LLH: Book 2 Chapter 23

Hi everyone!! Chapter 23 is now available. Two more chapters to go! If you haven’t been reading any of the chapters, make sure you do, because the last one will be crazy!!!

A day later and it was the day of Riana’s birthday party. Britney was in her room trying to find something to wear, but she wasn’t in the mood to look for anything. She doesn’t know why she was even going, considering everything Riana has done to her. Since no one knows that she knew about her and Marcus, she had to put up an act and be cordial around her, but in honesty, she wanted to strangle her.
She pulled out a blue halter dress, looked at it, and threw it on the bed. She sat down, putting her head in her hands and sighed. She hasn’t seen Riana since the encounter at the movies, which she was still baffled over. She couldn’t believe she was able to tear apart two brothers; even she wouldn’t do something that shady.

Monica walked into her room and smiled.

“Hey girl. I thought you might like some company.”

“Thanks, because I need it.” Britney said and leaned on the bed. “Would you be upset if I didn’t go?”

Monica sighed and leaned back on the bed as well.

“Brit, we all have made mistakes in our lives, so I don’t see why you just can’t let things go. Riana is back with Shawn so try and focus on your relationship with Marcus.”

“What relationship? Even though we haven’t officially broken up, our relationship was over the moment he developed feelings for her.”

“You were in a similar situation, so you should be able to relate.”

“I learned from my mistake. I even paid for it, that’s why I don’t understand why she would even go there with him.”

“Riana feels bad about what happened. In fact, she doesn’t even know that you know about them. She has her suspicions though.”

“Whatever. She couldn’t be satisfied with one brother so she had to have the other one too.”

“Don’t you think you’re being a little harsh right now?”

“No. After what happened, I have an idea on what to give her.”

“What are you planning?”

“Oh, you’ll see later. Just know that what she did to me when she found out about Isaac, she’s going to get the same treatment, and I will be glad to announce it.”

“Think about this, Britney.”

“Think about what? She wasn’t thinking about me when she kicked me out of the apartment then. She definitely wasn’t thinking about me when she was spreading her legs for Marcus.”

Monica shook her head.

“I really don’t want what happened to ruin your friendship. You two have worked so hard to get back to where you are now.”

“There’s no friendship anymore. She threw that away when she went behind my back and pursued my boyfriend.”

“Britney just put yourself in her shoes. She was confused about her feelings and she realizes now that Shawn is the person she wants. Can’t you just bypass what happen? She did with you.”

Britney rolled her eyes and went back to her closet.

“First, I’m still pissed that you’re even staying with her.”

“I had no choice.”

“You had a choice, which in my opinion you should have stayed with Donnell. Anyway, you’re taking her side.”

“I’m not taking anyone’s side regarding this matter. I have my own issues to face, so I don’t need the added burden of you two going after each other.”

“Whatever. There is something I have to tell you, though.”

Monica gave a concerned look as Britney sat back on the bed.

“I tried to sleep with Shawn.”

Monica thought she had to pick her mouth up from the floor from that bit of news.

“What?!”

“When he told me what was going on, I was more hurt than anything, so I needed to feel some sort of comfort, so before I knew it, I was kissing him.”

“Seriously. So why are you so mad at Ri?”

“Because I didn’t go through with it. Well, Shawn didn’t. We were on the bed, our clothes were off and we about to, but he had a change of heart and left.”

“Because he’s in love with his girlfriend. You four are playing a dangerous game and someone is going to get hurt.”

“I know, but Riana started it by having lusty thoughts about Marcus.”

“Maybe for her, that was the reason, but for Marcus, I think it was always there with Ri, he just didn’t want to admit them since she’s his brother’s girl.”

“Well he should have never got with me then.”

“Maybe so. Brit, just take a minute to think about what you’re going to do. Once you go after Riana, your friendship will never be the same.”

“She should have thought about that before she slept with my boyfriend.” Britney said.

She went back to the closet and pulled out a black and white minidress.

“Perfect.” she smiled.

Monica shook her head again, knowing this was going to be a crazy night.

***
Shawn stared at himself in the mirror, taking in the shiner that Marcus gave him at the party store the other day. When he arrived at Riana’s, she looked at his face and began crying; which meant she still felt guilty over what happened between the two. Even though he never told her that he knew, she had an idea what happened.

Now he was getting ready for her party, hoping that the night will be fun and not full of drama since he did invite Britney. As for his brother, if he even attempt to show up, he will be ready for round two. He hasn’t seen him after the incident and when he arrived to the apartment, his room was empty. Good thing he took his advice and packed up. If he didn’t, he was going to do it for him.

“Are you okay?” Riana asked. She walked into his room and sat down on the bed.

“I’m cool.”

“Since Marcus moved out, do you know where he went?”

Shawn turned around and stared at her, wondering why she would even ask that.

“I don’t give a damn where he went. As long as he’s not here, then I’m good.”

“Shawn, I know you know about me and Marcus; I just want you to be upset with me.”

He stared at her and noticed the look she had. She looked so innocent. He still can’t believe she cheated on him, which made him become slightly irritated.

“Please, just yell at me.”

“I’m not going to do that.”

“You should.”

“Why, so it would make me or you feel better? Baby, when I discovered what happened, I was pissed off at Marcus to the point I wanted to kill him; but with you, I was more hurt than anything. I saw the hurt and pain you went through with Britney and Isaac and the idea that you did it to me hurt ten times as worse.”

“I’m so sorry, Shawn.” Riana said through tears.

“You are the first woman that I can picture a future with; someone that I want to marry and have kids with and grow old with. I didn’t really believe in love until I met you.”

“Shawn…”

“That’s why I didn’t say anything to you. I know you struggled through your feelings for Marcus and me, and I didn’t want to add more to it.”
“I know I hurt you, and I promise that I won’t ever do it again. I was stupid to have cheated on you, and I’ll do everything in my power to make it up to you.”

Shawn stared at her and caressed her cheek.

“We’ll get through this together, baby. We’ll make it work.”

She nodded as Shawn leaned over and kissed her. She held on to him and he pulled her towards him. He kissed her tears as she continued to cry.
“I love you, Ri.”

“I love you too, Shawn.”

They lay down on the bed, holding each other while giving slow kisses. Although they had a few bumps in the road, they knew their love could surpass anything.

***
“Are you ready yet?” Chris asked while walking into Cheryl’s room.

“Just give me another minute.” she said.

She stared at herself in the mirror, smoothing down her aqua blue dress and sighed. She really didn’t feel like going out tonight, but since this was for her cousin’s birthday, she’ll make an exception.

Her schedule has been on overload the past couple of weeks, making her have less time for rest and relaxation. Even spending time with Chris was nonexistent, as this was the first time they seen each other in three weeks.

He looked at her and smiled.

“You looked really good right now.”

“Thanks.”

He put his arms around her and gave her a kiss.

“Good enough to not go to the party.” He whispered. His hands roamed her body, making her wet from his touch.

“You know we can’t do that. Ri will have a fit if I don’t show up, especially since I haven’t seen her in a while.”

“I wish you could have been there for her; maybe you could have talked some sense into her.”

“You’re blaming me for Ri’s issues? She brought that on herself.”

“I’m not saying that, it’s just that you two are so close, so I’m pretty sure she needed that guidance that you love to provide every now and then.”

Cheryl smiled.

