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.

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