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Second Chance
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Copyright:  July 10, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780557548194


Tionna Langston is a young woman who has been in love with the same man for most of her life. She met the man that she believes is her soul mate, Nickell Truman, when she was in middle school. The two of them became inseparable until they reached high school, which is when Nickell's family moved away.
Years later Tionna has been in several bad relationships. Her current relationship with her boyfriend Drew is on the rocks because of his constant lies and cheating. She is finally fed up and ready to call it quits but not before she gets a little revenge.
Tionna’s friend Sam and her boyfriend James invites her to go with them back home to Savannah, GA where James is from to attend his cousin's Christmas party. She agrees to go along for the trip. During this trip Tionna bumps into Nickell. Only problem is he is engaged but she finds out a secret that his fiancée has been keeping from him that could end their relationship. Her only dilemma now is whether she should tell him or not.
Faced with this hard decision, what will she chose? If Nickell finds out the secret that his fiancée has been hiding will that be enough to make him leave her and give what he and Tionna had a Second Chance?

Excerpt from Second Chance

Chapter 5- Tionna
Danville, VA

It was Tuesday night and I was braiding my neighbor, Justice’s hair. She had asked me to give her some cornrows going straight back. I was on the last braid when my cell phone started ringing. I knew it was Drew because I had You Complete Me by Keisha Cole set as his ringtone. What a fuckin’ lie!
“Hold up one second, Justice.” I said as I walked over to the coffee table and picked up my cell phone. “Hello.”
“Hey baby. Before you start going off on me, let me explain.” I knew his ass was about to tell a bald faced lie, so I decided to cut him off before he even got that shit out of his mouth.
“Drew, whatever you’re about to say save it, it doesn’t matter. I’m just glad to hear from you. I was worried that something might have happened to you.” I said trying to sound sincere. I could picture his ass was on the other end smiling thinking he had my dumb ass right where he wanted me yet again. But oh did I have a trick for dat ass! I looked over at Sam, who was sitting on the floor working on a wig, and she was looking up at me with a puzzled look on her face.
“Um…um…well I’m sorry for making you worry about me baby. I had a family emergency and I had to go out of town for a few days.” I rolled my eyes, this nigga was unbelievable. I guess I was suppose to believe that he couldn’t have picked up the phone and called the whole time that he was out of town either. As if he was reading my mind, he said “Baby I know I should’ve called but I’ve been so busy that…”
By now I was sick of him spitting bullshit in my ear so I cut him off again. “Baby didn’t I say that you don’t have to explain anything to me? Listen why don’t you just come over around 9:30. I’ve missed you and I wanna show you just how much.” I cooed into the phone.
I could hear his dumb ass smiling through the phone. “Ooh hell yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. That’s why I love you girl.”
Why because you think I’m dumb as hell? I thought but instead of saying what I was thinking I said. “Okay baby I’ll see you when you get here.”
“Aight.” He agreed and we hung up. I knew Sam wanted to say something but she didn’t because Justice was sitting in there. And that’s something that we just didn’t do, talk about our personal business in front of company. I finished doing Justice’s hair, she paid me my money and then she left.
No sooner than I had closed the door, Sam jumped all in my shit! “Bitch, have you lost your damn mind?” She was standing in the middle of the floor with one hand on her hip and with the other she was pointing at me as she spoke. Her head scarf was all crooked on her head. I wanted to laugh but decided against it since she was clearly upset.
“What are you talking about?” I asked calmly playing as if I didn’t have any idea as to what she was talking about.
“Tionna Janette Langston, don’t fuckin’ play stupid.” She stopped to take a deep breath, I guess trying to calm herself down. She had tears in her eyes when she looked at me. “Tionna, how long are you going to allow this motherfucka to treat you like this? He has been M.I.A for…you may as well say two damn weeks. Hell, what’s a fuckin day? What do you think he’s been doing?” She looked at me waiting for an answer.
It really touched my heart to know that I had someone like Sam in my corner, someone who loved me this much. There was no doubt in my mind that this girl loved me to death. Little did she know I had been doing a lot of thinking since Saturday and Sunday when we’d talked and I had made up my mind that I was through with Drew’s bullshit! But first I had to get a little payback. I went over to where Sam was standing and hugged her. “Move back Tionna because you make me sick! I’m tired…”
“Sam.” I said calmly with a devilish grin on my face. “Don’t worry about Drew, all I want you to do is chill out but don’t go and jump in the bed because I might need your assistance later.”
She had a weird look on her face like she was trying to figure out what I was up to. Then she asked, with a raised eyebrow. “What are planning on doing?”
“Don’t worry about it just don’t go to sleep. Now I have to go and get ready for my man.” I laughed and headed upstairs but stopped midway. I yelled back. “Oh and Sam open the door for Drew when he gets here.” When I got upstairs, I jumped in the shower and took a bath and washed my hair. I got out of the shower and grabbed my big fluffy blue towel and dried off before wrapping it around me. Then I got another towel and wrapped it around my hair. I went into my bedroom and put moisturizer on my skin before slipping on my purple lace bra with the thong to match. I took the towel off of my hair and put some oil on it and let it curl up naturally. I was putting on some lip gloss, when my eyes fell on the picture of me and Drew that was on my dresser. We had taken it at his family reunion, the year before. We looked so happy in that photo but the truth was it was only a front. Just the week before, I’d found an empty condom wrapper in his car. When I’d questioned him about it, he’d tried to lie and say that he had let his brother use his car and he must’ve left it there. I knew Drew was lying but I let it go because I had no solid proof. To say that I’d been a fool for him was an understatement. I took one last look in the mirror, before putting on my robe. Then I turned on my lamp that was on the nightstand beside my bed and cut off the ceiling light so that it wouldn’t be so bright in the room. Just as I was tying the belt on my robe, I heard the door close downstairs. “Showtime!” I said aloud to myself. I heard Drew coming up the stairs and my heart started beating fast. I started getting nervous thinking about what I was about to do but at the same time I was excited

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