Post by Eddie Lopez on Jun 24, 2019 19:15:05 GMT -5
From the Sold out Capitol One Arena (14,500)
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Deadline is Tues 7/2/19. 11:59 pm.
Post by Alexis Makarios on Jul 3, 2019 18:53:25 GMT -5
*Scene One - Am I A Monster?*
(The cameras catch up to show Alexis in her hotel room. She paced back and forth as she held in her hand the disc from Eddie the week prior. She looked at it as she practically walked a trench in the floor, debating wether to watch it or not. She then was distracted by a voice coming from off camera. The voice spoke in a gentle tone, his british accent made it obvious it was James Younger.)
James Younger: Lexi? You ok? You are all but wearing the carpeting out under your feet.
(She stopped and turned towards him. The camera panned so that both were in the shot.)
Alexis Makarios: I... I don't know.
James Younger: Eddie's words ringing hard in your head still?
Alexis Makarios: I guess. I mean, did you hear the way he talked to me?
James Younger: Yes, but he didn't show up to attack you. Remember, it was you who took a swing at him.
Alexis Makarios: He threatened me... you heard him.
James Younger: You know what he meant. Eddie would never hurt you.
Alexis Makarios: He did once before.
James Younger: And he learned his lesson. That right there is proof positive of how damaging the lust for the gold can be. How much that little piece of metal can corrupt a good soul. You've seen it before. Some one wins the title and they become a monster.
(Alexis squinted her eyes and looked offended.)
Alexis Makarios: Are you calling me a monster?
James Younger: No. What I'm saying is, and don't take this the wrong way, but you haven't been the same ever since the hunt for that title became serious.
Alexis Makarios: You mean when Dan started in on me? And then Jenn betrayed me? And then David turned his back on me? And now Eddie?
James Younger: No one is turning their backs on you. No one is betraying you. Jenn is frustrated. You do tend to have a personality that really steals a spotlight. You are a larger than life persona, and the fans love you. You hear them chant for you every time you go to that ring. Jenn has always, even as kids and teenagers, lived in your shadow. You can't fault her for wanting to step out of that shadow.
(Alexis thought for a moment in silence before speaking again)
Alexis Makarios: I... never meant to over shadow her.
James Younger: I know that. She knows that. Maybe she didn't approach it the best way but, how can you be mad at her for wanting to have some success in her career too? If it was reversed...
Alexis Makarios: If it was reversed I would have done everything in my power to make my name known. Just... like she did.
James Younger: Exactly. Did she do it the right way? Not at all. But she realized that. You two have always been inseperable. Don't let one piece of gold and leather come between you. Eddie told me what was on that disc. I think you should watch it. You just might be suprised at yourself.
(He walked over and gave her a gentle kiss on the forehead before leaving the hotel room. She stood there, thinking over his words too, as she opened the case with the disc in it. She put the disc into the DVD player and sat down on the couch with the remote. She reluctantly hit the play button. The first thing seen on screen was a part in the Contract Signing on the 4/26 edition of Riot, prior to Destiny.)
Alexis Makarios: Seriously Jenn... get OVER yourself!
(The next clip that played was from the 5/10 edition of Riot.)
(The crowd boos as the three continue to brawl. It is a 2 on 1 fight as Mike and Dan are teaming up against Jenn. The crowd erupts in cheers as through the crowd a firey head of red hair is seen darting towards the ring. )
Alf: That's Alexis Makarios running through the crowd! Is she here to even the odds?
JR: I doubt that
(She runs to the barrier and leaps right over it. She runs directly towards the three brawling. She rips Mike and Dan off of Jenn and looks right at Jenn. She reaches her arm out towards Jenn, who squints in distrust. She hesitates as she points towards Mike and Dan, suggesting they team up against them for now. Alexis nods and Jenn grabs her hand. Alexis then smirks and pulls Jenn up and without hesitation she shoulder checks Jenn right into the ring apron!)
JR: Told ya so!
(Seeing herself do that to the person who is supposed to be her best friend... her eyes began to swell with tears as it cuts to the next clip from the 6/6 edition of War where Alexis was in the ring with David Shane.)
