LLH: Book 3 Chapter 25

Britney stared at Jackie as he glanced at his menu. The two were seated inside of Chili’s waiting on Monica and Chris to arrive. She couldn’t believe she was going to have lunch with them. She still didn’t like the idea of what they done to Cheryl, but just as she mentioned to her earlier they all have to get along in some way, so she was going to let the situation slide.

“So, your friend started a relationship with her other friend’s boyfriend?” Jackie asked.

“Yeah, terrible huh?”

“Yeah, but at least you’re being the bigger person and still being friends with her.”

“Well, since we all had done our share of dirt, I can’t judge her.”

Jackie nodded when Britney saw the two walked in. She stood up and gave Monica a hug.

“Have you guys ordered yet?” Monica asked while sitting down besides Chris.

“No, we were waiting on you two. Chris, this is Jackie; Jackie, Chris.” Britney said.

While the two exchanged nods, Monica began to speak.

“So you two are being seen in public more.”

“Well, even though we are away from campus, but yeah, we are.” Britney replied.

“Shouldn’t you two be out of the public eye since dating each other is forbidden?” Chris asked.

“That’s the reason why we’re away from campus, Chris.”

“I’m just saying, since he could be fired and you could be kicked out of school. I mean, is it really worth it to be doing this when everything you worked for is on the line?”

“Thanks so much for your encouragement, Chris. What the hell is wrong with you?” Britney asked.

“There’s nothing wrong with me; I’m just stating the truth.”

“And you’re being a jerk right now. Seriously, you have completely changed in the past few weeks. Is something going on that you need to talk about.”

“Nothing is wrong. Why did the conversation turn to me all of a sudden?”

Britney glanced at him angrily while Jackie caressed her back.

“Listen, no one is trying to accuse the other of anything; now, can we just enjoy the day and not talk about Shaw, okay.” He implied.

Britney nodded and he kissed her cheek.

“Mr. Parker, I’m surprised to see you here.”

Jackie looked ahead and saw Dean Bradford, the Dean of Education staring at him and Britney. He had a frown on his face as he studied the two’s body language.

“Dean Bradford, it’s nice to see you.”

“Miss Lewis, it’s good to see you as well.” He said.

“Hi Dean Bradford.” She said while lowering her head.

“Mr. Parker, is there something you need to tell me?”

Jackie stared from him to Britney and sighed. Britney closed her eyes, knowing her worse nightmare was coming true. They were finally caught.

***
Marcus looked over at Shawn, who was continuously wringing his hands together. He knew his brother was nervous, so he needed to find a way to calm him down; but for some reason, he couldn’t, since he was nervous about Cheryl too.

“Bro, you have to calm down. Ri and Cher are okay.”

“I just have a feeling they’re not. Dominique could be capable of anything; if they tell her they’re dropping out, she could go ballistic.”

“Let’s not think like that. For all we know, they could be somewhere else instead of at the house.”

“We just need to get there.” Shawn said and stared out the window.

Marcus sighed and pulled onto the curb of the house. The two got out and went to the door, not
knowing what to expect.

As soon as they approached the door, they heard Dominique screaming which made Shawn even more
anxious.

“We need to get in.”

“How are we going to do that?”

Shawn looked over and noticed a huge rock near the front window. He went to pick it up and threw it, shattering it inside the house and on the grass.

“What the hell, Shawn!”

“I have to go in.” he said.

He went through the window, realizing it was to the kitchen and walked inside. He continued to
hear Dominique yelling and saw Riana and Cheryl in the middle of the living room, in a panic
state. That’s when he realized why they were panicky when he saw the gun she was waving around.

“Shit.” He whispered. He looked behind him and saw Marcus coming in.

He held his hand out, letting him know to stay still. He pointed towards the living room and at the gun Dominique had.

“What the fu…” Marcus was about to say, but Shawn silenced him.

He slowly walked into the living room when Dominique saw him.

“How in the hell did you get in here?”

“What are you doing, Dominique?”

“I’m doing something that I should had done a long time ago. I’m about to kill your precious girlfriend and your child.”

“Dominique, I need you to calm down, okay. Whatever happened between you and me does not have anything to do with Riana or Cheryl.”

“She has ever reason for what happened! She was the one who ruined our relationship! She sashayed her ass back into your life and you couldn’t resist. If she would had stayed with Terrance, we could had still been together.”

“That’s not true, Dominique. I admit, we had a great time together during the summer, but I’m in love with Riana. I’d always been in love with her and not you or anyone else could had changed my mind.”

“No, you’re lying. If Riana…”

“Listen, Dominique! There’s nothing you can do to change my mind. Riana is the love of my life and we will be together, and there’s nothing you can do about that.”

Dominique glanced from him to Riana. She shook her head while waiving the gun around.

“I’ve been in love with you since the moment I’d laid eyes on you during our freshmen year. Of course you didn’t notice me, but I definitely did with you. When I met Marcus at the party, I thought I would have a chance since he was your brother, but I screwed that up when I slept with him. After that, I tried what I could to get your attention; that was why I jumped at the chance to do the internship, to be closer to you.”

Cheryl and Riana looked at Shawn. He stared at the two and mouthed “I’m sorry”.

“I wanted you to notice me and it almost worked, until she messed it up. Tell me, what she has that I don’t! Tell me!”

“Dominique, I can’t love you the way you want me to. I don’t love you.”

She started to cry as she pointed the gun at Shawn.

