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He Can’t Be Serious (Part 11)

Wow, actually slept through the night. Austin slowly rolled over and realized today was the day. Graduation was in two days, she had been talking to her bestie for the past three weeks and had not really had to deal with Vaughn. Yeah he called and left some messages, texted her a couple of times, and even popped up at her job, but all of that has finally calmed down because she wasn’t feeding into this time. All of his normal is not working with her, she was totally fed of with his mess and sleeping with Toni’s sisters and getting Shyra pregnant, had done the trick, yeah I’m so good, she thought to herself. 

Okay Aussie, Charles Ravel is just your friend, don’t go looking to jump right into some mess when you still got crap swirling in your life. Austin knew her true feeling but, hey these are childhood emotions and you two are grown Austin reached on her nightstand to grab her phone. Her home boy was flying in today and she was a blazing ball of emotions. She had a few missed calls from a private number, DaVaughn no doubt, and two text messages from Charles “my flight is landing at 12:25pm, how long will it take you to get to the airport” and two minutes later another text that read “never mind I’ll come find you šŸ˜˜”. Austin never thought to look at the time, she glanced up, OMG! Toni! Carrie! She called out for her sister mates and no one answered. It was almost one o’clock, what am I going to wear, my room is a mess, my hair is a mess, Lord I’m a whole entire complete mess. Toni, she scrabbled out of the bed, Carrie, grabbed her pj pants and slung her bedroom door open. Where the hell is everyone. She almost tumbled down the stairs. No one was there. What the!?!? She ran back up the stairs to grab her phone. She dialed Toni, Carrie never answers her phone. Whadup though? Toni giggled as she answered her phone. Where are you guys, he will be here any minute, why would you leave me here by myself? Aussie why are you yelling at me, I’m bout to bang on your behind, she giggled again. What’s so funny? You are freaking out like I’ve never seen before. I think you love him, I think you love him, oh girl you love him, Toni sang to her friend. Girl bye, Austin pushed the touch screen so hard she almost broke her nail. Such a freaking jerk, ugh. 

Just forget it, I’m getting in the shower. She grabbed her towel, face rag and rob, turned on some 90’s RnB and got into the steaming shower. Pretty brown, you know I see you, it’s a disguise the way treat meeee, keep holding on to your thoughts of rejectionssss…. I see that still your jam. She froze in mid song, her heart stopped, her eyes widened, she peeked out the shower curtain and there he stood. Ravel, she shrieked, how did you, where did you, boy get out. He chuckled and said your breakfast is waiting for you downstairs, so finish your song and let’s eat.

She waited until she heard the door snap shut and slide down the shower wall. He’s here, my Ravel is here. And my hair is getting wet, she jumped up and quickly exited the shower. She threw on a tank top and some yoga pants, brushed her hair into an Afro puff and went downstairs. So you guys are just letting random strangers come upstairs while I’m in the shower, she scowled at Toni and Carrie. Who Caesar? He ain’t no stranger, he’s been here for hours, we’ve gone grocery shopping, he cooked breakfast, I mean I think I love’em, Carrie giggled as she kissed Caesar on the cheek. Austin’s nostrils flared and everybody laughed as she tried to catch herself.

 He looked her up and down. My angel, my poetry in motion looking all grown he said as he glid across the floor. He was so smoothe and before she knew it she caught up in his arms and overwhelmed with his essence. Please don’t ever let me go, she begged him in her mind. He slowly loosened his embrace, kissed her nose and forehead and completely let her go. There was no way she could hide how much she was blushing. Eggs scrambled medium with spinach, bacon and coffee, that’s still your fav cooked breakfast, right? Those sexy lips slightly parted with a smile. 

Toni and Carrie are both mesmerized by him they forgot to lock the door and no one realized Vaughn and Nori was standing in the doorway. Who’s this corny dude, DaVaughn questioned. That’s not a question you want answered, Charles Ravel replied with no hesitation.  