Alexis Makarios: Are you fucking kidding me, David? All the years I have known you, you aren’t one to change to go with what everyone else says. You always had your own mind, and your own voice. And you let those god damned Russow’s get in your head… Just roll over, little doggy, and get your treat. Show your belly, you might get a belly scratch.
(it jumped to a few moments later in the same segment)
Alexis Makarios: You don’t know what you are talking about. You know what I remember when we were kids? I remember your parents LEAVING you behind. Not caring what happened to you! Moving to a whole different COUNTRY! They never called. They didn’t care! And ya know what… I can see why they decided to forget you existed and try again… to get the daughter they ACTUALLY wanted and can be PROUD OF!
(A tear fell down her cheek as she watched herself say such a horrible thing. It jumped to one final clip, one from last week with her and Eddie.)
Alexis Makarios: We don't need you here! You are retired and shouldn't be backstage at these shows. You don't belong here anymore.
(She frantically hit stop on the remote, turning off the disc. She sat there for a moment, tears in her eyes and rolling down her cheeks.)
Alexis Makarios: I... am a monster...
(She threw the remote at the tv and tucked her knees up to her chest, wrapping her arms tightly around them as the tears flowed down her cheeks. She was appalled at the things she said, the things she did. The cameras cut out.)
*Scene Two - Motherly, and Sisterly, Love*
30 minutes later
(The cameras cut back in to the same hotel room. Alexis is still sitting on the couch, her eyes red from the tears. She wasn't crying anymore, instead she sat with the PWS:Apex World Heavyweight Title in her arms. She was staring at it silently when there was a light tap at the door. She blinked a little, and without moving her head or averting her gaze from the title, spoke in a low tone.)
Alexis Makarios: Go... away...
(The handle to the door then turned and the door slowly opened.)
Alexis Makarios: Don't you understand what "Go away" means?
Voice: Don't you talk to your mother that way.
(The voice in question was none other than Alexis's mother. Alexis's head turned towards the door quickly and her eyes filled with tears.)
Alexis Makarios: Mom...
(She spoke in a quivering voice as she put the belt on the couch next to her and jumped to her feet, running over to hug her mother. She held her tight as she sobbed a little bit.)
Alexis Makarios: What... what are you doing here?
(They ended the embrace and her mother held her at arms length.)
Mother: Well, that sweet boy Eddie let your father and I stay in his guest house since Father's Day, so we didn't have to fly back out for Red, White, and Bruised. That Eddie is such a sweet guy. I don't see why you let him slip past you.
Alexis Makarios: Mom... you know I don't feel that way about him.
(Her mother chuckled a little)
Mother: I know. But it got your mind distracted for a moment, didn't it?
(Alexis chuckled a little and her mother wiped away a stray tear that fell down her cheek.)
Mother: Anyways, that dear James of yours called me up and told me that you would need me this afternoon.
(Alexis grinned. She loved that man. He always knew what she needed, before even she knew that she needed it.)
Alexis Makarios: I messed up, mom. I messed up bad.
(She hugged her mom close for a moment, the tears streaming down her face again. Her mom ended the embrace and they sat down on the couch. Her mom handed her a tissue out of her purse and she wiped her tears. She took a deep breath and looked at her mom.)
Mother: Everybody makes mistakes, darling. No one is perfect. You've been through alot lately, and I get it. You feel like everyone turned their backs on you. I can see where you would think that. But you and Jenn... you guys are practically sisters. And you both are acting like it.
Alexis Makarios: After the things we have said to each other, how can you say we are acting like sisters?
(Her mom chuckled softly, as she brushed a stray hair from her face.)
Mother: Thats what siblings do. It's not always happy moments, and hugs, and support. There's gonna be fights, arguements, sometimes even bruises. It happens. But what really shows what kind of relationship you have is how you bounce back from those things.
Alexis Makarios: So you don't think she hates me?
Mother: On the contrary. I know Jenn loves you like no other, and you the same. You have always seen her as a little sister, and you have taken on that role of protector. That's just how you are. You would rather put yourself in the line of fire and be the target of some one's hate than let her be hurt.
Alexis Makarios: It's true... but what do I do when I am the one who hurt her? I mean... you heard what I said to her 2 weeks ago.
