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Lost Souls

Lost Souls

*Six Years ago*

We were on the blacktop playing one on one. I was up by two and had the ball "Ju you're never gonna beat me" <a href="">I</a> said faking left and going right and made a lay up making the score 12-8. "game over, you suck Ju" I said sitting on the side of the court taking a swig of my gatorade. "man shut up, you know last game that fat kid fell on my leg" <a href="">he</a> said snatching my gatorade. I laughed at his sorry excuse, then heard my dad calling my name. 

"Tae! Tae! It's time to come in the house"

Ju looked at me "until next time" he said getting up and reaching his hand out to pull me up.

"until next time" I said walking off with my ball as he walked in the opposite direction

I walked in the house to see my mom and dad sitting on the couch with my baby sister.

"what's going on?" I said sitting on my ball against the wall

"shaunte' sweety your dad is being stationed in Wyoming. Sooo we're moving" my <a href="">mom</a> said 

My mouth fell open 

"I know you've made friends over the past five years, but you're young you can make new friends were ever you go" she continued

"and it's not guaranteed that we stay there. We might even end up moving back here" my <a href="">dad</a> said trying to lighten the mood

"but what about basketball, and Julius? He's my best friend"

"Tae you can play basketball anywhere. And guys can call each other or even write letters"

"okay, when do we move?"

"in one week" 

I sighed deeply "okay" and I went up to my room.


"hey" I said shyly into the phone. "hey, what you doing?" Mo asked on the other end. "nothing, just thinking"

"thinking about what?"

"ummm, you" Mo raised his eyebrow on the end of the phone. "what about me?" he asked curiously

"just how you've been acting kind of distant lately" Mo sighed heavily "I've just been stressed. You know with basketball, school and midterms, recruiters" he wiped his hand over his face.

"okay, I understand. So what are we doing for valentines day?"

He smiled at the thought "it's a surprise"

"so you do have something planned" 

"of course. Don't I always"

I finished getting ready for my date with Mo. I looked in the mirror satisfied with my <a href="">finished look.</a>

I walked downstairs to the empty kitchen and finished decorating the <a href="">cupcakes</a> I made. Maliyah was at a sleepover and my parents went to a resort for their valentines day. 

*knock knock* 

I ran to the door allowing <a href="">Mo</a> to walk inside.

"you ready?"

"yeah let me grab my purse" I ran into my room and grabbed my purse and walked back downstairs "Mo? Maurice? Where are you?" I called out.

I walked into the kitchen to see him facing me with his back turned to the cupcakes. "what did you do?" I walked up to him and wiped the chocolate off the corner of his mouth.

"nothing" he shrugged

"the evidence says other wise" I licked the chocolate off my finger then pushed him aside to reveal the half eaten cupcake. "really? You couldn't wait" I crossed my arms

"naw and it was good" he kissed my lips softly leaving the lingering taste of chocolate on my lips. "let's go" he grabbed my hand and lead me us out the front door to the car.

He opened the door for me and closed it once I was seated comfortably. He walked around to his side and got in, pulling off to our mystery location. 

"what is this place" I looked around and it looked like a carnival or fair of some sort

"it's the Valentines Day Festival" he said pulling into a parking spot.

 Mo paid for our  tickets an we walked inside. We started off playing a few games and Maurice Won me a <a href="">stuffed pink bear</a>.

"having fun?"

"yeah, this place is cute" he pulled me into his side.

"like you" 

"stop being so corny" I giggled

"you gonna stop clowning me" he lead the way to the bumper cars and we got in line

"or what?" I challenged  "you can't beat me"

"I can and I will" he smacked my butt as the ride attendant opened the gate.

We got into our separate cars and buckled our seat belts. As soon as the horn sounded Mo bumped me and had me cornered.

"your cheating!"

"so what I said I was gonna beat you" he laughed while backing up.

I drove my car out quickly then circled around bumping other cars in the process.  I got to Mo and bumped him repeatedly then drove off laughing.

"you ain't funny" he bumped me into the wall then backed up and I backed up as well bumping into him hard.

"I win!" I cheesed in his face as we exited 

"I let you win. let's go" he grabbed my hand and we got in line for the ferris wheel.

We soon took our seats in the carriage and circled around.

"how are you enjoying your valentines day so far?" he said kissing my neck

"I'm loving it" I pecked his lips then laid my head on his chest.

After the ferris wheel they made their way over to the <a href="">tunnel of love</a>.

"this ride is real" I said astonished

"apparently so" he said helping me  into the swan shaped boat.

The ride started and we went riding inside the dark tunnel filled with hearts, flowers and cupids.

"this is so cheesy" Mo laughed putting his arm around Tae.

"it is but I wouldn't want to have this cheesy moment with anyone else"

"look who's being corny now" 

"shut up" I laughed pushing him playfully. . .

