances.

I could practically feel the atmosphere shift. "Don't you want it? I remember you telling me how badly you wanted to have a baby with Jeff." Shawn sounded concerned.

"I want it. I just…" My eyes already were starting to well up. My night with Minnow had been a great distraction, and I had laughed the whole time. But reality was setting in again.

Shawn frowned and took my hand. "Come on. We're gonna find somewhere to talk."

For a good twenty minutes, I sobbed out the whole Jeff story to Shawn. For ten minutes, Shawn held me close and comforted me, letting me know that I would be okay. For five minutes, Shawn took the time to tell me that I'd made the right choice in leaving, that it was best to have a clear head so I knew what I truly wanted. For those thirty five minutes, Shawn had managed to make me feel like I would be okay, like he said. But as soon as he'd left, those feelings were thrown out of the window because as soon as I tried walking out of the locker room, I bumped into the last person I needed to see right now. "Jeff…" My voice trembled.


*Jeff's POV*

The ceremony started in two hours. I knew I needed to be quick about finding Vanessa so she would be calmed down again for Adam's induction. I'd already decided that if I couldn't find her before then, I would wait until after. I wasn't going to ruin this for her tonight, I just couldn't. She'd spent her whole life thinking Adam was the greatest thing to walk the Earth and now she would be able to induct him into the Hall of Fame.

"Jeff, what are you doing here?" I found Jay standing a few feet in front of me. I found myself glaring at him. "Looking for my wife." I said in a cool tone. I didn't like this man, and I never would. I didn't care what Vanessa thought, he was still a monster in my mind.

"Last I saw her, she was with Shawn in a locker room down the hall. Looked like they were gonna have a heart to heart. Shouldn't you know where she is?" His tone was accusing, and that irritated me.

"Not that it's any of your business, but we had an argument. I just wanted to patch things up with her."

"Don't ruin tonight for her."

"Shut up."

Jay began returning my glare. "I'm serious. You don't think I know you cheated on her? It's all over the locker room, the internet, everything. Your little mistress isn't exactly close mouthed." I opened my mouth to say something in reply, but I was cut off. "She's hurting, and it's your fault. I don't control her, so I can't tell you that you can't talk to her, but if you ruin tonight for her, there's gonna be hell to pay." He pushed passed me, shoving my shoulder to the side as he did. "Be thankful I'm not going to tell Adam you're here, because that man's got a bounty on your head right now." With that, Jay left. I decided not to take his words to heart, and went about finding my wife.

It took only five minutes for her beautiful face to come into view.

I jogged to the door she was exiting, and she bumped into me. She looked up and locked eyes with me, and whispered out my name. I reached forward and cradled her face in my hands. God, it felt good to see her. "Pepper." I muttered, leaning in to capture her lips. I'd been hoping that seeing me would have made her happy, but I felt tears running down her face and she wasn't returning my kiss. I pulled back and my heart shattered all over again. The heartbreak in her eyes was killing me. "I'm sorry, Vanessa. I wish I could take it back." I told her. I needed her to believe me.

"Take what back? Putting your dick in another woman?" Her tone was sharp enough to cut diamonds.

I flinched at my stupidity. "It didn't mean anything, Nessa. I promise you that. I love you, not her."

"You've got a funny way of showing it."

"Nessie, please. Just tell me what I need to do to make this better. I need you. I need our baby."

Her hands curled around her stomach. "You mean the baby that I conceived the night after Mickie had caught you in bed with Beth? This baby was the only keeping me together, and imagine how I felt when I got a phone call the day after I found out you'd been cheating."

"Babe, I—"

She cut me off. "No, Jeff. I've spent this entire week crying, feeling miserable and confused. The only reason I've eaten anything is because of this baby. The only reason I've slept is because I know it'd be bad for the baby if I didn't. The only person that's made me feel even the tiniest bit better for longer than a minute, is Minnow. And guess what? I didn't fuck him. You and I had a fight, he comforted me and we didn't fuck! Imagine that? I know you're totally unfamiliar with the concept." Her tone was harsh again, and she'd pulled away from me entirely.

