Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Staal [AJordan Staal Story] Fifty

Happy Holidays!!! I know that I`m a little late with all of that but I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas. I know that it was take forever for me to get a new chapter up but I have been so busy with school work and my computer has been broken for almost a month. I finally got a new chapter typed and I`m going to warn you all that it is a long one. I hope that you all like it and I think that you should all watch the Winter Classic tomorrow just to cheer against the Wings. (It will not be anywhere near as amazing as our's was last year. But HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, and comments would be greatly appreciated.



A few days later Miriya, Nik, and Jordan were sitting at home playing with Scotty when the phone rang.

"Hello?" Nik said picking up the phone up from the coffee table.

"Hey, Mel, Jamie and I are going to the zoo. would you like us to take Scott with us?"

"Hang on, it's Army. he wants to know if you want him to take Scott to the zoo."

Miriya and Jordan at each other then back at Nik, "Yes," they said in unison.

"Alright, bye Colbs, he said he'll be over in like an hour."

"Sounds good to me," Miriya said resting her head on Jordan's shoulder.

"I have to say that you two are one of the cutest couples I've ever seen. You're so close, you hardly argue and when you do, its not a real argument, its a playful one. Miriya, you told Erin that every couple fights, even you two, when have you ever fought?"

It was Miriya's freshman year at RMU, neither of them remember exactly when, but they remembered every detail of the fight.

She got out of her mustang and walked up the stone path to the porch. Since she had a key, she used it to open up the big wooden door and stepped into the living room. there were three guinesses on the coffee table and Jordan was passed out on the couch. She could tell that he wasn't just asleep because he only took naps on game days and it was two pm. She straddled his lap and kissed him to wake him up.

"Hey ba-" he stopped when he saw the disappointed look on her face.

"How could you and don't tell me that you didn't. The cans are on the table, you were passed out at two in the afternoon and I could taste it when I kissed you."

"I'm really sorry baby, I've been really stressed lately. I'm not playing as well as I would like."

"Thats what I'm here for, you're supposed to come to me when you're stressed or somethings wrong. Not turn to alcohol. You said that after you got arrested that you would never touch beer again. I know its impossible, but it just upset me that you would drink instead of coming to me."

At that point she was crying from being upset and Jordan tried to pull her onto his lap.

"Baby it's ok. All that happened is I passed out."

"No baby, its not ok, you know how I feel about that stuff."

She got up and stormed out to her car.

Back at her dorm she slammed her car and ran to her room. Still crying she jumped onto her bed and buried her face into Fleury, her favorite teddy bear. Her cell phone buzzed in her pocket. She looked at the caller id 'Big Jay <3' and threw it to the floor.

A few minutes later it buzzed again, but she got up to see who it was.


"Hey Mir, are you crying?"


"What's wrong?"

"Jordan," she said just as someone signed onto AIM. "farmboy11"

"What happened?"

"I went over to hang out and found him passed out on the couch. He said that he's been stressed lately and not playing as well as he wants to. He knows how I feel about him drinking."

"Yeah, you're really upset."

They continued the talk and an IM came up. 'farmboy11- Baby I'm sorry. I know that you're mad at me, you have every right to be. But please forgive me. I love you.'

She ignored the IM and hung up with Cassie. She was still upset and decided to take a nap, crying herself to sleep.

When she woke up Jordan was sitting on the edge of her bed. He showed her the yellow roses, teddy bear, and bottle that he was holding. She gave him a questioning look.

"It's not real, its sparkling."

She practically ran to his lap and wrapped her arms around his neck. "I'm sorry baby," she said resting her head against his chest.

"No baby, I'm sorry. I should have talked to you about it, but you already have enough to deal with."

"You know I'm always here for you, no matter what."

"Yes baby I know and I'm sorry."

"Wow, that was intense," Nik said looking at Miriya who had just finished telling the story.

"Yea it was, I thought that I was going to lose her that day. Never in my life had I been so scared."

"I was so upset with him, tempted to break up with him, but I was so glad that I didn't. Thats why I try not to fight with him, it hurts too much.

"Well I'll keep that in mind whenever me and Erin start to argue."

Colby drove up the drive-way and rang the door bell.

"Hey Army, hi Jamie how are you?"

"Good. How are you Aunt Miriya?"

"Good, you ready to go to the zoo?"


"Well Colbs, here's Scott and the diaper bag, you have his stroller still right?"

"Yep, hey Nik you wanna come to the zoo with us?"

"Sure, let me grab a hoodie."

Nik headed out to the car and took Scott and the diaper bag.

"Thanks Colbs."

"Anything for you guys, I'll bring 'em back after dinner."

"Bye," Miriya said hugging Army and closing the door.

"Jordan you look terrible in that shirt," Miriya said turning around to face him. "Take it off right now."

He took the yellow and white stripped shirt off and Miriya put her arms around his neck and kissed him.

"Do I really look bad in that shirt?"

"No, I love that shirt. But you saved me some time," She said with a sly smile. She ran her hands down his chest and stomach and unbuttoned his jeans. "Come on," she said grabbing his hand and leading him to the bedroom, his jeans still resting at his waist, his belt clancking as he quickly followed his wife down the hall.

"I love you," he said sliding her Penguins shirt over her head.

"I love you too," she said just before his soft lips pressed down on hers.

She put her hands back around his neck and his went to her Penguins pants and slid them to the floor.

Their lips parted and Jordan found Miriya's neck. He continued to kiss her and ran his hands down her sides. She let out a small groan and ran her fingers through his hair.

"Normally at this point Scotty starts crying," Jordan said.

"Thank God for Army," she said just as his lips found her neck again. "I want another one."

"Me too," he said then his lips found hers again. He pushed her over to the bed and they gently fell. She kissed his chest then ran her hand along it, and Jordan again kissed her neck and reached back to unhook her bra. He left one last kiss on her left shoulder then Miriya's underwear landed somewhere on the bedroom floor and his black and gold boxers hung from the bedside lamp.

Later they lay in bed, Miriya's head on Jordan's sweaty chest, he was running his fingers through her messy hair.

"You have no idea how much I love Colby," Jordan said.

"Oh, I have an idea," she said with a smile. She kissed him then rolled off the bed grabbing his hand. "We should shower before dinner and they get back." Jordan smiled as Miriya led him to the shower.

He pushed her against the wall and her arms made their way back around his neck. He left a kiss on the tip of her nose and smiled.

"So, what do you want for dinner?" Jordan asked after they were both dressed and in the kitchen.

"Surprise me."

"Sounds good. You should go watch a movie and I'll meet you out there."

She made her way to the living room and pulled Transformers from the movie shelf. She had seen it so many times she knew every word and recited it as Jordan worked hard in the kitchen to make dinner.

Jordan walked in with a tray of food and sat down on the couch next to her. "I hope you weren't expecting anything special. But I made you mac and cheese with hot dogs and baked beans."

"Awww you know I love that, is this movie cool with you?"

"Yeah, Geno's favorite."

They finished eating and sat back to watch the movie, it was about the part where Megatron unfreezes when there was a faint knock at the door and the doorbell rang. Miriya got up off the couch and opened the door to find Colby.

"Hey Army, Scotty were you a good boy today?"

"He was. Nik's trying to get Jamie to let him out of the car."

"Ok," just then Nik walked up to path, "Hey Nik did you have fun at the zoo?"

"I did. Come on little Scotty lets get you changed then mommy can feed you."

Nik took Scott from Colby's hands and headed to the nursery.

"How was your day?"

"Amazing, thank you Arms."

"Hey, as I said before anything for you guys. But I'll see you at practice tomorrow."

"See ya Army," she said giving him a hug.

"Bye Colbs," Jordan said from the couch.

Nik walked back into the living room with Scott and handed him to Miriya.

"You're so good with Scotty. Thank you for helping us out with him." Miriya said starting to feed Scott.

"It's the least I can do with all you guys do for me."

"So did Scotty like the zoo?" Jordan asked.

"I think that he did, he didn`t cry at all & he really seemed to like the penguins."

"He`s just like his mommy," Jordan said with a smile.

Miriya smiled as Scotty fell asleep, "Is he gonna wake up at like three now?"

"Yea, sorry he didn`t take a nap. I guess he was just excited to see all the animals."

Sidney had gone to the store to get some diapers, after returning from Giant Eagle he pulled into the driveway and walked up to the front door. "Baby, I`m home," he said once he got inside and put the diapers down. "Baby?" There was no answer but there was soft music coming from the bedroom. He slowly opened the door and a wide smile came to his face. "Hey baby!"

"Hey," Michelle said from the bed. The only light in the room was coming from the assorted candles on the dressers and night stands, the music was some of Michelle's favorites coming from the ipod speakers on the night stand. The bed was neatly made with rose pedals scattered all over and there Michelle sat in her black and white "referee uniform".

He quickly made his way to the bed and pulled Michelle onto this lap. She turned so that she was facing him and just before their lips met she said, " I love you." The kiss became more intense as Michelle ran her fingers through Sid's wavy brown hair and he ran his up and down her back.

They parted briefly as Sid's borrowed lucky shirt made it's way to the floor. "I should probably give that shirt back to Jordan."Michelle laughed as his lips found hers again. Sid's jeans made their way to the floor and Michelle ran her hand along Sid's smooth muscular chest. Just as Sid was about to unhook Michelle's bra her cell phone started to ring and Sid continued to kiss her neck.

She looked at the caller id 'Miriya.' "Oh she can wait," she said tossing the phone to the floor.

Later that night Michelle lay with her head rested on Sid's chest, Sid running his fingers through his hair, and smiles on their faces. "I love you,"he said tightening his grip around her so it was more like a hug.

"I love you too."

Three am rolled along and Scotty was awake, so was Miriya. She walked to the nursery and lifted Scott from his wooden crib."Hi there little guy, you`re gonna keep me up a while aren't you?" She changed him and sat down in the brown wooden rocking chair. Scott fell asleep at around five and minutes later after placing him in his crib Miriya sat back down in the rocking chair and she too fell asleep.

