Prologue

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Nia

"Babe I'm not used to this suit shit." Shawn complained from our bathroom.

"Pumpkin, come out and let me see it." I stood in the middle of our room in my bathrobe waiting for him to come out. We had just showered together and now I was waiting for him to put on this suit that my dad's tailor had personally made for him.

"Nia you know I don't like you calling me that." I smiled and started towards my bathroom.

"Shawn I'm coming in if you don't come out in the next minute." Just as I said that the door opened. I was grinning from ear to ear. I had never seen him dress up before so you can only imagine what he looked like right now.

"You look really GQ-esque right now Pumpkin."

"You're losing me Nia." I walked over to him and pressed my lips to his full ones.

"You look really sexy. Now I have to hurry up and get dressed. I was only able to straighten my hair and do my makeup." I noted as I dropped my robe. I slipped into my black panties and matching strapless bra. I felt his arms wrap around my waist but attempted to maneuver around him. I froze when I felt those lips against my neck.

"This body will always turn me on babe." He mumbled while rubbing his hand over my stomach.

"Pumpkin, let me get dressed please. This event is very important to my parents." I pried his hands from my waist and grabbed my dress. I stepped into it and held my hair up as Shawn zipped it up for me. I slid on my jewelry and stepped into my shoes last.

"How do I look?" I turned to face him and he just stared at me with a frozen look. "I guess I'll take that as a compliment." I turned to the mirror and did a twice over of my outfit. I look nice if I do say so myself. I grabbed my clutch and turned back to face Shawn. He still had that look on his face. I grabbed his hand and led him outside. He stopped me before we got to the car and turned me around to face him.

"You look amazing babe, and no matter what happens tonight I just want you to know that I love you Nia. It's crazy since I've only known you for six months, but you've been down for me since day one and I don't regret anything." I closed my eyes as a tear slipped out. This was the first time Shawn has told me he loves me but I couldn't shake the deeper meaning behind his words. No matter what happens tonight. What the hell did he mean by that? I decided I would just let it go and ask him about it later.

"I love you too Shawn, with all my heart." He wiped my tear away and leaned down to give me a kiss.

"Now lets get to this party." He opened the passenger door of my car and I quickly got in. My parents were going to be heated if we were any more late than we already were, not like I care anyways. Shawn is the one who wants to make a good impression.

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So far the night had been going perfectly. Shawn hadn't left my side since we got here and my parents loved him. Shocking, since they've never cared for anyone I've dated. Hell, they barely care for me.

"Let's go dance Pumpkin." I grinned at the frown that danced around his face. Shawn hated the nickname Pumpkin, but I don't see why. It was one of the most adorable names ever, but according to Shawn it was too soft for him.

Shawn

"I don't know this type of dance." I said as I looked at everyone on the dance floor, they all moved like robots. "I might fuck around and bend that ass over on the dance floor." I said into her ear. She smiled and elbowed me in my stomach.

"Pumpkin come on." There she went with that damn name. To be truthfully honest she can call me anything she wants to, but I don't want her calling me pet names in front of the niggas who are supposed to fear me. That's the fastest way to lose respect.

"Come on shuga." I stood up, pulling her up with me.

"Ew, now that makes you sound like a grandpa. What's next, you gonna call me a tenderoni?" We both started laughing as we walked towards the dance floor. That's when everything began happening. Two men stepped in front of us, stopping us from going anywhere.

"Shawn Franklin, you are under arrest for attempted murder." They flashed their badges before one roughly grabbed my arm and twisted it behind me back. I already knew what was going on. I've been preparing for this. I just didn't think they would get me in the middle of the event.

"Attempted murder? No, no, no. You have the wrong person." I heard Nia begin to protest. She reached out for me, but the officer restrained her from completely making contact with me. At this moment I could feel every single pair of eyes on me. I had managed to fuck up Nia's night once again. I looked at her face and mine hardened when I seen the tears streaming down her face.

"Nia, babe don-"

"You have the right to remain silent, anything you say or do will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?" I nodded silently as I had a silent conversation with Nia.

"Don't say anything to them at all. I'm going to get you a lawyer okay?" Was the last thing I heard before I was escorted out of the party. I fucked up big this time, and I knew I was going to regret it. I glanced back and seen another look in Nia's eyes. Her eyes were wide, and her hand was covering her mouth. She remembers.

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