Unable to wait until they returned to
Every light in the room stayed on, despite the fact that the sun hadn’t quite set yet. The lovers wanted to see it all while they felt it all.
The pace was frenzied. The mood freaky. The results fantastic.
Lying in Millsap’s arms as their breathing patterns regulated, Cami decided to break from her usual mode of operation which involved keeping most secrets, especially those about her mother, buried deep. She particularly wanted to share the one she recently learned about Cat, unaware that it would open up the floodgates in more ways than one.
As usual, Millsap gave Cami his undivided attention while she talked. He watched anger cross her face as she shared how her mother had been recently attacked by an ex-boyfriend for cheating. He saw relief fill her eyes when she went on to disclose that Cat survived that attack and was still very much alive.
“But her face was severely damaged,” Cami continued. “She’s going to need extensive plastic surgery.” Her countenance grew angry again. “Daddy told me that she called him asking for money to get the first surgery.”
“I take it he refused.”
“Yep. They’ve been divorced for over twenty years now. I don’t know why she would even think he’d pay for any of her medical bills, especially those involving plastic surgery. Daddy gave me the heads up in case Mama tries to hit me up for the money next.” Cami scoffed. “Even if I had the money, I wouldn’t give it to her.”
“You wouldn’t?” Millsap asked, looking very interested in her answer. He’d had to take a similar stand against his own mother recently when Bonnie wanted money for something that he didn’t approve of.
“Nope,” Cami said without hesitation. “My mother is vain enough. Maybe it’s time for her to find another way to come up in life. She has used her looks to get what she wanted for years. She taught me to do the same thing. She’s the reason I’m so messed up today,” she concluded with glossy eyes.
“You’re not as messed up as you think, Cami,” Millsap said soothingly, giving her a loving squeeze of comfort. “Considering what you told me about your past, you could have turned out a lot worse.”
“You don’t know the half of it,” Cami replied, about to spill even more secrets now.
Millsap listened just as attentively as before as Cami shared even more of her past with him. He learned how ashamed she’d been as a child to have a stripper as a mother. How she’d stayed away from anything that had to do with exotic dancing for years. How she’d thrown up after dancing with that stripper pole at the club the first night she’d been trying to get his attention from Leza. And how she vowed to never stoop that low for any man ever again.
“I honestly don’t know how to feel about what you just told me,” Millsap admitted after Cami paused long enough to get her second wind. “On one hand, I’m glad you were so willing to go to such lengths to get me. On the other hand, I hate how doing so made you feel.” He kissed her lovingly on the forehead. “And although I definitely liked what I saw that night, I’ll never ask you to get anywhere near a stripper pole again.”
“Thanks, baby. That means a lot to me.” Cami sighed in relief. Then the glossy-eyed woman did something she vowed never to do – she told Millsap her deepest, darkest secret.
“She did what?!” Millsap shouted, releasing her before springing up from the bed. He literally couldn’t stay still.
Loud expletives singed the air from the heat of his anger as Millsap paced the green carpeted floor, clenching and unclenching his fists at his sides. He hadn’t felt this murderous since the night Mike-Mike’s grandmother suffered that heart attack because of some jealous fools.
All he wanted to know right now was the child rapist’s name and where this so-called man had been last seen. Yet when Millsap saw Cami trembling like a leaf on the bed with tears streaming down her cheeks in droves now, he took a deep breath to calm down and then made himself focus on her instead.
“Baby, I’m so sorry you had to go through that. You should have never lost your virginity that way. No woman should,” Millsap said, returning to the high-post bed and quickly gathering her in his arms.
“I agree.” Cami sniffed back tears as he held her lovingly and began to rock in a soothing manner. “But that ain’t the only thing Mama made me lose against my will. I also lost Little Man’s father to her a few years later,” she added, about to share even more painful secrets.
© 2008 Suprina Frazier