Post by Travis Truth on Feb 29, 2008 3:12:41 GMT -7
Travis swipes his doorcard over the locking system and steps inside his brand new locker room.
The place is spartan, with a pull down bed against the wall. A three seater sofa is against another wall, facing a clapped out black and white television. There is another door leading off into a similar sized room. Big enough for some gym equipment, Travis thinks to himself.
Travis grimaces at the lack of furniture. Good job he took that offer of storage up. He takes his Sidekick from his poket and hits a few numbers. He flips it open and before long hears a voice on the other end.
David, its Travis. Just wondered if you could ship my stuff over to Gods and Heretics for the weekend? Thanks. Yeah, not bad I guess. No, no, she's fine. Yeah-ok, I gotta go now. Right, sure, yep. Bye now.
Travis sighs and flops down onto the sofa. He's deep in thought for a few seconds, until a sharp rap on the door makes him jump.
Post by Travis Truth on Feb 29, 2008 3:50:15 GMT -7
Sure, thats not a problem Roller. Although, I think we should stick around, see what the Tag Team Division has to offer. I just signed my contract this morning with Xantaxm, and I thought, hey this place has more to offer than (Words blanked out, but Travis is referring to Empire Wrestling).
I see your point Mr Travis. Maybe I will stick around. Although the hunt for gold is going to be a lot more difficult here than in other places. And I quite relish the challenge. So, this place, I take it you have more stuff on the way?
Travis looks at Luther quizzically.
Yeah... I do. Should be arriving this weekend. Why do you ask?
Well, (Luther strokes his chin thoughtfully) My throne is in storage itself. Maybe I could bring that here. And maybe some Escher prints on these walls too. And of course my laptop needs a permanent home...
Travis rolls his eyes and sports a wry smile. It was good to be back in business with the Holy Roller, even if he tended to go overboard at times.
Luther, have you heard anything from Miss Krystal lately?
Luther stiffens for a second and turns slowly to face Travis, a sad look in his eyes...
'Well, I was in a lot of financial debt. And a finances consultant by the name of Dimitri Munstkov was helping me out with my budget. We had a bit of a tiff after I purchased a replica Jesus' Last Supper which cost me a fair sum. Anyway he got that fed up with me and my extravagance that he packed up shop and ran off with my money. Anyway Krystal tracked him down in Portugal, which is where he fled to from England. He was acting as an agent for some TV stars there. Y'know how Krystal has her connections. Well, she tracked him down to where he was living. A little run down shack, nothing special. She knocked on the door and this Russian woman answered the door. Krystal explained why she was there and the woman just nodded. She then yelled out to someone who was sitting in the shack watching TV. He turned out to be Dimitri. He walked over to Krystal, .38 in hand, and shot her three times in the leg, before saying "I ever see your face around these parts again, Santos, I will have you killed!" She limped to the closest house who drove her to the hospital, which is where she is now.'
Post by Travis Truth on Feb 29, 2008 4:40:06 GMT -7
Travis is stunned by this news. He sits down on the sofa, his head in his hands.
Son-of-a-bitch. Dimitri Munstkov. He represented a lot in Japan too. Krystal warned me about him, said he was a ruthless scumbag.
Yes, we know what he's capable of...
I have to go back to Portugal Luther, I have to see she's ok...
Luther shakes his head.
You can't, my friend. There's a good chance that she probably won't recognise you. She's been laid up for a while, and the doctors have been pumping her full of morphine. In the operation to reset her pelvis, the oxygen cut out for a brief second. Nobody knows if she's brain damaged or not. I've tried to make contact but... well, nothing.
Travis sighs. Luther feels a great deal of sadness for his partner. Not only was Krystal Travis, fiancee. she was the only female Luther considered a close friend. He knew it wouldn't be long now until his friend decided to track her down. All Luther had to do was wait...
Post by Travis Truth on Mar 3, 2008 3:12:51 GMT -7
Its the night of Saturday Surge, and Travis is preparing for his second ever match against King Of Awesome. His debut went better than he thought it would. Forsaken was a little surprised that Truth took it as far as he did. In the end, the more experienced man won by knockout, leaving Travis battered, but still upbeat.
As he taped his wrists, his mind wandered back to Krystal. He enjoyed some good times with her, and of course when she managed Truth & Consequences. He hoped in the back of his mind, that she was alright after her altercation with Dimitri Munstkov. As he thought of that greasy, rat faced bastard his mood darkened. He tugged hard on the tape, and as it snapped, so did he. He flipped his desk over and smashed his fist into the portrait of Truth & Consequences. As the pain shot through his hand, he immediately regretted it. Blood started pouring from his knuckles, seeping through the tape. He looked up and saw Luther in the doorway, arms folded.
Luther unfolds his arms and leans his right hand on the door frame, running his left hand through his smooth jet black hair.