“Well, if I can’t be with you, then she can’t either.”

Shawn looked behind Dominique and noticed Marcus behind her. He don’t know how he was able to get there, but he would try to distract her while he get her gun. He nodded so Marcus could grabbed her.

“Sorry Shawn, but I have to do this.” She said.

Marcus went to her and grabbed her by the waist. There were screams from the sisters as he tried to hold her while taking her gun. She tried to push him away from her, but he was too strong. She reached around him and tried to aim the gun at Riana. Shawn jumped in front of her while Marcus tried to pull it away from Dominique, but he was too late. A bullet came out of the gun, hitting Shawn in the chest.

“Oh my God!” Riana yelled as she watched Shawn go down on the floor.

Marcus stared at Dominique as she was still shrugging from his embrace. He held her hands together while he asked one of the sisters to hold onto her. One of them ran to the two and grabbed Dominique.

“I didn’t mean to shoot Shawn! I was aiming for Riana!” She yelled.

Marcus glanced at her before running over to his brother. He was lying on the floor in shock from the gunshot.

“Bro, stay with me, okay.” He said as he took off his shirt and applied it to the wound.

“I’m trying.” Shawn whispered.

“Shawn, don’t do this! You have a fiancée and a child coming; you’re going to survive this!”

Riana glanced at Shawn on the floor and almost collapsed. She couldn’t believe this was happening. She looked over at Dominique who was held by two of the sisters. She continued to yell out that she wasn’t trying to shoot Shawn.

Riana felled down beside Marcus and stared at Shawn.

“Baby, you’re going to be fine.”

Shawn tried to nod, but Marcus stopped him.

“Save your strength, bro. Has anyone called 911 yet!”

“They’re coming.” Cheryl replied.

Shawn began to close his eyes when Marcus tried to hold him steady.

“Don’t do this Shawn!”

Riana put a hand over her mouth as Cheryl hugged her.

“Get her out of here!” he yelled to Cheryl.

“I’m not leaving him!” Riana yelled.

“Leave, Riana!”

Cheryl pulled Riana away from the two and helped her to the door. Before she could leave, she reached out and punched Dominique. She felled down on the ground, unconscious from the blow.
“You bitch!” Riana yelled. Cheryl quickly took her outside when she felled into her arms.

Cheryl held her while they watched the paramedics run into the house along with several of campus police. As she tried to confront Riana, she didn’t know for sure how things will go. She just hope Shawn will pull through for his fiancée and for their child.

LLH: Book 3 Chapter 24

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Riana continued to stare at her ring and smiled. She still couldn’t believe Shawn proposed to her. A lot were going through her mind about the pregnancy and the engagement. She had to tell her parents everything, but figured she should do it in person; so she and Shawn agreed to go to both their parents over the weekend to announce the news. Her parents might be happy, but with Shawn’s parents, that might be another story.

She and Cheryl were going to the GZG house to announce their withdrawal from the pledging process when Cheryl stared at her.

“Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, just thinking about telling everyone about the pregnancy and the engagement. I’m a little worried to what Shawn’s parents are going to say.”

“I don’t think you have much to worry about, Ri. I think they’ll embrace you into the family.”
“Maybe Mr. Walker, but Mrs. Walker, I don’t think so. She still doesn’t like me after what happened between Shawn and Marcus.”

“But they made up, so it shouldn’t be a problem now.”

“I’m sure she doesn’t feel that way.”

“It’ll all work out. How about if Marcus and I go with you two; that way it’ll ease the blow when he introduce me as his new girlfriend.”

“I guess that’ll work. Thanks, Cher.”

“Anytime.”

They approached the house and both took a deep breath. They knew this wasn’t going to be easy, especially when talking to Dominique.

“You ready?” Cheryl asked.

Riana nodded and Cheryl pressed the doorbell.

Dominique opened the door and smiled. “What brings you two by?”

“If you’re not busy, we would like to speak with you.” Riana said.

“Sure, come on in.” she said.

The two walked in and stopped at the foyer. Dominique closed the door and walked over to them.

“What’s up?”

“Well, we were thinking about the entire pledging process, and we realized that with school and work, maybe it will be best for us to withdraw our invite.” Cheryl said.

Dominique nodded. “I see. So you two decided on this today?”

“Yes. We figured it would be best to do it now since the process is halfway over.”

“This doesn’t have anything to do with what happened with Terrance, is it Riana?”

Riana stared at Dominique as the other sisters walked into the main room.

“Why would you think that?”

“I don’t know; you came on to him and after Shawn came to your rescue, you automatically want to remove yourself from the process. You think we would retaliate because of what happened, do you?”

“No; this has nothing to do with Terrance, even though he came onto me.”

“Oh please, Riana. We all know about you and how you like attention from a man. I mean, you had your ex coming to your rescue; or should I say your latest bed partner.”

Riana glanced at Cheryl, who gave a slight shrug.

“What are you talking about?”

“Don’t give me that! I know about you and Shawn. How you two were sneaking around behind my damn back, thinking I’m some damn fool.”

“Dominique, Shawn and I are not together.”

“You have got to be kidding me! I know about the two of you. I know that not only are you back together, but you’re having his baby!”

Several gasps from the sisters were heard throughout the room as Riana gazed at Dominique.

Cheryl gave a surprised look, wondering how she even knew.

“How did you know that?” Riana asked.