Ruunnn iittt.!

Mo ol cry baby ass..! Plz let this guy get in before he lose his everlasting mind already.!

Damn Mo just suck it up brah !! You will make it to UCLA

Congrats to Me !!!!

Runnn it :)

Man i hope mo and ju get into ucla also



lol Charm she posted before I read what you said
But don't worry Jazz
I got my eyes on you
Mo can u just man up and stop being an ediot!
Thank you

Now... night darlings....

Lmao y'all are something else smh

The season was slowly rapping up and going into playoffs for both the girls and boys team. Valentines day and Mo's birthday was vastly approaching. 

"what you and Mo doing for valentines day?" Ay said plopping down onto Tae's bed

"I don't know and you know his birthday is the day afterwards"

"oh he a love baby"

"yeah, but I don't know if he's doing anything for me. And I want to do something for him. He's been kinda distant since-" ayanna cut her off

"your birthday, I noticed. But it's been like a month."

"I know. You think it's because I'm definitely going to UCLA the coaches are still negotiating about him"

"it could be. but Lo, Ju and I  ain't tripping that you and Tyler are going. This is the college process and it's worse for us cause we're athletes. Just tell him to suck it up and be patient."

"okay, I'll talk to him later" Ayanna's phone started ringing

"hey ma.....I'm at Tae's house.....about what?.....fine I'm coming" she hung up  the phone

"I gotta go chica. My mom talking about she got some news for us" she hugged me then pulled away quickly "she better not be pregnant" I laughed at her reaction "b**** I'm serious"

"girl get outa here" I pushed her out my bedroom door.

About fifteen minutes later Ayanna called Tae.



I pulled my ear from the phone "why are you screaming?"

"UCLA is giving me $25,000. My parents just gotta make up the other $5,000, which will be no problem. Ahhh I'm UCLA bound b****!"


Linda bust through the door "Shaunte' what's going on!?"

"me, Ayanna and Tyler are going to UCLA"

"that's great. Congrats Ayanna and stop screaming before the neighbors call the cops" Linda said laughing a bit.


"who was that?" Mo asked as Tyler put his phone away

"Ayanna. She got in"

"damn son, it's just us left" Mo pointed to himself and Ju

"and Lo" Ju added

"damn. I'm getting nervous now"

Tyler passed him the ball "just relax"

"naw man you don't understand" he chest passed the ball hard back to Tyler

"wassup man"

"when I went to Va...We went to UMD and they were talking about how much they want me and how they've been watching me"

"and..." Ju pushed him to continue 

"they're gonna give me a full ride. And if I don't get one from UCLA I'm gonna have to go to Maryland"

"what about your mom? She's cool with you going that far?"

"yeah, since we got family out there. But I don't wanna go. I don't want to leave Tae. That's why I've been so stressed lately"

"s***" Tyler and Julius said in unison

"does Tae know?"

"hell no. I'm not saying anything till I know for sure what's gonna happen"

Toya just whoop her...!

*taps fingers impatiently*

Excuses Excuses... Tsk tsk tsk...

Run iit!

I was writing yesterday but I never finished. Sorry.

I'm gonna finish now while in class.

Jazz I'm bout to go mama Toya on u if u dont get to writing!!!

Awww Yayy Mo going too. He effin better..

Run it.!

go head tae!!! now... did mo get in

Mo got this !!! UCLA is going to be alk over him. :) sorry maryland.

Congrats Tae !!

Lola and I sat at the table taking <a href="">pictures</a>

"Tae stop kissing my girlfriend" Ju pulled Lola over closer to him "I'm watching you" he said as we laughed.

At the table sat my parents, Maliyah, Ayanna, Tyler, Ju, Lola, Mo and a few team mates for my birthday dinner.

Everyone was laughing and having a good time but Mo seemed a little stand offish.

"what's wrong" Tae whispered into his ear.

He smiled "nothing I'm good. Are you enjoying your birthday?" she pecked his cheek

"yes I am. I'm glad your finally home"

"me too. I missed you" he pecked her lips

Just then the staff at the cheesecake factory crowded the table singing happy birthday with a slice of their 6 layer chocolate cake.

"Happy Birthday Shaunte'" everyone at the table yelled directing more attention to us.

"Thank you everyone. I'm really appreciate you all joining me in celebrating my birthday" 

"Shaunte' we have something for you" Shaun got up pulling an envelope out of the inside of his jacket.

"can't it wait till we get home" 

"no, I think you should open it now" he handed the letter over to her.

She read the front and it was from UCLA. She opened the envelope slowly pulling the papers out and reading it carefully.

"oh my gosh!" she shrieked

"well what is it?" Ayanna asked

"it's from UCLA. They want me and they're giving me a full ride" everyone at the table gasped in excitement.

