This I Promise YouChapter 10:
Denise got up with the early light of the sun, as she finished the
laundry and made herself somw breakfast. She just finished folding
the last piece of clothing and was about to eat when the phone rang.
"Hello?" "Hey, Niecey. How are you?" "Justin?! Hey, I'm okay. What's
up? Is Meeka behavin'?" "Oh, yeah. We've had so much fun with her.
She helped us on our photo shoot and we also had fun at the concert.
Everyone's spoiling her. She's our angel." Justin smiled into the
Denise laughed at Justin's rambling. "I'm glad. So what's the
special reason for the call this morning?" "To invite you to dinner.
Mama Nessa making her delcious meatloaf and mashed potatoes! She's
makin't this huge dinner. Come on, Niecey." Denise laughed again as
she finished eating. "Okay, I'll be there after work." "Good, plus
we need to talk. i'll see ya later." Justin spoke softly before
hanging up. Denise hung up the the phone and got ready to leave.As she
left out the door, she wrote a quick note to Dylan, invtiting him to
dinner. Driving off , she suddenly worried if that was a good idea
Tomeeka ran around the room while Lance chased her. She slowed down
as Lance sped up and grabbed her in his arms while spinning her
around. "I got you, you sweet, beautiful little girl!" Lance laughed
out loud as he hugged her. Vaneesa walked from the refrigerator to
the sink, smiling and watching them. "Lance,stop it! You're spoiling
her. You guys are so good to her." She laughed at them while washing
the potatoes. Lance sat down as Tomeeka climbed on his lap. "She
deserves it. She's our angel." Tomeeka snuggled against his chest
she ate her pb and j sandwhich with her glass of strawberry milk.
When it was time for her to take a nap, Joey and Chris read her a
story. Later that day, Denise knocked on the door. Justin opened the
door with a smile slowly spreading on his lips. "Hey you! I need to
talk to you first." Justin said as Denise followed him into the
family room downstairs. Denise was really quiet as they both stood
there facing each other. FInally she spoke. "So, what's this all about
J?" Justin walked up to her and put his lips close to her face. "Why
didn't you ever tell me that you liked me?" "Justin, we were just kids
and -". She sighed, "I knew I couldn't be with you." "But I felt the
same way. And I still do." "Times have changed, Justin." "So you don't
feel that way about me, anymore?" He said caressing her cheek. "I do,
but I'm with someone now." The mention of Dylan; made Justin steam.
"He doesn't treat you right! And I would never, ever hurt you or lay
a hand on you sweetie." He said soothing her still bruised cheek. "I
still want you, Niecey. My feelings haven't changed." "But that
doesn't matter anymore, Justin!" She said walking away from him.
Justin went behind her and put his arms around her waist. Denise
wanted to cry. "Why not, Denise? What's wrong, baby?" She turned in
Justin's arms and held his handds on her stomach and loked deep into
his eyes. "I found out something, Justin. Something that changes
everything - at least for me." "What, Niecey? What could be that bad?"
Denise gave Justin a kiss on the lips and then whispered in his ear.
Each sentence made Justin cry. The whispered conversation seemed hours
instead of ten minutes. When she finished, they just stared at each
other. Both streaming tears from their eyes. Denise took one more
kiss before whispering,"I'm so sorry". Then she ran up stairs,
leaving Justin to sit on the couch; his face in his hands crying his