The next day after I got off work, I met April at the building she wanted to buy. The building was a stand-alone 2 story with a locker room and shower. The inside was huge it even had an elevator in it. April started showing me where and what she would put into the building. We then went up the stairs and she showed me this is where she wanted the oxygen and juice bar to be. April was so excited, but she realized that the place needed some work done; I agreed with her.
I received a telephone call from April about 2 weeks later. Instead of sounding her happy go lucky self, she seemed down in the dumps. I asked her “Baby what’s wrong, you don’t sound good.” April told me that she had good news and bad news. She said the good news was that she did get the loan to buy the building. I told her that was wonderful. She quickly interjected to remind me that she still had to tell me the bad news. I told her that I was sorry please go ahead and speak. April told me that she did not get enough money from the loan for the repairs and the remodeling of the building less along all the equipment, supplies and furnishings. She told me that she needed additional capital but she did not know what she was going to do. She then ran the ideal across to me that maybe she should get a business partner who could put up the funding and what did I think about that ideal?
I was at that point, so proud of her that I would have agreed to anything she wanted. I told April, “Baby do what you need to do you deserve to make your dream come true.” She looked me deep in my eyes gave me a deep kiss and told me “Thank you.” That night we made love. Two weeks later she told me that she had found a partner but the partner wanted to be a silent partner. This partner was willing to put of most of the needed funding but she still needed another fifty thousand dollars. She had no idea where that was going to come from.
The next couple of weeks we saw each other every day. We would go to the gym and I saw the transformation in action. I wined her and dined her. I was so proud of her accomplishments. We made love every day. I knew this was the time I needed to pop the question. I honored my mother’s request to take it slow, I felt that April had taken off the mask; I was ready for her to become my wife. A few months ago I had bought April a three-fourth carat diamond ring. Yes my mind was made up I was going to ask her to marry me. Why not? April fit my criteria perfectly, plus she was going to be a business owner.
I had chosen a Saturday night to propose to her. I made reservations at the most elegant gourmet restaurant in my city. I ordered a limousine to pick her up. I bought her a dozen long stemmed roses. I arrived at the restaurant early and arranged for Champagne to be served upon her arrival. Everything was perfect.
When April arrived at the restaurant she was escorted to our table by the Maître Dee who pulled out her chair; as she sat down he placed a linen napkin on her lap. I then handed her the roses. The champagne was presented and served. We had eaten a four course meal laughing and having fun. When desert was served, that is when I pulled out the box the ring was in and got down on my knee and proposed to April. She put her hand over her heart and told me “Yes.” I then put the ring on her finger and we kissed passionately. It seemed like the entire restaurant applauded us. That night we made love again.
The next day April called me she wanted to get married in June, the month was December. I agreed with her. April had a special request, that request was that we not make love again until our wedding night. I reluctantly agreed and told her, “She was my baby and what my baby wanted she got.”
About a week later April called me and asked me to meet her at the gym. When I arrived at the gym, she had these big puppy dog eyes and said she could not get the fifty thousand dollars she needed to complete the gym. April told me that once she had the money and everything passed the inspections, she could open the gym in March. She then asked me would I please fund the money to her. She said it would be considered a loan because we are not married yet and that she would pay me back before we got married in June. She also said that she had some money coming in but she was not expecting to receive that money until May. I agreed with her, after all this, woman was going to be my wife in June. So the next day we went to my bank to withdraw the money and she insisted that she sign a promissory note. So, I had the bank draw up the paper work. She signed the promissory note, and then I signed the promissory note in front of a notary public. I then gave April a cashier’s check for fifty thousand dollars.
Why did I wake up with cold sweats one month later? I realized that since I had given April the money we were talking and seeing each other less and less. I would have to go to the gym sometimes just to see her. I thought to myself, “Man she is really serious about opening up the gym. Well at least she is passionate about this gym.” “Honey,” I told her when I saw her, “I miss you.” April told me, “Baby I have a deadline. I am working seven days a week, plus I am here most of the night. I really do need to do this so I can open on time in March. After which, I have a wedding to plan. So if you will excuse me, I would appreciate if you would not come to the gym until opening day. I want to surprise you, and by the way don’t call me I will call you soon.”
I told April, “Okay I see you are serious girl, I trust you and I will let you do what you have to do. I won’t bother you. I think it is cute that you are so ambitious.” I gave her a kiss on her cheek and asked her to call me soon. I then left the gym and met with my guys. Of course the guys were surprised that April and I was apart. But they warmly welcomed me. I explained to them that April was busy putting the finishing touches on the gym. The guys were surprised that I had not kept them up to date of what was going on in my life. One of my guys named Dave told me that he planned to stop by the gym to check it out. He said her idea of a gym, oxygen and juice bar sounded interesting to him and that he might consider joining the gym once it opens. The month was February. So when the month of March rolled around, I had barely heard from April. Of course we did go out a couple of times, but there was no word of her grand opening day for the gym.
So one evening the second week of March, I met with the guys for drinks. Among the guys that I met with Dave was not present, I found out that he would join us later. When Dave did arrive at the bar he looked at me with a strange look on his face and asked me to please step outside for a minute. I told him, “sure.” Once outside Dave told me something that blew my mind. Dave told me that he joined April’s gym today. He told me that she did not even recognize me. “What!” I said to Dave. “Man, get out of here!” Dave told me, “Clarence you have to remember I only met her once so that is why she did not remember who I was.” I pondered in my mind, “Sorry Dave you are absolutely right.” Dave then asked me to take a deep breath, “I have something to tell you.” I told him, “Okay, I felt I could handle anything.” Dave then told me that April was hugging and kissing on some guy at the gym. Of course I did not believe him and played it off. I told him “thanks but I am sure there was some reasonable explanation and I would check it out later.” So we went back into the bar and started drinking.
Later on that night I went by the gym, the time was about 11:30 pm. Sure enough the gym had a grand opening sign posted on the building; the sign also offered a discount for joining. I was livid, why didn’t she tell me the gym was open. I had a lot of questions. I wanted to know about the guy Dave told me that April was hugging and kissing on? Questions I had a lot of questions that I needed answered. So I decided that I would pay April a surprise visit. I decided to go over to her apartment that night.
At first when I pulled up to April’s apartment I did not see her car, so I waited. About an hour later I saw her car pulling up and she got out of her car on the driver’s side, and to my surprise and guy came out of her car on the passenger’s side of the car. They proceeded to her apartment. I waited until 10 minutes after they entered and I went to her door and knocked. I heard her say, “Who is it?” I told her, “It’s me baby, Clarence!” April then asked me to come back later tomorrow because she was sleep. ” Bull crap!” I said to myself she is in there with that guy. “So I told her okay.” Then the next thing I remember is me kicking in the door. Before she could react, I found April in the bed with that guy. “Baby,” April pleaded, “I am sorry!” I asked her who the guy was! She told me his name. The guy looked somewhat familiar, and then it hit me! That was the guy who rolled his eyes at her and had the crooked smile on his face when I met with April at the Jazz Club. April broke my chain of thought when she told me she might as well come clean and that man he is her silent business partner. I just turned around and walked out of the apartment.
For the first time in a long time, I thought about Trina and felt badly as to how I had treated her. Furthermore the words my mother spoke to me rang loudly in my head, “You cannot go around breaking people’s heart for you will reap what you sow.”
June has come and gone, I haven’t spoken to April since that night. The gym is not doing well at all. I have hired an attorney in an attempt of recouping the money I loaned her. After all, I do have a promissory note.