He can’t be serious (Part 6)

The girls parted the door and allowed Nori entrance. We are not talking in here Toni demanded. Austin has had enough in the last 24 hours and she WILL relax today. Carrie suggested that they go on the patio in the back. They walked through the living room that was decked with a cream microfiber and tan leather sectional, a cherrywood entertainment center with a 54 inch plasma television and high-tech sound system, accented so well with pewter framed photos of the girls, their family and friends. Austin’s porcelain dolls were displayed on top of the entertainment center, Carrie’s Barbie dolls were incased in the pewter and glass trunk that doubled as the coffee table and on top was Toni’s crystal figurines.

Each room that was a common area had a touch of the ladies. And one thing was certain they did not live like college students. If you were on the outside looking in you would think they came from money but that was far for the truth. Toni, the oldest of 3 girls born and raised Detroit worked as a nurses assistant 40 plus hours a week since she got to Atlanta. Carrie, and only child born in Tennessee and raised in Philadelphia worked as a supervisor of a call center working almost everyday. She started working part time as a compliance rep and worked her way up. Austin, the baby of 5 born and raised in Cleveland, Ohioo, worked at a sports bar until she won the amateur night at the club and since then became one of the clubs top dancers.

As they exited the kitchen to reach the patio Carrie and Toni sat on the lounge chair and Nori stood nervously in front of them. So spit it out dude because your boy has some… Look Toni I’m not with what he did to her or you guys either and I’m about to tell it all. The girls looked at Nori shocked and confused, is he about to violate the “man law”? Are you snitching, Toni frowned. Give him a chance to speak Toni, God! Carrie tried to do her best to back Nori up. Definitely not snitching but I am not going to continue to sit back and watch him hurt her using the fact that she dances as a excuse. I know everything and I’m telling it all. We all know that she is 100% faithful to him and she never lied to him from day one and he’s been a dog since before that day. They all kind of giggled knowing that Nori was telling the truth.

Toni sorry to tell you but he’s been banging your sisters since we meet them last year. Shyra is all the way bad with it, but he got Reagan too. When they came here for Thanksgiving last year DaVaughn was all in Shyra’s ear and by the time dinner was over she had his number in her phone and they were texting while you guys were putting up the tree. Then he danced with Reagan at the club and by the third song they were in the bathroom. Your sisters be bustin it open dawg! All Toni could do was shake her head. Wow, I’m in total shock, Carrie said hanging on Nori’s every word. Oh and he still mess with his baby’s momma! The girls looked at each other as though their wheels were turning. Dang, haven’t I heard something like that before.

He Can’t be Serious (Part 4)

Hey. Austin couldn’t tell who’s voice it was, hello who is this? I just wanna say that I love you and I’ve always wanted to whisper those words in your ear as you slept in my arms. I know that will probably never happen now, but I will tell you everything. Who is this? Austin could not identify the voice for the life of her. I’m going to hang up! No please don’t, I’m not a stranger but my love is what you absolutely deserve but I know you’ll never know. You are a work of art in motion, you are love breathing and I adore your air! Austin could not help but to blush, no one has ever talked to her like that. Aussie are you there? Yes I am I just don’t really know what to say to a person that I can’t readily identify. I understand, can you meet me somewhere. Hell no! I don’t know you you’re not about to serial kill me and she immediately hung up.

She sat on the floor and simply listened. She heard the floor creeping, the central air humming, the sound of Toni’s tv playing across the hall, the stairs settling. Austin took it all in, listening to the soft noises of the place she has called home for the last year or so. The girls had not decided if they would sign another lease seeing that graduation is around the corner and they all had no particular plans. There were talks about staying another year to just kinda live before running head first into the careers.

