Author Kevina Hopkins is concluding her Chicago Love Story series with Lil Mama A Ryder 2. This gripping black & urban romance will release on December 5th. In the meantime, dive into this exclusive preview for what’s to come.

Lil Mama a Ryder 2

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Previously…

Maddox pulled in front of Audrey’s family’s house, and they climbed out to meet Rome on the porch. 

“Hey, baby girl. I’m glad you decided to come out. The kids have been asking if you were coming all day,” said Rome. 

“Yeah, I was in a better mood today, so I figured I might as well get out of the house. Plus, Maddox would have bugged me to death if I stayed in the house.” smirked Chyna. 

Maddox stood there and shrugged his shoulder as they entered the house. They stayed inside and spent time with them for almost two hours, then it was the kids’ bedtime. 

“Come on, so I can walk with you to the car. I need to talk to you for a minute anyway,” said Rome. 

Chyna, Rome, and Maddox headed toward his car. He climbed in so that Chyna and Rome could talk in private. 

“What is up, big bro? Tell me what is on your mind. I can see the stress line in your forehead.”

“I’m just worried about you, Chy. You have completely shut everyone out. For the first time in my entire life, I do not know how to help you. I wasn’t able to protect you from this.”

“It’s not your fault, Rome, and you don’t have to worry about me. I am a big girl. You don’t have to worry about me saying anything. I would never tell on y’all. I’ll get through this like I’ve done everything else.”

“Listen to me, Chyna. It never even crossed my mind that you’d tell on me. Even if you did, I would not give a fuck, because if I could, I would have taken the fall, so that you never even had to step foot in the precinct. If there is anything that you need, let me know. I already paid for the repairs on the car and told them you’d be the one to pick it up.”

“You didn’t have to do that, Rome. I have money. I could afford to get it fixed.”

“I know, but I wanted to do it for you, and if there’s anything else you need, just let me know.”

“I will, big brother. I’m good now though. Maddox already said he won’t let me fall apart, and he has enough faith for both of us that I’ll get through this with no time.”

“See? I knew I liked him for a reason and let him know. I do not blame him for you taking the rap. I know why you did it.”

“Thank you. At least you know why I did it because he still can’t believe it. The crazy part about it is, I would do it all over again if I had to.”

“I know, baby girl, and that’s why you’re so loved,” Rome said as he pulled his sister into a hug. 

“Aye, Chyna, can we talk for a minute!” Josh yelled as he walked across the street. 

“Don’t leave, Rome. Stay right here. I don’t need no shit jumping off between him and Maddox,” whispered Chyna. 

“What’s going on? I have been trying to call you for the past two weeks. I heard what happened, and I wanted to check on you.”

“Thank you. I’m good. I just haven’t been in the mood to talk to people. I have been going to school and home. This is my first time out since then.”

“Oh, okay, so why have you suddenly just stopped talking to me? It’s been almost two months since the last time I saw you,” said Josh. 

“I know, and it’s nothing personal. I have a lot going on in my life and just needed time to think and get myself together,” replied Chyna. 

“Yeah, that’s funny, seeing as you’re with him. You are back messing with him again? Are y’all in a relationship?” Josh asked, referring to Maddox.

“Josh, I’m really not in the mood for this right now. I’ll call you tomorrow, and we can talk once you’re calm,” responded Chyna. 

Josh looked like he wanted to say something, but then he looked over at Rome and had second thoughts. 

“Alright, Chyna, have a good night, but please call me tomorrow. You remember, at one point, we were friends before anything.” Josh reminded her as he started to walk away. 

“Okay, baby girl. Let’s get out of here before his crazy ass decides to come back over here. I love you, and I’ll call you tomorrow so we can hang out.”

“Alright. I love you more,” Chyna said as she turned to open her car door. 

“Chyna, look out!” Maddox screamed as gunfire erupted. 

Chyna tried to duck, but it was too late. She felt hot lead enter her body, then she was being thrown to the ground with Rome laying on top of her. 

“No, no, no, Rome! What did you do!” Chyna cried as she shook her brother. 

“It’s alright, Chy. I love you, baby girl,” Rome said before he closed his eyes. 

At that point, everything else was a blur. The next thing she knew, she was being put into an ambulance, and Maddox was calling her name over and over. 

The paramedics pulled Chyna’s stretcher out of the ambulance and rushed her through the emergency room with Rome right behind her. She had no idea who was out to get her, but somebody was. It was no coincidence that the first day she came outside, she got shot at. The person did not even start shooting until they were close to where she was, and now, her brother was hurt because of her. If it was the last thing, she did, she was going to find out who was responsible for trying to ruin her life. She just prayed that Rome was alright.

“Miss, we need you to calm down. We need to see where your injuries are. There’s a lot of blood on you,” the doctor said as he cut Chyna’s shirt open and examined her body.

“I’m fine. I need to check on my brother.”