Mo got up and hugged her "I'm so proud of you" he whispered into her ear then kissed her forehead 

"damn Tae, you really in there. Well four more to go"

"how was you're Christmas" I asked <a href="">Mo</a> over Skype since he was in Va with his family 

"it was good. Me and my cousins were out riding the dirt bikes and quads. My grandma and great grandma was throwing down. I prolly gained 20lbs"

I giggled "you're so fat" he shrugged his shoulders and smirked "when you coming home?"

"after new years. My mom wants to do some college visits" I c**ked my eyebrow up "don't even trip. I've been talking to the coach from UCLA almost everyday. My spot is as good as gold" he said confidently.

"that's great to hear" I smiled widely

"what the girls coach been saying?"

"that I have great potential and what not and she wants to offer me a full ride. But that's up for discussion with the athletics board."

"same s*** our coach saying babe. We in there"

<em>I hope so</em> 

"it's very nice having you here Maurice, Ms. Brown" The coach from Maryland smiled

"it's great to be here" my mom said enthusiastically 

I gave a half smile and shook his hand. "the moment I saw your highlight tape I called your coach because Maryland a  bright, talented young man such as yourself. You have great speed for your size. Great shooter and just an all around team player. I'm working hard to get you a full ride here." Mel smiled at Mo proudly

"that's amazing. Isn't it Maurice" 

"yeah, but you are aware that I have offers from alot of others schools including UCLA"

"yes, I am aware. And I'm also aware that UCLA hasn't made a definite offer yet. Say they don't offer as much. You'll always have a spot here" he said reassuringly

"we'll definitely take your offer into consideration" Mel answered for him

We soon left the University of Maryland campus and began to drive back to my moms home town in Tappohannock Virginia.

"you know if UCLA doesn't offer you a full ride you may have to go to Maryland"

I looked out the window not wanting to listen. "Maryland's a good school and you would be closer to more of your family"

"yeah, I know" I said dryly "but I'm going to UCLA"

lol sorry

I'm gonna add in a minute


jazz get yo lil narrow behind in here and run this before i go mama Toya on u and whoop your ass!!!!

Runnnn iittt

Ju nasty ass !!! Lmaoo

Ma lost it when she found out he was in the powder room.

Done being silent lol This is great!! keep it up :)

Run it Run it ...

if ya mannnn on the flooo..! run it run it..


That's where I got it from lol


Lol the conv between Mo and his mom about groceries
Reminded me of this Christmas when madear sent baby to the store
and he asked if she wrote down everything

Run it!

Everyone met up at Mo's house before going to see the light show at the park.

Ju sat down holding his stomach "what's wrong with you" Tae said raising her eyebrow

"you sure you want to know" Ju laughed a little

"ewww" Tae walked off

Ju sat there still for another minute or two "I can't take this no more!!" he got up and ran to the bathroom. 

"where in the hell is Mo?" Ty complained

"sorry y'all, I had Mo run to the store real quick" Mel said 

"oh okay, he just told us to come he never said he wasn't home" I said "besides we're still waiting on Lola"

"where's Julius?" he scanned the room making sure she ain't miss him

"bathroom" we all said in unison. She nodded her head and walked up to her room.

Five minutes later Mo came walking in with two three bags of groceries, And Lola walking in behind him. Mel came walking down the steps meeting him in the kitchen.

"did you get everything?" she questioned looking at everything on the counter then at her list. "cus you know you always forgetting stuff"

"no you forget to write stuff down and I end up having to go back. But yeah I got everything" he sat on the counter

"boy you are too big to be sitting on my counter. Get down" she swatted him as he jumped down and kissed her on the cheek.

"where's Ju?" Mo asked out loud as he walked into the living room.


"Ju you better not be blowing up my bathroom dawg!!" he yelled up the stairs

"uhh...he's in that bathroom" Ay pointed to the bathroom closest to the kitchen

Mo's eyes widened and Mel came walking out the kitchen "that boy is taking a s*** in my powder room?" she said slightly above a whisper with her eyes narrowed angrily. We nodded our heads "go get my wooden spoon"

As soon as Mo gave it to her Ju came out the bathroom spraying the air. Mel tip toed behind him and hit him repeatedly with the spoon.

"boy... I told you...don't be s***s... in my powder room" she said inbetween hits

"ahhh! I'm sorry I forgot..I just had to go" he move out of her reach.

We all sat on the couch and laughed "that ain't funny" he glared at us

"damn right it ain't" she hit him one last time.

Ju sat down next to Lola "ewww babe you nasty" she said in between laughing.

"yeah whatever" he put her into a headlock and messed up her hair

"Iight y'all let's go" Mo said getting up to grab his keys.

They all piled up into Mo's Range and  pulled off.