Love, Honor, and Betray (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

By Kimberla Lawson Roby

Tabitha, Curtis's long-time mistress and mom of his illegitimate two-year-old baby, Curtina, has died, and Curtina needs to now stream in with them completely. Charlotte is mortified. Curtis, nevertheless, could not be happier to ultimately have his whole kinfolk jointly. Charlotte starts off to resent Curtina greater than ever sooner than. Curtis quick notices and whilst he ultimately confronts her approximately her merciless and egocentric habit, Charlotte makes it very transparent that Curtina is his baby, now not hers.

Charlotte starts spending extra time clear of domestic and after an opportunity assembly, starts off placing out with Michael Porter, an previous boyfriend she'd dated in short ahead of reconnecting with Curtis 8 years in the past. in this comparable interval, Curtis is particularly all for the recent and masses higher church they're construction, yet he's additionally having to struggle his personal battles with temptation: a minimum of 3 of his lady parishioners are attempting with all their may perhaps to entice him into mattress.

Curtis and Charlotte locate themselves slipping into the worst state of affairs possible, and no amount of cash, no longer even the seven figures Curtis earns each year, may be adequate to avoid it from occurring.

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I think an analogous manner. i like you, and the concept of no longer being with you actually kills me. ” “But inspite of up to i admire you,” Charlotte stated, “I can’t proceed with the present stipulations. So, you want to select. It’s both Curtina or me. ” Curtis’s middle dropped. He was once astounded through Charlotte’s ultimatum. whilst she’d known as him past, announcing they’d had to speak, he’d suggestion it was once simply because she had made up our minds to paintings on accepting Curtina. “I’m sorry,” she persisted. “But if you happen to won’t ship your daughter away, then I’ll need to commence making preparations to maneuver out. ” “You’re now not critical? ” “I am. ” Curtis leaned his head again and regarded towards the ceiling. 1000 ideas circulated in his brain. His first response was once unhappiness and nice unhappiness, yet now he considered all of the dust Charlotte had performed and the way she used to be all of sudden attempting to play the position of an blameless sufferer. She had loads of nerve coming there with a few so-called ultimate call for, yet he had information for her. He wasn’t going for it. “You know,” he acknowledged, “I’m uncertain what number alternative ways i will say what I’ve been telling you for weeks now. yet allow me say it back: Curtina isn’t going at any place. ” “But I can’t dwell within the related apartment along with her, Curtis. no longer without delay, besides. probably a 12 months or from now, as soon as I’ve had your time to digest this entire inspiration of being a mom to her. probably as soon as I’ve had a while to totally forgive you. i do know I acknowledged I had, yet you have been correct for those who stated I hadn’t. I simply desire time, Curtis. ” “Fine. Take forever you will have, yet my daughter is the following to stick. I’m her father, and her house is at any place mine is. ” “So you’d really stay there together with her rather than me? ” “No, what i need is for either one of you to be there. i like you as my spouse, and that i love my little ones. them all. ” Charlotte shook her head at him. “So that’s it then. you opt your daughter over me. ” “I decide on either one of you, but when you can’t deal with dwelling in the home with Curtina, then that’s your determination. ” Charlotte grabbed her purse and stood up. She by no means spoke one other observe sooner than leaving, and Curtis felt numb. He didn’t be aware of if she used to be excited about strolling out on him or now not, yet he was once going to begin making plans for the worst. Curtis went over to his table, then remembered the envelope the girl had given him prior to he’d come upstairs. He pulled it out of the interior pocket of his swimsuit jacket and opened it. pricey Pastor Black, i've been attending Deliverance Outreach for a bit over 3 months now, and that i needs to say, i have not sought after any guy as badly as i need you. I’d heard you converse a yr in the past over at a women’s convention in Chicago, and that i was once attracted to you instantly. I’m completely captivated via your amazingly attractiveness, your air of mystery, your encouraging phrases, or even your mannerisms. So, whilst I observed that the corporate I paintings for had a gap the following in Mitchell, i made a decision to use for the move simply so I’d be toward you. And Pastor Black, I definitely don’t remorse it. Seeing and hearing you on Sundays and Wednesday nights supply me such convenience and such pleasure that after you leave considered one of your affiliate pastors to convey the sermon or educate the religious study lesson, I’m ashamed to assert i think very disillusioned.

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