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Chapter 10

As Michele was driving home she kept thinking how sick it made her to see Devon and Jessica so obviously in love and happy.

“What do they have to be so happy about? She could never make him as happy as I could! I wish someone would have the guts to mess up their little love fest.”

As Michele spoke those words she came up with a brilliant idea that would surely not only break up Jessica and Devon for good but would also tarnish that fake church boy image he had been trying so hard to fool people with. She took her cell phone from her purse and made a quick call. Then Michele pulled up at the local diner and found a table near the back and waited. About ten minutes later she saw who she was looking for. Megan Landers and Michele had been good friends since high school.

“What is the meaning of this, getting me up out of my bed, talking like this was an emergency? I’m not even supposed to be talking to you!”

“Well, if you just shut up and take a seat I’ll tell you.” When Megan sat down, without hesitation Michele told her what she had been thinking about on the way to the diner. After Michele had finished Megan gave her a sly smile.

“Girl, you are good, you are really good. Church boy and Miss Goody Two Shoes won’t mess with you ever again.”

Jessica took one last look in the mirror, checked her make up and put some last finishing touches to her face. Just then she heard the buzzer; it was Devon. Tonight some of the minister’s closest friends were hosting an engagement party for the two of them. Jessica grabbed her coat from the closet and headed outside to Devon. She was wearing a red dress that came to her knees and red sandals to match.

“You look beautiful tonight,” Devon said, as he opened the car door for her.

“You don’t look so bad yourself.” Devon was wearing a black suit with a silver shirt underneath and a white tie. A few minutes into the drive Jessica looked over at Devon and thought, not for the first time, how blessed she was that in a few months she would be his wife.

“Life cannot get any better for me,” she thought as they drove down the road to Pastor Benson’s home, where he had agreed to host the party.

When they arrived they parked the car and saw that the driveway was full. Soon after they made their entrance, arm-in-arm, the well wishers and speeches began; after the speeches were over, dinner was served. During dinner Devon noticed that Michele was nowhere to be seen and he breathed a sigh of relief. Then, shortly after dinner, he saw her in the corner of the room and Devon silently prayed that she wouldn’t make trouble for him and Jessica tonight. As Jessica looked over at Devon she saw that his face was looking worried. When she looked over at Michele Jessica got the feeling that something pivotal was going to happen tonight that would change their lives. She had only met Michele on one previous occasion but she sensed in her spirit that Michele was no good. Later on in the evening, when Jessica saw that Michele had gone into the bathroom to fix her make up, Jessica followed her.

“Great party,” Michele said, as she applied some blush to her cheeks.

“Thank you,” Jessica replied. Michele lowered her voice saying, “Listen, the act that you and Devon are pulling may work on everyone else but you can’t fool me.”

“I’m not even going to pretend that I know what your meaning is by that comment, but I will tell you something short, sweet and simple. Devon has a divine anointing on his life. Mess with that honey, and you are messing with something more powerful then your small mind could ever conceive of. Trust me, the relationship that I have with Devon will pale in comparison to your tampering with his anointing. The one who will suffer the consequences most will be you.” With that Jessica turned and left the bathroom. “Crazy woman,” Michele thought, “Crazy crazy woman”.

At about midnight the guests started leaving and pretty soon Jessica, Devon, Michele and her mother, and Pastor Benson were the only ones left. Michele followed her mother into the kitchen. Although they had used Pastor Benson’s house to host the party, it was Michele’s mother that had arranged everything behind-the-scenes.

“Great party Mom, but there’s one problem; my car broke down on the way here, which is why I was so late.”

“That’s no problem honey, I can drive you home.”

“Actually. I was thinking that since I live not too far from Devon, maybe he wouldn’t mind.”

“I’m sure he wouldn’t mind,” Michele’s mother said, “But his car can only fit two people, so how is Jessica supposed to get home?”

Michele pretended to think for a moment: “Maybe Pastor Benson could drive Jessica home?”

When Michele and her mother discussed the plan with the others everyone seemed to be fine with it except Jessica and Devon. Jessica wished that she had brought her own car because if she had, she could have offered to drive Michele home or better yet, she and Devon could have taken her car to the party and now she was regretting not thinking ahead. Not wanting to seem rude however, and wishing to avoid questions regarding their hesitation, Jessica and Devon reluctantly agreed to the plan.

Because of Michele’s mother’s planning and organizing the party, she had needed to borrow a lot of Tupperware and things of that sort from Michele. When Devon had helped to carry the last load into Michele’s apartment he turned to leave.

“Would you like some water? You look like you’re sweating.”

“It’s just from moving everything into the apartment, I’ll be fine.”

“No really, let me give you a drink before you leave.”

“I’m fine,” Devon insisted.

“What’s wrong with you Devon? You’re acting like I’m going to bite you. Come on, it’s just water.”

Devon did feel very thirsty as some of the stuff he had carried was quite heavy.

“Okay, just some water and then I’m leaving.”

Michele went to the kitchen and poured some water into a glass; then, from her purse, she took out the solution that she had bought at the drugstore that evening. It was odorless and invisible even in water; she took the substance and put a few drops in Devon’s drink. Devon was still standing when Michele came back in the room

“Here you are.”

Devon took the glass of water and sipped it slowly. At first there seemed to be nothing wrong with it, so he continued drinking until the water was gone. He put the cup down and then he suddenly felt strange; he sat down on the couch and waited for the dizziness and stomach cramps to stop. He then felt himself getting drowsy. Michele waited until she was sure that Devon was asleep. She knew she had to act quickly if her plan was going to work. The drug she had given Devon would wear off in two hours and he wouldn’t remember a thing.

After the plan was finished, it took some time, but eventually Devon was placed in the front seat of his car, so it would look like he had fallen asleep there.

“That’s what you get for messing with me,” Michele said, with a devilish grin on her face before she left him.

“Sweet dreams church boy,” Megan added as she walked away.

Devon began to stir a few hours later. As he slowly opened his eyes, he saw that he was in front of Michele’s.

“Man, I must’ve been really tired to fall asleep after I dropped Michele home.” Devon looked at his watch and saw that it was almost 3.30am in the morning.

“I’d better get home before people start looking for me.” He started up his car engine and drove towards home without a second thought

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