A few hours later Jazzlyn arrived at her parents home.
" Mommy! I'm here ." Jazzlyn called out.
" We're in the den Jazzlyn come on back."
Jazzlyn went to the kitchen and poured herself some iced tea first. Damn I'm hungry too Jazzlyn thought grabbing a few cookies out of the jar before she went into the family room.
" Hey Daddy." Jazzlyn said leaning over to give her dad a kiss," So what's going on that we're having a family meeting? Hi Rashad,Antonio...y'all can't speak?" Jazzlyn said popping a cookie into her mouth.
" Well we needed to have a family meeting. Now we're here because we have to come together as a family to get these charges that white man has against your brother dropped. I want that mess done and over with! I don't want a thing on your brothers record you hear me? Not a smudge on your brothers record." Jazzlyns mother said pointing at all of them.
" Now your father and I have contacted a lawyer who we think can help your brother get these charges dropped... but he's pricey. We all need to pitch in financially to help Rashad." Jazzlyn's mother said with her father agreeing.
" I really appreciate this everyone! Things are a little rough money wise for me right now trying to get my promotion company off the ground. This is something I really don't need weighing on me right now." Rashad said grinning.
" Well Rashad if you didn't need any of this trouble why did you start it? Not to mention you have a degree in public relations yet are choosing to pass out flyers for club events...so you choose not to make the money you could be making. You've turned down three high paying jobs in the last year. Who turns down good paying jobs in a bad economy? Jazzlyn asked.
" Mommy and daddy I can't believe you two are even considering putting yourselves through a lot of expense paying a lawyer when Rashad was clearly,clearly in the wrong." Jazzlyn said.
" I can't believe you Jazzlyn!" Antonio said.
" No. Hear me out." Jazzlyn said turning to Rashad.
" Now Rashad you know I love you more than anything. I appreciate the fact that you thought you were defending my honor but the reality of the situation is this...you didn't know what the hell you were talking about. Period." Jazzlyn said.
" See mama and daddy this white boy done got in her head already and got her turning her back on her own family!" Antonio said jumping up,pacing the room.
" I am not turning my back on anyone! What about Rashad taking responsibility for his actions?"
" You know what Jazzlyn... I'm really hurt behind this." Rashad said piping up in the background.
" I'm hurt as well. That white man doesn't have anything to do with this family and we have to think about Rashad right now. You mean to tell me at this stage of your life you don't know it's family first Jazzlyn ?" Charles asked.
" Daddy come on now. Of course I know that. What's done is done though. It was brought on by Rashad. Rashad was the aggressor in the incident with Tyson. His name is Tyson by the way please call him by his name!"
" Wait just a goddamn minute....Jazzlyn you aren't still seeing that man are you?" Dionne said standing up and placing her hands on her hips.
" Mommy yes I am . We worked out our differences and we're back together. In all honesty we didn't have any differences other than me jumping to conclusions about what happened between him and Rashad."
" Jazzlyn I can't believe you! You can not be the daughter I raised." Jazzlyns mother said starting to cry.
" Look Tyson is a part of my life, everyone is going to need to except that and deal with it OK." Jazzlyn said standing up to leave.
" Let me tell you something." Jazzlyn said pointing to Rashad." The day you started this entire mess with Tyson, had you just said hello to him, Tyson would have introduced you to Nicole his sister. Trust me when I say... I know all about jumping to conclusions about that with Tyson. The difference with me is that I never felt like I had the right to approach him in public name calling and putting hands on folks." Jazzlyn said.
"I've already told mommy about Tyson's upbringing,the black woman you saw Tyson eating with that day is his sister. No more no less. There is a lot I could say about his upbringing but all you need to know is this. Tyson was adopted by a black family when he was three years old. Tyson has two sisters actually, both black. His father who died four years ago....black and his mother is black. They are his family. I'm not going to let you all sit here and try to paint him as some racist white man out to get your son when that is not what happened. Even Tamika who was with you.." Jazzlyn said pointing to Rashad " said you started the entire incident. Jazzlyn said.
Antonio and Rashad both stood there speechless " A damn white man with a black family? What in the damn hell? We don't give a damn! That don't give him no pass. His ass aint black and it's been nothing but trouble since he came around here." Rashad said.
"Well here's the deal, and I'm not going to say another word about it unless everyone is willing to be reasonable and rational. I love everyone of you. I shouldn't even have to tell you that but I will. I love Tyson too. That isn't going away anytime soon and I wouldn't want it to go away. I love him, I am in love with him and very soon he's the man I want to marry. Also this coming December he's going to be the father of your grandchild ." Jazzlyn said pointing to her parents "...and your niece or nephew." Jazzlyn said pointing to her brothers.
" I just hope this family is ready for two more people because one is here and the other one is coming and he or she is a part of all of us. I'm leaving now. I can't really deal with this anymore." Jazzlyn said walking out of the family room and out the door.
Jazzlyn's mother fell back in her chair " Oh Charles! "
" Don't Charles me right now! My baby is over here pregnant with this white mans baby! You should have been talking to your daughter more about safe sex...shit no sex, and especially not no damn sex with a white man!" Charles said rubbing his head.
" Aww damn! Pregnant? We aint never getting rid of his white ass now!" Antonio said.
" Well I know his white ass better get these charges dropped on me. His ass over here done got my sister pregnant!" Rashad yelled.