“It stands to wonder how all the events in my life are playing out like a god damn roller coaster. Things are spiraling up and down and in twists and turns and things are happening a lot faster that I would have anticipated them to. However, the key here is to be able to process these events properly. I’d like to say that I have a good grip on my reality, but I will admit that there have been surprises that have popped up in my life that I didn’t anticipate to. That’s the funny thing about life…you never know what’s going to happen the next day…or more importantly, you never know just who will walk back into it. There are events that have occurred in ones life that prevents certain relationships from developing or friendships taking off. There are always circumstances, obstacles if you will, that always seem to pop up in order to block these things from happening. That’s the funny thing about life. You can try to change time itself, but sometimes time is so corporeal, sometimes so fixed, that’s there’s simply no changing it….but because of your desire to want something so badly sometimes you’ll do almost anything to disrupt those rules and the very laws of time to make it happen…no matter how much pain and suffering you know will probably come of it because you know you can’t change fate. Well fate is a funny word…and it’s not a word I use lightly. Simply put, I always believed I was in charge of my own fate no matter what was put in front of me. This year I’ve had the opportunity to right a lot of wrongs in my life and now life has put another one in front of me. However, this one was the conundrum because it was one I thought was lost in the memories of my past. Just what exactly was I going to do with this one? If you said meddle in it, you are a hundred percent right. That’s what I was going to do because you know I don’t believe in coincidences. I also believe I have control in my own fate and what was set out in front of me…if I wanted it so badly…I was going to find a way to make it happen. So what exactly was I supposed to do with what was put in front of me this time?”
End in Sight? Part II
Los Angeles, California
The scene opens back up inside the cafe where we last saw Brian Hollywood. He is awe struck at who stands before him. How could that be, though? The woman who stands in front of him was one of the few woman in Hollywood’s life he had loved. But all that was jeopardized by The Chair several years ago when he had her kidnapped. Hollywood had gone to her rescue, but saving her wasn’t what he got out of it. The only way he could save her was to let her go. He had to create a new life for her and distance himself from her so that The Chair wouldn’t be able to find her again. Now the same woman that he fell in love with stands before him and she looked more radiant than ever. She never forgot who Hollywood was. She never once lost the memory of him and what they shared. Hollywood looks down at the table as the guilt starts to set in. He knew he had to do what he had to do, but that still didn’t mean he didn’t feel the very guilt eat away at his heart. He could have had the love life he wanted but he sacrificed that to protect her. One of the many prices Hollywood has had to pay in his life. Hollywood looks back up as he still couldn’t believe she was standing in front of him as he finally breaks his silence.
Brian Hollywood: “Audrey….what….what are you doing here?”
Seriously? After all these years that’s the only thing he could say? Hollywood always had a magic when it came to talking to women, but here he was…the first time at a loss for words. Nothing was processing right. Hollywood never expected to see Audrey again…yet here she was as real as ever standing mere feet away from him. Audrey smiles at him not taking offense at Hollywood’s inability to talk to her. Who could blame him? She probably knew the chances of seeing him again was next to none. But that didn’t stop her from ever giving up hope.
Audrey Renfroe: “It’s good to see you too Brian.”
Hollywood stands up in his chair, always ever the gentlemen, as he points in front of him as Audrey smiles and sits down. Hollywood slowly sits back down. He couldn’t help but to look at Audrey for a few moments. He never ever expected to see her again. Yet here she was…right before him. Hollywood had so many questions, but there was only one on the forefront of his mind.
Brian Hollywood: “What are you doing back in Los Angeles? This was the last place I ever expected to see you again. I thought we had established a new identity for you and a new place to live. It was supposed to be where not even I knew where you were relocated.”
Audrey Renfroe: “The truth is something drew me back here. I didn’t know what it was. I just refuse to live in a life of hiding and in the shadows. That’s not who I am. You of all people know that. I thought I would never see you again…but the truth is, I’ve never forgotten about you. I was watching the television one night. On a Saturday night and I saw you on the TV. I couldn’t believe it was you. But it was. I knew you were wrestling, but I never actually expected to see you wrestle. I had thought you had given it up all those years ago. The truth is when I saw you…I knew I had to try and find you. That meant coming back here to LA. I knew you’d pop up somewhere. I was determined to find you. Truth is, I tried your usual places and couldn’t find you. You hadn’t been to your usual places. That caused me to wonder why. When was the last time you were even home? You’re never at your mansion anymore. I even tried Hollywood Enterprises…but I saw the damage and….a lot has changed…hasn’t it?”
Hollywood looks down at the table briefly. It’s true, there were things different about him now. After the destruction of Hollywood Enterprises and even a change in his persona, Hollywood hadn’t step foot in his mansion in months. It was probably collecting dust at this point, who knew. Hollywood looks back up at Audrey and tries to hide his feelings with a smile.
