Chapter 12 – Another Revelation
May 27, 2004 – Philadelphia, PA – The Radisson Plaza Hotel – Mutual Attraction’s Suite – JT’s Hotel Room
It seems like we’re finally moving in the right direction now. I so thank you God. I thought we were heading for another meltdown with all the things currently going on. Now that I’ve finally gotten him to believe me, maybe we can pick things up and move them along to some loving. We need to be making love, not making war, as it seems that’s what’s going on in ‘Mutual Attraction’.
Now that we’re back here at the hotel, I’m glad that he’s calm and quiet. I really thought he was going to go off when he heard Nikki and Josh arguing. Now that I think about things, maybe I shouldn’t have invited Josh here, to try to make up with Nikki. After seeing the way he reacted to seeing Josh, I thought he was going to freak out and bring up some shit from the past that we don’t really need to get into. I’ve worked way too hard to get back on his good side, to have to deal with shit that neither of us can change or control.
I’m not trying to complain God, but it seems like I’ve done just about everything I can to prove to him that I’m in this for the long haul. What else do I have to do, to show him that I’m here and plan on being here with him as long as I can be?
“What’re you thinking about?” JT asked, playing with the hairs on my arm.
“I’m thinking about us,” I replied as he looked down.
“Oh,” he said, stopping his stroking on my arm.
“No, nothing bad baby,” I said, taking his hand as he looked away from me.
“You—you’ve changed your mind?” He asked as I shook my head and then forced him to look at me.
“JT, come on,” I said as he sighed. “This is our time. What do I have to do to get you to understand that I want to be with you and that I love you?”
“Nothing,” he replied, looking down again.
“Come on JT,” I said again. “Hell, I’ve sang with you on stage and even outed myself to the fans. The way we were dancing close that night and the song we sang, it was all a dead giveaway baby.”
“That’s not…” he said as I shook my head.
“It’s a lot,” I said, forcing him to look at me again. “Why can’t you understand that I’m ready for this?”
“Are you really ready for this?” He asked. “This isn’t about sex Justin.”
“I know it’s not about sex,” I said as he looked down. “We’ve already had sex, I liked it and I want it as much as I can get it from you, but I want more than just sex from you. I want your heart JT, I want your love.”
“Justin, I—I’m…” he said as I stopped him.
“I’m scared too, but we’re going to get through this… All of this,” I said, pulling him close and then kissing his lips. “We’re going to get through this together.”
“How can you be so sure of that Justin?” He asked.
“Because I know my heart and I think I know yours,” I said as he frowned. “I can somewhat understand where you’re coming from. It’s not like we don’t already have a bad past together baby.”
“That’s right Justin, we do have a bad past and it’s going to take a lot to get over that stuff. Because you’re here right now and you’ve sang some songs to me, don’t mean that all is forgiven,” he said as he got up off the sofa.
“I know baby,” I said as he turned around. “When it comes to love for the both of us, we’ve had to deal with some bad luck and some stupid…”
“Stupid people,” he said, turning around to look at me. “For me, you were one of those stupid people Justin.”
“I know I was, but I’m trying to change that now,” I said, walking over to him as I turned him to face me. “Please baby, please forgive me for the things I’ve done wrong. I’m trying here and I want this to work for us. I don’t care about the past; I don’t care that you’re older than me and I don’t care about what the fans or anyone else say. I want to be with you and I want us to be together.”
“Yes, I know that’s what you want, but do you actually think that’s going to happen? Do you really think you’ll be happy being with me? Do you really think your career will continue with me in your life as your man?” He asked, looking down again.
“Yes and guess what, they can either accept me for who I am and like me for my skills or they can get the hell on,” I said as he shook his head.
“Your mom is so going to kill you,” he said as he shook his head again.
“Right now, my mother has no say in what I or we do,” I said, moving close to him and kissing his lips. “Only we matter.”
“I don’t want to hear I told you so and I sure as hell don’t want you blaming me when your career crashes down around your damn ears. I think you might need to wash the blond highlights out of your hair and get real Justin,” he said as I turned away from him.
“Do you want me or not JT?” I asked, looking down, actually dreading his answer.
The Main Room
“I’m sorry ma’am, but you can’t come in,” one of the security guards spoke as Heather stood in the doorway with hands planted firmly on her hips.
“Why in the hell can’t I?” Heather asked, doing her best to stand her ground with the guard.
“Ma’am, I’m sorry, but you’re not authorized to be here,” the security guard stated as Heather shook her head and then pushed passed the man into the room. “Ma’am! Ma’am, you can’t be in here!”
“I’m here and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Heather stated as she turned around to face the man. “Where’s JT? Which room is he in, damn you.”
“I can’t give you that information ma’am,” the security guard said as Heather turned around, walked over to a door and started banging on it.
