18b. - Point of No Return Pt. 2
He hated the feeling she conjured inside of him. He hated it. And he loved it.
He curved the palm of his hand as he gently grazed down her neck and over her chest. A sliver of her dark round nipple peeked through the sheets until he tugged the sheet further down to expose her two mounds. There was a sharp intake of breath as he cupped one of them in his palm, while his thumb rubbed gentle circles over her nipple. She stirred beside him and turned on her side, nestling her face into his chest.
He couldn’t help the uncharacteristic small smile that crept onto his face. Wrapping a strong arm around her body, he pulled her in close. Tyler lowered his face to her neck and deeply inhaled as his body relaxed at her scent. He had dominated her physically and sexually, but it was she that was starting to dominate his heart.
And the thought terrified him.
He shook his head, trying to knock the thoughts out of his mind. He removed his arms from around her and got out of bed.
Tiana yawned as she moved around between the bedsheets. She could hear the sound of people talking and slowly opened her eyes. She saw a shirtless Tyler standing up with his arms folded across his bruised chest talking to Jason sitting at the foot of the bed. She immediately panicked and tumbled off of the bed.
They both looked down at her lying on the floor, tangled in the sheets that covered her face and half of her naked body. “There’s my little vixen,” Jason grinned.
“God, you’re such a klutz,” Tyler rolled his eyes with a grin.
Tiana scrambled backward on the floor until she backed into the corner of the room. “Why are you in here, Jason?” she asked, flushing over. “How long have you been here? What did you see? WHAT DID YOU HEAR?!”
Jason looked at Tyler who snickered amused. “Didn’t I say she’s cute,” Jason smirked before he set his eyes back on Tiana. “Clearly I wasn’t here early enough cause it seems like you rocked Ty’s world and I missed out.”
“Uh... I think you’ve got that backward,” Tyler said.
“Ty, you were whistling in the kitchen hotel suite like you’re fucking Mary Poppins. WHISTLING!” Jason laughed. “You sounded like a goddamn Disney princess.” Jason looked at Tiana. “He even made me breakfast, he was so damn happy.”
“Shit...” Tiana said surprised.
“Dammit, Jason...” Tyler groaned, covering his face.
“Wait, hold on,” Tiana said. She sat up on the floor as she kept her chest covered with the sheet. “Jason... how are you okay with this?”
“To be honest, I don’t really know how I feel about it. Some other emotion mixed with being extremely turned on,” Jason shrugged. “The thought of you getting turned the fuck out mainly upsets me cause I wasn’t involved.”
“Oh god...” Tiana groaned.
“Typical,” Tyler smirked.
“We can’t help that we’re both into you. Even if Ty is still a dick,” Jason added.
“Fuck you,” Tyler said, sucking his teeth.
“Well, she didn’t,” Jason said, smirking at Tiana. “She fucked you. So...”
“Can I leave and get dressed before this conversation gets any more awkward?” she asked, covering her face. She got up from the floor with the sheet still wrapped around her when she caught Jason holding up her torn dress.
“Shiiiiiiiiit. You guys didn’t just fuck. You FUUUUUUCKED. Goddamn!”
“Jason!” she snapped, snatching the dress out of his hand.
“I’m so jealous now!” Jason said, standing up. “I thought I was being a ‘gentleman’ going all easy on you and shit!”
“I thought you said she liked it rough,” Tyler said, looking at him.
“I’M LEAVING!” she blurted. She turned around to storm out of the room when Tyler grabbed her arm and pulled her back as she stumbled into his chest. He wrapped a heavy arm around her waist and held her close so she felt his manhood against her ass.
“I need my sheet, Tiana...” he said in her ear.
Tiana didn’t know what disturbed her more: that she slept with Tyler or that both Tyler and Jason seemed so comfortable knowing that they both wanted her. She rubbed the bottom of her stomach that still ached from the rough pounding Tyler gave her the night before. The guy nearly left her bow-legged.
Tiana looked up to see Owen giving her a concerned look. “Where are you today?” he asked.
She glanced at Tyler and Jason walking into the garage laughing. Laughing? Wow... Tyler was laughing.
“T?” Owen said again.
“Sorry, O,” she said. “I just have a lot on my mind.”
“That’s valid,” Owen said. “Cause I have a lot on my mind too... and I’m afraid it’s not good.”
The room grew silent as everyone watched Darren stand up. “Owen got the information we needed on Roger Peterson,” Darren said. “Our final plan of action... is....” Darren looked at Owen.
“We have to kidnap him,” Owen said. Tiana’s eyes widened in shock.
“And then beat the shit out of him?” Jason asked.
“Pretty much,” Owen said.
