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DISCLAIMER: This is another story that I will attempt! I will not hesitate to drop this if it doesn't get the attention it deserves because this is a good story. I am not c**ky but confident in this story. This is the 2nd shot at this- some may have read something similar because 'Broken Mirrors was the start of this story. Me and Bree have collaborated outside of the broad but she choose to take it under her wing! it was unsuccessful and now Im giving it a try. Also with writing in 3rd person for the first time. So... here goes nothing!

He wasn’t the type of guy you’d high five while skipping down the street on a nice sunny Vegas day. Not everything was royalty as you may think. There was always the good parts of a city and the bad parts. Some may look as it as the “rich” and the “poor”; “high class” or “low class” whatever you prefer. Cannan (cayn-nan) Burose was a 23 year old man who was apart of the low class in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. You’d think that since he was in that million dollar state he’d have it made. Wrong, he had the opposite which was nothing. Cannan was a ruthless young man who didn’t care about anyone but himself. He despised close relationships with anyone or even having a social life. “Caine” which he preferred to be called wasn’t your favorite type of guy. Because caine went through a lot in his past it caused him to cut off a lot of people who were previously in his life. For an example, Caine at one point in his life had a great relationship with God, but that suddenly changed.

Caine nicely put on an act to impress his boss and greet the costumers that walked in and out of his exclusive Verizon Wireless job. He didn’t enjoy talking to people, standing on his feet, or the work that he had to do, but they provided him with more then he had such as money, more clothes, and a temporary phone. Caine walked to his station and finished ringing up a costumer that had just brought a new cell phone and couldn’t quite understand what he was doing. A near by employee sensed that because of caine’s length of time being employed that he might of needed some help. “this…is how you do it” the female employee said. Caine stared at her and finished with the costumers “your welcome” the female employee said before walking away. Caine didn’t really care about her name but he did want to put on an act just to stay employed so he went to her station and introduced himself properly. “im sorry ma’am im Cannan Burose and im new here as you can tell…thanks for helping me and you are?’ She smiled and nodded her head. “its cool im lauren and anything you need help with you can just ask don’t have to hesitate” She flashed caine a warm smile reassuring him.

Caine nodded his head not really interested in her help at all and walked back over to his station. He took out his new phone and played around with it. He was amazed by the electronic and couldn’t help but to figure it out. Its been a while since he’d have something so nice and to have an iphone4s was huge to him. More costumers came in and he looked at his manager that was on shift who gave him confirmination to assist the customers. By this time Caine was ready to leave work and attend to his regular duties which was doing absolutely nothing. Its not the fact that he didn’t want to do nothing its just the fact he didn’t have anyone to do anything thing with or no where to go. Caine had nothing to claim except his body, soul, and mind if that. Meanwhile, Lauren admired caine and his etiquette with the customers from a distance. It made her smile on the inside to have another great employee on their team. The cool thing at the job was that in their Bluetooth they got to talk to whoever they want or listen to music. Of course Caine couldn’t get away with that just yet. Lauren took her phone out and decided to brag about her new co-worker to her cousin Zoey or Zoe to some. “so…theres this lil cutie in here working J” - “whoopy tooy do! b****” Zoe replied. Lauren laughed at the message she received and proceeded with her conversation with her long lost cousin whom she just reunited with a few months ago. “girl if I didn’t want to seem stalker-ish I’d send you a picture of him lol” Lauren send. “smh that’s a damn shame!” Zoey replied instantly.

Lauren wanted to take a picture of caine really badly to show him off but like she told Zoey she didn’t want to seem like a freak. So instead she studied him and wondered her eyes around him trying to capture his features from a far. “well… he’s light skin, tall, a nice smile, look like he got freckles a lil, low ceaser cut no waves lol and umm… he looks mean when he not smiling but lets not forget fine as f***”. Zoey sat in her room shaking her head at the message she received. She knew that her cousin could be extra at times when the situation wasn’t that serious. Zoey read the message over and over and tried to create her own canvas painting in her head of whom this nigga may have been and it was one dude that came across her mind. “If my mind wasn’t playing tricks on me I’d think you were talking about Cannan Burose I had a crush on that nigga in high school” Zoey replied to their conversation via text message. Lauren prop her elbows on her desk in front of her computer looking at her phone when an incoming message came. She thought for a moment and then replied. “Cannon? that’s what the dude said he’s name was …Cannon Burose YUP! that’s him lol” She quickly replied.

Zoey was stunned because she hadn’t talked or seen this nigga in about 5 years. Zoey went to school but didn’t finish. She wasn’t really feeling school like she thought and don’t dare try to judge her. School wasn’t for everyone and that’s a popular quote that stuck with her. “wow…” she replied with a instant reply by lauren. “that’s all you got to say? You still like him?” This caused Zoey to laugh [center]because how could she possibly liked someone she hadn’t seen in forever. “look b**** I haven’t seen the nigga in forever just tell him who I am and give him my number okay?” , “oooo… I know what u trying to do but okay, what u doing later?”, “ thanks but nothing…”, “drinks?” Zoey rolled her eyes not really interested but thought why not she didn’t really have nothing else planned anyway. “ok…why not” , “okay! Call you at 10”. With that Zoey left her phone unattended and hopped into the shower to finish up her daily duties.
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Caine sat in the break room and finished eating someone’s sandwich that they left in the microwave. He was starving and made sure that no one was watching until Lauren came in and caught him off guard causing him to jump. “sneaky aren’t we?” Lauren laughed which wasn’t at all amusing to Caine. “Cannon isn’t it?” Lauren chimed in before he could even answer her first statement. “Its not cannon its cannan” he corrected her. “cannon, cannan whats the difference?” Lauren stated confused. “the difference is that you will call me Caine and s*** else understood?” Caine blunted retorted. “woahh… okay then, anyway im Zoey’s cousin and she wanted me to give you her number…” Lauren got straight to the point. Caine screwed his face confusedly unsure who she was talking about. “she said you and her went to high school together and yall haven’t heard from each other in a while…but that she wanted you to have her number and If I were you I’d use it she’s a hottie” Lauren winked at the last comment. “uhh…. Zoey..zoeeyyyy” Caine tried to remind himself. He was definitely someone who forgot things quickly. I guess you can blame that on the weed and all the other things he liked. “she’s brown skin, pretty, look like a lil tom boy” Lauren tried to help. Caine actually chuckled and knew exactly who she was talking about at that moment. Lauren gave him zoey’s number and went about her business leaving Caine where she found him. Caine clocked out and walked out of the store happier then ever even though his facial expressions showed it. He walked the streets until he made it all the way to the place he called home which was outside of a shelter called “Hope” there they tried to encourage the homeless that there was always hope no matter what. Caine didn’t believe in that bulls*** and just used the place for a place to rest his head and with this new job as long as he got in line by 5pm everyday he was sure enough to get a room. If not, then outside he was, but it wasn’t like he wasn’t used to that either. This was who he was and he was fine with that.

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WOW! This story just keeps getting better and better llol. Any who i was soo loving the nice Caine. He was really trying. Zoey is so used to people treating her like s*** that she clearly doesn't know how take it. I lmao when he was like im rich. That nigga stole from trigga and balled rf out lol. Alexis b**** ass smh im really starting to hate her. And poor little Ty smh wtf did he get her name on him? He gets no love from her! Cant believe Trigga went to his house and beat his ass. He deserved to get his ass beat but damn... Run it!

Re: `Nose Candy. 09-05
« Reply #843 on Sept 5, 2012, 1:09am »
Chapter 20: contd.. What You Deserve pt 2.

Zoey stood there as her stomach tied up in knots unaware of what to say or think. She was caught between telling the truth or lying. Either way, Zoey’s conscious would eat her alive. “Zoey!” Trigga called. Zoey snapped out of her trance and faced him. “What were you saying?” She pretended to not hear. “My watch… have you seen it? It was on my dresser before I left” He told her. “Trigga… I have something to tell you” Zoey looked down and began feeling horrible. “You…took my watch?” He questioned. “No..you see I brought Caine back here to the house to chill and I didn’t think th- “So you had someone roaming around my house without you watching them? Ain’t that your ex?” He laughed sarcastically. Zoey looked at him and nodded. “I’m so sorry I didn’t see him steal it, but he so happened to be honest with me when I asked him about the…..money he got for it” Zoey confessed. Trigga laughed to himself and shook his head. “Get out!” He spoke sternly. “Trigga I’m sorry.. I didn’t know he was going to do that” Zoey’s eyes glossed. “How am I suppose to believe you Zoey? How I know that wasn’t your plan to leave here anyway?” Trigga looked at her in distraught. Zoey shook her head letting her tears escape as she pleaded for his forgiveness. “I didn’t plot anything on you Trigga. We’ve developed a great friendship and I wasn’t ready to give that up for Caine. I didn’t plan on moving out. All I did was hang with him… I want to be here with you!” She expressed. Trigga shook his head “Please Zoey… just save it. Get your s*** and go! I have nothing else to say to you. I f***ing trusted you and you betrayed that” He walked away. “NO! IM NOT LEAVING! THIS ISN’T ABOUT A WATCH. YOU HAVE ALL THE f***ING MONEY IN THE WORLD AND IF IT WASN’T ABOUT THE FACT THAT I WENT TO SEE CAINE YOU WOULDN’T BE UPSET. YOU HAVE FEELINGS FOR ME TRIGGA AND I KNOW YOU DO. YOU KNOW YOU DO SO STOP LYING TO YOURSELF. YOU WOULD OF NEVER KISSED ME! YOU DON’T WANT ME TO LEAVE, BUT YOUR USING THIS AS AN EXCUSE TO KICK ME OUT BECAUSE YOUR HURTING!” She yelled. Trigga turned around furious “ZOEY I KNOW I LIKE YOU. I DON’T HAVE A f***ING PROBLEM ADMITTING THAT. YOU GO AHEAD AND GO BE WITH THAT NIGGA IF THAT’S WHO YOU WANNA BE WITH. YOUR NOT GONNA STAY HERE WITH ME IF THAT’S THE NIGGA YOU’RE GONNA BE WITH! THE NIGGA STOLE MY s*** AND I’M NOT GONNA SIT HERE AND TAKE CARE OF YOU WHEN THAT COULD BE HIS f***ING JOB!” He screamed.

“Are you seriously about to make me choice between you and Caine?” Zoey wiped her tears. “I-I love him and I can not help the way I feel about him Trigga. Yes! He may not be good for me and I took your advice and emailed him. He emailed me back and we caught up on some things. I’m not trying to rush into getting back with him. OR starting something with you. I’m sorry that he took your watch I will replace it once I get enough and if you really want me out than… I’m gone” Zoey wiped more tears. Zoey walked up the stairs and got quickly interrupted by Trigga pulling her arm. “I don’t mind you staying here…. I’m just a little upset and hurt at the same time. I really can’t explain it” he stressed. Zoey looked at him for what seemed like forever. “Trigga what is it about me?” She wondered. “We’ll have to talk about that another time, but just know that within this short period of time… its a lot” He stressed. Zoey looked at him one last time and nodded her head. Zoey went up to her room and closed the door making sure it was locked. She wanted to signal that she didn’t want to be bothered anymore tonight. Meanwhile, Caine laid in the hospital bed staring at the ceiling. “How are you feeling Mr. Burose?” the nurse walked in asking. Caine looked in her direction and signaled a thumbs up letting her know he was fine. “Okay well were going to let you stay over night and in the morning your free to go okay?” Caine nodded his head and looked back at the ceiling. Caine counted the tiles like he used to in jail and in rehab ; this time he was in the hospital. He watched the door wondering where Zoey was . Caine fought his sleep waiting up for Zoey who never showed up. Trigga unlocked Zoey’s door and woke her up to breakfast in bed. “Good morning Zoey” He smiled. Zoey smiled and looked at the food. “I’m sorry about the door… I just wanted to be left alone for the rest of the night” She explained. “I unlocked it , but yea I’d appreciate it if you just keep it unlock. I just wanna rebuild this trust thing again alright?” He looked in her eyes waiting for an answer. Zoey smiled and nodded at him. “Alright enjoy your breakfast shawty” He said while leaving. Zoey watched trigga leave and dug straight into her food.

Caine walked out of the hospital and looked out at the sun. He called Zoey on the phone and it went straight to voicemail. Caine tried calling Zoey three more times and still didn’t reach her. Caine shook his head feeling ignored and decided to call his last resort Alexis. “Hello?” She answered. “Hey I need you to come and get me” He spoke into the phone. “Where you at?” Alexis said. Caine informed Alexis with more information and got off the phone. Caine stood there for thirty minutes waiting on her arrival. “Bout time” he closed the car door. “Nigga whateva where’s that b**** of yours?” Alexis took off. “Watch your mouth man.. She not a b**** and I don’t know” He answered. Caine shook his head remember the things Zoey explained in her letter about Alexis being apart of her kidnapping. Alexis chuckled to herself and continued driving to her house. “You getting this money?” she asked. “I’m not trynna be on that s*** no more just take me to my house” Caine ordered. “Oooohhh lil Caine is doing big things huh? Just face it. Your never gonna change. Your always gonna be on the streets and not worth s*** that’s it” Alexis blurted. “You know.. I haven’t whooped no ass in a while, but I don’t mind beating the f*** outta you again , so watch what the f*** your saying. I am f***ing changing and if you don’t like it then f*** you. I aint s*** that you have to like, but that’s a tad bit late with your dehydrated ass” He comment. Alexis rolled her eyes “What the f*** ever Caine yes! I’ve accepted the fact that we won’t ever be anything, but your d*** is good. I know it and you know it so that’s it” She admitted. “And this d*** you had one time and never will again, so shut the f*** up” He ordered. Alexis rolled her eyes and followed the directions to Caine’s apartment and then dropped him off. “Good riddance’s” She announced. “Whateva b****” He remarked and walked through his front door. Caine looked around hoping to see the beautiful face of Zoey, but was defeated.

Zoey smiled at the costumers that walked through Chile’s ready to get off. “I don’t feel being here” She sighed. “you just got here” her co-worker kiely laughed. Zoey chuckled at herself “Yeah I know… I had a long day last night. Me and my ex-boyfriend got into a fight and then I had to take him to th-” Zoey caught herself off by gasping. She noticed that Caine was extremely upset with her by now. She looked at her phone and saw she had seven missed calls from him. “Whats wrong?” Kiely stated concerned. Zoey shook her head “I left the hospital last night and forgot to go back and check on Caine” She shook her head again knowing she got herself into some deep s***. “Oh… you don’t thing he will understand?” She spoke. Zoey shook her head. “He’s very different Kiely… he’s not the type you would want to make mad” Zoey retorted. “Oh..well I hope everything works out for you and I know this may sound sudden, but you can always call me if you don’t have anyone else to talk to” She offered. Zoey half smiled and nodded her head at Kiely. “Thank you… I’ll remember that.” Kiely nodded her “you’re welcome” She added and walked off. Zoey’s mood switched like a light and went from anxious to go home to wanting her shift to never end. She knew that she couldn’t avoid Caine and that she was in some deep trouble. He wasn’t going to buy her excuse for anything and Zoey was getting herself prepared for the worst. Trigga had his own mission he set for himself for the day. He got into his car and went scooting for females to kidnap and use for his business. He got into his car and started searching high and low for anyone who seemed gullible and ran into her. “Still working huh?” He giggled. “And you know it b****hh!” Alexis laughed. “I need a favor…” Trigga said. “What’s dat partna?” She walked toward the car. “You know the target we had right? The one you wanted me to get?” He looked at her for confirm nation. “Yea Zoey what about her?” She inquired. “Caine… this nigga Caine. Do you know him?” Trigga asked. Alexis chuckled “Do I! What you need to know?” She questioned. “Address.. Got some business to handle” He stated. “Sure thing” Alexis informed Trigga with the information she had just got from Caine himself. Trigga drove off and headed straight to Caine’s house.

Zoey stood at the hostess stand trying to remain focused on her job. The only thing she could think about was Caine. She didn’t mean to not go back to the hospital, but because of the conversation with Trigga she honestly forgot. “You sure you don’t need to take a break you don’t look so good” Kiely said. “IM FINE JUST LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE!” Zoey stormed off to the back and headed to the bathroom. She searched in her purse for her pills and forgot that she had ran out a while ago. “UGHHHHH” She screamed. Zoey closed her stall and started realizing how she shouldn’t of stormed out like that and started to feel bad. She didn’t want her behavior to hinder her from having a good job, so she had to get it together. Zoey quickly wiped her tears and walked out of the stall and confessed to her boss about her bipolar episodes. Some days she was completely fine as if she was misdiagnosed, but other days she was really bad. Some days Zoey felt like dying and other days Zoey wanted to go to the park and get on the swings. Trigga pulled up to Caine’s apartment and knocked on his door. Caine opened the door and screwed his face instantly. “May I he- Trigga cut Caine off by punching him in the face. “YOU LIKE TO TOUCH THINGS THAT DON’T BELONG TO YOU DON’T YOU PARTNA?” Trigga punched him in the face again. Caine swung at Trigga and missed as Trigga came back ten times harder then before. Due to Caine’s previously sore body he tried every possible way to giht Trigga back, but he’s strength wasn’t fully back. “DID YOUR MOM TEACH YOU TO KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF? HUH? I KNOW SHE DIDN’T KEEP THAT MOUTH OF HER’S TO HERSELF” He chuckled. Caine started punching Trigga in the mouth for the disrespect. Even though Caine didn’t care about his mom due to his upbringing he wasn’t about to let Trigga get away with what he said. “PUSSY ASS NIGGA! ZOEY AINT STAYING WITH YOU. SHE MINE! YOU AND ALEXIS CAN GO TO HELL OL PUNK ASS PUSSY b****ES” He continued to fight. Caine and Trigga continued to f*** each other up and decided to stop once they both got out of breath. “Keep your hands off my s*** and we’ll see if Zoey comes home with you. She know who daddy is” He chuckled while walking off. “YOU KEEP HER f***ING NAME OUT HER MOUTH OR YOUR DEAD” Caine warned. “Zoey is mine!” Trigga said. Caine nodded his head remembering what he warned him with. If he had gotten his gun at the moment trigga would have had plenty of time to flee. Caine shut his door angrily and headed to the bathroom. He looked at his sore body and hissed in pain.

Night fell and Zoey parked her car outside of Caine’s apartment complex. She felt huge lumps in her throat and swallowed hard. Zoey tried to mentally and emotionally prepare herself for the storm she was going to walk through as she sat in the car. Caine sat in the dark feeling exactly that. He was beyond mad and was ready to hurt anyone at this point. Zoey had abandoned him and had been ignoring him and he wasn’t happy about that. Zoey walked slowly and turned the knob to find his door open. Zoey bit hard on her lip and wanted to cry then. She knew by his door being unlocked that he was waiting for arrival. Zoey walked through the door to see complete darkness. She widened her eyes and hoped that her eyes would adjust soon. Not knowing where Cannan was, was the scariest thing about being in the dark. Zoey cleared her throat and began speaking. “Caine… Caine I know your hear because I saw your car a-an--n--nnd I just want you to know that I--Ii-ii--ii never meant to leave you at the hospital. I was coming back you see Trig-AHHHHHH” Zoey felt her body slam against the wall. Tears streamed down her face instantly. She didn’t understand how he could see her, but she couldn’t see a thing. She shook her head hoping that he’d see her pleading and weaping. “Caine p-pl-please let me explain” She cried. Zoey felt blows to the face and all over the rest of her body. She could feel Caine breathing extremely hard and knew he was furious. Zoey curled up in a ball on the floor and cried hysterically for him to stop. “YOU LEFT ME…YOU f***ING LE-FT ME FOR THAT NIGGA! IS HE BETTER THEN ME? HUH? IS HE? I LET YOU BEAT ME TO DEATH TO GO BE WITH THAT NIGGA? YOU f***ING b****. I’VE BEEN TRYING SO f***ING HARD NOT TO HIT YOU AND BE UPSET WITH YOU AND THIS IS HOW YOU f***ING DO ME? HUH YOU WORTHLESS b****? ANSWER ME!” He hollered. The only thing Zoey managed to do was cry. She felt her body become knumb and didn’t even notice that Caine had dragged her into a new place and shut the door. She however knew that wherever she was she got locked in because of the noise.

Caine wiped his angry tears and got underneath his covers. He sighed heavily and closed his eyes hoping that this nightmare would soon be over. The sunshine beamed through the curtains waking Caine up. He wiped the crust out of his eyes and then went to his bathroom to do his morning routine. He then went to the kitchen and decided to make breakfast for Zoey. Once he was finished he took his key and unlocked the closet and saw Zoey with her knees to her chest rocking back and forth. “hey..” He greeted. Zoey continued rocking back and forth and ignored Caine. It wasn’t because she was mad, but she was overwhelmed. “I made you so damn breakfast… might wanna eat it before it gets cold” Caine bluntly stated while putting the food down and sliding it too her as if she was his pet. Caine walked out and locked the door behind him. Zoey looked at the breakfast and couldn’t deny that it looked and smelled good, but she wasn’t hungry. Zoey took the knife and watched as her hand trembled and held it to her neck. Tears flowed down her face as instant flashbacks of her and shad flooded her brain. Momentarily Caine decided to check on Zoey and opened the closet door and saw her on the floor. “ZOEY! WHY THE-” Caine cut himself off by biting on his lip. He immediately called 911 and pressed hard on the side of her neck making sure she didn’t lose any blood. Caine shook his head at her wild actions as he followed behind the ambulance. He just didn’t understand Zoey sometimes. Zoey got admitted to the Emergency Room and immediately had to get eighteen stitches on the side of her neck. Caine walked in Zoey’s room with a teddy bear and candy. “Zoey..” He spoke softly and handed her the gifts. Zoey took the gifts and then threw them on the floor. “What the f*** you do that for?” He screwed his face. “What the hell do you want Caine huh? You should of let me die.” She retorted. “Please before you leave here make sure you get your medicine” Caine requested. “f*** you! Your no better then me you f***ing as swipe! UGH I HATE YOU! YOU’VE DONE NOTHING BUT HURT ME! THAT’S ALL YOUR GOOD AT!” Zoey started to cry. Caine shook his head at her not feeling any sympathy. “Just leave…” She cried silently. “Zoey..I don’t know what I’m gonna do with you” Caine shook his head while staring in her eyes. “Well you were sure doing great without me those times you left” she looked away. “You always broke up with me Zoey. Its obvious were dangerous to each other and you know it” He stated truthfully. “Nothing matters anymore…nothing ju-..go please Caine” She cried some more. “Look!” he told her. Zoey looked and saw the tattoo Caine got with their names on it. He had never did show her the day she showed hers. “I didn’t know I meant that much seeing that you can’t see me as your wife one day” Zoey looked in his eyes. Caine siged and looked at Zoey. “Bye Zoey…” Caine cooed. “Bye Caine” She wiped her tears that continuously fell. Zoey didn’t really want him to leave and Caine didn’t either. They were dangerous, addicted, obsessed, and all of the above to one another, but they couldn’t help it. Caine drove to his house with no music and thought about life. He pulled up to his apartment and flashbacks of last night hit him. He decided that he needed to take a quick vaca and started to pack his bags to his favorite place. L.A!

« Reply #820 on Aug 30, 2012, 2:53pm »
Chapter 20: What You Deserve.. pt 1

Zoey woke up by the smell of breakfast hitting her nose. Zoey sat up and saw Caine on the floor watching her. She screwed her face and looked at him crazy and then at the food on the nightstand. “You’re trying to kill me aren’t you?” She said. Caine laughed and shook his head. “No I just made you some breakfast that’s all” He said. “Why are you just staring at me then?” She questioned. “I watch you sleep sometimes…I’ll let you eat in peace if that’s what you want to do” Caine got up. “I was just asking that’s all” Zoey took the plate and started eating. Caine took the time to get in the shower and then got dressed dressed. Zoey sat on the bed, and enjoyed eating her breakfast. Caine walked in the room and smiled at her. “You like it?” He asked. Zoey raised her eyebrow at him and looked at his outfit. Caine noticed her looking and looked down at himself. “You don’t like what I got on?” he questioned. Zoey got up. “You look nice I just never saw you dress like that…that’s all” She stated. “Oh..well since I have money I can get nice clothes” He said. “Yea with your money not Alexis” Zoey rolled her eyes being petty. “Why you mention her she has nothing to do with nothing” He blurted. “Yea well I felt like using her as an example nothing wrong with that” Zoey started preparing for a shower. Caine slightly rolled his eyes “Can you go take me to look for a car when you get ready?” He inquired. “Yea…sure” She wondered where he had all the money. “Thanks” He remarked leaving the room with her plate. Zoey got into the shower and bathed for fifteen minutes.

Once she got fully dressed her and Caine got into her car. “Caine…” She spoke. “What?” he answered. “Where did you get all of that money from?” She wondered. Caine looked out the window and thought about what he was about to say. “I got the money from.. the room I left out” He told her. “Someone left money at your apartment?” She screwed her face. Caine chuckled and shook his head. “I stole it from the room in that house you’re staying at” He stated truthfully. “WHAT?”” Zoey blurted. “Calm down” Caine chuckled some more. “That s*** isn’t funny Caine do you not know what kind of situation you just put me in?” Zoey rolled her eyes. “What kind of situation?” He questioned. “I leave with that man you ass” She shot him a glare. “Watch it and I got that apartment for us. You’re going there to get your s*** and coming with me” He demanded. “I just can’t get up and leave and especially not now because if he finds out then he’s gonna think it was me” Zoey shook her head. “Man that nigga rich he won’t even notice” Caine continued to laugh. Zoey didn’t find anything amusing about this situation. She was more like disgusted with his actions. She thought that he generously did those things because maybe he saved, but that was dirty money. She didn’t want her gifts or anything to do with Caine. “I’m taking you to get the car and that’s it… I’m going home” She bluntly stated. “Alright” he cooed. “Where I live Caine…not with you” Zoey spoke softly now. “What?....Why?” Caine got confused. “Caine I told you that I wasn’t jumping back into a relationship with you…” She said. Caine looked at her in disbelief. “So you choosing some nigga over me aren’t you?” He questioned. “Caine I’m just trying to prove a point” She said. “To who?” He screwed his face. Zoey parked the car at the dealer and looked at him. “To myself and that I can make you work for me” She truthfully stated. “Zoey I’ve been trying to be this “person” you want me to be. I f***ing burnt my arm trying to make sure your breakfast was perfect and I brought you clothes, shoes, and all of that. I’m f***ing trying. Can you at least give me some credit?” Caine stressed. “Caine the s*** you did today honestly? Is the s*** you SHOULD have been doing when I was yours. It’s too late now!” Zoey announced. Caine looked at her with hurt in his eyes. He couldn’t deny that the words really affected him. “You will appreciate the fact that I’m trying. Once I get this car were going out and you’re going so think of somewhere to go while I’m in here” Caine said while getting out the car.

Zoey shook her head. Of course she loved Caine and truly missed him. She simply wanted him to work for her heart this go round. Caine walked into the dealer and sat down with them to discuss. Zoey looked at her phone and saw she had an unread message. Zoey opened her message and saw a picture message from Ty. It was a picture of her name on his shoulder. Zoey widened her eyes when she saw it and always read the message. “I think about you more and more every day. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Zoey stared at the message and then looked out the window. She picked up her phone and decided to call him. “What a pleasant surprise?” Ty answered. “Ty What the f***?” Zoey screwed her face more irritated than before. “What?” He laughed. “Why did you get that? Are you crazy?” She questioned. “You noticed?” he added. Zoey shook her head. “I can’t believe you would do something like that. Ty me and you won’t ever be boyfriend and girlfriend okay? Yes I forgive you, but you have to get that removed its seriously bothering me” She retorted. “Baby it’s my tat I mean you don’t have to see it every day even though I wish I was next to you now so th- “OKAY…I get it Ty” Zoey sighed. “Look I have to get off the phone now” She added. “Crazy boyfriend on the loose?” he questioned. Zoey looked at her phone and then hung up on Ty.

