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Kristoni Barnes
October 10th, 10:45 PM

I danced to some music that I had on shuffle on my phone while getting dressed and responding to some of the birthday wishes that I had received on Instagram.

My birthday had been wonderful so far after waking up to a call from Charli and my aunt this morning, and Dave took me out to enjoy New York for the majority of the day.

I was a little tired but I wasn't going to let it affect the rest of my night.

I heard a knock on my door and I knew it was Dave, so I told him to come in.

"You almost ready?" He asked. I glanced over at him and noticed him placing a chain around his neck.

"Yeah after I finish putting my highlighter and gloss on," I said returning my attention back to my mirror.

He sucked his teeth, "You don't need none of that shit."

I tried to hide the small smirk that was forming on my face but failed.

"Yeah you know it's true too because you smiling," he said as he smiled also.

"Yeah, whatever."

I watched as he dug in his pocket for something and not too long after, he pulled out a wad of money and placed it next to me.

"What's this for?"

"It's ya birthday, so let me give you a lil' sum sum," he chuckled.

I shook my head, "I can't take that from you Dave."

"For what? It's ya birthday and this is something I want to give to you."

"I can't take your money from you, it doesn't feel right," I whined hoping he would let it go. I had a thing with taking large amounts of money from people. It's not because I wasn't grateful for what he was giving me but ever since Cain began to force me to give my body away for money last year, it made me sick to my stomach for that reason.

He threw his hands up in surrender, "Okay, I'ma be downstairs waiting for you," he said before walking away from me.

Shortly after he left, I finished the little bit I had left of my makeup. I grabbed my makeup bag and went to go place it in my suitcase. As I opened my suitcase, I was met with the money that he had previously tried to give me.

I shook my head and chuckled. How did he even manage to put this in here without me noticing? I decided to go against my judgment and decided to not say anything about it. I knew I wasn't going to win against whatever Dave was going to say.

And honestly, if this is what he wanted to gift me, then so be it. It's my birthday so I wasn't about to let anything that Cain controlled over me in the past, affect my night.

I grabbed my jacket and walked downstairs and Dave was rolling up while standing at the counter.

"Damn check you out, you look good mamas," Dave said as he blew raspberries. "Let me be your personal photographer and shit." He said as he started taking flicks on his phone.

"I mean if you insist," I said while playing along with him and posing for the photos he was taking.

"I mean if you insist," I said while playing along with him and posing for the photos he was taking

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