Please God explain to me how one night tears a family completely to shreds. These girls have had my back when my own family deserted me. We have fought together, danced together, studied together… Everything! These ladies have been my everything for the last few years. They’re all that I have and I’m not going to allow a man to come between that bond. Her thoughts were disturbed once again my the buzzing of her phone. What, her frustrations rattled through the phone lines. He’s still messing with his baby’s momma too! Click! Her heart jumped up into her throat and the tears began to fall over her cheeks.

She pulled herself off the floor, still completely dressed, shoes and all and exited her room. She stood the second floor hallway as if she had never been there before. Totally lost and dazed she knocked on Toni’s door, but there was no answer. After a couple of seconds she walked down the stairs and into the living room where her roomies were being watched by the tv as they quietly conversed. Someone just called my phone and told me that DaVaughn is sleeping wit his baby momma. Both Toni and Carrie slightly startled looked over to their sister mate as she was standing at the edge of the sofa with tears crawling down her face. They both set frozen for a moment then jumped to comfort her. Toni Geneva Landers I am sorry she whimpered, it’s not your fault that I have HORRIBLE taste in men. You are my sister and even your trifling ass little sisters are my sisters, but that man is just a boy! When God made that one he did not break the mold. The sister mates burst into laughter and sat together on the couch to discuss their dramatic evening. Wait Aussie who called you and told you. I don’t know, I can’t tell who it is I don’t recognize the voice.

The girls talked into the morning and decided to go to church instead of going to sleep. They took Austin’s truck but Carrie drove. As they pulled into the parking lot of Word of Love Faith Austin’s cell rang. She fished it out of the bottom her purse. Hmmm, it’s a 216 area code, who calling me from home?

He Can’t be serious (part 3)

Baby please let me talk to you, let’s get out of here and I can explain everything. It’s not even what you think for real for real! Austin stood in the door way trying so hard not to throw her book bag at his head! Who in the hell did he think she was, and moreover who in the hell did he think he was! Toni jumped up from the couch and darted at DaVaughn, really punk ass it’s not what she thinks? This drama was really eating at Toni and she was completely fed of with DaVaughn constantly running game on her sister friend. 

He had cheated on her a few times before and the time before finding out about Shyra, DaVaughn had slept with one of the other dancers where Austin worked and almost lost his life over it. Austin was doing her solo performance center stage when the club owner ran into the club screaming call the police, they’re shooting. The girls were ushered backstage by floor security and the club was cleared. Then Austin, while getting dressed to go home received a text from Vaughn saying “she flat out lying”! She was confused until Lorie came in and asked Austin if they could talk “woman to woman”. Austin knew immediately that it was about to be some bullshit. Listen, Lorie said coming off with an attitude, he approached me. He said that he wanted to get to know me a little better and that you were kind of boring in bed. So I’ve been sucking him off in his car for the last month because, well you won’t. Austin laughed at the dusty broad and pushed past her, making sure she added enough force to assure that Lorie hit the wall extra hard. Girl God is saving your life tonight, only if this was a few years ago I would’ve snapped your fucking neck. Austin never even looked in Lorie’s direction as she walked to hall leading away from the dressing room like she was in a runway. 

Well I saw it so what should I think, Toni grunted with anger. With a slick smile on five face DaVaughn questioned, what exactly do you think that you saw Tee? You saw your sister who snuck in Aussie room and tried to rape me? DaVaughn spewed his lies with a straight face. Ha, really you have got to be kidding me brah! No what I saw you caressing your hands through her hair as she laid her head in your lap. And as a recall from the motions her head was making in for damn sure she wasn’t napping! Toni stood there staring at DaVaughn waiting for just one sign to snatch him up. However DaVaughn arrogantly ignored her glare, Aussie please pumpkin let me explain. He reached for her hand attempting to pull her out the door. Austin snapped out of her state of shock, get your nasty, whoring, cheating, filthy, lying ass hands off of me! I must really look like a dumb chick to you. You had sex with Toni’s little sister in my bed, where we lay, where we make love? She scoffed, shook her head and attempted to walk out the door, but DaVaughn blocked her. Vaughn I’m telling you get out of my way, she mumbled through her teeth trying to contain herself.

