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“Well, b***h I’m talking to you!”
“Baby, baby, baby, please calm down.”
“Oh, I’m sorry Mr. Radcliff. Didn’t know that you two were together.”
“That’s okay Shadow. I’ll see you inside.”
“Okay see you Boss.”
“I’m so sorry.”
“Yeah, I bet you are.”
Stacy gave Shadow the stankest face that could be muster.
The feeling of embarrassment showed all over Jacoby’s face.
“What the f**k you looking like that for?! Ain’t nobody tell her to bring her happy ass over here in the first place!”
“Stacy that’s not the point! We are out in public. I have a reap to maintain.”
“Oh, so you trying to tell me that being with me is messing up your reputation?”
“That’s not what I’m saying at all. Stop trippin!”
“You haven’t seen me trip yet. Keep getting slick and you gonna see how bad it can get for you!”
“Whatever! I’m done.”
Jacoby finally made his way out of the car and up to the entrance of Shadetown Records. Stacy was on his heels with every stride.
“Oh, so you ignoring me, now?”
Jacoby continued walking as if he didn’t have a very upset Stacy following close behind him.
“You gonna say something to me before I leave here!”
Jacoby continued toward his office greeting everyone that he came in contact with; as if nothing was wrong, and Stacy followed suit.
Marella, Jacoby’s secretary was all to familiar with Stacy’s and Jacoby’s quarrels. They always seemed to be arguments that started because of Stacy’s jealousy.
Marella never understood why Stacy was so jealous. It seemed like their marriage was paradise. Everything that Stacy ever wanted Jacob was willing to give and he did. Many times 10x over. But just because that is the way that it looked doesn’t mean that, that’s the way that it was.
Although Jacoby constantly confessed his love for Stacy. It made no difference, because Stacy realized early on that Jacoby wasn’t the type of man who could be loyal in a marriage. This realization came about a year after they got married after catching him cheating for the umpteenth time. But by then it was too late because Stacy had already given to much to be done.
Finally entering the office making sure that there was no one within ear shot. Jacoby started to go in.
“I don’t know why you followed me in here! You already know who Shadow is! You could have speared me the headache and just went home.”
“Are you f**king with me right now?! You knew that I was coming to work with you. Why are you getting pissed now?! Oh, I know. It’s because your girlfriend knows that you like d**k now, huh?!”
“why do you do this all the time?!”
“What am I doing?”
“You are making me the center of your insecurities.”
“Oh, so your trying to call me insecure!”
“I’m not saying that you are insecure. I’m just saying that you have some insecurities that you have to work out.
“Don’t get mad at me because you have some issues to work out with yourself.”
“If it were not for you I wouldn’t have these issues!”
“Oh, so you are trying to blame your insecurities on me!”
“Who else is responsible for cheating on me in the first year of our marriage?!”
“Stacy, that was so long ago. How much longer do I have to prove myself to you?”
“I, don’t know. I’m trying to let the past be the past but it hurts so much to know that those woman can give you something that I can’t give you.”
“We have had this conversation before. I have my children, and you know that they love you.”
“I know. But what if you decide that you want to have more kids. What is going to become of me and you then?”
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“You see, that’s the reason I didn’t want to tell you!”
“Oh, so you weren’t going to tell me huh?!”
“That’s not what I meant!” He already knew that he lost the argument. That’s how he lost plenty of arguments with Stacy, saying just a little bit too much.
“We’re here!….. Thank God!”
“What is that supposed to mean?”
“Nothing. Can’t I just be happy to be at work?”
“Mmmmhm. Yeah like I really believe that.”
“It’s not for you to believe.” Come on let’s go.”
“Don’t be rushing me!”
“I’m not rushing you! Stay in the car! Get out when you ready! I don’t care either way.
You really doing the most this morning.”
“Whatever. How do you expect me to act when you spring something like this on me?”
“Stacy I don’t have the time to argue with you. Some of us do actually have to work for a living.”
“No, the hell you didn’t go there! I’m the reason that you have this record label to begin with! Don’t make me tell it all because I will!”
“Baby, why are you making this bigger than what it is?”
“Because you thinking that you are going to try me and that there’s nothing going to be said about it.
Bro you are sadly mistaken.”
“Baby how did we get here? I thought that we were having a good morning.”
“We were until you tried to sneak some s**t past me!”
“Bae, think about it. If I was trying to sneak something past you I wouldn’t have told you in the first place.”
“Yeah, that’s what you say. But, I’m sure that the only reason that you told me is because you didn’t want to feel guilty. That just lets me know that the girl got to be fine. Because if she wasn’t you probably wouldn’t have even signed her.”
