Trey and Noel walked into the plush Italian Bistro arm in arm. They were right on time for the reservations Trey had made, and he could help staring at Noel’s body as the host lead them to their table.
Once they were seated, Trey wasted no time grabbing Noel’s hand.
“I’m so glad you agreed to go out with me tonight.”
“The night’s just getting started Trey. Let’s hope you don’t fuck it up.”
“Oh. Does miss Noel have a potty mouth?”
“Trey I’m from Harlem.”
“Nuff said. I’m from Petersburg, Virginia.”
“I know. You’re a country momma’s boy. Or should I say, ‘mumma’.”
“Oh really? You got jokes huh?”
“For days Trey. Jokes for days.”
They shared a hearty laugh as a waiter approached their table. “May I get you something to drink?”
“Sure” Trey answered. "Whatever the lady wants."
“I’ll take a glass of Rose please?” Noel asked.
“Make that a bottle.” Trey added.
“Sure, right away sir.”
Trey nodded and grabbed Noel’s hand again.
“You…look so damn good in that dress. Are you trying to tease me girl?”
“Not at all. Just giving you motivation.”
“Motivation for what?” Trey raised an eyebrow.
“Motivation not to fuck up.”
“Got it. Trust I won’t. I want you to bad.”
“You seem like the persistent type Trey.”
“I am. When I see something I want…I don’t stop until I get it.”
Just then the waiter arrived with their Champagne. Trey popped the bottle as Noel giggled at the suds spilling everywhere. ?
“You would be the one to make a mess huh Trey?”
“Pour my glass please?” ?
Trey poured Noel a glass, then one for himself.
“Let’s make a toast.”
“To what?” Noel asked with a slight giggle.
“A toast to your success, how good you look, and me not fucking up.”
They made a toast and laughed. Trey was having such a good time with Noel, he didn’t realized Vanessa had just walked into the room with a paparazzi following close behind her.
Vanessa stood in her tall red Bottom heels, holding hands with her boyfriend. The man she cheated on Trey with.
Champion Boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Noel noticed them out the corner of her eye. Trey caught onto her staring and turned around.
“We can leave if you feel uncomfortable Trey.”
“Naw. I’m staying right here.”
Vanessa and Floyd made their was to a booth not to far from where Trey and Noel were sitting. Trey couldn’t believe she was here with him. Parading him around like their relationship didn’t mean anything.
Noel could tell Vanessa’s presence was effecting Trey’s mood.
“Trey…Trey…Are you gonna side eye their table all night?”
Trey snapped out of his trance. Oh no…no I’m sorry.”
“It’s fine. Just come back to earth Trey.”
Trey and Noel ordered their food and continued to chat. Suddenly Trey felt eyes on him. Trey glanced to see Floyd throwing him a disapproving glare.
Never one to be a punk Trey returned the glare.
“Fuck he lookin at?”
“Yea. Like I did him wrong.”
“Let him stare. It’s not that serious.”
But Trey knew it was. This wasn’t the fist time Trey and Floyd had issues. Trey used to call Vanessa late at night, Floyd found out about it. Trey wondered if he found out that He slept with Vanessa that night too.
“Trey…let it go. Forget them lets just enjoy our night ok?”
“I’m so sorry Noel. I just…shit I’m sorry. I’m fucking up aint I?”
“No…I understand how you feel. To see someone you loved…with someone new. It’s hard.”
Trey was impressed with Noel. She actually understood how he felt. Most women would get jealous, storm out on him. Noel was mature and understanding. Trey needed that in his life.
“No problem. Let’s make another toast.”
“The people who lost out. On us.”
They made the toast and laughed. Noel had a way of making Trey forget that Vanessa and Floyd where even there.
They were eating their dessert when Floyd made his way over to their table. He tapped Trey On the shoulder rudely.
“Yo…Nigga I know you see me over there.”
“Yea…and? I’m on a date.”
“I don’t give a fuck what you on. I heard you fucked my girl recently.”
Noel put her drink down. Trey got up and stood face to face with Floyd.
“Yea. I did. And to make shit clear, she was my woman first. I put her on the map. If it wasn’t for me, she would still be taking pics in her fucking bathroom. Remember that before you step to me again.”
Noel smirked. She never saw the Petersburg side of Trey in person, though she had always heard about it. Yes, Trey had matured over the years, but he had a temper. A wild one.
“Touch my girl again and we gon see who she really belongs to.”
“Bitch you can have her. I done been there and done that, in every position too. You see who I’m sitting with?” Trey looked at Noel. “ You can have Vanessa.”
“Disrespect my girl one more time…”
“Fuck you…get the fuck away from my table man.”
By this time a small crowd was gathering around trey’s table. Everyone had heard about the beef between Trey and Floyd, so they wouldn’t dare miss the action in person.
Trey turned away to face Noel. Floyd grabbed Trey’s shoulder, and out of reaction Trey swung and punched Floyd clear across the face. Noel gasped, and jumped out of the way as Trey and Floyd got into an all out fist fight.
“Back the fuck off me!” Trey screamed before swinging at Floyd again. Trey missed.
Floyd sealed the deal and threw a left hook that landed at Trey’s nose.
“Fuck!” Trey yelled as he held his nose.
Floyd straightened himself up grabbed Vanessa by the arm and stormed out the door. The sound of cameras flashing could be heard in the distance.
Noel rushed to see if Trey was alright.
“Trey…Trey move your hand…let me see.”
“Shit hurts man…”
“You’re bleeding pretty bad. Come on lets get out of here.”
Noel helped Trey get out the restaurant without the paps seeing them. “I’ll drive.” Noel stated grabbing the keys out of Trey’s hand.
15 minutes later, Noel was leading Trey into his Brownstone.
“Thanks…Noel you didn’t have to.”
“I did. Come here let’s get you cleaned up.”
“No. I got it.”
“Trey…trust me you don’t. Let me do it.”
“I got it Noel stop.”
“Trey I have a degree in Nursing. I think I can handle this. Now stop being a punk and let me help you.”
Trey was impressed by Noel again. Not only was she beautiful, she was educated as well.
“Okay. I’ll let you play doctor.”
“Whatever. Here take this…tilt your head back. All the way back Trey.”
Trey did what Noel told him.
“You got any alcohol Trey?”
“Yes…look in the bathroom. Top cabinet on the left.”
Noel went and found the alcohol. “This is gonna sting a little.” “FUCK!” Trey yelled as Noel started to dab his face. “I have to do it.”
“I know…thanks though.”
“See? All done. Now you won’t look like a pumpkin when you wake up tomorrow. And you‘re more than welcome.”
Trey stared into Noel’s face. She was the most beautiful woman Trey had seen in a while, both inside and out. As his desire for her grew, he knew that things could either get better or worse from here.
Trey’s hope was that things only got better.