'Long enough to know that something is wrong Mr. Travis.'
Travis looks back down at his hand, hiding it behind his back.
"It'll be fine it'll stop bleeding soon.."
Luther shakes his head then walks over to the flipped over table and re-positions it the way it's meant to be. He then glances down at the broken frame containing the photo from the first T&C shoot with Krystal.
'You seem to be fairly distraught about that whole situation, Mr. Travis-'
"Distraught? Oh of course I'm freaking distraught! How the f**k would you like it if some dirty sewer dwelling rat put your woman in the emergency ward? Huh? I can't hear you."
Luther bows his head.
Travis places his hands on his head and growls in frustration.
"And to think, her parents didn't even bother to call me or email me to tell me what happened, I'm useless. I couldn't be there when she needed me! Damn it!"
Travis runs a kicks a hole in the wall, afterwards crouching down and expressing his welled up feelings about the love of his life.
"For all I know she could be dead to the world right now. And that filthy scum Dimitri is still roaming the streets a free man. Amd who knows if he won't target her brother next huh? he's only 13 years old!"
Luther wipes the persperation off his forhead then steps over to Travis, showing that he is also heavily affected by the whole situation.
Post by Travis Truth on Mar 3, 2008 3:51:08 GMT -7
The rage that was evident in Travis has subsided somewhat. He regrets talking that way to his tag partner and confidant, but as Luther hasn't said anything, travis takes it as read that he understands.
You know the best thing you could do for her right now?
Travis rolls his eyes. If this was going to be another "Holier Than Thou" lecture, he wasn't interested. But Luther carries on regardless.
Just go out there and be the best you can be. You had a halfway decent match against Forsaken, man, to be honest even I expected you to be flattened! You have a match with the King of Awesome tonight, and I really fancy your chances. You do realise that this federation is worldwide right? So I reckon that somewhere Krystal's family will be watching, and little Diego wouldn't want to miss his hero's match? I reckon if he kicks up enough of a fuss about seeing you again, the Krystal's folks won't have a choice but to get in touch with you.
Travis grunts. He knows that what Luther is saying makes sense, but his stubborn streak won't let him admit it.
Yeah, I suppose so... Just concentrate on my matches here, right? No bullshit title demands, just get my head down and wrestle, and you reckon that'll help?
Sure. I mean, I don't see what you have to lose...
Travis half smiles.
Yeah, I guess you're right Roller. You coming into the ring with me? Its a quarter to now.
Post by Bulldogs (Duncan + Genesis) on Mar 7, 2008 3:15:13 GMT -7
7th March - Before Friday Night Mayhem
The unmistakable figures of Dyna Mike Duncan + Genesis stand outside Travis' Locker Room, Duncan with the usual arrogant expression on his face, Genesis looking agitated.
Gen: Why me no haf fight tonight? Me want hurts peoples!
Duncan: Easy big fella. You had two fights on Monday, we've both got big matches coming up in the Mystery Madness tournament, Xant is just letting us both rest up. He wants us fresh for next week and for whatever plans he's got for those who try to stand against him.
Gen: Okey-dokey Mikey. Me still wants hurts peoples though. We hurts man here?
Mike laughs at his friend's eagerness to get involved in fights, but he shakes his head at him.
Mike: No, well, not right now anyway. I may need his help next month at World Warz. I know he's not English, but with him being a Jock, he'll probably end up in the British team, so I'm here to make sure he keeps focused and has my back.
As Duncan knocks on the door, his impeccable manners coming to the fore again, the Mad Monk taps him on the shoulder.
Gen: Man here be underwear? Mike say he jockstrap?
Mike laughs at his friend as a heavy Scottish accent shouts 'Come in!' and he opens the door, a good imitation of a friendly smile fixed to his lips.
Duncan: Travis. How's it hanging? Just seen tonights card pal, and you've got a toughie there! I may even come and watch it myself seeing as Xant has given me and Gen the night off. You won't mind will you? After all, us Brits have got to stick together now don't we?
Post by Travis Truth on Mar 7, 2008 3:24:51 GMT -7
Travis stares at Mike for longer than he should. He's seen this act before, albeit fifteen years ago, but he knows that Mike is either up to something or after something. He decides to play Mike along for a moment, scoping the ground as it were.
Its a free country Mike. To be honest, the Holy Roller and I could do with the moral support. I can't believe X has scheduled this match to be perfectly honest.
Genesis has wandered off towards the bookcase that Luther has had installed, and pretends to be browsing the shelves. Travis motions for Mike to take a seat on the couch.
I won't pretend that I trust you Mike, because to be brutally honest, I don't. I realise, like you said that we'll probably be on the same side at World Warz, so be honest with me and tell me what it is that you have in mind?
Genesis is still browsing the bookshelf, listening intently to the two men.
