To Love and to Lose(7)By: Mercy B
“Slow motion. What’s up?” Compton wanted to know the reason behind his brother’s contact.
“I’m coming through. I’m trying to slide for a few days, and Memphis is my first stop.” He informed his little brother.
“Nigga you acting like this ain’t home.”
“Nigga, I’ve been gone 5 years and you still ain’t fucking with my new spot. This is home, baby!” Coop laughed.
“Memphis is home.” Compton replied.
“I’ll be landing in a few. Scoop me. I’ll call you when I land.”
“The airport?” Compton asked. It was highly unlikely for his brother to board a plan. He hated the hustle and bustle of the airports in general. Most times, he’d rent a jet if business needed to be handled. Other than that, he’d have his driver to take him across country if that’s where he needed to be.
“Yeah. What’s wrong with the airport?” Coop asked.
“Shit, just know you ain’t no airport type of nigga.”
“Correct, but I’m ready to roll. The little company I fuck with done rented their damn jets out for the weekend. I damn sure don’t feel like the drive.” Coop complained. “Not today.”
“Aight. Just hit me up when you land. I’ll have an Uber waiting for you.” Compton joked.
“Don’t you remember when I used to beat your ass for joking so fucking much?” Coop asked. “It’s never too late.”
“Fuck out of here, nigga.” Compton laughed. “That ship has sailed.”
“We will see!”
“Bet, nigga. Get at me when you land, and knuckle up!”
“Bet.” Coop and Compton ended their call.
“Who was that?” Ava had to ask.
It was unusual for her to screen Compton’s calls, but she wanted to know who had him smiling so hard. Although the conversation sounded as if another man was on the other line, she just wanted to know who he was.
“My brother,” he stated right before the waitress came to take there drinks.
“What can I get for you to drink?” she asked.
“I’ll take a water, and so will she.” Compton dismissed the waitress with a wave of his hand. She’d taken all fucking day to get to them, so he wasn’t even feeling her.
“Your brother?” Without recognition, Compton had made Ava feel minute. For three months they’d been in constant contact, and he’d never mentioned a brother.
“Yeah. My older brother. Coop.” he shrugged as if it was nothing, crushing Ava even more.
In just the first month, she’d spilled the beans about her entire family. There wasn’t a detail about her life that she’d spared with Compton. Yet, she felt as if she was speaking to a complete stranger at this point.
“You never told me that you had a brother, Comp.” she called him by his nickname.
“Shit, it’s a lot of things I’ve never told you baby.” Compton tossed in the air as if it was nothing.
“You’re right.” Ava saw the waitress coming with their waters and was happy for the distraction.
The ringing of Compton’s phone started again just as their cups were placed in front of them. Ava didn’t even bother looking his way as she opened her straw and placed it inside of the water. Sipping just a bit, she heard Compton ask, “Are you going to answer your line?”
“Huh?” Ava asked, confused.
“Your phone is ringing,” he told her.
“Oh. I didn’t realize.”
Reaching in between where their cells had been placed, Ava snatched hers up and looked at the caller I.D. A smile spread across her face as she started at the screen. It was her best friend, Saydee. She’d been away from her friend for so long, and she couldn’t wait until they reunited. However, there was a small problem. Saydee’s controlling boyfriend wouldn’t let her out of his sights long enough. Ava prayed every night for her to just leave. Unbeknownst to Ava, her prayers had been answered.
“Hello.” She answered.
“Ava, I need you. I’m ready.”
Ava’s heart sank. While she was enthused that her friend was ready to step, she could only imagine the damage that had been done in order to get her to finally let go. Immediate concern washed over her face. Compton witnessed her mood deplete before his very eyes. Her facial expression told it all. She looked devastated.