Caine walked to the window as Zoey let it down for him to speak. “I got it so let go to our spot and drop yours off and let’s test drive mine together. How does that sound?” He waited for her approval. Zoey looked at her gear shift and shrugged her shoulders. “Yea I guess Caine” she stated not really interested. “What the f*** is your problem?” Caine started getting irritated. Zoey quickly looked at him “Nothing Caine…let’s just go okay?” She started up her car. Caine watched Zoey pull off and headed to his new Honda. He got into his car and then headed toward his place. When Caine arrived he didn’t see Zoey. He waited a second to see if she would pull up and then thirty minutes passed. Zoey pulled up and saw Caine getting out of his car. “I thought you stood me up” he said. “I thought about it” Zoey blurted. “Zoey I’m really really really trying not to bust your face wide open right now, so if you will please keep your entire smart ass comments to yourself because I’m trying to be nice” He stated. “You call threatening me being nice? Or getting me gifts with dirty money being nice? You were better off borrowing some got damn money from Alexis thirsty ass” Zoey walked to his car. “Naw cause that would have been dirty money remember?” Caine sarcastically retorted while getting back in. Zoey rolled her eyes and closed the door. Caine started his car and took off just like his mind. He tried to keep his composure and thought about how badly he wanted to be on cloud nine. He was sick of Zoey’s mouth and was annoyed at the fact she wasn’t grateful for anything. Zoey and Caine drove in silence the whole ride. Caine drove to the restaurant they had their first date and parked. Zoey sighed and rolled her eyes and got out of the car. “What’s wrong now?” Caine asked. “Why did you have to choose this place?” She asked. Caine got into the car without saying anything and waited for Zoey to get in the car. Zoey got in the car and shut the door and looked at him. “I was only asking a question Caine” Zoey sighed heavily. Caine frowned and shook his head. “It’s cool we’ll go somewhere else” He said taking off.

Caine pulled up to a nearby restaurant from the one they went on their first date on and parked the car. He went to Zoey’s side and opened the door for her. He was really trying to be nice and better himself for her, but she was making it hard. Caine and Zoey walked into the restaurant and took their seats. The two of them looked at their menus and tried to decide what to order. “So why did you want to go to the other restaurant?” Caine looked up at Zoey who was busy digging in her purse. Zoey became frustrated and couldn’t find what she was looking for and ignored Caine. “ZOEY!” He blurted to get her attention. Zoey looked up at Caine in distraught. “I CAN’T FIND MY PILLS” She shook her head mad at herself. Caine screwed his face in confusion and put his menu down. “What pills?” He questioned. “My bipolar pills” Zoey confessed. “YOU’RE BIPOLAR?” He shouted taken aback. “Yes anything else?” Zoey smartly commented. “When the hell were you gonna tell me?” Caine continued to look at her. “LOOK! I JUST f***ING FOUND OUT LIKE MONTHS AGO OKAY DAMN” She got up and started walking out of the restaurant. Caine looked at the customer’s attention that Zoey grabbed and walked out behind her. “Wait slow the f*** down and calm the f*** down” Zoey got into the car and slammed the door shut. Caine got into the front seat and started the car. Zoey tapped her foot repeatedly and wanted to explode. “Don’t be slamming s*** like this s*** is yours I just got this s***” He exclaimed. “Shut the f*** up Caine and take me to trigga house” She ordered. “I’m not taking you to that nigga house you coming home with me” He spoke confidently. “UGH oh my God! Why the f*** not?” Zoey looked at him and folded her arms. “Because you’re doing what the f*** I said you were gonna do damnit and tha- Zoey cut Caine off by mushing him and making him hit his head on the window. Caine swerved and looked at Zoey in range and punched her making her nose bleed instantly. “ARE YOU f***ING CRAZY? YOU OBVIOUSLY DON’T GIVE A f*** ABOUT YOUR LIFE! YOU TRIED TO KILL US!” He screamed. Zoey felt like her nose was broken as tears streamed down her face from the pain. She wiped some of the blood on her hand and looked at it. “YOU’RE f***ING RIGHT I DON’T f***ING CARE ABOUT LIFE, YOU OR NOBODY ELSE! I f***ING HATE YOU!” She cried. “SHUT UP ZOEY JUST SHUT UP s***!” Caine yelled back. Caine sped to his place and quickly got out and pulled Zoey inside so she wouldn’t leave. “GET OFF OF ME YOU BASTARD” She yelled and cried. “ZOEY STOP IT! I DIDN’T WANT TO f***ING DO IT BUT YOU MADE ME IIGHT? I’M SORRY!” He blurted. Zoey ran to the bathroom and locked herself in there even though Caine hated when she did things like that. Zoey looked in the mirror and was convinced her nose was broken. She ran hot water in the sink and pulled out a facial towel to clean her nose. Caine knocked on the door feeling extremely bad after thinking about what he had done. “Zoey…I’m sorry please…come out, I’ll take you to the doctor.” He offered.

Zoey finished cleaning herself up and looked at herself in the mirror. She thought about how this was her fault. She shouldn’t have yelled at him or mushed his face then she wouldn’t be hurt. Zoey opened the door and walked into the room where Caine sat on the bed watching TV. Caine looked in Zoey’s red eyes and felt horrible. “Is it broken?” he stated concerned. “I don’t know” Zoey sat next to him while looking at the sheets. Caine tried to lift her face up, but she flinched in terror of him hitting her again. Caine felt horrible that she was afraid of him. Never before did he feel like a monster until now. “Can you do something for me?” He asked. “What?” She spoke softly still looking at the sheets. “Tie me up to the bed and beat me.” Caine replied. Zoey shot her head up and looked at him crazy. “What? No… Why?” She questioned. “Do it Zoey” He told her. Zoey shook her head. “No I won’t” She refused. “Why not?” Caine screwed his face. “Because I love you Caine” Zoey said letting a tear escape. Caine shook his head. “No f*** that. You shouldn’t and I deserve it… do it. I want you to please” He begged. Zoey sat there and refused some more until Caine shouted for her to follow his orders. She got up and found some rope and started binding him to the bed. Caine removed his shirt wanting to feel every hit. Zoey didn’t agree with what he was trying to make her do, but wanted to get it over with like he pleaded. “ Caine I don’t understand..” Zoey cooed. “ZOEY HIT ME! DO IT!” Caine yelled. “UGHHHHH SHUT UP!” She screamed and punched him in the face. “THATS RIGHT IM NOT s*** ZOEY I-M NOT s***” Caine continued to feel horrible as his voice cracked. “I f***ING HATE YOU! I HATE YOU! YOU STUPID BASTARD. ALL YOU DID WAS f***ING HURT ME AND ABUSE ME! WHY DID YOU TAKE HER AWAY FROM ME? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? AHHHHHHHHH. YOU INGRATE a**hole! YOU f***ING KILLED HER FOR WHAT? FOR WHAT YOU PERV! JUST DIE! DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE ALREADY” Zoey screamed as flashbacks of her step father played in her head. She couldn’t stop her fist from punching. She wanted him dead because of what he did to her and her mom. Caine began choking on his blood that filled his mouth. Zoey snapped out of her trance when she heard the coughing and realized it was Caine. “CAINE!!! Noo nooo nooo….” She quickly started unbinding him and lifted him up. Caine coughed some more and spit the blood out of his mouth.

Tears streamed down Zoey’s face once again as she looked at how severely she damaged his body. She never knew that she had that much power and strength. “I’m so stupid… I’m so sorry Caine” She managed to get out during her sobbing. Caine fluttered his eyes open and close as his vision got more blurry by the second. “Y-you did good baby” Caine smiled in the direction he thought was Zoey’s face. Zoey shook her head and held him as some of her tears dropped on him. She watched Caine’s eyes close and then shook him. “Noooo Caine stay with me baby.” Caine opened his eyes and took her cheek. “beautiful…”he soundlessly spoke. Zoey nodded her head and placed her hand over his head. “You baby” she cried silently. Caine put his index finger to her lips signaling her to be quiet and passed out. Zoey cried louder and then got up. She managed to put Caine over her shoulder and barely could stand. She struggled and fought to keep standing long enough to get him to the car. She opened the back door of her car and laid Caine on the seats and got into the driver’s side. Zoey sped to the hospital and asked for nurse’s help to get Caine. Zoey waited in the hospital waiting room and got questioned about what happened. She was also given some medicine for her nose. Zoey never lied so quick like what she had to do tonight. She felt horrible for putting Caine in the hospital, but deep down inside she felt good at the same time even though it was sad to admit. Zoey felt her phone vibrate and looked at her phone to see Trigga calling. She looked at it as he heart start beating rapidly. She got up and walked out of the hospital and answered. “Hello?” “Zoey…where you been?” He asked. “I’ve been okay” She answered unsure of how to feel. “I made your favorite I would really like for you to come and have dinner with me….I miss you” he exclaimed. “Trigga I can’t I’m kinda in the middle of something serious” Zoey shut down the offer. “Wow…I kinda wanted to talk to you about something as well, but alright” He sounded defeated. Zoey swallowed hard and looked back at the hospital and sighed. “I’m on my way” She then hung up and got in her car. Zoey prepared herself for the worse. She pulled up to trigga’s house swiftly and got out.

Trigga opened the door before Zoey could ring it. She noticed he was expecting her and really missed her like he quoted. “Hey Zoey” He pulled her into a hug and noticed her nose and pulled back quickly. “ZOEY! WHAT’S WRONG?” He said with a concerned look. Zoey looked at him and walked through the door. “I had an allergic reaction to some shrimp earlier that’s all I’m fine” She lied. “Are you sure?” Trigga closed his door and looked at her. Zoey nodded her head. “What is it that you wanted to talk about? I kinda gotta go back to what I was doing” She exclaimed. “If it was that important why did you leave?” Trigga screwed his face. “Because I need to know what it is that you want to talk about Trigga” Zoey looked at him. “Zoey…you’ve been distant and now you’re acting really strange” He looked at her weirdly. “Bye trigga” She ended toward the door. “My watch” He mentioned. Zoey turned around “What?” She pretended to not hear. “My watch…do you know where it is?” He asked.

to be continued....

Chapter 19: Clean Slate

Trigga watched Zoey leave the kitchen and finished making her plate. He took her food and knocked on her door. “Come in..” she said softly. Trigga opened the door and looked at Zoey. “I’m sorry for kissing you I shouldn’t have done that. Do you still want your dinner?” He questioned. Zoey looked at him and took the plate. “Thank you and I forgive you” She accepted. Trigga nodded his head. “Well I’ll let you finish your meal” He exited. Zoey looked at her food and sighed. She checked her phone and then surprising had an email notification letting her know that Caine responded. Zoey’s heartbeat moved extremely fast as she waited for the email to pop up on her phone. She then started to read.

Umm...damn it has been a while since I've talked to u and seen u. Uhhh...I don't know what u want me to say. I miss you? guess that's unnecessary though lol u moving on. What made you write that long ass letter. Yo ass scared to see me lol? Damn... I remember yo ass throwing them f***in drinks on my head Smh you a b**** til dis day for dat bulls*** to. Do you not know that alcohol Burns? Okay yea I know that I whooped your ass so what! you WERE my b**** and not some nigga who can just freely eat yo pussy when he wants. Like you said we usually made up the same or next day so you bein a hoe wasnt acceptable. Why the f*** you gotta state the obvious though? What the f*** is the purpose of you writing to me? If u wanted to f*** again, "go to lunch & dinner" you could of just drove around Vegas to find and tell me dat s*** to my face. You know I'm not hard to find lol I walk EVERYWHERE. I actually get to do a lil since I'm out of rehab now. Yea... I was gonna go on MY time not yours. Sober for a month now but seeing you might make me wanna snort something off a cat’s stomach lol. You not the only one wit scars mine might not be emotional but I got some physical ones. Oh yea and you were right everytime u called me crazy cause I got schizoid disorder and ur smart so look it up urself. Zoey do you still look like a boy or have you grown? I'm kinda tired of writing when you know...nothing is gonna change you said u were doing you so what the f*** you want me to say mann lol. I would tell u somethings but I don't want to be nice to you or nobody else. Don't think just because I been so er for a month that Caine is someone else and stop calling me cannan you know I hate that s***. Are you crying yet? I know I'm being a lil mean but face it Zoey we either something or nothing either way this is me. Iight? Don't f***in expect s*** else.Damn I know u probably frowin and sad. So check this out .. When I was in rehab all I thought about was you. Especially when it rained. You taking my virginity was kinda Iight I guess...I was really digging you Zoey. I wrote to you almost every day In jail and then finally gave u a letter since I couldn't take my guts anymore. In rehab I said I wouldn't write to you and secretly hoped that u would write to me first but you didn't. You never did but I couldn't blame u cause I'm guessing u didn't know where I was. Zoey I asked u to do one thing which was teach me how to love and u still have yet to complete that task. But that s*** don't matter you moving on. Good luck wit him. Make sure he don't whoop yo ass. He should buy u flowers everyday like the ones I gave u. Not just to impress u but because maybe he might love u. Let him be 10x better den me.I caught that u called me baby somewhere in the letter 2. Umm Iight ion know what the f*** else to say. I did tell u that I was gonna miss dat pussy the most didn't I? A nigga horny af!! maybe I can send u a pic wit more den just my shirt off.......sike!! I'm tired of writing bye.

-Caine

Zoey smiled and replied to the message I love you Caine . . I'm glad you went to Rehab... And I'l look your disorder up now.... Nigga I said I was moving on cuz I'm scared..... Smh. Caine sat over Alexis house watching movies. He looked through his phone and saw that Zoey replied. Don't get f***in happy ima smoke tomorrow and I don't know what u scared of maybe u need to learn some from the wizard of oz got some for u in there and tell me what u find. Zoey ate her food as her phone went off. She read Caine’s response and rolled her eyes. Smh... Still mean as f*** I see. But it worked. My smiled faded quick as f***.., I'm scared of you relapsing on me nigga! The f***? I'm in love with a nigga that don't f***ing love me lol... I hope you gained weight ho! Skinny ass! Caine looked at the email at told Zoey to text her.

Zoey: why?

Caine: I see you texted lol

Zoey: Ugh what you want rude ass

Caine: I just wanted to catch up

Zoey: I guess…

Caine: What are you doing?

Zoey: eating..

Caine: what you eat?

Zoey: Steak and baked potato

Caine: sounds good

Zoey: want some? 

Caine: lol you know I love to eat

Zoey: Caine

Caine: lol EVERYTHING!

Zoey: lol omg!

Caine: ahhhhh

Zoey laughed at the messaged and then finished her food. She and Caine continued to talk. Caine wanted to see Zoey, so he invited her to the Mountain View he went several times to think. Zoey took her time and made Caine wait for her to arrive. She took an extra-long bath and made sure she re-did her hair. “Going somewhere?” Trigga snuck up on her. Zoey jumped a lil and turned around as she continued applying her make up. “Yea..” She smiled. “He must be really special” He sounded hurt. Zoey turned around and faced Trigga. “Trigga…” She said. “You look nice” He complemented. Zoey looked at him and smiled. “I’ll be back soon” She stated. “Yea I might not be though…so I’ll see you” He informed her. Zoey nodded her head and faced the mirror. She finished her makeup and then grabbed her keys and got in her car. Caine threw rocks from off of the ground waiting for Zoey’s arrival. Zoey pulled up at the Mountain View and saw Caine looking at the scene with his shirt off. He looked in Zoey’s direction and smiled. Zoey parked her car and got out. Caine approached her and waved. Zoey laughed at the awkward moment the two of them shared for a minute. “So you come here often?” She struck the conversation up. Caine nodded his head. “yea…sometimes when I really didn’t feel like going to the shelter I’d come here and watch the sunset” He looked at it. Zoey did the same “it’s beautiful.” She added. “Like you..” Caine faced her. “So you’ve been sober for a long time huh?” she ignore his previous complement. Caine nodded his head. “For a month…I’m trying” he started to throw more rocks. Zoey smiled. “That’s awesome I’m proud of you” She congratulated. “Thanks… So what you been up too?” He questioned. “Well when I emailed you I also found out that I had some interviews tomorrow so I’m gonna do that and….pray” She looked down a bit. “Still blaming God for everything?” He looked at her. Zoey shot a glare at him not expecting his response. “I been through a lot Caine” she exclaimed. “Haven’t we all?” He spat back. Zoey chuckled “So you’re a believer now?” she inquired. “I wouldn’t necessarily say that, but I just stopped blaming him for s*** that I know I was the one causing s*** to happen” He expressed. “Hmph” Zoey thought. “I’m not an angel at all Zoey, so don’t think I’m judging you. I still got some s*** I know I need to work on so… don’t hold that over my head. I’m trynna get a clean slate with you” he looked at her. “Your opinion is yours, but why?” She retorted. Caine walked toward and looked at in the eyes. “You mean to tell me that you just came up here to catch up and not give me another chance?” He inquired. Zoey shook her head and chuckled. “See I knew you were expecting that good bye Caine” She started walking off. Caine ran after her before she could get in her car. “Wait! Zoey” he called. “What do you want? You sitting up here pretending again huh? I don’t have time for It Caine” She tried getting in her car. “I’m not pretending.. I wanted to see you because I miss you” Caine looked in her eyes. Zoey looked away and then at the ground. “Still doing that I see” He mentioned.

Zoey looked up at him and rolled her eyes slightly. Caine laughed and looked at her. “Ain’t s*** funny” She mumbled. “Well…thank you for coming I guess” Caine’s smile faded. “Is it okay to hug you?” She asked. Caine nodded his head. Zoey wrapped her arms around his neck as he pulled her into a hug. Zoey melted at that moment as she felt the heat off his body run through her. She never wanted to let go because it wasn’t often when she got a chance to experience this. Caine pulled back and stared in her eyes. Zoey gazed into his and began getting lost. Caine leaned in and pecked her lips slowly. Zoey almost broke down and fell to the ground but control herself. Tears started slowly flowing out of her face. She missed him so much, but hated that it only took once second for him to get her where he wanted her. The two of them continued kissing and ended up making love on the hood of the car. They spoke sweet things in each other’s ears and kissed their tears away. They missed each other and either one of them could deny the feeling. They were meant for each other. Zoey and Caine fixed their clothes and shared another awkward moment. “I guess I’ll see you around…” Caine stated softly. “Why don’t you come over where I’m staying…..I could use the company” She offered an invitation. Caine nodded his head. Zoey drove off once Caine got into the car and drove to Trigga’s house. She remembered that he said he wouldn’t be there, so that way she wouldn’t feel awkward. Zoey pulled up to the house and then got out. Caine followed her to the door in amazement. “You live here?” he looked around. Zoey chuckled and opened the door.

“Well…for the moment” She let him in. Caine walked in and looked everywhere with his eyes. Zoey locked the door making sure it was secured and then led Caine to her room. “You can sit and watch Tv…get comfortable” She informed him. Caine sat on the bed and just looked. “This is nice…” Zoey smiled “Thanks…just until I get on my feet. But, I have a feeling I’m getting a job tomorrow.” Caine smiled and nodded his head. “I have hope.” He told her. Zoey looked at him for a while and thought about her relationship with him. “I do too…” She said softly. Caine smiled and reached for the remote and turned the channel. “I’m going to shower I’m about to show you the kitchen so you can eat all you want okay?” Zoey said. Caine looked at her surprised. “Really?” He asked. Zoey chuckled a little “Yes.. I know you’re hungry and don’t lie because I know you” She told him. Zoey walked up to him and held her hand out. “Grab it and don’t let go” She demanded. Caine looked at her and smirked. “Yes ma’am” He grabbed her hand. Zoey smiled to herself and showed Caine the kitchen.

“I’ll be only a few minutes” She informed. Caine nodded his head and watched Zoey walk up the stairs. Caine opened their refrigerator and just decided to make himself a sandwich with chips. Zoey hopped in the shower and bathed. Caine sat there eating his sand which like he never ate in years. Once he finished he tried to lead himself back to Zoey’s room, but ended in a different room. Caine looked around the room and saw a watch. He picked up a Rolex and thought money. Caine quickly put it in his wallet and made his way out and bumped into Zoey. “Sorry” he laughed. “What are you doing?” She asked. “I was trying to find your room, but I know that’s not it” He chuckled. “You had enough to eat?” she questioned. “Yea..” Caine said as he started following her back to his room. “You wanna take a shower?” She asked. “Umm I don’t have any clean clothes to put on” He stated. “I have some of your clothes from when I’ve worn them, so you can have em back” She replied. “Could you get me a towel and stuff?” He asked. Zoey nodded her head and got him everything he need. In the meantime Caine took his shoes off and placed it in his shoes and folded his clothes on top of it. “Everything is in the bathroom” Zoey informed him. “Thank you” he approached her. Zoey looked him up and down and smack his ass. “Aye!” He got caught off guard. “I’m sorry I couldn’t help it” She smiled. Caine shook his head letting it slide this time and prepared himself to get in the shower. After fifteen of him bathing thoroughly Caine got out and wrapped the towel over his waist. He got his clothes and brought them out of the bathroom as he stepped in Zoey’s room.

“So, who are you living here with?” He questioned. “The guy that kidnapped me” Zoey retorted. Caine thought that was strange, but didn’t question anything else as he got dressed. He then laid next to Zoey and propped on his elbows and focused on the TV. “You smell good” She complimented. “Thanks to you” He spat. Zoey chuckled a little and kissed his cheek. “Can you spend the night with me?” She asked him. “Zoey I can’t” he exclaimed. “How come? You can just drop me off at my interview I’ll let you keep my car for the day” She told him. Caine thought for a minute and then agreed. “Zoey… I miss you” He looked at her. “You told me earlier” She looked at the TV. “I really really miss you” He looked at her. Zoey sighed because she didn’t want to let him back into her life so easily. Not this time. “Caine I understand you probably did some thinking, so now it’s my turn” Zoey declared. Caine looked at her with disbelief. “Like Caine seriously… I’m not getting any younger and I’m 23 and your 24 and I don’t have time to be playing around anymore. I want to be settling down soon with someone I know that can see themselves with me forever then children. You’re not even thinking close to none of that” She turned her attention to him. “How you know that?” He questioned. “Caine look at me and tell me you can see me as your wife” She stared in his eyes. Caine stared at her and then looked away. “My point exactly” Zoey shook her head and laughed her pain off. “What would you do if I got pregnant?” She asked. “Are you?” he looked at her. “HELL NO!” She looked at him crazy. “I’m just saying cause you on all this marrying and children s***” He responded. “I want to know what would you do , so I can see eye to eye on SOMETHING” She stressed. Caine sighed and looked at his hands while thinking. “Adoption maybe?” He looked at her waiting for approval. “I don’t believe in abortions either… so I guess” She agreed. “Can we switch the subject?” he got uncomfortable. “I’m sorry…” she then got under the covers and tried to go to bed. Caine watch TV for a few more hours and then got in the bed and held Zoey tightly. “Still love you baby” He whispered and kissed her ear. He then drifted to sleep.

Zoey woke up and got dressed. She pecked Caine on the lips causing him to wake up. “Come on I have to go” She told him. Caine looked at her crazy and wiped the crust out of his eyes. Caine got himself together and then drove Zoey to her interview. “Good luck babe” he told her. “Caine don’t call me those type of things were friends for right now okay?” She looked at him before getting out. Caine felt those words sting him like a bee, but he tried not to show it and nodded his head. Zoey got out the car and headed inside of Chili’s. “Hello Welcome to Chili’s” She greeted. “Hey I’m here for an interview” Zoey told her. “Okay I’ll let my manager know” She left the hostess stand. Zoey waited patiently for the girl to come back. “She said you can have a seat over there and she’ll be right with you” She pointed in the direction. “Okay thank you so much” Zoey smiled. “You’re welcome and good luck” She smiled. Caine walked out of a Jewelry store with a wad of money. He hopped into Zoey’s car and began counting how much he got for the watch. Caine’s mouth flew open as he was amazed. “I-m..Im…IM RICH…IM f***ING RICH b****ES!!!” He screamed to himself. Caine drove off in excitement. He started thinking of a million things to do. He thought about splurging or getting a roof to live under. Zoey got hired on the spot and started instantly training. She applied to be a hostess, so the girl who greeted her started to help her. “My name is Kiely” She smiled. “I’m Zoey” She extended her hand. Kiely shook her hand and began going over the basics with her. To Zoey’s surprise it was some complications even though the job looked beyond easy. Caine waited patiently for his application to process and was thankful to be the only one trying to see an apartment today. “Would this be your first apartment?” The reality lady asked. “Yes ma’am” he said. “Okay well your application is processing and were running your credit as well” She informed him.

An Hour later Caine got his new place and paid six months’ worth of rent, and extra for a furnished one. He didn’t really wanna waste time in searching because he had plans to buy Zoey things. Caine headed to the mall and walked into Victoria Secret. “Hey you need any help?” A sales associate asked him. Caine laughed and looked around and nodded his head. “Yes. I’m trying to get a couple of things for my girl” He told her. “Okay well do you know her sizes?” Caine sat and thought about seeing her bra tag one day during sex. “I think she wears a 34-B, oh can you show me were those lil outfits at with the corsets?” He asked. “Yes sure we can do that and we have an annual sale going on were all bras are twenty dollars. Our undergarments are 5 for twenty five. Just let me know what you like and I’ll take them down for you” She told him. Caine thanked her and searched. Zoey continued getting trained as well as getting to know Kiely a little more. She got a vibe from her that she might be a sweet girl and didn’t mind being social at the moment. “So when did you get those dimple piercings?” She wondered. “four years ago”Kiely stated. “Oh cool.. how old are you?” Zoey questioned. “I’m twenty four” Kiely answered. “ My ex turned twenty four a while ago” Zoey interjected. “Oh what’s his name?” Kiely asked. The two of them spoke about Caine and Kiely seemed to understand a little bit of their relationship with the little Zoey allowed herself to say.