Brian Hollywood: “You’re right. Things have changed since the last time you were here…since the last time I saw you, Audrey. The truth is I just haven’t been home. I’ve been busy. That’s all.”
Audrey Renfroe: “How long is it going to take for you to realize I know when you’re lying? You don’t have to do that with me. I know you better than most people do…and I always know when you’re trying to hide a secret. The truth is things haven’t been fine, have they? You’ve been struggling. You’ve been struggling for quite a while, haven’t you?”
Hollywood couldn’t keep anything from this woman even though he hadn’t even talked to her or seen her in years. She saw right through him. There wasn’t a smokescreen or a wall he could put up in front of her that would keep her out. It didn’t matter how hard Hollywood tried…he couldn’t hide anything from her. Maybe that’s why he loved her so much. Hollywood lets out a simple chuckle as he shakes his head. He had truly been through a lot this year and he even found it tough to put into words with her.
Brian Hollywood: “There’s nothing that gets by you, is there? Yes…I’ve been quite busy this year. My life has changed a lot since we last saw each other. Truth is my life has been turned upside down…but I’m managing it. I’m coping with it. There have been things that have worked and there’s been things that I’ve tried to work with what life has handed me. You know I haven’t been the happiest person lately…especially when I was forced to hide you away from my enemies…when I was forced to hide you away from the people in my life. There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by when I don’t think about you. Audrey…he’s still around…”
All Hollywood had to say was he and Audrey knew who he was talking about. It caused her to tremble because the man Hollywood was talking about had caused Audrey so much trauma.
Audrey Renfroe: “You mean The Chair? I had figured as much. I saw what happened to Hollywood Enterprises. I saw your meeting with that man today and I was watching from a distance. You looked like you were in pain. The only man that I have ever known to bring so much pain to you or anyone for that matter was The Chair. I’m just tired of hiding. I’m tired of living a fake life that I never wanted! Brian…I want to be free again. I haven’t felt that way in years and the last time I felt free was with you. I want that back…but there’s been so much time that has passed that I don’t know if we can ever get that back…but I just want this nightmare to end..”
It was true that a lot of time had passed and was perhaps lost with Brian and Audrey. Who knows what would have been with the two. It was a sad tragedy in Hollywood’s life. Tragedy was a key theme in his life and it was sad Hollywood was starting to get used to it. Was it starting to get to the point where Hollywood was used to it being the norm in his life? Hollywood lets out a sigh as he can’t help but to reach across the table and put his hand on Audrey’s. Audrey looks down and reaches up and grabs Hollywood’s hand, holding it as she clenches onto it tightly.
Audrey Renfroe: “I don’t know what the future holds Brian…but I know that you can’t do this alone. You should never feel alone. No one should. It’s the worst feeling ever…feeling alone. I should know. But you need love and support moving forward and this needs to come to an end. You deserve to be happy. I can see the pain in your eyes and you look….tired. I know you want to end everything…but I can’t seem to shake the feeling that you were close to just giving up.”
Brian Hollywood: “I can’t even lie to you. You’re right…I was ready to give everything up. I attempted it once…with my wrestling career. I gave up my life here in LA in order to make myself a better wrestler. I was ready to give up the fame and fortune…the war with The Chair and just carry on with my life in the wrestling industry. That’s where I was always the happiest. But the truth is if something is meant to be…if there is a fixed point in time where you can’t avoid it no matter all the decisions you make in life, it will always find a way to pull you back. That’s what happened here, Audrey. I was drawn back into this life and I knew that I had to finish this…no matter how many painful memories I carried…no matter everything that happened. I was ready to give up, yes…but you know that I simply can’t do that. It’s not in my DNA no matter what I’ve been through. That’s why I’ve returned here to finish this. It’s the only way I’ll truly be happy and not have to worry about looking over my shoulder every fucking day. It’s tiring…I’ve perhaps been able to carry myself through it all but it does get exhausting. I’m ready to purge myself of it all. I am tired…and I’m just ready to live a normal life..but as long as this man is out there…I will never be able to rest. I’ll never really be able to live my life the way I want to which irritates me because I’ve always dictated my own fate. I’ve been defiant…but I’ve got to get closure. The Chair will always find a way to corrupt it…to ruin it somehow and I’ve got to put those ghosts to bed…..I won’t lie….I am glad you’re here, though..”
Hollywood smiles at Audrey as he stares passionately in her eyes. There was a warmth about him that hadn’t really been seen in years but this was the woman who drew it out of him. It gave him strength, confidence, and he hung onto those feelings like a whisper in the wind. Audrey stares back into his eyes as she can’t help but to feel her heart fluttering with old feelings. The two share a silence together as they both get lost in each others eyes. Hollywood smiles once more before he now clinches her hand tightly.
