"Hey baby! How'd you
know we'd all be here!" Lamont said giving Lourdes and hug and a
kiss. He was very festive in his sleeveless, orange turtle neck
and brown leather pants.
"Let me guess, it's
Turkey Week at Sin City?" Lourdes asked.
"You got it!" Lam
said. "How did you know?" Lamont smiled brightly, showing off the
perfect space between his teeth. Lourdes loved that about him.
They shared the same trait.
"Hey sweetie!" Melody
said putting her hand on Lamont's shoulder. "What are you doing
Lourdes handed them a
bottle of red and white wine. "All finished up, thought I'd crash
your dinner for a bit. The wine isn't kosher, but I brought it
"Well you're always
welcome." Melody said pulling her inside.
"Yeah," Lam said also,
"now you can spend the rest of the night with your other
Lourdes took off her
jacket and hung it up. She walked into the dining room and waved
"Look who's here!"
"Hey!" They all said.
Corey, Tyler, Lisa, Christina and Albear were all there. Albear
was sitting next to Lisa, holding Abraham. "Well look what the
cat drug in." He said grinning, pretty sure that she was there to
"Come sit down!" Lisa
said. "Have something to eat."
"Oh no thanks."
Lourdes said smiling and sitting down. "I've been cooking for
days, I can't look at another piece of
"Well have a drink!"
"Yes please, that I'll
take." Lourdes nodded her head and Christina laughed. Melody set
down a glass of white wine in front of her. "Thanks." She said.
"How is every body today?"
said. "All of us together in one room, what could possibly go
"I'll take that as
sarcasm." Lourdes said raising her drink to him,
"Not at all." Lisa
said. "Actually, it's been a lovely day. Friends, family, we're
all healthy, who could ask for more."
"She's right." Corey
said. "Now all we need to complete the night
"A stiff hard prick?"
Albear chimed in. They laughed.
"Going to Sin City
also, I see." Lourdes said.
Albear smiled, handing
the baby to Lisa. "I wouldn't have it any other way. Come on." He
said standing up. "Let's go have a smoke."
Lourdes went outside
to the backyard with Alby. He unwrapped a joint out of a
handkerchief and lit it up. He pulled Lourdes close to him and
put his arm around her shoulders. "So," he said, "how's Mr.
Lourdes said, taking the J out of his hand.
"So that leaves you
free to play with your Hollywood husband?"
"Not quite." She said,
trying to hold her hit and give him back the
"And how was
the meeting with your dick?"
"Detective," she said,
"and I wish you would stop calling him
Albear laughed. "What,
and miss a chance to use my sarcasm and wit?
"The meeting was very
informative." She said.
"Yeah? But I bet he
couldn't tell you what Pullo was doing at an orgy, could
"Oh Albear!" She said.
"I never would have brought that up, in the first
"So is he cool?"
Albear said referring to Pullo. "Are you free to fuck his brains
out with no remorse?"
"I guess," she sighed,
"for the most part..."
"Well I only want to
hear about the part, that you're not so sure
"Later." She said. "I
still have another dilemma."
I'm meeting Alex and his Celia."
"What?" He said taking
his arm from around her shoulders. "I thought we talked about
"I know, but he begged
me to do this and now I have to go."
"Fuck them." Albear
said. "You don't have to do shit, but tell him to fuck off and
deal with his own baggage."
it." Lourdes said. "Me doing this, is my way of dealing
with my baggage. I
told him, after this last favor, that it's over between
Albear studied her.
"Good for you." He said. "Do you mean it?"
said. "This time it's finally over...."
Celia stared outside
at the two girls parked in the driveway. They were having an
intense conversation and she wondered what it was about. Could it
be about Alex? Could it be about her? Maybe it had nothing to do
with them at all.
Alexsander walked up
behind Celia, looking out the window over her
Celia sensed his
presence, but she didn't turn around. "I heard the gate opening."
She said. "Looks like your guest have
"One guest." He said.
"Only Lourdes, I don't know the other one."
Celia was quiet for a
moment. "Does she come over often?"
"What?" Alex asked.
"I'm hardly here."