Caine walked out with goodies for Zoey and headed to his new apartment. All he need now was to get himself a car. As soon as he started heading to a dealer Zoey called. He then cruised to her interview and then waited for her in the car. Zoey came out with a huge smiled and pranced to the passenger seat. “Your happy “Caine laughed. “I got the job” Zoey smiled wide. “That’s so amazing Zoey…really happy for you” He started the car. “Thanks , today is like the best day of my life so far just because I can see myself getting on my feet again” Zoey sighed in relief and smiled to herself. Caine couldn’t help but to smile because he knew in a few moments her day would brighten even more. Zoey noticed the direction they were driving in, but thought he had somewhere to go so she didn’t say anything. Caine pulled up to the apartments. “I want you to meet my friend” He stated. “Your friend?” Zoey questioned. Caine laughed and went and opened her door. “Yea girl..” He helped her. Zoey looked at him crazy not only because of what he was saying, but because of his actions. He was acting very strange. Caine led the way and opened the door. “Surprise baby this is us” he announced. Zoey stood there in amazement. She started walking around and entered the bedroom (the 1st one) “Wow…this is beautiful” She turned and bumped into Caine with her gifts. “Zoey… you deserve it all.” Zoey looked at him and then at the gifts. “Wow…Caine I..don’t know what to say” She looked at him with tears in her eyes. “Just enjoy” He told her. Zoey let her tears fall because she hasn’t felt that important to anyone in a while and for Caine to show a different side of him was shocking. She took her gifts and started opening them. Zoey’s mouth dropped when she opened her new shoes . “Caine…” She let some tears fall. “Yea?” he watched her. “How could you afford these? This?” She questioned. “We can talk about all that later…go ahead that’s not it” he sat on the bed and watched. Zoey continued opening a bunch of things like clothes, a kindle fire, and etc. Once Zoey was done she got up and hugged him and cried on his shoulder. “Why you crying?” he chuckled. Zoey couldn’t even tell him if she could. She continued to cry ignoring his questioned. “I know baby…” He rubbed her back. Zoey composure herself and got herself together. Caine picked up her lingerie. “Try it on for daddy” he smirked. Zoey couldn’t help but to laugh. He wasn’t going to take no for an answer until she took him back. He didn’t listen and continued trying extremely hard to win her heart. Zoey took the lingerie and started trying them on for him. She soon came out. “Do you like it She questioned. Caine shrugged his shoulders. “It’s cool.. I thought you would cause I know you got some shoes that’s cheetah and you like that type of s***” he laughed. “Didn’t know you paid attention” Zoey sassed. “I know a lot of things about you, you might not know” He flirted. “Uh huh..” She left and took off the lingerie and tried on another one. “I like this one” Zoey said. “I figured you would since it’s like a dress” he said. Zoey went to the bathroom and tried on one last one. “mmm turn around” he instructed. Zoey turned around and then faced him again. Caine bit his lip. “Come closer I can’t see” Zoey laughed “no nasty” she went and took off her lingerie and put her clothes back on. “thank you so much for this…really” She thanked him again. “Just as long as your happy” Caine stated.

oh snap!...I must read when I'm done with the FF I'm reading now!

thank yall so much!!

I guess the s.o.b. i was talking about was his moms- _- wtf? It's to late in the game for postpartum depression so what made her sick ass do it? *unless she's telling the truth and she didn't do it just like all of the other innocent inmate's...insert my "im stupid" face---} here* ugh! Now i see why Caine be flipping on Zoey. I mean im all for speaking your mind, but y speak it if you're just going to back down from the fight. Aww he's in LOVE *tear* lol i think its cute he needs to get his s*** together tho... im glad he was working on it. And wtf where they at? Niggas just kiddnapping broads smh. I do like her and tremaine *sexy ass* together tho... but i know she still loves caine. Run it!

omgosh i love the new adds
especiallly the review cuz the tatts were soo cute! aww caine really do love her. He was scared to be loving herr so he pulled away
man i kinda wanted trey and her to work out! i felt bad she got raped but im glad he was nice to her
let caine respond to her!
im glad caine is better, hopefully he gets off the streets and alexis is old news
maybe they should move to l.a and start over?
as for ty aww poor dude i have a feeling someone set his momma up
run this :)

Chapter 18: Missing Pieces

Zoey woke up feeling around her bed to find no one there. She sat up and wiped the crust out of her eyes and looked around her new room. Zoey got up and tried putting on her things and soon walked in Trigga. “Where you think you going?” He stood at the door laughing at her. Zoey continued to put on her shoes ignoring him. She walked to the door as he snatched her by her hair. Zoey looked at him with frightened eyes. “Look shawty I DON’T want to go back to jail okay? Please don’t make me break your face okay?” He warned her staring back. Zoey nodded her head quickly in fear. “Now…” He let her hair go. “There are some things I need to go over with you” He continued. Zoey stood there as her heart continued to beat rapidly. “Look I’m not a violent person I just need you to sit down and listen” He instructed. Zoey sighed and sat down on the bed. “I run a business….not your ordinary business. You’re gonna work for me and you have no choice” He demanded. “What kind of business?” Zoey screwed her face. “Let me get to that…. But you will meet with different clients a day, give them what they desire, and you will retrieve the money for me” He informed her. “You want me to be some hoe for you? f*** NO!” Zoey yelled. “Be ready in fifteen minutes or else” Trigga said walking out.

Zoey slammed the door and screamed. She wished that she would have stayed in car for just a little while longer instead of taking a walk just to get kidnapped. She really hated God at this moment in her life. She never felt so betrayed and cursed before. All Zoey wanted to do was die at this point. She walked slowly out the room with tears running down her face. She quickly wiped them when Trigga turned around. “Why aren’t you getting ready?” he asked. “I wanted to ask you if my car was here…”She looked away. Trigga took her face making her face him. “I got my homeboy to get it for you so I’ll hold onto your keys for you, but yes…” He told her. “Am I allowed to get some clothes?” She asked sarcastically. Trigga held his hand out and walked outside with her. Zoey roamed through her clothes in her suitcase after moving around some things in her trunk. “You have ten minutes now I don’t have time to piss off any customers” He warned her. Zoey sighed and then walked back into the house and got lost on her way finding her house. Trigga laughed and redirected Zoey to her room then left her to get ready. Ty woke up in his new apartment in awe. He was proud of the steps he was taking to become a better him. He walked into his shower and got himself together for his therapy session.

Ty said down in Dr. Sleeter’s office and drunk his bottle of water as he waited for her arrival. Momentarily Dr. Sleeter walked in and sat down at her desk with a huge smile on her face. “I am so glad to see you Mr.Miller” She continued smiling. Ty flashed her a half smile not really wanting to be there. “So, did you pay your mom a visit like we talked about?” She questioned. Ty sighed and nodded his head. “Yeah I went to see her.” He stated. Dr. Sleeter smiled and nodded her head. “Okay! Well how did it go?” She inquired. “I basically made her feel worthless” He bluntly remarked. Dr. Sleeter’s smiled faded as she looked at Ty is disbelief. “Ty…that’s not nice no matter what the situation may be that’s still your mom.” She expressed. “Yea well my mom so happened to kill my sister and I don’t f***ING appreciate that” he interjected. Caine woke up with tears in his eyes. He didn’t enjoy opening up to his counselor about Zoey, but he didn’t want to admit how much it helped talking about her either. Caine knew he made a mistake with his word choices in the car that night they broke up. He knew that he couldn’t take it back even though he meant what he said. He just wishes he would have came off better then to hurt her the way he did. Somewhere deep down inside of Caine was a special place for Zoey and no matter how much they went through he knew that no one could take that.

Zoey looked out the window as she rode with Trigga to meet her first client. She did not agree with this at all and felt that she would be held hostage even more if she declined anything. “You don’t have to do this every day, but until I say so” Trigga said. “I’ve been looking for a job..” She stated. “And what happened? Eviction” He said. Zoey rolled her eyes and kept quiet throughout the rest of the ride. Trigga pulled up to a trailer home. Zoey looked at him walk out and almost threw up in her mouth. “This is your first client sweetie” Trigga said. “Are you f***ing kidding me?” Zoey asked. “Does it look look like I’m kidding? Remember what I said” Trigga said. “Come on sweetheart” The hillbilly said. Zoey clinched her jaws to stop from knocking this man out. She despised names such as “Honey”, “Sweetheart”, “Mami” and etc. It just didn’t sit well with her. Zoey walked into the trailer and as Trigga stay outside and waited. “You can follow me sweetie” He told her. Zoey rolled her eyes “Don’t f***ing call me that” She informed him. The man took his pants off revealing his hard d*** which made Zoey uncomfortable knowing that he was roaming her body. He put his money on the counter and got on the bed. Zoey really didn’t know what to do and stood there. “Are you gonna come suck this d*** or what?” He asked her. Zoey stood there with her arms fold in disgust. “Use your hand and moan really loudly making him think I’m f***ing you because I’m not about to f*** you” She said proudly. “What did you say to me?” he got up and started approaching her. Zoey backed up and looked at her. “You HEARD me” She bluntly stated. The hillbilly slapped Zoey across her face and ripped her clothes off. Zoey tried her hardest to fight back, but he was very strong. Zoey felt as if he ripped her stomach open as he began thrusting inside and out of her. Her cries were his motivation to hit her more, torture her more, and pump harder.

Zoey closed her eyes and hoped that this man would stop, but she knew he wouldn’t. He continued to ignore her screams as Zoey could only hope to be saved by someone who heard her cry. Instant flashbacks of her stepfather flooded her brain as she cried. She felt more than filthy and humiliated. Caine crumbled the letter he attempted to write to Zoey. He just knew for sure in his heart that she wouldn’t read or ever forgive me. He hated that she was the only person he thought about. As much as he didn’t want to admit it, Caine had a lot of love for Zoey more than she would ever know. Caine appreciated the help from Alexis even though he didn’t look at her past a friend. Sometimes they would give the patients a few moments to look at their phones. Caine didn’t really have that desire because he didn’t have anyone to talk to. Zoey finally got the strength to kick the man in the balls as he screamed and winched in pain on the floor. “YOU STUPID b**** YOU, f***ING FILTHY WHORE YOU!” He screamed. Zoey cried as she grabbed her clothes and ran as fast as she could outside. She felt arms wrap around her and screamed then turn around swinging at Trigga. Trigga faced her and looked at her with a concerned look. “Shawty… I swe- “ “LEAVE ME ALONE!” Zoey roared while cutting him off. “COME WITH ME SO I CAN HELP YOU” He roared back. Zoey shook her head as tears streamed down her face. “No….I can’t trust you” She cried. Trigga sighed and started wiping her tears. “I am sooo sorry this happened to you please just let me help you” He pleaded. Zoey didn’t want to anything to do with Trigga. She didn’t know this man for a long shot and look what just happened to her. “Take me to my car and THAT’S IT!” She ordered. Trigga nodded his head as Zoey got in the car.

Trigga made sure he took care of Zoey once they got back. He took her to the doctor and made sure everything was okay. He never let b****es get this close to him. There was something about Zoey that made the soft side want to come out. “I want you to know that you can trust me and you can stay here until you get on your feet” He offered. “How I know you won’t make me prostitute again?” Zoey looked into his eyes. “Shawty…I will never make you do that again that’s what I got my other b****es for” He informed her. Zoey stared at him for a long time and then eventually nodded her head. Three months passed and Zoey and Trigga developed a close friendship. Zoey believed if she wasn’t still in love with Caine then she would have gave Trigga a chance. He was funny, charming, sweet, and the opposite of Caine. Zoey woke up and headed to the shower. She got herself together and then decided she would try job hunting one more time. Ty got up and got himself ready to go to work. He was thrilled to finally overcome his depression the more he went to Dr. Sleeter. Even though Ty still felt hatred in his heart from his mom murdering his little sister. “I’m going to go look for a Job I’ll be back soon” He stated. “I got some money if you need it you know I always look out for you” Trigga stated. Zoey sighed and nodded her head. “Yea I know, but I rather make my own I don’t want to keep taking from you” She told him. “Well don’t be long I’m cooking tonight” he smiled. “Oh really?” Zoey stated surprised. Trigga laughed and nodded his head. “At least the maids have a day off” She chuckled and left the house. As time went on Zoey and Trigga maintained a friendship which allowed her to gain her freedom back. She witness the new girls he brought in his business go through the things she used to. Zoey felt bad majority of the time, but new to stay in her lane. At first it was hard to accept all of the things Trigga was presenting her because she didn’t want to use him. But, he insisted on taking care of her for as long as she needed him to. Zoey didn’t need a man to take care of her. After her mom died she knew she had to grow up faster than normal.

Caine sat at the food court with Alexis as they began to catch up. Zoey parked her car and headed inside of the mall. Caine didn’t enjoy living off of Alexis, but because she offered to be there for him he had no choice. Caine needed fast money and hanging around Alexis was the only way he was going to get it. Zoey walked by the food court as she took a seat to start filling out applications. She scanned through the food options they had and let her eyes roam around the room. Her eyes stuck on him. Her heart dropped as she realized it was Caine. The last time she saw him he looked sick and homeless as of now he looked the complete opposite. Caine laughed and ate with Alexis as she cracked jokes about their past relationship. It had definitely changed over the years. Zoey quickly got up and cleared her throat as she walked quickly out of the mall. She felt tears roll down her face as she got in her car and pulled off. Zoey hated the feeling of seeing him with Alexis. She wasn’t his friend and she was desperate for his d***. Zoey walked through Trigga’s house and hurried to her room making sure no one saw her cry.

“I thought I heard you come in dinner is getting prepared anything specific?” Trigga said while busting through the door. Zoey quickly wiped her tears quickly and looked away. “No…” she spoke softly. Trigga grew to learn Zoey’s actions since she lived with him. “Shawty…what’s wrong?” He questioned as he closed the door. Zoey shook her head nothing. “Please don’t lie to me…just tell me. I’m here for you” He kneeled down in front of her making her face him. Trigga wiped her tears as Zoey let a few escape some more. “I saw my Ex with a girl I can’t stand…and… I miss him” She confessed. For some odd reason those words Triggered Trigga’s heart. “Damn Shawty… maybe you should tell him” He suggested. Zoey shook her head as she wiped more tears. “He hates me” She told him. “Tell him how you feel Zoe” He finally called her by her name. Zoey looked at him and shook her head once again. “It’s not that easy Trigga… we have a rocky past” She expressed. “Well I know every relationship isn’t perfect and I understand if it was rocky, but you’ll never find things out unless you don’t let him know what’s up” He told her. “I don’t even know if he has a phone…”. “Well there’s always email” Trigga got up smiling. Zoey laughed as he kissed her cheek. “I’ll get back to dinner beautiful” He mentioned while leaving. Zoey watched Trigga leave and thought about how things would be if she gave him a chance. Zoey sighed and decided to email Caine.
Dear Cannan,

I don’t know how to start this off. It’s been a while since I wrote to you. The last time is when you were in jail. You looked really good in that jumpsuit too. I’m sorry, I forgot how you don’t like to be complimented, but I guess I should start with flashbacks of the memories. I remember the first time we met in high school. I remember thinking about how cute you were and how I wished to have you to myself. We were in ninth grade and you had me rolling at times. You were a complete a**hole then, but you were the class clown and life of the party. I was so awkward and quiet. I was weird and I felt like I didn’t fit in. I looked so boyish and I had a hard time finding myself. I never felt pretty around you and I was self-conscious so I never said anything to you about it. Then years later, we lost touch. I never forgot you though. I was just so committed to my boyfriend at the time. Everything about our relationship was a complete wreck. The way he would flip out on me at times and always played the victim. I loved him with everything in me, but he didn’t see it. He chose drugs over our love. And that led to him killing himself right before my eyes. I was shocked and completely distraught by it all. It took me years to get over that. That’s why when you tried to kill yourself in front of me for the first time, it brought back memories and imagine me going through that again? I probably would’ve ended up in the crazy house. Anyway, I remember when we first met again. Oh my gosh! You had me intrigued. I never met someone so blunt and opinionated like that. And it was a big turn-on. You gave it to me straight and didn’t sugarcoat s***. [I really appreciate that!] I remember when you said I looked like a man. I laughed my ass off that day. You were an even bigger jerk. Then you had the complete audacity to lie and say that you were a respectable person. Calling me a man and a ho is not being respectable Caine! It was funny because you sent me a picture of you with your shirt off and told me not to save it. And I didn’t. Then gon’ ask me did I save it after you told me not to! Then we went on our first date. It was going great. You were being the a**hole that I liked and I enjoyed your jokes. I couldn’t help that I laughed at everything. Laughter is my defense mechanism. I laugh at everything to hide my pain. But back to what I was saying… you had me rolling. I was fire hot when you dug your fork into my f***ing steak talking about yours was too damn tough! I wanted to wring your f***ing neck! I gave you a death stare and you what was up then. You tried to play it off like you didn’t, but you did. I became quiet after I ordered some margaritas and you joked about that too saying how you liked me better when I’m quiet. That’s when the drinks took full effect and I started not to feel well. I don’t remember what you said, but somehow I couldn’t take you anymore and I through the drinks on your head. You wanted to kill me. And I didn’t blame you. It turned out my ass was having an allergic reaction! You left and I fainted. The next day you brought me flowers and I couldn’t help, but think that you were so… caring. Well, to an extent. It was something about you Caine. Whenever you would snort coke, you turned into a different person. You were so romantic and you confessed all your secrets to me. I remember being intrigued and amazed. I started to fall for you. I remember the day you lost your job and I laughed hard as hell. But I secretly felt bad for that. You were down and I wanted to make you feel better so I decided that we should have dinner. Well, lunch and dinner. You told me that it wasn’t a good idea. So, I ignored the lunch part. And we were gonna go to dinner. So, I agreed that I would pick you up. I remember you texting me things like ‘baby where are you? It’s getting cold out here. Hurry up.’ You were high of course, but I felt like you really liked me. You were on the corner sitting and stuff. Cannan, I always was attracted to you. I wanted to take care of you baby, but you wouldn’t let me. And I KNOW you’re a man and you hate to ask anybody for help, but I didn’t give a f***. I would’ve given you my last meal for you to be happy. I didn’t care about eating. As long as you did, then I would’ve been content. And it broke my heart to hear you say that you would rather be in jail because then you’d have a home. I invited you in my home because I loved being around you, even when you were being mean towards me. I remember the night you were high and you slept at my house. You warned me to leave before you woke up because you might’ve done something to me. That’s how dangerous you were. And I made sure to go to work early so I wouldn’t have to witness your wrath. When you woke up in the morning, I texted you to make sure you were okay. And you thought I kidnapped you! Somehow, I KNEW you would say that. But I reassured you that you were in my home. I also remember the first time we got together. I was so happy, but you still weren’t affectionate with me. You didn’t like that cuddling or hugging s***. I remember when we first had sex in the rain. It was so amazing. Your body was somehow made for mine and I was so glad that you gave me something so precious. This was the first time we kissed too. And it felt so good. I wouldn’t trade that moment for anything. This was also the time you hauled ass on me. I was driving and you told me to pull over. You ran like hell and I drove after you. You were feeling bad because you had just lost your job and I wanted to take care of you. And you didn’t like that. I’m sorry, but I just wanted to be there for you. But, you wouldn’t let me though. Then there was the second time we had sex this time without a condom. That was truly amazing. Man you put it on me SO good. You knew how to please me perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better lover. Those were some of the good times, but you know I gotta take you to the bad times. I want to first off say this. I f***ing hate that Alexis b****. I never liked her from the jump when I found out she bought you clothes! You ALLOWED her to buy you a WHOLE NEW wardrobe, but wouldn’t even let me buy you lunch. That completely pissed me off and I got real jealous because you were MY man, not hers. Anyway, I remember you being downstairs and getting high like normal. You were popping pills and smoking. I was upstairs smoking as well and you smelled it. So you came upstairs and snatched the blunt out of my hand. I hated when you did that, but I can laugh about it now. I got irritated like hell and went downstairs and got drunk. You smashed the bottle and you shook me. I remember you yelling at me, “b****, you ain’t been doing this s***! You wanna be like me so bad? BE YOUR f***ING SELF!” And I cried and yelled at you. I think you picked me up and carried me to the bed. You tied me to it and ripped my shirt off. I thought you were gonna kill me, but you snorted coke off my stomach. I cried and cried. And I KNOW you hated to see or hear me cry. I kept asking you not to hurt me. And you basically told me to shut up or that you were gonna hurt me. You finally let me go. You then got a gun and placed it to your head. I talked you out of killing yourself. It broke my heart. Honestly, I loved you at that point. And I didn’t know what the f*** I would’ve done without you. Cannan, there were plenty times after that when you tried to kill yourself—the tub incident, the gun incident, and the wrist cutting incident. You kept telling me how the demons told you to do it. I was scared baby. I’m not going to lie to you. You blacked out on me and started talking about they were going to hurt you if you didn’t try to kill yourself. I remember praying for you one day. This was before we prayed that day together. I didn’t even believe in God, but I thanked him for giving me you. You weren’t perfect, but you were perfect for me. Anyway, the other time we prayed together and it was so emotional. But I prayed that God would free you from your pain. Let’s talk about the beatings and verbal abuse. You were no longer sweet when you were high, you became violent. The worst beating I received was when we were at home and you choked me and called me a dumb b****. You stood over me and kicked me in my side repeatedly. I laid there and took all of it. I didn’t even cry like I normally would. I fought my tears because I prayed silently that it would soon stop, but it didn’t. That’s when I fought back. I got up and kneed you and started choking you. I then punched you several times and you silently cried and laid there. I turned my back. You got up and went and got your gun. You aimed the gun at me and I feared that you would kill me. I tried to be tough and challenged you to pull the trigger, but instead you turned it on yourself. That’s when my tough talk died down. I feared that you would end up committing suicide. I talked a little sense into you AGAIN and instead you shot yourself into the stomach. You put me through so much Caine. I don’t know how I was able to put up with it. But you told me that I was a lot stronger than I thought. I remember us going to Cali the first time and you beating me in an area where no light were. You f***ed my face up and I stood there taking the beating as you told me not to cry because if I did, you were gonna beat me worse. I fought back the wet tears and kept wondering why I stayed with you. But even when you were punching my face in I still was in love and didn’t care as long as you were happy. I hated when you were mad because you turned into a completely different person. You told me to get in the back of the car and fall asleep. You’re gonna think I’m crazy, but I got in the back and smiled. Why did I smile? Maybe because I liked to be controlled I guess. I woke up the next day on top of my car. I heard you whisper before I fell asleep, “I’m sorry baby.” I pretended that I was sleep, but I wasn’t. In the morning, you acted like nothing happened. We went to IHOP and I remembered thinking to myself how bad you hit me. You asked me what was wrong because you saw it all on my face. I pretended that it didn’t bother me, but it did. It was silent after that and I knew you felt bad. I remember us going to LA for the second time. We broke up SO many times, but we always made up the same day or at least the next day. This was our LONGEST breakup. Before we broke up this time, it was your birthday and this was the week you knocked Alexis out. I honestly didn’t feel bad for the b**** at all. She deserved that s***. Anyway, you scared me because you didn’t tell me that at first. You were all like, “You still wanna go to LA?” So, I agreed and took all my s***. We got there and man, you didn’t even snort or smoke that whole week ‘til we got to LA. I was so proud of you, but I knew it wouldn’t last. We got to LA and we had nowhere to go. Well, I was driving and I promised to take you shopping for your birthday and to buy you breakfast. So, I did. And things went good. I remember us acting so goofy in Wal-Mart. We were racing in the baskets and I fell over. You were winning. You instantly jumped out of your basket and came to check up on me. I don’t know, but I was so in love with you at this point. I would’ve died for you at any second. We finished shopping and got into the car and smoked. Your mean ass took my blunt and gave me your old one! My ass faced two loud blunts and I passed out. You thought I was sleep. You said, “b****, it’s my birthday! Wake up!” I can laugh at that now. [Let’s not forget how we f***ed at the lake the night before! It was so amazing!] Then we went to the club and you didn’t have your license because those niggas that jumped you took it so the plan was that I was gonna flirt with the bodyguard so you could get in. I forgot and you were so embarrassed ‘cuz I got in and you didn’t. I felt SOOO bad baby. I was so f***ing stupid. It was your day and we talked about this. You made me feel like complete s*** and a failure. You were mad and disappointed so we went back to the hotel that I got that morning and you lay down. I was feeling so overwhelmed and sad that I went in the bathroom and sat on the floor thinking. I didn’t cry this time. You banged on the door and asked me what I was doing. You HATED when I did this s***. You were annoyed and went to sleep. I wasn’t feeling well at all. But I wanted to get away. So, I got up and walked to the door. You woke up because you heard me. You asked me where I was going and that’s when I had the seizure. I am so sorry I put you through that, but your words saved my life. I heard you crying loudly and saying, “Baby, I’m not mad. Please fight for me. I love you. Please don’t leave me.” And I fought through it. After I was better, you told me to never scare you like that again. After that, I don’t know what went wrong. You flipped on me when we were leaving LA. You made me pull over and you broke up with me. You were saying all type of s*** about how I was stupid and that you were pretending to love me the whole time so I could be happy, but you were sick of lying. You don’t know how much that hurt me. It hurt so bad Caine. I broke down because I was so in love with you and I still am. I was so depressed and confused that I took a whole bottle of pills and tried to commit suicide. But it didn’t work. And I saw you walking after that and you told me how you were dehydrated. My guess is that you’re crazy ass walked all the way from LA to Vegas. You walked EVERYWHERE. So it was no surprise. I offered you water and you didn’t want it. You made me take you to Alexis house and that was the last I heard from you. I was depressed because this was the same week I got evicted I cried like a baby. Can you believe I got kidnapped this same day? And guess what, your little friend Alexis was behind it. The dude she hired ended up telling me and TRUST ME I GOT SOMETHING FOR HER b**** ASS! She ordered someone to send me to a brothel (place where men visit prostitutes). I was then a hoe for that whole day. Anyway, Cannan I am still in love with you. Beat me, hurt me, yell at me and I would look at you with love in my eyes. My heart still beats for you. I love you so much and I know I shouldn’t. But you taught to be strong. And I will be strong enough to move on from you, but just know that through all the pain you put me through, I still found love. Please be safe. I love you forever Dimples. [Remember, I got your nickname ‘Dimples’ tatted on my ring finger.]
-Forever Yours,
Zoey.

Zoey smiled at her email and hit send. She then looked at her tattoo that she got a while back in the beginning of her and Caine’s relationship.*this is a flashback from here on*. Zoey sat at work watching Ty give people tattoos. She looked at him work and he was hands down amazing. “Every thought about getting one?” He asked her. Zoey already had a huge thigh tattoo so she nodded her head. “I have one, but do you think that you could tat me up today?” She inquired. “What you thinking bout?” He continued to work. “I want dimples on my ring finger” She smiled thinking of Caine. He didn’t know anything about what Zoey was about to do. Miles away Caine walked into a tattoo shop feeling spontaneous. He was a little under the influence, but was well aware of his surroundings. Alexis waited for him in the car as he thought about another tat. Zoey bit her lip to control her screams from the pain as Ty tatted her up. “Anything you’re looking for bruh?” A sales associate asked. “Yea I want uhhh… “Caine & Zoey Est. 2009” on my arm somewhere you can find somewhere” Caine laughed. Zoey walked in the house and decided to text Caine. ”I have a surprise for you. But I don’t know if you will like it or not”. Caine finished getting his tat and checked his messages and then instructed Alexis to take him home. He didn’t like surprises and wondered what it was that she had for him. Caine walked through the door and looked for Zoey. Zoey walked out of the room and bumped into Caine. “Sorry..” She chuckled. “Where’s the surprise?” He asked. “Well Hello to you too” She chuckled again. “I don’t like surprises and what do you mean I might not like it or not?” Caine questioned Zoey. She sighed and then showed her new tat. Caine stared at it and then looked at her. “I didn’t want to go overboard and get your name like I started to, so…if we never make it. This is something I can remember you by” She stated. *end of flashback*

Zoey smiled and then walked out of her room and headed to the kitchen. She sniffed the air “mmm” she moaned playfully. Trigga turned around laughing. “That’s good you’re down for you room…did you send it?” He wondered. “Yea…” Zoey took a seat at his island. “You think he’ll respond?” he looked up at her. Zoey looked down and shrugged her shoulders. Trigga walked up to her and picked up her face and stared in her eyes. “Please Zoey. While you’re in this house never put your head down. You’re beautiful okay? You know that you don’t need me to remind you.” Zoey’s eyes watered as she stared back and nodded her head. “I do.. I do ne- “NO! No you don’t Zoey. Believe it you don’t need a man to tell you that. You’re beautiful inside and out. Believe it and embrace that. If it’s meant then it will happen. You can’t force love. If it’s real then it will be unconditional. The same people that make you laugh make you cry. But, if the one that made you smile starts to make you cry…unhappy tears then it’s not worth it.” He spoke to her. Zoey picked up her head and wiped her tears. “But, I love him” She remarked. “That’s totally understandable, but don’t continue to use that as an excuse. I’ve only known you for three months and I already know off the hand that you’ve been making excuses for him and yourself. Just open a third eye.” He encouraged her. Zoey nodded her head and tried taking in everything he was saying. Trigga took her chin and brought her face closer to his. He pressed his lips against hers as Zoey did the same. “Ready for dinner?” He asked pulling away as If nothing happened. “Umm…I-I’m not that hungry anymore” Zoey got up realizing what she did. She appreciated his advice, but what he just did didn’t make her sit in a great position. Zoey was more confused now then she ever been.

