Author of "Adverse Intentions" published in 2009
and new book coming soon, "Vanessa's Revenge"
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Angelique stood and stared at the grey headstone that read her best friend's name. She had everything; a husband, fame, children, a big house, money, and cars, everything that a girl could want. But yet, she felt empty.
“Tremel, I miss you so much,” she spoke between sobs.
“My life still seems so complicated. Although Eric is gone for good, I still feel as if something bad is going to happen. You know how I always complain about those butterflies in my stomach? Well, they’re back and maybe it’s because of everything that’s going on I feel like I can’t get a hold on my life. It’s always something happening to me. I need you here with me, I can’t handle all of this by myself, girl. God, why was it her time to go? God, why?” she said, then sitting on the freshly cut grass over the grave.
“Tremel, Vince is a wonderful man and he will take care of Veronica. He was discharged from the military so he could look after her and his brother. You know the military was his life, but I can definitely see that family is much more important to him. I’m so glad that Vince stayed here and didn’t go back to his hometown. Tremel, he’s been with Veronica every day and he sure misses you. I decided to take a break from Steady Beat since Vortex is back on. My brother is doing great and Lewis is happy. He’s still worried about Reggie, or Lance, or whatever his name is now. I just hope now that he’s back in the picture he won’t cause any problems. Girl, I finally got time to relax since Jerid has been on the road with the guys. But, I’ve been helping Vince look after Veronica and my kids love her like she’s one of them. I just wish you were here to see her. Tremel, I wrote a song for you, but I was saving it until your birthday. I planned to have Lewis release my new album on your birthday because I dedicated it to you. I wanted to surprise you. You’re not here physically, but I know you hear me,” she said as she unfolded the tattered paper. She wiped her eyes with the back of her hand and began to sing…
“You were there all the time
Through the good and bad
Nothing could separate us
Not man or time
Although we share some ups and downs
Life has carried us through the years
Through laughs, secrets, and days of tears
'Cause you’re my friend the one who’s there for me
The one who’s help to make my life complete
You’re my friend my very best friend …”
Tears began to wail in her eyes and she couldn’t get the rest of the words of the song to come out. The pain was taking over and the lump in her throat became harder.
Angelique laid her head in the grass as if she was listening to Tremel’s heart. This was the only time she cried after Tremel’s death. Her thoughts reflected back to the times that they shared together from high school until the time she had seen her friend when she first picked her up at the airport. Time seemed to move in slow motion as she looked at her watch and realized she had fallen asleep in the grass for about an hour. Her cell phone was ringing off the hook with calls from Jerid and Lewis. Angelique slowly rose from the grass and looked back at her friend’s grave. Although her heart ached, she felt relieved. She knew that her friend would want her to go on with her life as if she was still alive. Angelique walked to her car with thoughts of coping without her friend forever.
Vanessa walked slowly toward Tremel's grave, carefully staying out of Angelique’s sight. She did not want Angelique to know that she was listening to her conversation. Vanessa still had hate in her heart for Angelique, but because Tremel was a dear friend to her, she suppressed her hate toward her. Vanessa looked at Tremel’s headstone and apologized to her. Although Angelique was a dear friend to her, she decided to go on with her plan of revenge. Vanessa felt as if Angelique had gotten away with too much for too long. Now, it was time for the tables to be turned on Angelique, and destroying her career and her marriage was the best way to get back at her. Vanessa slowly placed the roses she had in her hand neatly on Tremel’s grave. She stared blankly at the grave as thoughts were running wildly through her head. Vanessa slowly turned away from the grave as she vowed never to visit it again.