Chapter 38; Who's There?

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Olivia POV

It was a silent drive home from the beach. Michael placed a hand on my thigh and one on the steering wheel. As tired as I was, I fought my sleep with the little bit of strength I had left. Michael looked over at me and smirked. I sat in the passenger seat, unbuckled and wrapped myself in the sand filled blanket. I flashed a smile back in his direction and buried my head deeper into the blanket. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the moment of silence. It wasn't a long ride home so within minutes we pulled into the drive way. "So crazy how the water can make you so sleepy." I said. Michael let out a soft chuckle in agreement. We opened our car doors in unison and stepped out. We began walking towards the door and I glanced back at the street one last time before going in. It was always so peaceful at night. "Wait. Is that Triniti?" I asked as I looked at a familiar car parked on the street. "Wait here, hun." I said as I departed from Michael and made my way to the car. I walked around to the driver side and saw Triniti asleep. I lightly knocked on the window and she slowly shuffled in her sleep. However, she didn't wake up. I knocked harder and she nearly jumped out of her seat. She looked at me and held her hand over her chest. She opened the door and got out. "Girl, I almost pulled my blade out." She said as she began stretching. "What are you doing here?" I asked letting out a bit of laughter to what she said. "Can I stay here for a little while?" She asked. "Let's start with tonight and I'll talk to Michael. I'm sure it'll be no problem though." I said as I guided her towards my front door.
The three of us made our way inside. I gave Triniti the bed in my old room. She made her way over and laid down. I walked into the hall and met with Michael. "I'll meet you in the room in a little while, I have to make sure she's okay." I said. He smiled as we exchanged a quick kiss and parted ways temporarily. I went back inside to Triniti and sat on the side of the bed. "What's going on, Trin?" I asked. "Jared is just an asshole lately. You know he showed up here drunk earlier.. well I took him home and one of my neighbors had to help me get him in the house. He couldn't even sleep long enough for me to fully regroup myself. Eventually, I went and laid with him but he tried to love on me and shit and I wasn't having it so he accused me of cheating on him so I got up and walked out." She began telling me. "So you've been here all day?" I asked in shock. "Well no, I went shopping to try and get my mind off of it, but then I came here after the mall closed." She responded. "I haven't even gotten the chance to check my phone" she added as she reached for her phone. "37 missed calls, 17 texts. I'm surprised that's all." She said as she swiped away her notifications. "I'm so sorry, Triniti. You don't deserve that. You know what, stay here as long as you need. Michael will understand." I responded. "Thank you, Liv. I don't even want to talk about it anymore. Can we watch a movie?" She asked. I nodded my head and stood up to go plug in the television located in my old room. I grabbed the remotes and made my way back to the bed. "Move on over, Sista" I said as I hopped into the bed next to her. She smiled a friendly smile and I clicked the tv on. I put on Finding Nemo because we both loved that movie. She laid her head on my shoulder and wrapped her arm around mine. I rested my head on top of hers and the movie began.

Michael POV

A half hour had passed by and Liv still hadn't come to bed. I figured Triniti might've asked her to stay in her room with her. To be sure, I stood up and made my way to the room she was staying in. I peeked in and saw the two watching Finding Nemo. They hadn't seen me so I snuck off back into my room. I smiled to myself, "she's such a good friend." I whispered to myself. I turned off the lights and laid down in my bed. I tossed and turned for a little while but found it hard to fall asleep. Eventually I turned on my bedside table lamp and grabbed a book. I read a few chapters before beginning to doze off and eventually I ended up falling asleep.

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I woke up the next morning with the book on my face and the light still on. I closed it and put it in my night stand and turned the light off. I got up, put on a red button up with some black slacks, and my signature black fedora and made my way downstairs. As I began making my way to the stairs, I passed the room where Triniti and Olivia were. They were both sound asleep. I smiled to myself and continued to walk downstairs. I went into the kitchen and grabbed a muffin. Then I went into the basement to retrieve a pencil and a notebook. It was 5:00 AM. I figured it was the perfect time to go sit in my giving tree and write some poetry. I quickly finished up the little bit of muffin I had left and then I went outside. I climbed into my giving tree and got comfortable. I took a deep breath, allowing the fresh air into my system. I looked around and admired the view. The birds singing so early in the morning. This was the best time to be awake.

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