"Baby, baby it's time to get ready for practice," Jordan said shaking her awake.

"Ok," she said slowly getting up. "Is Scotty ready to go?"

"Yea he`s in his car seat in the living room with Nik."

"I love you two."

"We know, and we love you too."

Practice started and went well. Sid and Jordan looked to be on top of their game and Miriya was on the bench trying to wake herself up.

"Hey Cass, can you watch Scotty for a couple hours for me?"

"Yea sure, you need some alone time with Jordan?"

"No we got that yesterday thanks to Colby, but no I really need to start working out so I`m gonna stay down here for a while, skate, and lift."

"Alright, yea I`ll watch him. After you work out go home and take a nap. You need to be awake during the game tomorrow night."

"I know, I`ll have Jordan pick him up later."

Practice ended and Miriya threw on a pair of skates and jumped out onto the ice. She made one lap and skated to center ice to stretch. After her muscles were loose she did laps for about half an hour then went to the bench grabbed gloves, her stick, and some pucks, and went to the blue line. Snap, slap. and wrist shots hit the twine as she got back into the swing of things, then she worked on break-aways and wrap-arounds.

"I don`t see why you`re not a forward," Kris said stepping out onto the ice. "You have an amazing shot and amazing stick handling skills."

"So do you, I`m just better at defense. It started at as me just wanting to prove to people that I could play D 'cause everyone always said that I was too short to play and not strong enough. So I started playing and proving people wrong and now it's my position."

"Well you're a great defenseman too, I`m just saying that you would bee a good forward too."

"Thank you, you wanna play some one on one?"

"Wow you really do wanna getyour figure back don`t you?"

"Yea I do, I wanna look good for a while before I get pregnant again."

"You always look good."

"Aww thank you Kris," she said and gave him a hug then rested her head against his chest.

"You`re welcome, let's see how good of a two way player you are."

They both skated to center ice and tapped sticks three times. Miriya won the face-off and went off on a break-away into Kris's zone. He skated hard trying to catch up, hooking Miriya around the waist. She took a wrister from the slot and scored top shelf. After skating back to center ice Kris put his stick down for the face-off. "I took if you've played center before?"

"Yea, for two years I probably should have told you that before we started."

Later on Kris had the puck along the boards and they were both battling hard. She threw a hard check and he went down. She took the puck and launched a slapper from the hash, scoring her third goal in the right hand corner. Kris won the face-off and took it back into his own zone. Bringing it into Miriya's zone wasn't as easy as he thought it was going to be, she was back-checking hard and he was trying to fake. He took a shot, she went down to block it and it hit her in the chest.

"That's why we wear chest protectors," Kris said quickly skating over to her. "But I'm really sorry."

"No it's my fault, I went down to block the shot."

"I guess we`re done for today?"

"Yea, I`ll suffer through the rest of my work-out."

"You want me to stay and work out with you?"

"Sure, if you want to, but first I'm gonna get some ice and wait like ten minutes."

They walked into the lounge, grabbed a baggie from the cabinet, and some ice from the freezer. She walked over to the couch and sat down next to Jordan putting the ice on her chest. "What happend?" he asked looking away from the TV.

"Me and Kris were playing some one on one and I went down to block a shot."

"And lets just say that she blocked it," Kris said with a laugh.

"Good job baby, that's why we wear chest protectors.

"Yes baby, I know, but it's worse for me."

About ten minutes later they walked into the gym and Miriya stretched again. She did all the weight machines, working all of her muscles, then did twenty minutes on the elliptical. She quickly showered, said good-bye to Kris and headed home with Jordan. She lay down on the couch and drifted into a peaceful sleep.

"This is it, this is it Bourquey, there's just seconds left. It's game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, the Chicago Blackhawks verse the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Guins are up 3-1 and the face-off is in the Hawks' zone."

"You said it Staalsy the Guins have the chance to bring Stanley Cup number three to the burgh."

"The puck's dropped, Jordan Staal wins it back to his defense. Ryan Whitney winds up, just five seconds left Bourquey. Whitney shoots, but it's stopped, Staal tries for the rebound but the final buzzer goes off. The Pittsburgh Penguins have just won the Stanley Cup!"

"Congratulations on a great season Staalsy it's been great calling games with you," Bourquey said during the commercial break.

"You too Bourquey," Miriya said taking her headset off then ran out of the commentators box and down to the ice surface.

Sid skated to center ice and picked up the cup off the table. The smile on his face was unbelievable, like never before. Everyone was getting the cup and being interviewed. The cup game to Miriya who raised it above her head. Jordan skated over to her and got a picture with her and the cup. Colby came over and took the cup from them and skated away.

"You did amazing boys, all of your hard work finally paid off," Miriya said loud enough for the team to hear.

"You were right Staalsy this was out year," Bugsy said.

"Congrats baby," Miriya said. "The third cup has finally come."

"I don`t think anything could make me happier,"Jordan said with a smile.

"I wouldn`t be so sure about that,"Miriya paused. "Jordan we're gonna have a baby."

"I love you," he said, picked her up, and spun her around.

"I love you too," she said and he kissed her.

"When did you find out?"

"This morning, but I didn't want you to focus on anything but the game."
"We have to fix up a room and get close, and think of a name."
"I know baby, but right now, tonight let's focus on the win, let's think about the cup."

The team went to center ice for the picture with the cup an Miriya woke up on the couch in her living room in Fox Chapel. He handsome husband sat on the the couch with her three week old son. she couldn't help but smile when she saw her husband of almost two years holding her infant son. She lie there in silence for a few minutes then decided to sit up when her chest started hurting again.

"Hey beautiful, did you have a good sleep?"

"Yea, is Scotty hungry?"

"Probably," he said handing the baby to her. She lifted up her shirt to start feeding him and exposed her injury. Her entire right breast was covered in a black and blue bruise. "Oh my God baby, what kind of shot did he take?"


"It looks like it hurts, I'll get some ice for when you're done feeding him."

"Really babe you think it hurts, but thanks."

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Forty-Nine

Hey all, I`m very sorry for the lack of updates reccently. I`ve been so busy with school work and had even fallen behind on writing game reviews because case of the mass amounts of homework. However I found a little extra time today to type up a chapter and I hope you all enjoy it. Comments would be greatly appreciated, and I`m not sure when I`ll find time to update again. Thank you all for reading!



March nineteenth came and the team was having breakfast at the arena. The game that day was set for an unusual time, one thirty, so everyone had planned on just staying until game time. Everyone was in the lounge and Kris was making breakfast. "Scrambled or sunny-side up?" he asked Jordan.

"Well Kris can you make sunny-side up or does it all just end up scrambled with you?" he asked jokingly.

"All scrambled, but I thought I would give you a choice."

"Well scrambled it is."

"Hey Bugsy you bring the bagels and cream cheese?" Michelle asked.

"Yep, strawberry cream cheese," he said pulling it from his bag.

"You`re so adorable."

After everyone had finished eating Michelle started cleaning up and couldn`t help but laugh when she saw Kris doing the dishes. "You`re just like Jordan, no wonder Miriya loves you."

At around quarter to twelve everyone was just about to start getting ready when Michelle stood up from her seat next to Sid. "I don`t feel good, I`m gonna go for a walk." She left the lounge and started into the locker room.

Miriya got up from Jordan's lap and started after her, "I`ll be back guys." She saw Michelle walking slowly down the hall and caught up with her. "Let`s go for a nice, slow walk."

They made it about one hundred yards before Michelle screamed and fell to her knees. "Contraction?" Miriya asked holding her hand.

"Yea," she said as all the guys ran down the hallway to see what was wrong. Jordan and some of the other guys were telling her what to do having gone through it all with their wives as Sid stood there worried and excited. Miriya pulled her cell phone from her pocket to see what time it was and turned to Erik.

"Michelle this is our baby, not just Sid`s," he said looking at Sid who smiled. "We`re all coming with you."

"But what about the game?" Mark asked.

"They don`t let people in for an hour," Miriya said. "Crush call up to the ticket office and have them tell people the game is postponed until tonight and that we`re really sorry."

Erik called the ticket office upstairs as Jordan called Sid and Michelle's parents and Miriya and Sid helped Michelle out to the car. Sid jumped into the driver's seat after helping Michelle into the back, Jordan and Miriya were in the back with her to help keep her calm and breathe through the contractions.

At the arena ticket people walked out the door to make the announcement, "Ladies and gentlemen the game has been postponed until tonight at seven-thirty. You make stay out here and wait if you would like to, I`m sorry for the inconvenience."

The pre-game show started at one like it was supposed to and Bourquey was all alone. "Ladies and gentlemen today's game has been postponed and will start at seven-thirty; so we`ll be back for the pre-game show at seven."

Back at the hospital Kris was with Sid and Michelle in the room, "Sid I`m so glad we`re having our baby."

Sid laughed saying, "Tanger I`ve told you a thousand times, not really your`s, maybe Colby's." Michelle shrugged. "But you can be like a father to it like you are with Scotty."

Michelle started to cry as sweat poured down her face, "Michelle you`re doing so well, you couldn`t make me happier."

She smiled, then let out a scream, and after many pushes the little baby boy came into the world. The nurse took him to get cleaned up; she wrapped him in a blanket and place him gently in Michelle's arms. The whole team came running in with smiles, who knows how all twenty-three guys, Cassie, and Miriya all fit in the little hospital room.

A tear ran down her cheek, Sid wiped it away with his thumb, kissed her cheek and then the baby's forehead. Sid had one of his old practice jerseys and wrapped the baby in it. He had Michelle's lips and eyes, and had brown peach fuzz.

"What's his name?" One of the guys asked.

She looked at Sidney and said, "Christiano Patrick Crosby, Patrick like his incredible daddy."

"Hey Sid, he looks just like me," Colby said with a laugh.

"You know what Arms," he paused. "Congratulations."