“Well, I asked Terrance to plant a listening device into your room. The things I’ve heard in there were truly unbelievable.”

Riana lowered her head, not believing what she was hearing. She heard everything that went on in her room, including her and Shawn having sex. The thought of her listening to them made her completely ill.

“That’s an invasion of privacy. How could you do that?!”

“It was easy; but I did it because I knew what you were after. You thought you could dig up dirt on the sorority to write about for your little news story. Too bad you couldn’t find anything.”

Riana suddenly felt weak as she leaned onto Cheryl. Now that she knew so much about her, what was she going to do to her and Cheryl?

“And to think we were going to accept you and Cheryl into the sorority. I mean, the sisters actually liked the both of you; but after what you pulled, it’s a good thing you’re both withdrawing.”

“I’m glad you feel that way, so we will leave now.” Cheryl said.

She and Riana were going to the door when one of the sisters blocked it.

“No one said you two were leaving. We still have a lot to discuss; for example, how much of a dirty slut your cousin is. Not only was she with Shawn and Marcus, but tried to get with Terrance too; which you know is my stepbrother. For all we know, that baby you’re carrying could be someone else’s child.”

“You wished it was. In fact, everything I have you wish you could have. My man, his child, everything.”

Dominique smirked. “You’re being bold right now.”

She and Cheryl stared at her as she pulled out a 22 revolver and pointed it to her stomach.
“You won’t be so bold after I shoot you and your bastard child.”

Riana stared in fear at Dominique as Cheryl got in front of her.

“There’s no point in protecting your cousin, because I’ll shoot you too. You know, you two are so much alike. You cheated on your boyfriend with Marcus of all people. I mean what is it with him that have you all going crazy?”

“I don’t know; you should ask yourself that since you were with him too.” Cheryl replied.

“Which was a huge mistake. Now, I suggest you two get comfortable, because you’re not going anywhere.”

Riana glanced at Cheryl and sighed. Now they have to wonder how they will get out of this alive.

***
Shawn glanced at his watch and sighed. He paced around the living room wondering when Riana would call him. They agreed once she and Cheryl went to the house and announced their withdrawal, they would leave and she would call him. Now, it has been almost an hour and no word from her.

Marcus stared at him as he continued to pace.

“You’re going to burn a hole into the carpet. It’s only been an hour; they probably stopped off at the lounge for a drink or something.”

“No. Something’s not right. I should had went with them.”

“Why, so Dominique would had been even more pissed. If she doesn’t know about you two, she definitely knows now after what happened with Terrance.”

“I know; that’s why I didn’t want them going alone.”

“I didn’t want them to either, but they assured us they would be okay.”

Shawn shook his head. “I’m following my instincts. I’m going to the house.”

“Shawn, just give it a few more minutes.”

“No! Something is wrong and I have to go there.”

Marcus nodded and grabbed his keys. “Fine; I’m driving.”

And the two headed to the door.

LLH: Book 3 Chapter 23

The next day, and Cheryl and Britney were walking to Baker’s Hall to see Riana, when Britney looked at Cheryl. She had a huge smile on her face.

“You are very chipper this morning. What gives?”

“Nothing, just in a really good mood.”

Britney nodded and continued to walk.

Cheryl wasn’t going to tell Britney that she spent the night with Marcus. It was one thing telling Riana about her feelings for him, but broadcasting it to others is something she wanted to keep to herself for now.

Although the two did spend the night, they didn’t sleep together. Instead, they talked and enjoyed each other’s company. That’s something she wasn’t expecting, especially since that was the plan, but Marcus surprised her, mentioning they should take their time and not rush into that part of their relationship.

“Did you sleep with Marcus?” Britney asked.

Cheryl sighed. “No, but we’re together now; we’re just taking things slow.”

Britney smiled. “You know, this may sound weird, but I’m glad you two are together. After what Chris did, you deserve someone that will treat you right. I know Marcus has done some crazy stuff in the past, but from what you said about him, he has completely changed, and I think you have a part in that.”

“I don’t think I have. I was just there for him when he needed it.”

“Maybe so, but you helped him out of a dark place, and I think that was the motivation he needed to rebuild his life.”

“He helped me too.”

“I know he did. I still can’t believe Monica and Chris, but I guess none of us can really judge each other after what everyone has done.”

“You’re right, but as long as I don’t have to see them again, then my life is good.”

“That would be like me saying the same about Marcus. We will cross paths again, especially since you two are together now.”

“I know, but…”

“Cheryl, I know what Chris did hurt you; all I’m saying is we’re all in the same social circle, so there will be times when we will all be in the same room together. Is it worth being upset all of the time about what they done, especially if you’re happy again?”

Cheryl gave a deep breath. “It’s too soon to think about that, Brit. Right now, let’s just check on Ri.”

Britney nodded and they went to her doorstep. Cheryl knocked on the door and looked at Britney.

“What about you and Jackie? How are things going?”

“It’s okay; I just wish we could actually be seen in public together instead of sneaking around. When you texted me, I wanted to come to the hospital, but Jackie did too, so in order not to risk it, I decided not to come.”

“It’ll work out, Britney.” Cheryl said while putting a hand on her upper back.

The door opened and Riana smiled. Cheryl noticed the glow on her face, which made her smile.

“Hey, I see you’re doing great.” She said while giving her a hug.

“I’m doing better than great, cuz. Hey Brit.”

“Hey.” She said while giving her a hug as well.

