Love

Sheena binkley

Here is my short story that will only be featured on my blog titled, Love.

This story is about a young couple who have recently broken up from a bad misunderstanding. The two relive their relationship through a series of flashbacks, which makes them wonder if they have made the right decision.

This story was written a few years ago before I began writing Love, Life, & Happiness, and it’s special to me because this was at a time when I started my relationship with my fiancé. Although the story is not about us, there are some details in the story that I depicted from real life events (well, just the first date).

Enjoy! 🙂

1.

June 12, 2013

Sophia Davis never thought her life would be where it was at that point.

“I never thought after my junior year, my life would change this quickly,” she said to herself.

She slowly turned over in her bed and looked at the clock sitting on her bedside table. She then looked at the picture of her and her ex-boyfriend and sighed.

“How did things end so quickly between us?”

She sluggishly moved out of the bed and walked to her closet. She was searching for something when she bumped into her dresser. She quickly grabbed her foot and began hobbling on one foot around her room. She lost her balance and fell hard on the hard wood floor.

“Damn it!”

A female walked into Sophia’s room in an aggravated state.“What are you doing?” Don’t you know what time it is? People are still trying to sleep.”

“Sorry, Layla, I didn’t mean to wake you.”

“It’s okay. It just the end of our summer vacation and I’m just trying to sleep late, but it’s cool that you disturbed me.”

“Listen, I don’t need an attitude from you. I said I was sorry.”

Layla looked at Sophia and bust out laughing.

“You better be glad I’m your roommate, because believe me, no one would be able to put up with you.”

Sophia laughed. “You have to because not only are you my roommate, but you’re my cousin. We’re family, we have to stick together.”

“I guess,” Layla said while laughing.

The two could be sisters instead of cousins, with their long black hair, honey colored complexion, and hazel eyes. The two were also the same height and had the same body type, which was good for the both of them since they loved to borrow each other’s clothes.

But Layla noticed Sophia wasn’t in the mood for silliness or banter. As Sophia goes over to her bed, she saw the hurt look on her cousin’s face and sat down beside her.

“You’re still hurting, are you?”

Sophia nodded. “It’s been a week now and Patrick still hasn’t called. What happened to make things between us go from living in paradise to living in hell?”

“I don’t know, but I think I could take a guess. Your ex-boyfriend came back into the picture. That why they call them exes; they’re people you keep in the past.”

Layla stood up and walked to the door. She turned around and smiled.

“Everything is going to be okay. Let Patrick have his breathing room right now.”

Sophia nodded and gave a half smile. She looked at the picture of her and Patrick smiling. She picked it up and grinned.

“If only I could go back to the beginning….”

 

August 29, 2011

On the first day of the new semester at Bellview University, students were eagerly going to their new classes. Sophia was walking across the quad with two other girls, talking and laughing about things that happened over the summer.

“I can’t believe we’re back in school. I feel like we just started our summer vacations.” One of the girls said.

“All I’ve done this summer was go to class, so it’s not like I had a break.” Sophia said.

“While you had your face in the books, we were out partying and having fun.”

“Natalie, please. You were doing that while you were in school,” Sophia said while laughing. Besides, I didn’t mind being in class; I just want to graduate early.”

“That’s cool and all, but where’s the fun in that? Sophia, ever since you started college you haven’t actually experienced the college life. You haven’t partied, got drunk…”

“Got laid,” her other friend mentioned.

“Is that all you two think about is sex and partying? I have done my fair share of partying. Dang, you two are making me out to be a nun or something.”

The three headed to the English building talking when Sophia ran into someone. The books she had in her hand fell to the ground while papers went all over the grass.

“Great,” Sophia whispered while falling to her knees.

“I’m so sorry. Let me help you.” the guy said.

“Thanks, it was my fault. I should have been paying attention.” Sophia mentioned.

She looked up to stare at the most gorgeous guy she has ever seen. The guy had the same complexion as hers, but a little darker, with an intense shade of brown eyes. Sophia’s eyes trailed from the guy’s face, to his body. Although he was dressed in a blue t-shirt and dark jeans, she knew he definitely worked out.

“Hi,” she softly said.

“Hey,”

Natalie looked over and noticed the guy Sophia bumped into.

“Patrick, is that you?”

He gave a weak smile at Natalie when she mentioned his name.

“Hey, Natalie, what’s up?”

“You two know each other?” Sophia asked.

“Yeah; Sophia, this is Patrick Baker, the guy I worked with over the summer. I told you about him.” Natalie whispered.

“She wanted to sleep with him.” Natalie and Sophia’s friend loudly said.

“Cassandra!” Natalie yelled.

Patrick stood up and handed Sophia her books.

“I have to go. Maybe I’ll see you around campus.”

Sophia smiled. “Sure.”

Patrick smiled again while turning around and heading towards the admission building. He turned around to stare at Sophia again.

Natalie threw Cassandra an angry look. “You heifer! I can’t believe you just said that! That was supposed to been private.”

“Sorry, it slipped out. I don’t think he heard me anyway.”

Sophia looked at the door closed and smiled.

“So, you know Patrick?”

“I tried to talk to him when we were working at the clothing store, but he was involved at the time. From what I’ve heard now, he’s single. You want to talk to him, don’t you?”

“No, I was just asking. What would he want with me anyway?”

“Sophia, please. You’re beautiful. Any guy would want to talk to you. Just because that asshole of an ex you had dumped you doesn’t mean you’re not relationship material.” Cassandra said.

“Do we have to go there with James?”

“Sophia, James was a jerk. He was only for himself. Don’t let him stop you from dating.”

“I better go. I’m already late for class.” Sophia said.

She quickly went to the English building door and opened it.

Natalie looked at Cassandra and smiled.

“I have an idea. Why don’t I fix Sophia and Patrick up? Patrick is such a sweet guy and he’s available now; and Sophia really needs someone good in her life.”

“You really think that’s a good idea? You wanted to talk to him at one point.”

“That’s okay. I have Thomas now so I’m officially off the market. That’s my mission for today. Are you in?”

Cassandra smiled. “Of course.”

Natalie hugged Cassandra. “Before today is over, I will be considered a match maker.”

***

After her second class of the day, Sophia was already tired. She kept thinking back to early that morning when Cassandra brought up James.

I tried so hard to forget about him.

She walked over to the student union and found an empty seat near the window. She started to take out a book to read when Natalie and Cassandra sat in front of her.

“Don’t you ever find anything else to do besides read?” Natalie asked.

“I consider a book these days a good companion instead of a man.”

Natalie giggled. “You really need a social life, and by the end of the day you might have one. Don’t be mad but I done something today that involves you.”

Sophia gave Natalie a perplexed look. “Is it something bad or good? How the way you’re looking I probably would want to kill you later.”

“This only for your own good. Remember Patrick from this morning?”

“Yeah.”

“Well, I gave him your number.”

“Natalie!”

“Hear me out. Patrick’s a great guy. He’s sweet, honest and sensitive, everything you would want in a man.”

“If he’s such a wonderful guy, then why you not dating him?”

“Because I have Thomas. Listen, Patrick is trying to find Miss Right, just like you’re trying to find Mr. Perfect, so what wrong with a little push in the right direction?”

Sophia sighed. “Does he want to talk to me?”

“He did ask about you when I talked to him, so I gave your number and told him to call you. It’s nothing wrong with talking to him.”

“You’re right, I guess. But if he turns out to be a psycho, I’m blaming you.”

“Whatever. Good luck.” Natalie said while getting up.

Sophia looked at the window and took a deep breath.

What have I gotten myself into?

Sophia glanced at the TV in a daze. It was eleven o’clock and she was still clutching the picture of her and Patrick. Layla walked into the living room and stared at Sophia.

“I don’t believe this. Sophia, get up. You’ve been sitting in that same position since you got up. And what are you looking at? The TV is not even on.”

“I don’t feel like watching TV. I just want to stay in this position forever.”

“Sophia, I understand you and Patrick broke up, but it’s not the end of the world. Girl, you have to get out there and have some fun. This is the last day of our summer break and I’m not going to let you sit here and look depressed. Now you’re coming with me and we’re going shopping.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Do you really think Patrick is at his place moping around like you? Hell no. Now, let’s get ready.”

Layla yanked Sophia from the couch and took her towards her room. Sophia still had the picture of her and Patrick clutched against her chest.

 

“And will you please put down that picture!”

 

2.

Patrick Baker was lying in his bed staring at the ceiling.

I never thought breaking up with someone would be this hard.

He rolled over on his side and looked at the picture of him and Sophia. He began to touch Sophia’s smiling face when his friend Aiden Robinson walked in. He stared at Patrick and rolled his eyes.

“Stop it Patrick! I can’t believe you’re doing this to yourself.”

“Leave me alone, Aiden. Can I mope in peace?”

“No you can’t because you’re making me want to mope and I didn’t break up with my girl. Patrick, if you want Sophia back, you have to fight. To be honest, I don’t know why you two broke up in the first place.”

“We broke up because of her ex, that’s why.”

“Did Sophia try to get back with him?  From what I know, I don’t think so.”

Patrick sighed and stared at the ceiling again.

“You can mope all you want. I’m going to work. I’ll see you later.”

“Whatever.” Patrick said and turned over on his other side.

“Yeah, whatever.” Aiden said

Patrick turned back over and looked at the picture again.

“What happened between us?”

 

August 30, 2011

Patrick was sitting in his room staring at his phone. He promised Natalie he would call Sophia that night.

“Just dial, Patrick. What’s wrong with you?”

He has been staring at his phone for about twenty minutes. He dialed the number a couple of times, but hung up on the last digit. Patrick has always seen Sophia around, from school to his job, to even with her ex-boyfriend, but he never thought he would have a chance to talk to her.

And you won’t if you don’t dial the number.

He picked the phone up from off his bed and pushed the talk button. He quickly dialed the number and waited patiently while the other end was ringing. He was about to hang up when a voice appeared on the other end.

“Hello.”

“Hi. May I speak to Sophia, please?”

