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Kevin and I talked for a few minutes until he had to head to the club. Since I was paying his salary, he figured he didn’t want to piss me off by staying at my house any longer, but I didn’t care. I needed the distraction, especially with what happened this morning.
I was watching the kids as I dialed Nisha to ask about the shipment at the Phoenix in Atlanta. Nisha has been the best employee ever since she started working there. At first, I was skeptical about hiring her; she was fresh out of college, and really didn’t care about the business aspect with working at The Phoenix; she only wanted to have fun. But since I got to understand her reasons and her life story while attending college, I figured I’ll give her a chance. I’m glad I did, because she has become a valuable asset to the club. I even gave her the task of handling some of the things needed at the lounge while I wasn’t in town. She has stepped up her business game, which I appreciate.
I put the phone on mute as I went to the living room to stop Troian from hitting Preston. It looks as if she took one of her blocks, which I’m sure she didn’t like.
“Stop it, you two! I saw what you did, Preston, so apologize. Troian, I’m going to put you in your chair so you can’t be hitting Preston.” I said.
While Preston just turned five and Troian almost one, it’s becoming a challenge to get those two to behave. With Troian, she doesn’t know any better, but I think Preston is slowly starting to act out to get attention. That’s why I’m trying hard to further myself from the business so I can be there more for my kids.
“Marcus! Hello, Marcus!”
I forgot I put Nisha on mute as I fumbled to unmute her so I could speak.
“Hey, Nisha. Sorry, I had you on mute. I was stopping my kids from hurting each other.”
I could hear Nisha’s lips going to a smile as she gave a huge sigh. “I can relate. My sister has three kids, all a year apart. She constantly has to break up a fight every five seconds.”
“I can understand sibling rivalry but with my kids, I think it goes a little deeper.” I said while watching Preston. He had a mean pout on his face as I went up to him.
“You still haven’t apologized.”
I looked taken aback by his remark as he folded his arms across his small chest. I don’t know what to say because I was still shocked that he was being smart with me.
“Little boy, I don’t have time for your smart mouth. Apologize to your sister, now.”
“She’s one; she doesn’t know what the word means.”
“But you’re her big brother; you need to set an example for her.”
Preston rolled his eyes and I took a deep breath. I don’t know where this little boy got this attitude from, but it’s not cute.
“You’re in time-out.” I said as I grabbed his chair near the couch. I put it in the corner and told him to go to it. He refused, so I told him again to go, but he refused again. I gently grabbed his arm and told him to sit there for five minutes. I didn’t want to raise my voice at him to go, but maybe that’ll get him to go next time.
I glanced over at Troian, who was clapping her hands and laughing. She knew completely well what was going on. I shook my head, forgetting again that I was on the phone.
“Sorry about that. Preston has been acting out lately.”
“I understand. Remember, I got a sister with kids.”
“He recently been doing this. I know it’s because of his mom and me being busy with work.”
“You might want to cut back on work, then. I know your wife’s becoming a doctor, so it’s harder for her to scale back.”
“That’s why I’m here if you need anything. Just say the word and I’ll do it.”
“You’re doing enough, Nisha.”
“I don’t mind. Besides, I enjoy the distraction. It’s just me, so I don’t mind the extra work.”
I sighed as I looked at my kids again. The doorbell rang, which startled me because I wasn’t expecting anyone.
“Maybe you should get that. Just call me back when you can.”
“Okay, but before I hang up, did the shipment come in for the club?”
“It just arrived, so I have to hang up anyway.”
“Okay. Thanks, Nisha.”
I disconnected the call and opened the door to see my mom outside. She was smiling, but it disappeared once she noticed my expression.
“What’s wrong, baby?” she asked as she walked in.
“Everything is fine, Mom.”
“You know you can’t hide anything from me. You’re my first born, so I know every expression.”
I sighed as I closed the door. “What brings you by?”
She glanced at me with a concerned look. “I have to have a reason to come by to see my son and grandkids?”
I tilted my head and she sighed. “I came to check on you. I know the past few weeks have been rough, so I want to lighten the load for you”
I stared at my mom, realizing something wasn’t right. Although she and my dad have helped out with watching the kids, they haven’t been lately, which was the reason the two been going to Kevin’s and Elise’s.
“I should be asking you how you’re doing. You usually call before you visit, so something’s up.”
My mom gave a nervous chuckle as I glanced at her. “Mom,”
“This used to be my house, so I can come when I want to.”
I gave her an unconvinced look. Yes, this used to be her home as my dad purchased it for her as an anniversary gift. They gave it to me to live in a few years back, but neither of my parents dropped by before calling.
My mom rolled her eyes and went into the living room. She took a quick look at the kids and shook her head. “What’s going on?”
“Nothing, just Preston misbehaving again.”
“Again! I told you really need to discipline him. When you were his age, you knew you had got a good swift kick in your behind.”
“That’s considered child abuse now.” I pointed out.
“It was considered that then, too, but your dad and I still did it.”
“I’m not going to do that, Mom. Preston knows right from wrong; he’s just doing this because Cheryl and I aren’t at home a lot.”
My mom sighed and sat down on the couch. Troian started wailing and she went over to pick her up.
“That is why I think I should move in, just until you and Cheryl get yourselves together.”
I looked at my mom, wondering if that’s a good idea. I don’t know if myself or Cheryl would want my mom around 24/7. We love her, but we know how she could be if she tries to take over.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Why? Would you rather for the two to keep being bounced from house to house every time you two have to do your business? Kevin and Elise have their own lives to live, so let me be a grandmother to my grandbabies.”
“Grandma!” Preston exclaimed as he turned around and smiled.
“Keep your eyes on that wall, Preston!”