They walked into the main room and saw Shawn on the couch. He gave a bright smile to everyone.

“Hey.” Britney and Cheryl said.

“Hey.”

Riana came over to him and put an arm around him. “We have some news to share, but we’ll announce it once Marcus arrives.”

“If I would have known Marcus was coming, we could have all came together.” Cheryl said.

“I just texted him.” Shawn said.

“Okay, I’m curious, what is this big news that you have all of us here for?” Britney asked.

“It’s pretty big.” Riana said.

“You didn’t ask Chris and Monica to come, did you?” Cheryl asked.

Riana shook her head. “And have an all-out altercation here, no way.”

“It won’t get to that, but I’m glad you didn’t.”

“No problem.”

There was a knock, which meant Marcus has arrived. Shawn went to the door and opened it.

“So, what happened last night? Terrance attacked you?” Britney asked.

“Yeah; I was able to hold him off for a little bit.”

Britney touched Riana’s left cheek, which had a tiny bruise. “I really hope Shawn kicked his ass.”

“Of course.”

“It really is good to see you two together again.”

“I know. I wish we could erase all of the problems we had from the last couple of months.”

“Me too, but that’s what it is; the past; so let’s keep it there.”

Riana nodded when Shawn walked back in with Marcus. He went to Cheryl and kissed her before sitting down beside her on the couch.

“Well, I see things have progressed between you two.” Shawn said.

“Yeah, it has.” Marcus said while smiling.

Britney looked at the two and smiled.

“Okay, now that everyone is here, Riana and I would like to make an announcement.” Shawn declared.

Riana smiled. “At the hospital, Shawn and I received some shocking, but good news.”

“Riana is pregnant.” Shawn added.

Cheryl and Britney both gave shocked expression as they went up to hug her.

“Wow, how far along are you?” Cheryl asked.

“About a month. We were able to have an appointment with an OBGYN that the ER doctor suggested.”

“Who would have thought you would be the one to have a child first.” Cheryl said.

“I surely didn’t.” Riana said.

Marcus looked at Shawn. “Congrats, bro.”

“Thanks.”

Marcus went up to him and gave him a hug. “Just know whatever you need, let me know, okay.”

Shawn nodded. “Sure.”

Riana looked at the two and started to cry.

“Aww, the hormones already starting.” Britney said.

“It’s not that; it just really good that you two are talking again.”

The two looked at Riana and nodded.

“Have you told Mom and Dad yet?” Marcus asked.

Shawn shook his head. “I don’t know if I should. Mom really doesn’t like Riana after what happened between us, so it’s going to be a shock to her that we’re back together and about to have a baby.”

“I think she will change her mind once she knows. Wow, I can’t believe my little bro is going to be a father.”

“I still can’t believe it, but I’m looking forward to it. Yes, it’s going to be a little difficult with us still in school and with our financial situations, but we’ll make it work.”

“Like I said, if you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask.”

“I won’t, Uncle Marcus.”

He smiled. “I kind of like the sound of that.”

Cheryl looked at the two, then at Riana.

“Who would have thought we would be dating brothers?” Riana asked.

“I never thought, but anything is possible. So that now you’re with child, are you going to stop with investigating GZG?”

Riana nodded. “Yeah. Before I knew that I was, I was going to continue, but I think it’s best if I stop.”

“I couldn’t agree more.” Shawn jumped in.

“I think I will too. I was only doing it so you could continue with your search; so now, there’s nothing holding me back.”

“I’m really sorry Cheryl. I know how much you wanted to be a part of GZG.”

“I know, but I noticed the real side of them and that’s not something I want to be a part of.”

“Are you considering rushing another sorority?” Britney asked.

“Maybe I will, but right now, I just want to forget about anything associating with the Greek system for awhile.”

“I think this deserves a toast. You have anything in your fridge, Ri?” Britney asked while walking into the kitchen.

“Just water.”

“That’s perfect.”

Shawn looked at her and kissed her. “You really are glowing right now.”

“I am, because everything is perfect.”

“You know, there is one other thing that would make this perfect.”

Riana stared at Shawn, not knowing what he meant. “What is that?”

He took something out of his pocket and bent down on one knee. Cheryl, Britney, and Marcus all looked at him with shocked expressions.

“Riana Robertson, will you marry me?”

Riana looked at Shawn to the ring, which was her promise ring. For days, she was searching everywhere for it and was about to tell him that she lost it, but he had it all along.

“Shawn, please don’t do this because I’m pregnant.”

“Ri, I was going to propose to you even before we found out. Baby, I want us to spend the rest of our lives together. I love you, and I want you to be my wife.”

Riana continued to stare at Shawn. She nodded while she wiped the tears that were on her cheeks.

“Yes.”

Shawn smiled and Riana pulled him up. He slowly placed the ring onto her finger and she smiled.

“I promise I will get you a better ring.”

Riana shook her head. “No. This one will always be perfect for me.”

“I love you.” He said.

“I love you too.”

Cheryl and Britney were in tears as they watched the two.

“Wow, a pregnancy and an engagement within 24 hours.” Cheryl said.

“I know. Life can definitely be unpredictable.” Britney said.

“You said it.” Marcus said.

Riana and Shawn smiled and kissed each other again. They have to agree, life can definitely bring a lot of curve balls, but as long as there is love, nothing else will seem to matter.