`IMPORTANT THINGS TO REVIEW FOR THIS CHAPTER
So as you guys can see I don’t detail EVERYTHING out because of the pace the story is going. Also because I like to keep you guys guessing and surprise you.( For example. The tattoos). So, it turns out that Alexis was behind the kidnapping which makes her ahead of Trey. Trey eventually told Zoey this information in the development of their relationship. If you read carefully the letter is basically a review of the story as a whole from beginning to right now. So, hopefully that refreshed your memory on a few things and even helped you.
I think I covered everything that might have been confusing in this chapter. Hope you enjoyed

Chapter 17: What Next?

Zoey stopped her car and cried her eyes out. She couldn’t believe after two months of believing in his lies that he really loved her. It seemed as if he was the perfect character for the role he was playing. Out of all of the things Caine done emotionally and physically this moment she felt the most. She felt as if he ripped her heart out with his painful words. She didn’t understand why he hated her so much. All she ever wanted was to be happy and to make sure he felt the same. Caine stumbled around the area in L.A. still drunk from the party. Caine began to get hot and threw up on the side of the road. He regained his breath and slid down the brick building where he’d stop. He wasn’t aware of what happened to Zoey and didn’t have the energy to get up and go find her. He was drunk, but was well aware that they had just broken up. He didn’t intend for his words to come out the way they did, but you know what they when you’re drunk; truth and true colors are shown. Ty didn’t move from the very spot he watched his mom drive off in the police car and didn’t plan on it. He didn’t know how to feel or what to do. He was more confused than he had ever been and wondered what her motive was. Ty shook his head as he stared at the ground. Ty blinked his eye as a tear drop fell onto his face. He watched the rain start to fall down and prayed that doing this storm his sorrow and depression will wash away. Caine laid down miles away getting drenched in the rain. He sighed to himself as it brought back memories. Zoey continued to cry as her tears danced down her face. She listened to herself cry as well as the rain hit her windows. She banged on the steering wheel repeatedly in rage. She was furious and wanted to wring Caine’s neck if she ever saw him again. “I HATE YOU GOD!!! I HATE YOUUUU… WHAT WAS THE f***ING POINT OF PRAYER HUH???” She broke down even more. She hated that God chose the perfect time for it to rain, but when it did…it pours.

Lauren woke up with flowers on her doorstep with a note attached to it. She picked up the roses and then read the note that said. Beautiful I really hope you like the flowers. I hope that one day you could forgive me. Lauren slightly rolled her eyes and threw the vase of roses in the street listening to them crash on the floor. “JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!” She screamed loudly to no one in sight. She slammed her door shut and locked the door. She didn’t have anyone to blame but herself for allowing this man to control her emotions. She hated that she let Aubrey have another part of her and there was really no excuse because it was lust. Lauren grew angry with herself for listening to her selfish needs instead of her heart. She turned on her water and then prepared herself to get in the shower. Zoey made it to her house once the sun came up. She sighed deeply and retrieved her overnight bag from the backseat. Apart of her felt bad for leaving Caine in L.A., but another part of her screamed that; that’s where he belongs. Zoey got to her door and looked at the paper on her door. Zoey closed her eyes and tried to control herself from lashing out. “THANK YOU LORD!” she sarcastically retorted while chuckling to herself. Zoey opened her door and prepared her things to put in her car. Where was she gonna go she had no idea. Caine walked the hot streets of L.A. and roamed around trying to find the nearest gas station. After walking for what seemed like an eternity Caine walked into a convenient store and went up to the clerk. “Do y’all sell maps?” He asked. The lady nodded her head and pointed to the maps. “How long do you think it’ll take me to get to Nevada?” He questioned. The lady at the counter put her newspaper done and looked at Caine. “It’ll all depends on your feet” She joked and laughed. Caine didn’t find anything amusing and stared at the lady with a blank expression on his face.

“You’re serious huh?” She asked him. “Yea” Caine remarked. The lady sighed and shrugged her shoulders. “Well to be quit frank I don’t know kiddo… I’ll let you take the map and good luck with whateva you’re going for” She said. “Thank you… I think I’ll have plenty of time to think about what I’m after” Caine stated and walked out with the map. Zoey wiped her sweat and closed her trunk as she struggled with putting some of her stuff in her car. Of course everything in her house wasn’t able to go, so she made sure she got everything she really needed and threw majority of things away. Caine walked for what seemed forever. He really didn’t know how to read the map that he had, so he put it in his pocket once he got on the interstate. Caine took a seat on the ground as he grew hot and dehydrated. He was grateful for the little breeze he got from passing cars. Two weeks passed by as Ty pulled up to the local Jail. He wanted to get one more chance to say goodbye to his mother knowing that she’d be in here for a while. Zoey had slept in her car unaware of where to go. She sighed and took out a bottle of water and her toothbrush and started brushing her teeth. Caine looked at the sign relieved to even see the word Las Vegas. He knew he had a little while to go, but every day he grew closer and closer. Ty walked into the Jail to visit his mom. He waited patiently and took his depression pills as he waited. “Miller” The security guard called out. Ty watched as his mother took a seat and pulled the telephone of the hook. Ty took a seat and picked up the phone as he stared at his mom. “Wow…I can’t believe you came to see me” His mother cracked a smiled. “You’re a weak individual you know that?” Ty told his mom. “Ty… I didn’t kill my own child” His mom started speaking. “DON’T…” Ty looked around and then continued facing his mom again. “Don’t feed me that bulls*** ma you wouldn’t have been arrested” He sternly spoke through his teeth. Ty’s mom eyes water as she stared at him through the glass. Zoey drove around trying to find something to do. She was beyond starving and didn’t have any money. She tried to keep from crying because she wanted to be strong. She hated the fact that she felt weak.

Caine tried to get his mind off the heat and started to sing as he continued to walk. Lauren looked at her cellphone and sighed. She was ready to get off work, but because of her promotion she was never out of here as early as she used to. Lauren watched a young lady walk in. “Anything I can help you with?” She asked. “No I’m looking right now…” She said. “Okay well let me or any of the retailers if you find anything” Lauren informed her. Alexis nodded her head at her and continued looking. She decided to surprise Caine with a phone not only because she has deep feeling for him, but if they were gonna be business partners she needed to be able to communicate with him. After searching for a while Alexis just decided to replace his old iphone with a new one. Zoey’s heart raced as she saw Caine walking along the road. She didn’t know whether to run him over, drive by, or what. Zoey exhaled deeply and thought she was dreaming. She was hoping to never see him again, but yet here he was walking. Zoey looked in her rearview mirror and noticed that there wasn’t anyone behind her and slowed down besides Caine. Caine looked in her direction and thought wow. He didn’t expect to see Zoey after she kicked him out of the car that night. “Caine…” Zoey spoke softly while letting the passenger seat window down. Caine continued to walk and ignored Zoey. Zoey sighed and thought to herself why she was doing this. Why hasn’t she pulled off yet or cursed him out where a few questions flowing in her head. “Caine get in the car” She spoke louder. Caine stopped in his tracks and looked at her. Zoey looked at Caine’s fragile
face and wanted to cry for him. He looked like he was dehydrated and sick. “What the f*** do you want?” He questioned her. “Look I’m not gonna argue with you. You either get in or you do that’s it” Zoey warned him. Caine sighed and hopped in her car, but not before noticing all of her belongs. Zoey drove off in silence as Caine looked out the window. “I have no bottle of water on the floor on your side if you’re thirsty” She offered. “I don’t want no f***ing water” He dismissed. Zoey sighed out of frustration because here she was going out of her way to help someone who clearly didn’t want to be helped. But, because she loved this man unconditionally she couldn’t stand another chance looking at how helpless his eyes called out to her. “You are really mean for no reason” Zoey mentioned as she drove back to their side of town. “I was almost there you didn’t have to do this” Caine ungratefully stated. “Well I will be gladly to kick your ass out again” Zoey retorted. “Aint too much kicking out you can do if you already out” he looked at her things. Zoey wanted to smack the s*** outta him for his smart mouth, but held herself together. “f*** YOU! Your s*** in the trash” She laughed at the end of the sentence. “That’s cool I’m sure Alexis will buy me some more clothes matter of fact take me to her house” Caine ordered. Zoey was boiling hot and regretted picking his ass up. She drove in silence to Alexis house just to get rid of his ass even though she wanted to feed Alexis to a pack of wolves. Caine got of the car and slammed the door shut as he walked to Alexis house. Zoey shook her head and drove out of the driveway. “If that’s what he wants he can have it” She told herself. Ty unpacked his finishing things for his apartment and exhaled. He looked at all of his furniture all over the place and decided he had enough for the day. He looked at his phone and thought about Zoey. He truly missed her and wondered how her life was playing out. Then it dawned on him that she wasn’t there when he wanted her the most. He took out his phone and then called her. Zoey looked at her phone and ignored his phone call.

Hours later Zoey got in the car andhe quickly sped off... Minutes later, they were pulling up to her house. Zoey sighed and became sad. He heard her and parked the car in her old yard. “What’s your problem now? I thought you wanted to go home, but it's not safe sitting in your car. So go inside the house and stay there," He stated. Zoey didn't say anything and got out the car then went to my door hoping he was leaving. Zoey stood there for about five minutes as that mystery man continued to sit there. She soon got irritated and shouted to him. “What are you waiting on?” He got out, "For you to get in the house. And don't yell." Zoey sighed and shook her head "Why? I'm not gonna get hurt. I don't need you watching me. I’m a grown ass woman" She remarked. "I’m not leaving until I see you go in that house." He stated leaning on his car. "I got evicted two weeks ago! Okay? I’m f***ing live in my car now!" Zoey roared on the verge of tears. This mystery man walked toward Zoey and sighed. "Shawty, why didn't you say that? I’ll get the rest of your stuff and you just get in the car with me." He offered. Zoey shook her head turning down his offer "No, I'm good. Just leave. Besides, I don't know you AND you kidnapped me “She spat. He shook his head and then grew frustrated. "Get yo s*** now! Damn, I'm sorry for kidnapping you! My name is Tremaine and I am 27 years old! And I love getting money! My favorite color money green & I'm a Sagittarius. Now you know me. Get yo ass in the car!" He demanded. “28...29...30...” Caine looked at the tiles and continued to count. He felt like he was going to die in this place they only way he felt to let his anger out was through exercise. Caine walked out of his room and walked to the weight room. He headed straight for the weights and did some reps in the mirror. He guessed that somehow he ended up on the nice side of Vegas because who would have a luxurious rehab center he thought. Caine shook his head at his reflection as some girl approached him “Nice tats” She compliment. “Nice tits” He looked at her. The girl chuckled and grabbed some weights as Caine looked at her weirdly. “Don’t underestimate me” She smirked. Caine chuckled and then put his weights down. He moved to a different part of the weight room and knew the girl would follow him soon. He then got on the floor and began doing pushups.

“What’s your name?” The girl from earlier pranced by Caine. “Jamal” Caine quickly lied. “Cute... I’m Michelle” She introduced. Caine ignored Michelle and continued to do his pushups. “Guess I’ll see you around” She got up and left. Zoey rolled my eyes as she sat in the car driving around with this man she didn’t know. "Tremaine? What type of 'thug' name is that?" Zoey questioned. He bit his lip and sighed, "Look, ima be nice to you one last time before I turn into the REAL Trigga. He ruthless as f*** little did Zoey know. “I will kill your rude ass. You and that little smart mouth shawty. Take my offer or live in your car for the rest of your miserable life. To be honest, I don't give a f***. You’re not on my payroll, so I don't give a s***. I’ll turn this f***er around in a second" He continued and warned her. “I’ll get my homeboy to drive your car to the place were going and sit in the front you might try to kill a nigga” He looked at her through the rearview mirror. Zoey rolled her eyes without even budging. "Really? I'm the potential killer? You kidnapped me and held me against my will though." Trigga stopped and got out the car and then dragged Zoey by her hair placing her in the passenger's seat. He then got back into the driver's seat, "I see you hard-headed. Ima fix that s*** though. By the way, you’re the first b**** to sit in the front of my car. So don't f***ing judge me because I f***ed up." Zoey remained silent and looked out the window as he drove off. The car ride remained silent for a while until Trigga decided to break it. "Shawty?" He called. "Trigga?" Zoey replied mocking him. Trigga mushed her head forcefully and continued driving, "I’m trying to be nice to you!" He mentioned. "Yes Tremaine?" Zoey asked with tears coming down her face. Trigga glanced at Zoey and then cleared his throat, “f*** your making my job hard…. Don’t cry. Please beautiful. You just don't like me being nice I guess. But what's your real name?" Zoey wiped her tears “Zoey” She confessed.

Hours earlier Zoey walked down the street to get a breath of fresh air. She was tired of sitting in her car with nothing to do. She guessed that’s the life she had to get used to because she had no choice. Zoey walked down her street and listened to the birds chirp. She heard loud music as if it was coming from a car as she danced. She laughed to herself trying to have a little fun. She listened as the loud thumping became loud. Zoey continued to dance and then heard a male voice. “Come shake that ass for some cash” She ignorant nigga said. Zoey rolled her eyes and continued to walk while ignoring him. “Come on baby…. I could make dollars off of you” He chuckled. “Well there are plenty of hoes that will be willing to do that, but not me sorry” She shut him down. The man continued to drive slowly next to Zoey as she began walking faster. “Stop following me” Zoey demanded. “Scared?” He asked while laughing. It was something about him that made Zoey uncomfortable. She closed her eyes and wished that Caine was here to protect her, but she knew that was only a wish. “Get in the car let me take you out” He offered. “NO! Leave me alone” Zoey told him. “Leave you alone….” He mocked her being sarcastic. “Get your ass in the f***ing car” He got serious. Zoey felt her life becoming in danger by the second and couldn’t do anything, but start running. Zoey ran as fast as she could to the nearest neighbor’s house for protection. She soon got trapped by the guy pulling his car in front of sidewalk. Zoey tried running the other way but his huge arms wrapped around her body and mouth dragging her in the car. Zoey kicked and screamed and that’s when he slapped her. “SHUT THE f*** UP OR I’LL KILL YOU” He yelled. Zoey breathed hard as she stared at the man. She wasn’t afraid because she dealt with this type of person all the time. “What’s your name?” he questioned as he drove off. “Jaime…”Zoey lied. “Jaime if you call the police or try anything funny I’ll break your f***ing face do you understand?” He warned. Zoey nodded her head and didn’t know what the hell her future held.

Trigga smiled & continued driving. "I don't know. Tremaine and Zoey sound legit." He laughed and continued. "It would IF I wifed homeless hoes." Zoey shook her head, "You rude as f***." Trigga bit his lip and continued driving in silence until they got to a big house that was built like a mansion. Zoey didn't know what to think. “Where the f*** are we?” She questioned. "This is my house... Well, our house now.” Trigga stated, while getting out & opening her door. Zoey looked around and then face him. "I thought you didn't wife homeless hoes? Let alone let them live with you!" She roared while getting out. Trigga screwed his face and locked his car. "Who said I was wifing you? Don't get it twisted shawty. Money is my only wife. f*** everything else. Now, let's show you a tour of the house." He opened the door letting her in his enormous house. Caine continued working out until he was sore and then walked to the front desk for a towel. Caine walked to the showers and then got in the nearest one. He couldn’t wait to feel the heat on his body. Once he stepped in he felt immediate relief. This shower was different because he didn’t sing. He continued to bathe himself and looked at his wrist as he washed the dry blood away. Momentarily Caine got out and put on his night clothes and headed to his room. He sat on his bed and stared at the wall like he always did until he heard a knock on the door. Caine opened the door letting his counselor Ms. Jenetta walk in. “ Caine I came in here to tell you that you can decorate your wall I bought you some thumb tac for you to use okay?” She informed him. Caine looked at her and chuckled. “Lady I don’t have s*** to put up okay? I don’t have no f***ing family pictures and s*** like that so no thanks” He blurted. Ms. Jenetta looked at Caine in distraught. “ Caine I understand and I just want to tell you that I’m really proud about being sober for three weeks bu-.” “Yea but I’m bout to find my s*** and shoot the f*** up I’m sick of being in this dumb ass place y’all try to make us feel at home and s*** with all these nice ass things but I wanna go home which is the streets under a bridge or something in the f***ing rain!" Caine cut her off. She shook her head "Before u interrupted me I was gonna say that your time is shorten based on good behavior, but you have one of the worst attitudes I ever had to deal with” She mentioned.
Caine laughed “Noooo Ms.Jenetta I didn’t know that.” He sarcastically retorted. Ms.Jenetta shook her head knowing that her job took a strong individual to maintain the title of a doctor. "I would appreciate it if you do the exercise I wanted u to do earlier sir" She chimed in. "LOOK I DO DRUGS BECAUSE OF DUMB b****ES LIKE YOU f***IN ANNOYIN ME, WANTING TO GET IN MY BUSINESS, TRY TO ACT LIKE YOU f***IN CARE AND s*** GET CLOSE TO ME AND HURT ME” Caine began doing the exercise as his voice shook. “It makes me happy that’s the only s*** I love f*** everybody and everything else I’m tired of giving chances I’m not doing it no more man" Caine tried not to cry. "Who have u given a chance to?" she asked. "My ex and I don’t want to talk about her she...she almost got me to be this person I don’t like being and I’m changing for no one f*** that I pretended to love her so she could somehow benefit me in different ways and I guess she’s still ma, but she’s old...f*** her and everyone else", "what’s her name?" Caine bit his lip as tears rolled down his face. "Zo…Zoey" He spoke softly.

Im here girl. just cant find the time to comment like i want too. wait til christmas break which is next week. im alll in there!!

Chapter 16: contd.

A few months passed by and Ty’s family grew angry. They felt as if investigators had giving up on them. Ty would drink after drink and drink. He felt like that was the only way that he was able to cope with the situation. Lauren woke up with tears in her eyes. She quickly wiped them and looked at Aubrey and shook her head. “We shouldn’t have done that… I’m so stupid” She told herself. Aubrey sat up in the bed and looked at her with a distraught look. “What are you talking about?” He questioned. “This! We should have done this!!” She said pointing at their bodies. Aubrey sighed and started getting his stuff together. “I don’t know why you’re so afraid to let me love you” He stated. “Because you just up and left me and just because we been friends for a while now doesn’t mean you can just hop back in my life. Your poison to me” She let another tear fall. “I don’t know how many times I have to try and convince to you that I’m sorry” He pleaded. Lauren sighed and then got dressed. “We can’t do this anymore Aubrey and I’m sorry if maybe I mislead you to thinking that just because we grew a friendship that we’d be something again… I just don’t trust you anymore” She spoke softly. “You don’t trust me anymore? But you slept with me last night? You gotta trust me with something” he stated. Lauren shook her head “I know what I did wasn’t right last night so there’s no need for a reminder. Im a grown woman and I know what mistakes I made. I just have to accept them and learn from them” She told him. Aubrey looked down and then up at her. “You will always be in my heart….” He stated while walking out. “You too…” Lauren cooed.

Zoey woke up to Caine in her arms. She kissed his forehead and then got up to head to the kitchen. She then made breakfast for the two of them. The aroma hit Caine’s nose causing him to wake up. He got up and walked down to the kitchen and wrapped his arms around Zoey. “mmmm smells good girl” He spoke in her ear. Zoey smiled and kissed his cheek. “Well im almost done by the time you get yourself together I should have you a plate baby” Zoey told him. Caine nodded his head and then went upstairs and got in the shower. He sang to himself softly quietly so that Zoey wouldn’t hear him. He eventually got out after bathing for fifteen minutes and got dressed. Zoey watched Caine walk in the kitchen and screwed her face a little. “I thought that Alexis bought you clothes” She mentioned. Caine took a seat and screwed his face at her. “What’s wrong with what I got on?” He questioned. “I just thought that you threw…that out, but nothing is wrong baby If you love it then I do” She prepared his plate. Caine slightly rolled his eyes and then watched her bring his plate. Zoey got her plate together and then sat down next to him. “We should party… “She suggested. “Yea… I can do that without an I.D.” Caine retorted while digging in his food. “Well baby lets go and get all of that straighten out” She suggested again. “No I rather make money” He told her. “Still slanging after that being the reason you got locked up? That’s smart “She retorted while shaking her head. “You don’t know why I got locked up just stay in your lane Zoey” He ordered. “No…you should let me know things like that. I was sick and worried about you when you just up and disappeared” Zoey eat her food. “Well I wouldn’t of disappeared if you wouldn’t of broken up with me” Caine remarked. “And I wouldn’t of broken up with you if you weren’t such an ass all the f***ing time” Zoey sternly said. Caine laughed and shook his head. He continued to eat his food and then got up from the table and washed his dishes. “Caine… I don’t want to argue today. So, I’m sorry… I just want to get along okay?” Zoey looked at him. “I’m going to make money” He said and walked out
the door.

Ty lied on top of his car counting the clouds. He had two months of savings to survive as he suffered from his depression. His mom suggested that he went to see a doctor, so that he would get treated. Ty agreed but didn’t have the energy to get up and get moving. It was the same energy he tried to find every day. Ty’s mom went outside and called him in the house, but he didn’t move. “Ty… come inside so that you could get ready” She instructed. He still ignored her and continued to look at the sky. Lauren got herself together after watching Aubrey leave and went and showered. She got dressed and then picked up her phone and called friend. “Why the f*** are you calling me?” A female voice roared. Lauren looked at her phone and saw that she had dialed the wrong number….the real WRONG number. “I didn’t mean to call you why the hell are you so rude? Are you still “upset” with me over that boy?” She questioned. “That “boy” is my man and you already know I don’t like your ass and never will” Zoey spoke. “That’s so sad Zoe…” Lauren shook her head. “Girl get off this phone before I say some s*** I shouldn’t” She said being petty. “Bye Zoey” Lauren sighed and hung up. She really desired a relationship with her cousin, but already accepted the fact that; that would never happen again. Caine made his rounds with the products he had. Alexis looked at him and shook her head and handled a customer. “Why the f*** you shaking your head?” He asked her. Alexis looked at Caine and shook her head no. Caine finished making his rounds and then headed back with Alexis to her house.
Zoey sat in her house trying to figure out what to do special for Caine. She never wanted to give him a reason to leave her and keep something sparking in the relationship. After sitting there for a few moments Caine walked through the door with a smiled on his face. Zoey laughed and looked at Caine shaking her head. “Why the f*** you so happy?” She questioned. “Because Alexis helped me get a new driver’s license and everything straight, so now I can go to the club with you” Caine took a seat next to her. Zoey’s smiled fade because she literally hated Alexis guts. “How about we go back to L.A. and you and I party out there…we can make up for your birthday” She suggested. “I gotta see how much I made today” He told her. “Well we don’t have to if you don’t want to” She said. Caine pulled out his money and then looked at her. “Get ready…” Zoey got up and went to her room and packed her an overnight bag. Ty walked into his doctor’s office not really interested in anything. He took a seat and grabbed a magazine to occupy his time. Momentarily he got called into his doctor’s office and wished that this would go by fast. “Hi Tyrell my name is Doctor.Sleeter and I’m going to be your therapist for however many sessions we need okay?” She smiled. Ty looked at her with a blank expression. “Well would you like telling me what brings you here today?” She continued. Ty took in a deep breath and then looked at her. “I just need depression medicine. I don’t have an appetite, I can’t sleep, lonely, and I just don’t want to do anything but sit in the dark” He said. “What do you think is that caused your depression?” she inquired. “My sister…she died two months ago. She was only six” Ty’s eyes started to water. “I am sooo sooo sorry to hear that about your baby sister Ty and were gonna get through this tough time okay?” She grabbed some tissue as Ty started to break down. “Just let it all out. Let it out. I’m pretty sure she’s smiling down on you and wants you to keep your head up” She encouraged him. Ty shook his head repeatedly as tears followed down his eyes. “It’s just so hard to know someone out there did that to here and I just want closure” He cried. Zoey snapped a picture really quit and then grabbed her things as it began dusk. Caine waited in the car and started It up so that they could leave. He watched Zoey lock up her house and hit himself in his private area. “Don’t you dare go up” he talked to himself. Caine chuckled when he saw Zoey smiling and enter the car. “What’s funny?” He asked her. “I wasn’t laughing but I saw you in here talking…who you talking to?” She inquired. “CJ… You looking good girl” He smirked. Zoey shook her head and chuckled. “You are out of control I tell you, but thanks you look good yourself” She added. Caine’s smile faded as he backed out of the driveway and departed. Zoey noticed and looked out the window. She knew that she should have kept that to herself. “I’m sorry….” She said soundlessly. “Just drop it” Caine blurted. Zoey fixed her makeup in the mirror and then closed her eyes while laying her head against the seat.

Ty pulled up to his mother’s house and saw police cars parked in the driveway. He sighed because he didn’t really feel like dealing with any of their bulls*** anymore tonight. He grabbed his prescribed medicine and closed his door. Ty walked into the house and headed straight to his room without greeting anyone. He didn’t have energy and wanted to lie down. He made sure he’s room for the time being was dark. He exhaled deeply and removed his shoes then plopped on the bed. Caine and Zoey walked in the club while turning heads. Females and Males looked at the two of them make their entrance. It was a lot of people and Caine was headed straight for the bar and Zoey followed. “I want some patron and ciroc on the rocks” He told the bartender. “Here baby” She gave him the drinks. “Don’t worry… it’s on me” She told him. Caine smirked and winked at her while giving Zoey the patron. Zoey took the patron and swallowed all of it in one gulp. She saw Caine wink at that bartender and knew that the birds will flock badly tonight. Caine took his ciroc to the head and looked at Zoey. “You wanna dance?” He asked her. Zoey smiled and nodded her head. Caine grabbed her hand as he bobbed his head to the music as they walked to the crowd. Caine watched some celebrities from the V.I.P section turn up and smiled. He looked down at Zoey and started clapping his hands together. “Clap dem cheeks girl” He smiled while biting his lip. Zoey didn’t care for the club scene, but knew that Caine would be down for it. She dropped it to the floor into a split and started popping that ass. Caine laughed and continued clapping his hands to the music and looked at her go. Zoey got up and bounced her ass up and down on him. Caine bent her over roughly and took her hips and pumped to the music. Caine caught people’s attention the way he danced on Zoey because all he had to do was remove his clothing. Caine pulled Zoey up by her air and attacked her neck. “mmm” She moaned softly. “what a tramp” Some girl walked by and spoke loud enough for them to hear through the music. Zoey stopped dancing and started to go after her, but Caine gripped her arm back. “Chill....show daddy what you got” Caine said whispering in her ear. Zoey twerked on Caine as he crisscrossed his arms cuffing her hips as she moved. It drizzled in Zoey’s panties as she felt him through her leggings. She wanted to f*** him right here in the club.
The song changed and Zoey got up and faced Caine. He smiled at her and pecked her lips. “Ima go get another drink” He informed her. Zoey nodded her head and swayed to the new song that played. There were indeed a lot of people and Zoey’s weave was already making her sweat. Police knocked on Ty’s door as he snored sound asleep. His intentions weren’t to go to sleep, but that’s just what suddenly happened after staring at the ceiling for so long. “Are you Tyrell Miller?” the office walked in his room. Ty snored more unaware of anybody’s presence. The police officer shook Ty and woke him up to get his attention. “I’m officer Dooley and I’ve been investigating with many others. We want you to kn- “Officer Dooley we have breaking news…. We’ve found forensic evidence connected to Mariah Miller’s murder” His pager went off. Both Ty and Police Dooley’s eyes widened at the sudden surprise. “Speak to me” He paged back. Ty sat up in his bed fully awake waiting for the good news. Caine chugged three shots down his throat and shook his head fast after swallowing each one. “Wooohhh that’s strong” He stated at the bartender. “I know right” She winked. Caine laughed then walked to the dance floor as he began to feel himself. “Wanna dance?” some girl stopped him. He looked at her and licked his lips. “Why not?” He cheesed. The girl took his hand and immediately and started back her ass up on him. Zoey looked for Caine around the club and then took out her phone and then sighed. “f*** I forgot he don’t have a phone” She spoke to herself. “Excuse me ma? Would you like to dance?” Some dude walked up to her. Zoey shook her head no because she didn’t want to be left in the club after everything was over. Females brushed past her without saying excuse me. She got her toes stepped on and grew frustrated through trying to find Caine. “It’s the mother” the officer paged Dooley. Dooley looked at Ty with a shocked expression on his face. “Where gonna arrest her” he paged.

