“Funny how we connected on the low like Vonage”
I huffed as I sat down and struggled to put on my Uggs. Sean was coming to pick me up and take me to lunch today and I was almost ready. He said he had something to tell me and I was anxious to know what it was. We haven’t really been hanging out as of lately so I was excited to be going out with him today. And plus, I needed a change of scenerey. I was tired of being inside of the house on bed rest. After applying some make up, I made my way downstairs. Like clockwork, my phone began to rang as I hit the bottom step.“I’m coming sir.” I chuckled as I opened the door. “Okay, mam.” he chuckled before hanging up the phone. I locked the door, and walked to his car. I smiled when he got out and opened the door for me. “Hmm…Manners?.” I teased. “Yeah, don’t expect this after you have this baby” he laughed. I rolled my eyes and put on my seat belt as I waited for him to get in. Once he was inside I turned to him. “So, what did you have to tell?” “Damn girl, can we eat first?” he spoke while getting on the highway to go downtown. “I mean, if it’s bad news I’d rather hear it now before I eat.” I shrugged. “It’s not bad news. Trust me…”he replied. I simply nodded and looked out of the window. “So, what’s up with you? what you been up to considering you don’t call a nigga or nothing…” “Well as of lately you’ve been too busy with Leslie.” I shot back. Leslie was Sean’s girlfriend. I really didn’t approve of her too much. I mean she was okay, just not his type. I feel like their whole relationship is based on physical attraction, but who am I to judge. He chuckled and licked his lips. ”Funny…But nah, I’m never to busy for you. Best friend!”he spoke while pinching my cheek. “Yeah, I bet.” I scoffed while laughing and swatting away his hand. Pretty soon we arrived at this seafood restaurant on the boardwalk. We walked inside and waited for a few minutes before being seated by the hostess at a window booth. The waitress came and took our drink orders and Sean and I engaged in light conversation. I admit, I’ve missed him. Once the waitress came back and took our food orders, I decided to bring it up again.
“So, what did you had to tell me?” “You can’t just relax huh?” he frowned before sipping his drink. ”I mean, I’m anxious to find out. The way you made it seem, it’s important.” He nodded and folded his hands before speaking. “Okay, you know how I always said I wanted to transfer right?” “Yeah…” “Well, I am. I applied to a school and got accepted.” “That’s good.” I smiled. “But that’s not it. The school is in Georgia. I’m going to Georgia Tech.” I froze and frowned at him. “How is this good news?” “WHAT?! Do you know how damn hard it is to get in that school?” I sighed and looked away from him. “No…I’m talking about you moving.” “It’s only a few hours away Lexz.” “I know, I’m just used to having you around.” “I know… I’m used to having you around too. You only want me around when Jordan makes you mad anyway.” he teased. “That’s not true!” I frowned. “I know, I’m kidding. Trying to make you laugh.” “Ha.Ha.” I dryly replied. I really wasn’t hype about this move. Even though since Jordan and I have gotten together, I haven’t really been kicking it with Sean like I used to, I don’t want him to go away. “Look, if it makes you feel better, I’m not leaving until January, ad I’ll be here when you have the baby. Just because I’m going to be in Georgia doesn’t mean things between us are going to change.” I sighed and looked at him. “I’m happy for you. I am. I’m just being selfish. You deserve it, you work hard. I got my own shit gong on anyway, I shouldn’t be all salty about yours. You better come and see me too!”Sean smiled and held my hand from across the table. I had a selfish moment. Sean getting into one of the best schools in the country was great. Who was I to hold him back just because I wanted him here for my selfish reasons.