***
Dominique was in the parking lot of Baker’s Hall listening to everything that was going on inside Riana’s dorm room. Thanks to Terrance, she was able to plant a recorder inside her dorm, so she was able to hear every conversation she had with, including the times when Riana and Shawn were having sex, which made her angry.

“I can’t believe that bitch is pregnant.” She said.

“Dom, Shawn is not going to leave Riana. He loves her.” Sonya replied.

“Of course he’s not going to leave her now. That’s why he proposed, because he wants to do the right thing.”

Sonya rolled her eyes and stared ahead.

“I think it’s time you put this vendetta to rest, especially after what happened with Terrance.”

“You think I will? You thought wrong. What happened with Terrance gave me even more motivation to carry out my plan.”

“You really need to rethink this. Not only will you be hurting her, but her child as well. As least think about that.”

“That’s not my problem she got knocked up. Now, she will get what she deserved. Since she’s going to quit the process, that will be the time to carry out my plan.”

Sonya shook her head. “I don’t want any part in this.”

“You have no choice. Either you do it or you’re gone from the house and the sorority.”

“I quit then. I’ll walk back to the house and pack.” She said. She got out of the car and walked down the sidewalk.

Dominique shook her head. “Lightweight.”

She continued to listen to the conversation inside of the dorm and smiled.

“Since you decided to take everything from me, I’m going to do the same for you, Riana; and no one will stop me from doing it.”

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LLH: Book 3 Chapter 22

Riana glanced up and noticed the bright light coming down on her. She moved her head and slowly turned her body so she could stare at the door. She noticed Shawn sitting beside her and smiled.

“You gave me quite a scare.” He said.

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t apologize, baby.”

“Am I at the hospital?”

“Yeah. How are you feeling?”

“Besides a little woozy, I’m good.”

“Do you remember what happened?”

“I was trying to fight Terrance off of me when I hit him over the head with a vase. I know he slapped me too.”

Shawn balled his fists, clearly upset over what Terrance did.

“He still better be out cold or I will find him and kill him.”

“No, Shawn. He got what he deserved, so just let it go.”

“He deserved a lot more than a few punches.”

“Baby, let it go, please.”

Shawn shook his head and looked ahead.

“Did the doctor say anything to you whether I had a concussion?”

“Not yet. They are still running tests.”

Riana sighed and closed her eyes. The light was really starting to blind her.

“I’m really sorry about tonight. If I was by your side…”

“Stop, Shawn. I mentioned before that this was not your fault.”

“Are you going to press charges on him?”

Riana sighed. She really didn’t want to. She wanted to put this nightmare behind her.

“I rather not.”

“Why not?”

“I just want this to pass, so pressing charges is not an option.”

Shawn shook his head. “I don’t agree with your decision, but if you don’t want to, I won’t stay in your way.”

“Thank you.”

“But there is one thing I want you to do. You need to stop investigating and quit the pledging process.”

“Shawn…”

“No; this is becoming too dangerous. You need to stay away from everyone that is associated with GZG and Omega Si.”

“But this incident didn’t have anything to do with GZG; it was just Terrance being a jerk.”

“Yeah, but those two stick together in the Greek system. They will retaliate; if they weren’t going to already.”

“They were going to even before this happened. I heard him and Sonya talk about some plan Dominique thought up for Cheryl and me. That’s why I have to finish this.”

“You don’t have to do anything. What if you continue and someone do something much worse? Baby, you have to think about yourself as well as Cheryl. Just quit.”

Riana sighed when someone walked into the room.

“I see you’re awake, Miss Robertson.”

“Hi, Dr…”

“Sullivan. You gave everyone quite a scare when you came in. How are you feeling now?”

“I’m okay, I guess. Still a little dizzy.”

“That’s to be expected, but it may not be for the reason you think. We ran tests to see if you had a concussion, but turns out you don’t; but I do want to recommend taking it easy for the next few days to see how things will go.”

Riana nodded. “Sure.”

“But you and the baby are doing just fine, which is great considering the fall you experienced.”

Riana and Shawn both stared at Dr. Sullivan. “What?” They both asked.

“What’s wrong?”

“You just said the baby is fine. I’m not pregnant.” Riana said.

“Based on your blood test, you are, Miss Robertson.”

Riana felt as if she was going to faint again. She glanced at Shawn, who looked just as shock as she was.

“Wow, I didn’t know .”

“Based from your last period, you are a month, give or take. Why don’t you set-up an appointment with Dr. Greer, who is our OBGYN, for a full check-up.”

Riana slowly nodded.

“It seems as if you two need some time, so I’ll leave you alone. As soon as we get the rest of your tests back, we can release you.”

“Thank you, Dr. Sullivan.” Shawn said.

She nodded and walked out of the room.

Shawn stared at Riana before sitting beside her. “You’re pregnant. I thought you were on the pill?”

“I was at first, but I stopped taking them after we broke up.”

“But I thought you were using them for your periods.”

“I really wasn’t using them too much anymore. I was going to switch to a new brand, but never did.”

“Wow, Ri…”

“It’s okay. I guess this sort of happened for a reason then; if I didn’t come here, I wouldn’t have known.”

“You haven’t had any symptoms?”

“I noticed I’ve been gaining weight, but that was all.”

Shawn smiled. “I guess we should have stopped during one of our sessions for a condom.”

Riana giggled. “Maybe so. Do you…”

Shawn shook his head. “No. It just makes me love you even more.”

Riana smiled and he kissed her. “Don’t worry, we’ll figure everything out.” He said.

