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Chapter Nineteen

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Instead of attending the Smackdown tapings that week, Sam and Amy decided to fly back to North Carolina to work on the wedding plans. They had dress fittings scheduled for that afternoon, as well as many other appointments and phone calls. Sam had also decided to see if she could get in to see her doctor instead of waiting the 10 days. She was on her cell phone with the caterer when Amy came out in her dress. "wow that looks great!"

Amy blushed. "Thanks. I really like it."

Sam rolled her eyes at the person who was talking in her ear. "No, I wasn't talking to you. No. Yes, we will be there this afternoon. Bye." She looked at Amy. "Remind me why we went with these people?"

"They're able to get everything ready on time?"

Sam stood and hobbled over to stand behind Amy. "And they are so overcharging." She started fussing with Amy's train.

"Well, yeah." They giggled, and Mrs. Oates, the dressmaker, came out.

"Your turn Samantha?" She nodded and followed her into the back. She came out a few minutes later in a light blue off the shoulder dress.

"Sam, that looks great, but the crutches kind of mess up the picture."

Sam stuck her tongue out at her. "They won't be in the pictures. I won't even be on them then, thankfully." Mrs. Oates pinned up a few things on Sam's dress and sent her back to change. She promised to have them ready again to try this weekend, and the girls left for their next stop: the annoying caterers. The same person Sam was speaking with on the phone was the one who waited on them.

"Can I help you ladies?" he asked rather snottily.

"Yes, you can. My name is Samantha, and I had called earlier about a package for next weekend?"

"Oh, yes, the woman who doesn't get things called deadlines." When he said that, Amy smirked. Sam looked pissed.

"Look...Robert, is it?" She looked at his nametag, and he nodded. "We'll try this again, ok? My name is Samantha Hardy and this here," she pointed at Amy, "is my best friend Amy Dumas. We had planned on spending an awful lot of money in here trying to prepare for her wedding next weekend. If you have a problem with us trying to place a large order, then let me talk to your manager, because I doubt they'll have a problem."

He wasn't fazed. "Ma'am, as I tried to tell you on the phone, two weeks is just not enough time for what you requested."

She gave him a cool look. "Get me your manager." She waited a moment and he came out.

"Is there a problem, ma'am?"

"Unfortunately, yes, there is. I am trying to place a very large order that I need to be ready for next Saturday, and Robert here refuses to take it. I would gladly take my order elsewhere, but you are the best around, even if your customer service is lacking."

He looked taken aback. "Of course we'll accomodate an order for that soon. Robert?" He turned to the young man. "What was the problem?"

He was still being sort of rude. "Honestly, I didn't think they were being for real. People that young don't come in here for stuff like that."

Sam was shocked. "Oh yes, like I would really hobble in here and waste my time if I wasn't serious." The manager pulled out an order form, and they figured out the order.

"OK, and the name you want this under?"

"Hardy." His head snapped up.

"Hardy? As in the Hardy Boyz?"

"Mmhmm."

"If you don't mind my asking, are you marrying one of them?"

Sam laughed, surprised by the fact that he hadn't recognized Amy. "No, I am a Hardy. I'm placing it for a friend." Robert, who was still standing there, stared at Amy for a second before he realized who she was, but he didn't say anything.

"Well, alright then Miss Hardy, we will have it there next Saturday afternoon." They would be delivering everything to Jeff's during the ceremony.

"Thank you." They walked out, and Amy started laughing.

"Amy, why didn't you say anything?"

"You were doing just fine on your own."

She shook her head. "You are so weird."

"But that experience was weirder."

"True." They got in the car and drove to the printers, where they picked up the finished cards for the reception. Sam's doctor appointment was in twenty minutes, so they headed over there, where Sam was called in shortly.

"Hi Sam, how are you doing?" Dr. Tabb asked her.

"Except for this whole ankle thing, I feel great."

The doctor nodded. "I was watching. That was a nasty fall."

"Yeah it was." Dr. Tabb put her x-rays up on the screen and studied them. After a moment, she started talking.

