Ominous Message Part.3

Ominous Message Part.3

Posted on March 27, 2024 at 6:47 pm by John Sektor

The media buzz surrounding Sektor’s recent press conference was palpable, a living entity that seemed to ripple through the HOW roster and fanbase with electric energy. The wrestling world waited on tenterhooks for Mike Best’s response to Sektor’s aggressive comments about his reign as World champion. A fiery rivalry that had long lain dormant was once again stoked into a blazing inferno.

For Sektor, the chaos and noise of the media circus was now behind him. He had fulfilled his contractual duties to promote his upcoming match and could finally block out the outside world to focus on what truly mattered – training and preparation. It wasn’t an easy task in a bustling metropolis like New York City, where distractions lurked around every corner. But Sektor was determined to shut out the noise and hone his skills for the ultimate showdown against his rival.

Of course, he had to get past three other men first.

Endurance was the key factor in his training. He had previously prepared for a similar event, Iconic, by focusing on building his body’s stamina for a rigorous gauntlet match. Now, he had to double his efforts as he may have to compete in two matches in one night. Gone were the days of sparring and perfecting skills in the ring; instead, he focused on building muscle and improving his cardiovascular system. He incorporated both strength training and cardio into his regimen, understanding that working multiple muscle groups simultaneously would better challenge his heart and lungs. In the past, he would dedicate one day to strength and another to cardio, even breaking down his muscle groups by day. But now, he did it all in one session. He would start with bench presses, followed by pull-ups, and finish off with a mile run around the gym building at top speed.

Then repeat.

He would jump rope for a minute, follow it with squats, overhead press and sit ups.

Repeat.

He decreased the rest time between sets and did not have a set number of repetitions; he would keep going until his muscles could no longer sustain the maximum fatigue. He sacrificed breaks and pushed himself until his muscles were on fire, his breaths came in heavy pants, and sweat drenched his body. Pull-ups, squats, push-ups, sit-ups – repeated over and over again until he reached physical failure.

With each day, he pushed himself to the limit. His weightlifting routine focused on speed and intensity, providing both strength training and endurance benefits. His personal trainer had taught him this method, explaining that it was one of the most effective ways to rev up his metabolism. Unlike those who solely focused on endurance training, Sektor’s metabolism stayed high because he maintained muscle mass. It was a necessary strategy for him.

Gone were the days of isolated movements like bicep curls or leg lifts; they simply didn’t challenge him enough. Instead, he switched to compound movements such as squats, step ups, and pull-ups to increase his stamina even further.

At first, the changes in his preparation felt completely foreign to him and contradicted a lifetime of strict training. Routine was no longer his ally. It’s crucial to change up your routine in order to build endurance and stamina, as the body becomes accustomed to a workout after only two weeks. So he ditched running and instead focused on Muay Thai. He also abandoned running stairs and opted for an intense setting on the exercise bike.

Making these changes early on in his training camp provided motivation and kept his mind engaged, which would be crucial in a survival scenario where adaptability is key.

A week into training camp he began hybrid training. He would now combine his squat with an overhead press. He would do jumping pull ups and immediately go into a lunge and then a bicep curl, repeating over and over.

He only gave himself one rest day per week during the two week intense training camp. Between training sessions he would sit in a tub of ice and use cryotherapy to speed up the recovery process. He had planned to spend the three days directly before the event doing light work only, so as not to compete with an already heavily fatigued body, but also still warm and in peak condition.

As the days passed, Sektor could feel the intensity in the air building up to the event. The final moments of preparation before a showdown were always the most crucial, and he was determined to make every second count. The lights of the city that never slept illuminated his late-night runs along the river, casting long shadows that mirrored his focus and determination.

The day before the event, Sektor found tranquillity in a secluded corner of Central Park. Surrounded by nature, he closed his eyes and let the sounds of rustling leaves and chirping birds envelop him. It was a moment of rare stillness amidst the chaos that awaited him in the ring.

In that peaceful oasis, he visualized every move, every counter, every strike that he would execute in the upcoming matches. His mind was a tapestry of strategy and anticipation, weaving together a path to victory with threads of precision and skill.

As the sun began to dip below the horizon, casting an orange glow over the park, Sektor began to think about the ominous message once again.

Watch,” he whispered to himself.

He could feel his stomach beginning to churn as the anxiety began to resurface. No matter how hard he trained or how much he occupied his mind, he still couldn’t get that message out of his brain.

There had been no more messages since. No signs. Nothing out of the ordinary. There didn’t need to be. That one, solitary, message had done its job and left its mark.

