[The Prestons] For Better or Worse… [Allison]

By: Allison Riggs-Preston

Writing Prompt: No

Date: 8th Jul 2021

Alliecat. Allison heard her name being called and she could feel herself being gently shaken.

Babe, wake up. It’s time to go to bed. Allison yawned and opened her eyes to find her and her girlfriend, Bella Zanetti curled up on the couch. They had fallen asleep while watching TV. Bella was laying behind her with her arm laying under Allison’s head. I can’t feel my arm.

What time is it? She sat up and rubbed her eyes a little and tried to focus them on the clock on the wall.

Still in the middle of the night. Bella sat up beside her. Go to bed, get some sleep, you know the kids are going to be up early.

Allison nodded her head as Bella leaned in and gave her a kiss good night and then got up and made her way to her bedroom. Bella didn’t sleep in the same bed as Allison and Dane even though they were all together, Bella felt uncomfortable in their marital bed so she slept in her own room and when the three of them got together it was also in her room. But Allison didn’t go to bed, she leaned back against the couch.

Man, I’ve fucked up my whole life; three months ago everything was good and going great. And now… this. Like what the fuck, man? I should have told OpW and JMont fuck you from the very start. But no… I had to be Miss I-Can-Do-This-and-Make-It-Work. She sighs a bit. Joe and his bullshit. Seriously, he thinks he can just walk in and throw his money around and buy my love? Gonna take more than that, not with everything that Dane and I’ve been through. I know what it’s like living with Dane, I know he will be there for me and the kids. JMont, there are too many unknowns with him. For all I know, as soon as he’s won me, I am going to lose my glitter and gold with the thrill and chase of another man’s wife and life not there anymore.

Ill stick with what I know.

She thought back on how she and Dane met and smiled. He was training with her dad and Brandon Moore and she would swing by to see her dad and end up busting Dane’s chops about his form and he would always invite her in the ring to show him. Of course, her dad would never let her step in the ring with him. She didn’t know if it was because he was scared he would beat her ass or she would beat his ass. That was until she showed up and her dad wasn’t there.

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She had showed up at the gym one night hoping to catch her dad before he caught a plane to go on vacation with Jenna and the boys, but he had already left. Dane and her uncle, Jason Riggs were in the ring sparring against one another and instead of leaving, she slipped through the shadows of the gym to where she was close enough to watch them. As far as Allison was concerned both of their forms were totally blowing that night, but Allison zeroed in on Dane and his form.

I used to think that your bad form was an act for my dad so he’d give you extra attention to training. She stepped from the shadows with a smirk. Guess I was wrong.

If it’s not Daddy’s Perfect Little Princess. I keep telling ya, if you want to get in the ring and show me perfection, by all means.

Why so you can go tell my daddy on me when I beat your ass? She took a few steps towards the ring.

My ass is right here for the beating. Dane went and took a seat on the middle rope and raised the top one inviting her in.

How embarrassing it’s going to be for you in front of Jason. She took a few more steps towards the ring.

Wouldn’t be the first time a woman’s embarrassed me, probably won’t be the last. He smirks at her. But then again… I don’t think you’ve got it in ya.

And with those words, Allison was out of her heels and getting into the ring; she made sure to flip her long blonde hair back and smack him in the face with it as she stood up. Jason stood there looking back and forth between the two as Allison pulled the hair tie that she had on her wrist off and started pulling her hair back in a ponytail. Are you sure you wanna do this? You know your dad isn’t gonna like it.

Who’s gonna tell on me, you, Uncle J? She nodded her head to Dane. Or Star Pupil over there?

I am out of here. Jason dropped and rolled from the ring and started picking up his things, the whole time shaking his head. I wasn’t here. I left before Allie showed up. Do not touch each other until I am gone.