"That's not fair, Nessie." I tried not to get angry, but her insults were not making it easy.

Angry tears spilled down her reddened face as she contorted it in anger. "Not fair? You are my husband, Jeff! You know what's not fair? Unknowingly sharing your husband with a skanky slut! It's not fair that I gave you my all and you gave me only some. I gave you everything Jeff. My heart, my life, my virginity, my body. Anything you would have asked for, I would have given you."

"Beth isn't a slut, don't blame her for my mistakes. I tried giving you my all, and you said it wasn't good enough when you told me to change or you were leaving!" My voice level was rising louder with every word.

"What did you expect? You were going through my phone, and were accusing me of wanting to sleep with a friend! Then tried to forbid me to see that friend! And what did you do when I told you to change? You got angry and had sex with your ex. Clearly, I'm the only one who cared about our marriage."

"How often are you going to keep throwing that in my face? I came here to try and make up with you, and you're not even trying to hear me out!" I was yelling now.

"I told you that I would come to you if I wanted to make up with you. I gave Matt the ring for a fucking reason, Jeff!" She was yelling too, tears continuing to flow.

"Everything okay over here?" A new voice said.

We turned and my anger grew even hotter. There he was, the man that kept calling my wife baby. "Yeah, we're fine. Get lost." I told him.

"Nessie baby? You good?" He asked Vanessa, completely ignoring me. Each time he called her baby made my blood boil. I found myself very quickly wanting to punch his lights out.

"Yeah, Min. I'm good." Vanessa said, her tone soft. Her tone was so much different with him than with me. I narrowed my eyes at her.

"Why does he get the soft tone and I get yelled and cursed at?" I asked.

She turned back to me. "Are you seriously about to do this right now? Honestly? Did you come here to make up with me or make me feel miserable? Fuck, Jeff."

"What am I supposed to do when my wife is screaming at me, but is being all sweet with a man who she supposedly has no feelings for?"

Fresh tears slid down her face and a part of me hated myself for being the cause. My rational side told me that I was way off base with my accusations, but my angry side just wanted to lash out because of her rejections. "You're the one that cheated, and I'm being accused of sleeping with Minnow again." She shook her head. "Go home, Jeff. I don't want you here." Vanessa turned to walk away from me so I reached out to grab her and prevent her from doing so. We weren't done talking yet, this hadn't gone at all how I'd wanted. My fingers wrapped around her right forearm and she instantly recoiled, crying out in pain. Guilt flooded through me. That was her bad arm. "Shit, Nessie I'm sorry." I tried to apologize. I reached for her again, but I was beaten to it. Minnow had crossed the distance and was gently running his fingers along her arm.

"Does that hurt?" He whispered gently.

Vanessa shook her head. "No, but it hurt really bad when he grabbed it."

"Can you not touch her? That'd be great." I butted in, not wanting him to have his hands on my wife. "You don't need to be touching my wife. Ever."

Minnow rolled his eyes at me, which pissed me off more. "Do you have a medical degree? No? Then maybe butt out for a second so I can make sure you didn't hurt her."

I turned to Vanessa, who kept letting him touch her arm in various places. "Are you seriously going to let him talk to me like that, Vanessa? You know I didn't mean it."

"I know you didn't mean to, Jeff. But he does have a medical degree. Please, just leave."

I was stunned. She really wanted me to leave? This definitely wasn't how I'd imagined this encounter happening. She gently wriggled out of Minnow's grasp and turned to face me fully. "I told you I would come to you. You didn't listen, and look what happened. All we did was fight. All I'm doing is crying. This isn't good for me, or the baby."

"Nessie…." I chewed the inside of my cheek, contemplating what to say. "I love you."

Vanessa shook her head. "I wish I could believe that."

I couldn't believe those words that she'd just said. I couldn't. She didn't believe I loved her? "I don't…" I turned to glare at Minnow, who stood beside her, looking way too comfortable by her side. "What the fuck have you been telling her?"

"Nothing that any friend wouldn't tell their friend with a cheating husband. Nothing your own brother hasn't told her. Don't try blaming me because she's not falling at your feet." His tone was way too cocky.