“I know. I’m just glad things are working out for her and Shawn. So this party he’s giving is not some ploy to get back at her, is it?”
Chris glanced at her.

“What do you mean?”

“This is not a revenge party, is it?”

Chris looked down and rubbed his head. He stared at her and sighed.

“It was at first, but Shawn came to his senses and is now doing it out of love.”

“Was he really going to expose Ri and Marcus?”

“Yeah. I tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn’t listen.”

“Wow. I know Shawn was hurting then; he’s probably still hurting.”

“He’s trying to get over it, but it’s hard to do when Marcus is lurking around. I didn’t tell you the two got into it in public yesterday.”
“It was bound to happen, Chris.”

“I know. Let’s just hope he doesn’t show up tonight.”

“Why would he?”

“Knowing Marcus, he will.”

Cheryl sighed. She got up, but suddenly felt faint. Chris went to her, holding her while giving a concerned look.

“Are you okay?”

She looked at him and smiled.

“Yeah, I just lost my balance. I probably should switch my shoes.”

Chris nodded and kissed her cheek.

Cheryl went toward the mirror and gave a nervous expression. She’s been feeling dizzy for the past couple of days. She knew she has been taking the pills Devin gave her a little more than usual, but she didn’t think it would cause any type of effect. It hasn’t the last time she done that. She has noticed a difference with the last pill she’s taken, since this was a new supply given by Devin. Although he said he wasn’t going to help her again, after a little persuasion, he gave her another bag, which was a month supply.

She knew she shouldn’t rely on them, but they’re helping her get through everything. She doesn’t believe she’s addicted to them. She did stop the week when she was out of them.

Her heart started to race. She touched her chest, hoping it would stop beating so fast. She turned to see if Chris was still in the room, but he was gone.

She turned back to the mirror and noticed she was sweating. She touched her forehead, wondering what was going on. Hopefully she can make it through the night, but how she was feeling, it was highly unlikely she will.

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 22

Chapter 22 is up!!

Since everyone was busy with their classes, no one seemed to have notice the semester was almost over. One person who was glad it was ending was Monica, who was staring at the ceiling of Britney’s room, wondering how things got so bad. When she moved out of the apartment, she was expecting to see Britney and Riana at theirs, but found out that Britney was staying with her parents. She probably knew about Riana and Marcus, which surprisingly she didn’t do something much worse than moved out.

When she did ask Riana what happened to Britney, she just shrugged her shoulders and mentioned she wanted to be near her job. She knew that was a total lie, but didn’t say anything about it.

She couldn’t judge anyone’s issues anyway since she had her own to deal with. For the past two months, Donnell has been trying hard to call and text her, but she ignored them all. She was trying to figure out her feelings and having him contacting her wasn’t helping.

She got up to go to the kitchen when a knock was at the door. She turned to it and opened it.

Maybe I should had looked through the peephole.

“I see you’re doing okay.” Donnell said.

“How did you know I was here?”

“I asked Britney.” he said. He walked inside without asking if he could come in.

“Excuse you, but I didn’t say you could come in.”

“Are you serious? You moved out of the apartment two months ago without even an explanation and you have the audacity to have an attitude with me!”

“I did leave a note explaining why I was doing it.”

Donnell gave a sarcastic chuckle.

“You are a piece of work. Throughout our relationship, you have done so much dirt it was ridiculous; but being the person that I am, I took you back. I guess I was too in love with you to see pass the flaws you have.”

“I told you I needed space, so you should respect that.”

“All I asked of you was to be honest with me. If you were unsure of us living together, you should had said something.”

“I didn’t want to hurt you.”

“You’ve done enough of that, Monica.”

“I didn’t want to make things even worse.”

“Well, it’s too late for that! Even though you did this, I still love you and I want things to work out between us.”

“I love you too, but there’s so much I need to sort out.”

“Like what?”

“Maybe we shouldn’t be together. We should take some time apart and figure out what we want out of life.”

“Just say it. You want to be single and date as many guys as you want. Hell, you were doing that while we were together.”

Monica shook her head and sighed.

“You know what; take as much time as you want to discover yourself. Just know when you do want to get back together that I will not be waiting.”

He stormed out of the apartment and slammed the door. Monica shook her head again and sat down on the couch. Whether she wanted it or not, she needed this time to see if her feelings for Donnell was still there. She couldn’t continue to go through the motions and not wonder how her life would be without him. Right now, she needed an escape, and she knew just the thing to help her. She got up from the couch and went to Britney’s room. She was tired of being in the apartment and she was ready to venture out. She was ready to see what single life was all about.

***
Riana stood in front of her wall mirror admiring the dress she picked out for the birthday party Shawn was throwing her. There were several outfits she had, but she couldn’t decide on which one she wanted to wear. After all they have been through, she couldn’t believe he was throwing a party for her. At first, it was going to be a surprise, but when she saw him looking up decorations in her favorite colors, pink and purple, he had to tell her. A tingling sensation went through her and she smiled. Just the gesture showed her that he loved her unconditionally, just like she does with him.

After the talk she had with Marcus, he did keep his distance from her, which was great for her since she was trying to patch things up with Shawn; but as for the brothers’ relationship, they never patched things up. Honestly, she doesn’t know if they will ever recover. She still felt guilty for the pain she has caused them; that’s why she’s going to try her hardest to keep things on track with her relationship and even get the two to talk again.
She walked out to the living room and saw Monica about to leave. She stared at her outfit, wondering where she was going.

“I’m pretty sure you heard Donnell and me arguing.”

“Yeah. Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’ll live.”

“Where are you going dressed like that?”

“To the bar; I figure I need a little escape. You want to come?”

“No, I’m going to stay here; besides, Shawn is probably coming by.”

“Okay. I’m glad you two were able to work things out.”

“Me too. I know now that I will never mess up like that again.”

“That’s good to hear. I have to ask though, how’s Marcus in bed?”

“That’s kind of personal, Monica.”

“I had to ask. I bet he’s good, isn’t he.”

Riana began to think about the times she was intimate with him. The way her body felt was more than she could have ever imagined. He had her coming every time they were together, which made her blush.

“You’re blushing, so he must be good.”

“Stop, Monica.”

“I mean you have your pick of both brothers. Between the two, who had your body on fire?”

“Enough, Monica.”

She giggled and went to the door.

“See you later.”

Riana waved and went back to her room. What Monica said had her thinking about both of them and sighed. She can’t think about anything that pertains to Marcus. If she does, it would be opening up a whole new can of worms.

Damn you, Monica!

***
Shawn and Chris was at a party shop buying a couple of items for Riana’s party when Chris started to talk.

“I’m really glad you decided to call off the plan you had cooked up.”

“I figured I didn’t need to do it anymore. What Ri did was wrong, but I’ve done that before with Clara, so I can’t fault her for it.”

“I agree, but you didn’t have sex with her sister.”

“No, but her best friend; so I shouldn’t be upset with her.”

“What about Marcus? Should you forgive him too?”

“Hell no.”

“Why are you giving Riana the benefit of the doubt but not your brother?”

“He can rot in hell for all I care. What he did was disrespectful and I’m not going to forget that.”

Chris sighed as he walked with Shawn down the aisle.

“How’s Cheryl doing? I know you had some concerns about her.” He changed the subject while picking up a bag of pink balloons.

