Another little idea bouncing around in this crazy little head of mine. Comments more than welcome of course.
They were just supposed to be there to offer moral support to the new crop of celebrities and the pros they were paired with. The top three couples from last season answering a couple of questions and maybe giving a bit of advice to help the new partnerships survive the next three months. Maks and Meryl had of course been on GMA before, the last time being right after they had won the mirror ball trophy.
The trouble started when the host just had to ask Erin what her one piece of advice for the new pairings would be. “Keep your relationship with your partner platonic. Don’t let it become something that continues off the dance floor because it will not work once the show is over”. Meryl couldn’t believe what she was hearing, she knew differently of course. “It can work perfectly well after the show is over if the relationship is strong enough to begin with” she answered without even thinking.
It was like the whole world slowed down as Meryl realised that she had just let the cat out of the bag. “Are you finally admitting to something going on with you and Maks” asked Erin. Meryl didn’t even know what to say at that point. She knew that a denial probably wouldn’t cut it and they may just have to admit to being in a relationship. Meryl looked over at Maks and Sharna who were by this point laughing their heads off and throwing their hands up as if to say “don’t look at us; you started this we’re not helping you out”.
Meryl thought back to the moment Charlie and Sharna found out about the change in their relationship. It was the week of the rumba and they were now having trouble keeping their hands off each other in public. They had just decided on the ending to their dance and hadn’t heard Charlie and Sharna enter the room. At that particular moment Maks head was buried in Meryls chest, his arms wrapped low around her waist with his hands petting her backside.
Charlie stopped dead in his tracks and just stared at the two of them. Sharna was the first to speak. “Umm… are we interrupting something” she said with a hint of a smirk on her face. They quickly removed their hands from each other and Meryl tried to hide her reddening face. “No, not interrupting anything” they both said at once. Finally Charlie spoke, “How long has this been going on”. “There’s nothing going on, just dancing” they answered. Charlie laughed, “Meryl, if I had put my hands where his hands just were at the end of one of our programs you would have broken both of my wrists. Clearly there is something going on”. She finally admitted the truth to them, that she and Maks were a little more than dance partners.
Meryl suddenly realised that she had zoned out and that Erin was asking her a question. “Meryl, how do you know that relationships can work after the show is over?” She looked at Maks again, silently asking his permission to finally start answering questions truthfully. He gave her his Meryl smile and a small nod to tell her it was okay. “I know because I’m in a relationship with my former partner”, Meryl said and braced for impact. At that point Maks walked over and wrapped her up in one of his enormous comforting hugs and whispered “It’s okay, it’s about time they found out anyway.” “Mind if we ask you a few questions, we’ll be gentle” asked Tom and Erin as they took over the interview. “At this point we may as well get it all out in the open so go right ahead” Maks answered.
“When did this move from friendship to relationship?” asked Erin, secretly hoping that the switch up in week 4 had been their breaking point. “Week 5, right after my brother returned her battered, bruised, scratched and literally broken” replied Maks whilst absent mindedly playing with a lock of Meryls hair. “He was tending to my wounds and it just kind of happened” continued Meryl now a bit more comfortable about their relationship now being public.
“How did you manage to keep it a secret since then” asked Tom, considering Erin was just smiling and watching the couple who were by this point gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. “Well Charlie, Sharna and Val knew about us so they helped run a bit of interference. Generally though as long as we didn’t go anywhere overly public near where either of us live, we weren’t noticed very often”.
With that Sharna interrupted, “I’m shocked that you managed it for so long because you weren’t that great at hiding it. You should probably know that all of these guys knew what was going on” gesturing to the pros. “You forget how long most of these people have known Maks and how much of a teddy bear you turned him into”. Meryl laughed “that explains why none of you look too shocked about this”.
“Well now that we’ve broken the internet and probably Twitter and Tumblr as well, we really should wrap this up” said Tom. “Just one last thing” added Erin, “I’d just like to remind all the Pros from last year that they all owe me fifty dollars each because I had beginning of week 5 in the betting pool”.
Maks and Meryl finally tore their eyes away from each other. “Excuse me, at what point did you start placing bets on us” asked Maks, visibly surprised. Erin laughed, “End of week 1 in any official capacity, but most of us were on board this ship before that”.
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