After a while most of the team had gone to get something to eat and Colby sat on one side of Michelle and Sid on the other. "Colby did you ever sleep with Michelle?"

"I wanted to."


"I`ve wanted, but no I`ve never slept with her, the baby's all yours."

Colby decided to go get something to eat & Miriya & Jordan stayed behind. Miriya stayed in the room with Michelle while Sid and Jordan went for a walk. "Pretty amazing huh Sid, holding your first child in your arms," Jordan said with his hands in his hoodie pocket.

"Right up there with meeting and marrying Michelle, it was without a doubt the happiest moment in my life. That night paid off," he said with a laugh. "But really, she worked so hard and when she was feeding him and tears were running down her cheeks she was so," he paused, stopped walking, and turned to face Jordan. "So beautiful. I love her so much Jordan."

"I know man, I feel the same way about Miriya. When Scott was born it was the happiest day of my life. It was two weeks ago and I still can`t get over how small he is and how hard Miriya worked."

Back in Michelle's room Miriya was holding Christiano. "Two weeks ago Scott was born and it is amazing how good Jordan is with him. When we got home from the hospital he said the sweetest thing, 'This beats the Stanley Cup any day, when I raised that over my head it was my greatest day as a hockey player, this is my greatest day as a father!'"

"Aww," Michelle said trying to sit up in bed. "Oh that wasn`t bright, I don`t feel well at all."

The doctor came to check on her and her temperature was rising quickly. Miriya started to get worried and lay Christiano in his little bed, before sitting back down beside Michelle and holding her hand. The doctor looked into her eyes and then called in a specialist. Sidney came back into the room to see Michelle with a crimson red face and shivering.

"Baby what`s wrong?"

"I don`t know, the doctor called in a specialist."

Sidney wasn`t the only one worried, Miriya was wrapped tightly in Jordan`s strong, protective arms.

Michelle didn`t know what was happening until she woke up with two IVs in her arm. "Hey baby."

"Hey Sidney," she said sitting up in bed.

"Feeling better?"

"Mmhmm, what happened?"

"Well at first we all thought it was some post delivery thing, but that was only part of it, you were allergic to something, but everything's ok now."

"When's the game?"

"Not for a while, it`s only three, but I`m not gonna play tonight, I`m gonna be here with you."

"Thanks baby, but are you sure?"

"Yea, they can live with you me tonight."

"Where is everyone?"

"I`m not--"

"Mommy!" she said as her mom walked into the room with Christiano in her arms.

"Told you it was going to hurt," she said with a laugh. "Everyone at the church can`t wait to see the baby." She turned to Sid, "Not sure they know it`s yours, but Sid I`m so glad you`re in our family. I`ve considered you my son since you two started dating. I`ll always be here and I`ll help you out along the way. I do want Christiano to call me Sito."

"It`s Arabic for grandmother habibi," Michelle said to Sid.

"Schmoops," Michelle's brother and dad said as they walked into the room.

"Daddy it hurt so much, worse than when I bruised my ribs."

He walked over and took Christiano, "Hey lil squirt."

"Oh Sid I forgot to tell you I gave him two middle names, Patrick like yours and Robert like his grandpa."

Sidney smiled, "I love it."

A little while later the boys came back with balloons, flowers, and baskets of stuff. "Well Michelle, Sid, the guys and I are gonna get going. But I`ll make sure that everyone knows all about what caused the game to be postponed."

"Thanks Mir, I`ll see you tomorrow."

Miriya gave Michelle and Sid a hug, and then left with the rest of the team to go to the arena. Miriya got into the front seat of the car with Jordan and smiled. "He`s so cute," she said changing the radio station.

"Just like Scotty, oh are we picking him up from your mom's house after the game?"

"Yea, it`s been two weeks & I still can`t believe how good you are with him. You`re a natural and I`m so glad that you help out with him so much."

"Anything for you baby," he said pulling into the player parking lot. All of the fans that had been there earlier were still there and waiting to be let in. Both Miriya and Jordan signed autographs on their way into the arena, kissed, and then went their separate ways.

"It`s a hockey night in Pittsburgh, good evening everyone we`re sorry for the delay. This afternoon the team was getting ready for the game when team doctor Michelle Crosby went into labor. The whole team went to the hospital for the birth of the second new Penguin in two weeks. My son Scott Staal is at his grandmother's house tonight and baby Crosby is resting in the hospital along with his mother. Sidney will not be playing tonight, he is spending time with his wife, and new son."

"Well Staalsy you were at the hospital, tell us a little more about the baby."

"Christiano Robert Patrick Crosby was born at around one-thirty this afternoon. He looks like both of his parents, he weighs eight pounds one ounce and is twenty one inches."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Chapter Forty-Eight

Sorry for the lack of updates reccently, I`ve just been so busy with school and Pens games. And this chapter took me forever to type because the first time I got through the first four pages and my computer said it didn`t recognize my flash drive so I had to start over again. I hope that you guys enjoy this one, please comment.


Chapter Forty-Eight

"Ladies and gentle men tonight is a very special night, there`s a fresh face in the line-up and a brand new face in the crowd."

"That`s right Bourquey, Evgeni Malkin who missed eight weeks with a broken leg is back in the line-up tonight. Jordan Staal should be motivated tonight, his son Scott Patrick Staal is in the crowd to cheer him on."

That night after the game it was back onto the road again. Once on the plane Nik sat across from Miriya and Jordan who was holding Scott sat next to her.

"So Miriya I know this is really random, but how did the you and Kris thing start?"

She looked at Jordan then back at Nik, "Story time?"

"Fine by me," Jordan said repositioning Scott.

It was the summer after Miriya`s junior year and she had been going out with Jordan for nine months. Everyone was at her house, in her room, but she was with Jordan in the family room.

"Baby you know we`re going to be playing seven minutes in heaven right?"

"Yes I know."

"What do I do if I don`t get you?" she asked with a concerned look on her now abnormally pale face.

"Then you kiss whoever you walk into that closet with, I promise I won`t be mad."

"Are you sure baby?"

"Yes, I know you won`t feel anything like when you`re with me, but try to enjoy yourself."

"Ok, you too baby, I love you."

"I love you too," he said and pulled her close. He placed a kiss on the top of her head and smiled, "Let`s go do this."

They walked into Miriya's room where everyone was sitting in a miss-formed circle. Some people were sitting on the floor and others were on the bed which was surrounded by Penguins' posters. Jordan sat down on the floor with Miriya on his lap resting her head back against his chest.

"Guys when you go in there please don't mess up my display or the posters."

"Ok Mir since you're so paranoid why don't you go first?"


The hat that sat in the middle of the circle was filled with emblems from different NHL teams. She picked up the hat, closed her eyes, and picked out an emblem.

"Alright, which one of you hot shots has the Habs?"

"That's me," Kris said standing up. Miriya walked into the closet and Kris followed. They both sat down because there was a bit of a height difference. "Ok I know you`re dating Jordan and everything but…"

He was cut off when Miriya's full lips pressed against his. Kris pulled away breathing heavily. She looked into his dark brown eyes then moved to his lap and wrapped her arms around his neck. They both smiled and their lips found their way back to each other. Miriya's tongue grazed his lower lip and he granted her entrance.

'This is so wrong, but it feels so good,' Kris thought.

"Times up!" Lauren's voice was heard from the other side of the door.

Miriya placed one last gentle kiss on Kris' cheek and they both stood and made their way back to the circle.

"Way to go Tanger!" Colby said looking at Kris who was trying to hide his smile.

"Ok who's next?" Haley asked.

"Why don't you go?" Miriya asked laying her head against Jordan's chest.

Haley picked an emblem, "Leafs?"

Sid stood up and walked to the closet with Haley close behind. "So is Michelle okay with this?"

"Yeah, I think the whole thing was her idea."

"Okay," she said placing a kiss on his cheek.

"Is that all I get?" he asked pouting his full bee-stung lips. She shook her head as his arms wrapped around her waist and pulled her closer. She looked up into his honey brown eyes and her lips made their way to his. The next few minutes went the same as the first.

"Times up!" Michelle said as soon as the timer on her phone hit seven minutes.

"Wow someone's anxious, why don't you go next." Lauren said handing her the hat.

"Eww, Boston?"

Colby smiled, got up off the bed, and reached for Michelle's hand. He led her to the closet and slowly closed the door waving to everyone in the other part of the room. He sat down on the floor and brought Michelle down onto this lap. She rested her hand against his chest while his thin lips pressed hard against hers.

Michelle briefly pulled away and managed to say with a wide smile, "Damn Army."

All he could do was smile and place his lips back on Michelle's. His hands which were wrapped around her waist made their way to her hair tie and her perfect curls bounced as they hit her shoulders.

She turned so that she was facing him completely, briefly breaking the kiss. She straddled his hips and ran her bright red finger nails through his curly brown hair. Her juicy lips found their way to his as she gently pushed him to the floor.

The door quickly opened, "I said times up, get off of each other," Laura said with a laugh.

"Laura's turn," Miriya said from Jordan`s lap.

"The Crapitals, I mean Caps."

Geno who was leaning against the wall said, "That's me," in his sexy Russian accent. They made their way to the closet then both stood their awkwardly. "We should sit down there's a bit of a height difference," he said in almost perfect English.

They sat down and stared into each others brown eyes. She noticed his chain and used it to pull him closer. He smiled and gently pressed his lips against hers.

Her cell phone started to buzz in her pocket, "Sorry, hello?"

Geno sat there contently. "Times up!" Lauren said from outside the door.

"Ok, I love you too, bye."

Lauren opened the door just as Geno was standing up from against Miriya's dresser. "Again I`m sorry." Laura said putting her phone away.

"Well no where near as much action as Chelle and Army," Miriya said with a laugh as Geno made his way back to his spot against the wall "Lauren," she said from across the room, "you made the last interruption."


"Me," Jordan said giving Miriya a hug. He quickly kissed her and made his way to the closet. They sat down because as with everyone else there was a bit of a height difference.