Ty sat there as his body froze. He couldn’t believe what he just learned. There was a lot of emotions going through him that he couldn’t explain. He just wanted to know why? Dooley walked out of the room and headed to the living room to arrest Ty’s mom. Ty got up and stormed out of the room and charged his mom downstairs. “HOW COULD YOU!!! WHY? WHY?? YOUR OWN CHILD? WAS I NEXT? TELL THE TRUTH!” Ty chocked her as tears streamed down his face. Dooley took Ty and grabbed him. His mom stood there looking appalled. “TY WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?” She stated. “BE QUIET YOUR UNDER ARREST ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU IN THE COURT OF LAW” Dooley yelled while placing handcuffs on her. “HOW COULD YOU?? WHAT HAPPENED TO LOVE? WHAT THE f*** DID WE DO TO YOU?” Ty screamed while knocking over numerous things. “Calm down Ty meet us at the station in an hour” Police Dooley said while walking out with his mom. Ty walked out and shook his head at his mom as he saw her get in the police car. He didn’t understand and was more confused than before. He knew that this was just the beginning of an endless terror. “Caine…” Zoey called as she approached him. Caine didn’t hear Zoey and continued to dance on the girl. “Caine…I’m not feeling well” Zoey walked up to him whispering in his ear. The girl stopped dancing and whispered in his free ear and Caine nodded his head and watched her leave. “What did you say?” Caine brought his attention to Zoey. “I’m ready to go” Zoey grew jealous. “Are you serious? We just got here and you ready to leave what the f*** was the point in coming?” He screwed his face. “Just give me the keys and I’ll stay in the car” she tried digging in his pockets. Caine yanked his body back and got his keys himself and shoved them in her chest. “BYE!” He retorted. Zoey rolled her eyes and walked out of the club. She started to think that alcohol wasn’t good for her because her head was throbbing as she walked to the car.
Two hours past and a drunken Caine got in the car slamming the door closed making Zoey awake. “YOU READY TO GO?” Caine spoke loudly. Zoey screwed her face. “Why the f*** are you so loud and I been ready to f***ing go” She sternly said. Caine laughed loudly and started the car and drove off. Zoey sighed loudly and looked out the window. She truly didn’t want to fight but she wasn’t feeling well and the fact that Caine took forever is what annoyed her. She wanted him to be there for her and be concerned, but instead he choice to party. Caine got to a stop light and pulled out some candy and snorted it. Zoey looked at him and shook her head. “Why the f*** do you do that in the car though?” She didn’t understand. Caine screwed his face. “Can you shut the f*** up? I do what I want to do damn… you always got some s*** to say. I’m f***ing tired of pretending as if I’m in love with you. I told you I’d never change and I’m sick of being this lil b**** for you to be happy. f*** that cause I’m not doing it anymore” He confessed. Zoey eyes swelled up in tears as her heart tore into pieces. “ARE YOU f***ING KIDDING ME?” She screamed. Caine started to speak as cars honked at them, but Zoey quickly shut him up. “YOU f***ING BASTARD HOW DARE YOU PLAY WITH MY HEART. YOU SAT THERE AND f***ING LIED LIKE YOU LOVED ME. I f***ING HATE YOU STUPID ASS CRACK f***! YOU DON’T DESERVE ME YOU STUPID a**hole UGHHHH. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU! WHAT THE f*** HAPPENED TO BEING HONEST HUH? GET OUTTT!! WERE DONE! I NEVER WANT TO f***ING SEE YOU AGAIN. IM THROWING THE LITTLE s*** YOU DO HAVE OUT MY HOUSE!” Zoey cried. Caine looked at her “I do- “GET THE f*** OUT b****!” She shouted. Caine got out the car and slammed the door. Zoey climbed in the driver’s seat and sped off. She didn’t know where she was going, but she just wanted to get away from earth.

thank you tiny freckles

*new reader*
hi guys my name is Kristina you can call me tina frecks or sprinkles or my name doesnt matter :)
I really like this story because its not your typical love story here. They all come with baggage and like all the other readers i was like wtf?? why are you sticking around for Caine?? But she sees something in him that he himself doesnt see and shes willing to love him flaws and all.
awww he's finally coming around I think she taught him how to love ;)
mann i feel Soo bad for Ty :,( like that Fuk up for someone to randomly kill a 6 year old who does that?!
I really hope ty can find someone to love him hes a good dude
as for Lauren.... make him work for you! thats if u decide to take him ass back
I really want Caine to slip up and leave those 37 letters laying around so Zoey can know how he does love her. I thought that was shaddy how she confessed everytrhing she loved about him and he doesnt say anything back like she did
I was surprised Alexis didnt snitch him out after that near death experience and tf?! he gave her D?! smh
lol i laughed at when u put
" I know im writing this but somebody put Alexis in Nigera Fall so she wont be a thirsty ass B*tch "
Dont end this story! not yet please!
btw i love ur long adds and how you post up regularly!
Runn this :)

lol @ u saying caine 4 diff. people

lol i keep forgetting i have this one here honestly

Omg that was soo worth the wait!! I don't even know where to start because soo much has happened. Im glad Alexis isn't dead lol. I like the "sweet" Caine so far he's like 4 different people. I hope he don't bring zoey back noing from Alexis homewrecking ass. Lauren better make Aubrey's ass work to get back right with her after that stunt he pulled. Poor Ty :( i hope they find the s.o.b. who killed his sister. Ugh i hope this is continued asap! Ima keep refreshing my phone 2 morrow lol.

sorry don't know why ch. 15 posted twice

Chapter 16: Take Care [

Three days flew by quickly as Ty was still stuck in the day his little sister passed. He felt as if his whole world was demolished and there wasn’t anything that he or anyone else could do to make him feel better. Apart of him would be gone forever and it would take Ty a while to let go of that hurt. Lauren sighed as she waited at a local diner for Aubrey to arrive. She had finally decided to take his offer and go out with him. She set in her mind that they were nothing but friends and nothing could get in the way of that. She didn’t dislike Aubrey or wish anything bad on him she was just simply over him. Minutes passed by and Aubrey pulled up and took a seat next to Lauren. Lauren cleared her throat and prepared herself a speech, but quickly forgot it. “Hey…” Aubrey spoke up first. “What’s up?” Lauren remarked while looking at her menu. Aubrey picked his up and began scanning through it with his eyes. “Nothing much.. What are you having? It’s on me” He stated. “Oh noo.. it’s okay I got it” Lauren chuckled. “No I invited you so I’ll pay” He insisted. Lauren decided to take up his offer with paying and dropped the subject. “Well.. I’m just gonna cut to the chase…. I miss you” He blurted. Lauren continued to look at her menu and then smirked at her thoughts in her mind. Aubrey sighed and shook his head. “I deserve the silent treatment… I deserve everything you give me because I f***ed up…big time and I believe that If I didn’t then we would have been going somewhere” He expressed. “You think ?” Lauren sarcastically retorted. Aubrey couldn’t do anything but accept what she was dishing out to him. He messed up and he knew that if he ever wanted a chance with Lauren again then he would have to do the impossible.

Ty’s mom sat on her couch rocking back and forth crying. She hadn’t stop crying since the doctors pronounced her dead. Any mother would be as devastated as she is. Ty hadn’t eaten or spoken to anyone since the tragedy. He knew his life would never be the same. Caine turned the knob and walked through Zoey’s house. Zoey looked up from her living room floor as she watched Caine walk up the stairs. She quickly wiped her tears and followed him with her eyes as he walked up to her. Caine kneeled down to her level and stared at her. The two of them stared at each other and then kissed each other intensely. Zoey kissed him with everything in her and broke the kiss so she could catch her breath. Caine looked down and bit down on his lip as he thought of what to say. He wanted to make sure the words that came out of his mouth were right. “I’m sorry…” He looked up in her eyes. Zoey searched his beautiful brown eyes and nodded her head. “Me too…” She said slightly above a whisper. “Where do we go from here?” He asked. “Don’t leave me…” She cooed. “I don’t want to…. I don’t ever wanna leave you Zoey. I Love you” He mentioned. Zoey cracked a small smile and nodded her head. “It’s crazy how much I love you Caine…. I love you so much that I would die for you right now” She gazed in his eyes. “You mean that?” He questioned. “Yes… do you believe me?” She inquired. Caine shrugged his shoulders looking away. Zoey made him face her and pecked his lips. “ I Love you Caine and if I didn’t I wouldn’t put up with your crazy ways. When I look at you I see hope. So much hope that we could last and fight our battles together. I love when you touch me….and I know this sounds crazy, but I’d rather sit around and get my ass whooped then to be with someone else unhappy. When you sing… “ Zoey smiled and continued. “It’s like another part of you opens up and it’s sooo beautiful you have no idea. Your voice is as handsome and charming as you are. Your personality is beautiful flaws and all babe…. I love you for you and if I didn’t I would’ve been gone a long time ago. Yea that’s a cliché line but it means exactly a lot” She stated.

Caine smiled a little trying to take in everything that she was saying as a good thing. He didn’t like to hear good things about himself as crazy as that sounds. Caine was someone who grew upset the more and more you would complement something about him. “They won’t leave me alone…” Caine mumbled. “Huh?” Zoey questioned. “They won’t leave me alone” He repeated louder. “Who?” She questioned again. “The voices in my head” Caine remarked. Zoey sighed and placed her hands on his head. “They need to leave my baby alone.” She stated. Caine took her hands from his face and got up. Zoey watched him take off and head upstairs. Caine went into the bathroom and grabbed a razor and started cutting his wrist. He bit down on his lip trying to quiet himself from screaming in pain. His eyes watered but he refused to let the pain take control over his emotions. “f***KK!” He shouted. Zoey hopped up and sprinted upstairs into the bathroom and saw his wrists gushing in blood. “CAINE!! WHAT THE f***?” She hollered. “Do- Don’t yell at me” He cooed. Zoey sighed and closed her eyes. She decided to count to ten before Caine’s head was in the shower drain. She then exhaled and opened her eyes feeling a little relieved then before. “Why are you doing this? Let me treat you” Zoey insisted while pulling him. Caine snatched back and screwed his face. “f*** no! I don’t need your help. I’m fine” He reassured. Zoey shook her head “No you’re not Caine… lets…pray” She suggested. “No I told you GOD hates me. He doesn’t love me. I f***ing hate him and I hate you MOVE!!” He yelled toward the end. Zoey stood there staring at the monster unleashed. She didn’t know if she should get herself an alarm to notify her when he would change.

Caine stormed past Zoey and headed to the kitchen and tried to grab a knife. Zoey walked over to him and tried to grab it. “GIVE IT TO ME CAINE!” She ordered. “STAND BACK!!!” he said waving the knife. Zoey’s face swelled up in tears as she looked at Caine. “Give me the knife...please” She asked. “No I have to do this” He spoke softly as he took the knife and put it to his throat. “No you don’t Caine please let me help you” Zoey cried more. “NO GET AWAY!” He shouted. Zoey charged Caine and fought him for the knife. She struggled as she tried to get the knife from him, but was unsuccessful. “GIVE ME THE f***ING KNIFE” Zoey got mad. Caine dropped the knife and slid down the wall. Caine buried his face in his hands and began crying. The voices in his head continued to taunt him, swear at him, belittle him, and more. Zoey took the knives and hid them in a shoe box in the closet. When she returned she kneeled down in front of Caine. “Caine… please I know that we don’t believe in God, but maybe… just maybe he could help us” She stressed. Caine shook his head back and forth repeatedly as he continued to weep. Zoey closed her eyes and exhaled loudly and began to pray. “God… I know you’re mad at me because of my lack of faith. I know that faith without works is dead. So, I’m asking for forgiveness for all that I have sinned and will sin in the future. I wish I could be a better child to you, but it’s so much that I’ve endured as a child and I believe I’m cursed for life. But, I didn’t come to talk to you about me, but Caine. Lord God I believe you sent me an angel. I love this man so much and I pray that he’s the one for me and if not…why do you keep sending him back? These demons in his mind I ask you bind right now. I pray that you lose your favor, your holiness, your righteousness, your mercifulness, and blessings down upon his spirit right now. I pray that you cover him with your blood Lord God and cleanse him. Renew us, restore us Lord God. We need you more than we ever had before. I know that we could have been dead and gone, but you have a purpose for us. I want to thank you in advance for the good AND the bad days ahead of us because I know that the storm doesn’t last always. I pray you step into our lives God. I know were far from perfect. In your name I pray amen.” Zoey finished.

Caine look at up at Zoey with red eyes and nodded his head. “You think he will help us?” He inquired. “Yes… let me help you okay?” She stared into his eyes. Caine nodded his head accepting her offer. Zoey got up and went to the bathroom and got the first aid kit. Zoey came back in the kitchen and treated him the best way she could. “You have to promise me to stop doing this…” She sternly stated. Caine shook his head. “I can’t promise you that” He stated truthfully. Zoey sighed and nodded her head. “You’ve always kept it honest with me… I can’t be mad at that” She retorted. “Zoey….could you hold me tonight?” He said slightly above a whisper. Zoey looked at him and nodded her head. She grabbed Caine’s hand and surprising he continued to let her as they walked to her room. Zoey turned the lights off once she and Caine got into the bed. She wrapped her arms around him tightly and closed her eyes. Caine found her lips and pecked them slowly. Zoey pressed her lips against his and continued to kiss him as tears ran down her face. “Caine…. Make love to me please” She whispered. Caine opened his eyes and looked at her through the dark. He moved on top of her and got on top of her. Minutes later the two of their bodies cashed together as they made love to each other. Zoey shed tears as Caine kissed her everywhere. “I love you so much Caine… please don’t leave me” She whispered. “Shhh babe… I love you too” He kissed her tears away. “mmm” She moaned softly as he continued to make love to her. Hours pasted and the both of them held each other until they went to sleep.

Weeks passed and Ty fell into a deep depression. He wouldn’t eat and barely got any sleep. He quit his job and started searching for another one just so that he’s apartment wouldn’t be foreclosed. Police had gathered information that there was no force entry in his mother’s house and was still investigating Mariah’s sudden death. Ty got himself together and walked out of the house for which seemed like forever since he’d seen any sun; he headed his way to the police station. On the other side of town Lauren woke up with and got herself ready for an employee meeting at Verizon. Lauren continued to hold her position to the best of her ability with being the assistant manager of her store. Ty pulled up to the police station and got out. He didn’t want to be here at all, but wanted to cooperate now so that he wouldn’t have to come back again. “Police Wilson here and your name?” He greeted. “Tyrell Miller but I go by Ty” He greeted back. “Okay follow me were gonna go to the questioning room.” He informed. Ty walked with him to the questioning room and took a seat. He exhaled and then tried his best to get a little energy, but his spirit died a long time ago. “Okay Mr. Miller I’m going to be asking you a few questions just so that we could start checking people off of our suspect list or continue to keep them on there. With that being said I need you to be honest with me throughout these series of questions that way we could make this a whole lot easier on both of our parts. During the time I ask you questions I ask that you try to reframe from saying things such as “uh huh” and stick with yes or no answers unless I ask you to go into further detail. Is that alright with you?” He stated. Ty looked at him and nodded his head even though his mind wasn’t present. “Okay now you are Mariah Miller’s brother correct?” He questioned. “Yes sir” Ty responded. “Where were you the night of Mariah’s murder?” He continued. “At home” Ty responded. “What were you doing at home?” He questioned. “I was sleep when I woke up the next morning I went to work and then decided to visit my mom on the way home. When I pulled up that’s when I saw the police and ambulance everywhere… I..i did.’t kn..what happened” Ty started slowly breaking down.

Wilson grabbed him a box of tissue and passed it over to him. “There was no sign of forced entry so whoever murdered your little sister knew her or the other family members.” He wrote notes as he spoke. Ty used the tissue to wipe his red eyes and tried his hardest to compose himself. “I do understand how hard it is to sit here and answer these questions and I appreciate you coming to sit here and answer these questions. Who would have wanted her dead? There was no sign of robbery for the possible motive just a dead….child” The police finished. Ty dropped his head and cried loudly; much louder then he can remember that he ever had. Lauren sat in her meeting nodding her head at her boss about future things they wanted to happen. The whole staff talked about opening another franchise and doing more things. Zoey woke up and turned on her shower water and woke Caine up by kissing his lips. “Get up.. Let’s shower” She suggested. Caine rubbed the crust out of his eyes and then decided to get up and head to the bathroom. The two of them bathed together and got out momentarily. Caine grabbed the lotion and sat on the bed and lotion his body up. “Can you pass that when you’re done?” Zoey asked. “I’ll lotion you up” He offered. “Really?” Zoey looked at him confused. Caine chuckled a little and nodded his head. Zoey laid back and let him lotion her entire body and then got fully dressed. Caine got dressed and then sat on the bed next to Zoey. “Last night was beautiful” He whispered. Zoey smiled and looked at him. “Was it?” She gazed in his eyes. Caine stared at her back and nodded his head. “Yes…” he spoke softly. “Can you see yourself spending the rest of your life with me?” She risked and asked. Caine stared at her and then looked away. Zoey nodded her head and got up. “I’ll make breakfast…” She walked off knowing the answer. Caine sighed and went to the bathroom and brushed his teeth and went downstairs to the kitchen. Investigators had Ty’s family move from the house because it was there crime scene. The investigators were looking for any evidence that would lead them a step closer into solving the case. Ty walked out of the integration room and got into his car and drove to the ABC store. He walked in and purchased a bottle of patron, got in his car, and drove home. He’s house was still furnished, but to him it felt vacant as a cave; dark and lonely with no one beside him to help him through the pain. That’s when Ty began to drink away.

to be continued.....

Chapter 15: Unexpected

Alexis sighed to herself as she looked at her surrounds. She watched the monitor for a second until her focus turned to the police men walking through the door. “Are you Alexis Morton?” one police officer asked. Alexis looked at him and nodded her head. At first she wanted to lie and say she was someone else, but knew that they already had all of her information. “Do you mind telling us what happen?” He questioned while the other officer took out a pad and started writing. “I got into an altercation with my roommate at school.” She answered. “Okay start from the beginning exactly what happened.” He instructed. Alexis made up the quickest story she ever did and made it sound believable. Even though she was mad at Caine for what he did she didn’t want to snitch. Caine waited two hours in the waiting room rocking back in forth in his chair as he sweated bullets. He was full of guilt and anxiety was starting to take over. He wanted answers and grew worried. “Mr. Burose?” The clerk behind the desk called. Caine shot up and strolled over to her desk swiftly. “Can I see her now?” He asked. The clerk nodded her head and gave Caine a visitor pass to be allowed in the back. “234” She informed him. Caine walked fast to the elevator and pressed the number two once he made it in. He watched as the numbers went to one and then two. The elevator door opened and he walked out quickly and headed to her room.

Zoey opened her eyes and looked at the door to see Caine walking in. Her eyes lit up when she saw him. She didn’t show any type of expression on her face, but smiled widely on the inside. Caine waited in the waiting room so long he had enough time to go and get things for her. “…I bought you a teddy bear and some candy” He smiled a little. Zoey broke a smile and took her gifts. “Don’t eat the candy now… don’t want you to get in trouble. “ He chuckled a little. Zoey continued to smile and looked at her teddy bear and then at Caine. “Thank you…” She spoke softly. “You’re welcome… Zoey please don’t EVER scare me like that again…. Okay?” He stared in her eyes. “I’m sorry” She looked down. Caine picked her face up and pecked her lips. “Stop looking down” He spoke right above a whisper. “It’s a habit…” Zoey admitted. “When are they letting you go?” He inquired. “Tomorrow morning.” She responded. “Zoey…” He called. She looked up and looked at him. “I love you..” he stated again. Zoey looked surprised and “I have your bag... I didn’t leave any of our stuff. I’ll stay here tonight and in the morning we’ll go check out and…. I guess go home” He sighed. “You don’t want to go home?” Zoey looked at him funny. “I mean we didn’t really get to do anything…” He shrugged. “Well if we don’t have the money to stay long then why stay long?” she challenged him. “I was just saying… Ima make a call on your phone real quick” Caine got up while walking over to Zoey purse.

Zoey stared at him with her phone up to his ear. “f***” he mumbled and hung up. “Who was that?” She questioned. Caine sighed and decided to just tell her what was going on. “I was trying to get in touch with Alexis and before you go off let me tell you why….. she was the reason I got jumped and all them niggas took my s***. I went to her house and I went nuts… I beat her ass and then she ended up on the floor unconscious. That’s why I wanted to come here” Caine confessed. Zoey stared at him not knowing what to say. She worried time to time about how dangerous Caine was and wondered if she would end up dying because of him. She didn’t want to fear him at all and the main reason she fessed up to stuff and mouthed off was because she wanted to conquer that. She didn’t want Caine to continue to walk over her as if she was concrete. “I Know you got something smart to say” Caine chimed in. “No… “ Zoey managed to say. Even though she couldn’t stand Alexis she hoped that she was alive. Caine sighed and sat on the bed and turned on the TV. Zoey looked at the TV and continued to watch it until she drifted to sleep. Alexis woke up to a nurse walking in her room. “All set Ms. Morton.. You may leave” she stated while unhooking her from the monitors. Alexis got up and got her things together and headed out of the hospital. Ty woke up and to a disturbing call from his mom. She sounded frantic and before Ty could figure out what was wrong she had hung up the phone.

Ty clocked out earlier and worked quickly to his car. When he arrived at his mom’s house he saw ambulance parked out front. Sadness quickly covered his heart as he hopped out of his car barely parking it. “Sir I’m sorry bu- “What’s going on?” He looked at one of the police men. “Who are you?” He questioned. Ty brushed past him and started running toward the house as he saw his mom. “SOMEONE GET HIM” The police man yelled. “Ma…Wh-what happened?” Ty tried not to break. “It’s Ma..Mariah… “She cried. Ty stared at his mom as gloss started to form over his eyes. “What’s wrong with Mariah ma?” He inquired. “She got shot… our house was broken into last night an…and I didn’t see her until this morning” She broke down. Ty felt like he was hit with a shot gun pierced right through his heart. “Ma’am do you know him?” One of the dispatchers asked his mom. She was so devastated she didn’t have the strength to answer. Ty tried to put the pieces to the puzzle together because some of the things his mom said didn’t make sense. “Let’s go follow the ambulance” He told her. She nodded her head and got up and went with Ty. Zoey woke up and got the ok to leave the hospital. Caine and her walked to the car and headed to their hotel to check out. “I’m sorry you didn’t have a good birthday” Zoey said looking out the window. Caine drove on the interstate back to Vegas and looked at Zoey. “I’ll have many more birthdays to come” He stated. Zoey smiled a little to herself surprised by his understanding.

Lauren walked into a grocery store hoping to find something to drink and ran into a familiar face. “Hey Lauren…” Aubrey greeted. “Hey..” She smiled a little. “How you been?” He smiled back. “I’ve been good..” Lauren responded while walking off. “Wait.. Hold on… let’s catch up” he followed her. “I can’t talk very long Aubrey I have to go back to work” She informed him. “That’s go that you’re still working…I miss you” He expressed. Lauren glanced at him and picked up a mountain dew and headed to a register. “Did you hear what I said Lauren?” He inquired. “Every word” She confirmed. “So..you don’t miss me?” Aubrey questioned. Lauren laughed a little and paid for her drink ignoring him. “I’m sorry Lauren” he dropped his hands to his side and looked at her. Lauren looked back at him before exiting the store. “You know.. I wasn’t waiting on you to say that because I forgave you a long time, but it feels good to hear you say that.” Aubrey walked up to her and put his hand on her shoulder. “I know that what I did was wrong… I was really wrong and I know you probably don’t really care about me anymore and I can understand why just….. Please let me take you out sometime….friends can do that right?” He inquired. Lauren looked at him and sighed then nodded her head. “Yea… I have to go now” She left quickly. Caine and Zoey made it home in four hours. The two of them went inside of her house and got themselves situated. “I’ll be back okay?” Caine stated. “Where are you going?” Zoey questioned. Caine looked at her and left shutting the door behind him. Zoey shook her head and knew she shouldn’t have asked. She turned the TV on and waited for him to come back. Caine walked the streets and then made it to Alexis house.

His heart raced because she hadn’t been answering his phone calls or anything and wondered if she was alive or dead. Caine rang the doorbell and then waited anxiously. Moments later the door flew opened and there stood Alexis. Caine felt a relief inside of him when he turned to meet her face. Alexis on the other hand was more than bother by his presence. “What the f*** you doing here?” She retorted. “I just wanted to know if you were okay” Caine stated truthfully. “Oh what after like 3 f***ing days Caine?” Alexis remarked with much attitude. “Look I know I shouldn’t of whooped your ass that bad, but you sure didn’t think about them niggas possibly beaten the life outta me when you sent them did you?” He challenged her. Alexis shook her head and sucked her teeth. “ I don’t know what the f*** you’re talking about Caine for the one hundredth time. I don’t know who sent those boys or men to come and whoop your ass, but it wasn’t me now leave” She demanded. “NO f*** that… you know something” Caine made his way inside her house and closed the door. “GET OUT! UGH YOU’RE LUCKY I DIDN’T f***ING TELL ON YOUR STUPID BLACK ASS” She grew upset. “Alexis calm down… you know something because they knew your name” He exclaimed. “AND?” She chuckled a little but remained serious. “What do you mean? You got to know them somehow or they know you” Caine started getting irritated. “Just f*** it Alexis” He told her. “I’m a hustler you dumb f*** haven’t you woken up yet? Everybody round here knows about me and that doesn’t mean I know about them, so anyone could of jumped your stupid ass” She rambled on. “See that’s another reason why you got your ass beat. Whether they jumped me or not it was bound to happen you DUMB f***! You got a smart ass mouth which is unnecessary when I came over here worried about you.” He snapped. “Get the f*** out of my house…” she warned him. “Or what? You gone call the police? Jail don’t mean s*** to me” He schooled her. “Go home to your b**** and get off my pussy” Alexis retorted.