Post by Bulldogs (Duncan + Genesis) on Mar 7, 2008 3:51:35 GMT -7
Duncan shakes his head, mock hurt on his face, then he smiles.
Duncan: There's no pulling the wool over your eyes is there Travis? You're right of course, I do have ulterior motives for being there tonight, and it has very little to do with you. No disrespect, but you don't even figure on either mine or Gen's radars right now, but the other three guys in that ring do. Savage is a thorn in our side in the Captain Division, so I want to see him hurt ...
At the mention of the word 'hurt' Genesis suddenly shows more interest in the conversation.
Duncan: ... and I don't intend sticking around in the Captain Division very long after Total Carnage, so that puts both Luther and Slim Shady on my horizon. It will be good for me to see them both close up. But, as I said, I know you're not English, what with you being a sweaty sock ...
Gen: He not sock, he jockstrap!
Genesis chuckles at his own 'joke', not really understanding the terms Mike is using, but finding it amusing anyway.
Duncan: ... Yes, well, as I was saying. With World Warz coming up, I expect we'll end up having to team up, so I want to see you fit and well for that. Last thing I need is to have to carry an injured wrestler through that. The Pride of Britain is at stake after all - and you know how bloody seriously I take that!
Genesis, still chuckling, turns back to the books on the shelf, muttering about underwear to himself all the time.
Post by Travis Truth on Mar 7, 2008 5:38:00 GMT -7
Travis smiles. He knew Mike wasn't about to get his hands dirty, especially when he didn't have to. Slim Shady and Psycho Savage were good wrestlers. Probably better than Travis himself. Luther was a different prospect. He'd known him ever since they feuded in a federation in Britain, then of course, they formed Truth & Consequences. Trouble was, he didn't want to see him hurt.
I see what you're saying Mike, but you'll have to understand that I'm not prepared to screw Luther over. However, with regards to Slim and Savage, I'll do my best to make sure they're not fit to lace their own boots after this match. As will the Holy Roller, no doubt. Now, you know that one good turn deserves another, right?
Mike's fixed grin wavers a little. No one dared ask him for a favour before. Travis smiled.
I want you to have a word in Xantaxm's ear about maybe getting a little more exposure in this company. A little "push" if you will. I know you hold a lot of sway with X, and it would be a shame not to use it, right?
Post by Bulldogs (Duncan + Genesis) on Mar 7, 2008 7:30:07 GMT -7
Mike looks at Travis, astounded by the suggestion he just made! He stands up and Genesis takes his cue and comes to stand beside him.
Duncan: Look Travis, I know you've not been here long, but nobody has a quiet word with Xant and survives for very long! You don't do things for him in order to get anything in return - that's not how it works at all. Yes, I've managed to get in his good books recently, but I've not asked him for any favours for myself, yet, so I'm not about to do that for you! And if you think about it - a win for you and that freaky partner of yours tonight will improve your standing here. He's already doing you a favour making that match in my opinion! You do what you have to do to win tonight, and if I get the chance, I'll distract Psycho for you from ringside. But I'm not asking for favours - not off you or off Xant! Do this because it's good for YOU - have you forgotten everything I taught you?
Nodding his head at the masked man beside him, the Arrogant Englishman turns to leave.
Duncan: I'll see you later Travis, and, remember, use whatever angle you can to get ahead in this business!
Post by Travis Truth on Mar 9, 2008 8:59:13 GMT -7
Just as Duncan is about to take his leave, Travis mobile rings. He checks the display and to his amazement, its Xantaxm. He slides the screen up and answers.
Ok. Sure. Not a problem, its a genuine mistake. OK. Yeah, fine. Thanks boss.
Travis flips his Sidekick shut and grins at Mike Duncan.
Looks like it won't matter what happens tonight Mike. That was Xantaxm. Apparently there's been a change to the card, the booker who made the match now thinks that T&C should face the Power Junkys. By all means, come down to ringside and watch...
Mike glowers at Travis, furious that his plan has been halted before it begins.
Don't worry yourself. When World Warz comes along, I'll do my best to ensure that anybody who stands in Britain's way gets what they deserve. I'm a man of my word Mr Duncan, and I'll honour your... request.
Travis extends his hand to Dyna Mike Duncan, with a genuine look of sincerity on his face.
Post by Bulldogs (Duncan + Genesis) on Mar 10, 2008 6:29:58 GMT -7
Duncan takes Truth's hand, albeit very briefly, then smiles.
Duncan: Power Junkys huh? Well, that still means Psycho will be involved and I know he's still in Mystery Madness, so I may pop down for a look. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've a few e-mails I need to check out. I'm concerned about a couple of people here who may turn traitor at World Warz ... I'll keep you informed.
With that, Duncan leaves the room, reasonably satisfied that he'll get what he wants out of Truth in the short term...