"So I know you're my best friend's boyfriend, but what the hell," she said just before she pushed her lips against his. She ran her fingers through his long blonde hair and smiled into the kiss.

She briefly pulled away for air. "Miriya wasn't lying, you are a really good kisser." Her lips were back against his in a matter of seconds.

"Times up!" Miriya said knocking on the door.

Lauren made her way back to her seat on the bed and Jordan wrapped his arms around Miriya. They sat back down against the wall, Miriya on his lap and his arm tightly around her.

"I love you," Jordan whispered in her ear before kissing her cheek.

"I guess it's just you and me," Cassie said to Marc-Andre who sat directly across from her. She took his hand and led him to the closet.

"I think that we're the only ones who this isn't awkward for," Marc-Andre said in his sexy French-Canadian accent while sitting down. He pulled Cassie into his lap and placed a kiss on her cheek.

"You're an amazing goaltender now let's see how good of a kisser you are," she said with a sly smile.

His lips pressed hard against hers. His tongue grazed her upper lip and she quickly smiled granting him entrance. She ran her fingers through his hair and pulled away for air.

"How's that?" he asked.

"Amazing," she said still trying to catch her breath. But within seconds their lips found their way back to each other and this time is was somehow more intense.

"Times up!" everyone in the other room said.

Back on the plane Miriya said, "Yeah thats how Kris and I got close."

"Oh, I take it that's when the Chelle and Army thing started?"

"Yeah, but I think they had something for each other before that."

"They just never did anything about it until then," Jordan added.

Scott woke up and started to cry. "Here babe he's probably hungry."

Jordan handed him over to Miriya who starting feeding him right there.

"Looking sexy there babe," Kris, who was walking past, said.

"Just wait til I work all this fat off and get my figure back."

"I can't wait," Kris said with a smile and rubbed her shoulders. "What were you guys talking about before Scott started crying?"

"When we played seven minutes in heaven that one time," she said as Scott fell back asleep. She pulled her shirt down and Jordan offered to take Scott back. "Are you sure?"

"Yeah I'll put him in his car seat."

"Thanks baby," she handed Scott to Jordan. "God my back hurts."

"Come here & I'll make it feel better," Jordan said after putting Scott down.

"No Jordan you need to sleep while you can, while Scott's asleep. I'll do it," Kris said.

"Thanks man."

Kris sat down in the empty seat next to Nik and Jordan moved over to where Miriya had been sitting. Kris pulled her onto his lap and started massaging her shoulders.

"Good night Jordan I love you."

"Love you too baby," he said before drifting off to sleep.

"Good night Miriya," Kris said after finishing the massage.

"Good night babe," she kissed his cheek and fell asleep in his arms.

The plane landed in Vancouver and everyone started waking up. Miriya was still asleep on Kris' lap when Colby came to wake them up.

"What do we have here, Kris getting more action than Jordan," Colby said with a laugh.

"It's okay Army I'll change that." He picked Miriya up off of Kris' lap. "Kris could you grab Scott?" After leaving the airport and getting off the bus Jordan gave her a piggy back ride until they got to the hotel lobby. They waited till Kris brought Scott in then they headed to their room and put Scott's car seat on the bed.

"So Kris is getting more action than me?"

"You know all I did was fall asleep."

"Yeah, so glad the game's not til tomorrow," he said with a wide smile. He put his arms around her waist and brought her closer, "I love you."

"I love you too more than anything in the world," she said just before his lips were pressed hard against hers. She started breathing faster as his hands went to her shirt and lifted it over her head. She pulled his Bauer shirt over his head and ran her hand over his muscular chest. Her lips found their way to hers and just then Scott started to cry.

"He probably needs changed, I'll do it. He's probably hungry too." She walked over too the bed and lifted Scott out of his car seat. "You're only three days old and already you've gone to a hockey game and now you're in Canada."

"We're just exposing him early, he may fall in love with the game at a younger age than you did."

"Well baby it's not my fault I was born in the summer when there's no hockey."

"It's okay, you love it more than I do and it's my job."

"Speaking of your job, practice is in an hour."

"Shit I forgot about that, what would I do without you?"

"Be completely lost," she said closing the diaper bag.

Once she was done feeding Scott she threw on a Staal shirt and it was off to practice. After practice was over the team went to lunch and then everyone went their separate ways. Army had taken Scott and Miriya and Jordan walked up to the railing along the water.

"I love it here," she said looking out at the sun sparkling on the water.

"It's so peaceful, and beautiful; like you."

Back at the hotel that night Miriya and Jordan had gotten the alone time that they had been waiting for. Jordan was just starting to fall asleep when Scott started crying again. Miriya got out of bed and picked him up, but he didn't stop crying.

"Baby do you need any help with him?

"No, try and get some sleep, you need it for the game tomorrow," she kept trying to get him to go to sleep but he didn't need changed and he wasn’t hungry. Jordan was still wide awake, "Jordan I'm sorry, I don't know why he's still crying. But do you want to go sleep in someone else's room so you'll be awake during the game tomorrow night?"

"Are you sure you don't need anything?"

"I'm positive, it's my job and I'll be fine. Go get some sleep."

"Ok, I love you baby," he kissed the top of her head and went out into the hall to find somewhere to sleep.

He knocked on the door three doors down and waited for an answer. Marc-Andre opened the door and his hair was a mess.

"So this is what you look like in the morning," Jordan said with a laugh.

"Funny Jay, what's up?"

"Scott's really fussy and Miriya said that I should go find somewhere else that I can actually sleep. So can I crash here?"

"Sure, I know the feeling."

Jordan walked in, fell on the bed and was asleep in a matter of seconds.

The next morning Miriya didn't show up to breakfast or the morning skate. Jordan went back to his room for his pre-game nap to find Miriya sleeping peacefully and Scott sitting contently in his seat.

"You're so cute when you're not crying," he picked him up and sat down on the bed next to Miriya. "Good morning baby," he said after placing a kiss on her cheek.

"Hey babe, you have a good sleep?

"Yeah, you?"

"Once the little angel fell asleep yeah."

"Aww you gonna be okay for tonight?"

"Yeah I'll be fine, you need to take your pre-game nap."

"Okay baby, I'll see ya later."

"Yep," she kissed his cheek and took Scott from his arms. "I love you."

"Love you too babe," he said just before drifting off to sleep.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Forty-Seven

After the All-Star break, in which the East won it all, it was back onto the road. Everyone was in Tampa, the morning skate had just ended, and Miriya came down from the commentator's box where she had been setting up for that night's game. She walked into the locker room and froze in her tracks. All of the guys were hula hoping and she just stood and waited. After a while she made a catcall and all of the hula hoops fell to the ground.

"Hey there sexy," Kris said.

"Hey baby," she said and gave him a hug. Jordan cleared his throat and Miriya turned to him, Kris' arms still around her. "Hey baby."

"Hey love of my life," he said pulling her from Kris' grasp. He picked her up and she wrapped her legs around his waist.

"Doesn`t work as well as it used to, this gets in the way," she said pointing to her now rather large stomach. He carried her over to his stall where they sat down and she turned to the side. She ran her fingers through his sweaty hair and left a kiss on his cheek. Her hands found their place around his neck as she looked into his seductive blue eyes. "You know Kris and I are just joking around, right?"

"Yes baby, it`s just like Michelle and Colby, and I`m completely fine with it."

"Good, I love you."

"I love you too," he pulled her lips to his.

There were some catcalls and Miriya pulled away with a smile. "Boys you can`t tell me that you`ve never seen it before."

"True, I want some," Kris said with a smile.

"Ok, come get some," she said patting the bench next to her. The whole team watched as Kris made his way over to the stall and sat down next to Miriya. She put her arms around his neck, stared into his eyes, and kissed his cheek. At this the whole team cheered.

"Way to go Tanger!" Bugsy said with a smile.

Later that night they had boarded the plane and shortly after take-off Jordan had gone to talk to Ryan a few seats up. Miriya, who was sitting by the window, looked out at the gorgeous night sky and let her mind wander.

It was about a week before classes started Miriya`s freshman year at Robert Morris; she had woken up that morning to a text from Jordan. 'Morning baby, meet me outside to go get your late b-day present. I love you.'


"Hey baby, what time are we going to get my present?"

"Whenever you`re ready…"

A little while later Jordan pulled into the drive-way, Miriya, who had been waiting in the tree house, met Jordan in the side yard. "So I know that you`re starting classes next week, and that you`re staying there. But you`ll need a way to get down to games, so I`m taking you to get your car."

"My car?" she asked as they pulled into a Ford dealer.

"Your car," he stopped next to a 2005 silver Mustang GT convertible. They got out of the car and Miriya ran her hand along the hood of the shiny sports car.

"This is really my car?" Miriya asked. Jordan nodded and she jumped into his arms. "You are the best boyfriend ever!"

After signing all the papers Miriya had the keys in hand and revved the engine. She ran her hand along the steering wheel and the gear shift with a wide smile. Jordan was in his car, Miriya in hers, and they both made their way to his house.

The long drive-way that was surrounded in trees awaited them back at Jordan's house. Miriya had gotten there first and was sitting on the hood of her new car when Jordan pulled into the gravel drive-way. "Hey baby, how's the new car?" he asked climbing up onto the hood next to her.

"It handles like a dream, it shifts so smoothly, thank you so much."

"Anything for you babe."

Miriya smiled as Jordan kissed her and leaned her back against the windshield. 'I`ve always wanted to make-out on the hood of a car,' she thought.

"Miriya, Miriya," Jordan`s voice snapped her back into reality.


"I asked what you were thinking about?"

"Oh, I was thinking about the day I got my car."

"That was a good day, it ended something like this," he ran his hand a long her cheek then kissed her.

"Come on Gronk you already did enough, I mean in a month you`re gonna have a baby," Crush said with a laugh.

"Sorry Erik I thought you`d be used to it."

"Don`t say what Kris did please, it`s bad enough she`s with him," Jordan said with a smile.