"There was no buzzer
to inform us that somebody had arrived." Celia turned to face
him. "She knows the code to get into your house. I would imagine
someone who knows your security codes, comes over quite
"She knows the code,
because I gave it to her when we spoke earlier. I didn't want
them to have to wait on the street, just in case they got here
Celia studied him. His
face was blank.
"Security codes can be
changed." He said, reassuring her. "And besides, even if I hadn't
given her the code earlier, Gabe could have just as easily told
Celia turned back
towards the window. They were still in the car talking. It looked
as if they were laughing about something. "They're both pretty."
She said quietly. "Couldn't manage to invite any guy friends
over, could you?"
Alex sighed. "Hey you
were the one who said you wanted to meet
"Of course, I wanted
to put a face to the screen name that I have been emailing for
"She's not just a
screen name," he paused, "she's Gabe's girl, and he would be here
if he wasn't working. I told you all of this. Besides, how can
you even tell what they look like from where we're
"Women can sense
pretty, just like they can sense ugly. Trust me." Celia nodded
her head without turning. "Gabe always did like the exotic
ones....but then of course, so did you."
"Which one is she?"
Alex peeked over her
shoulder. "The one in the passenger seat."
"Of course." Celia
said as Alex put his hand over his head and rolled his eyes. She
continued to watch them outside. She saw something that the
surprised her. "Tell me, does she and Gabe have a open
"What in the world
would even make you asked that?" He said.
"Because the one in
the drivers seat just kissed her."
"What?" Alex said,
pulling back the sheer curtain, trying to get a look, but all he
saw was them talking.
things." He said.
"No." Celia said. "I
saw correctly. Perhaps this is something Gabe doesn't know about
you're right." Alex said in shock. This was definitely something
that he didn't know
"Remind me why I'm
doing this again?" Lourdes said. She was practically
hyperventilating. They were sitting in Lita's
"Because he begged
you." Lita said. "Because you agreed and because I said that I
would come and support you."
"I don't think I can
do this." Lourdes said.
"You'll be okay, just
think positive thoughts."
"You're so right!
Positive thoughts, why didn't I think of that?" Lourdes spat out
"Well excuse me all to
hell." Lita said. "Look, just tell me again what he
Lourdes took and a
deep breath. "He said the minute that he tried to break things
off with her..."
"Yes. That she hopped
on the next plane out and surprised him by just showing
"Why would she do that
if he told her it was over?" Lita frowned.
Lourdes shrugged her
shoulders. "If you were in a relationship for years with some guy
and he told you that it was over, and she thinks it's because he
met some other girl, would you just let him go, Scott
"So we're in a reverse
French Kiss movie and Celia is Meg Ryan?"
"Your smart ass jokes
are delivered right on time!" Lourdes said, throwing her hands in
Lita laughed. "I'm
sorry!" She said still giggling. "Okay, I see your point. So have
you met her?"
"No, tonight will be
the first time."
"Tell me about her,
what do you know?"
"She's got blue eyes and she's 5'9, long blonde hair all down her
"Congratulations. What's so special about
"She was a
"She's done some
"And she weighs a buck
"Bitch." Lita said
trying to be supportive.
"And I guess that
she's alright if perfections, what he
Lita put her hand on
Lourdes, giving it a soft squeeze.
Lourdes looked at her
pained and smiled. "And I'm not jealous, a whole
"Of course not." Lita
"I just want
everything she's got."
Lita broke out
laughing. Lourdes laughed too. "No really," she whined, "Gabe
talks about her so amazed, and I'm not sure I can see, Alex look
at her that way."
Lita was silent for a
moment, studying Lourdes. Then she leaned in close. "There is
nothing that she has, that you don't have,
Lourdes looked at her.
"Except for what?"
"The only thing she
has that you really want, is Alex, and you know
"So if you want him,
"Oh what?" Lita said.
"Don't look at me like that, I'm only saying what you're
thinking. I mean please," she exaggerated, "if it comes down to
her happiness or yours, whose it gonna be?"
Lourdes shrugged her
Lita shook her head.
"You know, I've never seen you like this."
"So unglued. So
nervous and out of control. It makes me a little jealous that he
can unravel you like this and I can't."