“She’s doing okay. She’s still busy with school, work, and everything else. I told her she needs to slow down, but she’s not listening.”

“Was she pissed about her dad visiting her on Valentine’s Day?”

“No, but she told me if I had any issues with her to not bring him into it.”

“You’re concern about her, so that’s understandable.”

“I know. I just don’t want her to get too deep with everything she’s doing. She’s putting too much on
herself and eventually she’s going to shut down.”

Shawn patted him on the back when he looked at the door. Marcus walked in. He looked at Shawn and
headed over to him.

“What the hell is he doing here?” Shawn asked.

Marcus walked up to him and sighed.

“I saw your car in the parking lot.”

“And that made you want to come in here.”

“Listen, we have to talk, mainly about our living arrangement.”

Shawn folded his arms across his chest and gave him an angry look.

“I agree. Since I’ve been paying the rent for the past couple of months, then you can pack your shit and
move out.”

“Why should I move out? You haven’t been there in weeks.”

“It doesn’t matter if I was; you’ve been slacking off with rent so I had to pay for yours and my half.”

Marcus shook his head and chuckled.

“You smug bastard. You think you’re so above everything and everyone.”

“Why, because I’m doing so much better than you? I have something you will never have. That’s right; you want my girlfriend and you thought you had her, but she came to her senses and stayed with me. You may had her body, but you will never have her heart.”

Chris looked at the two, knowing where this was heading. He had to do something fast before they both start swinging.

Marcus went up to Shawn and decked him across his jaw. Shawn punched him, causing him to fall against a display.

“You two need to chill the hell out!” Chris exclaimed.

But the two didn’t listen. Marcus regained his balance and ran over to Shawn. He pushed him to the floor, punching him. Shawn got from underneath Marcus and threw him to the ground, throwing jabs near his nose and eyes.

“Damn it!” Chris yelled. He tried to pull the two off of each other, but they both pushed him out of the way. They continued to punch each other when the store manager and security ran over to the two and broke up the fight.

“You two need to pay for the damage you caused and get out!” The manager yelled.

The two looked at each other and was about to start back fighting when Chris pulled Shawn away.

“Let’s go before you cause any more problems.” he said.

Marcus looked at the crowd that witnessed the fight and saw the mess he and his brother had caused. He pulled out his wallet and sighed.

“Here’s three hundred; that’s should cover it.”

He handed the money to the manager, slowly turned around and headed to the door. He glanced at Shawn who was with the cashier. The two glared at each other before he walked out.

Marcus never thought he and Shawn would come to blows over a woman, but Riana was worth it. Whatever it takes, he will find a way to be with her; and Shawn will not stand in his way.

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 21

Two weeks later and Riana was still in shock over everything that has happened. Her relationship with Shawn was slowly going back to normal, but she still wondered if he would ever admit her indiscretions. There were times when she wanted to confess everything to him, but if she did, it would only bring more issues. For now, she’ll keep her mouth shut and work on her relationship.

She was at the lounge studying her chemistry notes when a familiar voice caught her attention.

“We need to talk.”

She looked up, seeing Marcus standing in front of her.

“We have nothing to talk about.”

“I’ve been trying to contact you for two weeks. We have to discuss what happened.”

“What if Shawn walk in here and see us talking?”

“I don’t care. I need to know why you’re avoiding me.”

“Because I’m trying to work things out with your brother. We let things go too far, so now we need to stay away from each other.”

“What if I don’t want to? Riana, I’m in love with you.”

She glanced at him, not sure if he was being serious.

“What?”

“Ri, from the time we have spent together, I realized how wonderful you are and I don’t want to lose that.”
“You’re not in love with me, Marcus.”

“Yes, I am. You all I think about. I want to spend every moment with you. Hell, it has been years since I felt this way about a woman, so I know you’re really special.”

“I can’t hear this anymore.” Riana said. She stuffed her book and notepad into her tote bag and pushed herself out of her chair. She walked past Marcus when he grabbed her.

“Let go of me.”

“Not until we talk.”

She saw the desperate look in his eyes and realized she should.

“Let’s walk.”

He nodded and they left the lounge. As soon as they went outside, Marcus started to speak.

“I know you’re in a tough position right now, but I just needed to put my feelings out there.”

“What about Britney?”

“Our relationship started too fast. We didn’t take the time to get to know each other.”

“And we did?”

“Yes. It may have started off purely sexual, but there’s more to you than that. You have a kind heart and
you’re easy to get along with.

“Marcus, I enjoyed the moments we had together, but I realized it was all a mistake. I’m in love with
Shawn and I had cloudy judgment when I was with you. I don’t know if I was missing Shawn too much
and you were there or just needed someone to talk to. Whatever the reason, it shouldn’t had
happened.”

“You’re saying the times we spent together didn’t mean anything to you?”

“Please don’t do this, Marcus.”

“You’re giving me no choice.”

“Whatever we had is over. Let me work things out with Shawn while you try to establish
something with Britney.”

“Shawn is playing you, Ri. He’s up to something and he pretending to be the devoted boyfriend to keep
you in the dark.”

Riana shook her head. Marcus could be right, but she’s going to do everything she can to get her
relationship with Shawn back on track.

“I’m sorry, Marcus. I have to go.”

She turned around and headed to the science building. She knew she was doing the right thing;
hopefully he would take the hint and let her work things out with her boyfriend.

***
Shawn was sitting in the control booth looking up decorations for Riana’s party. Even though he
still had two months to plan everything, he wanted to have everything perfect.

The plan he had for her and his brother was slowly becoming a memory and he was actually having the party out of the kindness of his heart. After the time they spent on Valentine’s Day, the two has re-established their
relationship in a major way. He could tell she was still in love with him and wanted things to work out.
He must be really in love if he’s willing to look past her cheating and stay with her; but he figure
everyone make mistakes. Hell, he even made a couple before he met Riana, so he shouldn’t had quickly
judged her.

Dominique walked into the booth and took the seat beside him. She glanced at what he was looking at
and sighed.

“You’re seriously planning a party for her?”

“Why do you care?”

“Because she cheated on you with your brother. You’re rewarding her by throwing her a party.”

“I didn’t ask for your opinion, so why don’t you concentrate on the news.”

She scoffed and looked ahead.

“Sorry if I hit a nerve.”

“Whatever.” he said.

“I just don’t want you to be taken advantage of. You’re a really sweet guy and the fact that she cheated
and you’re overlooking it is irritating me.”

“I appreciate your concern, but honestly it’s none of your business if I’m with her or not. I love her and
we will make our relationship work.”

Dominique nodded. “Okay. I guess that is something I will have to respect.”

“Thank you.”
Shawn looked ahead at the reporters getting ready to sign on. He didn’t have time for Dominique’s
issues. If he wanted to be with Riana, then that was his choice.

***
Cheryl went into her A&P class letting out a frustrated sigh. She just pulled a double shift at Patrick’s and
she was exhausted. The supply of pills Devin gave her, which supposed to had last for two months,
were gone a week ago. She tried to see if she could had purchased more, but she needed a prescription,
which meant she had to go to the doctor. With the way her schedule was, she wouldn’t be able to
schedule an appointment, so she had to do the one thing she vowed she wouldn’t do again and that was
talk to Devin.