“NATALIE!” My boss Demetria yelled causing the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. “Yes?” I asked while walking back to the register. Demetria had been working me like Hebrew slave in this boutique today since my co-worker called out, and not to mention the crowd we were receiving due to the Christmas shoppers. ”Did you take inventory like I told you to?” “Yes…” spoke while biting the inside of my cheek to keep myself from saying something that I shouldn’t. “Well go to the front and tend to customers.” she spoke in a dismissive tone. I rolled my eyes and made my way to the front, mumbling under my breath. I don’t know why Demetria was such a bitch, she had no reason to be. Her clothes weren’t even all of that. As I was making my way to the front, I collided with someone. Instantly, I guarded my stomach. “Are you okay?” the male that I’d collided into spoke. “Yeah, I’m fine. Thanks.” I spoke while looking at him. He was gorgeous, but not my Trey. ”Can I help you with something?” I asked with a smile. We sold a majority of womens clothes so I was curious to know what he needed. “Well, I’m here with my wife, Angeline.” A short, curvy fair skin woman with long pretty dark curls appeared by his side and gave me a smile which I returned.“We’re just looking. We’re not from here, but my sister recommended this place.” The woman who is his wife spoke.“Well your sister directed you to a great place. Let me know if you guys need any help.” I spoke before moving on to new customers who entered. Seeing them made me miss Trey a little more. I continued to busy myself around the store and do what Demetria asked. When I felt a sharp pain in my stomach, I held on to my belly and breathed. I was over working myself, and the baby was starting to feel it too. When I saw it was the end of my shift, I was grateful. After clocking out, I grabbed my purse and my coat then caught a cab home. I needed to rest. The sharp pain in my stomach went away, but I wasn’t satisfied. I took a shower and dressed in some pajamas before lying down. Maybe I would have to start taking days off, for my health and the baby’s.
Chapter 1: The Beginning.♥
“Time!” my coach yelled out as I finished sprinting down the field. He looked at his stop watch and smiled before looking at me. “Record time son.” “Thank you.” I huffed as I tried to catch my breath. It feels damn good to be on a field again. Months ago I was afraid that I wouldn’t even walk again, let alone play football and basketball. The fact that I am able to is truly a blessing. Coach Anderson has been working with me to help improve my football skills. He even urged me not to play basketball in the winter in order to perfect my football playing. Even though I have scouts looking at me in both sports, I decided to focus on football more, and plus I’m better at football. Atlanta has shown interest in me since my sophomore year and I wanted to be in tip top shape come signing time. Basketball was more of Jordan’s thing anyway. I mean yeah, I’ll miss playing with him, but we had a good couple of years together. “That’s all for today. You can go on home.” Coach A spoke while slapping me on the back. ”Thank you.” I smiled while walking to my car. I wanted to take a real shower, not one here. I drove the few minutes to the apartment that Natalie and I share before parking and getting out. The spot next to me was open so I’m guessing she wasn’t back in from work just yet. I walked inside and headed straight for the shower that I needed and deserved.
“Babe?” I called out while placing my keys on the table. I’d been on my feet all day and I was ready to relax. Since it’s Holiday Season, the store has been really busy. I flipped my shoes off before walking into our bedroom. “Trey?” I called out once more. “I’m in here.” he answered from the bathroom. I smiled and walked in to see him standing shirtless peering into the mirror. I wrapped my arms around him and squeezed him. “I missed you today.” he turned and kissed my lips before speaking. “Coach had me getting ready today. I would’ve stopped by but you know how he is.” I nodded and he continued to look at himself in the mirror. Trey’s scars managed to heal pretty good.They were still visible but not as much. He had a small cut on his lip, and a cut in his eyebrow but the others managed to blend in pretty well. You could only see them if you were staring in his face and the only person that should be staring that hard is me. He touched the cut in his eyebrow and I smiled. “I think it’s sexy. It suits you.” He turned and looked at me before pulling me into a hug. “Why thank you.” I rolled my eyes and chuckled. “How was your day?” he asked while walking with me into the bedroom. “School was sickening and work was tiring.” I huffed while lying down. “And I had morning sickness this morning. I’m glad this is the last month of this shit.” I frowned. “Stop cursing.” Trey frowned while lying next to me. “Why? It’s not like the baby can hear me.” “He can.” “Not this damn early Trey. And if he can his or her little butt needs to be sleep anyway. In grown folks conversation.” I joked. Trey shook his hand and laughed before taking my hand in his. “You need a nap.” he smirked while fidgeting with my ring. “I do. I’m tired.” I chuckled through a yawn. “Well go to sleep.” ” I can’t. I’m still in my work clothes.”Trey smirked at me before beginning to take my clothes off. He stripped me down to my underwear and kissed my stomach before taking his spot next to me. I kissed him on the lips before closing my eyes. A lot has changed in the nine months, hell these past three that I’ve been pregnant. Some things good some things not so good, but through it all, Trey and I have been through it together. Like always. I love him for being with me, and being supportive. I’m ready to make things official and walk down the aisle, and I’m also ready to have our baby.