Brian Hollywood: “What do you say we get out of here? A walk around town would be nice.”
Audrey smiles radiantly as she slowly nods her head slowly.
Audrey Renfroe: “I’d like that. What do we have to lose, right?”
The two share a small laugh as Hollywood nods his head before the two of them leave the cafe together as there was the possibility something may have just been rekindled between the two of them.
LATER THAT NIGHT….
Hollywood is seen sleeping as both him and Audrey are seen together in a bed. Clothes could be seen all over the room as it was pretty apparent there was definitely a rekindling between Hollywood and Audrey. Hollywood had his arm around Audrey as her head rested comfortably on his chest. They both looked happily content before all of a sudden, Hollywood’s cell phone began to rang. Hollywood wakes up and he was irritated as he didn’t want to move. He was comfortable holding Audrey and he moves his arm slowly as Audrey repositions herself but stays asleep. Hollywood looks at his phone and doesn’t recognize the number that is calling him. Curious, though, he answers the phone.
Brian Hollywood: “H…hello?”
Voice: “Well good evening Mr. Hollywood. It’s been quite awhile, hasn’t it?”
Hollywood all of a sudden sits up in the bed. He had known that voice all too well.
Voice: “I do hope I wasn’t interrupting anything…intimate!”
Brian Hollywood: “What the fuck do you want? You know, I’m quite surprised you took this long to reach out to me. You were the never the silent type. So tell me what can I do for…..CHAIR!”
The Chair: “I’m flattered that you haven’t forgotten about me over the years. Truth is…you’ve been busy. I gotta say, it truly is great to speak to you again. I do miss our anonymous conversations with each other. But let’s cut to the chase, shall we?”
Brian Hollywood: “Always business with you, isn’t it? Tell me, why did it take you so long to reach out to me? If you’ve really known how busy I’ve been, why wait all this time before reaching out to me. Is someone getting nervous I’m getting closer to the truth?”
The Chair lets out an ominous laugh.
The Chair: “HAHAHA! Oh hardly, Mr. Hollywood! Although, I have always admired your tenacity and your sheer determination to getting to the truth. But the truth is I have some truth for you..and although you might find this unexpected…there is some truth I do have for you…but this conversation can’t merely take place over the phone. That’s why I propose we actually meet to discuss this…because it’s something that has been troubling me and now that you’ve somehow stumbled onto finding something in my possession, I deem it necessary that we actually talk about it.”
And there it was. Something so troubling that it caused The Chair to reach out to Hollywood to set up a meet. Meetings with The Chair were rare over the years and Hollywood knew what he knew was troubling enough for The Chair to set up a direct meeting between the two.
Brian Hollywood: “Is someone worried I’m getting too close perhaps? So worried that you’re forced to meet with me in person? Interesting. But alright…you know me…just name the time and place…and I’ll be there.”
The Chair lets out another methodical laugh.
The Chair: “HAHA HA…always the jumpy type. That’s what I like about you Mr. Hollywood. I’ll be in touch…”
And with that The Chair hangs up the phone. The Chair was always the shortest with his conversations. This one, though, was going to keep Hollywood up the rest of the night, though. He couldn’t help but to wonder what was so important that The Chair wanted to set up a direct meeting between the two. Hollywood’s mind starts to race as he wonders just how close he truly was and what The Chair knew. Audrey then wakes up as she sees Hollywood sitting up in bed, silent. Audrey sits up while the sheet falls down revealing her chest. She looks at Hollywood with concern.
Audrey Renfroe: “Is everything alright. Are you ok, Brian? What is it?”
Hollywood stays silent for a few moments before he looks at Audrey directly in the eyes as he runs his hand slowly down her face before kissing her passionately on the lips.
Brian Hollywood: “I’m ok, love. There’s nothing to worry about..”
Audrey ponders for a moment, but doesn’t think anything of it as she kisses Hollywood again before laying her head back down on the pillow. Of course nothing was alright. Hollywood had just reassured her and was convincing about it as he laid back down with her while looking up at the ceiling and begins to think out the thoughts running through his mind and of The Chair’s sudden urgent phone call with him as the scene slowly fades to black…
Continuing the Momentum
“So the board is set, apparently. It looks like field is turning out to be interesting when it comes to this battle royal. Zeb Martin, Sutler Kael, Cancer Jiles, Hannibal Frost, Teddy Palmer and of course, Darin Matthews. So the way I see this, it looks to be a seven person battle royal in less I’m missing something here? No worries. I’m fine with this field because in the end, It’s going to be my hand raised and it’s going to be me deciding the name of an HOFC group.”
