Tag Archives: deception

EP 7: Tangled Web

It’s a week before the conference and Arianna still failed to tell Malachi about it. She had second, third, and fourth thoughts about going. It all came back to the fact that she really has feelings for Shane. It was something about him. It was everything about him that made Arianna’s whole mood change. He softened her.  He made her feel that there could actually be someone out there that could make her happy instead of being with someone

that should make her happy but is failing. She hadn’t noticed the difference until she’d met Shane.

They went to Pierre’s Chateau, a French restaurant in town and she loved it.

“I really enjoy the time we spend together Ari.”

“Me too,” Arianna whispered fighting the quiver he sent down her spine. She loved how he called her Ari. It was beautiful. It made her feel so special like she meant something to him. It was just a nickname but to her it meant so much more than that.

“So, I know I’m bringing this up pretty much every day but you have to tell him.”

“I know. I will.”

“Tonight. Please.” Shane begged. Who was he kidding? What was he thinking with her? Why did he want her so bad knowing that she had a man? A father for her son? This was bad. He couldn’t fight it though. She was the perfect amount of everything. Her Confidence, intelligence, style, and sexiness all made him feel as if she was too good to pass on. Sure she was taken but if her man was treating her right at home would she be out with another man almost every day?

At this point Shane knew he was justifying something inherently wrong. She was taken and he was actively volunteering to be her side piece. But he wanted her. Even though he shouldn’t.

“Ok Shane. I get your point.” Arianna looked at him, admiringly.

“You’re beautiful,” he said capturing her eyes with his.

“You’re not so bad to look at yourself.” She smiled and sipped her water. “I love this.”

“This place is beautiful. Only the best for a queen such as yourself.”

Arianna blushed, “Thank you, but I was referring to being with you.”

He licked his lips. “The first time I saw you, I knew you were special.”

“Oh yeah? How did you know that?” She asked with her eyes glued to his.

“Because, the first time I laid my eyes on you, everyone else in the room disappeared.” He grabbed her hand and kissed it.

“Seriously? You expect me to believe that? It sounds like a line.” She laughed.

“I’m a grown man. I don’t need lines.  I want something special with you. I know I’m a little older but I’m really hoping you decide to give me a chance.

“That’s why I’m being so honest with you.”

“I don’t know.”

He kissed her hand again sending a chill down her spine. “You’re in control.”

Arianna left that date feeling like she was dreaming.  She drove back to work in silence.  Shane and her always left separately and came back separately. They didn’t want to be part of the gossip.

She had never felt this way about anyone as far back as she could remember. It was strong and it was getting stronger by the day.

He was on her mind and she felt little guilt for the Shane fantasies that invaded her mind and left her body on the edge of an explosion. In one they were in a hotel and she had him handcuffed to the bed while she did very inappropriate things to him. In another she got married and lived in a mansion with him.

She stepped back into the office and Cayla greeted her at the door.

“Hey Cayla, what’s up?” Arianna asked

Cayla’s eyes bulged.

“What’s wrong with you girl?” Arianna asked.

“Um… Malachi came here looking for you.”

“Ok…? Why do you look like you’re about to have a heart attack?”

“I told him I thought the two of you were together.”

“What? Why would you think that?”

“The way you come back from those lunches I thought — but I understand now,” she said nonchalantly.

“Understand what?” Arianna asked puzzled.

“You’re having an affair.” She shrieked with laughter. “Ooh girl, with who?”

“Shh! Why would say that so loud? And it’s not true.”

“Well you should’ve told me, I would’ve covered for you but I didn’t know.”

Arianna shook it off. Damn she promised Shane she would tell Malachi about this conference. If he was already suspicious because she was missing for her lunch break, surely he wouldn’t believe the lies about the conference.

Arianna pulled into her driveway and sighed. She walked in the house cheerfully, smiling, hoping it hid her nervousness. She figured a little energy may help with the lie. “Malachi! Where are you? I have great news!” She closed the door behind her saying a quick prayer that this would work.

Malachi walked into the living room, “What news?” He asked curiously.

“I’m going to the Spring Conference. Somebody was fired and I’m the replacement. That’s nice right?”

Arianna asked trying hard not to break eye contact but remain sincere.

“When did you find this out?”

“Today. My boss called me into an emergency meeting today around 12 and asked if I would come with her.”

“Oh that’s nice babe. Congratulations.” He hugged her.

“Well that’s good news. I actually came by your job today to surprise you with lunch and Cayla, I think her name was, told me that you were out with me. I thought that seemed weird.”

“Yes, Cayla is not the smartest cookie. But we do normally have lunch together and I had to push my lunch back. I wish you would’ve waited I would’ve had a late lunch with you,” she lied.