"You don`t have to worry about me man, remember I have a wife and kid waiting for me. "

The eighth came and most of the team was at the arena, there was no practice and no game that night, but it was a special day. Miriya, Jordan, Geno, Marc, and Will stood out on the ice.

"You ready Flower?" Will, who was standing just inside the hash, asked.

"Yep, let her rip!"

"Fleury stands strong; Will Malone is just inside the hash, he winds up, no it`s a fake, he goes into a wrist shot and beats Marc-Andre Fleury top shelf," Miriya said from along the boards.

As soon as the puck hit the twine Will raised his stick, pumped his fist, and high fived everyone on the ice.

"He gets more like you everyday," Abby said putting her arm around Ryan who was sitting on the boards.

"Are you gonna announce for me when I`m older?" Will asked Miriya.

"I would love to sweetheart; three generations of Malone's in the Penguins' organization would be amazing."

"YAY!" he said excitedly and skated over to the bench. "Mommy, daddy, I`m gonna be a Penguin when I grow up!"

About an hour later everyone decided to go to the locker room to get cleaned up before Will's party. As soon as Miriya stepped onto the runway she was pulled aside by Ryan. "What have you been telling my son?" he asked with a laugh.

"Just that I want him to make the team when he`s old enough; `cause I`d love to announce for another Bugsy."

"Don`t get his hopes up Staalsy."

"Hey your dad played for the Guins, you play for them, and he has the skills and eleven years to wait."

"I love ya Staalsy," he said putting his arms around her.

"Love you too Bugsy."

'Ring, ring' the house phone rang as Miriya & Jordan walked into the living room. "Hello?"

"Hey Jordan is Miriya there?"

"Yea hang on, Miriya, Laura's on the phone."

Miriya picked up the cordless phone from the coffee table, "Hello?"

"Hey, I finished the new video for the jumbo-tron; do you wanna see it before I give it to management?"

"Sure you wanna come over tomorrow?"

"Ok, I`ll see you then."

The next morning Miriya woke up to find that it was still dark outside, Jordan was sleeping and the baby was kicking. She put her hands on her stomach and smiled. "Not much longer little guy," Jordan turned but was still sleeping. "Your daddy love you so much," she said looking at Jordan, "and I love him." Jordan was now laying on his back; she lay her head on his chest and listened to his calming heart beat. The baby had stopped kicking, but Miriya couldn`t fall back asleep.

"Morning baby," Jordan said putting his arms around her a few minutes later, "the baby wake you up again?"

"Yea, one more month baby," she said with a smile.

"I can`t wait you`re gonna be a great mom."

"And you`re gonna be a great daddy," she kissed the tip of his nose. They were now sitting and their lips met; the passion was the same as on the day that Jordan had asked her out.

"So I know we haven`t talked about it much, but we need to think of a name for the little guy."

"Or girl," Jordan said.

"True, Liam? Nah I went to school with a kid named Liam. How about Scott, he can have the same nickname as me."

"Aww you`re so cute baby, I like that name. Middle name?"

"Well I`d say we could use your`s but your parents decided to give your brothers one but not you."

"Not my fault and Eric has two," he said now frowning. "Eric Joseph Brent."

"It`s ok baby, not having a middle name makes you special."

"Good special or bad?"

"Good, what about Michael?"

"No that`s Jared's, James?"

"No that my brother's middle name. Patrick?"

"Scotty Patrick, I like it. What if it`s a girl though?"



"I love it, and I love you."

They spent the rest of the morning in bed and then Jordan made brunch. Just as he was setting the orange juice on the table the door bell rang.

"I`ll get it," Nik said getting up off the couch. "Hey Laura, they`re in the dinning room."

"Hey Laura, I`ll grab another plate," he said grabbing a fourth plate from the cabinet in the kitchen.

After eating breakfast Laura set up her laptop on the coffee table and pushed play. "Boys of Winter" started to play as the Penguins' emblem stood on a black background. The American flag blew in the wind outside the arena as excited fans walked in. Each player came up with their name in gold as Miriya`s voice was heard saying their name. It showed clips of each player on the ice and in the locker room. After the last player was shown in the locker room the emblem came up again and Miriya said, "Pittsburgh Penguins' hockey is it in you?"

"I love it, especially the part with me," Miriya said.

"You could so be the in-house announcer," Jordan said.

"But then I wouldn`t be able to be on the road with you guys," she rested her head on his chest.

He rested his hand on her stomach and the baby started to kick again, "Little Scotty's awake again, or Hailey."

"Hello…oh hey Erin…sure I`ll see ya soon…love you too…bye."

"You gonna be back for dinner?" Jordan asked.

"I`m not sure I`ll call if I`m not gonna be here."

"I`m gonna go too," Laura said putting her laptop away.

Both Nik and Laura left and Miriya sat down on the couch. Jordan lifted her legs, sat down, and started to massage her feet. "Thank you baby, I`m gonna take a nap."

"Sweet dreams, I love you," he said kissing her hand.

"Love you too," she said and drifted peacefully off to sleep.

The next month went well, games went as usual, the three girls continued to get larger, and Miriya and Michelle looked as though they were going to pop.

March fifth came and with it practice at the arena. "Staalsy can you help me find something?"

"Yea sure babe, what are you looking for?" They walked into the closet and the door clicked closed behind them. "Oh shit does anyone know we`re in here?"

"I don`t think so, lemme try calling someone," he pulled out his cell phone. "Ok no service in here."

"That`s good, wait why are we sitting in the dark?" she flipped the light switch but nothing happened. "Ok, we`re gonna sit in the dark."

They sat there for a while talking about all the time they had known each other, after all Kris was a rookie when Miriya and Jordan started dating.

"So if you had a choice, if you wouldn`t have dated Jordan that is, who on the team would you have gone out with?"

"You baby," she said with a smile.

"Really?" Miriya couldn`t see his face, but she could tell that he was blushing.

"Yea baby, I love you," she said just before Kris pulled her onto his lap. She kissed him gently on the cheek and lay her head against his chest.

They talked for a little longer then they just sat silently listening to each other's heart beat and calm breathing.

"Kris we have a problem!" He looked up but could barely see her face. "My water just broke; this baby is coming and coming soon!" They both stood up and started banging on the door. "Jordan, Jordan, SOMEONE, ANYONE!" Miriya screamed.

After about five minutes the door finally opened. "How long have you two been in there?" Army asked. "And what were you two doing?"

"Colby not funny right now, I need Jordan and we need to go."

Jordan came running to the doorway and grabbed her hand, "Baby what`s wrong?"

"I`m in labor and we need to go to the hospital…NOW!!!"

He helped her to the car and into the backseat. Kris got into the backseat with her to try and keep her calm while Jordan on the other hand tried to stay within ten miles of the speed limit until they got the to the hospital.

"Push, push!" the doctor said.

"Come on baby you can do it," Jordan said holding her hand tightly.

One last push and the baby was out, Miriya and Jordan both smile and caught their breath.

"It`s a boy," the doctor said causing Jordan's smile to widen. The doctor let him cut the umbilical cord just before the nurse took him to get cleaned up. She wrapped him in a blue blanket after weighing and measuring him. Miriya was sweaty, her hair was a mess, and she was incredibly tired. Jordan sat down on the bed next to her & wrapped his arms around her; she rested her head on his chest and smiled.

"We`re parents."

"We`re parents," she said as the nurse brought the baby back over.

"Seven pounds, six ounces and twenty inches…he`s a very healthy baby."

He fit perfectly into her arms and all she could do was smile. "Hey there Scotty," she said looking down at the little angel she held in her arms. She fell asleep and Jordan took Scott into his strong arms. A little while later he put him down in his little bed.

'Knock, knock' Jordan quickly went to the door where he found Cassie and Geno waiting to come in. "Hey guys," he whispered. "they`re both sleeping."

They came into the room and sat down next to the bed. Jordan picked Scotty up and placed him in Cassie`s arms. "Aww he`s so cute," she said showing him to Geno.

Miriya sat up in bed, "He looks just like his daddy doesn`t he?" He started to cry and Cassie stood to hand him to Jordan.

"Here let me hold him," Geno said taking him from Cassie. As soon as he was in Geno`s arms the room fell silent again.

"You`re gonna be such a good daddy," Cassie said placing a gentle kiss on his cheek.

Kris who had been waiting patiently made his way to the room and poked his head in the door. "Come on in Kris," Miriya said smiling sweetly. As he came into the room she patted the spot on the bed and he sat down next to her. Again Scott started crying, "Here`s he`s probably hungry I`ll take him"

Geno put him in Miriya`s arms and she feed him. When he was done eating he fell asleep, "Kris do you want to hold him?"

"Sure," he took the baby from her arms and smiled.

Throughout the rest of the night until visiting hours were over the entire team came to see it`s newest member. When about half the team was in the room Sam decided to speak up, "So what`s his full name?"

"Scott Patrick Staal," Miriya and Jordan said in unison staring at the baby in Jordan`s arms.

The next afternoon Scott was in his car-seat in the back of Jordan`s Escalade and the Staal family was on their way home. They walked through the front door and Scott`s eyes fluttered open.

"Welcome home little guy," Jordan said and put the car-seat down by the couch. "I love you baby and this beats the Stanley Cup any day. The day I raised that over my head was my greatest day as a hockey player, this is my greatest day as a father."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Forty-Six

'Ring, ring' Geno`s phone rang on the counter in the kitchen.

"Baby could you get that?" he yelled from the bedroom.

"Yea, hello?"

"Hey Cass, where are you guys Therrien`s freaking out."

"We`re on our way, tell him to chill out."

They went out to the car & were on their way to the arena when an on coming car hit a patch of ice. Geno swerved, Cassie screamed, but the car still went into a tree.

"Baby are you ok?" Geno asked nervously.

"Yea, you?"

"My leg hurts, but other than that I`m fine."

