The Best Job Ever.
When I got to the morning skate of the home game against Colorado, I was informed that I had the night off.
I wasn’t complaining.
It would be nice to not have to worry about players being smashed into the boards, or having to glue someone’s face after they took a high stick.
I might actually enjoy the game!
Which I haven’t done since I started working…
Beau had offered for me to join him, James Neal and Kris Letang up in a private box. I accepted thinking it would be a good time watching the three of them watch hockey.
Brandon came over before the game and helped me pick an outfit for the game. We, and when I say we, I mean I, picked out a pencil skirt and black top with gold jewelry and my favorite black vans.
Brandon enjoyed the skirt, so we ended up making out on my bed before he left me.
And now, I am sitting on a stool in between Beau and Nealsy.
"I like the outfit, babe." Tanger said, in his French Canadian accent, walking up and putting his hand on my back.
"Thanks, Tanger!" I said looking back at him.
"Shouldn't you be with the WAGs?" He asked.
"Umm...I'm technically not allowed to be with Brandon...so no." I said to him.
"Oh. I didn’t know that." He said taking a stool on the other side of Nealsy.
"Yeah, I'm not supposed to date my players...oops..." I laughed.
"Well, you're secret's safe with meee." He said laughing and winking.
"Why aren’t you reppin' Sutts?" James asked, joining into our conversation.
"I actually don’t have a Sutter jersey. My only Pens jersey is Kuni, because he was my favorite. And still is, under Brandon, because I don’t really have a choice on whether or not he's my favorite." I laughed.
"I'm not your favorite? That's a deep cut, babe. Deeeeeep." Beau said next to me.
"You? You're faaaar from the top, sir." I said smacking his arm, laughing.
"I know whose list you’re the top offff." James said leaning around me and looking at him.
"Who?" Kris and I said together, both of us looking at Nealsy.
"That Sophie chick he's been hooking up with. He hasn’t told you at her?" He asked looking at me.
I rolled my eyes.
"That Sophie chick is my roomie; we live with each other. But no, he hasn’t told me about it, but boy have I heard a lot of it." I said.
Beau's cheeks slightly turned pink and he took his attention down the ice, where the lights had dropped and the national anthem was getting ready to be sung.
It was the first intermission.
The boys decided to go down and talk to the team, so I tagged along.
"Is everyone decent?!" I said as I walked into the locker room with my hands covering my eyes.
"Yes, Anna. You don’t have the worry about naked men during an intermission. Now, after games, that's a different story." Pascal Dupuis said laughing at me from the floor.
He was sitting in front of Sid and Kuni. I took my hands from my eyes and walked over to them.
"Where's B?" I asked sitting myself down between Sid and Kuni and stretching my legs out.
"Hmm, I don’t know?" Dupers said.
"Oh, I think he had something wrong with his skates, so he's probably with an equipment manager. But, you're welcome to just chill with us." Kuni laughed.
"Thanks." I said smiling at him.
I looked down at my feet and Pascal was stretching to reach my feet. He had my vans untied and was trying to tie them together.
"Dupers!" I half laughed, half yelled.
He pulled back really fast and sat up straight.
"What? I was just stretching!" He said trying to look innocent.
We all laughed at him.
"You know, I like your outfit, Anna." Sid said pulling on my shirt sleeve. "But why aren’t you wearing a jersey?" He asked.
"You know, that's been the question of the day I laughed.”I only have a Kuni jersey, and I'm here to cheer on Brandon, not that I'm not here for you guys too. So I figured I should dress up instead." I answered.
"Oh, so I'm really your favorite?" Chris laughed.
"You wereee...but Brandon is now. You're still a close second, though." I laughed.
"I see how it is." Pascal said fake pouting on the floor.
"Sorry, Dupers." I laughed.
"Suttsy's gonna have to get you another jersey!" Sid said laughing at Pascal.
"Yeah, and it better have a 9 on the back!" Pascal said pointing a finger at me.
"He definitely will have to. And I'll see what strings I can pull." I laughed.
"Well, boys." I said as I slapped my thighs. "I'm going to go make sure they're doing okay, and that they don’t need me." I said getting up.
"Tell Brandon that I was here and that I wished him good luck. And good luck to you boys as well." I said as I went around and placed a small kiss on each of their cheeks.
"Do we have to kiss him, too?" Pascal asked as I turned to walk away.
"That's up to you, Dupers!" I said laughing.
They didn’t need me.
I was pleased and disappointed at the same time.