“Speaking. Hi Patrick.”

“How did you know it was me?”

“A little thing called Caller ID.”

Patrick chuckled. “Of course. How are you?”

“Pretty good. And you?”

“Doing well.”

“To be honest, I didn’t think you were going to call.”

“Why you thought that?”

“I don’t know. Why would you want to?  You don’t know me and you just met me today and that was by us bumping into each other.”

“Technically, I have seen you around school and my job; and is that why I’m talking to you now, to get to know you.”

“I guess so.”

“Why don’t we get to know each other and go out this Friday? We can do whatever you want.”

“I don’t know, I just broke up with someone and I’m not ready to date.”

“From what I heard, you’ve been single for a month and I don’t see anything wrong with a friendly date.”

“Natalie really has a big mouth, you know that.”

“I know, but she’s also a good friend. She only wants what’s best for her friends. So, what’s your answer?”

“Sure, why not.”

“Great. I’ll pick you up around seven.”

“It’s a date then.”

“Okay, well I better go.”

“Talk to you later.”

“You can count on that.”

“Bye Patrick.”

“Bye Sophia.”

Patrick looked at the phone and hung up.

“I have a date Friday. Friday is going to be fun….”

 

***

 

Sophia and Layla walked into Starbucks. Layla goes straight to the counter while Sophia sat down at the nearest table. Layla walked over to Sophia.

“You don’t want anything?”

“No, I can wait.”

Layla gave a smirk and goes back to the line. Sophia looked around, and slowly exhaled, trying hard to keep the tears from falling.

 

This is where Patrick and I had our first date…

 

September 2, 2011

Sophia and Patrick walked into Starbucks in a fit of laughter.

“This is where you wanted to go?” Patrick asked.

“Yeah.  We can sit, talk and drink coffee.”

“I hate coffee.”

“Okay. Well, we can sit and talk.”

“That sounds good.”

The two strolled over to a table near the back of the coffeehouse. Sophia was about to sit down when Patrick stopped her.

“No, no, no. Let me,” he said as he pulled out a chair for her.

Sophia gave a huge grin. “Thanks. No one has ever done that for me before.”

“Not even your ex?”

“No.”

“That’s bad; a guy should always do that for a woman.”

“I agree. There need to be more of you out there.”

Patrick smiled. “So Sophia, tell me what is your idea of fun?”

“I guess a movie or going out to eat, playing a game of pool or miniature golf. I wouldn’t know too much about fun since I don’t go out much.”

“You’re telling me a gorgeous girl like you don’t go out. Why is that?”

“I guess you could consider me a goody-two-shoes who haven’t done much compared to my friends.”

“You don’t party or drink?”

“Not really.”

“Tell me if I’m being a little personal, but are you a virgin?”

Sophia blushed. “That is a little personal.”

“Sorry, I shouldn’t have asked.”

“That doesn’t mean I won’t answer. Yes, I am a virgin and I’m proud of it. How many twenty- year- olds you’re going to meet who are still a virgin?”

Patrick smiled and touched Sophia’s hand. “I met one tonight and it’s nothing wrong with that. That’s a special gift that you should take seriously. You should hold on to that.”

Sophia smiled and stared at her hands. Patrick placed his hand on Sophia’s chin and gazed into her hazel eyes.

The two looked at each other until one of the baristas behind the counter turned on the blender. The two stared at each other and smiled.

“You want to get out of here?”

“Sure. Where is our next stop?”

“Something you like to do for fun.” Patrick replied.

Sophia smiled as the two got up from the table and goes towards the door…

 

Sophia looked at the door and turned around. Layla was sitting in front of her looking at her with an odd expression.

“You finish daydreaming? I’ve been sitting here for five minutes.”

“Sorry. Why you didn’t say anything?”

“Sophia, I know this is where you and Patrick had your first date, but you can’t keep going to places you two visited and start daydreaming.”

“I know Layla. Let’s just go.” Sophia said as she grabbed her purse.

“I really hope you’re not like this all day.” Layla mumbled as she followed Sophia out the door.

 

***

Patrick goes into the living room of his apartment and turned on the TV. He surfed the channels when he suddenly stopped on the sports network. A pool tournament was on and one of the players was about to rack. Patrick leaned back on the couch and sighed.

 

September 2, 2011

“Where are we going?”  Sophia asked.

The two were in Patrick’s car. He made a left turn, ending the destination.

“You mentioned one of these activities as fun, so I decided this could be fun for a first date.”

He found a parking spot near Uncle Rick’s Pool Hall and turned off the engine.

“Pool, cool.  Even though I said pool was fun, I didn’t really say I knew how to play.”

“In that case, this is going to be even more fun.” Patrick said.

As soon as the two stepped into the pool hall, all eyes turned to the two.

Sophia looked at Patrick. “Why is everyone staring at us?”

“Maybe they see what I see.”

“What’s that?”

“A beautiful woman standing next to me.”

Sophia unexpectedly turned a bright shade of red, which Patrick thought was adorable.

After a few minutes inside the pool hall, the two were having a lot of fun. Sophia was racking when Patrick got up from his stool.

“Are you having fun?” He asked.

“Yeah, even though you keep winning, but that’s okay. I can get you on the next game.”

“For someone who said they haven’t played before you got some skills. You sure you haven’t played before?”

“Seriously, I haven’t.”

“I’m going to get a drink. You want anything?”

“I’m good. Thanks.”

Sophia goes to a stool and sat down. She looked at Patrick at the counter and smiled.  He walked back with a drink in his hand.

“What are smiling about?”

“Nothing, just thinking.”

“About what?”

“Nothing important. You want to start another game?”

“Sure.”

Sophia looked at the drink Patrick had and picked it up. “Would you mind if I took a sip?”

“Sure, but it does have vodka in it.”

“That’s fine.”

“I thought you don’t drink.”

“I do sometimes.” Sophia said.

She took the glass to her lips and started to drink. Patrick gave Sophia a bewildered look as she drunk half the glass. She put down the drink and gave a light burp.

“Excuse me. That was good.”

“Dang girl, you should have slow down on that.”

“I’m sorry. I’ll buy you another one. I didn’t mean to drink half of it.”

“That’s okay. I’ll just get another one.”

After two and a half drinks and an hour later, Patrick looked at Sophia in total shock. She was lying on the pool table laughing hysterically.

I haven’t even said anything and she’s laughing.

“Sophia, are you okay?”

“I’m peachy, Patrick, just peachy.” Sophia said through a series of giggles.

“I believe you’re drunk. Maybe I should get you something to sober up.”

“I’m not drunk. I’m fine. In fact, I’m better than fine. I’m perfect.” Sophia rambled. She goes over to a vending machine.

“I don’t know why you think I’m drunk. I mean I see you right? And since when did you have a twin?”

Patrick shook his head as he goes over to Sophia and turned her around to face him.

“Oh, hey, Patrick. You know I was just talking to your twin.”

He smiled as he put an arm around her. “We better go. I think you had enough tonight.”

“No, I didn’t. I’m just having fun.” Sophia said as she started to laugh again.

“Before we leave, you have to lower your voice. I don’t want either one of us in trouble since you’re underage and been drinking.”

“Who…was….drinking? I…wasn’t…drinking.” Sophia slurred.

“Okay, let’s not say anything at all.” Patrick said as he took Sophia’s purse from the table.

Sophia leaned into Patrick as she put a hand on his chest. She gave him a seductive glance, making Patrick a little nervous, but also aroused.

“You know, when I first saw you, I said to myself how sexy you looked. How much I wanted to kiss you then, and even more now.”

Patrick smiled at the comment. Trust the flow of alcohol to get a person to really talk.

The two walked to the exit when a police officer opened the door.

“Have a good night. Be careful out there.”

“Thank you, Officer.” Patrick said.

The two was out the door when Sophia fell over. Patrick caught her before she fell on the sidewalk.

“Is she alright?”

“Yeah, she’s a little tired. She had a long day and I dragged her out to play pool.”

“Okay then. Good night.”

Before Sophia could say anything, Patrick covered her mouth with his hand. The two went over to Patrick’s car when Sophia suddenly stopped.

“Please don’t tell me you’re going to be sick.”

“No, not yet anyway.”

“What’s wrong then?”

“Don’t be mad at me for tonight, Patrick. We were having such a great time until I decided to drink.”

Patrick smiled. “It’s not your fault. I shouldn’t have brought the drinks. I blame myself.”

“Don’t.”

The two stared at each other when Sophia stepped closer to Patrick. She grabbed him and kissed him roughly on the lips. He put his hand in Sophia’s hair as he thrust his tongue into her mouth, savoring the moment.

As soon as Patrick tried to deepen the kiss, Sophia pulled away. He looked at her unable to say or do anything else.

“What’s wrong?” He finally managed to say.

Before Sophia could say anything, she kneeled over and vomited on Patrick’s shoes. He looked at the sky in disgust as he lets out a huge groan.

“What a night….”

 

Patrick woke up from his daydream and looked at the TV. The pool tournament was over and a baseball game was playing. He turned off the TV and exhaled.

“Our first date. I remember it like it was yesterday.”

He leaned back on the couch and sighed.

3.

Sophia and Layla walked into Macy’s at the mall and started to look around.

“Sophia, I know you’ve been thinking about Patrick today, so I hope you don’t take this the wrong way.”

Sophia glanced at Layla as she slowly cleared her throat. “If you love him like you say you do, why don’t you try and work things out with him? I know Patrick said it was because of James, but Natalie was also responsible for the incident. She basically tried to break you two up.”

“Well, she got her wish; she can have him if she wants.”

“You don’t mean that. Patrick is your first love. You two are meant for each other. Besides, Natalie is and will always be a stank. I knew that girl was trouble from the beginning.”

“Layla, stop.”

“I’m just telling the truth. Anyway, if you want things to work out with Patrick, I suggest you call him and talk things out.”

Sophia sighed. “I would, but I’m not. I haven’t done anything wrong for us to break up. Patrick should know that I wouldn’t cheat on him; especially not with James.”

