Happy Sunday everyone!! The lost story for LLH book 2 is back! This is chapter 6 of the story, so make sure to read the first five chapters on the blog to catch up. Enjoy!!

Shawn walked into the news studio, putting his backpack in his seat and looked around. He still couldn’t believe he was inside of an actual news sound booth. He went to the control panels, glancing at the buttons when the door opened. He quickly looked up, seeing Dominique staring at him.

“It still seemed surreal, doesn’t it?” she asked, coming over to him.

“Yeah. To be honest, I didn’t imagine working in broadcasting.”

“Really? What you originally wanted to do?” she asked while sitting down.

“A writer. Growing up, I loved to write poetry. It got me plenty of girls with the poems I’ve written.” He said with a grin.

“I’m sure it did.” Dominique said.

He stared at her, wondering if he should stop talking. He didn’t like how she was staring at him, which made him wonder if he’s giving her mixed signals.

“Listen, Dominique, I just want to let you know that since we’re working together that we should keep things strictly professional.”

“And you told me that. Why are you mentioning it to me again?”

“Because the look you’re giving me. I don’t want you to have mixed signals, especially when I made it clear that I have a girlfriend.”

“I know that. You can’t stop talking about her. I completely understand and I respect that; but I wasn’t flirting with you, if that’s what you think.”

Shawn glanced at her, knowing she was lying, but he’ll let it go.

“Okay, just so you know.”

“I know. So, let’s get started, shall we?”

Shawn watched Dominique get up from her seat and went to the panels. He sighed, wondering if this will work, because he didn’t need anything to interfere with his relationship with Riana or with his internship.

***
Britney walked into the living room to grab her backpack when she noticed Riana sitting at the wet bar eating a bowl of cereal. She saw the uneasy look she had, which she noticed has been on her face since what happened between her and Marcus recently.

Riana looked up and saw Britney staring. She gave a tiny smile and continued eating.

Britney sighed and went over to her.

“Is something wrong, Ri? You’re been really off lately.”

Riana looked up. She was caught off guard by Britney’s question. She didn’t think she would had noticed anything since she’s been careful not to show her feelings around her.

“Why would you think anything was wrong?”

“You haven’t been yourself, especially around me and Marcus. After what happened you’ve been very nervous.”

“I don’t know why you would think that.”

“Ri, I’ve known you since we were kids; I know when you’re acting differently.”

“You don’t have anything to worry about, Britney. Everything is fine.”
Britney gave an unsure look, not believing Riana and sighed.

“Okay. Well, I better go. I’ll see you later.”

“Sure.”

Britney smiled and went to the door. As soon as she closed it, Riana took a huge breath, got up and went to the kitchen. She suddenly lost her appetite as she dumped her cereal into the sink.

“I have to talk to Marcus.”

She grabbed her purse and keys from the counter and went to the door.

***
After everything that has happened the day before, Marcus needed to find a way to distract himself, so he decided to work out. He was doing push-ups when his mind began to wander about Riana. He doesn’t know why he’s feeling this way towards her, but it’s something about her that made him want to know more about her.

He sighed and got up from the floor. He was heading into the kitchen when there was a knock at the door. He went to it, clearly surprised to see Riana standing on his doorstep.

“Hey.”

“Hi. Can I come in?”

“Sure.” he said, stepping aside for her to walk in.

She turned around to stare at him as he closed the door.

“What are you doing here?” he asked.

“I needed to talk. Britney knows something is wrong.”

He walked over to her, not sure what to say.

“You sure she suspects something?”

“Well, with me anyway. She noticed my behavior changed since what happened.”
“Ri, I’m sorry if this is putting you in an uncomfortable position.”

“It’s not your fault. I’ve been pretty out of it lately about what you said to me.”

“Which I shouldn’t have said. I should have kept my feelings to myself. Not only is it making you confused but also it’s putting a strain into your relationship with my brother and your friend.”

“Marcus…”

“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and maybe I should keep my distance from you until you can figure things out.”

“That’s going to be hard to do.”

“It’s just going to have to work.”

“Maybe I’m not confused to how I feel.”

Marcus stared at Riana as she closed her eyes. She didn’t know what she was getting into, but she needed to know if what she was feeling for him was real or just pure attraction.

“I’ve been thinking a lot too, and honestly, I can’t get you out of my mind. I tried to, but I wonder how things will be between us.”

“This is what I was trying to avoid. I don’t want you to overanalyze your feelings for me. Honestly, it’s not even real feelings.”

“You don’t know that. There’s something there and neither you nor I can’t deny it.”

“I didn’t say we shouldn’t.”

“Then what should we do about it? We shouldn’t just push them aside and continue being with the people we’re with.”

She went over to Marcus and stared into his eyes.

“One kiss, that’s all I’m asking.” she begged.

“What?!” he asked in a surprised tone.

“One kiss. That way we’ll know where our feelings are towards each other. We can forget about these feelings we have and move on.”

“You don’t want to do this, Riana.”

“Why not?” she asked. She put her arms around him, which made Marcus a little nervous, but equally turned on. He wanted Riana, but he knew if they went this far, things would never be the same between the two.

“Just do it, Marcus. You know you want to.”

“You know if we do, there’s no turning back.”

Riana continued to stare when Marcus touched her cheek. Her body trembled as he slightly touched her shoulder. She sighed, not realizing how good it felt having his hand anywhere near her body. He slowly reached for her lips, giving her one of the sweetest, yet sexiest kisses she has ever experienced in her life. He held her tighter, not wanting to let her go as she gave a soft moan.

Once they pulled away, Marcus stared at her while Riana began to breathe heavily. She knew kissing him was going to be an experience she wouldn’t forget, but she didn’t realize it was going to be something she wasn’t going to be able to live without. She didn’t know if she could not look at him again without wanting to feel that spark again; to have his lips pressed against hers. Even Shawn didn’t give her these feelings, which was quickly making her feel guilty.

“I have to go.” she said, quickly heading to the door.

Marcus pulled her towards him and roughly kissed her. She tried to resist, but before she knew it, she leaned into him. She knew what she was doing was wrong, but at that moment, the guilty feelings she was having for Shawn was being replaced with a desire she couldn’t control. At that point, she’ll deal with the consequences later. Her mind and her body wanted to be with Marcus, which was something she couldn’t wait to experience.

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