Zoey felt her phone vibrate and looked at it and saw a message from Ty. She rolled her eyes because it read that he really missed her and could use her company. Lauren sat at work while they were slow playing around with her phone thinking about Aubrey. She didn’t want to come off mean, but she knew that he was probably gonna get annoying if she didn’t go out with him. She thought why not even though she was seeing someone else now. He established today that they were friends and so she was glad she didn’t have to break that to him. Caine broke the kiss and finished on her stomach as she laid there catching her breath. “Now shut the f*** up” he retorted to her taking the blunt out her hand. Alexis smiled and caught her breath as she wiped her sweat. Caine grabbed his clothes and started to head to Zoey house. Night fell as Caine walked through the door to a sleeping Zoey. He walked straight to the shower and turned it on. Caine made the biggest mistake by singing in the shower and woke Zoey up. She looked around strangely and wondered how long he’d been here. Caine quickly stopped singing and hopped out of the shower. Zoey heard movement upstairs and decided to go to her room. “Have fun?” she asked him. Caine jumped and turned around and smiled a little. Zoey saw his red eyes and grew mad because she knew who he had been with. “What do you mean?” He screwed his face while continuing to dress. “Did you have fun with that b****?” She repeated. “YUP!” Caine stated loudly. Zoey shook her head and looked at him in disbelief. “Get out” She spoke sternly. Caine looked at her and laughed. He dug in his pocket and took out his candy and snorted while sitting on the bed. Zoey hated his addiction with a passion and hoped that one day he’d stop. It wasn’t good for him and made him dangerous. “Caine go be with that b**** and get out of my f***ing house and go out in the streets where you belong” Zoey covered her mouth quickly realizing what she said.

“Oh really? But you love me… stupid b****” He laughed and took his shoes off and turned on the TV. Zoey went to her stash and got out some weed and started breaking it down. She needed something to clear her mind before she went ballistic on him. Caine looked at Zoey from where he sat and then got up and snatch the weed from her. “WHY THE f*** DO YOU ALWAYS DO THAT? JUST LET ME HAVE IT. I DON’T GO AROUND SNATCHING YOUR f***ING COCAINE” She blurted. “b**** SHUT THE f*** UP” He demanded and threw her weed in the garbage. “Ugh I don’t know why the f*** I love you” She mumbled. “What was that?” he tested. Zoey looked at him and shook her head. “I didn’t think so…” He remarked. Zoey went downstairs and knocked everything off of her dining room table and screamed as loud as she could. Dealing with him could get annoying, hard, overwhelming, and all of the above. Caine wasn’t your typical type of guy and with their unique relationship made things worse. Caine heard all the noise and went downstairs to check. “What the f*** is wrong with you?” He chuckled. Zoey didn’t find anything amusing and shook her head as tears began to fall. She knew she was in trouble because they fell too fast for her to catch them. “Why do you hate me so much?” she cried. “Quit that f***ing crying. Damn you’re such a f***ing baby. All you do is whine all the f***ing time Caine this, Caine that shut the f*** up sometimes.” He retorted. “JUST f***ING KILL ME! I’M ALREADY DEAD TO YOU!” She spat as more tears flowed. “Come suck daddy d***” Caine cooed ignoring her statement. Zoey looked at him and shook her head. She headed up the stairs, but he interrupted her by yanking her back causing her to fall down the rest. “Get the f*** up and suck this d*** before I break yo face” He ordered. Zoey got up and shook her head. “I’m not f***ing do s*** f*** YOU, f*** THIS WERE DONE!” She shouted. Caine grabbed Zoey and threw her over his shoulder as she kicked and screamed for him to put her down. He was sick of her mouth and had something to shut her up once and for all. He kicked the door open and threw her on the bed. He gestured to punch her once she tried to move making her frightened. He took some rope he saw and attached her to the bed making sure she couldn’t move. Zoey’s tears fell uncontrollably as flashbacks from the first time he did this replayed in her mind.

Caine gripped her cheeks tightly together making her face him. “Keep crying and Ima give your ass something to cry about. I know your mom use to tell you that well right now I’m daddy and you do what the f*** I tell you to do.” He ordered. Zoey sniffed and stared at him and saw someone she had seen before, but hated coming in contact with him. This person he became was furious and cruel. Zoey thought the more she stayed around the more her life was at risk. Caine took Zoey’s shirt and ripped it leaving her with her bra on. Zoey bit down on her lip trying to manage her tears from escaping. Caine grabbed Zoey’s phone and went to the camera and pressed record. “Tell the camera something baby” He laughed and waved it in front of her face. Zoey sniffed some more and let a tear escape feeling it land in her ear. “You know baby….” He pulled her pajama shorts and panties to the side and stuck two fingers inside of her. Zoey scooted back a little resisting him, but he went deeper. “Ima miss this pussy the most…” He finished. “Please stop Caine…” She pleaded. Caine ended the video and put her phone on the dresser the opened it. He reached in and took out the gun he hid in there and c**ked it. Zoey watched the gun aiming at her and stopped crying. She started preparing herself to burn in hell because she knew that’s where she’d go. “Do it… go ahead and pull the trigger” She challenged him. “SHUT UP!” he sternly said as he fought back tears. “YOU HATE ME SO DO IT…. KILL ME CAINE!” She challenged him some more. Caine aimed the gun and stared at Zoey on the bed. His heart raced rapidly as his palms became sweaty. “Any last words?” He questioned. Zoey looked at him and swallowed hard. “After all of this… I still love you” She stated truthfully. Zoey closed her eyes waiting for him to kill her. Caine turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the stomach. Zoey opened her eyes quickly and screamed as her heart jumped. She saw Caine lying on the floor and cried. “CANNAN!!!” She screamed. Zoey reached over to her hands trying to ignore the pain in her side and used her teeth to unbind herself.

“OH MY GOD!!.. Ima take you to the hospital baby…” She hovered over Caine’s body. Caine’s vision became blurry as he looked at Zoey over him. Zoey’s tears streamed down her face enough to create a river. Zoey quickly put on a shirt and shoes then struggled to drag Caine to the car. Once she finally got him in the car she sped off. She was beyond emotional and thought she might lose him just like she lost Shad. She didn’t expect him to do what he did, but instead kill her like she told him. Zoey couldn’t express how many emotions where running through her to say the least. Ty sat in the same waiting room six hours earlier when his sister was pronounce dead when she arrived. Police questioned if there were any other witness to possibly provide any leads, but there were none. Ty wanted to die when he heard the news, but had to be strong for his mom. It turned out whoever broke in the house had a silencer on the gun which caused his mom to go without hearing the gun shot. Investigators wanted answers and so did the family, and were going to do whatever it took to get them. Mariah was only six years old with a bright future ahead of her. Ty didn’t understand what the motive could have been to hurt someone so innocent and harmless to anyone. Life was hard for Ty and Zoey and the two of them didn’t know what to do in their situations. Life wasn’t fair to the two of them.

Zoey sat in the waiting room shaking the entire time. She was full of fear and doubt. She tried to think positive, but who could think that way with so much that has happened in her life? Thanks a lot God is what she thought as she rocked back and forth in her chair. By this time her butt was as flat as a pancake from the wait. “Zoey Davis?” The clerk called. Zoey shot up and went to the desk. “Mr. Burose is in 456… he’s a lucky one” She smiled. Zoey smiled weakly and went straight toward the elevator. Zoey had a balloon in her hand and a teddy bear just a little something like he did for her. When she walked through the door she found Caine asleep. Zoey put his things to the side and went up to him sighing. She bent down and kissed her lips and whispered. “I thought I lost you…..I love you.” Zoey looked around and then climbed in the bed next to him and laid her head on his chest. She didn’t care to watch the monitors and wanted to know monitor his heart herself. Zoey laid there counting his heart beats all the way until she drifted off to sleep. Zoey woke up by falling on the floor. She thought maybe she had fallen off the bed, but she looked to see Caine awake. “Why did you do that?” She inquired. “You’re not supposed to be up here” He answered. Zoey sighed and then brought over his teddy bear and balloon. “I don’t want that” He bluntly retorted. “Wow…” Zoey’s face fell. “What?” He questioned. “Nothing…” She spoke softly looking at the floor. “There you go with that s*** again, but you buy s*** like that for your man…something I’m not” He brought up. Zoey had forgotten that she broke up with him. She was mad at the time and hurt that was the least thing he thought he’d remember. Zoey nodded her head and tried laughing off her emotions. “You’re absolutely right… I forgot.” She chuckled. Zoey walked over to the chair and got her things and looked at Caine once more before leaving. She felt like complete s***.

Caine’s doctor prescribed him medicine and told him that he was set to leave. He got his things and then headed toward the elevator and ran into Zoey. He slightly rolled his eyes and got in. “You should have been gone” he mentioned. “My man should worry about my whereabouts something you shouldn’t” she spat back. “I don’t give a f*** you’re the one that’s not gonna be able to sleep at night” He exclaimed. “Oh really?” Zoey raised her eyebrow as the elevator door opened. “ Damn right” he confirmed while walking out. Zoey shook her head walking behind him. “I’m so glad were done because you’re not worth s***. I don’t know who the f*** you think you are, but I’m not someone who you gonna disrespect anymore so f*** what you thought!” Zoey rolled her eyes with much attitude. Caine laughed and shook his head walking toward the door. “Yea laugh I don’t give a f*** dumbass” She said being petty. “Are you finished?” He asked without turning around. Don’t f***ing ask me that. I’ll let you know when I’m good and gotdamn finished” She retorted. Caine laughed more which started to tick Zoey off. The two of them made it outside and Zoey continued to ramble on and follow him. “I would give you a ride,but I’ll let you walk bastard” she added. “WOULD YOU SHUT THE f*** AND GO HOME?” He finally had enough. “You don’t own me. I’m not Alexis okay? And if I wanna bother you I can you know why? Because I put up with too much of your s***. I HATE YOU!!” she hit him on his back. Caine turned around and grabbed her hands as Zoey almost fell to the ground ready to break down. “STOP IT…STOP IT… you got people looking at us and s***. You’re a big girl suck it up Zoe and besides you broke up with me. You always do, so just stop. You wanted this” He let go. Zoey shook her head as tears danced down her face. “It’s not like you care Caine…you f***ing hate me and I don’t know why when all I try to do is love you. You don’t even believe me when I tell you that” She shook her head. “Because you don’t alright? So, stop trynna get me to believe that you do. Not this crack head that needs rehab according to you. Nooo… not me. You don’t love me nobody does, so save it” He remarked. Zoey shook her head and couldn’t stop shaking it. She wished he believed her because she fell for him more and more every day. She didn’t know what it was gonna take for him to realize it. Caine started to walk off and looked back at Zoey sitting on the ground. “Go home Zoey…” he demanded and went back to walking. Zoey watched Caine walk off until she couldn’t see him anymore and finally decided to leave. She got in her car and cried her eyes out until she got home. Zoey stepped foot in the door and kept her door unlock hoping to see from him within the next two days. She loved him that much.

Chapter 15: Unexpected

Alexis sighed to herself as she looked at her surrounds. She watched the monitor for a second until her focus turned to the police men walking through the door. “Are you Alexis Morton?” one police officer asked. Alexis looked at him and nodded her head. At first she wanted to lie and say she was someone else, but knew that they already had all of her information. “Do you mind telling us what happen?” He questioned while the other officer took out a pad and started writing. “I got into an altercation with my roommate at school.” She answered. “Okay start from the beginning exactly what happened.” He instructed. Alexis made up the quickest story she ever did and made it sound believable. Even though she was mad at Caine for what he did she didn’t want to snitch. Caine waited two hours in the waiting room rocking back in forth in his chair as he sweated bullets. He was full of guilt and anxiety was starting to take over. He wanted answers and grew worried. “Mr. Burose?” The clerk behind the desk called. Caine shot up and strolled over to her desk swiftly. “Can I see her now?” He asked. The clerk nodded her head and gave Caine a visitor pass to be allowed in the back. “234” She informed him. Caine walked fast to the elevator and pressed the number two once he made it in. He watched as the numbers went to one and then two. The elevator door opened and he walked out quickly and headed to her room.

Zoey opened her eyes and looked at the door to see Caine walking in. Her eyes lit up when she saw him. She didn’t show any type of expression on her face, but smiled widely on the inside. Caine waited in the waiting room so long he had enough time to go and get things for her. “…I bought you a teddy bear and some candy” He smiled a little. Zoey broke a smile and took her gifts. “Don’t eat the candy now… don’t want you to get in trouble. “ He chuckled a little. Zoey continued to smile and looked at her teddy bear and then at Caine. “Thank you…” She spoke softly. “You’re welcome… Zoey please don’t EVER scare me like that again…. Okay?” He stared in her eyes. “I’m sorry” She looked down. Caine picked her face up and pecked her lips. “Stop looking down” He spoke right above a whisper. “It’s a habit…” Zoey admitted. “When are they letting you go?” He inquired. “Tomorrow morning.” She responded. “Zoey…” He called. She looked up and looked at him. “I love you..” he stated again. Zoey looked surprised and “I have your bag... I didn’t leave any of our stuff. I’ll stay here tonight and in the morning we’ll go check out and…. I guess go home” He sighed. “You don’t want to go home?” Zoey looked at him funny. “I mean we didn’t really get to do anything…” He shrugged. “Well if we don’t have the money to stay long then why stay long?” she challenged him. “I was just saying… Ima make a call on your phone real quick” Caine got up while walking over to Zoey purse.

Zoey stared at him with her phone up to his ear. “f***” he mumbled and hung up. “Who was that?” She questioned. Caine sighed and decided to just tell her what was going on. “I was trying to get in touch with Alexis and before you go off let me tell you why….. she was the reason I got jumped and all them niggas took my s***. I went to her house and I went nuts… I beat her ass and then she ended up on the floor unconscious. That’s why I wanted to come here” Caine confessed. Zoey stared at him not knowing what to say. She worried time to time about how dangerous Caine was and wondered if she would end up dying because of him. She didn’t want to fear him at all and the main reason she fessed up to stuff and mouthed off was because she wanted to conquer that. She didn’t want Caine to continue to walk over her as if she was concrete. “I Know you got something smart to say” Caine chimed in. “No… “ Zoey managed to say. Even though she couldn’t stand Alexis she hoped that she was alive. Caine sighed and sat on the bed and turned on the TV. Zoey looked at the TV and continued to watch it until she drifted to sleep. Alexis woke up to a nurse walking in her room. “All set Ms. Morton.. You may leave” she stated while unhooking her from the monitors. Alexis got up and got her things together and headed out of the hospital. Ty woke up and to a disturbing call from his mom. She sounded frantic and before Ty could figure out what was wrong she had hung up the phone.

Ty clocked out earlier and worked quickly to his car. When he arrived at his mom’s house he saw ambulance parked out front. Sadness quickly covered his heart as he hopped out of his car barely parking it. “Sir I’m sorry bu- “What’s going on?” He looked at one of the police men. “Who are you?” He questioned. Ty brushed past him and started running toward the house as he saw his mom. “SOMEONE GET HIM” The police man yelled. “Ma…Wh-what happened?” Ty tried not to break. “It’s Ma..Mariah… “She cried. Ty stared at his mom as gloss started to form over his eyes. “What’s wrong with Mariah ma?” He inquired. “She got shot… our house was broken into last night an…and I didn’t see her until this morning” She broke down. Ty felt like he was hit with a shot gun pierced right through his heart. “Ma’am do you know him?” One of the dispatchers asked his mom. She was so devastated she didn’t have the strength to answer. Ty tried to put the pieces to the puzzle together because some of the things his mom said didn’t make sense. “Let’s go follow the ambulance” He told her. She nodded her head and got up and went with Ty. Zoey woke up and got the ok to leave the hospital. Caine and her walked to the car and headed to their hotel to check out. “I’m sorry you didn’t have a good birthday” Zoey said looking out the window. Caine drove on the interstate back to Vegas and looked at Zoey. “I’ll have many more birthdays to come” He stated. Zoey smiled a little to herself surprised by his understanding.

Lauren walked into a grocery store hoping to find something to drink and ran into a familiar face. “Hey Lauren…” Aubrey greeted. “Hey..” She smiled a little. “How you been?” He smiled back. “I’ve been good..” Lauren responded while walking off. “Wait.. Hold on… let’s catch up” he followed her. “I can’t talk very long Aubrey I have to go back to work” She informed him. “That’s go that you’re still working…I miss you” He expressed. Lauren glanced at him and picked up a mountain dew and headed to a register. “Did you hear what I said Lauren?” He inquired. “Every word” She confirmed. “So..you don’t miss me?” Aubrey questioned. Lauren laughed a little and paid for her drink ignoring him. “I’m sorry Lauren” he dropped his hands to his side and looked at her. Lauren looked back at him before exiting the store. “You know.. I wasn’t waiting on you to say that because I forgave you a long time, but it feels good to hear you say that.” Aubrey walked up to her and put his hand on her shoulder. “I know that what I did was wrong… I was really wrong and I know you probably don’t really care about me anymore and I can understand why just….. Please let me take you out sometime….friends can do that right?” He inquired. Lauren looked at him and sighed then nodded her head. “Yea… I have to go now” She left quickly. Caine and Zoey made it home in four hours. The two of them went inside of her house and got themselves situated. “I’ll be back okay?” Caine stated. “Where are you going?” Zoey questioned. Caine looked at her and left shutting the door behind him. Zoey shook her head and knew she shouldn’t have asked. She turned the TV on and waited for him to come back. Caine walked the streets and then made it to Alexis house.

His heart raced because she hadn’t been answering his phone calls or anything and wondered if she was alive or dead. Caine rang the doorbell and then waited anxiously. Moments later the door flew opened and there stood Alexis. Caine felt a relief inside of him when he turned to meet her face. Alexis on the other hand was more than bother by his presence. “What the f*** you doing here?” She retorted. “I just wanted to know if you were okay” Caine stated truthfully. “Oh what after like 3 f***ing days Caine?” Alexis remarked with much attitude. “Look I know I shouldn’t of whooped your ass that bad, but you sure didn’t think about them niggas possibly beaten the life outta me when you sent them did you?” He challenged her. Alexis shook her head and sucked her teeth. “ I don’t know what the f*** you’re talking about Caine for the one hundredth time. I don’t know who sent those boys or men to come and whoop your ass, but it wasn’t me now leave” She demanded. “NO f*** that… you know something” Caine made his way inside her house and closed the door. “GET OUT! UGH YOU’RE LUCKY I DIDN’T f***ING TELL ON YOUR STUPID BLACK ASS” She grew upset. “Alexis calm down… you know something because they knew your name” He exclaimed. “AND?” She chuckled a little but remained serious. “What do you mean? You got to know them somehow or they know you” Caine started getting irritated. “Just f*** it Alexis” He told her. “I’m a hustler you dumb f*** haven’t you woken up yet? Everybody round here knows about me and that doesn’t mean I know about them, so anyone could of jumped your stupid ass” She rambled on. “See that’s another reason why you got your ass beat. Whether they jumped me or not it was bound to happen you DUMB f***! You got a smart ass mouth which is unnecessary when I came over here worried about you.” He snapped. “Get the f*** out of my house…” she warned him. “Or what? You gone call the police? Jail don’t mean s*** to me” He schooled her. “Go home to your b**** and get off my pussy” Alexis retorted.

Zoey felt her phone vibrate and looked at it and saw a message from Ty. She rolled her eyes because it read that he really missed her and could use her company. Lauren sat at work while they were slow playing around with her phone thinking about Aubrey. She didn’t want to come off mean, but she knew that he was probably gonna get annoying if she didn’t go out with him. She thought why not even though she was seeing someone else now. He established today that they were friends and so she was glad she didn’t have to break that to him. Caine broke the kiss and finished on her stomach as she laid there catching her breath. “Now shut the f*** up” he retorted to her taking the blunt out her hand. Alexis smiled and caught her breath as she wiped her sweat. Caine grabbed his clothes and started to head to Zoey house. Night fell as Caine walked through the door to a sleeping Zoey. He walked straight to the shower and turned it on. Caine made the biggest mistake by singing in the shower and woke Zoey up. She looked around strangely and wondered how long he’d been here. Caine quickly stopped singing and hopped out of the shower. Zoey heard movement upstairs and decided to go to her room. “Have fun?” she asked him. Caine jumped and turned around and smiled a little. Zoey saw his red eyes and grew mad because she knew who he had been with. “What do you mean?” He screwed his face while continuing to dress. “Did you have fun with that b****?” She repeated. “YUP!” Caine stated loudly. Zoey shook her head and looked at him in disbelief. “Get out” She spoke sternly. Caine looked at her and laughed. He dug in his pocket and took out his candy and snorted while sitting on the bed. Zoey hated his addiction with a passion and hoped that one day he’d stop. It wasn’t good for him and made him dangerous. “Caine go be with that b**** and get out of my f***ing house and go out in the streets where you belong” Zoey covered her mouth quickly realizing what she said.

“Oh really? But you love me… stupid b****” He laughed and took his shoes off and turned on the TV. Zoey went to her stash and got out some weed and started breaking it down. She needed something to clear her mind before she went ballistic on him. Caine looked at Zoey from where he sat and then got up and snatch the weed from her. “WHY THE f*** DO YOU ALWAYS DO THAT? JUST LET ME HAVE IT. I DON’T GO AROUND SNATCHING YOUR f***ING COCAINE” She blurted. “b**** SHUT THE f*** UP” He demanded and threw her weed in the garbage. “Ugh I don’t know why the f*** I love you” She mumbled. “What was that?” he tested. Zoey looked at him and shook her head. “I didn’t think so…” He remarked. Zoey went downstairs and knocked everything off of her dining room table and screamed as loud as she could. Dealing with him could get annoying, hard, overwhelming, and all of the above. Caine wasn’t your typical type of guy and with their unique relationship made things worse. Caine heard all the noise and went downstairs to check. “What the f*** is wrong with you?” He chuckled. Zoey didn’t find anything amusing and shook her head as tears began to fall. She knew she was in trouble because they fell too fast for her to catch them. “Why do you hate me so much?” she cried. “Quit that f***ing crying. Damn you’re such a f***ing baby. All you do is whine all the f***ing time Caine this, Caine that shut the f*** up sometimes.” He retorted. “JUST f***ING KILL ME! I’M ALREADY DEAD TO YOU!” She spat as more tears flowed. “Come suck daddy d***” Caine cooed ignoring her statement. Zoey looked at him and shook her head. She headed up the stairs, but he interrupted her by yanking her back causing her to fall down the rest. “Get the f*** up and suck this d*** before I break yo face” He ordered. Zoey got up and shook her head. “I’m not f***ing do s*** f*** YOU, f*** THIS WERE DONE!” She shouted. Caine grabbed Zoey and threw her over his shoulder as she kicked and screamed for him to put her down. He was sick of her mouth and had something to shut her up once and for all. He kicked the door open and threw her on the bed. He gestured to punch her once she tried to move making her frightened. He took some rope he saw and attached her to the bed making sure she couldn’t move. Zoey’s tears fell uncontrollably as flashbacks from the first time he did this replayed in her mind.

Caine gripped her cheeks tightly together making her face him. “Keep crying and Ima give your ass something to cry about. I know your mom use to tell you that well right now I’m daddy and you do what the f*** I tell you to do.” He ordered. Zoey sniffed and stared at him and saw someone she had seen before, but hated coming in contact with him. This person he became was furious and cruel. Zoey thought the more she stayed around the more her life was at risk. Caine took Zoey’s shirt and ripped it leaving her with her bra on. Zoey bit down on her lip trying to manage her tears from escaping. Caine grabbed Zoey’s phone and went to the camera and pressed record. “Tell the camera something baby” He laughed and waved it in front of her face. Zoey sniffed some more and let a tear escape feeling it land in her ear. “You know baby….” He pulled her pajama shorts and panties to the side and stuck two fingers inside of her. Zoey scooted back a little resisting him, but he went deeper. “Ima miss this pussy the most…” He finished. “Please stop Caine…” She pleaded. Caine ended the video and put her phone on the dresser the opened it. He reached in and took out the gun he hid in there and c**ked it. Zoey watched the gun aiming at her and stopped crying. She started preparing herself to burn in hell because she knew that’s where she’d go. “Do it… go ahead and pull the trigger” She challenged him. “SHUT UP!” he sternly said as he fought back tears. “YOU HATE ME SO DO IT…. KILL ME CAINE!” She challenged him some more. Caine aimed the gun and stared at Zoey on the bed. His heart raced rapidly as his palms became sweaty. “Any last words?” He questioned. Zoey looked at him and swallowed hard. “After all of this… I still love you” She stated truthfully. Zoey closed her eyes waiting for him to kill her. Caine turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the stomach. Zoey opened her eyes quickly and screamed as her heart jumped. She saw Caine lying on the floor and cried. “CANNAN!!!” She screamed. Zoey reached over to her hands trying to ignore the pain in her side and used her teeth to unbind herself.

“OH MY GOD!!.. Ima take you to the hospital baby…” She hovered over Caine’s body. Caine’s vision became blurry as he looked at Zoey over him. Zoey’s tears streamed down her face enough to create a river. Zoey quickly put on a shirt and shoes then struggled to drag Caine to the car. Once she finally got him in the car she sped off. She was beyond emotional and thought she might lose him just like she lost Shad. She didn’t expect him to do what he did, but instead kill her like she told him. Zoey couldn’t express how many emotions where running through her to say the least. Ty sat in the same waiting room six hours earlier when his sister was pronounce dead when she arrived. Police questioned if there were any other witness to possibly provide any leads, but there were none. Ty wanted to die when he heard the news, but had to be strong for his mom. It turned out whoever broke in the house had a silencer on the gun which caused his mom to go without hearing the gun shot. Investigators wanted answers and so did the family, and were going to do whatever it took to get them. Mariah was only six years old with a bright future ahead of her. Ty didn’t understand what the motive could have been to hurt someone so innocent and harmless to anyone. Life was hard for Ty and Zoey and the two of them didn’t know what to do in their situations. Life wasn’t fair to the two of them.

Zoey sat in the waiting room shaking the entire time. She was full of fear and doubt. She tried to think positive, but who could think that way with so much that has happened in her life? Thanks a lot God is what she thought as she rocked back and forth in her chair. By this time her butt was as flat as a pancake from the wait. “Zoey Davis?” The clerk called. Zoey shot up and went to the desk. “Mr. Burose is in 456… he’s a lucky one” She smiled. Zoey smiled weakly and went straight toward the elevator. Zoey had a balloon in her hand and a teddy bear just a little something like he did for her. When she walked through the door she found Caine asleep. Zoey put his things to the side and went up to him sighing. She bent down and kissed her lips and whispered. “I thought I lost you…..I love you.” Zoey looked around and then climbed in the bed next to him and laid her head on his chest. She didn’t care to watch the monitors and wanted to know monitor his heart herself. Zoey laid there counting his heart beats all the way until she drifted off to sleep. Zoey woke up by falling on the floor. She thought maybe she had fallen off the bed, but she looked to see Caine awake. “Why did you do that?” She inquired. “You’re not supposed to be up here” He answered. Zoey sighed and then brought over his teddy bear and balloon. “I don’t want that” He bluntly retorted. “Wow…” Zoey’s face fell. “What?” He questioned. “Nothing…” She spoke softly looking at the floor. “There you go with that s*** again, but you buy s*** like that for your man…something I’m not” He brought up. Zoey had forgotten that she broke up with him. She was mad at the time and hurt that was the least thing he thought he’d remember. Zoey nodded her head and tried laughing off her emotions. “You’re absolutely right… I forgot.” She chuckled. Zoey walked over to the chair and got her things and looked at Caine once more before leaving. She felt like complete s***.