By this time some of their neighbors started looking out their windows to see what was going on. The girls had moved into their condo cul-de-sac a little over a year ago. All of the condos were duplexes separated by driveways and garages. It was about 15 to 20 units on the street that they lived on in the middle class neighborhood. There were a lot of upperclassmen renting condos in this area and many of them knew Austin, Toni and Carrie. Two boys and a girl that also attended Clark Atlanta lived in the connected duplex. John and James were twins and their younger sister Asia were bringing groceries into the house as the ruckus saw going on.

Hey, one of the guys called out, is everything straight? Mind your business my dude, I can handle mine! DaVaughn turned and yelled at their neighbors. The twins began to walk over to their door, but Carrie waved them off. It’s all good guys, but thanks. I’ll call you if I need you. They slowly moved back towards their home keeping their eyes on DaVaughn.  The girls jumped in DaVaughn’s face in unison, boy you ain’t running a damn thing over here they sang out simultaneously! Carrie and Toni stood in front of Austin as if to block him from reaching for her again. You ARE NOT about to make a scene at my home! Austin caught herself yelling and quickly corrected her tone. So your just going to take this, this, this… This what? Toni interrupted? I want you to call me out of my name, oh boy! PLEASE… Say something foul and you already know!

Austin with a look of scattered emotions tattooed on her face, turned around and headed upstairs to her bedroom. She couldn’t take it anymore, she just wanted to close her eyes on this night and wake and it’s all over. She threw her book bag and purse on the floor and climbed into bed, shoes and all! She was exhausted in every way.

Austin was cradled in her bed attempting to hide herself from the outside world continued to be interrupted by the nagging sound of her cell phone vibrating on her purse against the hardwood floor. Maybe they will stop calling. Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, pause. Thank God, they got the hint. Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz. Seriously, clearly I’m not answering the damn phone. Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz. Austin unraveled herself from her fortress of blankets, and blindly searched her dark room for her purse on the floor. After about what seemed like 30 billion calls Austin grumbled into her cell, hello.

He Can’t be Serious (Chapter 2)

Toni sat on top of the washer cradled like a frightened child. She had ninety-eleven emotions running through her body. Did this crazy ass chick just rush me? Damn I was wrong, right? She got me all the way messed up! I should have told her immediately… Is she serious, over a dude!?! And that dude nonetheless! She couldn’t focus on one thought. I should’ve busted in the room and jabbed them both in the face. What kind of friend am I really? Man what a way to spend the last few weeks of your college career. Well clearly our graduation party is cancelled, she thought sarcastically to herself. I am punching him right in the face the moment I see him! 

Unlike Austin, Toni was always ready to go. She was a super hot head with a mouth to match. She had no filter at all. If it was on her mind she was saying it no matter to whom it was being said. She was slightly shorter than Austin, definitely not as top heavy but surely more bottom heavy. She had those hips that older dudes referred to as child bearing and one of those booties that looked like she was a certified cornbread fed Georgia peach. She wore sneakers 85% of the time, a true blue tomboy, having to be forced to wear dresses or even skirts. She was the eldest of three girls who was in the Pork N Bean projects in Miami. Their momma was never at home, always out with their father, who was actually married to another woman, who knew all about their father’s “other” family. 

The sound of the door opening shocked her out of her thoughts. She looked up right into Carrie’s judging eyes. Damn Cee-Cee not right now okay! Toni knew that look. Carrie was the mother figure of the group and loyalty was her first priority. They were to have one another’s back no matter what, up to and including dealing with blood relatives. These three young women had been through a lot in the past couple of years and understood the sad but true fact that blood only made you related, it was love that made you family! And this was another clear indication of just that. 