“Maybe next time,” Malachi offered. “How long will you be gone?”

“Four days and I’ll be back. It’s next Thursday. I’m excited. This could be my chance to network with other lawyers and maybe even get a raise.”

“Ok.” He sounded suspicious to Arianna but he didn’t say anything so she let it go. Lying was hard. It took a lot out of her.

Advertisements

Temptation and Betrayal

EP 6: Past Lives

It’s been two days since Jordan heard from Danielle. She really didn’t know how to feel about it but assumed that maybe she was busy. Or scared. Either way Jordan was not feeling good about the situation at all.

There were a lot of things that the two of them hadn’t talked about. Like whether they were single. How could she forget to ask? Danielle was so interested in her that it had to be real. But what if she has someone at home.

“Mom can you take me to school today?” Her 12-year-old daughter, Kiyah, asked from the bathroom.

“Are your legs broken?”

“C’mon mom please?”

“Ok girl, hurry up then.”

“Can you take me to McDonald’s too?” Kiyah asked smiling.

“I knew this was a set up. I can’t trust you,” Jordan said laughing and shaking her head. “Sure.”

Kiyah ran to finish getting ready.

She talked Jordan’s ear off the entire time they were in the car together. Jordan kept thinking about how Kiyah will be starting Middle School this coming school year. It was hard to believe. It seemed like just yesterday she was telling her mom that she was pregnant.

As Jordan headed to work she thought about Danielle again. What was keeping her?

She texted her again, Where are you? and still didn’t get a response. She was feeling a little disappointed because they really hit it off the other night. They exchanged messages all day and then it’s like Danielle disappeared.

What was going on?

Her phone rang. She got excited hoping it was Danielle. But it was Ken, Kiyah’s father.

“What’s up?” Jordan answered.

“Ugh, why you always trying to sound like a man?” He said disgusted.

“Why can’t you ever be a man?” Jordan retorted.

“I’ll always be more man than you.”

“That’s debatable,” She countered rolling her eyes. “What do you want?”

“To take my daughter away from you. That dike shit is nasty and she should know.”

She slammed the phone down. She hated giving him the time of day with an argument. Ken really was a piece of work. He has always been the biggest asshole ever.  Jordan couldn’t really understand how she let it get so far with him.

She was young and he was the quarterback at the time. All the girls wanted him and since rumors always surrounded her sexuality growing up, she wanted to do something to stop them. So she dated a guy. She tried to date a guy would be more accurate. They had sex and she got pregnant.

After a long day at work Jordan liked to come home and relax. She owns five car wash and detail shops. She likes to visit one or two every day for a few hours. It’s always unannounced and chosen randomly unless there’s a complaint. Her partner fills in for her from time to time.

When Jordan pulled up she could see that Kiyah was home because the lights were on. Jordan didn’t directly give her a baby sitter but she has her neighbor Ms. Margaret check on her every couple of hours. She even does a walk through for Jordan to make sure Kiyah is safe and alone.

Jordan grabbed the mail as she headed to her condo on the top floor. Downtown Manhattan was expensive living but Jordan loved it.

She called Ms. Margaret on the way up to let her know she was home. The elevator beeped on every floor, almost as quickly as Jordan sifted through the mail.

The elevator doors opened to Jordan’s floor but she stood there staring at the familiar handwriting on the envelope addressed to her at the bottom of the stack. Jordan felt her World tumbling down around her. The color drained from her face and her eyes widened.

“Mom.” Kiyah said meeting her at the elevator.

“Yes baby,” Jordan said snapping back to reality while her heart raced with fear.

“What’s wrong? You look like you saw a ghost,” Kiyah asked worried about her mom. She glanced at the stack of mail.

“Nothing.” Jordan put the letter back on the bottom quickly so Kiyah couldn’t see it, then took the envelope directly to her room.

Kiyah stood there. She didn’t understand her mom’s strange behavior but she brushed it off.

Jordan emerged from her bedroom with a fake smile on her face, “What do you want for dinner?”

“McDonald’s!” Kiyah said with no hesitation.

“No McDonald’s, your fast food quota for the week is maxed out.”

“Well, next time can I get a warning before my last meal?” She smiled.

“How about you stop wasting it on nasty McDonald’s,” Jordan laughed. “What do you want that we have here?”

“Mom, it’s not funny,” Kiyah said laughing, “Just make whatever.”

“Ok, remember you said that. Give me 30 minutes, and dinner should be ready.”

“Alright.” Kiyah kissed her mom on the cheek and left her alone to cook dinner.

Jordan sautéed some shrimp then steamed some rice and mixed vegetables for dinner. Her mind immediately went back to the letter. How did she find her again?

She texted her brother Omar, She’s back.