“You’re telling me when James came back into the picture, you never thought about dropping Patrick to be with him?”

“No, because with Patrick I found true love.”

“So, should it matter who was right or wrong with the argument? If you two love each other, then you should be able to find your way back to each other, right?”

Sophia looked at Layla and smiled. “You’re right, but I’m not calling him.”

“Fine, but I just don’t want you moping around the entire day. Why don’t you put your mind off of Patrick and shop? I see a shirt with your name on it.”

Sophia shrugged. “Fine, let’s go.”

The two walked towards the junior’s department to look around….

 

September 4, 2011

Sophia walked into the student lounge and saw Patrick sitting outside on the patio. She slowly walked up to him and gently touched his shoulder. He looked up and smiled.

“Hey. Are you feeling better today?”

“Yeah. I got your messages. Sorry, I didn’t call you back.”

“It’s cool, but, why didn’t you?”

Sophia sighed. “I was scared. Patrick, I made an ass out of myself on our first date. I got drunk and puked on you. I was surprised that you even called me again.”

Patrick smiled. “I wanted to check to see if you were okay. Just because all of that happened doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop talking to you. Sophia, you are a great girl and what happened isn’t going to change how I feel about you. Hell, shit happens.”

Sophia gave a strange glance. “So, you’re not mad?”

“Why should I be? That was another reason why I was calling; I was hoping we could go out again this weekend.”

Sophia started to laugh. “Patrick Baker, either you must really like me or you’re just plain weird.”

Patrick took Sophia’s hand and kissed it. “I guess what you’re saying is true. So, do you want to go out with me again, Miss Davis?”

“I would like that.”

The two stared at each other and smiled….

 

Sophia looked at a shirt that Layla held up.

“You like it?” she asked.

Sophia smiled. “Yeah, I do.”

 

***

Patrick walked into the mall entrance. He needed to do something instead of sitting at home watching TV.

And to get my mind off of Sophia.

He took a walk around the mall, glancing at the different stores, until he stopped at the toy store. He went inside to look around.

To be honest, I don’t even know why we broke up. He thought as he looked at some action figures. Everything was perfect between us. I miss her so much.

He walked over to the stuffed animals section. He immediately noticed one and picked it up.

This is the bear I gave Sophia the night I told her I loved her. That’s the night that I would never forget….

 

January 14, 2012

“You’re having fun tonight?” Patrick asked Sophia. The two were walking hand in hand in the park.

Sophia smiled. “I’m having a great time.”

Patrick smiled. “I’m glad to hear that.”

The two stopped at a bench and sat down. The two watched the moon reflecting off the lake in front of them.

“This is the perfect night. The atmosphere is romantic, and I’m with a wonderful guy. I couldn’t had asked for anything more.”

Patrick gave a sexy glance. “You’re sure about that?”

Sophia raised her eyebrow. “What are you up to?”

“Wait right here and you’ll find out.” He said. He quickly got up and went towards his car. He came back with a gift bag.

“Patrick, you really didn’t have to buy me anything.”

“Just open it. I promise you’ll love it.”

Sophia looked inside the bag and slowly pulled out her gift. It was a white teddy bear dressed in a blue tux with a blue hat. She immediately smiled.

“This is really nice. Thank you, baby.”

“You’re welcome.”

“I feel really bad because I haven’t bought you anything, or…”

“Don’t worry about that. You don’t have to buy me anything. Just keep being around me and enjoying my company.”

Sophia smiled. “That’s not too hard to do.”

She reached over and kissed Patrick. They deepened the kiss, as Sophia pulled Patrick closer to her. As soon as they pulled away, Patrick took a deep breath.

“Sophia, there’s something I need to tell you.”

Sophia gave a concerned look. “What is it?”

 Patrick gave her a serious look as he put her hands into his. “Baby, we have been together for four months and I feel like I’ve known you for years.”

Sophia smiled. “I feel the same way.”

“Let me finish. Sophia, I love you.”

Sophia was speechless as Patrick caressed her hands. “Are you okay?”

Sophia let go of Patrick and got up. She walked over to the swings as Patrick followed her.

“If I said it too soon then I apologize, but Sophia, I’m not going to hide my feelings for you. I’m so comfortable around you and even though we’ve known each other for a short while, I feel as if we’re one.”

Sophia turned around to stare at Patrick. “How do you know if it’s love? Don’t you think four months is too soon to tell?”

“No, it’s not. I know you feel the same way. I can tell by the look in your eyes.”

A tear rolled down Sophia’s cheek as she ran a hand through her hair. Patrick stepped to her and wiped her tear away. “Why are you crying, baby?”

Sophia gave a tiny smile. “All of my life I wanted to hear those words from the guy that I loved. When I heard those words for the first time from my first boyfriend, I felt like the most special girl in the world. But you know what he’d done to me? He cheated on me. Another guy said it to me too, and he left me. So how do I know you’re not going to be any different from them?”

“Sophia, I’m sorry for what those guys had done to you, but I’m not them. Baby, you have to believe me when I say I love you. I would never hurt you.”

“How do I know that?”

“Just trust me. Life is all about taking risks, and this time is no different. I’m asking you to take a chance with me. Forget about all of the guys that have hurt you. Those guys didn’t know what they had in you; but I know and I damn know that I wouldn’t want you to slip away.”

Sophia put a hand on Patrick’s cheek. He put her in his arms as she took a deep breath.

“I love you.” He whispered.

“I love you too…”

 

Patrick looked at the bear one last time before putting it back on the rack.

“I meant what I said, Sophia. I’m not letting you go.”

4.

 

After browsing in Macy’s for an hour, Sophia and Layla decided to take a break near the food court.

Layla sat down at a bench near the carousel and looked around. “I’m tired.”

“From what? We haven’t done anything.” Sophia said as she sat beside Layla.

“Exactly! Let’s do something tonight. In fact, let’s hit up a club. We haven’t done that in awhile.”

“Yeah, since last summer.” Sophia jokingly replied.

“It’ll be fun. We can dress up, meet some fine guys, and dance the night away.”

“I don’t feel like it.”

“Come on! This is the first day of summer so everyone and their mama will be out tonight.”

Sophia sighed. “Fine.”

“Great. Now, we need to find an outfit for tonight.” Layla said while getting up. She gently pulled Sophia up and she sighed.

“It better be fun tonight.” She said while walking with Layla.

“Trust me, it will be. Would I ever lie to you?”

“Yes, you would.”

Layla laughed. “Trust me on this one.”

As they were walking, Sophia looked around the food court when she suddenly stopped walking. Natalie and Cassandra were walking out of Express. Layla looked from Sophia to the direction of Natalie and Cassandra and rolled her eyes.

“What are you doing?” Layla asked. “Why would you even talk to them after what they did to you?”

“I know what I’m doing, Layla.”

She went over to them who were going near the directory. “Well, well, well, what are you two up to? Trying to steal another man that doesn’t belong to you?”

Natalie rolled her eyes. “What do you want, Sophia?”

“I don’t know why you’re upset with me? I should be the one pissed after you practically threw yourself at Patrick. For someone who wanted to see him so happy, the minute he was you tried to end it.”

“Listen, I’d made a mistake putting you two together; but I didn’t have to do anything to break you two up. You did it all by yourself.”

Cassandra gave an evil smirk at Sophia. “Yeah, Sophia; but you could never keep a man, could you?”

“You bitch!” Sophia exclaimed. She tried to go after Cassandra, but Layla grabbed her.

“Girl, stop! She’s not worth going to jail over! Neither one of these stanks are. They’re both trash.”

“I know you’re not talking, heifer.” Natalie barked.

“Let’s go. We have better things to do with our time then be around these losers.” Layla said.

The two turned around and when Natalie started to yell.
“Cassandra’s right! You’ll never keep a man! Damn virgin!”

Sophia turned around and gave Natalie the finger. Natalie returned the gesture before grabbing Cassandra and headed to the stores.

Sophia shook her head. “Gosh, that girl is stupid. I don’t even know how I could be friends with either one of them.”

Layla scoffed. “I’ve been trying to figure that out for the longest. At least you’ve wised up about them.”

Sophia smiled. “I am too. Let’s go find something to wear for tonight.”

“Now we’re talking.” Layla said as she followed Sophia into a shoe store.

 

February 4, 2012

Sophia was heading to her car when she saw Cassandra coming to her.

“Hey, Cassandra. What’s up?”

“Can I get a ride home? My car is in the shop.”

“Sure. Get in.”

The two hopped in and Sophia put the key into the ignition. “So, how’s things going between you and Terrance?”

Cassandra sat up in the seat and looked out the window. “Things are going great. We had a date last night, which was fun. We went to the movies, talked a little bit, then ended the night with some hot sex. After that, he took me home.”

“What a night.” Sophia said dryly.

“What does that supposed to mean?”

“Does every conversation you or Natalie have with me has to be about sex? There are other things to talk about than sex.”

Cassandra gave Sophia a confused look. “All I said was that I had sex. It’s not like I went into details about the encounter. What’s your problem lately, Sophia? It’s bad enough that we barely see you and when we do you have an attitude. What’s going on?”

“Nothing is going on. I just would like to have a conversation without talking about how big or small a guy’s dick is or how good he is in bed. I’m sorry, but maybe the reason why I haven’t been hanging out with you or Natalie is because one, I have a man, and two, because the both of you are selfish and immature.”

“Oh really. You know what, you are the one who’s immature. If you really think that you and Patrick are going to have this wonderful relationship, then I suggest you think twice because he’s not going to stay with you long if you’re not giving him any. Maybe he’s cool with it now, but do you really think he’s going to go months or even years without having sex? If you think that, then you’re completely clueless.”

“Sorry to disappoint you, Cassandra, but Patrick and I love each other. We’re very committed to each other and we’re not even having sex. Patrick knows that I want to wait and he doesn’t have a problem with it. If he doesn’t, then why should you? Now, I suggest you and Natalie both stay out of my damn business and leave me the hell alone. Got it.”