"I think that if we put you in a gel cast, you should be able to get rid of the crutches. You'll need to be in that for about six weeks though."

Sam's eyes widened. "Six weeks?"

"Yes, but no crutches."

"I'll take that." Dr. Tabb put the cast on, and Sam and Amy decided to skip the planning for the afternoon and go see a movie. Not a good idea.

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Shane was sitting in the darkened theatre with Ronnie, not paying much attention to the teenybopper movie. He had let Ronnie pick it because he didn't want to argue. He was still hung up on everything that had happened in the last two days. He told Sam that he can't be friends with her, Amy tells him that Sam is in love with him, Sam breaks her ankle, and now she won't talk to him. In a way he was almost happy for this movie, it was alright, but completely predictable. The doors opened behind them, and two more people walked into the otherwise empty theatre. After they sat down some rows in front of them, Shane was surprised to see that they were Sam and Amy. 'Why are they seeing 'What A Girl Wants'?' he thought to himself. 'And why doesn't Sam have her crutches?' He tried to ignore them and pay a little attention to the movie, but his mind- and eyes- kept drifting back to Sam. As he saw the last scene in the movie, he smiled, because he knew exactly what Sam would be doing. he woud have tears in her eyes due to the happy ending, and the second the lights came on she would hurry out so noone could see. Ronnie on the other hand, was a bit more uncuntrollable. Shane rolled his eyes, thinking she was just being dramatic. Honestly though, she was thinking about how she couldn't continue the facade anymore. She would have to tell him, and soon.

Sam and Amy stood up and started walking up the aisle, but stopped when they saw Shane and Ronnie. "Hey guys!" Amy called out.

Shane nodded. "Hey Amy, hey Sam."

"Hi," Sam replied quietly. Ronnie said nothing.

Shane put his hands in his pocket and started rocking back and forth on his heels. "So, Sam, no more crutches?"

"Nope, just a gelcast for six weeks."

Ronnie decided to speak up. "Will you be able to do the bit next week."

"Yeah, I will." Amy noticed it was getting a bit akward, so she tried to break it a little.

"You know Sam, we really should get going." She looked at her watch for emphasis."

"Umm, yeah, we should. See you guys later." They nodded, and Sam and Amy left. Once in the lobby though, Sam stopped suddenly. "I need to tell him how I feel, Amy. And I think I know how."

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Chapter Twenty

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The rest of the week raced by rather smoothly. Amy and Sam worked on the wedding plans, and on Sam's plans for Shane. Sam was also deciding on when and how she wanted to talk to Randy, but she was going to put it off for awhile yet. It was now Monday, and RAW was in Montgomery, Alabama. Sam was standing around the monitors Paul and Ric, as she was accompanying them to the ring for their match. She was also going over on her head everything she and Ronnie had planned for after, when Ronnie was supposed to get her 'revenge'. Paul's music hit, and they made their way to the ramp. As they did this, JR and King were talking to the home audience.

"Folks, you may notice Sam Hardy has a slight limp. She apparently has a hairline fracture in her ankle from her match with Lila Banks last week here on RAW."

"That's right JR. Sam said earlier though that she is feeling fine. Someone should warn her though that Lila was spotted looking for her backstage."

"That will have to be sorted out later JR. Right now we've got a match to call." Their opponents, Scott Steiner and Test, came down next with Stacy Keibler, and the match started. The match was over relatively quickly, with Paul and Ric coming out victorious. They hurried to the back to set up for the scene with Ronnie, which would air live after the break. Sam and Randy were in place, quietly talking when the show went back on the air. Ronnie burst into the room.

"I finally found you!" she yelled to Sam, who rolled her eyes.

"What do you want? I'm a little busy here."

"You won't be in a second." Suddenly Stevie Richards came in the room and blindsided Randy, allowing Ronnie to hit Sam over the head with a chair. She fell to the ground and remained motionless, until she was given the all clear. Ronnie stepped back, and Randy crawled over to Sam.

"Hey, you ok?" She sat up and nodded.