For weeks, the only time she associated with him was during class since he was still her lab partner. She
tried to get a new one, but Professor Holbrook denied the request, stating everyone must stick with
their partners for the entire semester. That didn’t go well with Chris, but what choice did she have?
When Devin tried to talk to her, she’ll switched to discussions involving class work. After several more
attempts, he finally got the hint and just talked to her about their assignments. Now, she was
desperate because she needed more pills and he was the only person who could supply them
to her.

She sat beside him at their lab table and pull out her notes.

“Good morning.” he said.

“Good morning.”

“I know I shouldn’t ask, but is everything okay?”

She glanced at him and gave a tiny smile.

“Everything’s okay. Just pulled a double at work.”

“And you were able to come here? That’s dedication. Those pills must be working its magic.”

She glanced at him again and sighed.

“About that…”

“First off, are we actually having a conversation?”

“Yes, we are.”

“Just wondering because we haven’t actually had one in almost a month.”

“I know, and I’m sorry about that, but you have to understand the position I’m in.”

“Yeah; your boyfriend is an asshole.”

“Don’t start.”

“I had to say it.”

Cheryl shook her head and sighed.

“Fine, I’ll drop it. Now, what were you going to say before I interrupted?”

She took a deep breath before speaking.

“About the pills, I sort of ran out a week ago.”

Devin gave her a surprised look.

“Those pills were a two month supply.”

“I know, but…”

“Were you taking more than one a day?”

“Maybe.”

“Cheryl, those pills are powerful. You have to watch your intake on those.”

“I know, but I’ve been so busy with work and school and pre-entrance exams I just needed a boost and
they helped.”

“I understand that, but…”

“I just need a couple to help me get through the next few weeks. I won’t need them anymore once I
take my last exam, I promise.”

“You know how much I had to do to get the first supply?”

“I’m sure it was a lot, but I really need them, just to help me get through everything.”

Devin sighed.

“Fine, I’ll help you, but after this, I can’t anymore. Not only will my dad get suspicious, but I don’t want
anything to happen to you. I really do care about you, so if anything does happen, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself.”

Cheryl saw the genuine expression in his eyes. She knew he was being truthful, which made her feel
even worse for asking.

“Thank you.”

“I’ll have them for you during the next class.”

“You think I could get them sooner, say later today?”

“Cheryl…”

“What about tomorrow?”

“I can do tomorrow.”

“Thank you.”

Devin nodded and opened his A&P book. Cheryl sighed. Tomorrow, she will have her pills and
everything will be fine again.

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 20

Hi everyone!!! Chapter 20 is ready for view. Looking back on some of these chapters, I’m still amazed at how some of the characters are, especially the Walker men. But I have to admit, Shawn is hot when he’s pissed off, LOL.

Enjoy everyone :-)

Before going to see the movie, Riana needed to go to the restroom. She made a detour to the end of the theater and into the ladies’ room. She went into one of the stalls, taking a moment to calm her nerves. When Shawn touched her, she had the sinking feeling that he was doing it to piss off Marcus. She didn’t want to believe that, but the look he had on his face made her think otherwise.

She finished using the restroom and flushed the toilet. When she walked out of the stall, she saw Britney at the mirror, reapplying her lip gloss. She gave a quick glance at the mirror while Riana went to the sink to wash her hands.

“Hey. I haven’t seen you in a while.” Riana said. She reached to the towel dispenser and grabbed a paper towel.
“I’ve been busy. I’ve been getting off of work late, so I just crash at my parents.”

“That never stop you from coming to the apartment.”

“I just thought it’ll be better.” she said.

Riana noticed the weird expression on Britney’s face and nodded.

“Okay.”

Britney turned around and went out of the door, leaving Riana slightly confused. From how she was acting, it seemed as if she knew what was going on too.

You’re overreacting.

She took a quick glance in the mirror and headed to the door.

***
Riana walked back to the theater, giving a smile at Shawn who was standing outside.

“Thanks for waiting.” she said and grabbed his hand.

“Of course.” he replied, giving her a kiss on the cheek.

The two walked inside the dark room, looking for seats to sit down. Since the theater was so crowded, they had to find somewhere fast. Shawn headed towards the top, seeing two seats in the corner. Unfortunately, it was right in front of Marcus and Britney.

Shit. Riana thought.

Shawn looked at Riana, clearly seeing the hesitation in her eyes.

Maybe this will work out to my advantage. He thought.

“Maybe we should see if there are other seats.” she said.

“Where, baby. The place is packed.”

“It’s okay, Ri. Just sit down.” Marcus said.

She sighed and sat down. Shawn sat beside her and took her hand in

The movie was about to start when he glanced at her thighs. He had to admit, she did look good right now. He placed his hand on her thigh, giving her a slight caress as she stared at him. She smiled as she leaned her head on his shoulder.

“I love you.” she whispered.

“I love you too.” he responded, moving his hand up her skirt.

“Great outfit choice.” he said in her ear.

She looked at him, hoping he was not going to do what she was thinking.

The only light in the room was from the projection. She could see the desire in his eyes. He was going to pleasure her right in a crowded theater.

“Don’t do it, Shawn.”

“Why not? Our chairs are away from everyone, besides Marcus and Britney, which I’m sure they won’t even notice.”

She turned her head to the two and saw Marcus giving her a hurt expression. She quickly turned back around and leaned her head back on Shawn.

“Besides, you know you want to. I can see it in your eyes.”

Her heart started to beat fast as he continued to slide his hand further. He pushed her thong to the side and slightly brushed her clit. She closed her eyes, not wanting to give herself away. He looked at her, grazing his thumb against her. He spread her legs, placing a finger inside of her while still using his thumb against her center.

She bit her lip as the sensation was building. She began to tremble when Shawn increased his speed. She couldn’t believe this was happening. They’d never done this in public, which was a little scary but also a turn-on.

Her expression alone was making Shawn too turned on. At first, he was doing this to get a rise out of his brother, but now, he wanted nothing more than to fuck her right there in the chair. He gave her a kiss on the neck, licking her earlobe. A moan slipped from Riana, which now had him ready to leave the theater.

He kissed her neck again, slightly turning his head to see Marcus glaring at them. A devious smile went across Shawn’s lips as he continued to seduce his girlfriend. He knew she was coming as she tilted her head back, biting her lip again to prevent from screaming. She grabbed the sides of her seat as her body shook from the orgasm she was experiencing. Shawn smiled and slowly moved his hand away from her. He licked his fingers dry while giving her an intense stare.

“Now do you agree we should had stayed at the apartment?” he asked.

She nodded, still coming down from her orgasmic high.

“You want to leave?”

She nodded again as Shawn grabbed her hand. He looked back at Marcus again, giving him a smirk before getting up from his seat. Shawn wanted to laugh at the way his brother was looking at them. Now he got the message not to mess with him or his woman.

***
Marcus stared at Shawn and Riana in disbelief. He couldn’t believe that just happened. He knew Shawn did that to mess with him. He glanced at Britney, who was too busy looking at the movie to even notice what just went down. He got up from his seat, pushing past her.

“Where are you going?” she asked.

“To the concession stand.” he said, quickly going to the stairs.

The two were halfway out of the theater when Marcus caught up to them.

“Ri, can I speak to my brother for a second.”

Riana and Shawn turned around and stared at Marcus.

“Sure. I’ll just wait in the game room.” she said.