“This is Charlie, we’re going to need some help in the main room,” the security guard spoke into his walkie-talkie as Heather raised an eye at him.
“I have a damn right to be here! Where in the hell is JT?” Heather asked, walking over to the next door and banging on it.
“Ah, who the hell are you?” Starletta asked, standing in the doorway with a bed sheet covering her body as Jarrod rushed up behind her.
“You’re not JT,” Heather said as she moved to the next door and then banged on it.
“What in the hell is going on out here man?” Jarrod asked, looking over at the security guard.
“I don’t know sir. This woman seems to be looking for Mr. Poole,” the security guard replied.
“Well stop her damn it!” Jarrod snapped as Heather stopped, turned around and then looked at him as the door she was about to knock on opened as Nikki and Josh stood there, watching her like she was crazy.
“Heather? What are you doing here?” Josh asked as Nikki looked at him and then back to Heather.
“Josh, do you know this woman?” Nikki asked, crossing her arms across her chest.
“Yes, I know her. She was on the Mouse with us,” Josh replied as Nikki looked back at Heather and then back at him as she shrugged her shoulders.
“Ah Jarrod, what’re you doing in the room with her?” Nikki asked, eyeing Jarrod as he stood next to Starletta. “I can’t believe this. Are you two fucking, each other?”
“Don’t know the answer to that one, but it looks like they already did that, past tense babe,” Josh said as Nikki cut her eyes at him. “Sorry.”
“You hush,” Nikki said as JT’s room door opened next as Justin walked out.
“What’s going on out here?” Justin asked, looking around.
“You!” Heather screamed, rushing over to Justin, hitting him in the chest as one of the security guards grabbed her and did his best to try to hold her back as Justin just looked at her strangely.
“What in the hell is going on? Heather, what’re you doing here?” Justin asked, watching Heather as the security guard struggled to hold her. “Have you lost your damn mind? What in the hell is wrong with you, running at me like that?”
“How could you!” Heather screamed as she continued struggling with the guards to get free.
“How could I what?” Justin asked, looking at Heather strangely.
“How could you do this to me?” Heather asked as Justin just stood there, scratching at his head and then shrugged his shoulders.
“What is it that I supposedly did to you?” Justin asked.
“Heather? What’re you doing here? What’s going on out here? Jarrod, what in the hell are you doing in the room with Starletta, half naked no less?” JT asked, walking up behind Justin.
“No, the question is, why are you two here, together damn it?” Heather asked. “You’re not supposed to be together damn it, you’re supposed to be with me!”
“Excuse me? Who are you talking about?” Justin asked, looking at Heather closely. “The last time I checked, neither of us liked pussy, so you must have us mistaken for someone else.”
“You fucking bastard!” Heather screamed, getting free of the security guard that had her as she moved over to Justin, slapping him in the face as two other security guards grabbed her as Justin backed away as JT stepped in front of him.
“What in the hell has gotten into you Heather?” JT asked. “Have you lost your damn mind, again?”
“I already asked the crazy bitch that question!” Justin snapped as he rubbed at the side of his face where Heather had slapped him. “If she puts her hands on me again, someone get the police up here and have her escorted out!”
“Not to sound rude or anything, but what in the hell are you doing here anyway Heather?” Josh asked, walking over to where Heather stood. “Why are you here at this time of night? I’m sure this… Whatever the hell this is, could’ve waited until morning.”
“I’m here to get what’s due me,” Heather replied as she struggled to get free of the security guards that held her in place.
“You’re here to get what’s due you? What are you due Heather?” JT asked, looking at Heather like she was crazy.
“You!” Heather snapped as JT’s eyes widened.
“What in the hell do you want with me?” JT asked, stepping back.
“You—you should’ve been mine,” Heather stated as she looked down and then shook her head. “You’re not supposed to be with him! Damn it, you’re supposed to be with me… And our—our son.”
“Come again,” JT said as he shook his head.
“Son?” Justin and Nikki said in unison.
“Did she say son?” Justin asked as he looked around. “Come on, really?”
“What in the hell is going on? A son?” Nikki said as she looked at Heather and then over at JT.
“Ah Heather, we don’t have a son,” JT stated as he shook his head. “Have you been drinking again? I heard that when you left the Mouse, you encountered some hard times, but this is rid…”
“It’s not ridiculous JT, we have a child,” Heather said as she pushed one of the security guards away from her and then kicked the other one on the leg, making him let her go. “The two of us have a child together.”
“Are you fucking crazy!? We don’t have a child together! We can’t have a child together! We’ve never slept together damn it!” JT snapped she moved away from Heather. “Why are you making up these damn lies?”
“I’m not lying JT,” Heather stated as the tears ran down her face. “He’s here in the hotel, living and breathing. He’s both of our flesh and blood!”