Someone who had been driving behind them pulled over & called 911. Minutes later flashing lights appeared & the rumbling engines of fire trucks were heard.

"Hello?" Miriya said about an hour prior to the start of the game.

"Tell Therrien that we`re at the hospital, we got into an accident on the way there. I`m fine, but I`m not sure when Geno will be able to play again."

"Oh my God," she short of breath, "Is he ok?"

"I don`t know, he messed up his leg."

"Tell him I hope he feels better & that we`ll miss him tonight."

"Hello everyone tonight your Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Ottawa Senators. There`s a breaking story that we`ll cover later in the show."

The pre-game show dragged on & the announcement had already been made at the arena & on TV. All that needed to be done was for Miriya to break the news to the radio listeners.

"Well folks it`s a sad day, Evgeni Malkin was on his way to the game today when he & his wife, assistant equipment manager, Cassie Malkin were in a car accident. Cassie & her baby are fine; she came out with just a few scratches. But we have just received an update on Geno; he will miss six to eight weeks with a broken leg. He should make his come back anywhere from mid-February to early March," Miriya said in a sad voice.

A few nights later the Flyers were in town & the game was physical just like every other time the two teams got together. However this time things really heated up. It reminded Miriya of 2008 & how she would have done anything to see a line brawl against them to end the season. Michelle was on the bench with Cassie, and Miriya was in the commentator's box to announce the game.

"A huge hit by Johnson on Crosby," Miriya said five minutes into the second period. "Crosby`s down along the far boards & isn't getting up." The whistle blew & everyone started pushing & shoving around the net as usual. "Staal skates up to Johnson with a push."

"That's my best friend," Jordan said after hitting the guy. "Don`t mess with him."

"Oh, so you wanna go?"

Jordan dropped his gloves & Johnson followed suite. Sid was still out along the boards as Jordan & Johnson were finally done skating in circles. Jordan had grabbed a hold of Johnson's jersey & was throwing punches like crazy. After a while Johnson kneed him & they both went down. The linesmen struggled to break the two apart, they were both still throwing punches when they were down on the ice. Once they were separated Johnson got away from the linesman's grasp, skated over to Jordan, & threw one last punch. This one however was the only one that matter; he landed it on Jordan's right cheek & he went down.

"We`re back, during the commercial the Johnson, Staal fight continued & now both Staal & Crosby are knocked out. What's this, everyone's pushing & shoving, gloves are all over the ice. It`s a line brawl Bourquey, I haven`t seen one in years & it`s much like the one in March of '97."

Again it went to commercial & Miriya went to the locker room. Jordan & Sid had both been brought to the locker room & were lying in the training room.

Jordan had just woken up when Miriya walked into the room. She walked over & placed a gentle kiss on his lips & forehead. "Good fight baby, you`re lucky you didn`t hit your head off the ice when you went down."

"I know baby, thanks. Is the game over?"

"No, you were only out about five minutes. Play just started again about a minute ago."

"Oh, who's serving my penalty?"

"Nik," she said with a laugh.

When the game had ended the team filed into the locker room with half smiles on their faces. Therrien made his way to the center of the room, "I received a message from the commissioner today," he said & everyone got quiet. "Mr. Neely`s actions were reviewed by league officials & he has been expelled from the league."

Everyone cheered & looked at Michelle who was just walking in from the training room.

"What I miss?"

"Hoss got kicked out of the league," Colby said pulling her into a hug. All Michelle could do was smile, thinking of what he had done to her.

Cassie was still in her black track pants & black & gold Penguins shirt, Geno in his suit with a silver tie. When they walked through the front door he pushed her against the wall, she put her arms around his neck & his were around her waist. He kissed the lip of her nose then placed a gentle kiss on her lips. "You are the love of my life," he whispered then nibbled on her ear.

"I love you too," she said loosening his tie & then their lips met.

About a minute later though Geno pulled away, "I`m sorry baby, but this is killing my leg."

She helped him over to the couch & sat down on his lap running her fingers through his now long dark brown hair. She smiled & left a soft kiss on his cheek. She then ran her finger along the scar near his temple & smiled. "I remember when you got this, I barely knew you, it was so long ago. I wanted to kill Brandon Dubinsky because he hurt you."

Geno smiled, ran his hand along her cheek, & pressed his lips to hers in a passionate kiss. The longer the kiss went on the more intense it got, & soon they had made it into the bedroom. Geno`s tie was somewhere in the living room, his pants on the bedroom floor, & his blue striped dress shirt on the bedside lamp. Cassie lay on the bed in a pair of shorts & a light blue t-shirt, Geno is a pair of green & white striped boxers.

The next morning Miriya was sitting on the couch with Nik when Jordan walked into the living room. "Baby there`s no food in the fridge," he said putting his hands on her shoulders.

"I know, I`m sorry. I`m about to go to the store," she said turning to face him.

"We go through food so fast now," he said with a laugh.

"I know, but you have to remember I`m eating for two now."

"I hope it`s not two of you, because if so we`ll never have food in the house."

"Are you trying to say that I`m fat?" she asked standing up with her hands on her hips.
"No baby," he said walking around the couch & wrapping his arms around her. "I`m just saying that you lover your food."

She looked up into his eyes then he placed a kiss on her cheek. He sat down on the couch; she sat on her lap. She put her arms around his neck, pulled him close, & kissed him.

"Eww," Nik who was sitting next to them said.

"One my house," Miriya said after ending the kiss. "And two you can`t tell me you never made out on this couch, I saw it."

"Ha-ha busted," Jordan said then his lips found Miriya`s again.

"Baby," Cassie said as she walked into the living room.

"Yes baby?" Geno asked from the couch.

"I`m gonna miss you."

"I`m gonna miss you too, but it`s only two days then you`re home for the All-Star break."

She sat down next to him & rested her head on his shoulder. "You know that if I didn`t have to go I`d stay here with you?"

"I know baby, but the team needs you. You have to stay up late with Dana & set up the locker room. I`ll be fine here, there`s food in the fridge, I can watch the game on TV & I`ll call you if I need anything."

Cassie smiled & lifted her head to kiss his cheek, but just about to kiss him he turned his head so that their lips met.

"Bye baby Geno said as Cassie got up off the couch.

"Bye," she said then kissed.

Once they got to New York Cassie & the equipment staff headed for the Garden & everyone else went to the hotel. Cassie had just laid the Penguin in the center of the away locker room when her phone started going off.

"Hey baby," she said looking around the locker room to make sure that everything was in place.

"Hey, it`s getting late & I`m gonna go to bed, but I just wanted to call & say good night."

"Aww good night baby, I`ll see you tomorrow night."

Ok, I`ll be waiting for you."

"Ok, I love you."

"Love you too babe," he said just before closing his phone. He moved to the bedroom, put pillows on Cassie`s side of the bed so it was like she was there with him. He turned off the light, wrapped his arms around the pillows, & drifted off to sleep.

Back in New York the team was already asleep & the equipment staff was just getting back to the hotel.

"Well folks the Guins are looking for revenge here at the Garden. The Rangers have defeated them here in their two pervious meetings this year. But the defending Stanley Cup champions have been strong all season & are ready for this game."

Moments later the game started & just as the Guins had hoped they got off to a quick start. Nik scored just one minute into the first frame. The Rangers were held pointless in the first period but 'King Henry' only let in one goal during the first. The second also went the Guins way with penalties being called against the Rangers, Fleury stopping every thing that came his way & Nik getting his second goal of the night.

The third however is where things got exciting; Jordan, Sid, & Tyler all scored. Fleury only let one goal go passed him, Bugsy got in a huge fight with Brandon Dubinsky for some reason, & there was one more goal.

"A Pittsburgh goal scored by number fifteen Dominik Vandershmut, his third of the game assisted by number six James McGuire and number forty-four Brooks Orpik at 15:43..." The announcer said as the few hats were cleared off the ice.

"Bourquey, Nik is only the Penguins second rookie to score a road hat trick. Jordan Staal was the first in February of 2007 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the game in overtime."

The game ended & everyone congratulated Fleury on a great game & attacked Nik when they got to the locker room. Gear was off, showers were taken, everything was packed, & the team was on the plane coming home.

Cassie walked into her house at about two, the TV in her bedroom was on & Geno was sleeping peacefully. She kissed his cheek after crawling into bed & Geno`s eyes fluttered open. "Hey baby."

"Hey, I tried staying up."

"It`s fine, go back to sleep."

"Ok, I love you."

"Love you too," she said & as soon as her head hit the pillow she was out.

At Miriya & Jordan's house they walked through the front door all in smiles.

"Great job tonight Nik, go get a good sleep though, you`re leaving tomorrow afternoon for all the All-Star stuff."

"Thanks & I will."

Everyone headed for their rooms & got ready for bed.

"I remember when I was a young star." Jordan said with a smile.

"Me too baby, me too."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Forty-Five

The season had started off well, and Miriya & Michelle started to get fatter. The team was doing well, but Michelle was pretty stressed, and Sid wanted to do something nice for her. She walked into the locker room & saw a note taped to Sid's stall, 'Turn Around' She turned around to see Sid standing across the locker room from her. He was humming a familiar tune; he then began to sing and started walking towards her.

"Michelle my belle these are words that go together so well, my Michelle. Michelle my belle sont les mots qui tres bien ensemble, tres bien ensemble," he stopped & walked to the black penguin head in the middle of the locker room. "I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you that`s all I want to say. Until I find a way I will say the only words I know you`ll understand...or Fleury will, & Kris, & maybe Miriya too."

Michelle laughed at the incredibly cute way to try & make her feel better.

"I will say the only words I know you`ll understand, my Michelle," he continued in perfect French, "Je t'adore," he said as he lowered his lips to hers & ran his hand over her belly. "You needed a pick me up & I know you love that song."

"Cause it`s about me," she said jokingly.

"I know, je t'adore."

Fleury walked into the locker room looking as if he had missed something. She winked at him, he flashed his signature smile & said something in French that she didn`t quite understand. She did pick up that he thought Sid is lucky to have a girl like her.

