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NCross
03-26-04, 03:08 PM
Nate Cross rests on a hammock. The camera just above him, a beautiful sunset can be seen on the horizon where the ocean meets the sky. It's a truly beautiful scene with Mozart playing lightly.

...

And then the music cuts, the background falls down, and he hops out of his hammock held up, not by trees but by steel girders.

NC: It's about freakin' time. Ya know, the CSWA took one of its world-reknown breaks. When I signed, I knew that was part of the deal. Yeah, they'd make you a star if you stuck with it, but they'd ALSO take their time about it. THAT... was ok. I am a champion and the becoming of a champion takes time. Jordan didn't win his first MVP, or his first NBA championship, his rookie year. They had to build around him, make him more than what he is by putting the supporting staff around him.

(He chills for a sec, regathering his thoughts)

NC: But the Bulls didn't trade Jordan for Jean Ribeye.

(Anger apparent, Nate's eyes focus on the camera, staring through it)

NC: So, the last time my CROSSovers saw me, I was standing toe to toe in a battle on what WAS my show - On Time, the show I made famous... the show I made a hit... the show that was MEANT for me. I was at ON TIME, and I was busting it with Kin Hiroshi for a title. It went to a draw, and though the fans would have rather had a 'true' ending, they knew one would come... as with everything in the CSWA... in time. And they knew it would probably be part of Anniversary.

NC: (Snicker). Instead of a feud for the ages, one of the defining points in my career... I ... disappear. And my fans?

(Nate begins to stand up rigidly as if he's in a suit and not wearing a tired and worn CROSSOVER t-shirt)

NC: (Overly professional voice) "Excuse me Mr. Cross, but where have you been? (Bad Brooklyn Accent) Yo Nate, I'm the biggest CROSSOVER in the WORLD... you hurt? (Booming Bass voice) NATHAN, I LOVE YOU... in a purely platonic sorta way. Why you not on TV anymore?"

(Nate shakes his head)

NC: And what can I tell them? What do I have to say? I DON'T HAVE A FREAKIN' CLUE WHY I'M NOT ON ANYMORE! I BUST IT EVERY TIME I'M OUT THERE, MAKING STUMPS OF WOOD INTO STARS OF TOMORROW... AND AS I GET MY STAR CLIMBING, AS I CLIMB OUT OF THE HOLE THAT IS THE BOTTOM OF THE CSWA.

(He stops speaking, forcing himself to slow down)

NC: I get dropped. Did I pull double duty in the NFW like Hornet or Cruise? Running out on MY promotion, the one that made ME a star? Nope. Did I go to the fWo like Flair? Deacon? Miles? ... uh, Windham, uh... the older one I think? No. I bleed CSWA. I bleed championships. I don't run to the fWo like others... like my opponent for On Time - Joey Melton.

(Shakes his head 'no')

NC: *MY* heart is here. *MY* life is here. MY plans... are for here. So, Melton... you're not what I planned on... this ignorant break wasn't what I planned on, but I got you. I'm not freaking like I did with Hornet. I'm pissed. And you... you'd better bring all that history that I know you have, and you'd better hit that ring knowing that in my ring, on the SHOW that I'M reclaiming... the fans aren't gonna care about what happens at Anniversary because they'll still be talking about what WE did in that ring, or what *I* did TO you. Either way, I'm walking outta there with a win... and maybe the boys in the front office will FINALLY see how BAD they screwed up.

(Nate walks off the screen)

NC: Because Nathan Cross will not... he CANNOT fail.

(cut)

Steve
03-26-04, 09:11 PM
(FADEIN: Joey Melton)

MELTON: It'd be too easy to ask, "Who are you?"

I"m assuming Merritt knows, or at least your kin, cause I haven't the faintest clue.

You're gleefully taking credit in creating ON TIME, a show that men like me are by contract forced to appear on two to three times a year.

Next you'll be telling me you created the art of sucking. The "bland" career, or the art of "over-selling."

Look Cross claiming credit for ON TIME isn't a feat. But if it's all you have, so be it.

I on the other hand can proudly proclaim so much more. Let's just get this over with, shall we? I'll show in Greensboro, give you the rub, work you over for a few minutes, and then after you submit to the Figure Four, if you're good....we'll go out for a drink.

You're a newbie. You need to know the safe spots in Greensboro when looking for women.

Anything after that, you're on your own. Or maybe, the Creator of CSWA ON TIME can stand on his own two feet.

One can only wonder...

(FTB)