Chapter Twenty Six

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August pulled me into him once he closed the door and I just laid my head on his chest trying to calm down. "Do you want to talk about it?" I shrugged my shoulders and he took my hand in his, "Aight come on." He pulled me up the stairs and down the short hallway that led to his bedroom and I got comfortable right away and August joined me on his full sized mattress, wrapping his arms around me once again.

"So what happened?" He ran his hand down my arm. "I wanted to talk to my dad first because he's just always been so much more calm, but after I told him about Angela taking away my curfew she came in the office talking about some 'you must be out there being fast or else I wouldn't have had to take your curfew away.' The whole time I could tell my dad was upset with her but he barely said anything." I shook my head, "But did you tell them you're singing?" I nodded, "I told them the whole thing. I've been singing and they want to sign us. When I said it my dad didn't even seem that upset."

I sighed, "But Angela was still standing there and I felt like there was so much pressure on my chest... I let one tear fall and she went off like a bat out of hell. She was screaming and cursing, chasing me around trying to hit me," August kissed his teeth, "Your dad was just sitting there?" "No he tried to calm her down. But that was when she slapped me and told me to get out of her house. She threw my sneakers and jacket at me and pushed me out the door. I don't even know why I started to cry in front of her."

"You started crying 'cause it's just a natural emotion. That don't mean you're weak, it just means you're human." I laid my head on August's stomach as he sat up against the wall, "You sad baby?" He asked and I shook my head, "No... I'm irritated." August started to chuckle, "Babe stop that. Look at me." I looked up at him and he leaned down kissing my lips. "I want you to feel better." He started kissing on my neck before shifting from under me and hovering over me.

"I do feel better," I mumbled as he pressed his lips against mine once again, "You sure?" August asked as he began to place kisses down my breasts and I felt his warm hands slide up my stomach as he pushed up my shirt, eventually pulling it over my head. "Uh uh... maybe I'm still a little irritated." August chuckled, "Oh yeah? Maybe I could help you with that."

6:00 P.M

I walked in the house with a couple of shopping bags on my arms as I responded to a couple of text messages. Keenan met me at the door and gave me a kiss on the forehead, "Hey baby let me help you with those. How was work today?" I took off my coat and laid it over the arm of the couch, "Work was fine, it was pretty quiet today. How about you? Did everything go smoothly down at the court house?" Keenan nodded, "For the most part. Y'know there was this case... there was a little girl around five months old, found in a box by a liquor store no idea who the mother or father is, it was honestly sad."

"That's a shame," I sighed as I made my way towards the kitchen to get myself a bottle of water, "These young parents nowadays don't know how to treat a child." Keenan chuckled as he stood behind me, "Or they just don't care. But hey, we were young once. We didn't do everything right." I let out a small laugh, "Shoot some people would say we didn't do anything right. But we made it baby." I turned back my head and kissed his jaw.

"You're right we did make it," Keenan started, "But you know what after seeing how that case is playing out I feel like now is as good of a time as any to step up and do what I need to do." I furrowed my eyebrows as I turned around to face him, "What do you mean honey?" "I mean I feel like I put you through enough. You shouldn't have had to go through what I did to you. I shouldn't have left you alone all of those years ago." He kissed my hand and stared at my ring finger.

"Did you really mean it when you agreed to marry me a couple of months back?" I nodded while holding his face in the palms of my hands, "Of course I meant it Keenan, you know our relationship means the world to me."

Keenan's brown eyes fell on mine as we stood in each others presence, "Well let's do it right. As a family." I stood in his arms stunned, "Ba—" he cut me off, "Janessa it's just time to grow up. I want to be with you for the rest of my life but I don't want you or myself to feel incomplete. It took way too long for me to say it but I'm ready to have a family with you. The right way." I tried to force out a smile as tears started to run down my face.

Of course I was happy, but I had also been waiting to hear Keenan say those words for what felt like a lifetime. Now that he's ready I feel like we can finally stop living surrounded by our secrets and things may actually start looking up for us.

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