“Alexz.” I heard a small voice say dragging me out of my sleep. I kept my eyes close as I felt Aubree’s small hands on my stomach. “Alexz!” she whispered, with worry in her voice. “Hmm…” I finally answered without opening my eyes. “You scared me. I thought you weren’t going to wake up.” Aubree replied. I opened my eyes and looked at her cute little frown. “No, I was taking a nap. The baby was making me tired.” I spoke while sitting up. “Aubree didn’t I tell you not to come in here!” Shay fussed while walking into Jordan and I’s bedroom. “Don’t fuss at her Shay. She’s alright.” I smiled while pinching Aubree’s cheek. In these past few months I’ve grown close to Jordan’s sisters like they were my own. Especially after what happened two months ago. ”You’re too soft on her.” Shay spoke while rolling her eyes and lying next to me. “Is she kicking?” she asked while touching my stomach. “Not anymore. She was.” I was now nine months pregnant and I was ready to have this baby. Luckily, I managed to finish out my semester a little early. I hated the fact that I would be giving up going to school, but it’s only one of the many sacrifices I have to make for the little girl growing inside of me. My biggest fear is that she will decide to come on Christmas, or that we won’t be home in time for Christmas. ”You still don’t know when she’s coming.” “Nope. Whenever she feels like it.” I sighed. I wish she was here. I already feel connected to her. I know as soon as she gets here she’s going to be spoiled rotten though. I looked down and saw that Aubree was sleeping by my legs and Shay was drifting to sleep too. I love these two girls, and they’ve been through a lot. I’m just glad that they feel so comfortable with me.
When practice was over I was more than happy. Between work, practice, school and Alexz, I am beyond tired. After showering, I made my way home. Once in the driveway I sighed. It’s crazy how life works. As soon as I start to establish a relationship with my father, seven months later he dies.I guess he knew he was dying and wanted to make things right. I admit, I was hurt, but not that hurt. Not as hurt as Aubree, and Shay, and their mother, Staci who isn’t even capable of caring for them anymore. I refused to let them go all the way back to Germany so I offered to take them in. With the amount of money my father left me, and the house that was now in my name because I was the oldest child, we made out to be pretty okay. I’m sure when the baby gets here though, things will be much tighter. I got out of the car and walked inside to a quiet house. I raised my eyebrow and made my way to my room. When I saw all them of asleep, I quickly frowned. I guess Alexz felt me walk in because her eyes popped open. “Hey.” she smiled with a wave. “Where am I supposed to sleep?” I asked while picking up Aubree. “Don’t be mean Jay.” she chuckled. I grunted in response before placing Aubree in the bed and doing the same for Shay. Once it was just us two I smiled. “It felt weird being in school without you.” I admitted while pinching her thigh. “Right, I’m sure you had more than enough groupie hoes to keep you company.” she shot back. She was right. Ever since last year when my basketball thing started to jump off, girls have been coming at me heavy. And now that Alexz isn’t around, it’s even worse. Not that I care about any of them at all. These VCU girls don’t phase me. I only had eyes for Alexz. She accepted my sisters like they were her own and she’s been down with me through everything. I love her. “Still no signs of her coming?” I asked while rubbing her stomach.“Nope.” Alexz huffed causing me to laugh. “Don’t rush her, because when she comes we won’t get any sleep.” I teased while closing my eyes, but I meant what I said. The sooner this baby comes, the sooner our lives change forever.