"I swear to God, if you try anything with her." I threatened.

"I think the lack of faith you have in her is pretty telling. It's funny to me that Vanessa would constantly tell me that while she didn't like Beth, she would let you two hang out. Because she trusted you. We all know how wrong it was of her to trust you. Is that why you're so afraid of her hanging out with me? You think her will power will be so weak that her panties are just gonna fall off and she'll have her legs behind her head with a couple of sweet words? Because that's pretty pathetic. I'm not a fucking asshole, man. She's my friend, who is hurting. I'm here to help her, not seduce her." Minnow said, crossing his arms over his chest.

I took a deep breath and tried my best to control my anger, but it just wasn't happening. "Vanessa. You know I love you. I fought tooth and nail to be with you. But if you'd rather throw away our entire life, the life we could have as a family, fine. Be my guest. Call me when you're ready to talk." I knew if I stayed any longer, I would hit him. I knew it. With one last look at Vanessa and her tear stained face, I turned and walked away from her.


*Vanessa's POV*

After Jeff left, I looked up at Minnow. "Thank you." I told him. When he raised a brow, I decided to explain. "For being here. Before you came, I felt like I was going to crumble into his arms, even though I was screaming at him. I knew when I saw him that he'd somehow convince me to take him back, and I'm not ready for that. I don't know if I'll ever be. I need space from him, to know if I want to forgive him. You kept me strong. So thank you for that, Min."

Minnow smiled sloppily and pulled me in for a hug. "It's what friends are for. Phil woulda done the same, although he probably would have hit him."

"You're probably right, and that would not have been good."

He pulled away from me and locked eyes with me. "I want to offer you something, but I don't want you to take it the wrong way and get mad."

"Yeah?"

"You want to come stay with me for a while? I've got space at my house. It's just me and my cat. You'd be away from Jeff, at least until you're ready to talk."

I couldn't help but smile at him. "I didn't know you had a cat."

Minnow chuckled. "Yeah, he's a little shit. Fucker ate fifteen hair ties and almost died a month ago. I told my sister not to leave her hair ties in my bathroom, but she does anyway."

I thought for a moment. I wanted to take Minnow up on his offer, if anything to get out of the country. Jeff wouldn't know where I was either. And Minnow lived in Canada, which meant I could visit my mother more often. "You know what? I'll take you up on that." If I didn't feel comfortable with him, I'd just stay with my mom.

"Awesome, I'll call my sister and ask her to move some of her crap out of the guest bedroom."

I gave him a small smile. "Sounds like a plan."


Hours flashed by and soon enough, I was standing behind the curtain, waiting for my cue to start my induction speech for Adam. I heard Break start playing and I began making my way to the podium where I would give the speech. Hearing the crowd at the tops of the arena scream for me brought a smile to my face. It'd been forever since I'd heard them screaming for me. "Well, I think I've been missed?" I said into the microphone, smiling my face off. My fight with Jeff, forgotten. "I'm glad that you all haven't forgotten about me. But tonight is definitely not about me. It's about the amazing men and women who have left their mark on this business. It's about the people who paved the road for the rest of us. Specifically, for me it's about my brother."

"You guys know him as the Rated R Superstar, the Ultimate Opportunist, the Master Manipulator, Edge. I know him as a few other things. I know him as Adam Copeland, as Bubba, as Addy. I know him as the greatest man I'll ever have the pleasure of knowing." I glanced down and saw my mom and Amy in the front row. Both were grinning up at me, tears glistening in their eyes. Turning my attention away from them, I started again.

"I'm not totally sure what it is I'm going to tell you guys, but we all know how I love to talk about Adam. He's wanted to be in this business for as long as I can remember. It was either be a wrestler, or be a Rockstar. I'm glad this gig worked out for him, because he's awful at guitar. Really, he owns way too many and can't play a single one." I chuckled at my own joke. "But there's so much more he's good at. He's an amazing husband and father. He's got an amazing mind for this business, what would work and what wouldn't. He's obviously an amazing wrestler, although I might be biased. Mostly, he's the most amazing brother a girl could ever ask for."