I really didn’t want to work, but it felt sooo weird sitting up in the fancy private box.
I headed up wayyy after Kris, James, and Beau, so I stopped for a drink and a pretzel on the way back up.
I figured that if I would've gotten nachos, James, or Beau, or both of them, would've tried to eat them; so I opted for a pretzel.
"Where have you been? You've missed the first 5 minutes of the period!" Beau said when he saw me walking up.
"Shit, no I didn’t!" I said through a mouthful of pretzel, running up to my seat.
I sat my drink on the little table/ledge in front of me as I sat down.
"What did I miss?" I asked.
"Nothing really, just a bunch of blocked shots." Kris answered me.
I started to watch the game, literally, looking over my pretzel, holding it in front of me.
James looked over at me. "You know that we do have tons of food up here, right?" He said eyeing up my pretzel.
"Yeah. But I walked past a guy selling them, and I couldn’t resist. I mean, who can turn down a soft pretzel? Not this girl." I laughed, turning my attention back to the game.
"Can I have a bite?" He asked.
"Sure." I laughed.
I held out the pretzel but didn’t take my attention off the ice; Brandon was just about to finish a shift.
James still hadn’t taken the pretzel, so I shook it a bit.
"Are you going to take it, or-" I said looking over at him. He was leaning over to take a bite just as I started shaking it as I looked over at him.
He was moving his head with the pretzel while his mouth was open.
I laughed so hard at him.
"Stop moving!" He laughed.
"Here" I giggled.
I tore a piece of it off and put it in his mouth for him.
"Thanks, babe." He laughed, licking his lips.
"You're welcome." I said smacking his arm.
"Watch there, injured remember?" He said.
"Oh, yeah. Gonna play some ice wiffle ball any time soon?" I laughed.
"It was not wiffle ball...okay, maybe it was." He said crossing his arms and looking back to the ice.
I saw my phone light up just out of the corner of my eye.
‘(1) New Message: Sophhhhh<3’
I picked it up, opened the message and read it.
'Ummm, why did I just see you flirting and hand feeding James Neal on my TV screen?!?!'
'They were saying how Neal, Letang, and Beau were at the game watching it and they showed a shot of you guys. You were giggling and feeding him a piece of pretzel.'
'Damn media. -.- It was nothing. And definitely no flirting. Just ask Beau-Beau.'
'Okay, I just worry.'
'Thanks, Soph. Enjoy the rest of the game.'
I set my phone down.
"So, uh, Sophia just texted me and informed me that they showed me giving you a piece of my pretzel on TV..." I said looking at him.
"Ahh, I'm not that worried. Let them say whatever." He laughed.
It was now the second intermission, so we headed back down the locker room.
"Are we clear??" I said walking in with my eyes covered again.
"Anna, didn’t you hear Dupers? You don’t have to worry about naked men during an intermission." Paul Martin said pulling my hands from my face.
He was shirtless.
"Only half naked men are your worries." He laughed.
"Pauly!" I giggled.
He let go of me and went to sit down.
"T-Glassssss." I said walking up to Tanner Glass.
"A-Jonesssss." He said.
We did a lame little handshake like thing that I'm pretty sure he changes every time we do it.
"Where's B now? I didn’t see him during the first intermission." I said frowning slightly.
"I'm right hereeee." He said in my ear from behind me.
"Ohh!" I said jumping a little bit.
"Hi." I said smiling and turning around to face him.
"Would you care to join me out in the hall? I have something to show you." He smiled.
"Sure." I said smiling.
He led me out of the locker room and into the hallway, and down a side hallway, out of sight.
"What did you want to-" I started.
But, I was cut off by his lips crashing down against mine. I moved my hands to his neck and pulled myself closer to him. He wasted no time in putting his tongue in my mouth; not that I was complaining. I felt his hands wonder over my body. From my waist, to my lower back, to my ass, and after a firm squeeze, they traveled back. I pulled away a few moments later completely breathless.
"You know, that was a very interesting thing to look at. But, I definitely say that it should our little secret." I said rubbing my nose against his.
"I agree." He said pecking my lips one more time.
He let go of me and leaned against the wall.
"What brought that on?" I asked.
"I don’t know. I was thinking about you before the last couple face offs, and I won. So, I wanted to thank you." He said smiling.
"Mmm, sooo cheesy, but you are veryyy, welcome." I said crossing the small hallway and putting my hands on his chest.
"I know it is, but it the truth." He said kissing the tip of my nose. "So, would you care to explain why Dupers tried to kiss me earlier?” He asked laughing.
