Here’s chapter 7…

Cheryl walked into class with an eagerness to learn. As soon as she took the pill from Devin, she felt a sense of calm. She didn’t realize how relaxed she was as she sat down beside him.

“How do you feel?” he asked.

She looked into his brown eyes and giggled.

“Pretty fantastic. You sure that was an energy pill you gave me?”

“Yes, Cheryl, it was.” he smiled.

“I just feel so energized. I don’t feel tired like I usually would at this time.”

“It’s definitely working then. “

“You think I could get some more?” she asked.

Devin glanced at her. He noticed how her eyes sparkled, which he wasn’t sure if it was the pill she took or her just being happy.

“I don’t know if I should.” he said while pulling out his notebook.

“Why not?”

“I think you need to see how you’ll be in a couple of hours. Yes, the effect is great right now, but I don’t want you crashing later.”

“I shouldn’t, right?”

“We shall see.”

Cheryl looked at him and stared ahead to the front.

“Good morning, everyone. I have a bit of news to share.” Professor Halbrook, the AP professor confessed as she placed her briefcase on top of the table. “I have a surprise project for you all to work on.”

“What?!” everyone exclaimed.

Instead of being shocked like the rest of her classmates, Cheryl started to giggle. Several people gave her weird looks as she put her head down to cover her laughter.

Devin glanced at her again, wondering if he gave her the right pill.

“Are you okay?” he asked.

But Cheryl kept laughing. Maybe she needed it to start her day. Whether it was the pill or not, she wanted more of what she was experiencing. She needed something to take the edge off of what she was going through.

***
Before heading to class, Britney wanted to grab a cup of coffee from the lounge. She noticed Monica sitting at a booth near the window. She was glad to see her friend, because she needed to talk to her. Since the conversation she had with Riana, she has been feeling very uneasy. She knew something was going on and she had to tell someone about her suspicions.

“Hey, girl.” Britney said, sitting in the seat across from Monica.

She looked up, giving Britney a quick glance before going back to her book.
“I see you’re studying.”

Monica looked up and sighed.

“Technically, I’m not. I’m just trying to do something to pass the time before my class. My mind has been all over the place lately, so I figured I’ll do something to keep it sane.”

“Is it working?”

“Not really.”

“Still having doubts about Donnell?”

Monica closed her book and sighed again.

“A little. I’m so confused about everything. One minute, I’m frustrated with being with him, and the next, I want to be with him morning, noon, and night. Am I being difficult right now?”

“No. You love Donnell, but you also want to be able to stand on your own. Ever since the miscarriage, he has been very protective of you, so I can understand your frustrations.”

“But I don’t want it to interfere with our relationship. I don’t want things to get so bad that it could lead to a bigger problem.”

“Don’t you think you need to talk to Donnell about your feelings so that way it won’t become an issue?”

“I don’t know if I can.”

“You need to. All relationships have their flaws, but in order to be a stronger unit, you have to communicate with each other.”

Monica slowly nodded and looked to the window.

“You’re right, Brit. I’ll try to talk to him later.”

“Don’t try; actually do it.”

She nodded again and stared at Britney.

“Okay, now that you talked to me about my problems, tell me about yours.”

Now it was Britney’s turn to sigh. She didn’t know Monica would pick up on her feelings that quickly.

“It’s Ri. She’s been acting really weird since what happened between her and Marcus.”

“Oh, that she caught him buck naked. No offense, but she was lucky to vision that.”

“Really, Monica?”

“I said no offense. Marcus is fine.”

“Didn’t we just talk about you and Donnell?”

“I know; sorry.”

Britney rolled her eyes and continued.

“Anyway, she’s been very spacy and avoid being around us, expect for when we met up at Patrick’s a couple of days ago. Even then there was tension.”

“I’m sure it’s nothing. Riana is probably still thinking about that moment and is still embarrassed about it.”

“I know, but everyone said it was nothing to be embarrassed over.”

“You know Ri; she’s the type of person who does everything by the book. You know that freaked her out, especially since that’s Shawn’s brother.”

“You’re right. I guess I shouldn’t read much into it.”

“Exactly. Whatever thoughts you have, just let them go.”

Britney nodded, even though she wasn’t going to forget about them. She knew something was up and she wasn’t going to rest until she figured out what it was.

***
“I can’t believe we’re doing this.” Riana whispered.

Marcus looked at her and caressed her cheek.

“We can stop if you want.”

Riana pulled him to her and gave him a passionate kiss. After the two gave into their desires, they ended up on the couch, making out for over an hour. Riana still felt guilty over what she and Marcus were doing, but as soon as he kissed her neck, instead of pushing him away, she titled her head back, giving a soft moan while he touched her thigh.

“You sound so sexy.” he whispered, moving his lips to her chest. He slid his tongue between her breasts, which had her wanting him to go even further down her body.

He faced her, pulling her lips with his as he unbuttoned her jeans. Although she was feeling really good at the moment, she didn’t know if she wanted to go that far with him.

“Marcus.” she moaned.

He kissed her again, moving his hand towards her center. She pushed his hand away and quickly got up.

“We can’t do this.” she said, buttoning her jeans and putting on her shirt.

“Ri…”

“We got carried away. Shawn could have walked in on us.”

“He’s doing his internship right now.”

“He could have come home early.”

“You shouldn’t feel guilty about what happened.”

“So you’re saying you’re okay with this?”

“Riana, I told you I had feelings for you, but I tried to block them out because of Shawn. Now that you’ve admitted your feelings too, we shouldn’t feel upset or confused over them.”

“Marcus, just a second ago we were about to do something that we could never take back.”

“So what were we doing an hour ago? It wasn’t any different.”

“We were kissing each other; that’s all.”

She stared at him and lowered her head.

“What am I saying? We crossed the line as soon as we kissed each other.”

She grabbed her purse and went to the door.

“Riana, wait.”

She turned around and stared at Marcus.

“We can’t do this again. Not only are we hurting Shawn, but also Britney. You were right before; we need to keep our distance from each other.”

She unlocked the door and opened it. Before Marcus could say anything else, she quickly went outside. She went to her car, not knowing if she would make it before she started crying. She got in and the tears immediately flowed. She couldn’t believe what she had just done. That she let lust get in the way of her relationship with Shawn. How could she look at herself without thinking about the pain that she caused herself and everyone around her?

That’s why no one can ever find out about this.

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