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LLH: Book 3 Chapter 25

Britney stared at Jackie as he glanced at his menu. The two were seated inside of Chili’s waiting on Monica and Chris to arrive. She couldn’t believe she was going to have lunch with them. She still didn’t like the idea of what they done to Cheryl, but just as she mentioned to her earlier they all have to get along in some way, so she was going to let the situation slide.

“So, your friend started a relationship with her other friend’s boyfriend?” Jackie asked.

“Yeah, terrible huh?”

“Yeah, but at least you’re being the bigger person and still being friends with her.”

“Well, since we all had done our share of dirt, I can’t judge her.”

Jackie nodded when Britney saw the two walked in. She stood up and gave Monica a hug.

“Have you guys ordered yet?” Monica asked while sitting down besides Chris.

“No, we were waiting on you two. Chris, this is Jackie; Jackie, Chris.” Britney said.

While the two exchanged nods, Monica began to speak.

“So you two are being seen in public more.”

“Well, even though we are away from campus, but yeah, we are.” Britney replied.

“Shouldn’t you two be out of the public eye since dating each other is forbidden?” Chris asked.

“That’s the reason why we’re away from campus, Chris.”

“I’m just saying, since he could be fired and you could be kicked out of school. I mean, is it really worth it to be doing this when everything you worked for is on the line?”

“Thanks so much for your encouragement, Chris. What the hell is wrong with you?” Britney asked.

“There’s nothing wrong with me; I’m just stating the truth.”

“And you’re being a jerk right now. Seriously, you have completely changed in the past few weeks. Is something going on that you need to talk about.”

“Nothing is wrong. Why did the conversation turn to me all of a sudden?”

Britney glanced at him angrily while Jackie caressed her back.

“Listen, no one is trying to accuse the other of anything; now, can we just enjoy the day and not talk about Shaw, okay.” He implied.

Britney nodded and he kissed her cheek.

“Mr. Parker, I’m surprised to see you here.”

Jackie looked ahead and saw Dean Bradford, the Dean of Education staring at him and Britney. He had a frown on his face as he studied the two’s body language.

“Dean Bradford, it’s nice to see you.”

“Miss Lewis, it’s good to see you as well.” He said.

“Hi Dean Bradford.” She said while lowering her head.

“Mr. Parker, is there something you need to tell me?”

Jackie stared from him to Britney and sighed. Britney closed her eyes, knowing her worse nightmare was coming true. They were finally caught.

*** Marcus looked over at Shawn, who was continuously wringing his hands together. He knew his brother was nervous, so he needed to find a way to calm him down; but for some reason, he couldn’t, since he was nervous about Cheryl too.

“Bro, you have to calm down. Ri and Cher are okay.”

“I just have a feeling they’re not. Dominique could be capable of anything; if they tell her they’re dropping out, she could go ballistic.”

“Let’s not think like that. For all we know, they could be somewhere else instead of at the house.”

“We just need to get there.” Shawn said and stared out the window.

Marcus sighed and pulled onto the curb of the house. The two got out and went to the door, not knowing what to expect.

As soon as they approached the door, they heard Dominique screaming which made Shawn even more anxious.

“We need to get in.”

“How are we going to do that?”

Shawn looked over and noticed a huge rock near the front window. He went to pick it up and threw it, shattering it inside the house and on the grass.

“What the hell, Shawn!”

“I have to go in.” he said.

He went through the window, realizing it was to the kitchen and walked inside. He continued to hear Dominique yelling and saw Riana and Cheryl in the middle of the living room, in a panic state. That’s when he realized why they were panicky when he saw the gun she was waving around.

“Shit.” He whispered. He looked behind him and saw Marcus coming in.

He held his hand out, letting him know to stay still. He pointed towards the living room and at the gun Dominique had.

“What the fu…” Marcus was about to say, but Shawn silenced him.

He slowly walked into the living room when Dominique saw him.

“How in the hell did you get in here?”

“What are you doing, Dominique?”