“Oh my god. Did he really?” I laughed.
“It’s Dupers. Yes, he did.” He said.
“I told him to give you a kiss as a joke.” I smiled.
“And, I hear I have to get you a jersey?" He said.
"You don’t haveee to. I've actually been meaning to go get one, but just haven’t had the time." I laughed.
"No, don’t you dare get one; I'll get it for you." He said looking down at me.
"I am very capable of getting my own jersey, Brandon." I said.
"And I'm your boyfriend that is also very capable, and just wants to buy you gifts." He said.
"We are not fighting about this right nowww." I said.
"Is this our first fight? I feel like we should record it or something..." He joked.
"Shut up." I said laughing and rolling my eyes.
"I'm going to head up now. Go win this hockey game for meee." I said reaching up and kissing him one last time.
They lost the game.
This would be one of the first games they lost since Brandon and I started dating. I'm still not used to handling him after lost games.
I silently waited for him in the hallway outside the locker room. He came out eventually in a
Penguins Hockey t-shirt, black athletic shorts, a gray Pens hat, and his bag on his shoulder.
He walked past me and headed for the hallway we were in during the second intermission.
He stopped abruptly in front of me.
"Brandon..." I said.
"What?" He said whipping around.
"Oh...do you just want me to leave you?" I asked quietly.
"Yes. I just need to cool off." He answered.
"Do you still want me to come over, or should I just go home?" I asked.
"Just go, Anna!" He almost yelled.
"Oh. Okay." I said slowly backing up.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I just started to back up slowly.
"Wait." He said.
"I'm gonna go to the gym and work out; it’ll help me get out of this mood. If you still want to come over, you can go now, ahead of me..." His voice started out loud and strained, but he eventually calmed down.
"Okay." Was all I said, and then I turned around and left.
When I reached my car, I still didn’t know if I wanted to just go home, or go to his place. Part of me felt like I should go to his place so he knew I wasn’t upset with him. But, the other part of me just wanted to go home and let him be alone for the night.
But, about 15 minutes later, I found myself in Brandon's driveway, turning my car off.
I went in, took off my makeup, and got ready for bed.
I traded my skirt and top for one of Brandon's t-shirts and crawled into his bed.
What felt like seconds later, but really had to be at least two hours, I felt a pair of strong arms pull me against a solid and warm chest.
I signed, completely content.
Brandon nuzzled his face into my neck, and placed a few small kisses there.
"I'm so sorry about earlier." He whispered.
I slowly turned in his arms and looked up at his face.
"I forgive you." I said, pressing a kiss to his warm lips.
"I love you, Anna." He said taking his lips to my ear and placing a kiss on my neck.
"I love you, too, Brandon." I whispered back.
I stretched and rolled over.
I'm going to guess it was morning, the sun was awfully bright.
I reached out and realized I was in bed alone.
I sat up and stretched some more before I got up, peed and went to look for Brandon.
As I walked down the stairs, I was met by the smell of bacon.
"Are you really cooking?" I asked leaning against the kitchen doorway.
"Christ! You scared me!" He said jumping and turning around.
"I'm sorry." I laughed.
I crossed the kitchen to look at the stove. He had tons of bacon already cooked, more in the pan, and tons of French toast made.
"Umm, I sure hope you're hungry with all of this food..." I said looking at him.
"Don’t worry. It'll get eaten." He laughed.
I looked at him confused.
"Tanner, Emily, Sawyer, Robert, and Beau are coming over. Actually, Beau and Robert are already here." He said smiling.
"Seriously? I finally get to meet Emily and Sawyer?" I said smiling.
"Yes. I figured you'd like that." He said putting a hand on my waist.
I looked down at his hand and realized I was just in my underwear and his shirt.
"Crap. I need to go get dressed!" I said turning and running out of the kitchen.
I accidentally ran into the living room, which had Beau and Robert sitting, drinking coffee and talking.
"Oh. Uh, hi." I said awkwardly smiling and waving.
"Oh. Hi, Anna." Beau said. Both his and Robert's eyes traveled from my face down my body to my uncovered legs.
"Umm, I'm gonna go...get dressed." I said slowly walking out of the living room.
"What? Oh, okay. Sorry." Robert said.
Beau whistled at me as I padded out of the living room.
Once I was out I hide my body and stuck my head around the corner and made a face at Beau.
They both laughed at me.
I ran upstairs, threw on some athletic shorts and a cut out t-shirt with a sports bra, and did something with my hair.