But Sektor was not one to dwell on uncertainties or allow fear to cripple his determination. As the sun dipped below the horizon, he made a silent vow to himself. He would face whatever challenge came his way head-on, with unwavering courage and unyielding resolve. The message that had once haunted him now served as a reminder of the stakes at hand, a whisper of the unknown that only fuelled his desire to emerge victorious.

“Enjoying the peace?” called a voice.

He turned to see Eve and Chloe walking towards him and smiled.

“I am actually,” he admitted. “I hate big cities. Even back home I would avoid the busy parts. But this is nice.”

It must feel good to take a break and just relax for a moment,” Eve suggested, taking a seat next to him.

Chloe sat the other side of him and leaned her head against his chest as he lifted his arm for her.

“To be honest I feel guilty,” he confessed with a soft sigh.

“That’s crazy,” Eve scolded. “You’ve been training so hard. Harder than usual. TOO hard, if you ask me.”

“You can never train too hard, kid. Surely I’ve taught you at least that?” he teased with a smile. “Why, you think I’m overdoing it?”

“Well, hey, you know your own body. I just don’t know how you do it,” she gasped.

“I have no choice. The rest of the roster is catching up, Eve,” he sighed.

“What do you mean?”

“Mitchell, a rookie, pushed me hard. Hollywood almost had me. Even Zion took it to the wire,” he explained, donning an expression of concern. “Everyone seems motivated and they’re all pushing to bridge the gap. The level I was at in the group stage was enough to get me here, but it won’t be enough to finish the job.”

Sektor shared his concerns, their expressions reflecting a mixture of worry and admiration. Sektor was known for his dedication and work ethic, but even he had moments of doubt. Chloe squeezed his hand reassuringly, her eyes filled with unwavering support.

“You always find a way,” she said.

Sektor smiled as he looked at the sincerity in his daughter’s eyes. Those words meant more to him than she could possibly begin to imagine.

“Well I’m gonna have to take myself to a new level to do it. A level I’ve never been to before, even in my prime when I was World champion. I need to be better than that,” he said, not with doubt but with an eagerness to challenge himself.

“Two matches in one night,” he continued. “At my age and with my injuries? I’m gonna have to go through a gifted technician and two of the stiffest brawlers in the world to get to Mike who will be fresh as a daisy.”

“You made it through the gauntlet. This time you’ll have a couple of hours to rest before the main event,” she said with encouragement. “You got this.”

“That’s true. I surprised myself just how well my conditioning held up that night. But this will be different. Resting might seem like a good thing but it could be a very bad thing,” he continued.

Eve regarded him with a look of curiosity.

“Even at your young and spritely age, tell me how you feel after thirty minutes of getting out of the ring? Once all the adrenaline left your system and the lactic acid started to build in your muscles?” he asked, raising his eyebrows. It was less of a question and more of a statement.

“Yeah, I guess I never thought of that,” she admitted.

“When I get past the four way the worst thing I can do is stick my feet up. I need to keep moving and keep the muscles working and blood warm.”

“How’s your knee?” Eve asked, inadvertently looking down at his leg.

“I got an appointment for some joint injections tomorrow morning. Should get me through the event. It’s no worse than usual and its help up this far,” he confidently explained.

“What if you hurt it? Will you be able to get through the matches?” Chloe asked, now starting to look a little worried herself.

Sektor half shrugged.

“I told you before, we don’t worry about what hasn’t happened yet. We deal with it when it comes. No point wasting nervous energy. Lord knows I do that enough these days as it is,” he sighed. “All the same, it may be a good idea to get you a backstage pass and so can get a fresh ice bath ready for when I get back?” he suggested to Eve.

“Sure,” she replied positively. “I’m sure Chloe will be fine with the EPU for a short while.”

Sektor’s shoulders sagged as she said this. Perhaps it was the feeling of calm and safety that the park had given him that led him to momentarily forget about the risk to his daughter’s safety. Jace, his enemies, the mysterious messenger? They could all be there, waiting for an opportunity to hit him where it hurts most.

Shit,” he muttered. “No, you need to stay with Chloe at all times. I can’t trust the EPU. I can’t trust anyone except you right now so you have to promise me that you won’t take your eyes off her.”

“I promise, you don’t need to worry,” she reassured him.

Sektor turned to look at Chloe, hoping that he hadn’t worried her. She seemed relaxed and unaffected by her fathers overprotectiveness. She had likely gotten used to it with how Sutler used to protect her.

“Are you okay?” Eve asked.

The word ‘okay’ had a stronger meaning this time and he felt it. He took a deep breath, his gaze distant as if lost in thought. After a moment, he spotted an ice cream truck a short distance on the path with a small line waiting to be served. He began reaching into his pocket.