You are dead dog ass wrong Tee, I mean you couldn’t be more wrong dude! The tears started flowing all over again. I already know that, damn, it’s my sister and well my sister I didn’t know what to do! Toni had been dying on the inside holding on to the scandalous secret. She had went out that night on a blind date that lasted all of fifteen minutes and decided to just come home and do some stock trading instead. She was a finance major, minoring in marketing. She was a stock market genius and at the age of 23 she had a nice portfolio which was paying for her college. You should have punched both of them in the face first of all! Toni shocked beyond belief because Carrie never results to violence. Whoa you are pissed at me too? Nope at all of y’all! DaVaughn is a hoe we all knew that from the start but damn he had us all fooled. He treats her like a princess, he protected us all, man he even goes to church with us. I’m totally at a lose right now. Man this is going to tear a hole in the only family I’ve known for the last two and a half years. 

Carrie’s mother died of breast cancer a few months after the girls met, she’s an only child who never knew her father. She was a beautiful girl and she did not even know it. Carrie was born in Paris. Her mother was spending a year in France studying fashion when she met a man a became pregnant with Carrie. She tried to make it in Paris on her own, because she knew her parents would be disappointed with her. However, by the time Carrie was four months her mom had called her parents and was on a flight back to the states. Carrie because of her haunting green eyes, believed without a doubt her dad was a white man, but couldn’t be sure. It surely wasn’t because her skin tone though, because she was a perfect tone of motherland dark chocolate, completely flawless! So her roommates and their family was her only family. Oh my God Cee-Cee I never even thought about that, Toni dropped her head. That’s the problem you never freaking think, your selfish! Did you really think that it was cool to keep this a secret? Carrie was steaming and it’s serious because she never got angry.

Austin was pacing the floor in her bedroom. She called DaVaughn’s cell 200 times in the last five minutes and he’s not answering. Oh his ass knows she told me, Austin stated out loud, talking only to herself. She probably warned him. Then a light bulb went off in her head and she started dialing. Hey Nori is DaVaughn with you? She called his cousin who is also his roommate. Nah, he just rushed out of the house like something was about to go down. What’s going on Aussie? Your boy is a dirt bag, that’s what! Oh boy, what he do now. This was not the first time that DaVaughn had been unfaithful, but after the last time everyone thought he had enough. Well clearly having your car shot at by one of your little your tramp’s boos was not enough to straighten him out. Nori, had always had a crush on Austin but DaVaughn of course was all over her the moment he saw her. Did you know about the thing with Shyra? Ummm, well, hmm, a little, he cringed with his admitting it. CLICK! 

Aussie, Aussie are you there? Damn, Nori climbed out of the bed and threw some jogging pants over his chiseled legs, a tank on his just right tight chest and back and a cap on his gown man shaven bald head. She is going to murder this dude he said out loud, his voice soft yet baritone echoing through the empty apartment.

Austin was sitting on the edge of the bed shaken, enraged, and confused at the same damn time! She first started to blame herself. I mean what did I think was going to happen, what man in his right mind is going to be faithful to a stripper! I should have did what I said I was going to do and put my heart in a box until after I was done with my bachelors degree. Austin has been dancing at one of the top clubs in Atlanta since her freshman year after going to hang out with some friends and to enter into an amateur night contest. She downed three shots vodka back to back and hopped on the stage. She loved dancing so why not, she thought. She made $458 that night. She was approached by the manager as she leaving the club and was offered a job. She made in 1 night what she makes in a week at her job at the boutique in Hatfield-Jackson International Airport. So of course she said yes! She went from working almost everyday to three to four nights a week. Austin grabbed her book bag stuffed some clothes in it and decided to go hang out at the club and then get a room. She threw on her ripped Arden B jeans, a plain white tee and some wedges, snatched up her purse and her book bag and headed out her room.

Carrie and Toni was sitting in the living room, softly debating the entire situation, as Austin sped through the room to the door attempting her hardest to be invisible. They both looked up at her as though they wanted to talk but the words were stuck in their throats. She looked over at them shook her head and yanked the door open. DaVaughn what in the HELL are you doing here!