Mixed Feelings

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So won't you say my name, say my name
If you claim you want me
It ain't no thang
-Summer Walker, Playing Games

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The Cayman Islands 𝑴𝑶𝑵𝑫𝑨𝒀, 𝑱𝑼𝑵𝑬 𝟏𝟗𝑻𝑯

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The Cayman Islands

Inhaling the fresh ocean breeze, Seven laid completely nude on a large beach towel with her AirPods in her ears. Her eyes closed as she soaked up as much sun as she possibly could since it was their final day in the Cayman Islands. Though she was loving every bit of paradise and everything that it had to offer, she was getting a little homesick. She was missing her daily schedule and the familiarity of home.

Shrilling rings sounded off through her earbuds, interrupting the music that was playing. Opening her eyes, Seven picked her phone up, Loretta's personal contact coming into view. Accepting the call, she was instantly met with her mother's sweet high-pitched voice.

"Hey baby. I picked those packages up for you," Loretta said, referring to Seven's Amazon packages that'd arrived yesterday.

"There was a strange man banging on your door as well. I asked who he was and he just walked away without responding," she added.

Seven furrowed her neatly arched brows, sitting upright on the towel. "What strange man? What did he look like?"

"Well, he was lanky, funny looking, and he had small dread locs at the top of his head. Do you know anybody like that?" Loretta asked.

"Uh, no," Seven lied, "it was probably just some random creep. You know how Atlanta is."

Loretta's description fit Scar perfectly and Seven knew that it was no coincidence. Clearly, her threats weren't convincing enough since Scar was still popping up at her apartment. He kept pushing and pushing, and it was only a matter of time before more extreme measures would have to be taken. Still, she was in no rush to get her brother involved and felt like she was capable of handling Scar on her own.

"I hate that you're living alone. I wish that you and Alexis would've just taken my advice about getting a place together. The city is no place for a woman to be living alone," Loretta stressed.

"I'll be fine ma. I'm a big girl, and I can handle myself."

"But I—"

"I have to go mom. Thank you for picking my packages up. I love you, and I'll see you tomorrow," Seven rushed her mother off of the phone before she could start an entire lecture that would have her on the phone for hours. She loved her mother but boy could she talk.

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