“Chloe, why don’t you go grab us all some ice cream?”

Her face lit up as he handed her a few crumpled bills and gestured for her to hurry. She bolted towards the truck, but even then, he couldn’t shake the feeling that she was in danger.

Eve was perceptive enough to realize that he was purposely sending Chloe away so he could talk to her alone.

“I received a message while we were landing the other week,” he began, staring off into the distance.

Eve took a moment before responding, trying to figure out if he was going to share more information.

“What did it say?”

Watch.”

Eve felt a chill run down her spine as Sektor uttered that single word. The weight of its meaning hung heavy in the air between them, and she couldn’t shake the feeling of foreboding that settled in the pit of her stomach. She knew Sektor well enough to understand that this message was not to be taken lightly.

“You’ve been watched?” she whispered, her eyes widening in alarm.

Sektor shrugged.

“Or someone wants me to watch?”

“Was there a number?” she asked, trying to suppress the panic in her voice.

Sektor merely shook his head.

“Why didn’t you say something sooner?”

Sektor’s expression darkened as he contemplated her question.

“I didn’t want to worry anyone unnecessarily. But now… I can’t ignore it any longer. Whoever sent that message knows how to get under my skin, how to make me question every move I make.”

Eve could see the turmoil in his eyes, the weight of responsibility he carried on his shoulders. Sektor turned and saw the concern in her eyes which caused him to sigh and shake his head.

“I shouldn’t have said anything,” he groaned.

What? Don’t be silly, you shouldn’t be harbouring all this on your own. I’m glad you told me, I -”

“You’re my student!” he snapped, his expression angry but directed towards himself. “I shouldn’t be burdening you with this. As the leader, I should be displaying strength instead of weakness.”

Eve placed a comforting hand on his, giving it a gentle squeeze as she looked at him sternly.

“It’s not a weakness to show your vulnerabilities.”

In that moment Sektor began to regard Eve in a way he never had before. He began to admire her, not as a competitor or a prospect, but as a human being.

“How are you wiser than me?” he asked in astonishment.

She smiled smugly, casually removing her hand from his.

“Well I’m a woman, for one thing,” she laughed.

Sektor rolled his eyes but allowed himself a chuckle. Soon he found himself returning to his previous state.

“That one word,” he continued. “What does it mean? Who is it from? What’s going to happen?”

“You need to follow your own advice,” Eve said firmly. “No sense worrying about what hasn’t happened yet. Right?”

Sektor looked at Eve but didn’t know if he could commit to a response.

“We deal with it when it comes!”

Sektor reluctantly nodded, knowing deep down that there was nothing else he could do. Whoever sent the message had an agenda and without knowing who it was or what they wanted, he could only wait.

“We need to be extra vigilant from now on,” Sektor continued, his voice firm with determination. “I need you by my side, watching my back at all times. This threat, whatever it may be, won’t take me down without a fight.”

Eve nodded solemnly, understanding the gravity of the situation. She knew that standing by Sektor’s side meant stepping into the line of fire, but she was prepared to do whatever it took to keep him safe.

As they watched Chloe skip back towards them, ice creams in hand, Sektor’s gaze lingered on his daughter for a moment longer before turning back to Eve. There was a newfound resolve in his eyes, a determination to protect his loved ones at all costs. The message may have brought uncertainty and fear into their lives, but it also ignited a fire within Sektor to confront whatever dangers lay ahead.

With Eve by his side, he felt a strength that he hadn’t realized was there before. As they each took an ice cream from Chloe, a sense of unity settled over them, binding them together in the face of the unknown. The park around them buzzed with laughter and joy, unaware of the shadows that lurked beneath the surface.

But Sektor and Eve were ready – ready to face whatever challenges came their way, ready to protect each other and those they held dear. And as they walked through the park, enjoying the simple pleasure of ice cream on a warm day, they knew that no matter what trials awaited them, they would face them together.

At that moment Sektor remembered who he was. Who he really was. He had changed recently, finding his humanity that was locked deep inside so that he could reconnect with his daughter and lay all his past demons to bed.

Now wasn’t the time to be that man. Now was the time to be cold and ruthless. Now was the time to show his enemies that he was not to be fucked with. The message may have rattled him, but it also stoked the fire of determination within him.

This was his time and he’d be damned if anyone threatened to ruin that for him. If he wasn’t determined before then he is now.

He will win the fatal four way.

He will beat Mike Best and become World champion.

He WILL be the best in the world.

It was time for him to send a message of his own!