Eloise Mumford looked around the Foxfire Gym. In the ring she recognized Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Laura Vandervoort sparring with unusual ferocity in a ring while Rachel Nichols acted as referee and Jennifer Garner watched them intently.
Off to one side Hayden Panettiere and Sarah Carter were working the heavy bag, taking turns bracing and punching.
Suddenly a hand slapped her on the back and Eloise whirled around, her fists up defensively, but instead of an attacked there was a grinning fireplug of a girl.
"Hiya, Ellie--I'm Dani Fishel--how are you doin'?"
"Uh--okay," Eloise said shaking Dani's hand. "II'm Eloise Mumford. Beth Harnois sent me down here to talk to Virginia Madsen. I don't seem to see her."
"She's in her office with Rachel McAdams, our bantamweight champion says--umm--some questions about your hiring," Dani said with a grin.
"Oh?" Eloise said with a grin of her own. "I had no idea she'd think of me as a threat."
Suddenly a door in the back of the office slammed open and auburn-haired beauty came storming out>
"JUST KEEP HER AWAY FROM ME!" Rachel yelled back into the office and charged away. She came to a sudden halt as she realized she was about to encounter Eloise and Dani.
"Hey, Rache, come over and meet the new kid," DSani said cheerfully, taking Rachel by the arm and all but dragging her over to Eloise.
"Eloise," Dani said, "this is Rachel McAdams, Rachel, this is Eloise Mumford. Now shake hands and start catfighting. Why let Winstead and Vandervoort have all the hair-pulling fun?"
"Really, Danielle," Rachel McAdams sighed and thrust a hand at Eloise. "I am Rachel McAdams."
Eloise politely shook the hand: "And I'm Eloise Mumford. I understand you aren't too happy I'm here."
Rachel look flustered: "Uhh--sorry about that. Your something came as a surprise. I don't like surprises."
Eloise smiled sweetly: "I respect you Ms. McAdams, I have for a LONG time."
"I know," Rachel replied coolly, "when you were a little girl you dreamed of knocking me out."
"No, I wasn't that little when I discovered boxing," Eloise replied. "But I have admired you since I did. I suppose I do want to knock you out--don't you want to knock me out?"
Rachel had to smile: "Of course I do, but remember you can still win on points."
"But knockouts are so much more satisfying," Eloise said.
Dani put her arm around Eloise: "You see, Rache, she already knows what's the best part of boxing: the domination."
"Hmm, realizing it and doing it are two different things," Rachel said stiffly.
"I know that," Eloise said, "that's why I'm here. You people know how to train bantams."
"That we do," Virginia Madsen said walking up. "I'm Ginny Madsen, welcome to Foxfire."
They shook hands. Virginia turned to Rachel: "I trust we have now cleared the air about the new situation here,"
Rachel rolled: "Yes, yes. I know who signs my checks."
"Very good, now Eloise come with me and we'll go over your training schedule."
"YOU BTYCH WINSTEAD! THAT WAS A DELIBERATE LOW BLOW!"
"IT WAS NOT--I JUST MISSED!"
Suddenly there were shrieks of rage and Mary Winstead and Laura Vandervoort went down in a catfighting tangle (though considerably encumbered by their gloves and sparring gear).
Jennifer Garner leaped into the ring and with Rachel Nichols dragged the two combatants apart.
Jennifer then began shaking her finger in Laura and Mary's faces while sternly lecturing them.
At moment later there were more angry voices from the heavy bags. It was hard to tell what was wrong, but Sarah Carter and Hayden Panettiere were suddenly chest to chest yelling indignantly at each other.
"Sorry, Eloise," Virginia sighed, "I'll be right back."
Virginia headed over to her bickering flyweights.
Eloise turned to Dani Fishel.
"It looks like there is never a dull moment around here," she said,
"Never," Dani said, "and Mandy Moore isn't even here this morning. She'll hate that. She loves a good catfight."
"Don't worry, Eloise, I hardly ever catfight," Rachel McAdams said with a smirk.
"I'm not worried, as a matter of fact I catfight very well, if i do say so myself" Eloise replied.
"I can see this is going to be a really interesting spring," Dani Fishel observed.
Eloise Mumford looked on and nodded. She actually liked all this rivalry and competition. It made her all the more eager to show what she could do to these other fighters and prove she belonged among them
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