And they did wait, when Jason got to the door he yelled back at them to make sure to lock up after they were done. They circled each other trading verbal jabs at each other until Dane stopped and motioned for her to come at him and boy did she. Within 5 moves, she had him on his back while she smirked from one of the corners, he landed hard enough to where it took him a moment to get the air back in his lungs. When he sat back up, Allison noticed that his whole attitude had suddenly changed. Ooooh, you thought the perfect little princess was gonna be easy, did ya? They circled each other once again. Only once, princess… But it was twice… This time it took nine moves, Dane had adjusted to her moveset; he was training under her father so he knew her moves, too. And when he adjusted his to hers, she changed things up. He lay there longer this time because when he kicked it up a notch so did she and he didn’t have that training under VooDoo like she did. He sat up and started laughing. Oh shit, the grease monkey is starting to lose it. I think the Pretty Princess has already lost it. Allison began to circle him as he sat there, getting in quick jabs at his head here and there; she tapped him just hard enough to where he knew that she had touched him, but not hard enough to leave marks to anything but his ego. But on her last time around, Dane swung around and swiped his legs out from under her and ended up in his lap and after a few awkward moments of staring into each other’s eyes Dane asked her if she wanted to go grab a burger somewhere. It was hard to tell which one was shocked the most, Dane when Allison said yes to a Burger or Allison when Dane called her Pretty instead of Perfect. Later on that night, he took her home, even making sure that she made it to the door okay, even though she had just proved to him earlier she could take care of herself. Really, Dane, you didn’t have to walk me all the way up to the door. Are you kidding? Something happens to you and Jason knows that I was the last one with you… my funeral, no questions asked. Can’t refute that logic.

Night, Princess.. He took a few steps back before he turned around to walk away. See ya around.

Night, Grease monkey. She watched him walk away and then smirked some, as a little bit of liquid courage she drank that night kicked in. Man, not even a good night kiss? I thought for sure I was going to get one after we almost did this afternoon.

Dane stopped in his tracks and thought about her bold ass words and figured that she didn’t think he’d do it. He’ll show her, he turned around and walked back to her; he had no idea if she was going to put him on his ass for the third time tonight, but he was willing to take the chance just to taste her lips once. He stepped up to her and took her in his arms and kissed her long and deep and he was more than shocked when she kissed him back. He broke the kiss and held her for a moment as they stared at each other, then he smiled and slowly released her from his grasp. See ya around, Princess.

He winked at her and turned around and walked off, leaving Allison standing there with a smile on her face and nodding her head, Indeed you will, Mr. Preston, indeed you fucking will

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She chuckled a little bit.

And indeed he did see me around, a whole lot more often. Lied to my dad and told him that I was thinking about getting in the ring again and wanted to start training. And dad bought it, the way Dane and I talked to each other and kept talking to each other afterwards; no one had a clue to what was really going on. It was about two weeks later when he asked me out again, went to the same burger place and walked me to the door again but this time… I invited him in. I thought about him for days after, I couldn’t help it, the beard burn was real; like beard burn for daaayys. He started coming over more and more and then all of a sudden he wasn’t going back to his place anymore to sleep. We were making sure there were no visible signs of him at my place for when my parents showed up. We were about three months in when someone snapped a picture of us and it was all of a sudden on the wrestling sites… that was the first time that Dane and my dad got into a fight and about the billionth time he and I got into a fight, although the first time over Dane.