By the time I ran back downstairs, Tanner, Emily, and Sawyer had gotten there.
"I'm sorry I don’t have a highchair; my house isn’t baby equipped." Brandon was saying when
I walked into the dining room off of the kitchen.
"It's okay Brandon." Emily Glass said smiling.
"Oh, this must be Anna?" She asked.
Everyone turned to look at me.
"Hi!" I said walking over to Brandon, who was standing in front of her.
"Yupp. This is Annabelle." He said smiling at me and putting an arm around me.
"Hello! And you must be Emily, and this little guy must be Sawyer?" I asked.
"Yes, yes it is." She said bouncing Sawyer and using the typical voice you use when talking to a baby.
I laughed and grabbed his little hand that he was holding out.
"I don’t know about you guys, but I'm starving! Let's eat!" Beau said from behind me.
We all laughed and grabbed our plates.
We were all seated throughout the living room after breakfast just talking and hanging out.
I had Sawyer with me on the floor. Emily had emptied out a small bag of toys and I was playing with him on the floor. He had just learned to roll over and sit up, so it was a task to keep him in the middle of the floor.
"Anna, you're phone just went off." Brandon said walking back into living room from getting a drink.
He tossed it to me and I unlocked it.
'(1) New Message: Nealerrr (1) New Message: Andy Simmons'
Andy was my boss.
He was probably just sending me the schedule for the week.
I also noticed that James' text was from last night.
'Hey, just a heads up, they asked me about the girl I was sitting with last night. Your boss, Andy, recognized it as you and didn’t seem too happy...I tried to tell him it was nothing, but he still didn’t seem too happy.'
After I read James' message I quickly opened Andy's.
'Anna, there is no morning skate today, but the players have a meeting to look over tape and a workout scheduled for later. I would like to have a meeting with you to go over some things. Let me know if you're available to come in. - Andy'
'Yes sir. I can come in. It's at 4:00, right?'
'Yes. See you then.'
I then replied back to James.
'He wants to meet with me to go over some things. That shot being one of them, I'm sure.'
I locked my phone and wiped the frown off my face as I turned my attention back to Sawyer.
About an hour later, I had moved from the floor to on a sofa between Brandon and Tanner.
Tanner had a sleeping Sawyer on his lap. His head was facing me, so I was petting his head and lightly playing with the little hair he had on his head.
"I don’t mean to ruin your moment, but could you get me a refill?" Tanner asked me.
"Sure. I wouldn’t want to wake this little sleeping angel." I said getting up.
"Thanks, A." He smiled.
"Ooo, could you get me a refill, too?" Brandon asked.
I gave him a look.
"I'll come and help." Emily said getting up and taking Brandon's glass.
"Thanks, Em." He said.
We left and went to the kitchen.
The team had all vowed to try juicing this year. So, after breakfast and before we moved into the living room, Brandon, Tanner, Beau, and Robert got the juicing equipment out and made a mixture. I personally didn’t think it smelled too good, but gave it a try. It turned out to be pretty good.
"Tanner takes his juicing serious doesn’t he?" I asked, laughing as I poured more liquid into the glasses.
"Oh, you should see him at home. He'll have Sawyer out in his highchair and he'll just be talkin' away to him about how important it is." Emily laughed.
"Awwe! That's precious. Actually, Sawyer in general is precious." I said smiling.
"Thank you. I have a question, and it's a bit personal, so you don’t have to answer it unless you're comfortable enough." She said.
"Oh, go ahead." I said setting the pitcher of juice down and looking at her.
"You are so good with Sawyer, I was just wondering if you had kids of your own?" She asked.
"Oh, nooo!" I laughed.
"I just finished my schooling this past spring. And I never had time for kids in college. But, I have a little niece who just turned two earlier this month and I just absolutely adore her. So, I think that's where I get it." I said smiling.
"Ohh, I'm so sorry." She said smiling awkwardly. "But a niece? How precious. I bet you are the best aunt ever." She said smiling.
"I like to think I am." I said tossing my hair over my shoulder and laughing.
We took the boys drinks back to them walking through the doorway still laughing.
"What are you two laughing about?" Tanner asked as I handed him his drink and sat down.
"I was just telling Emily about my niece, Harper." I said.
"Oh, how old is she? Is she a possible candidate for Sawyer here?" He laughed nodding to the sleeping boy in his arms.
"Harper's two...so if he likes older women, then yes! They're perfect for each other!" I laughed.