Caine’s doctor prescribed him medicine and told him that he was set to leave. He got his things and then headed toward the elevator and ran into Zoey. He slightly rolled his eyes and got in. “You should have been gone” he mentioned. “My man should worry about my whereabouts something you shouldn’t” she spat back. “I don’t give a f*** you’re the one that’s not gonna be able to sleep at night” He exclaimed. “Oh really?” Zoey raised her eyebrow as the elevator door opened. “ Damn right” he confirmed while walking out. Zoey shook her head walking behind him. “I’m so glad were done because you’re not worth s***. I don’t know who the f*** you think you are, but I’m not someone who you gonna disrespect anymore so f*** what you thought!” Zoey rolled her eyes with much attitude. Caine laughed and shook his head walking toward the door. “Yea laugh I don’t give a f*** dumbass” She said being petty. “Are you finished?” He asked without turning around. Don’t f***ing ask me that. I’ll let you know when I’m good and gotdamn finished” She retorted. Caine laughed more which started to tick Zoey off. The two of them made it outside and Zoey continued to ramble on and follow him. “I would give you a ride,but I’ll let you walk bastard” she added. “WOULD YOU SHUT THE f*** AND GO HOME?” He finally had enough. “You don’t own me. I’m not Alexis okay? And if I wanna bother you I can you know why? Because I put up with too much of your s***. I HATE YOU!!” she hit him on his back. Caine turned around and grabbed her hands as Zoey almost fell to the ground ready to break down. “STOP IT…STOP IT… you got people looking at us and s***. You’re a big girl suck it up Zoe and besides you broke up with me. You always do, so just stop. You wanted this” He let go. Zoey shook her head as tears danced down her face. “It’s not like you care Caine…you f***ing hate me and I don’t know why when all I try to do is love you. You don’t even believe me when I tell you that” She shook her head. “Because you don’t alright? So, stop trynna get me to believe that you do. Not this crack head that needs rehab according to you. Nooo… not me. You don’t love me nobody does, so save it” He remarked. Zoey shook her head and couldn’t stop shaking it. She wished he believed her because she fell for him more and more every day. She didn’t know what it was gonna take for him to realize it. Caine started to walk off and looked back at Zoey sitting on the ground. “Go home Zoey…” he demanded and went back to walking. Zoey watched Caine walk off until she couldn’t see him anymore and finally decided to leave. She got in her car and cried her eyes out until she got home. Zoey stepped foot in the door and kept her door unlock hoping to see from him within the next two days. She loved him that much.

Chapter 14: Those 3

Zoey drifted off to sleep the rest of the way to L.A. Caine looked over at her every now and then to make sure she was okay. Caine grew tired of driving and pulled over by this lake and stopped the car. He stretched his legs and then looked at over at Zoey. Alexis lied unresponsive on her living room floor. Zoey opened her eyes and then looked at Caine who was staring at her. “Where are we?” She asked. “I don’t know… I just know were in L.A.” he informed her. Zoey went to her purse and pulled out the money that Caine gave her for bills and threw it in his lap. “What did I tell you?” He looked at her. “Well how the f*** do you think we’re gonna survive for a couple of days in the car? No.. I could check my bank account and see what else I have” Zoey sighed and took out her phone. Caine got out the car and leaned against it looking at the lake. Zoey looked at him and then got out then walked up to him. “You wanna do something wild and fun?” She smiled looking at him. “What?” He inquired. “Let’s skinny dip in the lake” She chuckled. Caine started taking off his clothes and put them in the car. Zoey smiled to herself and did the same. “Let’s race…” Caine suggested. Zoey looked at his d*** hang and laughed. Caine looked down at it then her and blushed “Don’t be looking…” He chuckled. Zoey joined him “it’s not like I haven’t seen it….tasted it… Felt it” She moved her eyebrows up and down quickly. Caine pushed her playfully and she did the same. “Girl lets race” He suggested. Zoey got in position followed by Caine. “On your mark…” Caine spoke. “Don’t cheat!” Zoey mentioned. Caine smacked his lips and chuckled a little. “Get set….GO!” He screamed and took off. Zoey laughed loudly trying to run as fast as she could, but it wasn’t anyway she could catch up to him now. Caine was a fast runner. Caine reached the lake and did a cannon ball. Zoey grabbed her nose and then did a cannon ball right after him and came up laughing. “Cheater…” She cut her eyes at him.

“I’m just faster than you and you suck that’s it” He stated while chuckling. “ha..ha..ha” Zoey mocked him being sarcastic. Caine swam on his back and began to float. He closed his eyes and let his mind wonder. His mind took him places he didn’t want to be taken. He didn’t want to be reminded of the cruel family he was raised by. Until this day he still held a grudge over his father and the rest of his family. He was mad at his mom for not sticking up for him. “CAINEEE!!” Zoey shouted snapping his out of his daze. Caine stepped down and looked at her pout with her arms folded. “Why you yelling?” He screwed his face. “Because you weren’t listening I called you like three times…..I wanna learn how to swim” She pouted. Caine swam over to her doing all kinds of tricks to show off and then laughed. “I don’t know how to swim either, so we both f***ed” he chuckled more. “Then what you call all that s*** you just did?” Zoey looked at him with no expression on her face. Caine laughed more at her face and then swam around some more. “I don’t know Zoey… I can’t teach you” Caine exclaimed. Zoey rolled her eyes and sighed loudly with her arms still folded. “Caine…. I’m pouting” She wanted his attention. Caine looked over at her and laughed more. “So…” he stated playfully. Zoey trailed the water to where he was standing and splashed water on him. Caine looked at Zoey with a distraught expression and quickly fooled her as she looked down by splashing her back. “UGHH YOU SLICK f*** MY WEAVE!!” She screamed. Caine laughed so loudly more than Zoey witnessed. She enjoyed watching him smiled with them huge teeth of his. “I don’t give a damn bout that” He mentioned. “Yea I know” Zoey stated with emphasis on each word. “Awww… I’ll pay for your hair to get done” Caine swam up to her and looked her in the eyes. Zoey smiled and rubbed her hands on his face while staring back. Zoey got lost in his eyes and almost drowned. Caine laughed and wrapped her legs around his waist. “Don’t fall girl…” he cooed. Zoey stared into his eyes. “It’s too late…” she responded. Caine stared into her eyes and then pressed his lips against hers. Zoey slipped her tongue into his mouth and massaged her tongue against his. The two of them shared a passionate kiss. Caine then began kissing on her neck and then blew on her ear. Zoey attacked his attack and then licked and blew on his ear. Caine bit his lip and stared in her eyes. “I wanna f*** you…” He cooed. “mmmm…f*** me then” Zoey moaned. Caine continued to her hold her up with one of his arms wrapped around her as he took his other hand and inserted himself inside her. Zoey mouth dropped as she felt him for the first time in a while. Zoey grabbed onto his shoulders and tried to control herself.

Caine grabbed her hips and moved her up and down. “Take this d*** girl” he demanded in a sexual tone. “it hurts a lil baby f***KK!” she screamed out. “I know…. I know ...” He kissed on her to distract her from the pain as he continued moving her up and down his d***. “mmmm I missed you so much” He groaned in her ear. “ahhhh…ooooh I missed you to daddy” Zoey moaned as she started to adjust. Caine moved her up and down a lil faster as she turned him on with her moans. “AAHHH f*** YESS CAINE!!!” Zoey hollered. Caine tried thrusting and almost fell and chuckled. “I wanna beat it up, but I keep stumbling” He looked at her. Zoey tugged on his bottom lip and sucked on it. “oooh s***” he tugged on hers in return. “Get on my back ima swim to the car” He said putting her down. Zoey laughed and got on his back. “How this pussy feel on your back?” She chuckled. Caine grabbed her legs and then walked in the water to the car. “Feel good..” He remarked. “mmm you so nasty baby” Zoey moaned. Caine laid her on the hood and spread her legs roughly while sticking his fingers in her. “mmm I know… you like it too” he bit his lip flashing her a seductive look. “mmmm yesss I do!!” she cried. “mmmm” Caine moaned. He continued to finger her for a while and then decided to put back in. “f***KKKK YESSS!” Zoey moaned aloud. Caine gripped her hips and started thrusting in and out of her. “You missed daddy d***?” He grunted. “ooohh YES!” She moaned louder. Caine pushed her legs back a little further letting himself in deeper than before. “AHHH f***KKK CA-CAINEEE!” Zoey whined. “ mmmmm…dis my pussy?” He questioned while he pumped hard and deep. Zoey mouth flew open expecting words to come out, but there was nothing. Caine took her neck and pumped even harder. “answer me slut” He ordered. Zoey felt tears hitting her eyes from the pain and pleasure. “yesss” she barely whispered. “mmmmm” Caine moaned.

He took his d*** and rubbed it against her clit and then attacked it with his tongue. “OMGGGGG s*** YOUR GONNA MAKE ME CUM BABY” Zoey shouted. Caine flicked his tongue over her clit faster as she motivated him with her music she created to his ears. Zoey took the back of his head and pushed it further causing his tongue to move from her clit to inside of her. “f***KKK DADDYYY!” she gripped her breast tightly. Caine stared at her in her eyes intensely making her two seconds away from busting in his mouth. Caine took his fingers and interested in her again and shook them side to side while letting his tongue dance on her clit. Zoey’s legs shook vigorously as started f***ing his face and cumming at the same time. “Mmmmmm…..” Caine moaned loving every bit of it. He then slurped up her juices which made Zoey’s moans become uncontrollable. He tugged of her clit with his mouth and sucked on her lips. “f***KKK OKAY BABE!!” Zoey blurted while pushing his head back. Caine licked his lips and smirked at her. Zoey looked at him out of breath and smiled as well. Caine took his fingers and shoved them in her mouth and bit his lip. “Make daddy cum…” He instructed thinking she was ready to ride instead she got off the car and dropped to her knees. “mmmmm s***…suck dat d*** baby” Caine gripped her hair. Zoey gave him eye contact and massaged his balls as she sucked him. “ooooooh mmmm” Caine moaned and tilt his head back. Zoey made noise as she smacked and sucked his d*** making Caine go insane. He gripped her hair tighter and started f***ing her face. “You like how daddy taste baby? Hmm? Mmmm” he talked dirty. Zoey moaned and then jacked his d*** off as he continued to f*** her face. “no hands baby…” He ordered. Zoey started to suck his d*** like he order with no hands and deepthroated him. “f***KK” He shouted and bit down on his lip. Zoey continued to suck him showing off all of her tricks. “mmm move babe” He stated. Zoey got up and saw Caine take his d*** and start cumming. “ahhhh f***kk…” he groaned.

Zoey went in her purse and got some feminine wipes and wiped herself. “Can I see one?” Caine chuckled. “Yea…” Zoey passed him one and then put the rest back in her purse. “Damnnn girl..” Caine still thought about what just took place. Zoey laughed and wiped her forehead. “I should be saying that about you” She chuckled. Lauren turned her TV on and went and checked on her pot she had on the stove. She came back and saw the reporter on the news speak saying. “Local news has reported that a young African American lady was found in her residence unresponsive. Police are investigating the scene and it looks as if she was beaten brutally and left for dead. The young lady was identified as Alexis Morton and we will have more story updates soon. I am Patricia Jackson here with your fox six news.” Lauren shook her head at the news “stupid dudes these days” She retorted. Caine look in his glove compartment and looked at all of the coke and weed he took before leaving out of Alexis house. “Caine…” Zoey looked at him. “What?” He retorted. “Where you get that?” she questioned. “That’s a stupid ass question you know that? I do slang you know..” He smartly remarked. “Well if I thought it was stupid then I wouldn’t of f***ing asked” She bluntly retorted back. Caine pushed Zoey’s head into the window.

“Why the f*** do you keep disrespecting me?” he inquired. “You keep disrespecting me by putting your hands on me Caine!” Zoey attacked back letting tears fall.
She just didn’t understand how he would flip from being one person to the next in such quick matter of time. He was so intimate with her less than an hour ago and now look at him. Zoey was confused and hurt all she wanted to do was go home. “Why the f*** are you crying?” He talked loudly in her face. Zoey ignored him and tried wiping her tears but they kept threatening to fall. “b**** I know you hear me!” He stressed. “b****?” Zoey looked at him. Caine took his cocaine out and line it up and snorted it. Zoey shook her head at him and got out the car slamming it. “Where the f*** you going?” He got out the car walking after her. “GO TO HELL CAINE!” She shouted as more tears fell down her face. Caine grabbed her pulling her back to him slapping her across the face. Zoey fell to the ground and looked at him and quickly got up. “Get in the car NOW!” He warned. Zoey wiped her face and got in the car in the back seat and shut the door. She looked in the rearview mirror and saw the red mark on her cheek. “I f***ing wonder sometimes” She wiped her tears. Caine got in the car and shook his head. “Why the f*** you in the back?” He question again. “Because I want to be…” She responded. Caine looked at her through the rearview mirror and put the rest of his candy up. Zoey rolled her eyes and then laid down in the back and cried silently until she fell asleep. Caine heard her sniff until he didn’t anymore and figured she was sleep. He got a blanket from his trunk and then put it on the top of the car. He picked Zoey up and then put her on top of the car and climbed up next to her. Caine looked at her sleep peacefully and wrapped his arms around her. “Im so sorry baby……” Caine he spoke into her ear. He kissed her lightly and drifted off to sleep.
Zoey woke up due to Caine’s loud snoring and looked up at the sky. She pecked his lips causing him to wake up. “Happy birthday…lets go get breakfast” She said. Caine nodded his head. Zoey got up and got a bottle of water out of her trunk to brush her teeth. Caine took a bottle from the car and did the same. The two of them got in the car and drove to the nearest I hop. Lauren woke up and got herself ready for work. She was anxious for her date that she had tonight with the guy she was seeing. She heard her phone go off and looked to see it was Aubrey. “Hello?” She answered. “Hey Lauren” he smiled through the phone. “Hey…” She responded right above a whisper. She didn’t have a grudge against him and forgave him already, but just didn’t know where their relationship stood at the moment. “How you been Lauren?” He questioned. “I’ve been blessed and you?” She got her things together getting ready to leave. “I’ve been making it… I’ve been thinking we sh- “ “Hey I really have to get going to work how about I call you back later okay?” Lauren cut him off. “Oh…okay” He spoke in disbelief. Lauren hung up the phone and sighed then grabbed her keys and left.

“I want my bacon limp and eggs scrambled please..” Caine ordered. “Oh and some OJ” he interjected. “Okay anything else?” The waitress asked. Caine shook his head no and then looked at Zoey. “Okay anything for you ma’am?” Zoey looked at her menu and then ordered. “Okay I’ll be right back with your drinks” she then walked off. Zoey looked down at her hands and continued to be quiet until their food came. “Why you so quiet?” Caine asked. “No reason” She looked at her food. Caine took a bite out of his food and shook his head. “You’re lying…what’s wrong?” He asked her. Zoey shot him a glare and shook her head returning back to his good. Caine saw her cheek and then sighed. “Im sorry..” He apologized. Zoey looked at him and then continued eating. The two of them sat in silence as they ate until they were full. Zoey got up from the table and went to the car and waited for him. Caine smacked his teeth and gave the lady a tip and left. “I said I was sorry okay?” He closed the door. “Sorry isn’t gonna make my face look okay” Zoey remarked. “Can we at least fight about this tomorrow when it isn’t my birthday?” He requested. Zoey sat and thought for a while and figure since it was his birthday that she’ll drop it. “Can we go to Wal-Mart I wanna buy some snacks” She spoke softly. Caine looked at her and then headed to Wal-Mart.

Caine couldn’t help but to think about Alexis and wondered how she was. He never intended for it to go as far as it did. He pulled up to Wal-Mart and the two of them got out and went inside. “You wanna race?” Zoey smiled at him. Caine smirked and nodded his head. The two of them got baskets and rolled them to the grocery section. “No cheating this time” Zoey mentioned. Caine laughed and got on the back of his cart. “On you mark…get set….GO!” Zoey yelled grabbing some customers’ attention. Caine took off in his cart and bumped into this old lady. “WATCH IT YOU PRICK!” She screamed. Zoey looked back and laughed not watching what she was doing and fell. “Oww…” Zoey said to herself. Caine saw Zoey on the ground and ran to her and bent down. “You okay?” Zoey looked at him and nodded her head. Caine helped her up and walked beside her to the register. “You got everything?” he questioned. Zoey nodded her head and paid for her snacks. The two of them headed to the car and got in. “So what you wanna do for your birthday? Birthday boy?” Zoey looked over at him. He shrugged his shoulders and then pulled out his loud and started breaking it down. “Umm.. maybe we could go party” She suggested. “Can’t” he shut down. “Why not?” Zoey retorted. “Because I got jumped like two days ago and they took everything…including my I.D.” He informed her. “Oh….. well I’ll just flirt with the bouncer and he’ll let us in” She chimed in. Caine looked at her and nodded his head while lighting his blunt. Caine inhaled the blunt and exhaled the smoke into the air. Zoey took the blunt out his hands and hit it and blew the smoke in his direction. “Don’t be snatching my s*** girl” He demanded while snatching it back. “Fine ill make my own” Zoey stated while breaking some loud down. Caine shook his head and continued to smoke. Zoey lit her blunt up and took it to the head. Caine looked at her crazy and snatched the new blunt and gave her the old one. “Your so f***ing mean” She chuckled. Caine closed his eyes as he started to take flight. Zoey smoked too much and passed out. Caine looked over at her and pushed her slightly.

“b**** wake up… how the f*** you gone fall asleep and it’s MY birthday not yours!” He retorted.
Hours passed and Caine and Zoey checked into their hotel room for the night and got ready for the club. Zoey was excited and couldn’t wait to have fun. She put foundation and blush over her face and made sure her cheek was covered. The two of them drove to a local club in L.A. which was packed out. “Wow… its so many people” Zoey said looking out the window. Caine and Zoey stood in the line which seemed like forever. “I.D.?” The bouncer asked Zoey. She showed her I.D. and then looked at Caine. Caine looked at Zoey as he began patting his jeans as if he forgot it. “Damn it’s in the car… I think, baby do you have my I.D. with you?” He stared at Zoey. “No…” Zoey responded. “NEXT” the bouncer yelled. Caine looked at Zoey and took off. “Caine wait…” Zoey expressed. “WHAT ZOEY? YOU f***ING EMBARASSED THE s*** OUTTA ME BACK THERE AND DIDN’T EVEN DO WHAT YOU SAID YOU WERE GONNA DO!” He roared. “Caine I’m SORRY I forgot let’s go to another club” Zoey offered. “No let’s just go back to the hotel” Caine stated getting in the car. Zoey sighed and got in the car feeling horrible that she forgot. She wanted to make his birthday as special as he was to her heart, but she f***ed up. The whole ride to the hotel was silent.

Caine propped on the bed and then turned on the tv. “Caine… I said I was sorry” Zoey dropped her bag. Caine ignored her and looked at the tv. Zoey sighed and then took off her shoes and her outfit. She walked over to Caine and straddled him. “You’ve been mean to me all day…you owe me” She remarked. Caine looked at her and looked at the tv. “Eat this pussy Caine right now!” Zoey demanded getting on his face. Caine couldn’t resist her even if he was mad. He stuck his tongue out and went to work. Zoey moaned uncontrollably as she rode his face. Momentarily, Zoey was quenching Caine's thirst by cumming down his throat. “You still mad at me?” Zoey pecked his lips. Caine looked in her eyes and shook his head now then looked at the tv. Zoey looked at him show no expression and sighed. Zoey went to the bathroom and turned her some bathwater on and waited for it to get the level she preferred. Caine called her name and she didn’t respond. Zoey got in the water and then held her breath underneath it. At times like this she couldn’t understand what she was feeling. All she knew is that she wanted to die. Caine sighed and got up and went to the bathroom door and knocked. “Zoey… don’t start this s*** man. I said I wasn’t mad” He retorted. Zoey heard Caine at the door and continued to hold her breath until she couldn’t breathe anymore. She came up gasping for air and coughed a few times. Caine shook his head and went to the bed. Zoey put her clothes on after getting out of the tub and opened the door. She felt her head spin around in circles the same way this cruel world does. Caine looked at Zoey hit the ground and start to shake. He never witnessed her like this before and automatically panicked. “ZOEYY!!! WHAT’S WRONG?” he bent down. What he didn’t know was that Zoey was experiencing her first seizure.

Caine took Zoey’s phone out her purse and called 9-1-1. “911 what’s your emergency?” The dispatcher spoke. “I need an ambulance right away my baby is shaking I don’t know what’s wrong with her…p-please come she not moving anymore. Pl-please hurry” His voice cracked as Zoey’s seizure stopped. The dispatcher asked his location and informed that they were sending someone and to lay her on her side and don’t touch her. Caine felt like the ambulance was taking forever and hoped that Zoey wasn’t dead. Caine felt tears roll down his face as he hovered over Zoey and spoke closely in her ear without touching her. “Please don’t leave me…I ne..need you please don’t be dead…. I love you” He confessed. The ambulance came into the room mintues later and took Zoey on a stretcher. Caine grabbed their bags and took off in her car after the ambulance. A thousand and one things ran through Caine’s brain as he sped to the hospital. All he wanted was for Zoey to be okay. Alexis looked at the bright lights from the hospital and watched as the doctors give her prescribed medicine. “Here you go and the police are on the way for them to ask you questions okay?” He informed. Alexis nodded her head not knowing what to do.

thank you

And another thing, I really hope Lauren and Ty find someone special and who will treat them like a queen and like a king (preferably each other)

The fact that Alexis tried to make it seem like she didn't know what was going on would cause anyone to react the way Caine did, but daaaang

The fact that Alexis tried to make it seem like she didn't know what was going on would cause anyone to react the way Caine did, but daaaang

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Lmao @ "He did a number on her." Alexis is annoying tho man... You can't deny that s*** lol.

Wow its like 2 am here and I'm up replying lol. Im glad that was a dream, I just knew Will got her ass. Its good to see her tell his Caines ass off :) even though he had good come backs, I'm proud of her. Its f***ed up how she did Ty though. Even though he knew that he could never measure up to Caine he still went there with her just to have her ass throw him back smh. I hope his ass didn't kill Alexis I didn't like her but damn he did a number on her.
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Chapter 13: Ready or Not… Here I come

Zoey woke up to see Ty lying next to her. Zoey and Ty had been going strong for about a month now. Zoey thought about Caine more and more every day as she tried her hardest to get over him. She got up and went to the bathroom to do her morning routine. Zoey then walked to the kitchen to start making breakfast for her and Ty. Alexis got up waiting to meet with her judge today. She was anxious to know how long she was gonna be doing time. Zoey finished making breakfast and decided to go check the mail. She sighed when she saw bills for her house and saw something else. Lauren woke up next to Aubrey and pecked his lips. This made Aubrey wake up with a smile on his face. “Good Morning Sunshine.” Lauren smiled and straddled him pecking him once more. Aubrey ran his hands down her back and deepened the kiss. Zoey opened the letter she got in the mail and started reading.

Zoey…
Its Caine and I’m still alive if you care. I miss you believe it or not. I never got the guts to send you all the letters that I’ve written you so im finally sending this one. Being in jail is kinda cool… but there food isn’t that good. How have you been? Well… I just wanted to speak to you. Will you write me back? I hope so… take care Zoey.
-Caine

Zoey read Caine’s letter over and over and over again. She wiped astray tear that managed to fall and headed inside the house. Ty walked down the stairs and saw Zoey and stopped her. “Everything okay?” he stated concerned. Zoey looked at Ty and studied his face. “I have to go…” She spoke softly now looking at the floor. Ty lifted her face making her meet his eyes. “Where you going?” Ty wondered. “I-i…Have to g- “ “Its him isn’t it?” Ty looked at Zoey’s tears fall from her eyes. She wondered how she knew, but was kind of happy he got the picture before she had to blurt it out to him. Zoey nodded her head and went upstairs to finish getting herself together. She was going to deliver him a letter to him personally. Ty walked into the bathroom where Zoey stood and looked at her through the mirror. “Will you be back?” He questioned. Zoey looked at him through the mirror as well and shrugged her shoulders. “I don’t know…” Ty’s face fell to the ground as he went and got his stuff. “Thanks for the breakfast” he stated while walking past Zoey one more time. Ty left Zoey’s house feeling demolished. He knew it would only be a matter of time when he knew Zoey would leave him for Caine. Ty just wish he had enough time to prepare for his heartbreak.

Zoey stepped out of the bathroom and saw that Ty had left. She sighed and shook her head feeling somewhat bad. She grabbed her purse and typed the jail’s address in her GPS . Lauren wrapped the sheet around her body before getting up out of the bed and headed to the kitchen. Moments later Aubrey wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her neck. He sniffed the air and exhaled deeply. “Smells wonderful in here..” He told her. Lauren smiled and continued to make them breakfast. She replayed over and over in her mind what just took place and prayed that she wouldn’t have to regret it later. Ty felt himself getting sadder by the second and decided to pay his mom a visit. “So do you think you guys are over?” Ty’s mom asked him. He sighed and looked at her in disbelief. “I know we are…she still loves her Ex and I know it” He confessed. “So why did you want to be with her in the first place Ty? All you did was set yourself up” She remarked. Ty guessed that she was right. He shouldn’t have tried jumping into a relationship with her knowing that he would never take the place of Caine. Zoey walked into the visitation part of the Jail and waited for Caine to come out. Caine was informed he had a visitor and grew nervous not knowing who it could have been. Zoey stood up as she felt her heart drop. She walked slowly to the seat and picked up the phone while watching Caine take a seat and do the same. “Zoeyyy…” Caine smiled. Zoey bit her lip trying to refrain from crying throughout the whole visit. “I only have 15 minutes…” Caine softly while staring in her eyes. “I-..I got your letter….” Zoey let a tear escape. “Hey…don’t do that” Caine told her. Zoey quickly wiped her tear and looked down. She had a thousand things running through her head, but couldn’t seem to find the words to say. She was overly emotional after not seeing him for a while.

“Zoey please look at me…” Caine looked at her through the glass. Zoey picked her head up and placed her hand on the window. Caine put his hand on the glass over hers. “I miss you so much Caine…” her eyes filled with tears again. “I miss you too Zoey” Caine didn’t hesitate. Zoey smiled and wiped her tears once again. “I wrote you back… I’ll have to give it to the guard for you to see I guess” she shrugged. Caine chuckled a little and couldn’t stop staring. “I hope there’s a picture in there” Caine finally moved his hand. Zoey nodded her head “It is… I still love you Caine” Zoey exclaimed. Before Caine could say anything back his time was up. “Mwahh mwah mwah” He kissed quickly in the phone as the guard stood over him. Zoey hung up the phone and blew him a kiss and gave the letter the guard he was with. She stood there as Caine looked back every two seconds. Zoey smiled and waited until he disappeared into crowd to decide to leave. Zoey looked at her phone and saw missed calls from Ty and sighed. She then decided to call him. “Hello?” he answered. “Ty…I been thinki- “You don’t have to finish I seen It coming I was only calling for you to confirm” He cut her off. Zoey sighed “Im sorry.” “No need for that…I hope you’re happy Zoey I wish you the best…no bad blood between us” He said before hanging up in her face. Zoey looked at her phone and then continued driving until she went home. Caine went back to his cell and read Zoey’s letter over and over again. He read her letter everyday as if it was something new and memorized the words. He hoped that one day she’d come back again.