She smiled. Dad tried, he tried everything he could think of to keep us apart. Even said no when Dane asked him if he could. Dane wanted to keep it all proper and all. But as you can see, dad saying no didn’t work. I knew what I wanted and I wanted Dane fuckin’ Preston. When Dane finally popped the question… I was that girl. Oh, yeah, you know the one… the one that said yes before he could even get the whole question out. I didn’t just say yes… I screamed that shit out in the throne room of a castle we were touring. If people hadn’t been watching us, they sure were by then. He asked me and I said yes with both of us knowing that it could cause my dad’s head to explode. I just knew that he had to see how happy Dane made me. I was so glad that my mom was on my side, I know that woman did some serious talking to my dad. She finally had to remind him that HER parents and HER family didn’t want her marrying HIM. They sure didn’t want their little Jenna marrying a wrestler; they just knew that her great great granddaddy Colonel Sanders would be rolling in his grave. And for the record, that’s my mom, Jenna, ya’ll, not Stellar. She groaned. Fuck, man… What made that woman come out of the woodwork? What makes her think that she can just tell me what I can do? She hasn’t been in my life since I was 14; she left me, I didn’t leave her. And to come out here and start making demands of me. Divorce my husband, that bitch has to be crazy. Shit, I’ve been through too damned much with him, good times, bad times… and all the times in between. And I am not about to throw away what I have with him, over someone who’s just infatuated with me. It hasn’t glitter and gold all the time; he had his bouts with the booze and not gonna lie, that last time I had to track him down at a cheap ass motel, I thought about throwing in the towel. It was before the kids, so it would have been easy just to wipe my hands and walk away. But as everyone knows I’m not one who takes the easy way in doing things, if I was, I wouldn’t be tagging with Joe… and if I really want to be honest; I loved Dane too much to give up on him and us. She pauses and shakes her head. One of the things that gets me… is all these mother fuckers out there cheering for JMont. Like what the fuck, man? Talking about my husband doesn’t know how to treat a woman, he’s not romantic and puts down shit that he likes to do. Fuck all of you. Guess you all didn’t know that little miss princess was all up in the garage with him working on cars.. Guess you all didn’t know that if my car breaks down, I don’t have to call someone to come get my ass, I get the toolbox out of my trunk and fix that shit; my husband loved me enough to teach me how to do that so I didn’t have to depend on any man, including him. Dane didn’t have to buy my love, he earned that shit the hard way and that’s how I know that shit’s real. There’s two men in this world that I know would jump in front of a bullet for me and one of them is my husband. Sure, JMont might tell the world he would, but something tells me he’d use me as a fucking meat shield. You all just don’t know the Dane that I know. She thought back on her wedding day… he really did make her feel like a princess.

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They decided on getting married at the same place that he proposed, Ashford Castle in Ireland. They had gone on a tour of Europe and the last destination was the 800 yr old castle and they were on a tour and in the throne room when he turned to her and asked her. And after a year of planning… It finally happened.

You know, Princess, you still have time to back out. Damon Riggs said to his daughter as he stood there looking as handsome as ever in a black tux and his billion dollar smile. He knew what her answer would be, but he still had to offer.

Oh, Daddy, will you stop? Allison smiled at her dad as she looked at herself nervously in the mirror one last time as Allison Riggs.

Not until you say I do. I will fight everyone in this castle to help you escape if you want. Allison caught her father’s reflection in the mirror, it was one of the few times she’s seen him cry. I feel like I am losing my little girl.

I know you would, Daddy. She turned and looked at him. And you’re hardly losing me, plus you’re getting another son and one day grandkids out of the deal.

Just not too soon with one of those.

At least we waited longer than you and mom. She teased him, Jenna was already 6 months pregnant with her brother, DJ, when they got married.

A knock came at the door and the wedding coordinator stepped into the room and told them it was time and Allison looked at Damon with a smile and told him it was time for her to go make an honest man out of Dane Preston. They made their way down the hallway, Damon pulled out his cell phone as they started down the stairs and took a picture of Allison from behind; as she walked out from under his protection and into the unknown. But we all know that, even married, she’d never be out from under his protection; he just felt like every other father that watched their daughter move to the next phase of their life. Allison felt like she was walking on air when she and her father stepped outside of the castle and started across the grass at the end of the water garden behind the castle. Everyone had been worried that she was going to trip in the grass in heels, but what they didn’t know was underneath her dress she was actually sporting some gold chucks.