"Mmhmm....just a little groggy." She laughed lightly. He helped her up, and they left the room. Shane's heart cracked just a little more when he saw that. It should be him watching over Sam, NOT Randy.

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It was Thursday, two days before the wedding. Matt, Jeff, Shane, and Shannon were all waiting at the tailors for their final fittings, and all of the girls were at Mrs. Oates for their's. When Jeff and Shannon went to put their's on, Shane turned to Matt. "I know that Amy said Sam is in love with me. Why hasn't she told me?"

"Well, why haven't you told her?"

"Because she's with Randy...and I'm with Ronnie." He nodded in understanding.

"Look, man, I realize how you feel about her. And I know how she feels about you. But this cat and mouse game is wearing everyone out, Amy and I included."

"It is beyond wearing me out, Matt."

"Then do something about it." He thought for a moment, and laughed. "But not before Saturday- you don't need to have a black eye for the pictures."

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It was a very similar situation over at Mrs. Oates'. The girls were gossiping, and when they got a second alone, Sam tried to talk with Amy. "I'm going to tell him. Monday or Tuesday, I think. I need the time to talk to Randy first."

"Sounds like a plan. Are you going to be okay walking down the aisle Saturday?"

She sighed. "If I can not crumble under his touch, I'll be fine."

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Amy had opted for a girls night in with Sam instead of a bachlorette party, so they both woke up rather refreshed on Saturday morning. Sam looked outside and was thrilled to see that the weather was going to cooperate with them. She went to wake up Amy, but found her room empty, so she went downstairs.

"Hey."

"Morning Amers." She poured herself a cup of coffee and sat at the table. "I'll be meeting Shane at Jeff's in awhile to set up some last minute things, and then I'll be back. What time are we being picked up?"

"Around 11:30. You're meeting Shane?"

"Weird, I know. He volunteered to help, and Matt let me know yesterday. You and Matt will be back in time to fly out Monday, right?" Matt and Amy were having a mini honeymoon at a small bed and breakfast in nearby Sanford.

"Yep."

Sam finished her coffee and stood up. "OK, here goes."

Amy smiled. "Good luck."

Sam smiled wryly. "Gee, thanks."

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Sam made the quick drive to Jeff's, and saw that Shane was already there. She walked around back to find him, Jeff, and Shannon all trying to set up the tables. "Glad you guys are doing the hard work."

Jeff smiled. "Of course you are sweets."

"I've got about an hour, so what do I need to do?" she asked.

Shannon looked around. "Finish putting up the directions, and that should be it." They had decided on a flashback theme, with alot of pictures of their entire group. Amy's parents had flown in the previous day, and had supplied Sam with a bunch of photos. She finished hanging those and a few other things, before going back over to the guys. "Done."

They, of course, were not. Shannon smiled sarcastically. "That's nice."

"I've got to get going. See you guys at the church." She walked back around front, and they could hear her get in the car and leave. Jeff and Shannon both looked at Shane, but Jeff spoke first.

"Why didn't you say anything to her?"

Shane shrugged. "I didn't have a clue what to say."

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Sam, Amy, Beth, Crystal, and Paula, Amy's mom, were all sitting in chairs at the hairdressers. Sam and Amy were the last two finished, as they both had complicated styles. Sam's hair was half up and half down, with lots of little jewels strewn in, which is what took most of the time. Amy had her hair up with two peices framing her face. She also had the same jewels in that Sam did. The limo took the group back to Sam and Amy's- soon to be just Sam's- and they hurried into their dresses. A little while later, they piled back in and were driven to the church. Paula wanted a few minutes alone with Amy, so the girls milled around the church. Sam was wandering by herself when she ran into Shane- literally. "Oh, I'm sorry."

"No problem Sam." He was staring at her intently. "You look...beautiful."

She blushed. "You look very handsome yourself." They were quiet for a moment before Matt walked up. "Hey." She smiled, and he picked her up in a hug.

"Hey there gorgeous. How do I look?" He set her down and spun around.

"Fabulous, dahling." They all laughed. Gil came over to get Matt.

"It's time." Matt nodded and walked away with him. Sam went to find Amy.