“Okay. It shouldn’t take long.” Shawn said. He grabbed Riana by her waist and gave her a sensual kiss. Marcus clinched his jaw, about ready to punch his brother for being a straight up asshole.

Riana gave a shy expression as she walked to the right end of the theater.

Marcus grabbed Shawn as they went in the opposite direction.

“What the fuck was that?” he asked.

Shawn gave a shocked expression at his brother.

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

“Stop with the bullshit, Shawn! You know about me and Riana. You’re doing all of this to piss me off.

Congratulations because it’s working.”

Shawn began to clap his hands with a smirk on his face.

“You finally figured it out. Do you want a prize for solving the fucking puzzle?”

“Shut the hell up.”

“Why are you mad at me? You fucked my girlfriend!”

“I didn’t mean for this to happen.”

“You didn’t mean for it to happen. So what really did happen? Your dick accidentally slipped in her?”

“If you let me explain…”

“Explain what?! We’re supposed to be family. We made a pact that we wouldn’t pursue any of our girlfriends; but as soon as you saw Riana, you broke the fucking rule.”

“I’m sorry Shawn.”

“Sorry is not going to cut it this time. I love her, man! I’ve never felt this way about any girl before. I thought I had something special, but that was null and void when you slept with her.”

“Shawn…”

“No, you can’t have her. She’s with me and she will stay with me; so if you think you two will have a future together, you’re sadly mistaken.”

“Shawn…” Marcus said. He tried to touch his shoulder, but Shawn forcibly pushed him away.

“Back the hell up. You better be glad you’re not lying on this floor right now, because I would had killed you.”

“You don’t mean that.”

“You want to try me? For now on, stay away from me and especially Riana. If you don’t, I will make good on my words.”

Marcus stepped back from Shawn. Shawn gave him an angry glance as he turned around. He sighed, running a hand down the back of his head.

“What the hell have I done?”

Shawn went to the game room and saw Riana staring at him.

“Is everything okay?”

He wrapped his arms around her and held her tight.

“Yeah, everything’s cool.”

She looked over to the opposite end of the theater and saw Marcus pacing. She closed her eyes, knowing that Shawn knew about the two of them. Why he hasn’t said anything to her was a mystery, but she hate that she tore two brothers apart. She has to salvage their relationship some sort of way, because it’s her fault for causing it to go astray.

***
Cheryl was in such a good mood. She and Chris spent the entire day together, which was rare with the schedule she had. She was getting ready to take her pre-entrance exams, so she needed the time to study, which she will pull an all-nighter for. Thanks to her trusty pills, she was able to do a paper for her sociology class and she still had energy to spare.

While Chris was out getting them take-out, she was lounging on the couch channel surfing when a knock
was at the door. She knew it wasn’t Chris since he had a key and she wasn’t expecting anyone. She got
up and went to the door. She opened it, giving a surprised expression to the person on the other end.

“Dad.”

“Hey Cher.” he said, giving her a hug.

“What are you doing here?”

“I wanted to stop by and see how you were doing.” he said while walking inside.

“As you can see, I’m doing fine.” she said while closing the door.

“I can tell. Besides, I wanted to come and see the apartment. I haven’t had a chance to because of work.”

“I know. How’s that going anyway?”

“It’s good. Business is picking up again, so that’s a plus.”

“Glad to hear that.”

“You know I’ve talked to Chris recently.”

Cheryl gave another surprised expression at him. She didn’t know the two kept in contact.

“Really?”

“Yeah. We don’t talk a lot, but just to catch up on things.”

“Yeah, like me?” she asked.

“It’s not like that. Cheryl, I’m concerned about you. You took on a lot, with school and the job at the
restaurant; not to mention you’re trying to get into early entrance with medical school.”

“I’m well aware of what I can handle, Dad. Now that you mention it, I’m sure you’re popping up here is not coincidental? Chris asked you to come, didn’t he?”

“No, I came on my own; but he is concerned about you too.”

“He shouldn’t be.”

Her dad looked at her. She wondered what was going through his mind.

“Are you okay? You look different.”

“I’m fine.”

“If something is wrong, you know you can tell me, right?”

“Everything is great, Dad. You don’t have to worry about me.”

“I’m your dad; it’s my job to worry.”

“Well, you don’t have to be.”

“Are you okay with money? I know with this apartment and your car note…”

“I’m doing okay. I’m able to have a little saved from extra hours and tips. I promise I will pay you back
with the car note.”

“Which I already said you didn’t have to do. Cheryl, I just want you to get through college without the
added stress of the real world. You will experience all that once you’re done and have your degree. Right
now, I just want you to focus on your classes; that’s why I would like for you to move in with me.”

Cheryl sighed and went into the kitchen.

“I told you I do not need anyone’s help. Not you or Chris. I want to be able to do things on my own.”

“Which you’re doing a good job with, but you took on too much in a short period of time. With everything you’re doing, when do you find the time to sleep?”

“I make time.”

“That’s not what Chris said.”

“Remind me to scold him when I see him again.”

“Stop Cheryl; he’s only concern about you.”

“I assure you I am fine. You do not need to baby me. I’m capable of handling everything just fine.”

Her dad sighed and went over to her. He put his hands on her shoulders.

“Just promise me that you will take care of yourself. I want you to strive for excellence, but not in this
matter.”

“I know, but I also know when it’s my limit and I haven’t reach it yet.”

He pulled her in and gave her a tight hug.

“I’ll call you tomorrow to see how you’re doing, okay.”

Cheryl nodded once she pulled away from him.

“Take care, sweetheart.” he said. He gave her a kiss on the forehead and went to the door.

As soon as he left, Cheryl went to her bedroom and grabbed her purse. She dumped all of her
contents out and quickly went for her bag of pills. Even though she already took one, she figured panother one was needed. She didn’t even bother getting water as she swallowed it whole.

Once it went down her throat, she closed her eyes and sighed. Now, she was ready to continue her
night.

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 19

A little late, but chapter 19 is now available…

After the evening they had together, Riana wanted to stay in bed with Shawn and enjoy the moment they had shared. Even though she was going through so much with him and Marcus, her heart was still with Shawn and she realized that what she was doing with Marcus was wrong. She wanted to save her relationship and be the devoted girlfriend she once was to the man she loved.

She watched Shawn as he got dressed, which made her heart flutter. She shook her head, realizing all the horrible things she has done and wished she could take them back.

How could I have been so stupid? she thought.

Shawn walked over to her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

“You sure you don’t want to stay here and go for round three?” he asked while kissing her neck.

She smiled. “As tempting as that sounds, I think we need to go out. We can’t stay in the apartment forever.”

“Who says we can’t.” He continued to give her kisses down her neck and chest.

“We can always continue when we return.”

“Definitely.” He said. He smacked her ass, which made her smile. “Where do you want to go anyway?”

“I was thinking the movies. We can catch that new action flick if you want.”

“On Valentine’s Day? That’s the first.”

“I feel like watching something different.”

“Fine by me.” he said, giving her a sexy grin.

Her heart fluttered again. Yeah, she was stupid to have cheated on him.

Once they got ready, they headed to the theater. They purchased their tickets and were inside going to the concession stand when the two saw Britney and Marcus ahead of them in line. Riana gave a nervous glance as she watched the two.

Britney looked over at the two and gave a tight smile.

“Hey.” Riana said.

