» Chapter 16



“Lil mama,” I said as I opened her door. She looked at me and rolled her eyes. I walked over to her bed and sat down. “You mad at me?”

“Yes, you hit Ray, Ray.”

“I know and I’m sorry. It was accident.”

“Why did you do it?”

“I was upset and sometimes when I get upset I can’t control what I do.”

“Will you hit me?” She said and I sighed.

“No, lil mama I will never put my hands on you. I promise okay.”

“Okay, did you say sorry to Ray, Ray?”

“Yeah I apologized. I’m sorry you had to see that lil mama. You still mad at me?”

“Yes I will get over it…Eventually.” She said and I laughed.

“Well what if I buy you some ice cream?”

“That’s good. But I really won’t be mad if you get me some shoes I saw with Aunt Jackie.” She said and I laughed again. This little girl I swear.

“Aight I got you come on. Can I have a kiss first?” I asked and she kissed me on the cheek. “Thanks let’s go.” We got off her bed and left. This little girl was gon have me broke.



3 weeks later.

“How much you wanna bet it’s gon be quiet as hell when they say my name.” I said to Cassie and she laughed.

“No it’s not. You know we got you.” She said and she, Imani, Kira and Sienna laughed. “Besides you know Aunt Jackie, Mira and Nyla gon be screaming like they don’t have no sense.”

“True.” I fixed my cap on my head and they smiled. “Aight y’all ready to do this?”

“Yeah buddy let’s go.” Sienna said and we all walked out of the empty classroom and met up with everybody. We all lined up as they started the music for us to march down. As we went down I looked and saw Aunt Jackie with everybody taking pictures. I tapped Cassie who was right in front of me and she looked over and laughed. Once we finally got the chance to sit down the principle got up and started talking.

The whole damn graduation was taking forever. The singing of the songs and all this award shit was working my nerves. I wanted my damn diploma and that’s it.

After about two hours they finally got to the part I been waiting for. They were finally giving out the diplomas. I was standing behind Cassie waiting for them to call our names.

“Cassandra Brown.” The principle said and everybody clapped. I looked over at everybody and they were on their feet yelling while Aunt Jackie was snapping pictures while Cass walked across the stage smiling.

“Saraya Brown.” She said my name and people clapped. Of course Mira and Nyla were the ring leaders in most of my yelling.

“Yeah Ray!” Mira screamed and I just laughed. I walked over and she handed my diploma to me. I looked over and Chris winked at me, making me smile extra hard. Once I got off the stage I took my seat again and Cass and I slapped hands.

“Finally done.” She said in my ear and I smiled.

“Hell yes.” We both laughed and watched for everybody else get theirs. Once it was done we all walked out.  I was laughing with Sienna when I felt some arms go around my waist.

“I’m proud of you baby.” Chris said in my ear. I looked at Sienna and she was smiling.

“I’ll be over there taking pictures.” She said before she walked off. I turned around and hugged Chris around his neck.

“Thanks,” He pecked me on the lips.

“You’re welcome. You ready to go?”

“Go where?”

“We leaving. Don’t worry about exactly where we going just know we out.”

“Okay weirdo. But I’m taking pictures with them first.” I said and walked over to the girl and took more than enough pictures with them. Once that was done I went back over to Chris who look like he had an attitude. “What’s wrong with you?”

“Nothing these niggas just staring in my face. Including that nigga I told you to stop fucking with.” He looked behind me and I turned to see Jason staring at us. I rolled my eyes and turned back around.

“Forget him let’s just go before you do some other shit. Come on.” I grabbed his hand and we walked to the car with Aunt Jackie and Nyla.

“Bye Ray, Ray.” Nyla said to me.

“Why you saying bye?”

“Because Uncle Chris is-“

“Come on lil mama we got to go. Have a good day okay.” Aunt Jackie kissed me on the cheek and walked off with Nyla.

“Ray let’s go.” Chris said getting in his car. I got in and he pulled off.

“Where we going?”

“Somewhere just sit back and don’t worry about it. Do me a favor though.”


“Put this on.” He gave me a black blindfold and I looked at him like he was stupid.

“Hell no, what you gon do? Kill me?”

“Hell no just put it on.” I sucked my teeth and put it over my eyes. “Can you see?”

“No I cannot see. But this is freaking me out. Where you taking me and how long do I have to keep this shit on?”

“You’ll find out and you gon keep that on for a minute.”

“What’s a minute?”

“A couple of hours.”

“What? Hours okay you want me to not see shit for a couple of hours? Oh hell no.”

“Saraya just shut up and trust me. You gon like it.”

