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.

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