I sung along with the song as I turned the shower head off. Since today was my day off from class and work, I decided to do a little something special for Josh. Lately he’s been stressed with Tori and her pregnancy bullshit, so tonight I was planning on being his stress reliever. I dried off and applied my lotions and smell goods before getting dressed. I smiled at my body in the mirror before removing the rollers from my hair. I shook my head letting my curls flow freely before applying a quick coat of lip gloss and some eye shadow. I quickly drew a nice hot bath and lit candles around the tub. “Chloe!” I heard Josh yell as he came in the house. “I’m in the bedroom.” I spoke while running to the bed. He walked in speaking but when he saw he me he stopped and smiled. “Aww shit now! What is all of this?” he asked as he saw the lit candles, and rose petals on the bed. “Something for you to relax. I ran you a nice bath.” “You did?” He smirked while removing his shirt. “Umhm.” I nodded before kissing his lips. He kissed me back and sucked on my bottom lip lightly before pulling away. “How about we both get in?” he asked while going inside of my panties. I looked up at him and smiled before stopping him. “Tonight is not about me, it’s about you.” I smirked while walking him into the bathroom. I removed his pants and smiled before tugging on his underwear. He smiled down at me and kissed my forehead. We both froze when we heard his phone ringing. “That’s Tor-” “I know! Just answer it!” He sighed and frowned before taking the call. I sat down on the edge of the tub and frowned. “For real! Right now!? Alright. We’re coming?” He hung up the phone and turned to me. “Tori is in labor.” “For real this time?” I asked sarcastically. ”Yes, the doctor said she’s 2 centimeters apart or some shit like that.” he spoke while hurriedly pulling up his pants. I cursed under my breath and threw on some sweats. Even though I wasn’t obligated to go, I was going to. Josh keeps touching on the fact that it would mean a lot to him if I came with him. Was I happy about it? Hell no. I feel like Tori and this baby fuck everything up. But now that the baby is here I feel like things are bound to get worse.
“PUSH Tori Shit!” I yelled as Tori screamed. “I AM!” she huffed before pushing once more. I was ready for this baby to be born, probably more ready than she was. “One more good push!” The doctor spoke. I grabbed Tori’s hand as she pushed her hardest and squeezed the hell out of my hand. The shrill cry from the bloody being in the doctor’s arm tugged at my heart. “He’s healthy.” he spoke as they whisked him away to get cleaned. When they came back the doctor placed him on Tori’s chest we both smiled. “He’s beautiful.” she beamed. “He is.” I smiled. “What are you going to name him?” the nurse asked. “Joshua Jr.” she smiled before looking up at me. I couldn’t stop the kool-aid smile that was stretching from ear to ear right now. “Let me hold him.” I spoke softly while taking him from her. “Support his head. Gently. He has a soft spot.” I tuned her out and looked at the bright-eyed human staring up at me. I feel like this was the proudest moment of my life as I looked down at my first born. In that moment I stared at someone that I loved more than anything in the world. I was a father. My mind began to race as I began planning for he and I. After giving Tori and I while with the nurses came and took him to the nursery, but not before showing Tori and I the proper ways to hold him and feed him. Once I signed the Birth certificate, I walked into the waiting room to check on Chloe. When I saw her asleep in a corner, I sat next to her. ”Hey, Hey, wake up.” I spoke while nudging her. She sat up and looked at me. “Did he come yet?” “Yeah, he’s here. Want to see him?” She nodded and I took her by the hand to the nursery. I looked in the window and pointed. “There he is.” There was a brief silence and I looked at her. “What’s his name?” she asked while still staring at him. “Joshua Jr.” It was quiet once more then I spoke. “What’s wrong?” “Nothing. He’s beautiful.” she spoke with sadness in her voice. She smiled up at me and squeezed my hand. It was crazy how something that was so precious to me hurt her.