Cassandra smirked. “Fine, Sophia.”

Sophia rolled her eyes and drove up to Cassandra’s driveway. She gave her an intense stare.

“Your ride’s over. Get out.”

Cassandra grabbed her backpack and purse and grabbed on the door handle. She got out and slammed the door. Sophia rolled down her window and yelled at her.

“And don’t slam my damn door!”

She reversed out of the driveway and sped off.

“Bitch.” Cassandra said and went inside.

“Heifer.” Sophia said while speeding down the street…

 

“What are you thinking about?” Layla asked

Sophia glanced at Layla and smiled. “Nothing important.”

The two walked pass Victoria’s Secret when Sophia suddenly stopped, almost causing Layla to bump into her. She stared at the outfit in the display window, which was a beautiful pink lace embroidered baby doll with a matching pink thong.

That’s the outfit I wore the night Patrick and I made love.

Layla came up to her. She glanced at the outfit before staring at her. “Are you okay? You look as if you’re going to pass out. Please don’t.”

“I’m not. I’m just thinking about something.”

“I’m sure it’s about Patrick. Spill it.”

Sophia turned to Layla and gave a shy smile. “There’s something I haven’t told you.”

“What is it?”

“When Natalie mentioned about me being a virgin, let’s just say she doesn’t know anything about me now.”

Layla gave a surprised look. “You had sex with Patrick?”

Sophia nodded. “On our anniversary.”

“Girl, why didn’t you tell me? I’m your cousin!”

“I wanted to, but I felt it was something I wanted to keep to myself.”

“I told you when I lost my virginity.”

“Sorry, Layla, but I wanted to keep it private.”

“I understand. So, how was it?”

Sophia smiled. “It was amazing. That was one night that I would never forget….”

 

August 29, 2012

Sophia looked at her closet and sighed. “I really don’t know what to wear,” she whispered.

“Layla, what would you wear on your one-year anniversary to Carl?!” she yelled to Layla in her room.

She walked into Sophia’s room and smiled. “Nothing.”

“Seriously, Layla! This is an important day and I want to look really nice.”

“Okay, for starters, Patrick would think you’re beautiful if you were wearing a brown paper bag. Whatever you choose, he would love it. Where are you two going anyway?”

“I don’t know. Patrick said it was a surprise.”

“Well, pick something nice but sexy. Something that’s simple, but also says wow.”

Sophia pulled out a black strapless dress from the back of her closet. “Like this?”

“Exactly.”

The doorbell rang and Layla went to the door. Patrick was standing outside with a dozen of pink roses in his hands.

Layla opened the door and smiled. “Hey, Patrick. Aren’t you looking nice tonight. Where are you taking Sophia dressed in a suit?”

Patrick walked into the apartment and smiled. “Somewhere special. I would tell you, but I know you, Layla. You would definitely tell Sophia.”

“No, I wouldn’t. Why would I tell her?”

 “Because you will. Is Sophia ready?”

“Yes, I am.” Sophia said while walking into the living room.

Patrick looked at Sophia with a wide grin. “Wow, Sophia. You look amazing.”

“Thank you. Are those for me?”

“There’re not for me.” Layla jokingly replied.

“Happy anniversary, baby.” Patrick said. He went up to Sophia and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

“Happy anniversary, Patrick. Now, I’m glad I chose this dress. You look really nice. So, where are you taking me, Mr. Baker?”

“You’ll see. We better go, though; I made reservations so we better not be late.”

Layla smiled. “It must be big if you made reservations. You two have fun.”

“We will.” Sophia said. She went up to Layla and whispered in her ear. “Don’t wait up.”

“I wasn’t going to.” She replied and smiled.

The two went out the door and to Patrick’s car. He looked at Sophia and took her hand.

“Baby, tonight is definitely a night that we won’t forget.”

Sophia smiled. “I know, sweetie.”

“Are you sure about this?”

“I’ve never been so sure about anything in my life. Patrick, I love you and I want to share my first time with you. I always told myself that I would give myself to the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. Sweetie, I choose you.”

Patrick looked at Sophia and kissed her on the cheek. “Let’s go then.”

He started up his car and back out of the parking spot.

After the two shared a special dinner, the two walked out of the restaurant hand in hand. When they reached Patrick’s car, he opened the passenger’s door for Sophia to get in. As soon as he got in, he started up the car and looked at her.

“You’re having a good time so far?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Good, because of course the night is not over. But before I drive out, I have to do this.”

He pulled out a black blindfold from the glove compartment and smiled. Sophia looked at him and smiled.

“The next destination is another surprise?”

“Yes, it is.”

“How exciting.”

Patrick put the blindfold over Sophia’s eyes and kissed her softly on the lips. “Believe me, baby, this is worth the suspense; so, sit back and enjoy the ride.”

Sophia did just that as Patrick put the car in reverse and left the restaurant parking lot.

Thirty minutes later, and Patrick drove up to their destination. He put the car in park and turned off the engine. He opened the door and quickly went over to the passenger side to look at Sophia.

“I’ll be right back.”

“Okay.”

“Where am I?” Sophia whispered. As she was about to pull off the blindfold, Patrick ran back to the car and smiled.

“I see you trying to peek. Come on.” He said. He opened the door and slowly got Sophia out of the car. The two walked into the building and strolled through the lobby area. They went to the elevator and Patrick pressed the up button.

“Where are we? Are we at a hotel?”

Patrick smiled. “You’re asking too many questions.”

“Because I want to know.”

“Which you will in due time.”

The elevator door opened and they walked in. As soon as the door closed, Patrick pressed the fourth floor button and waited patiently until the door opened again. As soon as it did, he gently ushered Sophia to the third door on the floor. He grabbed the key card and swiped it through the card holder. Once he opened the door, he guided Sophia to the center of the room and stopped.

“I want you to stand right here.” He instructed.

“What’s going on, Patrick?”

“You’ll see.”

He carefully took the blindfold from Sophia and slowly smiled at the surprised look she had.

The room was decorated with red and white rose petals throughout the floor and on the bed. A bottle of champagne was chilled by one side of the bed while a bowl of strawberries was placed on the end table on the other side. Not only was the room marvelously set-up, but the window overlooking the city was even more breathtaking.

“Patrick, I can’t believe you did all of this.”

“You deserve this, Sophia. Not only will this be our first time, but this will be yours, so I want it to be perfect.”

A tear rolled down Sophia’s cheek as she walked over to the window.

“Are you okay? I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

“I’m fine. This is how I imagined my first time to be. I just didn’t think it would happen, though.”

Patrick went over to Sophia and held her. “You are the most important person in my life. Nothing is more important than seeing you happy. I love you, baby.”

“I love you too.” Sophia whispered.

The two kissed as Patrick pulled away. “The surprises are not over. I have one more.”

“Patrick…”

He put a finger to Sophia’s lips. “Wait right here, okay.”

“Okay.” Sophia whispered.

Patrick walked over to a small closet near the bathroom. He came back with a medium sized box.

“I hope you like it. When I saw it, I knew it would look amazing on you.”

Sophia slowly took the box from Patrick and opened it. Her eyes went wide as she pulled out a gorgeous pink baby doll covered with lace.

“This is gorgeous, Patrick.”

“I hope it’s the right size. I described to the saleswoman your size, so she picked it out.”

“It’s great, baby. It’ll look perfect on me.”

“You could model it for me, if you want.”

Sophia smiled and gave Patrick a kiss before going to the bathroom. She stopped at the door to stare at him.

“Don’t go anywhere.” She said seductively.

“I won’t. I promise.”

Sophia smiled again and closed the door.

Five minutes later, and Patrick was waiting impatiently for Sophia to come out. He was wondering if something was wrong as he looked at his watch.

While Patrick was in the room, Sophia was in the bathroom wondering if she was making the right decision. She glanced at herself in the mirror, taking in the outfit as she touched up her hair.

Patrick walked to the bathroom door and started to speak. “Baby, are you okay? You’ve been in there for awhile now.”

Sophia moved towards the door and sighed. “I’ll be out in a minute. I’m trying to look good for you.”

Patrick smiled. “That’s not too hard to do. You’re already beautiful.”

Sophia opened the door and smiled.

Patrick looked at Sophia speechless. He went up to her and put his hand on her cheek.

Sophia looked worried as Patrick continued to stare at her.

“Baby, say something. You’re making me nervous.”

Patrick pulled her to her and gave her a passionate kiss. Sophia softly moan as her hand went behind the back of his neck. Patrick held her tighter as his manhood began to rise. He was trying to stay calm, but seeing how beautiful Sophia looked, he didn’t know if he could control his emotions any longer.

Sophia pulled away from Patrick as she took his hand. She guided him towards the bed and sat down.

“Sophia, you look amazing. Words can’t even describe what I’m thinking right now.”

Sophia smiled. “I guess that means you like the outfit.”

“Like isn’t even the word. I knew you would look good in it the minute I saw it in the window.”

 

Sophia smiled again and started to play with the hem of the dress. Suddenly she was even more nervous than before.

“What’s wrong? You’re not having second thoughts, are you?”

Sophia shook her head. “I guess I’m a little nervous. If we do go through with it, I don’t know what to expect. Really, I don’t know if we’re go through it at all. I just don’t want anything unexpected to happen.”

Patrick took Sophia’s hand into his and smiled. “Nothing could spoil this moment between us. Just us being together is perfect, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, so I’m glad that you’re in my life.”

“I’m glad that you’re in my life, too,” Sophia said. A tear rolled down her cheek as she spoke again. “I love you so much, and now I want to show you how much. Make love to me, Patrick.”

“Are you sure, baby? I’m not going to force you into something you’re not sure of.”

“I’m very sure. I’ve never been more sure about anything in my life.”

Patrick ran his fingers through her hair as Sophia put her hand on his chest. He started to kiss her cheek, then her lips. He smiled before kissing her neck. Sophia breathed heavily as a moan escaped her lips. She moved her lips to Patrick’s ear, lightly kissing his earlobe. Patrick moaned as Sophia took off his shirt. She stared at his chest, amazed at his body when Patrick slowly laid Sophia down on the bed. He gently removed Sophia’s dress as her hands went to his pants. Patrick looked into Sophia’s eyes, seeing the love that she had for him.