“I’m sorry, hold on,” Tiana said. “You guys are talking about kidnapping and torturing a guy!”
“We gotta do what we gotta do,” Jason said.
“That’s insane!” Tiana blurted.
“Tiana, he killed Dante! It’s more than he deserves!” Tyler snapped.
“But, you don’t know for sure!” she said.
“Yes. We do,” Jason said. “We just gotta beat the truth out of him.”
Tiana tugged at her braids, feeling overwhelmed. “Guys this... this is... this is too much...” she said anxiously.
“Listen, T. We do this shit all the time,” Owen said. “You just have to trust us. Okay?” She looked at them and reluctantly nodded. “Good,” Owen said, clapping his hands. “Now that we’re all on the same page: this part is going to be dangerous. We need to cut off ties with anyone that could be endangered. Family, friends-”
“Drake,” Jason said as Tyler laughed.
“Jason!” Tiana said annoyed.
“He’s right, T,” Owen said. “You don’t want him to get hurt either, do you?”
Tiana looked down and frowned. “No...”
Tyler twisted his mouth as he watched Tiana tug at her braids with frustration while Darren rushed out of the room to contact his parents. Jealousy was becoming a common emotion for him.
“Don’t worry, babe,” Jason said, walking over to her. He pulled her to her feet. “It will all be over soon...” She smiled up at Jason gratefully. “Like you and Drake,” he quickly added. Tiana immediately groaned.
“Ja-” she started to protest. But he grabbed the back of her neck and pressed his lips against hers, working his tongue into her mouth.
“Dump him,” Jason said, biting her bottom lip.
“Dump. Him.” Jason firmly squeezed her backside. She gasped in surprise before she stumbled out of his hold.
Owen shook his head in annoyance as he grabbed Tiana’s hand and pulled her to the door. “Tiana,” he said, trying to snatch her out of her dazed state. She looked at him confused, still touching her bottom lip. “Call Shae. Your mom. And this... project partner of yours. Let them know you can’t see or speak to them for a while. Okay? It’s for their safety.” Tiana nodded, still feeling unsure. She looked back at a smirking Jason and a concerned Tyler. “Go,” Owen insisted as he pushed her up the stairs. Owen watched her walk up before he turned to the guys.
“I know we agreed to be more open and honest about how you guys feel about her, but this is fucking pushing it,” Owen snapped.
“How so?” Jason asked.
“HOW SO?!” Owen growled. “Stop sucking off her face all the damn time.”
“Or, you can stop being such a sourpuss and tell her how you really feel,” Jason said. “Ty did.”
Owen looked at Tyler shocked. “What? No, I didn’t!” Tyler said quickly.
“Oh right, sorry. He just fucked her,” Jason corrected.
“Shit!” Owen blurted.
“Shit...” Tyler groaned.
“Oops?” Jason shrugged without a care in the world. “Seriously, you guys need to get your shit together.”
“Jason-” Owen said annoyed.
“I don’t know if the two of you have noticed, but she’s involved with ANOTHER guy that’s not us. She fucking slept with him. As in, he touched her. And I’m not here for that shit,” Jason said annoyed.
“And you just sent her back to him,” Tyler said, looking at Owen.
“I just told her to tell him they can’t talk- wait, don’t change the fucking subject. You slept with her? And how is that any different than her being with this other guy?” Owen asked.
“Ty’s family and I trust him. This Drake motherfucker is not, and he can go choke,” Jason snapped.
“Thanks, bro. I appreciate that,” Tyler said.
“You’re welcome, bestie,” Jason squeaked dramatically as Tyler laughed.
Owen groaned as he rubbed his face. “You guys are ridiculous.”
“You’re ridiculous for not being honest with her over some non-existent promise to Dante that you would protect her but not love her,” Jason said.
“I do love her,” Owen said.
“I mean love her, love her, Owen. Like I do. Like Ty refuses to admit,” Jason said.
“Woah, back the fuck up,” Tyler said. “I didn’t say-”
“Shut up,” Jason said, ignoring Tyler. “Get your head out of your ass Evans,” he said, looking at Owen.
“Shit, Jason... At my neck,” Owen groaned.
“Tiana’s pussy gives me superpowers. I’m coming for everybody,” Jason said, heading for the door. “I’m gonna go see my pops and call Mikayla. Then we’re gonna talk about how you guys are keeping me from happiness and bliss that is... my baby girl.”
Tyler shook his head with a smirk. “He’s a mess,” Owen said, sucking his teeth.
“He wants to share her,” Tyler said.
Owen nearly gave himself whiplash with how fast he looked at Tyler. “Say what?!”