All of the girls were in the room when she walked back in. They, along with Paula, left, giving the friends a moment together. They stood next to each other in front of the mirror, and Sam put her arm around Amy. "I am so happy for you."

"Thanks, Sam. I'm so glad we'll really be sisters now."

"Me too." They stood in silence for a moment, before Beth ran in to get them.

"It's time." They nodded.

Amy impulsively leaned over and hugged Sam. "I love you Sam."

"I love you too Amers. See you up there."

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Shannon's neice and nephew were serving as flower girl and ring bearer. After them went Shannon and Crystal. A moment later, Jeff and Beth followed them. Shane stood at the door waiting for Sam. She rushed up to him, and she could see the tears in her eyes. One escaped, and he reached up to gently brush it off.

"Thanks."

"Anytime. Ready?" She nodded, and he took her arm. She felt chills when he did that, but tried to ignore them as they started their walk. They reached the end, and the 'Here Comes the Bride' started playing. Amy was walked down the aisle by her father Jim. He hugged both Amy and Matt, and sat down. The priest started speaking.

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today..."

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The reception was just getting underway when the DJ interrupted. "Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce to you, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Hardy!" Everyone cheered, and they went up to the front table. Sam was talking with Randy, who she had basically avoided the entire day. She look across the yard to see that Shane was doing the same with Ronnie. She was distracted, and missed Randy's comment. "I'm sorry, what was that?"

He saw what she was looking at, and shook his head. "Nevermind." He went to grab a seat as the toasts were getting ready to start. Shane was up first. He grabbed his glass and stood.

He took a deep breath. "I didn't have a speech planned, because up until an hour ago I had no clue what I wanted to say. Also, I'm sure Sam will have the preplanned speech covered." Everyone laughed, most knowing Sam's super organized tendencies. He continued. "But then I was standing there watching the both of you, and I knew. I've always seen you together, and knew that you deeply cared for each other. Today, I really saw that love shining through. Matt, you have always been like a brother to me, and I am thrilled to consider Amy a sister. You better take good care of her man." The audience smiled, expecting a totally different thing than what he next said. "Not because I would hurt you- but because she would." He hugged them both and sat down. Sam then stood.

"Gee, I don't know if my preplanned speech could hold up to that." She laughed and then cleared her throat. "I hope I can do this without crying, but don't bet on it. Matt, you have always been my over-protective big brother. Always concerned about others, and never yourself. Then you found Amy. She changed you, and for the better. You fell in love, and I saw that wonderful transformation that has made you into the person sitting there today." She turned to Amy. "Amy, you have been my best friend for so long. I don't know hwat else to say about that, other than you have always been my sister, this just made it official." By this time, she did have tears running down her face. "I can only hope that one day I will be lucky enough to have the sort of love that the two of you share. I love you both very much." She set down the microphone, and they both hugged her. The music started up again, an the crowd began mingling. Shane pulled her aside and put his arms around her. Sam didn't question it, just accepted it willingly.

"Hey, that was great." She sniffled and pulled back.

"No, it sucked, but they got the point."

He smiled. "I'm sure they did." He suddenly realized that he was holding her, so he let her go. She started to walk away, but turned back.

"Thanks Shane." She then walked over to Randy, who had witnessed the whole thing, and had made a decision. Ronnie had also made hers. Tomorrow would be an interesting day.

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Chapter Twenty One

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Sam was sitting quietly at her kitchen table the next morning paying bills and sorting her other mail. The reception had finished around midnight, and it had been another few hours before the clean up was finished. They had seen Matt and Amy off on their 'honeymoon', and Sam had went home and crashed. She was reading when there was a knock at the sliding screen door. She looked up to see Ronnie standing there, looking nervous. "Can I come in?"

"Sure. Have a seat." She did. "What's going on?"

"I really need to talk to you, Sam."

"OK, shoot."

She took a deep breath. "I am in love with Shane." Sam started to interrupt. "Please let me finish." Sam nodded. "I'm in love with him. And so are you. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. They, and I, also know that he feels the same about you. I told you once that you never knew the entire story about what happened between me and Shane."