“Hey, Ri. Shawn.” Britney said. She seemed nervous around him, which made Riana raised her eyebrow in curiosity.

“Hey Britney. What’s up bro?” he asked.

Marcus smiled, giving a quick glance at Riana before grabbing hold of Britney’s hand.

“I see you two had the same idea, huh?” Shawn asked.

“Yeah; we figure the restaurants will be crowded, so we took a chance on the movies.” Britney said. “What movie are you seeing?”

“The new action flick with Vin Diesel.”

“We are too. If you both want to, we can sit together inside.” Marcus said.

“No, we just want to spend some time together, if you don’t mind.” Shawn said.

Once Shawn said that, Riana gave a sigh of relief. She did not want to sit by Marcus in a dark theater.

He moved his hand down Riana’s body, stopping at her ass. He gave her a light squeeze, which made her release a tiny moan. Marcus stared at the two, anger growing inside of him as he watched his brother be with Riana. Since the time they have spent together, he realized that he was falling for her. That was something he never thought he would experience, but with Riana, it was easy to have feelings for her.

Britney looked at the two with a disgusted expression. She couldn’t believe how they were behaving. It was immature and pathetic.

“Well, we’ll catch you two later.” Shawn said. Riana smiled and the two went to the room. He gently grabbed her hand, which made her smile.

After tonight, she knew what she had to do. She has to break things off with Marcus. Soon.

***
Donnell pulled up into a parking space in front of his apartment anxious to see Monica. He asked his supervisor if he could leave early to spend the last few hours of Valentine’s Day with her. He knew that crushed her that they couldn’t spend the day together because of work, but his job is short staffed so he had no choice but to work his shift.

He went up the stairs, with a dozen of red roses and take-out food from her favorite Mexican restaurant, Los Hermanos. He knew once she saw the items, it would put a smile on her face.

He carefully opened the door and went inside the apartment. He was a little surprised it was dark since Monica said she was going to be there. He turned on a lamp near the TV to discover an empty apartment.

“Monica.” He called out, going to the bedroom. He checked there and the bathroom, which made him worried.

“Where is she?” he asked.

He walked into the kitchen and saw a note on the counter. He picked it up and read it. His expression changed from worried to shock at what he was reading.

He went to the couch and slowly sat down. After everything they have been through and she decided to pull this? He asked her countless times if everything was okay and she lied to him, saying it wasn’t when all along she wanted out.

He balled up the note and threw it on the floor.

After all I have done for her and this is how she repays me? he thought.

He grabbed the dozen roses and threw them across the room, landing on the counter before falling on the floor. He picked up a picture of the two from the coffee table and threw it against the wall, watching the frame shattered before falling on the floor.

He began to pick up items that were nearby and threw them across the room. He was pissed that she would do this to him. He has done everything to make her happy, but it wasn’t enough for her and he was tired of it.

After throwing another frame against the wall, he stopped since he knew his neighbors were probably calling the cops on him. He felled down on his knees, upset and sad that she left him. Instead of facing her fears head on, she took the coward way out and left. Although they have worked out their issues in the past, he can’t continue to take her back. This time, their relationship cannot be repaired.

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 18

Chapter 19 will be posted at midnight (central time) Saturday!!

Several weeks have passed and it was now Valentine’s Day. Riana couldn’t believe how fast the days were going, but with her classes keeping her busy, she hasn’t noticed. Another thing that was keeping her busy was her complicated love life. She glanced at the picture of her and Shawn on the counter and sighed.

Since that day with Marcus, she continued to see him, but their encounters were not strictly sexual. They actually hung out together, getting to know each other more. She actually felt relieved that their relationship wasn’t purely physical and that she was seeing him in a different light. Now, it wasn’t hard for her to spend time with him, since Shawn was either at work, his classes, or at the station. She barely seen him, which made her feel a little at ease, because if she was around him regularly, she would have felt even guiltier.

As for Britney, she barely seen her either. For the past few weeks, she only saw her twice and that was in passing. For a second, she thought she might have moved out, but her stuff was still in her room, so she didn’t know where she was. She thought the entire situation was strange, but she let it go.

Since it was Valentine’s Day, she wanted to do something special, but with who? The entire situation with Shawn and Marcus were starting to become too much. She knew she should make a decision and be with one guy, but she didn’t want to let either one go. She loved Shawn and she was getting to know Marcus, so it was tough to pick between the two.

There was a knock on the door, which interrupted her thoughts. She went to it, opening it to see Shawn on the other end.

“Hey.” she said, while giving him a hug.

“Hey. I hope you’re not expecting anyone.” he said while giving a huge grin.

Riana tilted her head, wondering what he meant by that. Although Marcus gave his suspicions about
Shawn possibly knowing about them, Riana thought differently. Honestly, she doesn’t think Shawn
knows anything.

Hopefully it stays that way. She thought.

“Why would you think that?”

“I don’t know, you might have made plans already.” he said while walking inside.

“I wouldn’t do that. It’s Valentine’s Day.”

He looked at her and smiled.

“I know.”

He looked at her left arm and gave a concerned look.

“Where’s the bracelet I gave you?”

Riana gave a hesitant look. Honestly, she didn’t know where the bracelet Shawn gave her. The last time
she saw it was at his apartment a couple of weeks ago. She was in panic mode looking for since it was a
gift and he would be pissed if he knew she lost it. She couldn’t afford to slip up, especially
with leaving her belongings behind at the apartment.

“I decided not to wear it today.” she lied.

“Oh. You do have it, right?”

She tilted her head again and smiled.

“Yes baby, I do.”

“Well, as long as you have it. I wouldn’t want you misplacing it anywhere.”

“I would never do that.”

He nodded and went to sit down. She followed him and sat beside him.

“I was thinking instead of going out we could just chill tonight. Watch some movies and enjoy each
other’s company.”

Riana smiled.

“I would like that.”

“Cool. Because I miss spending time with you.” he said.

She started to become teary-eyed at how sweet he was being. She didn’t deserve him, especially with
the things she’d been doing recently.

“How did I become so lucky to have you in my life.” she said, giving him a kiss on the cheek.

Shawn stared at her and moved a strand of hair from her face.

“I love you.” he said as he kissed her.

As soon as his lips touched hers, she immediately melted. She wished she could figure out what to do
about the two men in her life, but how can she choose when they do stuff like this?

He pulled her onto his lap and she straddled him. He lifted up her shirt, staring at her black laced bra. He
buried his face in between her chest, licking the curves of her breasts.

She leaned her head back, enjoying the way he was touching her skin. She hated herself for being so
weak. Before she lost her virginity, she vowed to only have sex with one man. She found that
with Shawn, but her hormones completely took over when she saw Marcus. Now, she broke the one
promise she tried to keep for herself, which made her feel dirty.

Shawn glanced at her as she pulled off his shirt. He lightly touched her back, stopping at her bra. He unhooked the wire and slowly took it off of her.

“Beautiful.” he said.

She suddenly cringed at what he just said. That brought back the moment when Marcus also said that to her.
He continued to caress her skin, which made the awkward feeling go away.

“Make love to me.” she whispered.

Shawn pulled both of them from the couch and she tightly wrapped her legs around him. They went to the bedroom, ready to enjoy their evening together.

***

Shawn stared at Riana as she was sleeping on his chest. She looked beautiful as she was slightly smiling
from the evening she had. From that expression alone, he could automatically have a change of heart
about his plans for her, but when he pictured her with Marcus, that feeling was replaced with revenge.