“I love you.” He whispered.

I love you too, Patrick…

 

Sophia glanced at Layla and smiled. “It was wonderful.”

“How did it feel?” Layla asked.

“It was okay. It was my first time, so of course it would feel awkward; but afterwards, it was great.”

“This should be a good sign that you two are meant to be. I know you would not had gave it up to Patrick if you knew he wasn’t the one. Now that I know this, you two really need to talk.”

Sophia sighed as a tear fell down her cheek. “You don’t think I know that? Since the day we broke up, I’ve been miserable. I love Patrick so much, so I never thought the two of us would end thing so soon. I wish things were different between us now.”

 

“I wish that too.”

Sophia and Layla turned around and saw Patrick standing behind them. Sophia looked at Patrick, not knowing what to say or do as Patrick gave her a depressed look.

Maybe it’s time for us to talk….

 

5.

“Hey,” Sophia softly said.

“Hey. What are you doing at the mall?”

“It is a public place, Patrick.”

“I know that, but why are you here?”

“Layla and I decided to go shopping. We’re going out tonight.”

“Oh, that’s cool. Hey, Layla.” Patrick said while staring at Layla.

“Hey, Patrick. I’ll be right back. I have something to take care of. I’ll meet you back here later.” Layla said to Sophia.

Sophia gave Layla a worried glance. “What do you have to do?”

“Something important just came up. I’ll meet you back here, okay.” She said quickly.

Before Sophia could say anything else, Layla was going back to the food court. Sophia turned around and smiled at Patrick.

“How have you been?” she asked.

“Okay, I guess. You?”

“The same. Maybe we should just say good bye right now.”

“Maybe we should talk. I think we really need to.”

Sophia sighed. “I don’t know…”

“I’m willing to if you are.”

Sophia slowly nodded and the two started to walk away from Victoria’s Secret and into the crowd of shoppers.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about us.” Patrick started.

“What have you been thinking about?” Sophia asked.

“How we met, and our first date.”

Sophia smiled. “I’m still embarrassed about me throwing up on you.”

Patrick laughed. “That was ages ago, girl. That’s all forgiven; in fact, it was pretty funny.”

Sophia chuckled. “I guess you’re right. I’ve been thinking about us too. I was thinking about the first time we met and our first time together.”

“Really? I was, too. Do you remember when we did it in the mall elevator?”

Sophia blushed. Yeah; that was exciting.”

Patrick gave a sexy stare at Sophia, which made her blush even more. “It definitely was. I remember how nervous you were because you thought we were going to get caught.”

“But I was nervous for long.”

“No, you wasn’t. I miss you, girl. You know that, right?”

Sophia stared ahead at a cart nearby and sighed. Patrick stopped walking and put his hand on Sophia’s shoulder. He took his other hand to pulled Sophia to him.

“I miss you so much, Sophia. Ever since we’d broke up, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I know you feel the same way. Don’t try and say you don’t because I know you do.”

“I do, Patrick, but that day when we broke up, we both said some things to each other that we can’t take back.”

“I understand that, but who said we can’t start over? Breaking up and making up is part of a being in a relationship.”

“I understand no relationship is perfect, but why would you think that I would do that to you? You know I never would.” Sophia said.

Patrick pulled Sophia away from the crowd and walked over to the bench near the exit. They sat down as they watched several shoppers walk by.

“Baby, I understand that you’re hurting about that and I will keep apologizing for it, but you had doubts about me too.”

“Sweetie, I know we both overreacted, but maybe we should take some time apart. We have been with each other so much we probably don’t even remember who we are individually.”

Patrick got up and faced Sophia. “What are you talking about?! One minute, you’re saying you miss me and wished we were back together, and now you’re saying you want some time apart? Make up your mind, Sophia! Is it James? Do you really want to be with him again?” “No, Patrick; that’s not it.”

“Then tell me what it is?!”

Sophia shook her head. “I can’t say.”

Patrick threw up his hands in frustration. “You know what, give me a call when you get it together.”

He gave Sophia a heated look before walking to the exit.

Sophia watched Patrick leave and put her head in her hands. She didn’t know what just happened, but now she felt as if she had just lost the one opportunity in getting Patrick back…

April 30, 2013

Sophia walked into her apartment breathless. She had just finished working out at the university’s gym and was tired.

She went towards the kitchen and opened the refrigerator to grab a bottled water when the doorbell rang. She put the water down on the counter and went to the door to open it. When she did, she was shocked to see who was on the other side.

“James?”

James Williams was standing at the door wearing a huge grin. He had a dozen of red roses in his hand as he tried to come inside.

“Hi, Sophia. It’s really nice to see you.”

Sophia put her hand out to prevent him from coming in. “What the hell are you doing here? We broke up, remember? Actually, you dumped me last summer.”

“Let me explain about that…”

“I don’t want to hear anything you have to say, James, so please leave.”

“Not until I explain what happened.”

“My boyfriend is coming over in a little bit, so I don’t want him to see you here.”

“I know all about Patrick. Cassandra told me that you two were together.”

“Figures she would. What else did she say?”

“Nothing else; besides, it’s not like I haven’t see you two around campus.”

“If you know I have a man, then why are you bothering me?”

“To get you back. Sophia, I have made a mistake ending things with you. I didn’t realize how much you meant to me until things ended between us.”

“Oh, so it took us to break up for you to realize that we belong together? Too late, James.” Sophia said. She was about to close the door when James blocked it.

“Can I please come in? At least hear me out on why we broke up.”

Sophia sighed and let James in. “Make it quick.”

He smiled and walked in, handing Sophia the roses.
“I can’t accept these.”

“Please do.”

Sophia sighed and took the roses into the kitchen.

“You have five minutes, starting now.” She said in the kitchen.

“Okay; you know during the time that we were together, I was going through some things that had changed my life. Not only was I upset, but also a bit distraught. That was the reason why I stayed away. I became isolated and sort of pushed you away.”

“James, you know you could had talked to me during that time. What you’re telling me is no excuse. That’s what a relationship is; being together through the good and the bad.”

“I’m sorry; after my aunt died, I didn’t know what else to do but to be by myself. She was a special part of me.”

“So spending time with Stacy or whatever her name was eased your pain? You hurt me when you dumped me and then I had to heard from other people that you were seeing someone else a week after we broke up! Were you seeing her while we were together?”

“Would you believe me if I told you no?”

“No, I wouldn’t. To be honest, I really don’t care now about what happened between us. That was in the past. Now, I’m happy with someone who appreciates me now and not after the fact when we’re done.”

James shook his head and sighed. “That’s fine. I just want to come here and say my piece. Since I did, I should go.”

“Good.” Sophia said. She walked over to the door and opened it. James stared at Sophia.

“Before I go, I just want to say that I still want us to be friends and that you can come to me whenever you have a problem or just need someone to talk to. I’m here, okay.”

“Don’t worry; Patrick will be here for that and more.”

James gave Sophia a smirk and went out the door. As soon as he was going to his car, Patrick pulled up to the space beside his. He got out, giving James a strange look.

“What are you doing here?”

James smiled. “Hey to you too, Patrick.” He replied. He jumped into his car and started up the engine. Patrick closed his door and watched James pulled off. He went towards Sophia’s apartment and rang the doorbell. Sophia opened the door and smiled.

“Hey, sweetie.”

“What was your ex doing here? I don’t remember you two being friends?”

“How did you know James was here?”

“I saw him in the parking lot. Now, why was he here?”

“First off, I don’t like your tone. Second, James didn’t mean any harm. He just came by to settle some things. He said his piece and he left. I tried to get him to leave sooner, but he wouldn’t until he said what he had to say. I swear, baby, nothing happened.”

Patrick looked at Sophia. “Baby, I’m sorry I overacted. I’m not mad at you, but seeing him here made me pissed. He’s just showing his face because he sees that you’re happy.”

“And I am that. Don’t let James get to you. He’s a jerk.”

Patrick went up to Sophia and gave her a hug. “Just promise me something.”

“What’s that?”

“I don’t want him coming around here anymore. I don’t trust him.”

Sophia smiled and kissed Patrick. “You’re jealous. I like it.”

“Oh really; what else do you like?”

“I don’t know. Why don’t I show you?” Sophia said. She began to kiss Patrick’s neck, leaving a trail to his chest. He moaned softly before speaking.

“I’m serious baby about James. I don’t trust him, so you should keep your distance from him.”

Sophia glanced at Patrick and smiled. “I promise, sweetie. I don’t think James will be coming back anyway.”

Patrick looked at Sophia and took her hand. “Okay, now that’s settle, what you wanted to show me?”

Sophia gave Patrick a sexy smile while taking his hand. The two went into Sophia bedroom and she closed the door.

 

6.

Sophia walked back to Victoria’s Secret in a daze. She couldn’t believe what just happened.

I can’t believe I’d done that. I could have been with Patrick right now if it wasn’t for my stupid pride.

She stood by the front window and waited patiently for Layla to come back.

Why couldn’t things between us be so simple? I love you so much, Patrick. I just hope you know that.

 

***

Patrick walked into Foot Locker still in shock over what happened between him and Sophia. One minute, they were on the verge of getting back together, and the next, they’re over for real.

While he was looking at some shoes, he suddenly looked up to see Natalie and Cassandra walking in. He quickly turned the other way so they couldn’t see him.

I can’t let them see me.

He went behind a rack of hats and pretended to glance over them. He looked in their direction as they had his back to him, looking over some sneakers.

Natalie’s the reason why Sophia and I broke up.

 

May 2, 2013

Patrick walked into the student center and sat by the window. He started to take out his books from his backpack when Natalie walked by. She gave him a flirtatious smile which made him a bit uncomfortable.

“Hey, Patrick.”

“Hey, Natalie. What’s up?”