“I’m doing something that I should had done a long time ago. I’m about to kill your precious girlfriend and your child.”

“Dominique, I need you to calm down, okay. Whatever happened between you and me does not have anything to do with Riana or Cheryl.”

“She has ever reason for what happened! She was the one who ruined our relationship! She sashayed her ass back into your life and you couldn’t resist. If she would had stayed with Terrance, we could had still been together.”

“That’s not true, Dominique. I admit, we had a great time together during the summer, but I’m in love with Riana. I’d always been in love with her and not you or anyone else could had changed my mind.”

“No, you’re lying. If Riana…”

“Listen, Dominique! There’s nothing you can do to change my mind. Riana is the love of my life and we will be together, and there’s nothing you can do about that.”

Dominique glanced from him to Riana. She shook her head while waiving the gun around.

“I’ve been in love with you since the moment I’d laid eyes on you during our freshmen year. Of course you didn’t notice me, but I definitely did with you. When I met Marcus at the party, I thought I would have a chance since he was your brother, but I screwed that up when I slept with him. After that, I tried what I could to get your attention; that was why I jumped at the chance to do the internship, to be closer to you.”

Cheryl and Riana looked at Shawn. He stared at the two and mouthed “I’m sorry”.

“I wanted you to notice me and it almost worked, until she messed it up. Tell me, what she has that I don’t! Tell me!”

“Dominique, I can’t love you the way you want me to. I don’t love you.”

She started to cry as she pointed the gun at Shawn.

“Well, if I can’t be with you, then she can’t either.”

Shawn looked behind Dominique and noticed Marcus behind her. He don’t know how he was able to get there, but he would try to distract her while he get her gun. He nodded so Marcus could grabbed her.

“Sorry Shawn, but I have to do this.” She said.

Marcus went to her and grabbed her by the waist. There were screams from the sisters as he tried to hold her while taking her gun. She tried to push him away from her, but he was too strong. She reached around him and tried to aim the gun at Riana. Shawn jumped in front of her while Marcus tried to pull it away from Dominique, but he was too late. A bullet came out of the gun, hitting Shawn in the chest.

“Oh my God!” Riana yelled as she watched Shawn go down on the floor.

Marcus stared at Dominique as she was still shrugging from his embrace. He held her hands together while he asked one of the sisters to hold onto her. One of them ran to the two and grabbed Dominique.

“I didn’t mean to shoot Shawn! I was aiming for Riana!” She yelled.

Marcus glanced at her before running over to his brother. He was lying on the floor in shock from the gunshot.

“Bro, stay with me, okay.” He said as he took off his shirt and applied it to the wound.

“I’m trying.” Shawn whispered.

“Shawn, don’t do this! You have a fiancée and a child coming; you’re going to survive this!”

Riana glanced at Shawn on the floor and almost collapsed. She couldn’t believe this was happening. She looked over at Dominique who was held by two of the sisters. She continued to yell out that she wasn’t trying to shoot Shawn.

Riana felled down beside Marcus and stared at Shawn.

“Baby, you’re going to be fine.”

Shawn tried to nod, but Marcus stopped him.

“Save your strength, bro. Has anyone called 911 yet!”

“They’re coming.” Cheryl replied.

Shawn began to close his eyes when Marcus tried to hold him steady.

“Don’t do this Shawn!”

Riana put a hand over her mouth as Cheryl hugged her.

“Get her out of here!” he yelled to Cheryl.

“I’m not leaving him!” Riana yelled.

“Leave, Riana!”

Cheryl pulled Riana away from the two and helped her to the door. Before she could leave, she reached out and punched Dominique. She felled down on the ground, unconscious from the blow. “You bitch!” Riana yelled. Cheryl quickly took her outside when she felled into her arms.

Cheryl held her while they watched the paramedics run into the house along with several of campus police. As she tried to confront Riana, she didn’t know for sure how things will go. She just hope Shawn will pull through for his fiancée and for their child.

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