"I remember."

"I cheated on him because I didn't want to have to break up with him, and I didn't want him to break up with me."

Sam gave her a confused look. "I don't understand."

Ronnie sighed. "He has been in love with you for a very long time Sam. I knew it, and I should have done the adult thing and told him that I knew, but I couldn't. And I agreed to go back out with him because I was jealous. I was still in love with him, even though I knew it could never work. Besides, the only reason he asked me was because you agreed to go on a date with Randy."

"You mean I have been miserable because none of us are adults?"

"What about Randy?"

"He isn't Shane." Ronnie nodded and stood.

"I'm breaking it off this afternoon. Don't miss this opportunity Sam. You two are perfect for each other." She opened the door, but Sam stopped her.

"Thank you Ronnie."

"Your welcome, Sam. Just be happy." She left, and Sam continued to sit quietly at the table. Unbeknownst to her, Randy, who had stayed in the guest room last night, had heard the entire conversation.

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Shane answered his door when he heard the knock. "Hey, Ronnie, come on in." He went to kiss her, but she backed away. He shrugged and sat down with her at the table.

"Shane, I need to say all of this before you say anything, ok?"

"OK."

"I am in love with you. Totally, completely in love with you. But you aren't in love with me. You're in love with Sam, who feels the same way about you, I'm sure of it. Yes, I cheated on you four years ago. Because I was a coward and couldn't break up with you to your face, because even then I could see how you felt about her. So obviously, we can't see each other anymore. And I have no doubt that Sam will soon be single. So take advantage of that Shane." She stood up, walked around the table, and kissed him on the cheek. "See you tomorrow Shane." She then walked out the door while Shane still sat there, speechless.

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Sam got up a few minutes later and went to find Randy. The door to his room was ajar, so she went in and sat in the chair across from the bed. She picked up his balled up sock and tossed it at him. "Wake up sleepyhead!"

"I'm up, Sam."

She was a bit taken aback by his tone. "Oh, sorry." He sat up and looked her in the eye.

"You're in love with Shane." He didn't say that any particular way, he just made a statement.

"I....well...yes, Randy, I am."

He stood and gave her a weak smile. "I think I've known that for awhile. I just couldn't admit it." He pulled a shirt on and went to the door. "But if he hurts you Sam, I'll be the one helping Matt and Jeff kick his ass."

She laughed. "I don't think that will be necessary, Randy. But thanks...for everything."

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Randy and Sam hung out for most of the day, just having fun as friends. When she heard a knock at the door, she wasn't sure who it could be, but was surprised to see Shane.

"Shane, hey." She pulled back the door and he came in.

"Hey, can you talk?"

"Of course." They went into the living room, and Sam could see that Randy had left them with some privacy. They both sat on the couch. 'So what's on your mind?"

"Ronnie broke up with me this afternoon."

"Shane, I'm sorry." 'Yeah,' she thought, 'that she didn't do it before.'

"Me too." 'That I ever got back with her to begin with.'

"Don't feel too bad, Randy broke up with me too." Shane moved a little closer to her.

"Did he say why?"

She nodded, and Shane's hand came up to caress her cheek. "Did Ronnie tell you why?"

He nodded, but said nothing. They were inches from touching when they heard the holler from the kitchen.

"Hey everybody, we're back!" Amy yelled as she and Matt came in the house. Sam and Shane sprung apart and went into the kitchen. "Guys, you look kind of flushed."

Sam shook her head and glared at Amy. "We're fine thanks."

Shane cleared his throat. "So, how was it?"

Matt got a huge grin on his face. "Fabulous. That's all I'm saying."

Sam laughed at that. "That's all you'll say, but what about the Mrs.?"

"Details will come at a later time." After Amy said that it quieted down. Amy thought it was obvious what was going on between Sam and Shane, but she needed the entire story first. "Sam, wanna go get some ice cream?"

"Yeah." They walked out quickly, leaving Shane to get grilled by Matt.

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As she got in the car, Sam remembered that Randy was still upstairs, so she pulled out her cell and called his.