“He wants to share her...” Tyler repeated. “He wants to share Tiana. You. Me. And him. I told him it was a crazy idea, but he insisted. You know he’s a freak. I’m sure it’s just cause he wants a threesome.”
“There’s four of us,” Owen said.
“So foursome,” Tyler shrugged.
“Tiana would never go for that.”
“I said the same thing,” Tyler agreed. The brothers remained silent as their thoughts filled the room.
“We need to stay focused,” Owen said finally. “We honestly don’t have time for this shit.”
Tyler rubbed the back of his neck as he looked down. “We have to talk about it at some point. I mean... I... think I have some feelings for her, Owen... I can’t really explain them. It’s weird... She’s weird.” Tyler looked at his brother. “And you love her... Don’t you think it’s time you told her how you’ve felt?”
“I can’t,” Owen said quickly.
“Why not?” Tyler insisted. “She’s your best friend, Owen.”
Owen sighed as he shook his head. “We need to go see mom.”
Multiple tears slipped down Tiana’s face as she held the tiny fragile hand of her mother lying in the hospital bed. Her mother had steadily been getting worse. She had been purposely avoiding seeing her mother ever since Dante’s funeral just because she couldn’t bear to see her...
Tiana looked up to see her mother’s wrinkled face smiling at her. Her mother was always so beautiful, but her illness had aged her dramatically. Tiana quickly wiped her tears from her face and held her mother’s tiny bony hand between both of hers. “I’m here, mama,” she said holding tight. “I’m here.”
“There’s my little girl,” Cheryl said weakly. “I missed you, sweetie. Where you been?”
“Just... just working and school, ma,” Tiana said, rubbing her nose. “I’m sorry. I should have visited sooner.”
“It’s okay, sweetie,” Cheryl smiled. “Your mama is always praying for you. Praying for her beautiful babies.” Cheryl looked around for a second before looking back at her daughter. “Where’s... where’s Dante? I haven’t seen that boy in a minute.”
Tiana felt her heart drop into her stomach as her throat immediately dried up. Her mother was starting to lose her memory.
Just like her father did.
“M-ma...” Tiana tried to choke out. “D...Dante is... he’s dead... remember? We... we buried him, and-”
Cheryl looked at her daughter’s wet face with heavy confusion. “What?” Cheryl said confused. “Dead? N-no, no, my baby is not dead. Tiana, you cut that out right now. What do you mean he’s-”
“Mommy,” Tiana started sobbing helplessly. “He’s dead, Mama. He’s dead.”
Cheryl’s eyes widened in shock as tears brimmed in her eyes. “HE IS NOT DEAD! YOU CUT THAT OUT RIGHT NOW, TIANA! YOU-”
Tiana shrunk back from her mother’s hysterics as the monitor started to beep. A few nurses rushed into the room as her mother started crying hysterically. “Mommy!” Tiana cried with her hands on her face as tears fell from her eyes like a waterfall. “I’m so sorry, Mommy! I’m so-”
“Ma’am, we’re gonna need you to leave so we can take care of this alright?” one of the nurses said, pushing Tiana back.
“Please, wait, I-”
“We’ll call you with an update,” the nurse said. She pushed Tiana out of the room and closed the door.
Tiana’s eyes burned with shock as she slid against the wall, crying into her hands. “I can’t,” she sobbed into her hands. “I can’t lose her too. Please God, don’t take my mother from me too. She’s all I have left. Please! Please!”
Tiana sat on the bus leaning her head against the window as her tears stained her face. She looked at her phone for the umpteenth time hoping to have gotten a text from Shae, but still nothing. Once she got to her stop, Tiana hopped off of the bus and ran to her old apartment. She needed her best friend. She needed comfort. She opened the door to her apartment, but it was completely empty. Tiana took out her phone and called Shae for the 17th time that day and for the 17th time got her voicemail.
“Hey, this is Shae. Leave me a message and maybe I’ll call you back.” *BEEP*
“Shae,” Tiana said, leaning against the wall. “I don’t know where you are, but I need you. I need you so badly.” Tiana ran her fingers through her braids as she tried to keep herself from crying again. “Things are... really fucked up right now, and... I might not be able to see you as often.” Tiana furiously wiped her face. “Fuck, girl, I miss you so much. There’s so much I want to tell you, but I can’t. I need your help, but I...”
Tears started to fall from Tiana’s face again before she hung up her phone. She took a deep breath, trying to calm her breathing before she walked through the apartment. She checked Shae’s room to see the window wide open and a letter on her messy dresser.
Gone for a few days. - Nichols
Tiana furrowed her brow in confusion. She took out her phone again and texted her.