“For a couple of hours of me not seeing shit I better.” I heard him chuckle as he turned the radio up.

We were driving for a minute before I felt the car stop.

“Hold on.” He said and I heard a door close. I was sitting there for a minute before I heard a door open and somebody grab my arm. I snatched and I heard him laugh. “It’s me Ray damn.”

“Don’t be doing that shit.”

“Whatever come on.” He grabbed my hand and helped me out of the car. I was walking when he came to a stop. “Aight you about to go up some stairs.”

“Great.” I said sarcastically and he helped me go up the stairs. He led me somewhere then pushed me down into a seat. “Can I take this off now?”

“Nah keep it on. Don’t go peeking and shit Ray.”

“Alright but this shit is aggy just so you know.” I heard him laugh again when I heard other voices.

“Ty where in the fuck are you taking me?”

“Cass shut the fuck up and chill out.”

“Fine but this better not be no freaky shit.” Cassie said and I laughed.

“Cass he got you too huh?”

“Ray? That’s you?”

“Yeah but I can’t see shit.”

“Me either. Nigga got me wearing blindfolds and shit. Ty put me next to her.” I guess he did because she touched my hand. “This is yours right?”

“Yeah it’s me. What the fuck is going on?”

“I do not know.” She said and I chuckled.

“Red if you let me fall I swear to God on everything I will fuck you up.” I heard Mira’s voice and I laughed.

“You aint fucking shit up. Just sit down.”

“Oh yeah because I can see where I’m going. You got me blindfolded dummy.”

“Tamira shut up.” Red told her and I felt somebody sit next to me.

“Mira, this you?” I touched her arm.

“Yeah Ray?”

“Yeah it’s me. They got yo ass too huh?”

“I guess so. Wait who is they?”

“She talking about the three fucking stooges that got us blindfolded.” Cassie said and I laughed.

“This shit better not be stupid.” Mira said.

“For real. CHRIS!” I yelled and I heard everybody laughed.

“What Ray?”

“I’m taking this shit off.”

“Keep it on.”

“No, it’s annoying not being able to see. Shit compromise with me nigga.”

“Fine take them off, but you gon put the shit back on later.” He said and I snatched my shit off quick as hell. I looked around confused and he laughed.

“What the hell are we on?”

“A plane. You act like you’ve never been on one.” He said and I sucked my teeth.

“I haven’t and I still don’t.”

“Why not?”

“Being on a flying contraption that can crash and blow my ass the fuck up is not appealing to me.” I said and he raised his eyebrow.

“You scared?”

“Did I say that? I said it doesn’t appeal to me.”

“Same thing ma. You scared?”

“No,” I said just as the pilot started talking.

“Okay we’re taking off. I hope you enjoy your flight.” He said and I shook my head when it started moving.

“See no, I want off.” I said and he laughed.

“Ray we already moving aint no getting off.”

“Well tell him to turn this shit around. I want off Chris I’m not playing.” I said.

“Come here.” He said and I shook my head no.

“No I’m not walking around this death trap. Tell him to stop the damn plane I don’t give a damn what he got to do.” I said and he laughed along with everybody else.

“Damn finally found out what she scared of.” Red said and I gave him the finger.

“Red shut the fuck up.” I spat and he took Mira’s hand and they walked off.

“Don’t be scared boo. It’s nothing.” Cassie said getting out of her seat. Chris got up and came next to me.

“Saraya it’s okay to be scared.”

“I’m not scared I just don’t want to crash and die.”

“And you’re not. You scared of heights?”

“No I’m not scared of heights.” He gave me a ‘stop lying’ face and I rolled my eyes. “Fine I’m scared of heights.”

“Look it’s nothing. You not gon crash and you’re not going to die. You think I would put you on something dangerous?”

“I don’t know but this shit is still freaking me out. I don’t like this shit.” I said just as the plane shook a little bit. I grabbed his shirt and put my face in his chest. “See this shit is not cool.”

“Calm down. Everything is going to be fine. Chill.” He kissed my forehead and tried to stand up but I wouldn’t let him go.

“No stay here please?”

“Aight come on.” He pulled me up and put me on his lap. “Chill I got you.”

“Alright. Where we going?”

“Somewhere. Don’t worry about it.” I sucked my teeth and put my head on his shoulder.

“Will I like it?”

“You gon love it. I promise. A lot of things gon change this weekend.”

“A lot of things like what?”

“You’ll see.” I rolled my eyes then closed them. I don’t know what he had planned but fuck it right now. I’m going to sleep. I just want off this damn death trap.