Sid ran his hand over her belly again, and then they danced while humming. Later they left hand in hand & went to Michelle's favorite restaurant.


"And the Penguins lose by a score of 4-1," Miriya said trying to keep her voice at a normal speaking level. "After some poor officiating, missed penalties, calls that shouldn't have been penalties, and goals that were waved off."

"We`ll see you back here Wednesday..."Bourquey said.

"I`m sorry Bourquey, but I need to see Jordan," she said as soon as it went to the first commercial & she stormed out of the commentator's box.

Once she made her way to the locker room she went straight for the Penguin in the center of the room& let out a scream. Everyone looked at her, but not in the way one would think. They all understood why she was upset & shared her anger. Jordan still in all of his gear but his jersey put his arms around her.

"Baby it's ok."

"No it`s not & you know it`s not. I`m so pissed off...I just need to punch something."

Jordan didn`t say a word but just pointed to his chest protector & Miriya started letting punches fly. After about ten punches Jordan grabbed Miriya`s hands & pulled her into a hug. She buried her face in his chest & let out another scream.

"Baby you need to stop, all this stress isn't good for the baby."

She lifted her head to reveal the tears that had started to fall from her bright blue eyes. "I know, but it`s just that was by far the worst officiating since the season finale against the Flyers in the '08 season. Somehow I managed to stay calm while calling the game," she said through her tears.
"I know baby, I know & just like that game it was all Devorski."

"I swear he needs to retire, he`s like what 100?" she asked without even the slightest smile. "He`s always had something against you boys, why?"

"Why do any refs have something against us?" Geno asked. "It`s alright, we`ll get `em next time."

Jordan took off his gear & gave Miriya a hug, "I`m gonna shower, do you think you`ll be ok until I get back?"

"Yea, I`ll be fine," she said wiping a tear from her eye.


Erin & Nik stood in the drive-way after coming back from the movie theatre. "Nik isn't there some way we can work this out?"

"I don`t know, I think we should take a break."

"But Nik we`ve only been together for three months," she said with tears forming in her eyes.
"I`m sorry," he said turning away.

Erin walked to the front door & rang the doorbell, Miriya who had been watching TV in the living room opened the door. Nik had gone around to he back door & into the kitchen.

"Hey Erin," she then noticed the tears in her eyes. "What`s wrong?" she asked bringing her into a hug.

"Nik," was all she could choke out before she couldn`t hold the tears back any longer.
"What happened?"

"He said that we should take a break & normally when guys say that it pretty much meant that the relationship is over."

"Erin don`t think that way, I think I heard him go in the back door which means he`s probably talking to Jordan about it." She said in the living room with Erin to try & calm her down. "Believe me I know how you feel, the guy I went out with before Jordan broke my heart. We went out for seven & a half months & he said he needed space. It killed me & to this day I still love him & Jordan knows that. But I see in your`s & Nik's relationship what I saw in the early months of mine & Jordan's. I don`t know if you`ve told each other yet, but I can tell that you love each other. And everyone fights, Jordan & I included, everything will turn out fine."

As soon as Nik walked into the kitchen he plopped down on one of the stools at the island. Jordan closed the refrigerator & sat down next to him, "What`s up Nik?"

"I just broke up with Erin, I just don`t think that I can handle hockey & hiding her form the press."

"Do you love hockey?"

"I know that I do, more than anything...anything except," he paused. "Erin."

"That was my next question, I know that you love hockey, & now I know that you love Erin. Tell her that you love her & work this all out. Believe me with the league & press it's so stressful & if it weren`t for Miriya I don`t think I would be as calm as I am all the time. You need someone to vent to about all that does on out on the ice. For me though Miriya sees it from the box & usually brings it up before I do. So go out to the living room & talk to Erin, if she`s not there just wait until tomorrow & talk to her."

"Alright thanks Gronk," he said & walked into the living room where he found Miriya, but no sign of Erin. "Miriya did Erin go home?"

"Yea, what happened between you two?"

"I was really stressed with the team & everything, but I discussed it with Jordan so it's all good."

Later that night Miriya crawled into bed next to Jordan & rested her head on his chest. "So what did you say to Nik?"

"That there`s no way you can survive in the league without someone by your side, & that you`re what keeps me sane."

"Aww I love you," she said before kissing him.

The next day Jordan had gone down to the arena to skate & Miriya went to the store. Nik was at home watching TV when he decided to call Erin.

"Could you please come over?" he asked.

"Yea, I`ll be over in ten minutes."

When she got there Nik opened the door & they both sat down on the couch. "Ok Erin look, last night I talked to Jordan & he told me that no one can survive the league without someone by their side. I want you by my side, I need you with me. Erin Jones, I love you."

"I love you too," she said moving closer to him. She put her arms around his neck & his lips found hers.

A few minutes later Miriya walked into the living room, Nik & Erin who were still making out on the couch didn`t notice. She stood behind the couch laughed saying, "I take it you two are back together.

They both pulled away with smiles on their faces & all they could say was, "Yea."


Michelle's curly brown hair lapped against the sweaty skin on her back, the golden highlights were visible because of the light in the basement. Her stomach didn`t fit in her work-out clothes anymore so her stomach stuck out between her red sport bra & black & white Adidas shorts. She pulled her hair up with bobby pins & sat down on the couch to rest her tired body. She had been so tired lately, she put her hand on her stomach. Her skin looked glossy; she put her feet up on the couch & drifted off to sleep.

She woke up about two hours later & went upstairs to get something to eat. Still in her sports bra & shorts she walked past the nursery. 'Hmm why is the door shut?" she thought to herself.

She opened the door to find Sid, Jordan & Colby all sitting in the corner. This is where they had been all day, & Michelle started to tear up when the door was opened fully. The room was light green with a darker shade for trim. Both the white crib & changing table were perfectly placed; the room in general was perfect.

Colby whistled," Damn!"

Michelle laughed as she wiped the tear from her eye.

"This is for you baby, you`ve been so stressed & exhausted," Sid smiled. "You deserve this & you`re the best mom & wife ever." He pulled her into a hug & kissed her.

Colby interrupted by saying, "Michelle you do so much, you`re the best friend anyone could have, well besides Miriya, I love you!"

By this time Michelle couldn`t control herself anymore, that`s when Geno & Kris came in with a stool & mobile. "Yo Sid where you want this?" Kris asked.

Once everything was in place Michelle gave everyone a hug, "Thank you all so much, you have no idea how much this means to me."


Earlier in the season some 'really good' player was placed on Waivers & the Guins has some space left under the salary cap so they claimed him. His name was Thom Neely & for some reason his name was 'Hoss'. Miriya however had never liked him for as long as he had been in the league, which was about fifteen years. She just had this feeling about his, he was violent on the ice & not the way that Brooksy, Bugsy, or Georges were. They did it because it was in the job description, he found joy in it.

Michelle walked into the locker room to get something she had left there the game before. Hoss happened to be there too & he was drunk. She didn`t want to have anything to do with him, she had talked to him before but it was something she didn`t want to do again.

"What the hell are you doing here, you don`t belong here."

"Yes I do, I`ve been here longer than you & I`m only looking for something I left here," she said tying to remain calm.

She had a burning hatred for this man & he had been known for abuse. No one knew why he had been signed. He walked over & circled her, she got scared & tried to call Sid.

"Callin' the bitch?" he yelled as the phone rang. He pushed her into the stall & she screamed just as the line connected. When he has pushed her the phone fell to the floor.

"Michelle?" Sid asked calmly at first but there was no answer, "Michelle?"

Hoss hit her hard this time & she hit the side of the locker. She let out a blood curdling scream.

"I`m coming Michelle," he yelled into the phone.

Hoss back-handed her as Sid ran in to see Michelle pinned against the stall with his foot.

Sid picked up Marc's stick & yelled, "Get the fuck off my wife NOW!" he held the stick to his throat. "You fucker can`t you see that she`s pregnant," he said trying to retain his anger. "You could have really hurt her & killed my baby," he wiped the sweat from his forehead. "You have no idea how tempted I am to kill you right now. But I can control my anger & I love my job way too much to do anything that stupid," he looked at Michelle who sat at the stall with a bloody nose.

Just then Therrien & a bunch of security guards walked in & grabbed Thom by the arm. "We`re gonna have a talk with the commissioner about you," Therrien said as they lead Hoss out of the locker room.

Sid walked over to Michelle & put his arm around her, "Baby are you ok?"

"Yea, I wasn`t scared for myself, I was scared for the baby," she said still shaking.

Just then the paramedics came in & they rushed Michelle to the hospital. Sid told Jordan & told him to tell Miriya what happened. Miriya told Kris & before long it had spread to the entire team. Everyone was worried, & Michelle lay in bed waiting for the doctor to come back.

"I`m sure you`ll be glad to know that both you & the baby are fine." The doctor said as Sid squeezed Michelle's hand & they both smiled.

They headed to the arena for practice & found the entire team, Miriya & Cassie sitting on the bench.

"Michelle!" Tanger said standing & giving her a hug.

Colby stood up & wrapped his arms tightly around her. "Are you, is the baby... ok?"

"Yes Army we`re both ok."

"Good 'cause I`d be really upset if our first baby was hurt," he said rubbing her stomach. Sid`s jaw dropped but he couldn`t help but smile.

** Thom Neely is a completely fictional character who was created for this story by the author.**

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Forty-four

So I decided that since today was a special day I could take a break from my busy life of AP English to post a chapter. For those of you who don`t know the importance of today, it is the one year anniversary of when I started writing this story. YAY!!! But I hope you like the chapter & comments are greatly appreciated.


It was late in the spring so about mid-May, even before Miriya & her boys had won the Cup. The door bell rang & Elizabeth ran to answer the door while putting her shoes on. She quickly made sure that her hair & dress weren`t messy, & opened the door.

“Hey baby,” she said as Andy walked in & put his arms around her.
“Hey,” he said then kissed her. “You ready to go get dinner?”


