From the Author
There had to havebeen twenty people in the house. Some of them were in the living room watchinga preliminary bout on Showtime,waiting for the main event to begin, eating snacks, drinking beer, and thealluring smell of barbecue ribs adding to the festive summer atmosphere. Otherswere out back on the small deck just off the kitchen. More than twenty peoplehad to be there, but the only person Keisha noticed was him.
She didn't knowthen who he was, and that he was Paula's nephew who had usurped her place inher father's house; all Keisha knew was that he was the kind of man she'd madeit her business to stay away from: so good-looking he was liable to make a girlsalivate, but probably broke and without so much as a pot to piss in. Messing around withmen like that could get you caught up. And before you knew it, you would bestanding over a stove with a baby on your damn hip, cooking dinner whilescreaming at your man about why the family car got repossessed.
Nothank you very much.