"Lita- this is so not
the time to do this," Lourdes pleaded, "I'm just hanging on by a
Lita said nothing.
Lourdes sighed and looked up her, trying not to be such a selfish
bitch. "And you do unravel me...in a good way...just not the way
She smiled. "I just
want to help take your mind off of your problem for a
"And you are." Lourdes
said. "You're great, and I appreciate all of it, and I'll owe you
one for doing this."
said. "Will it be the same
owe you one
that Pullo's going to
Lourdes smiled, taken
aback by her comment. "For right now," she paused, "all I can say
is thank you for doing this with me. And I do promise to owe
Lita quickly leaned
over from the drivers seat and kissed Lourdes. "Don't thank me,"
she pulled back smiling, "the truth is I wouldn't miss this for
the world and I'm so happy that you trust me enough to bring me
with you." They laughed.
"I hear that." Lourdes
"And besides," Lita
smiled, "I'll collect from you later."
They got out of the
car. "Don't worry, you look great."
"You sure?" Lourdes
asked. She tried to straighten out her long, pale pink dress and
leather jacket, looking at her reflection in the car
"Yep," she said
smiling, "you look beautiful."
said, taking a deep breath. She even changed her hair to be long
and straight. She probably had on too much make-up, but she
wanted to feel like somebody else tonight. "Here we go." She said
ringing the door bell.
"What you don't have a
key?" Lita asked.
"Fuck off." Lourdes
said, trying not to smirk. Lita's laugh was cut short as the door
knob started to turn. "Hi!" Lita and Lourdes both said at the
same time as Alexsander opened the door. They were smiling
brightly. Ready to put on a show.
"Hello." Alex said in
his Swedish accent, moving out of the way, so they could walk in,
past the double doors. Lourdes was glad she changed her outfit
ten different times until she was satisfied. He was looking
great. He wore grey pants with a white shirt and black blazer.
His hair, was combed back and his goatee was growing in, just the
right amount, the way she liked it.
"Brought along some
spirits." Lita said, handing him a bottle of
"Right, thanks." He
said to Lita, but he was eying Lourdes, smiling at her with those
Celia came walking
into the room. "Hello everybody." She said
They both turned to
check her out. She was just as Gabe described her. Tall, elegant,
long hair, and practically a waif.
"Hi!" Lourdes and Lita
said in unison smiling fakely. Lourdes couldn't quite place the
accent. It didn't sound like Alex's though.
"This is Celia." Alex
said introducing her. He put his hand on her back. Smiling
Celia." Celia added, extending out her hand.
Alex continued without
missing a beat. "This is Lourdes and this
"Lolita." Lita said
shaking her hand.
"Nice to meet you."
Lourdes said, shaking her hand after Lita.
"Lourdes," Celia said
giving her a hug, "I feel like I know you already, Gabe's told me
so much about you. He's absolutely crazy about
Lourdes smiled, not
sure what to say. That was a little overkill or was she being
paranoid? Alex was looking down at the floor. Lourdes handed her
a pie. "For the holiday."
"Wow. Thank you!"
Celia said looking into the box. "You shouldn't have. Oh, sweet
potato. One of Alex's favorites, how did you know?" Celia and
Alex both smiled at Lourdes.
Lourdes smiled plainly
and shrugged her shoulders. "Lucky guess, I
"Of course." Celia
said looking at Alexsander. He smiled at the both of them. "And
they brought a nice vintage." He said holding up the
"Ooh you should have."
Celia said smiling at the girls. They nodded their heads and
"Well come on in,"
Alex said, "sit yourselves down." Celia and Alex walked a few
feet ahead, leading them into the atrium.
"Since when does he
have an accent?" Lita whispered into Lourdes
shrugged her shoulders, giving her the
that she would explain
"You have a lovely
home." Lita said, looking around. "How long have you two lived
Lourdes looked at
Lita, as if to say, what are you doing? But Lita only smiled at
"We don't live here
together." Alex said. "Celia's just in town
"Oh, I see." Lita said
nodding her head. "So you're from where
"Sweden." They both
"I see." Lita said.
"That's a lot of ocean between you two. How do you two make it
Lourdes nudged Lita
before they could see.
"It doesn't work."