“I love you.” She whispered.

“I love you too.”

And the two hugged each other, still in shock over what they just heard, but in a good way.

***
Cheryl and Marcus were in the waiting room, waiting on word about Riana, when Marcus gently placed Cheryl’s hand in his. She squeezed his hand and smiled.

“We didn’t get a chance to talk about that kiss from earlier.” Marcus said.

“I know. Marcus, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. At first, I was scared to admit anything, but now, I’m ready to see where things go between us.”

Marcus looked at her. “Really?”

“Yeah. You have been such a great friend, and you have helped me through so much.”

“Just like you have for me.”

“That’s why I want to see where things go with us. I want to be with you.”

“What about Chris?”

“What about him? He made his choice when he slept with Monica and then admitted he wanted to be with her. I’m done with him.”

“Are you sure?”

Cheryl put her hand on the side of his face and gently touched his cheek.

“I’m very sure.”

He smiled and kissed her, which made her smile.

“With everything that has happened, I wasn’t going to tell you the feelings I have for you; but now that you admitted yours, it’s only fair to admit mines.”

“Definitely.”

“I really do like you Cheryl and I would love nothing more to see where things will go with us too.”

She smiled and put her head on his shoulder. “This is kind of weird to be discussing this in a hospital waiting room, especially with us dressed like Robin and a slutty waitress.”

Marcus laughed. “So true. Would I be forward in saying how much I want to take that outfit off of you?”

Cheryl looked at him and smiled. “Not at all.”

She leaned into him and kissed him again when someone cleared their throat. They looked up and saw Chris and Monica standing in front of them.

“Is there a problem?” Cheryl asked.

“Not at all; just seeing how Riana was doing.” Chris said.

“We don’t know yet.” Marcus replied.

Chris glanced at Cheryl and sighed. “Can we talk, please?”

“I don’t have anything to say to you.”

“Please, Cheryl.”

Monica gave Chris a puzzled expression. “Why do you need to talk to her?”

Cheryl rolled her eyes. “Don’t worry, I don’t want to talk to your boyfriend.” She snarled.

“I just need to clear some things up, that’s all.”

Marcus looked at Cheryl. “Maybe you should.”

She shook her head and got up. The two went near the vending machines before Chris started the conversation.

“I just wanted to apologize for my behavior lately. I know I’ve been out of line with everything. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

“Really? Well, you did a bang up job trying not to.”

“Now you see how I felt when I saw you and Devin kissing.”

Cheryl shook her head. “That was a mistake and you accepted it. Now, all of a sudden, you turn everything around on me, saying I’m the reason you’d cheated when all along you wanted to sleep with Monica. Stop using me as an excuse because you wanted to be with someone else.”

“Cheryl…”

“No; I’m not going to listen to you make all of this my damn fault. Yes, I admit what I done was wrong, but I owned up to my mistake; you on the other hand, wanted your cake and eat it too. While I was a wreck over what you’ve done, you were out doing whatever you wanted with Monica. Now, all I want to do is put our relationship behind us and move on.”

“By being with Marcus?”

“Yes. He has been really kind to me and I appreciate all the of times we’ve spent together so far.”

“So you’re going to be with someone who has been with your cousin?”

“Maybe I do, but that’s my problem if I want to be with him. In fact, I’m thinking about having sex with him tonight. Is that a problem for you?”

Chris smirked. “Which you wanted to do all along.”

“So what if I did. You shouldn’t judge me, especially after what you pulled. In fact, why don’t you go be with your new girlfriend, and leave me alone?”

He nodded. “Fine; I apologized, so there’s nothing else left to say.”

“No, there’s not. I really hope you and Monica have a great life together. You’re both cheaters, so you’re a perfect match for each other.”

Chris stared at Cheryl as she walked back to Marcus. He stood up and put his arms around her.

“Everything okay?”

“Yeah.”

“Shawn just texted me. They’re going to release Riana soon and said we can leave if we want to.”

“Okay. I’ll go by her place in the morning. Right now, I need to go.”

“You sure you want to leave?”

“If I look at those two any longer, I will start swinging, so yes.”

“Okay. You want me to drop you off at your dad’s?”

Cheryl shook her head. “No. I was hoping you could take me back to your place and take this outfit off of me.”

Marcus smiled. “Are you sure?”

Cheryl nodded. “Definitely. But there is one thing I need to know.”

“What’s that?”

“Have you recently been tested?”

Marcus nodded. “Yes, a month ago. I’m clean, Cheryl.”

She smiled. “Okay, let’s go.”

She took his hand and they left the waiting room.

LLH: Book 3 Chapter 21

“Tell me why I’m dressed like this? “ Marcus asked Shawn.

The two were standing outside of GZG’s house, about to go inside for the Halloween party.

Shawn looked at Marcus and laughed. “This is a Halloween party and a costume is one of the requirements.”

“I know, but I really didn’t want to dress up.”

“Well, you had no choice since you want to keep an eye on Cheryl.”

Marcus glanced at his Robin costume and sighed. “I rather been Batman.”

Shawn smiled. “Not a chance. I was the one who bought the costumes, so I was going to be Batman.”

Marcus smirked and went inside, looking around at the house. They saw several of the pledges walking around carrying serving trays. They haven’t seen Cheryl or Riana, which hopefully they would eventually.

Dominique walked up to the two and smiled. “Batman and Robin, I wouldn’t had expected that.”