“So the time has come to really showcase what I’ve got. But let’s not forget the unpredictability of a battle royal here. I understand that there’s a lot that can happen in these types of matches. I’ve been apart of my fair share of these matches to know never to underestimate the unknown factor of these matches. But one thing I’ve always been able to handle well is the unpredictable element. I’ve made a career out of it, actually.”
“Let’s be honest here…of all the participants in this match, I’ve had more history with Darin Matthews and Zeb Martin. I haven’t been in the ring with Hannibal Frost, Sutler Kael or even Teddy Palmer. However, I’ve been able to study Palmer and Kael. Kael has a bit of his father in him, whether he wants to admit that or not. The truth is there will always be a part of your father in you, Sutler. But you’re just like any other rookie in HOW. You want to make a name for yourself. I know you carry a weight on your shoulder and I know that you want nothing more than to erase your fathers stench from your name. But that’s easier said than done. Max Kael had a big impact on High Octane Wrestling…more so than any other wrestler to ever step foot in HOW. The pressure is there, kid. I know you may not be as dark as your father, or even diabolical, but you still have his blood in your veins. And that is someone to watch out for…no matter how much you fucking preach about how different you are from your father. Truth is there will always be something in you from him and I don’t take that lightly. You’re a third generation Kael for fuck sakes…which means I recognize the talent there. But what you need is a good humbling. You need to know what happens when you pursue a career in HOW. You need to know what the feeling of a loss is. You need to experience what defeat feels like. I have no problem being the one to show you what that feels like. Trust me, kid, you’ll be thanking me later for it.”
“Then there’s the curious case of Teddy Palmer. Teddy, while we may never have faced off in the ring, I won’t forget that it was your tag partner Red who caused me not to make it out of the knockout round of the LBI last year. He was my sole loss and it still gets to me. You, on the other hand, went on to damn well nearly win the whole thing. But what happened when it was over? You vanished. Was the defeat too much for you? Is this the only time we’ll actually see you, Teddy? I wonder truly if you can handle the pressures of High Octane life. I truly wonder if you have what it takes to go the distance. What happens when you experience your next loss? Are you going to disappear again? I only bring up the relevant points because you were on fire…but you just vanished. Curious isn’t it? I digress though, Teddy, I plan to go with momentum into 2021. 2021 is going to be my year and I’ll be damned if I let anything stop me from making it so. So tell me, what happens if I throw your ass over that top rope? And if you are going to be announced for the HOFC tournament, I can only hope I’m placed in your group. I would love nothing more than to avenge, in a way, my only loss in the LBI last year that cost me from moving on.”
“What has there been said that hasn’t been said about Cancer Jiles already? I feel like the only reason he’s in this battle royal is just for the paycheck. Truth is buddy, you’ve lost your touch. You had a good streak going for you in 2020. Then you ran into me. Truth is you’ve lost your step. I don’t have time to entertain a guy who has no ambitions for 2021 and I’ll eliminate you quicker than you can make scrambled eggs buddy.”
“Zeb Martin. A good solid man. You and I have been in the ring a couple times and we’ve exchanged wins against each other. I personally don’t have a problem with you at all. I wouldn’t mind seeing you win this battle royal in the event I don’t. But nothing against you, I don’t intend on letting that happen. I still have something to prove in this battle royal and I am out to prove that I will carry momentum into 2021. It’s that imperative that I do. So don’t take it personally when I eliminate you from this match. I just have a lot riding on me in 2021. It’s just business, nothing personal, Zeb. I look forward to fighting you, though.”
“Then there’s frosty the snowman. Hannibal Frost. A rookie in HOW. You had a good fight against Darin Matthews and was almost able to take him down. Which I congratulate you on. Then again, these days, it’s not hard beating Darin Matthews in HOW today. But you’re entering into a multiman match where the elements are going to be against you. I wish you the best of luck, kid. But with a few vets being in this match, we know what’s at stake.”
“Last but not least….Darin Matthews. What more can I say that hasn’t already been said about you? Sure, we share some things in common going into this match…but how badly do you really want to win this match Darin? We’ve heard the same song and dance from you time and time again. What more is there to say? If we end up working together, I have no problem with that. But there seems to be a lot of people counting on that happening. Which means we’ll be targets one and two and I don’t like that kind of heat on me. So the truth is…if I have to eliminate you early…then so be it…don’t take it personally.”
“The truth is gentlemen, this is my chance to end 2020 on a high note and it’s been such a journey for me. Everything is coming full circle for me and I plan to end it right. Then comes 2021 and I already know what I’m naming my group should I win. I do wish all you good luck…but this is my battle royal to win. I have felt my resurgence the last few months…a basic instinct that I can’t shake and I just know that 2021 is going to be my year. One way or another…you can bet that as an Executive Promise. I’ll see you gentlemen at ICONIC.”