Mother: But you didn't mean it. Between the two of you, you have the bigger personality. And Jenn just wanted her time in the spotlight as well. People say things they dont mean when they are angry or hurt.
Alexis Makarios: So how do I fix this?
Mother: Well... You have to start by apologizing to those you hurt, and making ammends. And then, you have to mean it. Don't let something as petty as a title ruin a friendship that is true. You and Jenn have a strong bond and will be fine... eventually. You just gotta both put that stubborness aside. And trust me, I raised you both, I know exactly how stubborn you can be.
(Alexis chuckled a little and smiled softly.)
Mother: You are a kind and sweet young woman. With a huge heart. Now go show the world who you REALLY are.
Alexis Makarios: Thanks mom. I needed this more than you know.
Mother: You know who you should apologize to first?
Alexis Makarios: Daddy?
(Her mother nodded and Alexis grabbed her phone and dialed a number as the scene faded out.)
*Scene Three - Apologies*
(The cameras fade up in the back of the arena where Alexis was pacing back and forth in the hallway. She had the belt strapped around her waist as she paced, as if she were waiting for some one. She looked at her watch and when she looked up, Eddie Lopez was standing in front of her.)
Alexis Makarios: Uh... Thanks for coming.
Eddie Lopez: You're not gonna try and slap me again, are ya?
(She chuckled a little bit.)
Alexis Makarios: No, I'm sorry about that, by the way. About everything I said to you that day, actually.
Eddie Lopez: So, you watched the disc I sent you?
Eddie Lopez: And?
Alexis Makarios: You were right. That wasn't me. That's not me. I can't believe I said some of the things that I did... I said some really awful things to alot of people.
Eddie Lopez: You seem like you are in a better headspace.
Alexis Makarios: I am. I mean, i owe you so much right now. Seeing myself say those things... it really made me realize that the things people were saying was true. And I owe so many people an apology... but right now... none more than you and Jenn.
Eddie Lopez: You did say some awful things to her.
Alexis Makarios: I know I did. Things I can't take back.
Eddie Lopez: But, you were pushed to this point by several factors. And Jenn's world is collapsing around her. She found out she has a sister who was born after her parents abandoned her.
Alexis Makarios: Yeah... I heard about that. I bet she was crushed.
Eddie Lopez: Yeah... pretty much.
Alexis Makarios: I rubbed the salt in the wound a few weeks ago when I said they tried again for... oh god...
(She covered her mouth with her hand, realizing just how damaging what she said was.)
Eddie Lopez: She still cares about you, ya know. She needs you, and you need her. You both are just too damn stubborn to admit it. You know one of the first things she said when she told me about it?
Alexis Makarios: What's that?
Eddie Lopez: That she wished she could talk to you about it.
(Alexis closed her eyes and let out a deep sigh)
Alexis Makarios: Poor Jenn. I've been too self involved to realize that she needed me. And that I needed her. God this is all screwed up because of this damn thing.
(She pats the title sitting around her waist.)
Alexis Makarios: I wish I never won this title... hell... I wish I never signed up for the World Title Picture.
Eddie Lopez: You and I both know that isn't true.
Alexis Makarios: Ok in a way it isn't. I love being Champion. But is this the cost? Did I lose my sister and best friend forever?
Eddie Lopez: I don't think it's too late. But, it's gonna take something big to get through to her.
Alexis Makarios: Like what?
Eddie Lopez: Now that... I can't tell you. But it's not too late.
Alexis Makarios: I could let her win at Red, White, and Bruised. I mean, it's not a title match but a big win over me could be the push her career needs.
(Eddie chuckled a little.)
Eddie Lopez: Bad idea. You know she doesn't want a victory over you that way. You'll think of something, I know you will.
(He gave her a hug.)
Eddie Lopez: And by the way... if you two don't resolve this soon... the threat of me lacing up my boots once more to kick you guys into gear is still out there! And I mean it, too!
Alexis Makarios: Sure thing, old man. You couldn't keep up with us in the ring.
(Eddie laughed as he walked off and the scene faded to black.)