Six months past Zoey so fast she forgot she had a life. She still didn’t have a job and was sliding by the collectors on her past payments. Life was getting harder everyday as she struggled to survive. Any day now she knew she would end up in the line waiting for a room to rest her head. Caine looked at the sun and smiled as he just got released. He walked down the Las Vegas streets making his way to Zoey. She was the first thing on his mind and he couldn’t wait to see her. The day she came to visit was the last day he saw her in six months. Alexis roamed the street looking for trouble already and she been fresh out for a month. She slicked talked her way out of her hearing and got out on parole earlier then Caine. Caine was a hard head and never liked to follow rules which made him serve a lot longer than Alexis did. Six months earlier Lauren and Aubrey walked in from a movie date giggling. The two of them had an awesome time and couldn’t imagine it to be any better. Lauren fell over on Aubrey’s lap and looked up at him. He bent down and pecked her lips and spoke. “I’m so glad your mine…” Lauren smiled and heard his phone go off. She sat up and watched him get up and answer the call. Lauren could hear a female voice from where she was sitting to where he was standing. She grew impatient and went upstairs and got ready for bed. Minutes later Aubrey came in her room and laid next to her while wrapping his arms around her. “What’s wrong why you move?” he asked her. “I just got tired of sitting there…wanna watch a movie?” She suggested. Aubrey sighed and pecked her lips while getting up. “I can’t that was just my co-worker and I gotta go in, in like fifteen minutes… I’ll come back okay?” He searched laurens face that happened to be on the floor next to her heart. She knew he was lying and wouldn’t be back. She could hear his footsteps walk closer to her bed as she tried convincing her tears to stay put. “Lauren…I’ll be back okay?” He said one more time. “I heard you the first time..” Lauren spoke softly while looking up at him. “Okay…” He pecked her lips and left but not before looking at her one last time. Lauren knew that was the last time she’d probably see him. The night she opened her legs was the night everything changed.

Lauren smiled to herself as she thought about the good times she had with Aubrey and how happy he made her. Even though their relationship didn’t last as long she felt like during it they had known each other forever. She was quickly fooled the night she heard a woman on the phone and how quick he left. She then realized that she didn’t know him well enough despite the way she felt in her heart. Lauren shrugged off the thoughts and was falling for someone completely different and better now. She just hoped that this time she would have twenty/twenty vision. Zoey got out the shower and felt arms wrap around her. She screamed and turned around to see Caine smiling from ear to ear. “He- “Before he could finish Zoey pressed her lips against his sending him in awe. Caine picked Zoey up and threw her on the bed snatching her towel off. He stared at her body for a while before doing anything. “Don’t sit there f*** me please Caine” She whined. Caine smirked at Zoey begging and took his clothes off immediately. He hadn’t had him some good pussy in so long, so more than likely Zoey was bound to be in the hospital after this. The way Caine kissed Zoey made her fall in love with him all over again. The tenderness of the kiss sent them both into bliss. Zoey felt chills down her spine as he moved from her neck to her collarbone.

Hours past and Caine and Zoey laid their sweaty bodies next to each other. Zoey looked over at Caine in his eyes. He caught her staring then Zoey looked at the ground. “Why do you always do that s***?” He finally got tired and spoke up. “Do what Caine?” Zoey asked confused. “You always look down at the ground or floor. Why the f*** do you do that?” He inquired. Zoey sat up and sighed. “My stepfather always told me to never look a man in the eye long…he always got mad and so I never want you to get mad.” Caine looked at Zoey and started laughing. Zoey didn’t find anything comical because she was serious. “Whateva…” Caine retorted while getting up. Zoey rolled her eyes and laughed herself. “I’m so foolish to think that you came back changed…might as well stayed where you were” Zoey got up and headed to the bathroom. Caine walked behind her and grabbed her arm. “Don’t f***ing talk to me like that and you need to be appreciative that I came here first to see your stupid ass.” He spat. “I’m pretty sure you went to go see your lil b**** Alexis first you don’t have to f***ing lie to me Caine” Zoey shook her head and yanked her arm back. “I f***ing wrote to you all the time and you bringing bulls*** back into this already? We didn’t even make it official again and you already on a nigga d***!” Caine blurted. “NO YOU’RE THE ONE f***ING GRABBING MY ARM ACTING LIKE IM YOUR PROPERTY. YOU HAVEN’T CHANGED CAINE THAT’S WHATS f***ING BOTHERING ME!” Zoey yelled in his face. Caine bit his lip trying not to hit her for disrespecting him, so instead he walked away. Zoey slammed the door and got in the shower like she intended before he rudely interrupted her.

Caine walked into the room and watched TV waiting for her to get out of the shower. He knew he hadn’t changed since he been away from Zoey and wasn’t planning on changing. Zoey shook her head as she bathed in the shower thinking about how this nigga was so stupid. She wondered why she even wasted her time with him. She wondered if all he came for was her pussy because he could have easily went to that b**** Alexis’ house for that. Caine went to the kitchen in his boxers and made him something to eat when he heard Zoey walk in minutes later. “Don’t even bother staying here tonight because I’m not putting up with your bulls***” She demanded. “Zoey…” Caine said softly. “What?” She snapped with an attitude. “I came back because I missed you and if you missed me as much as I did you then you would be happy to see me and want to spend time with me. “ Caine had a point, but it was just the fact that Zoey didn’t want to get trapped again nor put up with his spasms. “Caine… I do miss yo- “Then why you acting like s*** is brand new? If you loved me before I left then why not now? If I changed then you wouldn’t love me anymore…I’d be someone else” He challenged her. Zoey stared at him because either way she was still in all of this alone. “Caine…what does it matter…your still going to feel the same regardless you don’t love me, so however I feel doesn’t f***ing matter anyway” Zoey said while walking up the stairs. Caine shook his head and finished eating. Zoey sat in her room crying her eyes out. She hated feeling this way and wish he’d never came home. She wished she was able to get over him, but the more she spent time apart from him was the deeper her love got for him. Caine finished his food and went upstairs in her room to back some stuff. “I guess I’ll take a shower over my “ lil b****” house” he stated while using air quotations. “f*** you okay?” She continued to cry. “Why the f*** you crying? You’re the one blowing me the f*** off so I don’t give two s***s about them tears” Caine continued packing. Before Zoey could say anything Caine was out the door.

Caine walked to the shelter and saw that they closed for the door meaning he was too late for a room. He definitely didn’t want anything to do with Alexis because little did Zoey know that’s the reason he was in jail to begin with. Caine walked to the side of the building. Zoey stared at her ceiling and sighed. She thought maybe she could have at least given him a chance to prove himself. She then laughed loudly. “Who the f*** am I fooling? The nigga grabbed my arm and probably would have whooped my ass.” Zoey shook her head and rolled her eyes to herself. “Stupid ass should have stayed in jail” She mumbled to herself. Zoey was overwhelmed by his sudden surprise and decided to go in her stash and pull out some mid. She started breaking it down and then rolled her weed in her cigarillo. Zoey found a lighter in her dresser draw and then lit her s*** up. Caine looked up at the sky and counted the stars and wished upon the shooting one he saw. He closed eyes and drifted to sleep. Zoey blew smoked into the air and relaxed. The only reason so smoked was because it made her relax. She knew if Caine was witnessing what she was doing she probably would be dead. Click Caine woke up to the sound of a gun c**king and saw four dudes over him. They all had on skull caps with holes for their eyes. “Where’s our money?” the guy with the gun spoke. Caine wiped the crust out of his eyes and looked at him and shrugged. He had no idea who these guys were or what they wanted. Caine winched in pain as another one of them kicked him in the ribs. “Alexis said you got our money now where is it?” He put the gun to Caine’s head. “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Caine stated truthfully. The guys started jumping Caine and took everything he had on him including his wallet and phone. They left him there barely moving. The pain was over bearable for him to fight back even though he tried. Caine spit blood on the ground from his mouth and got up slowly. Caine looked at his surroundings and then started to walk in pain to Zoey’s house.

Caine turned the knob and saw that the door was locked. He smacked his lips and rang the doorbell and waited for Zoey to come down the steps. Zoey laughed at the show she watched on TV and heard the doorbell ring. She quickly put her blunt out and then walked to the door and opened it to see Caine. Zoey’s mouth dropped as she pulled him in the house and closed the door. “Baby what happened?” She tried kissing on him. Caine smacked his lips and pushed her off of him as the weed hit is nose. “Why the f*** you got the door lock and then you smoking?” he snapped on her. Zoey rolled her eyes and walked up the stairs as she spoke. “1st im grown as f***, 2nd I didn’t think your ass was coming back, 3rd It relaxes me I thought I told you that anything else?” Zoey walked into her room. “Don’t make me make us look like twins iight?” Caine warned her. Zoey sighed and got the first aid kit and sat on the bed besides Caine. “Owww” he hissed in pain as she treated him. Zoey rolled her eyes again. “Stop being a pussy and take it like a man” She blurted out. Caine looked at Zoey with one of his eyebrows raised and studied her face. On the inside Zoey was cracking the f*** up, but she kept her composure in front of him. “Ima give you the benefit of the doubt just because you’re under the influence.” He retorted. That did it for Zoey as she burst out laughing loudly which made Caine irritated. He took the first aid kit and put it back in the bathroom as Zoey continued to laugh. Caine sighed and grabbed some covers for him to sleep with. “You were leaving already?” Zoey asked Caine as she watched him slowly. “No..I’m going to sleep now you do the same” He instructed. Zoey nodded her head and got in her bed and pulled the covers over her head. Caine walked down the stairs and went to sleep on the living room floor.

Ty woke up thinking about Zoey and then quickly erased her out of his mind. He turned on his shower water and waited for it to get out. Lauren did the same fifteen miles away and hopped in her shower. They both of them had to get ready for work and that was something they didn’t want, but had to do. Wake and Bake was Alexis motivation to wake up and get straight to the cake. She smoked a blunt to start her day off and made her rounds around Las Vegas. She didn’t have time to wait for Caine and see if he was gonna be down to work with her anymore. Caine woke up and went to the bathroom and showered. Zoey woke up to his voice and smiled to herself. That was honestly what she missed the most when he was gone. Zoey knew he could sing and every time she would ask he would lie, but she knew the truth and so did he. Zoey continued to listen in her bed. “If I wake and you’re here still….give me a kiss. I wasn’t finish dreaming about your lips. Don’t wake me up up up up up up… Don’t wake me up up up up up up. Don’t wake me up up up up up up. Don’t wake me up… Don’t wake me. Don’t wake me upppppppppppp” Zoey’s eyes widen as she was blown away by his beautiful voice. She heard it a thousand times, but didn’t know it was that good. She laughed to herself when she heard him crack a note and noticied he stopped. She secretly hopped that he didn’t hear her laugh for that to be the cause of him stopping. Caine got out of the shower and wrapped a towel around his waist. Zoey glanced at his glistening body as he walked into the room dripping water everywhere from his body.

“Y-you sounded really good Caine” Zoey spoke up. Caine ignored her and dried off and then put on fresh clothes. “Have you ever thought about a singing career?” She continued to press the situation. “NO okay now drop it…” Caine shut her up fast. Zoey did exactly what he wanted her to do which was drop the situation. Caine got fully dressed and then tossed money at Zoey. “here…I’m bout to go make some more” he headed to the door. Zoey got up and threw the money back at him as she folded her arms. “I don’t want you money Caine…. I want you!” She started to get heated. “You do have me…you do iight? Im bout to make money something you need to be doing as well” He remarked. “I’ve been looking for a f***ing job okay Caine nobody wants to hire me!” Zoey retorted. “And you think someone wants to hire a f***ing crack head? NO!” Caine snapped back. Zoey shook her head “go to rehab….it might help” She bluntly suggested. “I’m not going to f***ing rehab and I told you that the other times you tried talking me into to go…I’m not going!” Caine stressed. Zoey raised her hands “Okay don’t go to f***ing rehab then Caine and watch your f***ing life pass you by, all I know is that you better not bring me s*** back from that b**** or I’ll f*** you AND her up I promise you!” Zoey remarked. “What the f*** are you talking about? I’m not f***ing interested in Alexis never was and never will be. Don’t you see me in front of you right now? That’s who I want to be with alright I’m not that f***ing retarded to know that” Caine struck back. “Oh really well I can’t tell… you and I both need to be looking for professional jobs so that we can have a roof over our heads. That damn slanging you doing won’t always help” Zoey pointed out. “Well it sure has paid what the f*** you owed and I know you probably have a lot more s*** you need paid. Please take that damn money and do what needs to be done” Caine said slamming the door on his way out. “UGHH” She kicked the door and walked upstairs in attempt to harass some more employers.

Ty finished tattooing someone and then went to the back and pulled out his phone. He stared at the pictures of him and Zoey while they spent time together. He truly missed her and wanted to know what was up. He hadn’t spoken or seen or in a while and decided to give her a call. “What do you want Ty? Don’t start that f***ing stalking s*** again I’m not interested I even felt sorry even to give you a chance there’s nothing more for us to discuss so lose my number please and thank you!” She hung up without him even saying anything. Ty looked at his phone with sorrow taking over his soul. Even though Zoey’s words were cruel it still didn’t stop him from wanting to get her back. Caine or No Caine Ty felt she was his and he was gonna do whatever it was to get her back. He blamed himself for even letting her out of his grip. Lauren did her daily things that needed to be done according to the assistant manager duties. She had gotten the hang of being an assistant manager and enjoyed her job. She looked through the system and saw that Caine was still in there system for some reason. She didn’t understand because usually after six months his information should have been wiped out. She looked once more and went to her boss to get to the bottom of it. “Mr. Andrews do you have a minute to talk?” She asked. Her boss caught her attention and then gave a signal to hold on. Once Lauren talked to her manager it seemed as if they over looked him and forgot to take care of things. Lauren then took it into her own hands and got rid of his information and made sure his company phone was off. But, little did she know that the boys that jumped him had stolen it anyway.

Zoey shook her head thinking about the interview that she had a while back with the lady from Claire’s. She really thought that she had the job because the interview had gone really well. “Stupid ass b****es don’t wanna give me a job” Zoey talked to herself like she always did. Caine finished selling what he had for the day and made sure to be aware of his surroundings. He definitely was on the lookout for Alexis because he had something for her. Zoey walked in her house after a long day of searching long and hard for a job. At this point Zoey wanted to give up hope because it was getting harder and harder trying to find a job. She kicked off her shoes off and then turned the Tv. Caine snorted his nose candy as he walked down the street headed to Alexis house. Zoey grew tired of sitting there and decided to go make dinner for her and Caine. Caine walked up to Alexis door and knocked on her door and waited for her to answer. “What you doing here?” She pulled the door back. Caine stormed in and took her by the neck while shutting the door with his foot. “You stupid b****” He tightened his grip and then pushed her. Alexis coughed and tried to regain her breath. She shot a glare at Caine fill of confusion. “You sent those niggas to f***ing jump me huh?” He kicked her in the stomach. Alexis winched in pain and grabbed her stomach. “What are you talking about?” Alexis pleaded. Caine kicked her in her stomach harder than before. “b**** DON’T ACT STUPID NOW!” He started beating on her. Alexis tried talking in between hits, but they were so powerful she couldn’t even think straight anymore. Caine went into beast mode and wouldn’t stop hitting her until he threw her across the room and saw her stop moving. Caine walked over to Alexis and moved her around and she still didn’t move. “f***kkkk” he mumbled to himself and then panicked. Caine ran out of Alexis house and then ran fast to Zoey’s house.
Zoey shrieked when she saw Caine rush through the door. She stopped cooking and saw the distraught look on his face. “What’s wrong Caine?” She asked concerned. Caine bent down and rested on his knees as if he ran in the Olympics. “You still wanna go to LA?” He asked. Zoey screwed her face and then nodded. “Y-yea..” Zoey continued looking at him. Caine walked up the stairs heading to the room and got his bag and started getting his stuff. Zoey looked around and then followed him. “NOW?” she raised her voice a little as she looked at Caine put his things in his bag. “Get your things Zoey” Caine looked up at her. Zoey looked at him one more before she grabbed her tote and threw random clothes in it. “Can we eat I made dinner…” Zoey put her bag on her bag.

Caine closed the light and shut the door. “We’ll stop somewhere…” He said. Zoey sighed and then made sure everything else in the house we good and locked up. The both of them hopped in her car and took off. Zoey looked out the window all the way until they got on the interstate before she opened her mouth. “What’s going on Caine?” She asked. Caine looked at her and then at the road. “I just want to go for my birthday in two days….you forgot?” He told her. “You never told me when your birthday was Caine” Zoey sounded disappointed. “Well…now you know! “ Caine ended the conversation. Zoey sighed and looked out the window trying to figure out the real reason he was acting the way he was and why he was such in a rush to leave.

Chapter 12: Where to Start?

Zoey woke up in a sweat looking outside of her windows as she sat up in the back of her car. She was frightened by the dream she had and decided to go in the house. She made sure all of her doors and windows were locked before getting in the shower. Lauren woke up to a good morning text from Aubrey as she got up getting ready for work. She smiled to herself and replied with a good morning as well. Zoey hopped out of the shower and decided to call everyone and check on the status of her applications. Caine woke up looking at the ceiling trying to stop his nose from bleeding due to his overly abused habit. He was mad he missed the man that usually came around collecting items to be mailed. He sighed in frustration at himself for oversleeping. Caine really wanted his letter to be sent so he could hear from Zoey. Apart of him felt horrible that he never memorized her number, so calling her wasn’t an option. Zoey locked up her house and decided to job hunt for the day before seven o’clock. She didn’t even know if she was interested in meeting Ty at the creek or not, but she could use the company. Caine took his shower for day and snorted whenever he could without getting caught, but his roommate seemed to notice. “Aye…where you get that from?” He questioned. “Get what?” Caine stated confused while fumbling with his nose. “That cocaine nigga” Ramon answered him. Caine looked at his roommate and laughed a little. “I had it ever since I been in here… how you know though?” Caine wondered. “I hear you sniff all the time nigga, you play with your nose like every second, and plus… I know addicts when I see them” Ramon informed him. The last thing he mentioned didn’t sit with Caine very well because he believes he looked like any other regular person. “Why the f*** you stereotyping me though cause I’m skinny and got tats that make me an addict?” Caine got bold.
Ramon looked at Caine and laughed. He was someone who could throw Caine into the wall and he’d be gone. He was in Jail for first degree murder, so he had a long time to think long and hard about his actions. “Boy sit down… I was your age at one time, so I know how it is to be hooked up on them drugs man…”Ramon cooed. Caine smacked his lips and fanned Ramon off and got on his bunk. “You don’t know s***” Caine mentioned before getting on his bed. “Yea…I don’t know s*** Caine” He agreed being sarcastic to just end the conversation. This wasn’t his first time trying to be a mentor toward Caine. Ramon was over his attitude. He knew that being in Jail alone would do some mentoring to Caine’s brain sooner or later. Zoey walked into several stores returning applications that she filled out while she had the time. She talked to three hiring managers and things looked good. “Okay..I’ll see you on Wednesday at 11am” the manager told her. Zoey flashed her a smile and thanked her while walking out of Claire’s. She was beyond excited about her interview and hoped that it goes good. Caine showered and headed to the basketball court and played ball for almost the rest of the afternoon. Ty worked hard tattooing at his job all day. He reached for the computer to clock out when he felt his phone vibrating. He proceeded with clocking out and then reached for his phone noticing it was his mom. “Hey ma…” He greeted while walking out. “Hey Ty… I need your help with something” She spoke into the phone. “What is it?” He inquired and started his car. Ty’s mom sighed because she honestly hated asking him for money knowing how hard he worked to earn his income. Ty drove to the bank and got out five hundred dollars to give to his mom. Ty’s mindset was set on helping his family whenever they were in need. A man is supposed to be the backbone of the household and since Ty’s father was no longer living he knew that he had to step up to the plate.

Zoey looked at the time and then headed out the door. She drove to the creek and sat down on these boulders looking at the sun. She smiled to herself as she thought about how her and her mom use to come out and sing to each other waiting for the sun to set. Zoey was a little girl at the time, so Janelle would sing Disney songs with her just to see her smile. Zoey looked at her clock and laughed at herself while shaking her head. It was about to be eight o’clock no sign of Ty. “Stupid ass stalking ass nigga” She said to herself. “Is that all you think of me?” She looked and saw Ty approaching her. She smiled a little to herself just at the thought of him finding the creek. “Guess it’s meant” He cooed while looking at Zoey taking a seat. Zoey smiled at his comment and then shrugged her shoulders. “You’re late” She stated the obvious. “Thanks Zoey…I didn’t know” Ty sarcastically remarked. “Don’t get your head chopped off” She laughed and looked as the sun went down. “It’s beautiful out here….just like you” Ty complimented. Zoey looked at Ty and smiled a little wishing that those words were coming out of Caine’s mouth instead of his. She wondered what he was doing or where he was. She then looked at her phone and noticed that he had yet to return her phone call. “What’s on your mind?” Ty broke her out of her trance. Zoey meet his eyes and then looked back at the sunset. “Everything…” She sighed. “Well…I know that may seem like a lot, but would it hurt to add me to that?” He questioned. Caine tossed and turned in his bed unable to sleep again. He took out a piece of paper and decided to give a shot at writing another letter.

#32
Dear Zoey,
I can’t sleep at night. What you been up to? Don’t be worried about me… I’m fine. Uhh… I never know what to say when it comes to writing these stupid ass letters. I wonder how much longer ima be in here. I get a court hearing in the next 2 months. I got caught with weed one day downtown and they put me in handcuffs. When they questioned me I just told the truth because I was ready to come home. This food here is nasty but…I try to eat it even though my stomach doesn’t let it settle very long. How’s your life been going? I miss you Zoey…. Uhhh I’m actually straining my eyes to write in the dark because I can’t see. I have visitation starting in like 2 weeks, would you come see me if you could? Nah…who the f*** am I kidding you can’t stand my ass and I can’t stand you. I don’t even know why I’m writing you this… I guess that explains why I have the other 31 letters under my pillow. Bye.
-Caine

Lauren walked with Aubrey in the park hand and hand. They were now on their fifth date and counting. Lauren could see herself falling for this man who just came out of nowhere. She noticed herself smiling more and more every day. “Thank you Aubrey” Lauren looked at him. “For what?” he questioned. “For just being you…..and accepting me for who I am” she answered. Aubrey smiled and kissed her hand. “No…thank you for being YOU and letting me treat you like a young woman is supposed to be treated” He remarked. Lauren couldn’t do anything except smile. The two of them continued to walk in the park and watch the sunset and bird chirp. Lauren enjoyed having Aubrey around and was extremely anxious to what their next step would be. Even though Lauren was seeing Aubrey she didn’t automatically delete her online profile from the dating site. Ty sat in front of Zoey and looked at her smiling. “What?” She stated raising one of her eyebrows. “I can’t look at you….baby?” Ty grinned wider. Zoey shrieked a little at Ty’s words. She wasn’t used to being called baby and secretly wished it was Caine calling her that instead of Ty. Zoey felt that if Caine didn’t want a relationship with her then she wasn’t going to chase him, so she decided to give Ty a chance. Zoey was very much in love with Caine and knew the only way to get over him was to start dating someone else. It’s been almost two months since she’s heard from Caine and wasn’t going to continue to wait on him.

“What would you like on that ma’am?” the waitress asked Zoey. She snapped out of her train of thought and looked swiftly over her menu. “Uhhh…I’ll take a long island ice tea.” Zoey showed the waitress her I.D. and ordered what she wanted to eat. “Okay..I’ll be right back with those drinks” the waitress informed while taking off. Ty grabbed Zoey’s hands and smiled. Zoey snatched hand back without noticing which made Ty frown. “What you do that for?” he asked. Zoey shook her head “I’m sorry… I didn’t notice I guess i-it was a reflex maybe” She lied. Zoey wasn’t used to affection the type she receives from Shad. Caine didn’t show her any when they were in a relationship and now she didn’t really care if Ty showed her some or not. She was in this halfhearted. Ty noticed the discomfort on Zoey’s face and just decided to not pressure the situation. Zoey looked at her hands and continued until the waitress came and brought out the food. Caine sat at the basketball court dribbling the ball. He shot a three and scored game with his team. “Good game.” one of his teammates said while walking off. Caine sat there thinking about his upcoming court hearing in two weeks and grew nervous. He liked being in Jail, but he didn’t want to be in there forever. “How much you think we made today?” Alexis asked him. Caine slightly rolled his eyes and pulled out his money and started counting. “hurry up and count so you can roll some loud for me” Alexis rushed him. “Look b**** you need to drive and shut the f*** up” Caine blurted and put his money in his pocket. “Call me a b**** one more time Cannan” She warned him. Caine pushed Alexis as she swerved while driving. “Don’t f***ing call me that dumb b****” He retorted. Caine took off the loud and started preparing to roll it. “And DON’T f***ing touch me like you stupid” Alexis demanded. Caine ignored her and continued to roll like she said, but little did she know that he was gonna be the one hitting the blunt.

Caine hit the blunt as the weed filled the atmosphere. Alexis tried taking the blunt from his hands causing her to swerve more. Caine looked in the rearview mirror and saw the police coming and tried putting the blunt out. “ALEXIS YOUR STUPID ASS GOT THE POLICE FOLLOWING US! YOU WANT THE BLUNT HERE b****” He said throwing it in her lap. Alexis hit the blunt and took a left turn into an alley which set the lights off. Caine shook his head just ready to hop off and walk over and get in there car before they could even hand cuff him. “You are one stupid ass b**** I tell you” Caine retorted to Alexis. She continued to smoke as if she didn’t see the blue lights in her rearview mirror. “Pull the vehicle over” the officer said. Alexis rolled her eyes and then pulled the car over. “At least I don’t have to deal with your ass for a while” Caine spoke before the police came. “Shut the f*** up Caine…” Alexis said putting the blunt out. Caine shook his head reminiscing on what happened that evening. He remembered how Alexis came off sexual to the police men in the questioning room trying to get off easy, but of course they weren’t buying it. Caine realized how much being around her was trouble, but either way he knew he was bound to be in jail one of these days. Zoey looked in the mirror and put her finishing touches on her outfit. “Are you ready?” Ty asked her. Zoey nodded her head and shut the light off in the bathroom while walking out. The two of them headed out of ty’s house and got in his car. “I really hope your night isn’t ruined” Ty mentioned pulling out the driveway. Zoey smirked a little and looked at Ty “Im fine…lets have fun” She stated. Ty nodded his head and smiled.

Alexis sat in her jail cell looking closely outside of the bars. “Lights out” She heard one of the security guards say. “psttt..” She whispered to him. He walked over to her cell and looked at her. “I really really have to use the bathroom” She remarked. “There’s no toilet in your room ma’am?” He asked. Alexis shook her head eyeing the security guard. He cleared his throat which made her attention focus on his face. “I can’t let you out so you’re gonna have to hold it” he informed her. Alexis pouted and circled her finger around the buttons on his uniform. “Umm ma’am” He popped her hand lightly. “Please…I’ll be back I promise” She begged. The security guard bit his lip and shook his head. “Im sorry ma’am I can’t” He shut her down again. “Are all the lights off?” Alexis asked. “ma’am…you sneak out then you will further the consequences more than the ones your experiencing now” He exclaimed. “I just don’t want them to see me…” Alexis said unzipping his pants. Zoey sat at the bar listening to the loud music they played in the club. She watched Ty have a good time and laughed as he danced. She normally would knock a b**** out for grinding her ass on her d***, but she wasn’t at all serious with Ty and didn’t plan on getting serious. With that being said she didn’t really car what he did. Zoey sipped on her drink with her mind now being flooded with thoughts of Caine. She tried laughing off her emotions so her night wouldn’t be ruined. “Stupid b****” she mumbled under her breath. Zoey turned around and looked at the bartender. “I need three more shots…” She stated. This was going to be a long night.