"Hello?"

"Hey Randy, I'm sorry. Amy and I just left, but Matt and Shane are still there."

"It's no big deal Sam. See you when you get back."

"Bye Randy." She hung up the phone and sighed. "Amy, I am going to go crazy if I don't tell him. He consumes my every thought."

"You want to get it ready tonight?"

"Oh yeah."

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Sam and Amy came back to the house to find Matt and Shane gone. They holed themselves up in the office and got Sam's 'project' ready. Amy left a little while later, with the promise that she was headed to Shane's to deliver it. She was at his house just a few minutes later. He answered the door shortly after she knocked.

"Hey, shouldn't you be home with your husband?"

"I should, but I need to do this first. Can I come in?"

He pulled back the door. "Of course." She came in and handed him the package she was holding. "What's this?"

"Something you need to read and listen to, and then figure out what you want to do about it. I'll see you later." She turned and left. He shook his head and turned the package over. All it said was his name, but he recognized Sam's handwriting. He opened it to find a small folded note and a CD. He popped the CD in and sat down with the note. It said: "Shane- Our friends, though we both love them dearly, have big mouths, so I am sure you know how I feel. And if by some miracle you don't know, then the CD should tell you. You also know that I am a corny, helpless romantic, so I couldn't have told you any other way. Play the CD now Shane. Love, Sam." He did just that, hitting play. When the song was over, he had tears in his eyes, and a plan in his head. Tomorrow night, he would have her right back where she should be- in his arms.

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Chapter Twenty Two

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Sam came downstairs the next morning to find Shane and Randy sitting at the kitchen table reading the paper, and she could hear Matt and Amy in the living room. She smiled shyly. "Morning."

"Hey Sam." Randy smiled and continued reading the sports section.

"Morning Sam." Shane said, and went back to his paper. She furrowed her brow. 'Why is he acting normal?' She went into the living room to find Amy.

"Amy, did you give him the stuff?"

She nodded. "Yeah, why?"

"He's acting almost...indifferent."

"Weird."

"Yeah." There was alot of silence as everyone walked out to the car and got in for the drive Charlotte. Matt had gotten excused from the Smackdown house show, so he was going with them to RAW. He was also going because, even though Amy didn't know it, Matt knew what Shane had planned. Jeff and Beth were going also, but had decided to drive separately. There was a bit of an akward silence in the car, but when they reached the arena half an hour later, everything seemed fine. Sam shook her head. 'Maybe I'm just overreacting,' she thought. Shane immediately walked away from the group and got on his cell phone,and Sam and Amy went to the girls locker room. Sam sat down with a sigh.

"Amy, how big of an idiot am I? I thought he felt the same way...maybe I was wrong."

"Sam, you were not wrong. Maybe he just needs some time?"

"Maybe." She still looked doubtful.

"Trust me."

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They were playing her injury angle up, so Sam ended up not being on the show at all. Instead, she hung out in the locker room. After the show, the group met out front to decide where to go. "We could do karaoke again." Shane suggested.

Amy shrugged. "Sounds good." Everyone else agreed, and they drove over to the club. Walking inside, they found a rather large group of superstars had also decided to go. Shane went over to talk to someone near the karaoke machine, and came back to sit near the front with everyone else. As soon as the person who was singing stopped, Shane stood. He walked up on the stage and grabbed the mic. He cleared his throat and started talking. "Most of you sitting here know me pretty well. You also know that for about the last month I have been acting like...well, like a prick." He saw a lot of smiles and nods. "I guarantee that will change now." He looked directly at Sam as he said the next part. "Love has a way of changing alot of things." He nodded at the person running the machine, and the music started. As soon as Sam heard it, tears formed in her eyes. It was the song that she had sent to him. Shane opened his mouth and began to sing.
"Everybody wants to be loved, every once in awhile

We all need someone to hold on to, just like a, helpless child, yeah

Can you whisper in my ear

Let me know...It's alright....