*Scene Four - The Beginning Of The Comeback*
(The scene fades up inside the arena. Alexis Makarios was standing in front of a copy of the Red, White, and Bruised poster. She looked directly into the camera.)
Alexis Makarios: This week, is a big holiday for you Americans. I don't really get the point behind too much, personally. But it's a big deal to you guys. You sit around, have a BBQ, grill up some burgers and hot dogs, blow stuff up... it's a grand ole time. But, from what I've seen it's about more than that. It's about unity, family, and celebration. And I can get behind that. This year... I don't have much of a family to unite and celebrate with. My family has been torn apart. And I'm sad to say that it's all my doing.
(She looked down at the belt over her shoulder and then back into the camera.)
Alexis Makarios: I did the unthinkable. I betrayed my sister. Jenn. I know you probably hate me at this moment, and after seeing the tapes of what I said and did... I don't blame you. I kinda hate me at this point too. But my mom made a good point earlier. Siblings fight. It's what happens. I get it. I mean, you did kinda start it at that contract signing... but I see why. Looking back, even as kids, you were always in my shadow. My personality was, and still is, so huge and lively that it tends to overshadow anyone and everything around me. And I don't even mean to do that, hell, I usually don't even realize that it's happened. And then I just skip along my merry way, while those left in my wake are unhappy. And I have no clue it's even going on.
(She took a deep breath)
Alexis Makarios: So Jenn, I am taking this moment to apologize to you. For everything. I'm sorry that I overshadowed you for so long and hogged the spotlight. You deserve your day in the sun just as much as anyone. Ever since the day you asked me to train you, I knew you were going to make it and I knew you were going to be competition for me one day. I'm sorry for not listening all those times that you were upset and tried to express to me how you felt, and I just brushed it off as you being overly emotional or imagining things. I'm sorry that my pride and ego never allowed room for you to blossom and that I unintentionally kept you down. I want, more than anything, for us to be sisters again. I miss you.
(She wiped a stray tear from her cheek.)
Alexis Makarios: And this match... I want you to get out every ounce of frustration you have against me. Every ill will, every single bit of anger. I deserve it and so much more. I don't know if you will forgive me or not, but I can tell you one thing... I won't give up on you. Ever. I love you, Jenn.
(She took a deep breath to compose herself a little bit.)
Alexis Makarios: I promise you that this title will NEVER come between us again. I don't know if you can, or will, ever forgive me. But I can guarantee that this match at Red, White, and Bruised is going to be a hell of a fight. I know you are going into it full of rage and anger, hatred and hurt. And you should never have felt that, especially not from me. I'm your sister, I'm supposed to protect you
(She cut herself and held up one finger.)
Alexis Makarios: No... we are supposed to protect each other. We are supposed to be there for each other, all the time. I can't believe I let us drift this far apart, and that I let myself go so far down that bad path. It's just... well... there's no excuse. All those years ago when your family left you behind, you may havve lost alot, but you also gained so much more. You gained a new family. And I am so sorry that I haven't been that family that you need. Especially with you learning you have a sister. I can't even imagine how devastated you are, and who do you have to share it with? To run to? It's supposed to be me. And from here out... it will be.
(She smiled a little and nodded her head.)
Alexis Makarios: So, at Red, White, and Bruised... we get our new beginning. A clean slate. Once that bell sounds and the match ends, I want this whole ordeal to be behind us. We need each other, I need you. And I won't give up. I know you are going to see this, and I don't know just how much you will believe or trust it, but it's the 100% god's honest truth. So good luck out there, let's show these bitches how it's done! Aussie Style!
(she smiled into the camera as it faded to black.)
Post by Jennifer Makarios -Lopez on Jul 3, 2019 19:11:03 GMT -5
(The scene opens up in San Diego at a wrestling school. We see Eddie in the ring with a bunch of younger people, he’s talking to the students about the training they just did. There’s a lot of huffing and puffing going on as well, most of the students are dripping in sweat. Once the class is finally dismissed, the students leave, leaving Jenn and Eddie by themselves. Eddie, who had been working with them in ring dries himself off with the towel before putting the towel around his neck.)
Eddie: You wanna talk?
Jenn: About what?
Eddie: Anything…. The weather? The dead beaver I found on the beach this morning?
