Chapter 30

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Lauren's P.O.V.

I still want Normani to adopt Aiden. In these last few months, Camila has gotten closer to all of us really. Jordan loves to talk to her and Sierra loves to play with her. She's getting closer to Aiden and I think it's safe to say that she and Normani are sort of friends. Though I am friendly with Camila and I do like her, I can't say I've let my guard down entirely but I am more accepting of her than before. I can't help but be slightly suspicious and even though it's been awhile and she hasn't fucked up, doesn't mean it won't happen.

I'm going to ask Camila to give up her parental rights. Normani is against it so I'm not telling her that I'm doing it. I'll tell her after I do it because she'll probably find out one way or another. I figured I'd invite Camila to lunch because it's public and hopefully that will tame any emotions. I don't think she'll get mad but I can't really be sure. I would rather have a sad response then an angry one but we'll see how this plays out. I get to the restaurant before her so I read a few emails on my phone until I hear a familiar voice.

"You know, if you don't stop inviting me out Normani might start to get ideas." I look at her as she winks then sits across from me.

"Ideas like what?" I ask.

"Like these friendly outings aren't so friendly." She says with a playful smirk and I laugh softly.

"Yeah right. Me and you? Well me and anyone else ever? Never."

"Never say never." She says with a wink. I roll my eyes and chuckle softly. She is just playing...right?

"So what is this lunch really about?" She asks.

"Why can't it be just lunch?" I ask.

"Because I can tell something is off with you. I'm not sure what exactly but you seem more tense than usual."

"Tense? I just laughed."

"I know but I just feel...something. So what is it?" That's...pretty weird. I didn't know she was intuitive like that.

"Alright fine, I want to talk to you about something." I say.

"Aiden?" She asks and I nod.

"I know you've been around a few months and you guys have a good thing going but, I want Normani to adopt Aiden. He's sixteen now and it's not going to be long before he's an adult so we don't have much time." Camila nods her head and puts her clasped hands on the table.

"So you want me to give up my parental rights so Normani can adopt my son?" She says calmly.

"I know it's a fucked up situation but be realistic. When you left Aiden with me Normani became his second mother. She was there for him when you weren't."

"You think I don't know that Lauren? You think I don't know that no matter what kind of relationship I establish with him, he'll probably never see me the way he sees Normani?" She says with a sigh.

"I appreciate Normani has done. I'm happy he grew up in a normal two parent home and that Normani treats him as one of her own and not a step son. I see the relationship that they have and I know I will never have that. He knows Normani is his mother, I know Normani is his mother, Normani knows she's his mother...why take the one thing I actually have that makes me his parent?"

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