“Nothing. Do you mind if I sit down?”

 

“Go ahead.”

She sat beside Patrick and smiled. “So, how’s everything going?”

“Everything’s fine. I would talk, Natalie, but I have a test to study for. If you have anything to say, go ahead and say it.”

Natalie cleared her throat before speaking. “Okay. I just wanted to say that it’s great that you and Sophia are together. Since she has been with you, she has been a completely different person. She’s happier and carefree. I even seen her glowing ever now and then. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.”

Patrick smiled. “I’m glad that you’re happy for your friend. It’s good that you’re supporting her.”

“Of course. That’s what friends are for.” She replied while giving a fake smile.

She stared at Patrick while placing a hand on his arm. She slowly began massaging it, causing him to move away.

“What are you doing, Natalie?”

“Can I ask you a question? Why didn’t we give our relationship a chance?”

Patrick gave a weak laugh. He didn’t know what to say to that. “What do you mean? We were never together.”

“We could have if…”

“Let me stop you right there. In fact, I’m going to leave.”

“Why? Are you afraid to admit something, Patrick?” Natalie asked. She caressed her leg against Patrick’s, while giving him a sexy smile. Patrick grabbed her leg and quickly moved it from him.

“Stop it! What is your problem?! You just said you’re happy for Sophia and now you want me for yourself? What type of friend are you?”

“If it wasn’t for me, you two wouldn’t be together; you should be thanking me instead of jumping down my throat. Besides, I wanted you ever since I laid eyes on you at work, so seeing you two together kind of makes me a little jealous.”

“Is that so? Then why in the hell did you fix me with Sophia if you had feelings for me?”

Natalie leaned back in her chair and smirked.

 

“Yes, you did introduce us, which I will always be grateful for, but you didn’t put us together. We developed a relationship together all on our own, so get off your damn pedestal because I’m not giving you any praise. For that, stay the hell away from me.”

He got up, but Natalie grabbed his hand. “You want me; I can see it in your eyes. You probably want to take me on this table right now.”

Patrick laughed and jerked his hand away. “Get over yourself, Natalie.”

He walked away from her and went towards the exit. Natalie turned around and smiled.

“He’s playing hard to get. I like that…”

Patrick looked back over at Natalie and Cassandra. They were moving towards the sandals wall.

Please don’t come any closer.

He continued to stare at the hats one more time, waiting for the two to leave.

 

May 15, 2013

“What did you want to do tonight?” Patrick asked Sophia. The two walked into Sophia’s apartment after an afternoon of classes. Patrick sat down on the couch while Sophia went into the kitchen.

“I don’t know. I guess we could go to the movies.”

“I heard there’s a good movie coming out this week. What time did you want to go?”

Sophia walked to Patrick with two cans of sodas.

“It could be a late movie. Layla is staying at her mom’s tonight to help with her sister’s baby, so I have the entire place to myself.”

Patrick smiled. “Are you asking me to spend the night?”

“If you want. But if you do, don’t count on getting any sleep.”

Patrick pulled Sophia to him and touched her cheek. “I’ll hold you to that.”

Sophia smiled and kissed him. They continued kissing when the doorbell rang.

 

“I wonder who that is,” Sophia said while getting up.

She went to the door and opened it. Natalie was standing on the other end with a huge grin.

“Hey, girl. I just came by to see how you were since I haven’t seen you in awhile.”

“As you can see, I’m doing fine. Patrick and I was about to head out, so you can come back by tomorrow.”

Natalie walked in and looked at Sophia. “It looks to me that you two weren’t leaving just yet, so I can stay for few minutes.”

Before Sophia could say anything else, Natalie barged past Sophia and went into the living room.

Sophia gave Natalie a heated look before closing the door.

“What are your plans for tonight?” she asked while sitting down.

“Why are you here, Natalie?” Patrick asked angrily.

“Hello to you too, Patrick. It’s nice to see you. And I wasn’t talking to you.”

Patrick rolled his eyes and picked up the television remote.

Sophia looked at the two strangely before sitting down beside Patrick. “We were going to the movies. Listen, why don’t I call you tomorrow and we can all do something. Right now, we have somewhere we need to be.” Sophia said while getting up.

“Fine, I’ll go.” Natalie said and got up.

Sophia went to the door and opened it. Before leaving, Natalie glanced at Sophia. “I forgot; Cassandra told me to ask you about a movie or cd that you borrowed from her. She wants it back.”

“She really needs it now?” Patrick asked impatiently.

“Yes, she does.” Natalie sarcastically replied.

“I’ll go look for it. I’ll be right back.” Sophia said She walked over to Patrick and hit him on his shoulder.

“What was that for?” he asked.

“Why are you acting like that? Be nice.” Sophia whispered.

Patrick gave Sophia a smirk and continued watching TV. Natalie walked over to the couch and sat down besides Patrick.

“What are you trying to pull, Natalie?” Patrick asked.

“Nothing. Why are you acting like this, Patrick? Are you afraid to be around me, because you don’t know what could happen between us?”

Patrick started to laugh. “Please, girl. Even if I wasn’t with Sophia, you wouldn’t be someone I would want; so I suggest you step off.”

Natalie got closer to Patrick and began touching his chest. “You know you want me. I can see it in your eyes.”

“Get the hell away from me.”

“Or what?”

“I suggest you move, now!”

“And what are you going to do about it?” Natalie challenged. She reached over and roughly kissed him. Patrick tried to push himself from Natalie, but she held him tighter. He finally managed to pull away from her, just as soon as Sophia came back in the living room.

“What the hell is going on?! Natalie, what are you doing?!”

“It’s not what it looks like.” Patrick said as he moved from the couch.

“I’m not blind, Patrick! You two were kissing!”

Natalie got up and went to Sophia. She tried to touch her hand, but Sophia pulled away.

“Patrick and I have had feelings for each other before you two met. I guess they resurfaced when you two got together.”

“What are you talking about? You two were never together.”

Natalie gave Patrick a sly grin before staring at Sophia. “Patrick didn’t tell what happened between us after work one night?”

“What the hell are you doing, Natalie? We were never together and you know it!” Patrick fumed.

“I guess you denying what happened. I went back to your place and we had sex, Patrick. After you got what you wanted from me, you went for my friend.”

“Oh my God!” Patrick exclaimed. He started laughing.

“I don’t see anything funny, Patrick!” Sophia yelled.

“Because it’s not true! I never slept with Natalie. I told you that. I told you everything about us. We were co-workers; that’s all!”

“That’s not true.” Natalie whispered.

“We had a few conversations on the phone, but that as far as it went. Natalie was with Thomas and I was with someone at the time, so that’s why we didn’t pursue anything. Baby, you must believe me. Why would I stand here and lie to you?”

Sophia looked at the two and shook her head. “Right now, I don’t know who to believe. All of this time you two have been around me and you both were lying in my face.”

“Nothing happened!” Patrick yelled.

“How do I know! I wasn’t with you at the time.” Sophia said to Patrick. She looked at Natalie as tears were streaming down her cheeks. “And you; how in the hell could you come up in my place and do this to me?”

“I’m sorry, Sophia, but you had to know the truth.”

“Oh please, Natalie! You’re not sorry one bit. You did this on purpose. For all I know you probably wanted Patrick all along. If you did, then why go through the trouble of putting us together?  So you could see me break down when this bombshell came out? Some friend you are.”

“I didn’t mean to hurt you. Really, I didn’t.”

“Get out!” Sophia screamed.

Sophia went to the door and opened it. She looked at the two of them while wildly tapping her foot. “Both of you, get out.”

“I’m not leaving. We need to talk.” Patrick said.

“If you don’t leave, I will call the police. Now, get the fuck out!”

Natalie went to the door and looked at Sophia. She was about to say something when Sophia held up her hand. “Don’t say anything to me, bitch.”

 

“Wait a minute…”

“Get out before I knock the shit out of you!”

Natalie scowled at Sophia and headed towards the parking lot. Patrick walked up to Sophia and sighed.

“I’m sorry this had to happen, but I didn’t do anything wrong. Can’t you see she’s lying to break us up? Do you really think I would sleep with her? Even if I did, I would have told you because you two are friends. She’s lying, Sophia…”

Before Patrick could finish, Sophia slammed the door in his face. The tears were steady flowing as she went to the couch to cry.

“I love you, Sophia!” Patrick yelled through the door. He kicked it several times before yelling again.

“I love you!”

 

7.

Sophia and Layla returned to their apartment with an armload of shopping bags.

“Do you feel a little better?” Layla asked.

“I do; shopping does make you feel better.”

“See, I told you.” Layla said and smiled.

“I want to leave at 9 to the club, because I’m not paying for any cover fees.” Sophia said.

“Why are you telling me that? You’re the one who usually take forever to leave. Tell yourself that.” Layla replied.

“Whatever.” Sophia said while laughing.

She went to her room when her phone started ringing in her purse. She trying to get to it when it stopped and a beeping noise went off. She finally found it at the bottom of her purse, seeing the person left a voicemail. Once she answered it, she rolled her eyes at the sound of James’ voice.

“Hey, Sophia. I was calling to say hi and ask if you were going to Liquid tonight? I thought maybe we could meet up and have a dance or two. Hit me up when you get this.”

Sophia disconnected the call and sat on her bed. She looked at the picture of her and Patrick on her nightstand and sighed.

“What should I do about everything? What should I do…?”

 

May 22, 2013

Sophia was sitting on the couch watching television. It has been a week after the incident with Patrick and Natalie and she has been miserable ever since.

“I lost my boyfriend and best friend all in one week. How pathetic.”

The doorbell rang and she went to the door. She looked through the peephole and sighed.

“What does James want?” she asked. She opened the door to see James smiling.

“What do you want?”

“Hello to you too, Sophia. I can’t come by and visit you?”

“I told you not to come by anymore.”

“I know, but I had to see how you were holding up. I heard about you and Patrick.”

“Cassandra blabs her mouth again. When can that girl ever shut up?”

“She’s just concerned about you, just like I am. Patrick is a jerk for what he did.”