He had some of the plan set in motion, from the venue, which was The Tunnel, to the music and food;
he was ready to give her a party she and everyone else would definitely remember for years to come.

One thing he wasn’t going to do was sleep with her, especially since she was with his brother, but
when he looked at her and the look she gave him made him want her. He had to admit, it was different
from what they usually experience. He didn’t know if it was the guilt that was consuming her or because
she wanted it just as much as he did, but it was some of the best sex he ever had with her.
Evidentially, his brother wasn’t doing his job if she was still willing to sleep with him too.

Although she hurt him in the worse possible way, the love he has for her would never go away and it still showed with every touch, caress, and stroke that he had given her. Hopefully that will be something she’ll remember when the truth finally does come out.

Riana slowly opened her eyes and stared at Shawn.

“Hi.”

“Hey, baby.”

“Can I say that was amazing.” she said.

He put his arm around her.

“I was thinking the same thing. No matter what happens between us, just know that I will always love you.”
Riana stared at Shawn with tears in her eyes.

“Just like I will always love you.”

He held her, taking a deep breath. He became teary-eyed himself because he didn’t know if she was telling the truth. Their relationship now was built on lies, something he thought would never occur with them.

Even if the relationship they had was gone, for a moment, they can pretend to be the loving couple they once were.

***
Britney walked into Patrick’s in a terrible mood. She looked at the couples seated in booths around her and sighed.
She thought she would be spending Valentine’s Day with her boyfriend, but that theory was gone once she found out he was cheating on her. Since Shawn told her about Marcus and Riana, she completely shut the both of them out.

Instead of being at the apartment, she’s been staying in her old room at her parents’ house. She lied to them, saying her and Riana had to leave their apartment due to fumigations around the complex, but after a couple of days of her being holed up in her room, her parents began to wonder if she was telling the truth.

After what happened with Shawn, she felt completely embarrassed with her behavior. She couldn’t believe she was throwing herself at him. She knew he wasn’t ready to move on, but she kept pushing him to, which led nowhere. She was glad he stopped them, because that would had been a terrible mistake between them.

She looked at the door and saw Marcus walk in. She quickly picked up a menu that was on the table to cover her face so he wouldn’t see her, but it was too late. She put the menu down as he approached her table.

“Hey. I tried calling and texting you, but you haven’t responded.” he said.

“I’ve been busy.” she said in a cold tone.

“Oh, well are you busy now? Maybe we could celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

The offer was tempting, but she wasn’t going to be anyway near him. She knew she shouldn’t judge him, especially since she has done her own share of dirt, but the idea that he stabbed his brother in the back was what really pissed her off.

“I don’t think so.”

“What is going on? I haven’t heard from you in weeks and when I finally see you, you have an attitude.”

“Just leave Marcus.”

“Not until we talk.”

He gently grabbed her hand and stared at her.

“I know things have been strange lately, that’s why I want to make it up to you. You are truly wonderful, so you should be treated as such.”

Britney glanced at him. She really wanted to believe him, but she can’t get the image of him and Riana out of her head.

“Come on; we can go out to eat, catch a movie, or just hang out. It’s your choice.”

She closed her eyes, not knowing what to do.

What the hell; it’s Valentine’s Day.

She smiled.

“Okay, we can go see a movie.”

Marcus smiled. She got out of her seat and he took her hand as they left the restaurant.

***
Monica stared at the wall in a confused state. In the last few weeks, her and Donnell has done nothing but argued. From who turn it was to wash the dishes to who would pay the rent, it was always something every day, which was starting to become an issue with her.

Who am I kidding; moving in here was an issue. She thought.

When she met her mother for lunch a couple of weeks ago, she talked to her about the issues she was having with Donnell and whether she made a mistake moving in with him. While giving a concerned look, her mother simply told her if she’s having doubts about being with Donnell, then she should do the right thing and move out. Although she’s been having those feelings for some time now, she didn’t know if she should do it. The two have been through so much, so this would be another setback if she just packed and left.

But I know I will be miserable if I stay.

She looked at the wall clock, realizing it was after 8 p.m. Donnell had 3 more hours at work before he headed home. She got up and walked into the bedroom. She pulled out her suitcase and went into the closet. She pulled out what she could fit into it, figuring she would get the rest of her things when he’s in class in the morning.

She went to the dresser and grabbed a notepad and a pen. She wrote a note for him, letting him know she loved him, but to save their relationship, she has to move out. She also mentioned she would stay with Britney and Riana and to not call her until she figured things out.

She grabbed her suitcase and went back into the living room. She placed the note on the counter, got her purse and went to the door.

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 17

Monica walked into her apartment, hoping Donnell doesn’t come home soon because she needed a moment of peace. She just took a grueling test in her psychology class, so she needed a moment to clear her head and not have to worry about him talking to her.

She looked around, shaking her head at how disarray the living room looked. From the time she has known Donnell, he has never been this unorganized; but since they have been living together, he barely cleaned up his mess, which was another issue she had with him.
She grabbed a pen on the coffee table and moved a pair of dirty socks from the couch.

“He’s disgusting.” she said.

A fit of rage went through her as she began picking up some of his items. Instead of throwing them in the hamper near the bathroom, she went to the door and threw them outside. Some of his clothes landed on the stairs and on the grass. She went back and forth between the door and the living room, throwing out his clothes and shoes. She wasn’t anyone’s maid, so she refused to clean up after him.

In the middle of her tyrant, her phone was ringing. She went to it and saw it was her mom calling.

“Hey Mom.” Monica said while continuing to move.

“Hi sweetie. I was calling to see if you were free this afternoon? I had a business meeting in the area of the university, so I wanted to stop by and grab some lunch.”

Monica sighed as she dumped the last of Donnell’s items on the stairs. She looked over at her neighbor, who was giving her a crazed look. She rolled her eyes at her and went back inside.

“Mom, I know you’re not in the area for a meeting. Just admit you want to check up on me.”

“I’m telling the truth, Mon. But I do want to check on you. I know we haven’t talked much since the break.”

“I know, but I’m fine. You don’t have to check on me.”

“I’m your mom, that’s what I do.”

Monica looked to the window and saw Donnell coming toward the apartment. He had a surprised look on his face as he started to pick up his clothes.
“Okay, we can meet for lunch. We can meet at the Italian place in Baker.”

“Sounds great. See you there in 15 minutes.”

Once Monica said bye, she disconnected the call. The door opened, revealing an angry Donnell on the doorstep.

“What the hell is going on?! Why is my stuff outside?”

“That’s for not cleaning up. I am not a maid, so you need to put your things back where they were.”

“Sorry if I haven’t been doing my share of the housework, but I have been working to pay for this apartment. Not only that but I do have a full courseload, so cut me some slack.”

Monica glared at him and went into the kitchen.

“Is there something else that is going on? If so, tell me.”

She walked back into the living room with her keys and purse.

“I don’t have anything else to say. Just clean up before I come back.”

Before he could say another word, she slammed the door and was down the stairs.

Maybe she needed some time with her mom, because at this point, she can’t take anymore of Donnell.

Maybe it’s best to pack up my things and leave.