“You’re an incredibly lucky, young lady. It looks like the bullet went straight through your upper arm. I see an entrance and exit wound. We will still have to do an X-ray to make sure nothing is broken. After that, we can give you some antibiotics, pain medication, and a tetanus shot. Then we will stitch up, and you should be able to go.”

“Alright,” Chyna replied. 

After three hours of being treated and examined, Chyna was discharged. She went straight to the waiting room where her family was, so that she could get an update on her brother. 

“Oh my God, Chyna. I’m so glad that you’re alright,” Mrs. Black cried as she pulled Chyna into her. 

“Ouch, Ma. I am fine. Did you bring me some clothes?”

“Yeah, I did. I’m sorry. Are you alright?”

“I’ll be fine. I was only hit in the shoulder. It was an in-and-out wound. How is Rome doing?”

“He’s still in surgery, baby. They have not told us much yet. We just know he took two bullets—one was in his chest, and the other one in his side.”

Chyna put on the shirt that her mother gave her. She did not worry about changing her pants yet, because she was starting to feel lightheaded. 

“Alright, I need to step outside to get some air,” said Chyna.

“I’ll go with you,” offered Maddox. 

Maddox and Chyna stepped outside, and Yakea came running their way. 

“Oh my God, Chyna! Are you alright?” asked Yakea.

“I’m good, Kea. Why are you running though?”

“Girl, I just got out of my car, and I was walking this way when I saw the nigga that I was telling you about. The thing is, I did not tell you this, but I am pregnant by him, and he is here with his wife. Do you think I should confront them or not?”

“Just be cool for a minute, Kea. I am just trying to make sure everything is good with my brother. I can’t deal with anymore drama, right now,” said Chyna. 

“Okay. Just for you, I’ll be cool, but what should I do? It looks like they’re coming this way.”

Chyna looked in the same direction as Kea to see who she was looking at. There were a few people heading that way to the main entrance, including Nathan and Chloe. 

“Which one?” was the last thing Chyna got out before the dizziness had taken over. She felt Maddox catch her before she hit the ground, but after that, everything went black. 

* * *

“Alright, I think that’s enough for today. I’m tired, and I’m not ready to relive one of the most emotional days of my life yet,” Chyna stated as she stopped talking about her life and stood from the couch. She needed time to gain her composure. 

“What? Are you serious? We were just doing so good. You can’t just stop there. I need to know what happened. Who is Kea’s baby father? Did Rome survive that day? What ended up happening to your court case? Most importantly, how did you choose who you were going to have your happily ever after with?” questioned Dr. Taylor. 

Chyna smiled at the therapist’s reactions. That was one of the main reasons she was not ready to open yet, because she knew once she started, she would want to know everything. At that point, Chyna could have said she was no longer going to pay her, and she still would have continued to listen to her life story. 

“I’m sorry. I’ll tell you what. How about we pick up where we left off at in a few weeks, and I promise to answer all your questions. I will not leave anything unanswered. Do we have a deal?” Chyna asked. 

“Yeah, I understand. Just make sure you hold up your end of the deal when I come back, Chyna. We do not need you to take any steps back. You did so well open up to me today. I’m proud of you for the big step you’ve taken.” 

“Don’t worry, I will,” Chyna assured her.

Introduction

Chyna paced back and forth on her patio as she took a few pulls of her blunt. She was stressed and nervous about her counseling session. She had been postponing it for the past month. The last session had taken a lot out of her. She needed time to get her mind right, but today was the anniversary of the worse day of her life. She needed to talk to someone more than anything to keep from breaking down. She had her family to back her up, but she was not comfortable with talking to them about it, because they were a main part of her story. They were the main part of heartache for the most part. They each played a part in their own way. It took a tragedy to happen for them to give Chyna the support she had always yearned for. For that reason alone, she did not know how to feel about that. It always nagged in the back of her head that if things would have played out different, she wouldn’t be as close as she was now with them.

Chyna did not want to go on with the rest of her life wondering about the what-ifs. She needed to have a clean slate, and in order to do so, she needed to have everything off her chest. Maybe someday she would ask them all to do a counseling session with her so that they could know what really happened.

“Ms. Black, Dr. Taylor is here to see you now,” said Chyna’s housekeeper.

“Thank you, Jill. Let her know I’ll be right there,” replied Chyna.

Chyna took a few more puffs, then put out the blunt. She walked into her bathroom and freshened up before heading down to the living room.

“Hey, Chyna. How are you doing today?” asked Dr. Taylor.

“Hey. Sorry I kept you waiting. I am doing good. How about you?”

“I’m good. I’m glad you were ready to speak with me again. I’ve been looking forward to it since our last session.”

“I just needed time to think everything over and wrap my mind over what was left to tell you.”

“That is fine. I understand. Just take your time, and if you get uncomfortable, we can take a break,” Dr. Taylor assured Chyna.

Chyna took a deep breath, then laid across her couch. She looked up at the ceiling and closed her eyes as she thought about where she had left off at last time. 

“Okay, so I think I left off at when I was at the hospital and passed out outside with Maddox.

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