“How nice for you to say that. Wasn’t it a few months ago we were having this exact conversation about lying and cheating?”

“I told you what happened between us.”

“Save it, James. I heard enough bull to last me a lifetime. Now, can you please leave.”

“Not until I finish what I have to say. Sophia, I just want to say that if you need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on, then I’m here, okay.”

Sophia was speechless to what James just said. She began to cry and James hugged her.

“Ah, Sophia. I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

Sophia pulled away from James and went to the kitchen to get a paper towel. She walked back into the living room to see him sitting down on the couch.

“It wasn’t you. The past few weeks has been so emotional. At first, I was so happy and now, I’m miserable. I love Patrick so much, so I don’t know what to believe. Why would Natalie do this to me? If Patrick is telling the truth, why would Natalie break us up?”

“Maybe because she wants Patrick for herself. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, Sophia. I think your best friend just played you.”

Sophia stopped crying and stared at James. “You know something, do you? If you do, please tell me.”

“I think I should go.” James said and got up.

“Nah, wait James. Tell me what’s going on.”

James looked towards the window and sighed. He looked at Sophia and took her hands.

“I heard some things from Cassandra and Terrance yesterday. It was a trick. Natalie wanted Patrick for awhile now and she was finding ways to break you two up. She figured she’ll push your buttons and tell you that she and Patrick slept together. But they never did. It was all a lie.”

Sophia sat down on the couch and put her head in her hands. “I don’t believe this. I wouldn’t had thought both my friends would betray me this way. And Cassandra knew all along? This is unbelievable! So Patrick was telling the truth?”

“Yeah, he was.”

“I shouldn’t had doubted him. Now, I feel stupid.”

“Don’t say that. Anyone would had thought that.”

“Yeah, but I should had trust him.” Sophia said. She got up and went towards the window. James went towards her and put his arms around her.

“What are you doing?” Sophia asked.

“I need to tell you something. Sophia, I’m still in love with you.”

“What?”

“I held it in for so long, but I can’t hide it any longer. I love you and I never stopped.”

“Why are you telling me this now? I loved you back when we were together, but I don’t love you now.”

“I understand that, but if you give us another change, maybe we can rekindle what we had.”

“Are you crazy?! I’m not going to do that. I think you’ve overstayed your welcome. You need to leave!”

Patrick was driving to Sophia’s apartment in a daze. He had to find a way to explain to Sophia that nothing happened between him and Natalie.

“She has to hear me out.”

He turned off his car and got out. James noticed Patrick getting out of his car and was coming towards the apartment. He looked at Sophia. He prayed for forgiveness for what he was about to do.

“Did you hear me? I said get out!” Sophia exclaimed. She opened the front door and waited impatiently for James to leave. He slowly walked to the door.

“I’m not leaving until I do this.” He said. He faced Sophia and passionately kissed her. Patrick walked up to the door to see the two kissing. Sophia stared wide-eyed at James and quickly pulled away. She looked over her shoulder to see Patrick staring at her.

“Patrick! How long have you been standing there?”

“Long enough. I see you moved. It hasn’t even been a week yet, Sophia!”

“It’s not what you think! I swear…”

Patrick held up his hand and laughed. “And to think I was coming here to find you upset and sad over what happened between us. Hell, I got the complete opposite.”

“Patrick, man, we didn’t mean for this to occur. It just happened.” James said.

“Shut up, James! You knew exactly what you were doing.”

“Honestly, I didn’t…”

“Don’t talk to me, you fucking asshole! You were waiting for this moment, were you? So you could step in and play like you’re concerned.”

“I am concerned. If you were a real man, you would had told Sophia that you slept with her friend.”

“You stupid muthafucker.”

He punched James in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the hard-wood floor.

“What the hell is your problem, Patrick?!” Sophia yelled as she ran to James.

“My nose!” James exclaimed. “You broke my nose, you bitch!”

“I’ll break a lot more if you want. Get up, you wimp!”

“Patrick, please just go. You’ve done enough.”

Patrick looked shock at Sophia. “I don’t believe this. You rather go back to him then try and work things out with us?”

“At this point, yeah I would. You’re acting immature right now, Patrick.”

“Me, immature! What the fuck is going on here?”

“I did want things to work out, but if you’re going to result to violence every time there’s a problem, then you’re no better than James.”

“Fine, be with him, but after today, don’t bother calling me.”

“Fine, because I wasn’t going to anyway. Now, leave!”

Patrick looked at Sophia and went to his car. He turned around to see Sophia tending to James.

“I should had done a lot more than a broken nose.” He said.

He jumped into his car and started up the engine. He sped out of the parking lot.

Sophia watched James leave and sighed. She turned around and looked at James, who was still clutching his nose.

“I need to go to the hospital.” He whined.

“Patrick’s right. You are a wimp…”

Sophia went to her closet to put her new outfits onto hangers. She looked at her jewelry box and noticed some souvenirs she kept from her date with Patrick. She took out a movie ticket stub and looked at it.

“This was the first movie we saw together,” she said. She looked at the picture of her and Patrick and smiled.

“Tonight, I’m going to get you back, Patrick. And no one will ever come between us again.”

“It’s about time!” Layla shouted from her room.

Sophia laughed.

By tonight, Patrick and I will be back together again.

***

After Cassandra and Natalie finally left Foot Locker, Patrick decided to go home. As he walked into his apartment, he felt even more miserable than when he left. Aiden walked into the living room and smiled.

“At least you went out. Where did you go?”

“To the mall. It didn’t help, though. I ran into Sophia.”

“Did you two talk?”

“We did, but got into a huge argument. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve tried everything, but nothing’s working.”

“Give Sophia some time. She’ll come around. But for now, why don’t we go out tonight and have some fun.”

“Sure, whatever. Where are we going?”

“Club Liquid.”

“Nah, man; I’m not going.”

“But it’ll be fun. You get to talk to other women and maybe get your mind off of Sophia for one minute.”

Patrick looked at Aiden and sighed. “Fine, I’ll go, but I’m not staying.”

“Whatever, man; at least you’re going. We’re heading out at 10.” Aiden said while walking to his room.

Patrick got up and walked to his room. When he walked in, he headed straight to his dresser and opened the top drawer. He rummaged through his clothes and found a ring box. He picked it up and opened it, revealing a diamond engagement ring.

“I was going to give this to you, Sophia. Now, I don’t know if we have a chance anymore.”

Aiden walked in and stared at Patrick.

“You were going to proposed? Wow, Patrick that’s a huge step.”

Patrick quickly closed the box and put it back in the drawer. “Yeah, I was. I love her.”

“Well, you know what you have to do, then.”

Patrick looked at Aiden and smiled. “I know, man. And I’m going to do it tonight.”

 

8.

A few hours later: and the night sky was fully set in the air and the evening was beginning. Sophia was in her room getting ready for the club when her phone started ringing. She picked it up without even seeing who was calling.

“Hello.”

“Hi, Sophia.”

“Cassandra. Why are you calling?”

“I’m sorry to bother you, but we need to talk.”

“About what? There’s nothing to talk about.”

“There’s something you need to know about Natalie and Patrick.”

“What? They’re together now?”

“Nothing like that. It’s about you and Patrick breaking up. I found out something today.”

While Cassandra told Sophia the story, Sophia slowly sat down on her bed, taking in the news with shock.

“Sophia, are you still there?”

“Yeah; yeah, I’m here.”

“I’m sorry. If I would had known sooner, I would have told you, but I just found out.”

“It’s not your fault, Cassandra. Thanks for telling me.”

“That’s what friends do. We’re still friends, right?”

Sophia smiled. “Always.”

“In case you wanted to know, Natalie and I are going to Liquid tonight. You could talk to her if you want.”

“No bother, Cassandra. I know what I have to do.”

“What’s that?”

“If I’m lucky, Patrick might make an appearance tonight at the club. Everything else will fall into place.”

“I hope everything work out between you two You’re good together.”

Sophia smiled. “I know, Cassandra. I hope things work out too.”

 

***

Patrick looked at himself in the mirror and smiled.

Tonight’s the night things will go my way.

He knew Sophia and Layla will be at Liquid tonight.

Who wouldn’t be there tonight?

If things go right, him and Sophia will be back together by tonight. He went to his dresser and pulled out the ring box he was looking at earlier.

Tonight, we will be engaged.

 

9.

On the other side of town, people were waiting in a long line to get into Club Liquid, the hottest place in town. When Sophia and Layla walked in, they noticed how packed the club was and found the nearest table nearby the bar.

“Dang, this place is jumpin tonight.” Sophia said while sitting down in a chair.

“Practically everyone in Houston is here tonight.” Layla agreed.

When another song came on, Sophia and Layla started dancing in their seats. A hand went across Sophia’s shoulder. She looked over and seen James standing beside her.

“What do you want, James?”

“I was wondering if you would like to dance. I know this is one of your favorite songs.”

“No, James, I don’t want to dance. In fact, I don’t even want to talk to you. Now, go away.”

“Sophia, I don’t know what’s going on, but please don’t shut me out.”

Sophia laughed. “Please, James. I know what you and Natalie did to break me and Patrick up. As I can see you two would go to any lengths to break us up.”

“I’m sorry you had to find out that way, but it was for your own good.”

“Why is that?”

“Patrick was no good for you. You deserve so much better than him.”

“And you’re so perfect for me? Get out of my face.”

“Sophia, you know you want to be with me. We’re so good together and you know that.”

“Maybe when we were together, James. Now, I know we’re not and never will be. My heart is with someone else and it will always be with him. So I suggest you move on and find someone who will be what Patrick is to me. My soul mate.”

Patrick, Aiden, and two other guys walked into the front entrance of Club Liquid. They walked over to the bar and looked around.

“This place is packed tonight. So many fine women are in here it’s a shame.” Patrick’s friend mentioned.

Patrick looked around the club to see if Sophia was there. Aiden looked at him.

“Looking for Sophia?”

“Yeah. I know she’s here.”