“You’re lying! You’re lying damn it!” JT screamed, moving away from Heather again as he backed up against a wall, bumping into it as he shook his head. “This isn’t real! This is all some nightmare! This is some kind of prank, right? I—I must be asleep and I need to wake up! Wake up damn it! Wake up! I must be fucking drunk!”
“JT, JT calm down,” Nikki spoke calmly, trying to comfort JT as the main room door opened as Mo’ette walked in.
“What’s going on in here?” Mo’ette asked, stopping in her tracks when she saw Heather. “Lawd, it’s the crazy and deranged ho that tried to ruin our lives.”
“Who, her?” Nikki asked, pointing at Heather.
“Yeah, that ho,” Mo’ette replied, shaking her head as she stopped again when she saw JT. “Oh lawd, what did she do this time? Is he okay?”
“No, he’s not okay Mo,” Justin replied as he stood next to JT.
“So, what did you do this time?” Mo’ette asked, looking at Heather.
“She said that the two of them have a child together,” Justin spoke as Mo’ette closed her mouth quickly, rolled her eyes and then shook her head.
“What!” Mo’ette screamed. “They don’t have a damn child together!”
“Oh yes hell we do!” Heather snapped, pointing her finger in Mo’ette’s direction.
“Lawd, this lil’ heffa don gon and lost her rabid damn mind, again!” Mo’ette screamed as she moved over to Heather. “I don’t know what game you’re trying to play here, but it ends now ho!”
“It’s not a damn game Mo’ette,” Heather replied, trying to get herself under control. “If you don’t believe me, follow me and I’ll show you.”
“How—how are you going—going to show something—something that doesn’t exist?” JT asked, sniffling as he wiped at his eyes.
“Our son does exist JT,” Heather stated as she turned around. “Follow me and meet your son, if you dare.”
“Oh, I gotta see this,” Mo’ette said as she, Justin, JT, Heather, Nikki and Josh walked out of the room.
Twenty Minutes Later – A Few Floors Down
“So, where are we going Heather?” Mo’ette asked.
“We’re going to see my and JT’s son,” Heather replied as she stopped in front of a hotel room door.
“So, where is this so-called son at?” Mo’etet asked, looking at Heather like she was crazy.
“Why is it that you’re always in other people’s business Mo’ette?” Heather asked, pointing her finger in Mo’ette’s face.
“Oh no she didn’t!” Mo’ette snapped as she moved closer to Heather, making a move to smack her as Justin grabbed her arm, stopping her. “Someone better get this ho!”
“Mo, please,” Justin said as he stepped in front of Mo’ette.
“The ho got one more time to put her damn finger in my face, before she draws back a damn nub,” Mo’ette said as Justin sighed.
“Stop it! We don’t have time for this,” JT said as he held his hand up as he stepped in between Mo’ette, Justin and Heather. “Just go ahead and show us whatever this is.”
“I’m not going to stand around and let you refer to my—our child as if it was a piece of trash or something!” Heather snapped, pointing her finger in JT’s face this time.
“See this shit here. I don’t believe her now,” Mo’ette said as she turned around. “This is all a big waste of damn time.”
“No Mo’ette, just give her a moment to prove what she’s saying,” JT said as he looked down and then shook his head.
“You want me to give her a moment to prove herself? Why are you even wasting your time JT? If you two never slept together, then we shouldn’t be standing here any damn way,” Mo’ette said as she balled her hands into fists. “If you two didn’t have sex, there isn’t a child, it’s pretty simple baby.”
“No, we never had sex,” JT said as he looked at Heather strangely. “So, Heather how did this happen?”
“Don’t ask me that right now,” Heather replied as she placed the keycard into the door lock. “Your first question should be what’s his name and…”
“Okay Heather, what’s his name?” JT asked.
“His name is Caleb,” Heather replied as she pushed the door open as it beeped. “Come in, just JT though.”
“Oh no heffa, we’re all coming in to see this travesty,” Mo’ette said as Heather turned around and smacked Mo’ette across the face, knocking her backwards into Justin.
“Don’t you ever!” Heather snapped, pointing her finger at Mo’ette. “My child is not a travesty bitch!”
“Lawd, here we go,” Justin said as he, Josh and Nikki did their best to hold Mo’ette back. “Stop Mo, calm down.”
“No Justin, no! I’m not about to calm down right now! This heffa is at it again and you know she is! This time we don’t know what kind of madness she’s got going on behind that damn door. Who knows what she’s going to cause this time. She broke the group up the last time and with this, I don’t know what will happen to any of us. This girl is pure evil and all of you know this! She’s nothing but damn drama and that’s something none of us need right now. With all the other mess going on in the media, we don’t need this heffa adding more to it!” Mo’ette snapped as Heather turned around and then pushed the door open more.
“You guys stay out here,” Heather said as she glared at Mo’ette. “JT is the only one that needs to be in here.”