"Have you taught her to skate yet?" Robert asked from across the room.
"I've taken her out on ice with me a couple times, but her mother, Liz, doesn’t really want her to play hockey or anything like that." I said rolling my eyes.
"The kids only 2 and her mom's already deciding what she can and can’t do?" Beau asked.
"Yupp. But, I'm not too concerned. My dad will have her out and taught how to skate before she's three. He taught me when I was 2 and a half, and my brothers were both 3 when they learned to skate. He won’t let her go untaught. It's a little bit of a family tradition." I said waving my hand.
The conversation hit an end and we were all quiet for a few minutes.
I returned to playing with sleeping Sawyer's hair.
"I'm not looking forward to coach's lecture about last night's game." Robert said looking up from his phone.
"Uhh, me either." Brandon said.
"Or working out." Beau groaned.
We all laughed at him.
"Oh, that reminds me, I have to go in with you guys." I said.
"Why?" Tanner asked.
"I have a meeting with Andy, my boss." I answered.
"For what?" Brandon asked.
"Does this have to do with what James was talking about last night after the interviews?" Beau asked.
"What was James talking about?" Brandon asked again looking from Beau to me and back.
"Oh, Brandon, don’t worry. It's nothing really." I said putting a hand on his leg.
"Well, what is it?" He asked. I sighed.
"You know how I was with Beau, Neal, and Tanger?" I asked.
"Well, yeah." He said.
"Well, I guess the camera showed us right when I was feeding Nealer a piece of pretzel. I guess it looked like we were flirting and the media thought we were a couple." I said.
"Were you flirting, Anna?" He asked.
"You know what, lemme answer that for her. I was there, Suttsy, right next to her. There was zero flirting." Beau answered for me.
Brandon bent over and put his head in his hands.
"B..." I said lightly rubbing my hand on his back.
"I swear; nothing happened at all." I said.
"No, it's okay, I believe you. But, I'm worried about your job. What if Andy calls you in there and fires you?" He said looking up at me.
"They can’t fire her." Robert said.
"Yeah, they'll listen to her story." Tanner said.
"I hope so..." Brandon said.
I walked up to Andy's office and waited to knock until exactly 4:00.
"Come in!" He said before I opened the door.
"Oh, Anna, hi. Come in, and please, sit down." He said smiling.
"Okay...so what did you want to talk about?" I asked.
"Anna, how was your day off? Did you enjoy yourself?" He asked.
"Yes, I did. Beau Bennett invited me to watch the game with him, James Neal, and Kris Letang up in a private box." I responded.
"Oh? Beau?" He asked raising his eyebrows.
"Yupp. Beau, sir." I said.
"Well, Anna, it has been brought to my attention by the media that there is a suspected relationship between you and James Neal. And, as I'm sure you know, relationships with players are forbidden unless you go through the paperwork." He said.
At first, I thought he was going to say Brandon instead of James, and then I remembered why I was here.
Wait, did he just say there was a way to date players?!
"Wait, there's a way to date players?" I asked.
"Well, yeah. We aren’t completely heartless. You would have to sign confidentiality papers saying you wouldn’t release information about the player, and a paper saying you not interfere with his playing and not distract him. Blah, blah, blah. Why? Are you really dating James Neal?" He said.
"No. But...I do have interest in a different player." I said looking down at the floor.
"Oh. Well, I can give you the paperwork, and we can set up a meeting with Dan, Ray, and Mario." He told me.
"Wait...a meeting?" I asked.
"Well, most of the time, the player's girlfriends just have to do the paperwork, but since you're both employees, you have to meet with the big bosses." He said.
He reached into his desk, pulled out a folder and gave me some papers. Then he pulled out a calendar.
"Anddd how is next Thursday after the morning practice sound for your meeting with Dan, Ray and Mario?" He asked.
"Umm, as far as I know, good." I said shrugging.
"Is that all you needed, Andy?" I asked.
"Well, yeah. We'll see you tomorrow at practice. If you wanted to go help with the
team's workout, just clock in. But, if not, I'll see you tomorrow." He said.
"I was gonna go see the boys anyway, I might as well help. Bye, Andy!" I laughed.
Here's Chapter Seven!!!
I can't believe this is at 7 chapters already...
This one was suuuuper long. I kinda just kept writing and didn't really want to cut it off when the went to bed.
Buttt, they said 'I love you' to eachotherrrr. :)
Let me know what you guys think!!! And if you have any questions!
And Thank You soooooo much for reading!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!