Jenn: I mean, I guess we can talk about the girl who claims to be my sister. I know we haven’t talked in a while. I’ve been…. Busy. I know you talked to her, what did she have to say?
Eddie: First of all, I’m not going to keep relaying messages between the two of you. You guys will have to talk, this is the first and last time I’m doing this. But, she said if and when you two talk.. none of that conversation will go back to her parents. She wants to talk to YOU, and only you.
Jenn: Somehow I don’t believe that.
(Eddie rolls his eyes letting out a deep quiet sigh.)
Eddie: Have I ever lied to you or led you into a different direction?
Jenn: No…. but…
Eddie: No buts. You sent me out to sniff out any danger with the girl and I didn’t sense any of it. All I sensed was a girl trying to connect with her unknown sister. She’s risking everything in her life to find you… It’s kinda like how you risked everything you had in Australia to move to the states for better schooling. All I’m saying is talk to the girl, get to know her, don’t be hard headed like Alexis is.
Jenn: If you’re sure about this….
Eddie: I am. It’s not like I’m trying to get you to work things out with her parents.
Jenn: That will NEVER happen. Fuck those people.
Eddie: Going off subject here, you sound so odd when you use profanity like that.
Jenn: Thanks! I don’t use it often, but when I get angry… or if I hate people, I will.
Eddie: I’m glad that you want to connect with her.
Jenn: Here’s the thing, i didn’t want too at first because I wasn’t sure of her. I had all kinds of different thoughts on what she was trying to do, but finding out that she wants to connect with me and none of this will go back to her parents, has me thinking positive thoughts. It’s going to take a while before her and I see eye to eye on things.
Eddie: Which is fine. Just take it slow, one step at a time. You know the family has your support too.
Jenn: I know.
Eddie: One more thing before we talk about something else, I don’t want to stay on this subject too much longer. She will be in the DC area for Red White and Bruised.
Jenn: I saw that. At first, I was like “why follow me!?” then I saw it was her first wrestling event, I didn’t want to take that away from her. My guess is that she got watching this sport because of me right?
Eddie: From what she said, yeah.
Jenn: I’m not going to take that away from her. I want her first wrestling experience to be the best. We all were fans at one point in our lives, I'm going to let her have fun.
(Eddie nods his head as he gets up from the edge of the ring to the floor. He grabs a quick drink of water before he sits back down, this time on a lounge chair. As he’s resting up from the training session they just had. He looks over at Jenn, she’s putting stuff back into the bag she brought.)
Eddie: So…… Wanna talk about your match?
Jenn: Sure, why not.
Eddie: Question I have is, why weren’t you there last week? You were advised to be there.
Jenn: Honestly? I couldn’t take any more of Alexis’ bullshit. I couldn’t take that negativity that came with it either. So, I just decided to go somewhere else, away from all of that garbage. I went to Hawaii to clear my mind. But, I heard you were on the show…
Eddie: Don’t you turn this around on me.
Jenn: Why were you there anyway!?
Eddie: I uh….
Jenn: WHY WERE YOU THERE!?
Eddie: Don’t raise your voice at me! You know how sensitive my ears are.
Jenn: I’ll slap those “sensitive ears”.
Eddie: You wouldn’t….
Jenn: Don’t push it. … whyyyyyyy!
Eddie: It was just a promise that I kept. But nothing was getting to her though, so it was pretty much a waste of time. I could have dropped her right then and there, but then people would think that I’m trying to fight your battles for you, so I didn’t.
Jenn: Yeah, I heard about that. I was waiting for the ending where you slapped the taste out of her mouth, maybe that’ll stop her reign of terror.
Eddie: More like her ego trip… She’s done this before too.
Jenn: I know she has, and I’m fed up with it.
(Jenn zips up her bag and places it on the chair closest to the chair. She rolls into the ring and sits Indian style in it.)
Eddie: I think everyone is.
Jenn: Last time her and I had a match, I made a video on how I was in a prison and this and that. It wasn’t for people to feel sorry for me, It was the truth. See, 2018 was the worst year I ever had, personally and professionally. Between the injuries and the divorce and everything in between that... I had to SCRATCH and CLAW through to get out of that dark deep hole. I promised myself that 2019 was going to be better, but when I look back at it, it just remains the same. I have everything going on in my head.