"Adam's so selfless, and I mean that. He's given up so much for me, for our mom. I remember when we were young and our mom was always working to support us, Adam would always talk about how he wanted to buy a house for her one day, so that she would never have to worry about a roof over her head ever again. I was fifteen when that day happened, and I will forever remember the look on his face when he did it." I could feel tears well up in my eyes as I remembered that day. Mom had cried for hours, hugging Adam and telling him how much she loved him.

"The thing with Adam is this. Once he sets his mind to something, he'll do it. They told him he wouldn't ever be a world champion, that he wouldn't ever be a main eventer. They were wrong. Flash forward to right now, and Adam has won every single championship in this business, every tournament. He's the youngest person to ever go into the Hall of Fame. To everyone who ever doubted him, I just wanted to tell you this: I told you so. From day one, I was his number one fan. The first time I saw him on television, I screamed. When he won his first match? Screamed some more. When he won the WWE championship for the first time, I was backstage screaming then too. When he told me that they wanted him in the Hall of Fame, I think I was more excited than him. No one deserves this more than my brother."

"I know I'm starting to ramble on, so I'll try to cut this a little bit short. I know Shawn's on after Adam is, and we all know how Shawn likes to talk. There was a time when Adam had called me an Edge wannabe during a fight, and I'd replied that I would rather be a Miz wannabe. Now, as much as I love my Mikey, that's not entirely true." I chuckled, giving Mikey a smile when I found him in the crowd. "If I could be even half the person that Adam is, I would be happy. You all got to have him for decades, but now it's time for his family to be selfish and keep him for our own for a little while. Now, if I could for a second, I wanna say something to my big brother."

I faced the nearest camera and I started talking to Adam only. "You've been an unshakeable pillar of support for me throughout my life. You've stuck by me in the tightest spots and have chosen me over anyone else. I know mom likes to say that the second you saw me, you fell in love. I like to say that the feeling was mutual, Bubba. You've done so many great things, and I'm so utterly proud to have you as my only brother. I love you, Addy, and when you're out there getting to where you're getting to, I hope you know that somebody loves you." I fought back more tears and cleared my throat. "Ladies and gentlemen, it's my complete honor to introduce to you, Mr. Hall of Fame, Adam Copeland."

Adam's music started and he appeared, garnering more screams than I ever could. Adam didn't even take one look at the crowd, he made a beeline for me and enveloped me in a hug so tight I thought I might suffocate. But I hugged him just as tightly back. "I love you, Vee-Vee." He whispered in my hair.

"I love you too, Addy." I pulled back from him and he wiped away a tear from my face. "Now go bask in your moment. I'll be watching."

Adam and I separated and he took my place at the podium. I listened from the sidelines, never leaving the stage. As Adam told his version of how his life and career went, I found myself crying all over again. These tears were welcomed, as they were happy tears. I was so proud of my brother and everything he'd been able to do in his career. Watching him talk and smile made me happier than I could ever imagine. While I still had a bunch of things to figure out about my life, there was one thing that would never change.

No matter how old I was, no matter how many people I loved, my big brother would always be the light of my life.

And that's all she wrote! This is the end, guys. Her Time to Shine has taken a lot of twist and turns, a lot of breaks and etc. But after four years, I've completed it. I want everyone to know that I love Vanessa with my heart and soul, and she's probably my favorite character I've created. Vanessa has given me a couple of friends that I never would have had otherwise. Now, I know I left this on a sort of cliffhanger. Will Jenessa make up or will they be done? I thought that I might leave that up to you all. I know what I want to happen, but I also know it's been a pretty frustrating 4 years for you guys waiting for me to finish. If you want a sequel to this, let me know in a review and I'll be more than happy to show you the next chapter of Vanessa's life. If you think it's best to just leave it at this, make up your own ending and tell me what you think happens. If you think I'm a piece of shit writer, that's okay too. Looking back at the beginning of this story, and In His Shadow, I was. But somehow, you all loved it. So thank you for that, for all the kind words and the patience. I'm a lot more comfortable with my writing now at 20 years old than I was when I started out at 15. Thank you all for your time, and I hope this was satisfactory as a possible ending.