An Unconventional Kind of Love by Nene
"I know you're not wearing that!" Marita and Layla said in unison, frowning their faces at the simple black dress Evangeline had picked out.
"What's wrong with it?" Evangeline asked. "I think it's perfect.
"Pease school her Marita," Layla replied exasperated. "I refuse to be seen with you looking like a plain Jane."
"I have to agree with Layla, Cookie. Didn't you tell us that trick, Natalie Buchanan wanted your man?" Marita fumed.
"Yes, but John and I plan on going public tonight about our marriage," Evangeline said. "So, the problem is solved."
"Wrong! That little bitch will be dressed to seduce your husband! It doesn't matter about the announcement," Marita huffed. "You need to be dressed like the diva that you are and put that bitch in her place. When you walk in the room, all eyes should be on you!"
"Amen to that!" Layla replied. "You need to show Ms. Thing that you aren't having it!"
"I guess you're right. I do have this silver number I bought in New York," Evangeline said, pulling the dress out of her closet. "What do you think of this one?"
Marita and Layla smiled at each other and held two thumbs up. "That's what we're talking about, sister girl!"
Aquarius Art Gallery
The room was a buzz with excitement, as a virtual who's who of Lainview turned out for John and RJ's big night. Prominent politicians, art critics and government officials, sipped on champagne and savored the exquisite magnificent artwork, while mingling with well known musicians, actors and sports figures.
John chose a deep navy blue double breasted Armani suit, which set off the blue in his eyes. While RJ chose a black tuxedo with matching vest from Sean Combs collection.
John graciously greeted guests, while constantly searching the room for Evangeline. Instead, he saw Natalie in a emerald green low cut halter dress making a beeline in his direction. "Damn!" John immediately made a private signal to RJ to run interference with Natalie, but Todd and Blair beat him to the punch.
"Natalie!" Todd smiled. "You look absolutely ravishing tonight. Don't you agree, Blair?"
"Absolutely stunning," Blair agreed.
"What's going on?" Natalie asked suspiciously. "Why are you being so nice?"
"You're always so suspicious," Todd sighed. "We've decided to turn over a new leaf and try this being gracious thing. All for the sake of family, of course."
"I don't believe you nor do I have time for your games," Natalie snapped. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to take care of some unfinished business." Natalie stepped around Todd and Blair and searched the room for John. She finally spotted him talking to Jackson Montgomery, the DA from Pine Valley.
Todd and Blair giggled like children, as they watch Natalie make a beeline in John's direction. "This is going to be so good," he smiled. "I can't wait to see the expression on the Bug's face, when she finds out John and Evangeline are married."
"John, you look amazing," Natalie smiled, intentionally rubbing her breast against his arm.
"You look lovely," John politely replied, trying to put space between them.
"I'm glad you noticed," Natalie said, seductively licking her lips. She couldn't help but be impressed by the important people that had turned out for the opening. Now that John was part of her social circle, it was only a matter of time before he would become her husband. "Why don't we go somewhere private and catch up on old times?"
"Natalie, I told you I'm in a committed relationship," John stated, taking a step back.
"If that's the case, then where is she?" Natalie asked looking around. "I mean, what kind of woman leaves a handsome man like you alone? It's obvious, she's taking you for granted. But I never will."
John was about to respond, when the sight of Evangeline entering the gallery left him tongue-tied. Although Marita and Layla followed behind her, John only had eyes for Evangeline. He felt the heat rise in his loins as the silver spaghetti strapped dress hugged her every curve. The back was cut low to show off her beautiful back, while just covering her backside. However, the best part was the length, which allowed Evangeline to show off her long and shapely dancer legs.
"Damn! Is that Evangeline?" Todd asked in disbelief. "She looks hot!"
"Put your eyes back in your head," Blair teased. "John is her man and you're mine."
"I thought you'd never get here," John whispered. "You look absolutely sensational. I don't know, if I'll be able to control myself."
"That's the whole point," Evangeline whispered.
Natalie fumed, as she watched the affectionate display between Evangeline and John. "What the hell is going on here?" she demanded interrupting their private moment. "Don't tell me you're John's girlfriend?"
"No, I'm not," Evangeline smiled.
"I didn't think so," Natalie said confidently.
"She's my wife!"