Here is an unedited sneak peek to the prologue from Love Always. This is from Riana’s POV.

December, 2014

I watched as Monica Taylor leave with Donnell Patterson and smiled. Those two have been through so much together. From their constant arguing to their various break-ups, they finally were able to talk out their problems and are pretty happy. I know our friends are still in denial that they will still be together, but I have faith in them. Now that they’re moving in together, it shows that they are being serious that their relationship will last.

I glanced over at Shawn Walker and he smiled. I still can’t believe how our relationship has grown. When I first laid eyes on him in our Introduction to Journalism class, I truly despised him. Although I couldn’t deny my attraction for him, his arrogance made me run the other direction. Well, that, and I didn’t want to fall in love again. But once we were both able to let down our guard, we were able to love each other, which I’m truly happy for.

He wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek. “So, does the offer still stands.”

My heart started to beat furiously. I didn’t know what to do. A couple of days before Monica made her announcement about moving in with Donnell, Shawn asked me to do the same. Since his brother, Marcus, moved out of their apartment to stay in the house their parents gave him with my cousin Cheryl Thompson, he immediately asked. Honestly, I don’t think this is a great idea, but since we’re always together, it might not be too bad to be with him every day and night.

“Do you really think it’s a great idea? Since Monica moved out and I might, what would Britney do?”

“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.” Britney Lewis said as she wrapped an arm around my brother, Jayden. After I told him about potentially moving in with Shawn, he had an uneasy expression on his face. He still had one while staring at me.

“What are you going to do?”

“I might try and get my own place. I’ll convince my parents for a one-bedroom.”

“You sure your dad will agree?” Jayden asked.

“He might. He’s been pretty easy-going lately, so it’s a possibility.”

“Then it set. What do you say, Ri?”

“I still need to tell my mom and you need to tell your parents.”

“You know my parents. I told them and they don’t have a problem with it. They know we’re always together anyway.”

“Shawn…”

“If you don’t want to, just say so. I won’t be disappointed.”

I stared at him and touched his cheek. How could I say no to him? I stared into his brown eyes, which instantly made me melt. I loved his eyes. I could look into them all day and all night.

I touched his mocha-colored cheek and smiled. “Okay.”

He smiled and kissed me. “When did you want to move in?”

“We can soon. The lease is up in a couple of days. I’ll inform the office that Britney and I are not renewing it.”

“Don’t we need at least 30 days to inform them?” Britney asked.

“We do, but this is a special situation.” I said.

“If you need to pay the remaining amount in your lease, then I’ll cover it.” Shawn said.

I glanced at him while Britney raised an eyebrow. “Seriously.”

“Yes. I do have money saved, plus I have money from my internship, so it’s no big deal.”

“Baby, that’s something I needed to ask. Since Marcus was paying for the apartment…”

“That’s something else you don’t have to worry about. I got everything covered. Marcus paid the apartment up until the middle of the semester, and more likely, the news station will be offering me a position after my internship, so you don’t have to worry about getting a job; if that what you were going to suggest.”

I sighed. Maybe this will work out after all. If needed, then I would get a job. Since college housing and financial aid paid for majority of the apartment I was in now, I didn’t really have to get a job; but since Shawn’s apartment is off-campus and pretty swanky, I knew I would have to; but if he insist I won’t need a job, then I would consider it. Not right now, anyway.

“Okay. We can come on campus one day during the break and move everything out.”

“Great. I’m really happy about this.” Shawn said.

“I am too.”

Shawn hugged me and I sighed. Although I was happy about my decision, why I had a feeling we were getting in over our heads? I knew I shouldn’t think like that, but there was a feeling in the pit of my stomach telling me otherwise. Right now, I’ll just have to take things day by day and hopefully I won’t have this feeling anymore. Besides, what could possibly happen between us? We loved each other too much for things to become out of control. If it does, we’ll work through them. We always have and that will never change.

Or so I hope….

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