***
As soon as Britney and Shawn went into her bedroom, their clothes were immediately off and on the floor as they were on her bed. Her legs were around Shawn as he was enjoying every part of her body. He surprised himself with the way he was kissing and touching her. At one point, he thought Riana was going to be the only woman he would be with, but now that reality is gone. Now, he was about to be the person he vowed he would never be again, which at this point, he was having a lot of fun being.

He held Britney, feeling her soft skin against him. She panted as he swirled his tongue around her nipple, giving it a little bite. She gripped the sheets, giving a tiny moan as he continued to touch her body.

Just the little gesture from Britney made him think about the way Riana would be during their love making. The moans she would give, the way she bit her lip when he went down on her. Now, he couldn’t get her out of his mind, which was killing his mood right now.
Britney noticed the sudden change as she look at him.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

He stared ahead at the headboard, clearly confused to what he was doing. He wanted to be with Britney, but he’s still in love with Riana. He couldn’t embark on something he knew wasn’t right.

“I’m just thinking about something.”

“That has to stop.” she said. She got up from underneath Shawn and put him on his back. She straddled him while staring into his eyes.

“Let me make you think about something else, like me making you feel good.” she whispered.

She slid her body down toward his waist. She knew he was thinking about Riana, so she has to do something that would make him forget about her.
Shawn gave a nervous glance as he watched Britney about to pleasure him. Instead of staring at her, he saw Riana in front of him, giving him a beautiful smile as she touched his chest.

“You are the only person I want to be with. Now and forever.” she said, as she put her lips to his.

He blinked his eyes several times, not knowing if he was going to start bawling. He hated to cry, but right now, the girl he fell in love with hurt him so bad that was all he could do. No matter how sexy Britney looked at that moment, he knew he couldn’t go through with it.

“I can’t do this.” he said.

He gently pushed Britney off of him and went to pick his clothes up from the floor.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

“I can’t be with you like this. Just because our significant others fucked up doesn’t mean we have to.”

“It would be so much fun though.” she said with a smile.

“Maybe for you, but for me, it would be a huge mistake.” he said.

He put his clothes back on and went to the living room. He grabbed his keys from the couch and went to the door. He got into his car, staring at the apartment door wondering if he should go back in and finished what they started, but he couldn’t. He wasn’t going to be with someone on the rebound, especially if his feelings were somewhere else.

He got into the driver’s seat and put his head on the steering wheel. The plan he has to expose Marcus and Riana came into his mind. Even though that would make him feel better for a second, it still wouldn’t take away the pain he’s experiencing right now. He lost his brother and his girlfriend, and not even revenge would make it any better.

He shook his head and started up the car. He needed to figure out what he should do, because there was no way he was going to continue to feel this way.

***
After the little scare she had earlier, Cheryl asked if she could leave work early. She knew she was cutting her hours, but she probably needed to rest. Once she told Chris she was leaving, he followed her to her apartment, and now he was making her an early dinner.

She was looking forward to her being with Chris. She really has missed him during their time apart, so she was looking forward to making up for lost time.

She walked into her small kitchen and noticed him making spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. She went up to him, giving him a kiss before going to the refrigerator. She didn’t know what she was thinking when she was having feelings for Devin. She glad she was able to come to her senses because she could have lost what she had with Chris.

She began to think about Riana and her feelings for Marcus. She hasn’t talk to her in a couple of days, so hopefully she’s doing okay and is using her head and making good decisions.

“I missed this.” she said as she went to the table.

“I missed this too; being with you. I’m glad we were able to work things out.” Chris said.

“Me too. I will never mess up like that again.”

“You better not.” Chris jokingly said, but Cheryl knew he wasn’t. He didn’t have anything to worry about.

They brought their meals to the table, said grace and was about to dig in when there was a knock at the door.

“Who is that?” she asked.

Chris gave a shrug as he began to eat.

Cheryl got up from the table and went to the door. She was little surprised to see Shawn standing at her doorstep.

“Hey Shawn. What are you doing here?”

“Hey Cher. Chris mentioned he might be here. Is he, because I went by his room but he wasn’t there?”

“Yeah, he’s here. Come in.” she said.

She glanced at him, realizing from the expression he had on his face that something was wrong.

“Hey, what’s up?” Chris asked while looking at Shawn.

“Can we talk alone, please?”

Cheryl looked at Chris and nodded.

“I’ll be back.” Chris said.

“Sure. I’ll be waiting.” she said.

She gave him a kiss, which made Shawn a little irritated.

The two walked out of the apartment and headed outside. Chris continued to look at Shawn, who didn’t look like himself at the moment.

“What’s wrong? You seemed kind of out of it.”

Shawn stopped walking and glanced toward the blue sky.

“Everything in my life is messed up. The two people I thought were close to me screwed me over by screwing each other.”

Chris stared at Shawn with a shock expression.

“Are you joking right now?”

“Does it look like I am?”

“Damn, bro. I’m sorry. How did you find out?”

When Shawn was telling Chris his suspicions, as soon as he mentioned Dominque, he rolled his eyes.

“Are you really going to believe Dominique?”

“You know her? You didn’t act like you did at the bowling alley.”

She not’s worth knowing. He thought.

“I know of her. She’s not someone to be trusted.”

“Right now, she’s the only one who I can. She told me the truth about my no good brother and my cheating girlfriend. Besides, I found something of Riana’s at the apartment today.”

“So, she could have left it there when she was visiting you.”

“It was a gift I gave her a couple of days ago and I haven’t been there in two days.”

“Damn. So what are you going to do?”

“There’s something I want to do, but I need your help. And you can’t tell Cheryl about this because she will blab it to Riana.”

“Seriously? You know I can’t do that. We just got through our own issues. How would that look if I was lying to her after I just told her not to?”

“Whatever you two just went through is not as bad as this.”

“You’ll be surprised.”

“Did Cheryl fuck your brother? If not, then it’s not that bad.”

“I don’t have a brother.” He said and smiled.

Shawn gave him a look reading “don’t play with me”.

Chris sighed.

“You’re asking for a lot Shawn.”

“Fine, I’ll just do it all myself.”

“What is your plan?” he interrupted.

“You know Ri’s birthday is in May, right?”

“Yeah.”

“Anyway, I plan on throwing her a birthday party for her. I’ll invite all of her friends and family, shower her with love and affection, and then I’ll expose her ass.”

“That’s harsh Shawn.”

“I’m going to tell everyone that thinks she’s so sweet and innocent how much of a whore she is.”

“You really need to think about this. Not only are you hurting her, but you’re kind of hurting yourself.”

“How am I hurting myself?”
“Because you know revenge is not a way to solve your problems. Just let it go.”

“No, because those two are going behind my back, sleeping with each other without a care in the world and think it’s okay. They going to get what they deserve and if I have to do it in public, then so be it.”

“So you’re going to let them sweat it out?”

“Yeah. I’m sure Marcus has an idea I know, but he’s probably wondering when I’m going to go off. Trust me, he won’t know what hit him when I finally do.”

Chris stared at Shawn, wondering who this person in front of him was. He knew this was hurting him, because he would never do something like this.
“Just think about this before you do it, because once you do, you can’t take it back.”

“What’s to take back? Everything is ruined between the three of us. There’s nothing left to savage.”

He turned around and went toward the parking lot, leaving Chris standing on the sidewalk in shock. If Shawn was going to do what he planned, he was wondering what else was he capable of.