“Well, tonight is full of surprises.” Shawn said.

Marcus glanced at Dominique and rolled his eyes.

“I didn’t think you would had came, Marcus?”

“I bet. I wonder who’s your next victim is tonight?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Dominique said.

“I’ll be near the bar.” Marcus said, going over to the opposite end of the room.

“What’s his problem?” she asked.

“I’m not sure.”

“I’m really surprised you two are talking again; but I wouldn’t had known anyway since we barely talked lately.”

“I know we haven’t; I’ve just been busy with classes and work.”

“I understand. Well, let’s make the most of tonight, then. Dance with me.” She suggested, while pulling him to the center of the room.

“Shouldn’t you be watching the pledges?” He asked. He didn’t want to be anywhere around Dominique, especially while Riana was in the same room.

“I’m pretty sure that’s covered. Now, let’s have some fun.” She said as she began to dance on him. He looked up and saw Riana staring at him. She gave a nod to his costume and went back to waiting.

He began to dance with Dominique, knowing he probably needed to play nice with her since she threatened Riana and Cheryl. Hopefully this will end soon so he doesn’t have to deal with her any longer.

***
Riana glanced at Shawn with Dominique. He didn’t tell her what his costume was going to be; but she had to admit, he looked good wearing it.

He could definitely rescue me any day.

She giggled, which had Cheryl giving her a weird look.

“What’s your problem?”

“You didn’t see Shawn and Marcus’ costume?”

She glanced over and saw Marcus near the bar. He saw her and gave her a wink.

“So I’m assuming Shawn is Batman?”

“Yep, which I admit is looking so sexy right now.”

“There’s no hope for you.” Cheryl said.

She looked at the door and saw Chris and Monica walk in. While she was dressed as a sexy catwoman, Chris’ costume was a 1920s gangster.

“For a second, I thought they weren’t going to show.” She said.

“Whatever you do, just stay calm, okay.”

Cheryl nodded and went to the bar. She smiled at Marcus while he took a sip of his soda.

“I’m glad you’re not drinking the hard stuff.”

“I couldn’t if I wanted to since I have a court appearance soon.”

“She hasn’t given you a hard time, has she?” she asked while staring at Dominique.

“No; but she’s definitely not letting Shawn out of her sight. She’s doing all she can for him to not follow Riana.”

“Figures.”

“How are you? I know you saw Chris and Monica walk in.”

“I’m good. As long as I don’t have to speak to either of them, then it will be a good night. Let me correct that; it’ll be one when I get out of this outfit.”

“I have to admit, it does look good on you.”

Cheryl smiled. “Typical guy.”

“Maybe, but you do look sexy, Cheryl.”

She stared at him when a familiar voice was behind her.

“Shouldn’t you be serving drinks instead of talking?”

She turned around and saw Chris staring at her.

“if you want something, you could had asked the other pledges.”

“I rather for you to serve me.”

“Why don’t you walk away, Chris.” Marcus suggested.

“Why are you even in this conversation?”

“It’s not a conversation if it’s one-sided.”

“I just need to talk to you Cheryl.”

“There’s nothing to talk about, Chris. You chose the person you want to be with, so go be with her.”

“Cheryl…”

“She doesn’t want to talk to you, so leave her alone.” Marcus said. He went up to Chris and stared at him.

“So now you’re talking for her?”

“She can speak for herself, but now I’m telling you to leave her alone.”

“Or what?”

The two stared at each other when Cheryl stepped in between them.

“Stop it, now. Chris, go.”

He stared at Marcus again before turning around and going to Monica.

She sighed and grabbed her tray.

“I’m sorry Cheryl.”

“Don’t apologize. Thank you for that, though.”

“No problem.”

Cheryl leaned into him, giving him a passionate kiss. She didn’t care if anyone was watching. She made her decision , and she decided to go forward with her life. Whatever her feelings are for Marcus, she’ll figure them out eventually. Now, she just want to live in the moment. If it is with Marcus, then so be it.

***
Riana glanced over at Cheryl kissing Marcus and smiled. She knew the situation between all of them was a little complicated, but she was glad for the two.

She went over to the center of the room and saw Dominique still dancing on Shawn. He was giving a disinterested look, which made her laugh. If Dominique only knew how uncomfortable he looked at that moment; but of course, since she’s in her own world, so she’s not paying attention.

She was running low on drinks, so she went to the kitchen to restock. She was about to walk in when she heard Terrance and one of the sisters talking about their pledges. She stood near the door to listen.

“Since Dominique has it out for Shawn’s ex and her cousin, she has this elaborate plan for those two. She hasn’t given all the details yet, but it’s pretty big.” The girl said.

“Dominique mentioned it and I hate it. She really needs to let things go, for her sake mainly. I know how she can be when she’s upset and it’s not good.”

“Well, maybe you should talk to her and convince her to stop this charade.”

“I’ve tried, but she won’t listen. Even if she does go through with this, you, along with the other sisters, will be right along with her.”

“We’re in a sisterhood, so we’re going to help each other.”

“Even if it’ll cost someone’s life?”

“I wouldn’t go that far.”

“With Dominique, you never know.”

She heard someone walk to the door, which made her go towards the corner to hide. She saw the girl leave, which meant Terrance was still inside. She walked in and glanced at him. He gave a sly smile while she refilled her tray with drinks.

“Are you enjoying the party?” he asked.