“Why don’t you look for her. It’s not a big club, so you will eventually see her.”

Patrick smiled and started to walk away from his friend.

While Patrick was looking for Sophia, she was still trying to get James away from her. James stuffed his hands in his pockets and sighed.

“Patrick’s the one, huh?”

Sophia nodded.” Yeah, he is. I’m deeply, madly in love with him.”

“Well, what can I say? I see that you and I have no future together, so I guess I should back off.”

Layla looked at James and rolled her eyes. Sophia looked at James and sighed.

“Why don’t you step, James and find some hood rat to dance with.” Layla said.

“Mind your business, Layla.” James said before looking back at Sophia.

“I guess I should go, but I do have one thing to say. I meant what I said before when I said that I will always love you.”

“Don’t make me throw up.” Layla mumbled.

“And if love prevails, then anything is possible.” James continued. He went up to Sophia and kissed her.

When Patrick finally found Sophia, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing as Sophia and James were kissing. He went over to the two and cleared his throat. The two pulled apart and Sophia jumped up to stare at Patrick.

“I guess I know who you want to be with.” Patrick said.

“Patrick, please listen…”

“I’m tired of listening. I’m done.” He said and walked off.

Sophia was about to go after Patrick, but James grabbed her arm.

“Don’t go.”

She shrugged herself from James and went after Patrick.

Layla glanced at James. “Haven’t you done enough?” she asked and went after Sophia.

James looked at the table and pounded his fist on it. Several people turned to stare at him.

“Mind your business!” he exclaimed.

Patrick sped past the bar when Aiden caught up with him.

“What happened?”

Patrick didn’t answer as he headed to the exit.

“Patrick, wait!” Sophia exclaimed.

When Layla past Aiden, he quickly grabbed her arm.

“What’s going on?”

“Another encounter by James. Patrick saw the two kissing, but he got the wrong impression.”

Aiden sighed. “We have to put those two back together and get those jerks out of their lives for good.”

“I agree. I don’t think I can see Sophia so miserable again. Those two are perfect for each other.”

“I know. I think I have an idea, though.” Aiden said.

“And what is that?”

“Follow me and I’ll tell you.”

And the two went to the dance floor.

 

***

Patrick was walking out of the club when someone grabbed him by the waist.

“Where are you going in such a hurry?”

Patrick turned around and saw Natalie standing behind him.

“I really don’t need this tonight.” Patrick mumbled.

“What’s wrong? Do you want to talk about it?”

“No, I don’t. In fact, do me a favor and leave me alone.” Patrick said and walked away.

“It’s that bitch, isn’t it? Did she hurt you again?”

“She’s not a bitch, Natalie. And no, she didn’t. Just mind your business, okay.”

“Patrick, don’t you see that we belong together? Even when we were talking, it was meant to be. I know it wasn’t our time then because we were with other people, but life is all about chances and this is our chance now.”

“What about Thomas? I thought you was with him?”

“Thomas is not the one I want to be with; you are,” Natalie said. She started to caress his cheek with her hand.  “I love you, Patrick.”

Patrick took Natalie’s hand away from him. “Don’t ever say that again.”

“Why not? I would never hurt you like she did. I would treat you right and you know it. You’re just scared to take a risk.”

“Natalie, when will you get it? I don’t have any feelings for you. I didn’t before and I don’t now. How many times do I have to say it? Now please leave me alone!”

Natalie slowly pulled away from him with tears in her eyes.

“Natalie, I didn’t mean to hurt you, but you have to understand I never had feeling for you; especially now. I’m in love with Sophia and I always will be. I’m flattered that you have feelings for me, but I don’t have them in return. I’m sorry.”

Natalie wiped the tears from her cheeks and smiled. “I get you now. You made your feelings about me loud and clear.”

“I know you will find someone who is perfect for you, but if you think I’m the one, then I’m not.”

“I guess you’re right. We will never be together. Sophia is a very lucky woman.”

“Nah, Natalie, I’m the lucky one.”

Natalie gave Patrick a smirk and extended her arms out to him for a hug. Sophia walked near the club doors to see the two hugging. She shook her head and started to turn around when Patrick saw her.

“Sophia.”

She didn’t even answer as she made her way back inside.

“I have to go. I need to straighten things out now before it’s too late.” He said to Natalie.

He ran back towards the club, leaving Natalie standing by the door. She looked at Patrick trying to catch up to Sophia and sighed.

“I hope you find what you’re looking for, Patrick.”

10.

 

After what Sophia witnessed, she knew that she and Patrick were officially over.

And he said I made my choice. It seemed as if he made his, too.

She went back to the table she and Layla were sitting but noticed three girls were occupying it. She turned to the bar when someone touched her arm.

“Leave me alone.” She said without looking.

“I’m not, Sophia.”

She turned around to see Patrick staring at her.

“Patrick, I really don’t want to talk to you. I shouldn’t have come out tonight. I’m going to find Layla and tell her I’m leaving.”

“We really need to talk.”

“Why? So you can gloat in my face that you’re with Natalie? I already seen the moment that you two became official.”

“We are not together. She just poured her heart out to me and told me she loved me, but I told her I don’t love her.”

“Right now, I don’t care who you’re with or what you’re doing. It’s over between us.”

“You don’t mean that. You still love me.”

Sophia looked at Patrick. He stepped up to Sophia and put her in his arms. “No matter how long it takes, I’m going to get you back.”

The two looked at each other when a reggae song the two remembered started to play through the speakers.

“That’s our song,” Patrick whispered.

“That’s the first song we danced to.” Sophia remembered.

Patrick took Sophia’s hand and the two went towards the dance floor. They began to dance to the rhythm of the music.

As they were dancing, Aiden and Layla were near the DJ booth watching the two danced in a slow grind.

“You think we did it?” Aiden asked.

“Let’s hope so.” Layla said.

Several people stopped dancing to watch Sophia and Patrick, including James and Natalie, who were nearby.

“I guess we lost, huh?” James asked.

“I guess so,” Natalie whispered.

Cassandra came up to the two and sighed. “I can’t believe you two. After all you two have done.”

“Shut up, Cassandra.” James said.

“Yeah, I already feel bad enough.” Natalie said.

“You should be.” Cassandra said and walked off.

Patrick looked at Sophia and slowly put his arms around her waist. The two glanced at each other as if they were the only ones in the club as they continued dancing. Once the song ended and another one began, the two were still staring at each other.

“I think the song is over,” Sophia whispered.

“I know. Sophia, all my life I’ve been searching for someone who was the total package: smart, funny, sophisticated, and beautiful. I thought I had found that in other women, but I didn’t. I never found that until I met you. You don’t know how much you have changed my life and I appreciate all you have done for me to make me who I am standing in front of you right now.

“Sophia Davis, I love you so much and I want things between us to work. I’m willing to wait for as long as it takes to have you back in my life again because I don’t want anyone else. Baby, you’re all I ever wanted and more in my life, so I will wait for you.”

Sophia looked at Patrick with tears in her eyes. “Patrick…”

Before Sophia could finish, Patrick pulled out the ring box. He pulled out the engagement ring and bent down on one knee. A small crowd were gathered around them, watching the scene unfold as the DJ turned off the music. Layla put her hands to her mouth in shock while Aiden smiled at the two. Natalie and James looked at them and shook their heads.

Sophia gasped at the engagement ring as she held onto Patrick.

“Sophia, I love you, and I want everyone to know how much you mean to me. Baby, I want to spend the rest of my life with you and I’m hoping you would want me in your life now and forever. So Sophia, will you be my wife?”

Sophia was still speechless to the proposal. The crowd began to encourage her, telling her to say yes as she stared at Patrick. She took a deep breath, finally getting the courage to speak.

“Patrick, do you really want to take that step with me?”

“I’m willing to take whatever step with you. I want us to be together, have a family, and grow old together. I want us to have our happily ever after, baby. I just need to hear it from you that you want me too.”

Sophia pulled Patrick up from the dance floor. She took her hand and placed it on Patrick’s free hand.

“Yes, baby; I will marry you.”

“Yes!” Patrick exclaimed. He quickly put the ring on Sophia’s finger and picked her up from the dance floor. The crowd cheered for the two as Patrick hugged her.

“Oh my God!” Layla yelled. She looked at Aiden and gave him a hug.

Natalie and James looked at the happy couple and began to walk towards the club doors.

“You don’t know how much this means to me.” Patrick said while stroking Sophia’s hair.

“I love you so much, Patrick. I can’t wait to be your wife.”

The DJ turned the music back on as a fast tempo beat played through the speakers. Layla and Aiden came up to Sophia and Patrick to congratulate the two.

“I can’t believe you’re getting married!” Layla said while hugging Sophia.

“I can’t either!”

“Congratulations, man.” Aiden said to Patrick.

“Thanks. You know you’re my best man, right?”

“No doubt.”

Cassandra walked over to the group and smiled. “Congratulations, you two. That’s great that you two are engaged.”

“Thanks, Cassandra. And thanks again about Natalie and James.” Sophia said.

“No problem; I was just helping a friend.”

“That’s why I want you to be one of my bridesmaids.”

Cassandra was shocked as she gave Sophia a hug. Layla, Patrick, and Aiden gave Sophia a look, wondering if she had lost her mind.

“Thanks, Sophia, but I don’t think I should.”

“Why not? We are still friends. Just because one friend messed things up doesn’t mean our friendship is over. It would mean so much to me if you were part of the wedding.”

Patrick smiled at Cassandra. “Sophia’s right. It would mean a lot to me, too.”

Cassandra smiled and hugged Sophia again. “Thank you, Sophia. I would be honored.”

“Well, we have a wedding to plan.” Sophia said to Patrick.

“Yes, we do; but tonight, let’s celebrate.”

“I’m all for that.” Sophia agreed.

The two went back to the dance floor, full of happiness over their engagement.

“I love you, sweetie.” Sophia said.

“I love you too, baby.” Patrick said.

And the two patched things up and are preparing for a new life with a kiss that would change their lives forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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