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.

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