2 days later
Sunday dead ass came quicker than I expected .
Mama was excited to meet Travis , she’s preparing a big dinner for him .
She haven’t cooked a meal in kinda a long time .
Me - alr ma , I’m gone I said to her
Mama - can you pick up some corn bread on your way home ? I nodded love you
Me - love you too I said and kissed her cheek before leaving out
I used my key and walked into Travis house
Me - honey , I’m home ! I yelled , playfully as always but he didn’t come downstairs so I walked upstairs .
He was snuggled up in his Nautica covers .
I pulled them back and as usual he had on boxers .
I got on top of him and kissed his lips
He moaned as I kissed on his neck
Me - get up I mumbled laying on him with my arms around him .
He didn’t move , he just snuggled up to me
Me - get up . Now I instructed before climbing off of him and going downstairs to make him some breakfast .
Travis - good morning he said and kissed my cheek .
His face was now washed and his teeth were brushed .
I handed him his plate of food and sat down in front of him
Travis - thanks baby
I nodded and watched him eat deep in thought .
Me - I hope what you see after today don’t change us I told him
He looked up from his plate and made eye contact with me
He living lavish , I live inna hood .
Travis - what do you mean ?
I shook my head
Me - nothing . You still coming ? He nodded
Me - I’m Finna go
Travis - ok , give me a kiss
He pulled me in between his legs and kissed me before I left .
Selena - Liyah
Me - what ? I said annoyed . This bitch annoy my soul
Selena - you still date Travis ?
Me - we never was dating I informed her , emptying plates of food .
Selena - Good . He was just over my house she said and I raised my eyebrows at her
Me - forreal ?
She smiled and nodded
Me - what y’all do ? I asked
Selena - you guys aren’t dating . Don’t worry about she said
Me - you right , good for y’all I told her as she walked past me
I just shrugged as I gabbed my stuff and clocked out of work .
I know the bitch lying and she can get her hoe ass out my face .
It’s 7 at night and I’m just ready to get home and take a shower .
I got into mamas car and checked my phone
Mama - don’t forget the cornbread she reminded and I texted her ok before going to the store and getting the cornbread .
When I walked into the house , the smell of my mothers cooking hit me hard and my stomach started to growl
Layla - Liyah ! She said running to me .
I bent down and embraced my little sister into a hug
Imma take her to the mall tomorrow , we haven’t spent time with each other in a while .
Me - where mama ?
Layla - the kitchen .. Aaliyah she trailed off as worry filled her voice
Me - yes ?
Layla - mommy feel really really sick she said and my heart dropped
She’s to young to understand what’s going on
Layla - is she alright ?
I kept my composure as I nodded
Me - yes , she’s fine I said clearing my throat before walking into the kitchen
Me - here you go I said
Mama - thank you . The food almost ready , you told him 8 right ?
Me - yes , he should be texting me for the address soon
Mama - ok , good she said wiping the counter go get washed up
I nodded and went to do just that
My phone beeped as I waited for the shower to get warm
Travis - address ?
I sent it to him and got into the shower
I sprayed Gucci cologne on me before I texted Liyah .
After she sent me her address I grabbed the keys to my red Bentley and made my way to the door .
I was wearing some khaki joggers , a black red and green Gucci shirt , Gucci belt with some black ones .
I put on a silver dog tag necklace with my watch and diamond earrings .
I grabbed my hat before I set the alarm to my house and got in my car .
I grabbed my phone and looked at the address .
I know for a fact this isn’t the house she told me was hers .
I still remember Deja’s mother telling me she didn’t live there .
I looked at the address again and squinted my eyes .
I know this isn’t where I think it is . I put it in my GPS and sure enough it led me to the hood .
The bad part of town that I never come to .
The part my mama made sure we stayed away from .
I turned my volume down as all eyes were on my car .
I felt kinda uncomfortable as gangsters just watched me pull into some run down apartments .
I sent Liyah a text but she didn’t respond .
I got out of my car and pressed lock on my keys , twice to make sure my car was locked .
I’m not worried about anybody even laying a finger on my car but this the hood . They’ll take my shit or rob me .
I walked up to the door just as an lady was coming out
Her eyes never left mines as she held the door for me .
Me - thank you ma’am I told her quickly entering .
I didn’t wanna be outside any longer .
?- no problem . What are you doing around these ways ?
Me - here for my friend
?- oh okay . Be careful now
Me - have a good night I told her politely and she smiled at me before I kept walking .
I took a deep breathe and the smell of pee and some house hold product filled my nose .
What the fuck ?
I know Aaliyah isn’t living here , no way .
Yea she talk like she from the hood but she don’t look like it .
Liyah not walking around with her tracks showing , popping gum and acting all ratchet with a baby daddy .
The carpet was filthy as I walked down the hallway and up the stairs .
I heard somebody yelling as I passed a door .
When I got to number 3 I knocked on the door gently .
” who is it ?”
Me - Travis I said and the door opened revealing Layla
Layla - Travis ! She yelled
Me - hey I told her as she let me in .
I watched as she shut the door and her hand went on the lock , locking the door securely .
Me - can I have a hug ?
She nodded and I pulled her into my embrace when she released I looked around the house .
It was plain .
Simple and clean .