“Where are you, Shae?”
Tiana knew it was uncharacteristic for Shae to just up and leave without telling her. She went to call Shae again when she received an alert regarding how much time she had left before she had to meet with the team again. There was only one other person she had to talk to next.
“Wait, you’re leaving? Leaving where?”
“I’m just going to be MIA for a few days,” Owen said, leaning against the dresser in Jay’s apartment.
“Well, let me go with you. I can call in sick,” Jay said, looking through his closet for clothes.
“No, Jay,” Owen said quickly. “This is... this is for work. I can’t have you involved.”
Jay looked at Owen before his brows furrowed in anger. “But, you’re going with her, aren’t you?” he snapped.
Owen looked at Jay confused. “Jay, I haven’t mentioned anyone. I said it’s for work.”
“Bullshit!” Jay snapped. “Ever since your friend died, you’ve been spending more and more time with her. What the fuck, Owen? What about us?!”
“Jay...” Owen said cautiously. “She has nothing to do with us, alright? Nothing. I told you that this is for work. That’s it. When it’s all settled, I’ll contact you.”
“I don’t fucking believe you,” Jay scoffed. “I give you my heart, and now you’re pushing me to the side?! For her?! After everything I’ve done for you!”
Owen saw the rage and hurt in Jay’s eyes and knew that was it. He walked up to him as Jay glared at him. “Jay...” Owen said, gently grabbing his hand. “I don’t think we should see each other anymore.”
Jay looked like he just got the wind knocked out of him. “..wh..what?” Jay said.
“I don’t want to lead you on,” Owen said. “I don’t want to hurt you. You deserve better than this. Better than me.”
“No, Owen, please,” Jay said, grabbing his hand. “I can handle it. I won’t complain anymore. About her. Your job. Nothing. Just... don’t leave me.”
Owen’s brows furrowed with remorse as he stepped away. “I’m sorry, Jay. I know you’ll find someone that will treat you right and love you better.”
“Owen!” Jay shouted as he watched him head to the door. “OWEN! PLEASE!” But Owen was already walking out of the door.
Tiana knocked again as her nerves jumped sporadically. She waited until the door opened and David greeted her with a big smile. “Tiana!” he beamed. He wrapped her in his arms and immediately pressed his lips against hers. “I missed you so much,” he moaned against her lips. He could feel the detachment in her kiss and pulled back. “Are you okay?” he asked, concerned.
“We... we need to talk...” she said, gesturing inside.
David frowned as he led her inside his apartment. He watched her anxiously as she looked over his prosthetics before turning to him. “What is it?” he asked.
“I... think I made a mistake,” she said to him. She saw the confusion in his eyes and took a deep breath to clarify. “I really shouldn’t have slept with you, David.”
David looked at her startled. “Was I that bad?”
“No, David, no,” she sighed. “Honestly, you were great. I just... I have a lot going on in my life right now, and I’m not ready to be in a relationship.”
“It’s because I said I loved you, isn’t it,” David said, walking up to her. “Tiana, I do love you, and I can’t help that.”
She looked up at him as tears brimmed in her eyes. “I don’t deserve your love, David. I don’t deserve you.”
David furrowed his brow with worry as he saw a tear slip down her cheek. “Why would you say that? What’s going on, Tiana? Talk to me. Please, I can help-”
“You can’t help,” she said, wiping her face. “I don’t want you to get hurt.”
“This is already hurting me, Tiana,” he admitted.
Tiana felt her heart throb wildly, and it took everything in her not to break down again. “I’m so sorry,” she said, moving past him to the door. She reached for the handle when David quickly grabbed her and turned her around.
“Tiana, look at me please,” he said, lifting her chin. She tried to avert her gaze, but she couldn’t avoid those beautiful hazel-green eyes staring back at her full of pain. “You don’t have to do this alone. Whatever you’re going through... I can help. I’m here for you,” he insisted.
Tiana looked up at him as her lip quivered. “You can help me by staying away,” she said. David looked at her with shock and pain. “I need you safe, David,” she said. “If anything were to happen to you because of me, I-...” She looked down and shook her head as she reached for the handle. “Goodbye, David,” she said regretfully before leaving.
Jason smiled as he went through his phone, looking at the pictures he took with his dad after checking in. It was hard enough saying goodbye for now, but he knew it would be temporary. He dialed up his sister who answered on the third ring. “Hey, twin,” Jason said. “Listen, I gotta-”
Jason froze in his tracks. He could hear his sister whimpering on the other end. “Mikayla? Mikayla, what’s wrong?”
“I... I need your help, Jason.”
“Where are you?!” he shouted.
But the phone immediately went dead before she could respond.