It's been a long time comin...down this road

And now, I know, what I've been waitin for

And like a lonely highway, I'm tryin' to get home

Ooh, love's been a long time, comin'

You can look for a lifetime

You can love for a day

You can think you've got everything, but everything is nothin when you...throw it away

Then you look in my eyes, and I have it all, once again

It's been a long time comin', down this road

And now, I know, what I've been waitin for

Just like a lonely highway, I'm tryin to get home

Ooh, love's been a long time, comin'

Didn't know I was lost, till you found me, uhhuh....

Didn't know I was blind, but now I see

Can you whisper in my ear

Let me know, it's alright

It's been a long time comin' down this road

And now, I know, what I've been searchin for, ooh

Been a long, long highway, and now I see

Love's been a long time oh, been a long time

Love's been a long time...comin'" Shane had tears running down his face as he put the microphone back in it's holder. He came to the edge of the stage and embraced a standing and crying Sam. He pulled back and looked her in the eye. "I am so in love with you Sam."

She closed her eyes and sighed. "I have waited so long to hear that Shane. SO long." They stared at each other a moment longer, and their lips slowly met as they finally kissed. Sam pulled back slightly. "I am completely and totally in love with you Shane." They kissed again, oblivious to the clapping and whistling of the fellow superstars. Sam eventually heard though, and pulled back sheepishly. Shane started laughing, and Sam buried her face in his chest. He could hear her mumbling against him. "SO not funny." Shane pulled her face up and gave her a long kiss. He pulled away and looked down at her.

"Anything funny about that?"

She shook her head and smiled up at him. "Nothing funny, just...perfect. Absolutely perfect."

***Song used was "Long Time Coming" performed by Oliver James in the movie "What A Girl Wants"***

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Chapter Twenty Three

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*SIX MONTHS LATER*

Sam was in heaven. Well, almost. She was currently standing behind home plate at Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. The WWE was in town to for a two night event, and as part of the promotion Shane was throwing out the first pitch on a very sunny Sunday afternoon. Ryan had asked her brother Travis if he could pull some strings and get a larger group of them on the field, and he was able to. Sam had been told that they needed to stay near the fence, but that they could watch all of the pregame festivites from there. Of course that wasn't the real reason they were down there, but Sam wouldn't find that out until Shane had thrown the pitch. He did just that, barely getting it over the plate. Travis, who caught the pitch, and Slider, the team's mascot, came out to the mound to meet him. Travis handed the mic to Shane. "Thank you Cleveland!" He yelled to the cheering fans. "Before I go, there is something that I want to do. I need Sam to come over here please." Sam looked confused, but a smile slowly spread across her face. Shane took her hand. "For those of you who don't know, this beautiful young lady is my girlfriend Sam. She also happens to be a HUGE baseball fan. So when I knew I wanted to ask her this, I knew I wanted to do it here." He handed the microphone to Travis, who held it near Shane when he kneeled down in front of Sam and took her hand. He just looked at her for a moment, before smiling. "Sam?"

She giggled. "Yeah Shane?"

"I almost turned into you , you know. I had a speech planned and everything. Now I don't even remember what I was going to say. I love you Sam. It's as simple as that. I know that we are meant to be, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?" If it was possible, her smile grew even brighter.

"Of course I will Shane." The crowd was going nuts as he stood up and grabbed her in a huge hug. "I love you so much."

Shane was laughing. "Sam, if you let go, I can give you your ring." She let him go, and gasped when he opened the box.

"Oh, Shane. That is so...the same as Amy's?" She looked up at him in surprise, and then it dawned on her. "That's why you got so angry about Randy that day, when you acted so weird."

He gave her an amazed look. "I do not even want to know how you knew that." He slipped it on her finger and kissed her. He grabbed her hand and they walked off the field, where they were mobbed by their friends. They were back in the clubhouse when Sam got another moment alone with him.

"Shane?" He wrapped his arms around her from behind as they watched the first inning on a monitor.

"Yeah?"

"I think that I've always known we belong together."

"I think we both knew Sam."

"Alright then, I'll change that. Both of us have always known."

"Mmhmm," he agreed, kissing her neck. "But now we see."

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