They headed out to the car, Elizabeth got in easily, & Andy on the other hand ducked to get in, but as always hit his head off the top of the car. Elizabeth tried to hide the fact that she was laughing.

“Ok, now we`re really gonna leave.”

Elizabeth laughed & they pulled out of the drive-way. They finally found a place to park after arriving at South Side Works & walked to the little Irish Pub.

“Miriya`s been trying to get me to come here for years,” Elizabeth said. “This is her favorite restaurant.”

“Welcome to Claddagh, just the two of you tonight?” the hostess asked.

They went to their table & enjoyed their food, then went to take a ride on the incline. Once they had started going up the hill Andy took his arm from around Elizabeth & held her hand. He slyly took a box from his pocket & got down on one knee.

“Elizabeth I love you more than anything & have for as long as I`ve known you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Elizabeth will you marry me?”

“Yes Andy,” she said with a smile. “I will marry you.”

He kissed her, held her close, then slid the ring on her finger; that`s when Elizabeth woke up. She rolled over in bed & smiled when she saw Andy asleep next to her. It was early October 2014 & Elizabeth & Andy had waited to pick a date for the wedding until that years Penguins schedule came out. That way they could have it & the rehearsal dinner on a weekend when there were no Pens games, so that Miriya & Jordan could be there. Just a week after the home opener the Guins had Thursday through Sunday off & that`s the weekend when the wedding was.

“Morning baby,” Andy said when he woke up.

“Good morning,” she said as he kissed her cheek. “You ready for the rehearsal dinner?”


Later that day Elizabeth put on a pair of dress pants & a dressy shirt, Andy put on a pair of khaki & dress shirt, & they were off to the church. The rehearsal went well & just before people left to go to the dinner part the priest caught up with Andy & Elizabeth.

“Ok guys remember after you leave the restaurant you`re not allowed to see or talk to each other until the ceremony tomorrow.”
“Yes father, are you sure you don`t want to come to dinner?” Elizabeth asked.

“No, but you two have fun,” he said & laughed.

“Oh don`t worry we will,” Andy said putting his arm around her.
They left the church parking lot & a few minutes later got to where dinner was being served… Chuck E Cheese. Everyone at & enjoyed talking for a while, but then the little kid in some of them came out.

“Rematch?” Jordan asked with a smile.

Miriya didn`t say a word, she just got up & ran to the air hockey table.

Elizabeth went to the entrance of the climby, tubey thing & started to crawl & quickly. Andy was following her, went about ten feet, & then got stuck. All Elizabeth could do was laugh & crawled so that she was about ten feet from him. She laughed & teased him for a while but then he got unstuck & got a hold of her.

The next day everyone woke up & got ready for the big day. Elizabeth had light make-up & her hair was curled & up. Everyone was waiting at the church, & then the music started. The grooms’ men were standing in the front of the church in their black tuxes, the shirts were white & they had burgundy ties. The brides’ maids came down the aisle in their long, sleeveless, burgundy dresses. Then came the flower girl in her floor length, short sleeve, white dress & the ring bearer who was dressed like the grooms’ men. Andy waited anxiously in the front while everyone stood & Elizabeth started down the aisle. She looked beautiful in her long, white, sleeveless gown.

“I do,” he said.

“By the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband & wife, you may kiss the bride.”

Andy’s lips found hers for a short, passionate kiss, when they pulled away they were smiling wider than ever before. They stayed for pictures while all the guests headed off to the reception. It was at the same place as Cassie`s; Blueberry Hill Park. The setting was much like Miriya`s except the table clothes were cloth & the cake that sat on a side table was a little different. It was made by Elizabeth’s aunt, Miriya`s grandma, & was beautiful, three tier with black icing & white flowers scattered over the cake.

“Ladies & gentlemen please join my in welcoming for the first time Mr. & Mrs. Andy Fishell,” the Dj said.

Everyone clapped as the Elizabeth & Andy walked in hand in hand. After the first dance as husband & wife they made their way to the buffet to get food & everyone followed. Miriya & Elizabeth danced to bring back memories from wedding that they had gone to when they were younger.

“Congratulations again,” Miriya said giving Elizabeth hug before she left.

Later that night they stepped onto the plane & took their seats. Andy was automatically excited about the leg room & the little TVs on the back of the seats in front on him.

“This is incredible,” Andy said stretching out his long legs in front of him as Elizabeth caressed his thigh.

The older couple next to them looked on with a blank stare. “If only we were young & foolish again,” the older women said to her husband.

“I`m so happy we`re finally married,” Elizabeth said winking at Andy. She leaned up to kiss him, “Andy you`re so tall,” she said leaning in & & lips met his. He kissed her deeply & passionately, well as deeply & passionately as you can on a plane. When they pulled away Elizabeth looked down at her ring.

“You like it my love?” he asked in a whisper, his lips gently touching her ear.

“Absolutely in love with you & this ring,” she said now looking into his eyes.

Hours later the plane landed in London, they got their luggage, & went to the hotel. They walked up the staircase & Andy looked down, his tall frame & at Elizabeth. They arrived at their room; Andy turned to Elizabeth, put his hands on her hips, & said, “Wait here.”

He picked up the luggage, opened the door, & put their stuff down. He took the little hanging pillow off the door & faced the “Shh…” side out. She smiled & he grabbed her hand, picked her up, ran into the room, & kicked the door shut behind them. He lay on the bed & caressed the side of her body; her kissed her & slid her black tank top over her head. She threw his pants across the room & her`s soon followed. It happened, just like she thought it would.

About three hours later they decided to get dressed & head out to get to know the city. They stopped at a side vendor by the river to get something small to snack on. They walked hand in hand up & down the little strip of vendors then crossed a bridge & ended up at a little park. After sitting down on the bench Andy put his arm around Elizabeth.

“Do you remember when we first met?” she asked.

“Stand partners in orchestra, how could I forget? We could never agree on a height for the stand,” he said with a smile. “I love you.”

“I love you too,” she said & rested her head against his chest.

They stayed at the park for a little while longer then went back to the hotel & got into their rental car, which Andy had a hard time with. They drove around for a while searching for places to go, things to do, & places to get out of the rain. After a while they went to get a quick drink at the hotel bar.

“I`m so excited! I`ve been to Europe before, but never London,” she said running her finger along the rim of her wine glass. Andy threw back his good ol` Ying Ling just like he would back home.

“I`m glad, tomorrow I wanna take a look at the palace if that`s ok,” he said.

“Yea sure,” she replied tilting her head to the side, letting her hair brush over her bare shoulder.

Andy eyed her blue halter & moved back to her face. He raised his eyes with a smirk & motioned to the upstairs.

The next day they decided to go to Buckingham Palace, they toured the palace then walked out the front door hand in hand. “You wanna try?” Andy asked.

“Sure, I`ve always wanted to,” Elizabeth said with a laugh.

They walked up to the beefeaters (those are the palace guards in the funny hats) & tried to make them laugh. After trying & being unsuccessful they started walking the other way when a Double Decker bus passed.

A smile came to Elizabeth’s face, “We should ride one.”

“Ok,” Andy said & they ran for the bus stop.

They walked up the steps to the top & it was a closed top bus, but it was still cool. They sat down near the front & Andy put his arm around her. She put her head on his shoulder, “I love you.”

“I love you too.”

A few days later they woke & showered. Elizabeth was sitting on the bed & Andy sat down next to her.

“So Michelle got us these as part of our wedding gift?” Andy questioned looking at the pair of Manchester United tickets he held in his hand.

“Yep,” she replied.

After they were done getting ready they went out to the car & drove to the stadium.

“She knows neither of us like soccer right?” Andy asked.

“Yes, but she`s trying to be nice & expose us to new things.”

Manchester won & it was an exciting game, Elizabeth & Andy walked out with smiles on their faces.

“That guy getting kicked in the face was pretty sweet,” Andy said.

“Especially when he ran off the field because he was bleeding.”

For the next couple of days they spent their time around London & at the hotel. “You ready to leave?” Andy asked in his deep voice?”

“Yea just give me a minute,” she replied from the bathroom. She walked out in a green sundress & white strappy heels. He looked at her & admired her figure. She walked over to him & ran her hand down his freshly shaven cheek. On her tip toes she gave him a quick kiss & took his hand. Everything was ready & packed in the car; Elizabeth stepped into the car & felt a rain drop on her leg. She thought noting of it & continued to get herself situated. A few more rain drops hit the windshield when they arrived at the first intersection. Before they knew it dozens of rain drops fell from sky & pounded on the little English car.

“I don`t think we can have our picnic,” she said kind of upset.

Andy looked out the window & sparked an idea. “Not just yet, I thought of something, I think you`ll like it.” Andy said turning the car around & into the hotel parking lot. He gathered everything up & ran with Elizabeth for their room. “Sit here,” he instructed patting the large bed.

She sat down & watched Andy scurry around the room. He lay the blanket they were going to use on the floor & set the wicker basket to the side. She quickly realized what he was trying to do & flashed him a bright smile.

He poured the wine & placed all the food out in a beautiful array. He walked over to her & held out his hand, she took it & he led her over to the makeshift picnic. It was romantic & they both knew it. She sat down & the bottom of her dress shifted up revealing her thigh. After they were done eating she realized that almost her full thigh was revealed. She tried to brush her skirt back down when his hand found hers. She looked up & he rose to his knees, crawled closer to her, & ran his hand up her back. He slipped his hand further up the dress & felt her silky stomach. Gradually he unzipped her dress & she unbuttoned his shirt. Before they knew it the dress was sprawled across the floor with his clothes. They on the other hand were on the bed enjoying themselves.

Sadly their honeymoon came to an end, but their fun did not. Elizabeth walked back towards the bathroom & a few minutes later Andy followed. They returned to their seats & the girl next to them gave them a weird look, “You two were gone for a while.” Neither Andy or Elizabeth could say anything; they just sat there & smiled.