As they made their way down to where Dane was standing with the priest, she watched as he wiped at his eyes and looked up at the sky and said thank you, she knew she made the right choice. All of the men that she had dated before him, had dated her just because of her last name and it boosting them up in the business; Dane, he actually loved her. He loved her enough to not only put up with her dad’s bullshit but her bullshit, too, and any man willing to put up with that much bullshit was the one.

She walked out of the castle as Miss Allison Riggs and returned as Mrs. Allison Preston.

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The wedding coordinator had a cameraman at the top of the castle and got that picture of her and Dane walking back into the castle. It and her dad’s shot of her going down the stairs, are her favorite pictures from that day, so much so that they stood on the mantle over the fireplace.

She got up from where she sat on the couch and turned off the light and tiptoed her way up the stairs and into the bedroom she shared with her husband; when she walked inside, her heart just melted. Her husband, the love of her life, was laying in the center of the bed and curled up in each of his arms was Luke and Layla, their favorite books between Dane’s legs. It hurt her heart knowing that they were leaving the kids here with her parents, but with things that were going on with JMont and his… obsession with her and them it was best to remove them from the equation; Parts Unknown might as well be on the moon. Her kids were safe and someone would have to bring a bigger army than at Parts Unknown to get to them. JMont has money, but not that kind of money. She quietly walks over and slips into bed with them, curling up next to Luke, who was on her side of the bed. She lay her head against his back as she wrapped one arm around him and smiled as she listened to his little heart as it beat and all she could think of was… sorry, JMont, I know you’ve promised to raise my children as your own, but I want their father to raise them with me. I wouldn’t trade Jenna for the world, because she became everything that Stellar was not, but I want my kids raised by both their parents and that’s going to happen as long as Dane still loves me. She felt Dane’s hand sink into her long blonde hair causing her to close her eyes and savor his gentle touch. She looked up to find him smiling down at her and she couldn’t help but smile back at him and wrap her arm around him, too.

I love you, princess. Dane mouthed to her, not wanting to wake the kids.

I love you, too, grease monkey. She mouthed back before she closed her eyes and eventually fell asleep as he continued to caress her hair.

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The next morning, Allison was slowly roused from sleep by the sound of someone calling her kids’ names and then ssshing them softly as they called out, Beebee! in their outside voices. Allison could tell by the smell that came in when she opened the door that Bella had already made breakfast for the kids.

Definitely made bacon. She thought as her stomach growled.

She heard the door to the bedroom close and no sooner than it did, she felt Dane roll over on his side and face her. She opened her eyes to find him looking at her and smiling.

Morning, Beautiful. He leaned in and kissed her.

Morning. She curled up in his arms as he caressed her long hair again. I am not ready for today.

I know. I should have stopped this before it started and said no. Like I would have listened? This with Joe, this is all on me. I invited this shit into our lives.

You didn’t know he was going to go all Fatal Attraction on you. He caressed her cheek softly. You tried keeping it professional; he’s the one who stopped being professional.

I know and I don’t feel like having this conversation again, not with my stomach trying to eat itself. Breakfast it is. They both rolled from the bed and made their way to the house to the kitchen to find Bella already sitting at the table between the twins, who had turned their plates into mass chaos. As soon as the twins saw their parents they screamed.

Mama!! Daddy!! Bella looked up and smiled.

Plates are in the oven. She smirked a little. Didn’t expect you two to be up so soon.

Smelled too good. Allison walked over and kissed her on top of the head as she took a seat beside Layla as Dane went and got their plates and brought them over to the table. Bacon, eggs, and pancakes, all made to perfection. Allison looked at Dane and nodded her head towards Bella. And to think she couldn’t microwave a burrito in high school.

In my defense, there was no timer or burrito picture on the microwave. They finished eating breakfast and then packed up the few things that Nana and Papa might need like favorite blankets and toys and then took the kids over to Damon and Jenna’s house. Both her parents told her not to worry about the kids, just to get things straightened out with Joe Montuori and this whole tag team business. Half an hour later they were on a jet, this would be the way they would travel from one compound to the other in the weeks to come.