“Now you know that looks don’t matter to me.”
“Yeah, tell that bold face ass lie to someone that doesn’t know you.
I see how you be checking out everything that walks by. The only reason that I don’t say anything is because you have never given me a reason to doubt you.”
“So, way are you acting out now?”
“Because you made a major decision with out me. Also, the more rope I give you to hang yourself, you are doing just that.”
“Well I guess that it doesn’t matter what I say. Since you got it in your mind that I am or I’m going to cheat on you anyway.”
“I never said that. I’m just saying, let me know what’s going on.”
“I do and I will always, let you know what’s going on.”
In the distance Stacy saw a very beautiful, shapely, woman with a deep creamy caramel complexion sauntering over to the car. The site of this woman instantly caused more unknowing friction between Stacy and Jacoby.
“Who is that? That better not be Shadow.”
“Baby just give her a chance. I promise that you are going to love her.”
“Oh, because you do, right? I swear if this turns out to be one of your side hoes I’m gonna beat you ass and hers!”
“Shhhh. Her she comes!”
“Don’t shhh me!”
Jacoby wasn’t sure how Stacy was going to act. All he could do is hope for the best.
“Hey Boss. Is everything okay?”
“What the f*** you mean is everything okay?!”
“I’m not talking to you!”
“Well, b**** I’m talking to you!”
To be continued…….
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“Hey baby, how are you doing this morning?” Jacoby was a loving devoted husband for all of ten years. He knew that he made the right decision marrying Stacy. He felt they belonged together.
“I’m fine baby. Are you going in to work today?”
“Yeah, I figure that I should because I just signed another vocalist to the label.”
“What’s his or her name?”
“Hold up! So, you telling me that you signed a woman?!”
“How are you so sure that it’s a female?”
“Because I know that there is no man out there that is going to call himself something as soft as Shadow.”
“Okay you’re right. What’s wrong with that?”
“I thought that you were supposed to be running things by me before you decide to sign anyone.”
“I knew that you would love her. That’s why I didn’t bother you with the details.”
“How are you so sure? You’re not an expert when it comes to knowing who I’ll like.”
“I’m not claiming to be. This girl just has that thing about her that makes you wanna get to know her. That’s what sales.”
“Okay, that’s all find and dandy. But you should have still ran it past me!”
“I’m sorry baby. It won’t happen again.”
“It better not!
So, let’s get back to this Shadow girl.”
“What about her?”
“When am I going to meet her?”
“Whenever you want to.”
“Okay, good. Come on let’s go.”
“Really baby? You jealous?”
“Who said that?”
“The way that you acting letting me know that you jealous.”
“I’m not jealous. I just need to know what kind of woman is around my man.”
“So, you are jealous. What, you don’t trust me?”
“Jacoby, you already know how me, and you got together. If that’s what you plan on doing to me, let me know now so I can cut my losses.”
“Baby don’t go there. That was different. I didn’t love her the way that I love you.”
“Really.” Jacoby grabbed Stacy into a tight embrace reassuring that there was nothing to worry about.
“So, you don’t have a problem with me coming with you to work?”
“No not at all.”
Jacoby was hoping that Stacy’s mind was going to change. But it didn’t. He was sure that they would get along. The only thing was Stacy being jealous of how beautiful Shadow was. Jacoby already knew that he wasn’t going to hear the end of it.
“Okay, come on let’s go.”
The whole ride to the label was uncomfortable. He wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but he knew that the two of them meeting was inevitable.
“So, what does she look like?”
“In all of the time that we’ve known each other I have never known you to be the jealous type.”
“I’m not being jealous! Just a little inquisitive.”
“Try a lot.”
“Whatever. Don’t end up on the couch tonight.”
“Really? It’s that serious?”
“You making it that way. This is all you.”
“No, It’s not all me. You are making something out of nothing.”
“I already told you that I love you and I only want you.”
“Yeah, that’s what you say. But what a man says and what he really means is seen only through his actions. So, all this love that you showing me right now, you better keep on doing so after Ms. Shadow starts working with the company.”
“Have I changed at all since day one?”
“No. But you never hired a woman either.”
“Woman, man it shouldn’t matter. You should know that you can trust me.”
“That’s how I got you because your ex-wife trusted you. I’m not making that mistake.”
“Are you serious right now? You are really comparing yourself to Sheila?”
“I’m not comparing. I’m just stating facts.”
“What is that? That I can’t be trusted?”
“You said it, not me.”
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