I can tell Aaliyah family isn’t so wealthy .
There was a little flat screen on a table and a couch with pictures on the wall but that was it .
Layla - Travis hea mama
I watched as a lady walked out of the kitchen .
She looked weak and tired , which made my heart drop but still she sported a bright smile on her face .
?- hey ! I’m Aaliyah’s mama I’ve heard so much about you she said making me smile as she walked to me
Me - hi , I’m Travis I said smiling at how friendly she was
Liyah looked exactly like her .
She was beautiful and had a pretty smile .
She was a little darker than Aaliyah and probably an inch or 2 shorter .
I see where Liyah get her height from . Her and her mama both short .
Her hair was in a wavy ponytail and she had a nose piercing
?- you can call me momma she said
I smiled as I opened my arms
Her smiled widened as I pulled her weak body into a hug before she led me to the kitchen and started talking to me .
Momma - awh your so cute . I like chu she said laughing and I noticed they all had accents .
Me - thank you I replied your beautiful , I see where Liyah get her looks from .
Momma - thank ya beybeh
Momma - the foods ready , just waitin’ on the cornbread . Hungry ?
Me - yes momma
Momma - where is this lul girl at ? she said standing up she took a shower
Momma - bring ya ass outchea Aaliyah she said and in no time Liyah appeared in front of us with some pajamas on .
Me - hey Liyah I said looking at her
Liyah - hey Travis she said lowly avoiding eye contact with me as I stood up
Me - you alright ? I asked pulling her into a hug and placing a kiss onto her cheek
She nodded and cleared her throat
Liyah - Travis meet my ma -
Me - I met momma already I said and she raised her eyebrows
Mama - while ya was taking ya time , we was talkin’
She looked at me and I smiled
Momma made us wash our hands and sit down while she made our plates .
I thanked her and felt Layla tiny hand grab onto mines .
She was sitting on the left side of me and momma and Liyah was sitting across the table
Momma - grab hands , let’s say grace she said and we bowed our hands as she began speaking .
I licked my lips and said amen before looking down at my plate in silence
Momma - everything alr ?
I nodded as I snapped out of my thoughts
Me - everything’s fine I assured her
We don’t never say grace in my house .
I say it to myself a lot but never have my mama made our family say it together .
I took a bite of what momma told me was greens .
She had made some cornbread , greens , fried chicken , sweet potatoes , potato salad , and Mac n cheese . For desert she made chocolate cake .
I’ve never had a meal like this but I loved it .
As we ate , momma bombarded me with questions about where I work , my parents , all of that .
Liyah said she was asking me to many questions but I had no problem answering them .
I told her I didn’t work , my parents are a lawyer and a doctor and more .
Momma - whatchu plan on doom’ afta high school ?
Me - go to college for football . If that don’t work out , I may become a doctor like my dad but honestly right now I don’t know what I wanna do but I know for sure college.
When we all finished eating she got up and her hand shook as she grabbed our plates
Liyah - I got it mama she said and momma nodded her head
She looked tired .
Liyah - come on mama , let’s get you in bed she said standing up and going by her side
Momma nodded and I stood up too , to help .
She held onto my arm and Liyahs hand tightly as we helped her to her room .
Liyah let go and pulled the covers back on her bed before I helped her lay down in it .
I put the covers over her and she smiled at me as her eyes was closed
Me - good night momma , it was nice meeting you I told her and kissed her cheek
Momma - it was nice meeting you too baby she repeated and placed a soft kiss on my cheek .
We walked out of her room and Liyah shut the door .
I can tell by the way Liyah interacted with her mother tonight , tryna help her with everything that she really care about her .
Liyah looked at me
Me - your mother is precious she nodded
Me - she remind me of a wayyyy nicer you I chuckled and she laughed
Liyah - boy be quiet she said and Layla walked into her legs , wrapping her arms around her waist .
Liyah - come on , let’s get you to sleep she said and led her to another room that was small .
She climbed into bed
Layla - lay with me
Liyah - gimme a minute please Travis and I nodded and walked out of the room .
I stood in the tiny hallway and pulled out my phone seeing it was 10 something .
It don’t even seem like I been here for 2 hrs
5 minutes later Liyah came out and shut the door , I followed her to the kitchen where she started cleaning up .
I grabbed a cup from the table and proceeded to helping her
Liyah - I got it T -
Me - imma help you I said and she shook her head no
I ignored her and still helped .
She come to my house and help me all the time so why wouldn’t I do the same .
When we was finished I looked at the time seeing I needed to go
Me - I should get going I said
Liyah - lemme walk you out she said and put on her shoes .
We walked out the house and downstairs to the door
Me - I’ll see you tomorrow ? She nodded and gave me a hug and a kiss before I got into my car
I watched her walk back into her apartment before driving off
Never in a million years would I have thought Aaliyah was living like that but , it’s alright .
I know everybody don’t got it like me and caint live in big houses .
It don’t matter to me that’s still my baby .
I honestly hope she wasn’t ashamed because there’s honestly nothing to be ashamed of .
I just hate how she was afraid to show me where she lived , that’s the only thing not sitting right with me .
She should know I’m not gonna judge her .
I see the way she work and how she tryna make a living for her , her sister and her mother .
And I applaud her for that .