“Fine, JT just go with her,” Nikki said as she turned around. “The sooner this is over, the quicker we can get back to other things.”
“Yes, other things,” Josh said as he looked at Justin as JT walked into the room with Heather as the door closed.
Oh God, what in the world is going on here? Am I dreaming this? Is this really happening? Is Heather, the crazy bitch from the show, really here right now?
Come on God, what’s the deal where? I asked you for us to be together and then you throw this in the mix of things. What’s up with that God? What is the deal here? What is Heather trying to pull here? Does John really have a child with her or is this some kind of scam she’s trying to run on him—well all of us? What is her damn angle here with all of this? If she and JT have a child together, how did they get this child here? I know John and just the thought of him having sex with a woman sickens him something fierce, so how did that happen? Did they sleep together or what? Since he claims that he hasn’t slept with her, is he lying to all of us or is she? Did he sleep with her on a whim or what?
“Hey Justin, what’s on your mind?” Nikki asked, rubbing my arm.
“A whole lot,” I replied, looking down at the floor, noticing the ugly pattern of the carpet. “We—we just got together and now—now this shit happens. I can’t seem to catch a damn break at all.”
“Honey, don’t you worry about this,” Mo’ette said, looking over at me. “We all know that scamming heffa is up to something. I just wish I knew what. I want to know what her damn goal is here tonight, with this damn mess.”
“I want to know too Mo,” I said, looking at Mo’ette as she sighed and then looked down. “What’s the point of her saying that she and JT have a child together when we all know that’s not the case.”
“I don’t know baby,” Mo’ette replied, crossing her arms across her chest as she tapped her foot on the floor. “I just don’t understand that one bit.”
“Neither do I,” I said, sighing as Nikki gave me a hug as Josh watched us.
Inside Heather’s Hotel Room
“Okay Heather, what’s going on here?” JT asked, looking around the room. “What’s the meaning of all of this—this mess?”
“Why JT, why didn’t you wait for me?” Heather asked.
“Why didn’t I wait for you for what Heather? Why would I be waiting for you?” JT asked, looking at Heather like she was crazy. “What’s going through that mind of yours Heather?”
“No JT, what’s going through your mind? Why Justin of all people? Why are you hurting me—hurting us with the one person that always did what he could to interfere with us,” Heather stated, looking at JT like he was crazy as she pointed her finger at him. “It was always him. Why him and not me JT?”
“I don’t know what you’re thinking Heather, but I’m gay. You already know that. I’ve always been gay and that’s not going to change for you or anybody else,” JT stated as he shook his head. “I don’t have time for this… I’m outta here. This was all a big waste of time and…”
“No JT, this wasn’t a big waste of time,” Heather stated as she shook her head. “Caleb isn’t a waste of time, he’s my whole world and he should be your whole world too.”
“Who is this Caleb, where is he?” JT asked as Heather walked to another door, knocked and then stepped back as the door to the room opened as a woman stepped out with a little boy in her arms.
“JT, this is your son, Caleb Hunter Stewart,” Heather stated, walking over to the woman as she took the boy from the woman’s arms, hugging him to her. “Sweetie—sweetie, wake up for mommie.”
“Mommie,” the little boy spoke, opening his eyes as he stretched his arms over his head and then looked up at Heather. “Where are we Mommie?”
“We’re in a hotel Sweetie,” Heather answered, smiling at the little boy as he yawned.
“Okay Mommie,” the little boy replied as he yawned again as JT just stood there, watching the interaction between the two of them. “Who’s that man over there Mommie?”
“Ah—ah, that’s an old friend of mine,” Heather replied, looking over at JT and then looking back at Caleb. “This is JT. JT and I used to perform together on a TV show when I was younger. Say ‘hi’ baby.”
“Hi,” the little boy spoke, waving at JT.
“Hello,” JT spoke as he looked down quickly as Heather put the little boy down on his own feet.
“Why don’t you have a seat JT,” Heather suggest as she and the little boy moved over to the sofa and then sat down.
“I—I think I need… I need to leave. It—it’s really… It’s really late and I have some things to do early in the morning,” JT stated as he turned and rushed to the main door.
“No JT, don’t leave, please stay,” Heather said as she got up quickly.
“I—I can’t do this, not right now,” JT said as he opened the door and then ran out of the room, passing everyone that waited outside.
“JT! JT, what’s wrong?” Nikki called after him.
“Alright heffa, what did you… Oh my,” Mo’ette said as she stopped in her tracks at the doorway when she saw the little boy sitting on the sofa. “There’s really a little boy in there.”
“There’s a little boy in there with her?” Justin asked, looking at Mo’ette as he moved quickly around her into the room, stopping in his tracks as well when he saw the little boy with Heather. “Oh God, I—I think I need to get some air.”
“Baby, I think we both need to get some air,” Mo’ette said as she covered her mouth and then shook her head.
To Be Continued…