My mom sighed as she told Preston to get out of his chair. I shook my head, already becoming annoyed. If I agreed for her to stay, it’ll be a lot worse.
“Mom, Cheryl and I got this. Besides, how would Dad feel about this if you did?”
My mom blew out a hard breath. “He’s not a factor right now. We’re kind of having problems at the moment.”
“Wait, what?” I questioned. From my 28 years on Earth, I have never experienced the two to have problems. They’ll have their occasional spats, but never any major issues.
“That’s why we never wanted the kids to come by the house, because we don’t want them to sense any tension.”
“What’s going on, Mom?” I asked as I came over to her. She shook her head while waving her hand away.
“It’s nothing for you to be concerned about. We’ll work things out; right now, we just need some time apart.”
“He’s still at the house, but he’ll be visiting your brother soon. Don’t mention anything to Shawn about this; you know how he gets.”
I sighed. I’ll still warn him about our dad making an unexpected visit to Atlanta, and I’ll still tell him why. Shawn maybe the youngest, but he’s not a little kid anymore.
“Did you get the invite to Nathan’s wedding? Him and Rachel getting married at the country club, so you know how that’ll go.”
I sighed again. Honestly, I don’t know if I did receive one, but I haven’t checked the mail in days. Although Shawn and I had our issues with our cousin in the past, we did bury the hatchet a few years back after our grandmother passed away. We maybe cool now, but with my busy schedule, I probably won’t be going.
“I probably won’t go.”
“I thought you all squash everything that happened with Shawn and Riana?”
“We did, but I might have to be at one of the clubs.”
“I’m glad you brought that up, because I have a favor to ask.”
“How did we jump from you and Dad to Nathan?” I asked.
“Evidentially, I don’t want to talk about your dad.”
“Marcus, I tell you what’s going on when I’m ready. Anyway, your uncle wanted to see if you could throw Nathan a surprise bachelor’s party.”
“What?!” I asked. I already had enough going on as it is.
“Nathan doesn’t have too many friends, and majority of the force won’t be able to attend the wedding, so Nathan didn’t want a party, but since you and Shawn have a variety of clubs to choose from, I told your uncle it was fine.”
I gave my mom a crazed look as I ran a hand through my fade. “So, you volunteered our club? Why would you do that, Mom?! Not only should you had asked me first, but Jay is also the owner of every club now. He might have a problem with us throwing a party for Nathan.” I said.
My mom sighed. “Didn’t he bury the hatchet with Nathan, too? He shouldn’t be too upset anyway since Ri is happy with Shawn.”
“I get that, but…” I stopped midsentence when I noticed Preston wasn’t near my mom. I looked into the kitchen, seeing that he was trying to pull down the ceramic cookie jar from the counter. It slipped to the edge and fell on the ceramic tile, breaking the jar and part of the floor.
“Damn it! Preston!” I yelled.
I was about to go after him when my mom gently grabbed my shoulder.
“Go take care of what you have to with your clubs. I got this covered.”
“Just go. And I’ll give you the details of the party. Make sure you tell Shawn because I want the both of you planning it as well as be at his wedding.”
“And be a dear and get my suitcases out of the car. I need to tend to your kids.”
The only thing I could do was stare at my mom as she went to go scold Preston. She still had Troian in her arms as she told him to get the broom and dust pan.
I sat down on the couch, still not believing what just happened. Not only did my mom just move in, but she volunteered mines and Shawn’s help to plan Nathan’s bachelor’s party!
“This is some bullshit,” I whispered as I stared ahead at the window.
Hopefully when Cheryl finds out about my mom being here, she doesn’t have a problem with it.
Love, Life, & Happiness: The Lost Story, available now on Amazon! The story picks up where part 2 left off as the crew prepare for another semester at Shaw University. See how everyone copes with the aftermath of the Riana’s birthday party, and if everyone can let go of their past mistakes.
Here is a preview of the story, as Riana and Shawn relive a happier moment in their relationship:
“Where are we?” Riana asked as she walked over to an area full of brightly lit lights.
“This is an area where I love to come to when I want to think,” Shawn said as he put an arm around her.
“This is beautiful. You can easily see the stars from here,” she said as she looked up at the sky.
“This is the first place I came to when I first started Shaw. Just looking at it made me stop and relax. It made me not think about any cares in the world. Just being here and looking at the stars was all I thought about.”
“Who knew you was sentimental?”
“I have a soft side.”
“If this place is only for you, why did you bring me here?”
“Because you’re special to me. Riana, I know I said it before, but I really appreciate you in my life. You’re special to me in ways that no one will ever know. I love you so much and I hope that we can share our lives together forever.”
Riana looked at Shawn as he pulled out a black jewelry box. Riana couldn’t believe her eyes, as Shawn opened the box to reveal a beautifully cut diamond ring set on a white gold band. Riana’s eyes started to swell with tears as she looked at the ring in awe.
Shawn smiled and looked at Riana. “Before you say anything, it’s not what you think. It’s not an engagement ring.”
“Then, what is it?” Riana asked in tears.
“It’s a promise ring. I would like for us to get to that point in our relationship but, right now, I want us to be committed to each other in every way possible.”
Riana smiled, as Shawn placed the ring on her ring finger.
“So, Riana Robertson, do you commit to our relationship and to the love we have for each other?”
Riana nodded her head as the tears started to flow down her cheeks. “Yes, Shawn. Yes, I do,” she said and wrapped her arms around Shawn in a tight embrace. “I love you, Shawn,” she said softly.
“I love you too, baby…”
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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?”
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.
Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s chapter 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Here’s chapter 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.
“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.”
“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.
Hi everyone! I completely forgot to upload chapter 7.
Here it is. 🙂
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.”
“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.
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?”
“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.”