(Eddie nods at the issues she had to go through the past year.)
Jenn: Last week, I just had a mental breakdown. I just needed to get away from everyone and everything and just refocus on what’s important to me. So, I took a trip to Hawaii and spent a week in a hotel, away from people did some hardcore self-evaluation. I did a thing that I never did before…
Eddie: What’s that?
Jenn: Drank till I couldn’t drink, i even fell asleep with a half of bottle.
Eddie: That’s not you at all.
Jenn: I know, I guess I just used it as an escape, and it was a bad way to do it. But at the time, I didn’t care at all. It wasn’t me trying to end my life, it was just me ending the pain I’ve been in the last year and this bullshit that Alexis is doing to me while she KNOWS I’m trying to recover from it. After that night, I met some stranger, who told me a quote that stuck with me, even now.
Eddie: What was it?
Jenn: And I quote…. “Sometimes you need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice, if they don’t… you know where you stand in the friendship.” I’ve been gone for the past 2 weeks and she didn’t even care, so I guess I know where I stand with her. I guess I wasn’t a true friend after all. But you know what, that’s ok. I’m not angry with it. I’m not even devastated by it either. I’m just…. Indifferent. See, the difference between her and I, I own up to my mistakes, but when she makes a mistake, she hides behind people and has matches that SHE wants to have.
(Jenn shakes her head slightly.)
Jenn: Look at this match, for instance, this should be for the world title but no, She didn’t want to have it that way. So, what do we get? A boring singles match, with nothing on the line. I mean she claims to be a fighting champion and she doesn’t want to put up against me? Some champion we have. Oh but wait, she’s buddy buddy with David Shane, and we know how that story goes right? It’s whatever you know. I guess all the stuff that Daniel Russow said was right about her…. I didn’t think those words would ever come from my mouth, but here we are. Alexis can put the title on the line against a lower card talent like Darren Maddox, but not me…. I just find that strange is all.
(Eddie, keeps sitting there listening to what she has to say. He wanted to ask another question, but she’s on a roll right now, so he decides to stay silent.)
Eddie: So, you’re upset that the title isn’t on the line?
Jenn: Upset isn’t the word I’d use for it. It’s just another example of her holding me back. She knows how hard I’ve busted my ass for, and she knows how many hurdles I’ve had to pass to get to this spot, but I’m still not “good” enough in her eyes for her to the title on the line. She puts the belt on the against useless people as I said, and it’s complete and utter bullshit. But we know how her ego goes, she has to put HER friends first before she even thinks about me. We know what the true colors are now, and she’s showing them.
(Jenn lays on the ring floor now, looking up at the ceiling.)
Jenn: As a kid, she was happy go lucky. Nothing in the world bothered her, she was sheltered. Do you know what happened to me? I moved in with her, I was in this dark place in life. Wondering why my parents gave up on me like that did. Sure, I did everything Lexi’s wanted me to do, but that was hidden by a fake smile. I pretended everything was Ok when it wasn’t. But, again, this is about how Alexis feels, not me. Who cares what i went through, let’s make Alexis happy instead.
(Jenn rolls out of the ring before she walks around the gym area the training ring is in.)
Jenn: After the match is over with and we finally go our separate ways, I guess I’ll go back to my prison cell, and that’ll make HER happy, we gotta make ALEXIS HAPPY DAMMIT. Where is she going after this match? She has to face a group of people all by herself. Those people being the Russows. It’s a battle she wants, and… for once, I get to set back and enjoy the beat down.
(Jenn grabs her stuff from the chair. She walks towards the door walking out of it but she stops halfway.)
Jenn: To the Russows, I hope you enjoy your prey. I’m not going to stop you from going after her either. I’m not that stupid, in fact, she’s the one who started this “war” in the first place. Have a nice meal.
Eddie: Hey now wait a minute, you don’t mean….
(Before Eddie could say anything else, Jenn slams the door in his face and walks out of the gym. He stands there with a raised eyebrow.)
Eddie: …. That.
(Eddie signs as the scene comes to an end.)