“How can I when I’m serving everyone?” Riana asked.

Terrance nodded and went up to her. She didn’t like how he was standing so close to her and she slowly backed away.

“Why haven’t you returned any of my calls or texts? It seemed as if after the first assignment you completely stopped talking to me.”

“It’s nothing against you, I’ve just been busy.”

“Well, we’re here now, so we can talk.”

“I have to get back to the party.”

“You don’t have to rush.” He said. He slowly moved his finger down her shoulder, which made her skin crawl.

“I’m pretty sure Dominique wouldn’t like that.”

“She would be okay with it.” He said. He moved even closer to her, crushing his body against hers. She didn’t have anywhere to go and her back bumped against the counter.

“I didn’t get to tell you, but you look really good tonight.”

Riana didn’t like where this was heading. She needed to leave immediately.

“I really have to go.”

“No, you don’t.” He insisted and slammed his fist down on the counter.

“At first, you were giving me the green light to talk to you, and now, you suddenly stopped. What gives?”

“I told you why.”

“I think you’re lying. Is it because of Shawn? Are you back with him.”

“I haven’t talked to him in weeks.”

“Stop lying! I know that you’re back with him. Hell, even Dominique knows, but she’s delusional; she believes she still has a chance with him.”

Riana noticed the raged look he had, which knew this wouldn’t end well if she didn’t leave. She slowly reached behind her to retrieved her phone. Even though she wasn’t suppose to have it, she still kept it out. Good thing the costume had a back pocket, otherwise, she wouldn’t been able to hide it. She hoped Shawn’s name was still the first on her recent call list, as she dialed his number. Hopefully he’ll pick up his phone and realize something is wrong.

“What are you doing?”

“Nothing.”

He reached behind her and grabbed her phone. He threw it to the ground, causing the screen to shatter.

“Were you calling him?!”

“Terrance, I don’t know what’s going on with you, but this is not you. Please, just let me go back to the party before someone notice I’m gone.”

“No. You’ve been giving me mixed signals for weeks now, so now, it’s time we finally talk.” He said.

He put his lips on Riana’s neck, which made her squirm. She tried to wiggle her way out of his grasp, but he was too strong.

“Get off of me!” she exclaimed.

He continued to kiss her when she scratched him. He pulled away from her as she kneeled him in the groin. He doubled over while she pushed past him and ran out of the kitchen. He ran after her and grabbed her hair, and turned her around. He slapped her. The force was so severe, it made her fall on the floor.

“Now look what you made me do.” He said. He pulled her over to the table and pulled her onto it. She couldn’t do much since she was woozy from the fall. He ripped opened her top and kissed her neck again. She tried to scream but no sound was coming from her mouth. She saw the vase sitting near the table as she picked it up and knocked him over the head. He fell on top of her, which made her scream. She tried to pull him off of her, but he was too big. She saw the door opened and Shawn ran in. He pulled Terrance off of her and she went over to the door.

Terrance slowly looked at him, not knowing what was going on.

“What the hell are you doing?” He asked.

Shawn didn’t say anything; instead, he punched him, causing him to hit his head on the table and fall to the floor.

“Come after her again and I will do more.” He threatened.

He went over to Riana and hugged her.

“Are you okay?”

“I’m okay. I didn’t think you would know where I was.”

“I asked one of the sisters and they said you went towards the kitchen. I said I was going to look after you and this happened.”

“Don’t, Shawn. You had your hands full with Dominique.”

“Yeah, but I should had been protecting you.”

Riana looked over Shawn’s shoulder and saw Terrance coming towards him with a knife.

“Shawn, look out!”

He turned around and he blocked his body from the knife. He grabbed it from Terrance and the two began to fight. The door swung open and Marcus and Cheryl ran in. Marcus ran over to the two. Cheryl pulled Riana to her and hugged her.

“What the hell is going on?”

Before Riana could speak, she fell into Cheryl’s arms. She watched as Shawn punched Terrance again, knocking him out cold.

“Shawn!” Cheryl yelled.

He looked over and saw Riana on the floor. He went over and took her from Cheryl.

“I’m taking her to the hospital.” He said.

And the three left from the kitchen.

Book Updates

Happy Sunday everyone!!! First, I would like to thank everyone who has purchased Unconditional Love. I really hope everyone enjoy Britney and Jayden’s story :-)

Now, a couple of things:

The Way We Were, which is Monica and Donnell’s story, was originally suppose to be released on September 10th, but unfortunately, the release may have to be pushed back. The reason being is because I have been getting ready for my little one to start school soon, so I had to stop writing for a couple of weeks. Don’t worry, because the book will still be released in September, but not on the date I’d previously stated. I will let you know the new date soon.

Love Always, which is Riana and Shawn’s story, will be the final story of the Love, Life, & Happiness series. I really cannot wait for you all to read this story! So much will be going on with the two, as well as with the other couples of the series. The story will take place three years later and Shawn will be going into his profession in journalism, while Riana will still be attending Shaw. The release date might still be November 19th (hopefully); if anything changes, I will definitely let you all know.

Finally, I recently had a great conversation with a reader in regards to the series and some of the things happening between the couples. One of the topics was giving one of the secondary characters their own story, which honestly, was a great idea. So, there will be another story, possibly a novella, that is in the works with one of the characters that I’m sure a lot of you would like to know more about. This story will be out in December and will give a different side to various story lines. I will have more information about this story soon :-)