Alexsander said. Lourdes sucked in her breath. What was he doing?
Celia's permanent smile, quickly faded. Lourdes and Lita looked
at each other.
"That is to say," he
added, "that we never get to see each other, and I miss her all
the time, I wish she did live here with me." He kissed her own
the cheek. Celia was beaming again.
So that's how he's going to play
thought to herself.
doesn't really live here also." Celia said.
"Is that right?" Lita
"In fact, we have
actually discussed, my moving to Southern California, maybe
living there." Celia smiled at Alex and put her arm around his
"That's a wonderful
idea!" Lourdes exclaimed. "Then you two can be together all the
time." Alex was staring daggers at her. "How soon are you two
moving in together?"
Alex continued to look
at Lourdes, but said nothing.
"Well, we have a lot
to discuss," Celia said, "I would basically be uprooting my whole
life, and it's a big decision, so nothing is permanent
Alex stared at
Lourdes. "She's right, nothings set in stone, there's a lot to be
"Anyway," Alex said
handing Celia the bottle of wine. "why don't we pop this open for
"Sure honey." She
Lourdes felt her first
"Here let me help
you." Lita said grabbing the pie. "Nothing like wine and dessert
to top off an evening." Lita smiled at Lourdes as she followed
Celia to the kitchen. Lourdes and Alex sat
"Thanks for coming."
Alex spoke quietly.
"I said I would."
Lourdes said avoiding eye contact.
"I know, but I thought
you might change your mind."
"Nope." She said.
Taking off her jacket.
"A couple of drinks
and it'll be over." He said.
"Can we talk
"Can I see you
"Will I see you before
"Why?" He asked, even
having the nerve to look confused.
"Because you fail to
see the point that it's over between us." She
"If you're going to be
here, you can at least be civil to me." He
"I am." She said. "I'm
doing the best I can, given the situation."
"Try harder." He
"Well why don't you
tell me how I'm supposed to act around the guy that I'm cheating
with and his girlfriend? You tell me what's the proper
"Just stop it." Alex
said. "You're not so innocent in all of
accent that is." Lourdes said still not looking at him.
"You're such a good
"You really wanna do
this now?" He said. "At this very moment?"
"No," she said shaking
her head and playing around with her small clutch purse, "I don't
want to do any of this, I want to get the fuck outta
"So you can be with
Lita?" He asked.
"What?" She asked,
looking at him for the first time surprised.
"Celia said she saw
you two kissing. What the fuck is that all
"You don't know what
you're talking about."
"Why would she lie?"
He whispered, agitated.
"My actions don't
really concern you anymore now, do they?" Lourdes spoke
"Is this just another
ploy to get my attention?" He asked.
laughed. "When was I ever trying to get your attention?" She
said. "You called me."
"So you're into girls
now? What would Gabe think?"
"I don't give a fuck
what Gabe thinks and I don't give a shit what you think either.
And for your information, whatever your girlfriend thinks she
might have saw, was only friendly
have to explain anything to me!" He whispered angrily. "You don't
give a shite what I think
"Did you ever think
that this might work in your favor?" Lourdes
"Why would I ever
"Because if you can
get past your own ego for one second, you would see that the more
your girlfriend is thrown off by my actions, the less she'll
think there's a chance that the two of us could have been
"Oh your good!" He
said. "You have an answer for everything. And she's not my
"Oh fuck off Alex! You
could have corrected her back at the door."
"The best thing for
everybody is just to act normal until I can get rid of her." He
said sitting up in his chair and smoothing his hair back. "I
can't let her lose face now."
"Act normal, what is
that?" Lourdes said tossing her head to the
"Why did you come if
you're just going to make this night miserable for me?" He asked.
"You thought what?"
She said cutting him off. "That I would come over play hostess
and we would be one big happy fuckin' family! Well guess again.
This is killing me!"
"You think this is
easy for me!" He whispered back angrily. "You think I enjoy any
of this? Why would I want to hurt you like this? What advantage
could I possibly gain from being in this fucked up situation? I
want you. And I thought-" he paused, choosing his words
carefully, "and I thought you wanted me
Lourdes felt the wind
taken out of her sails. She didn't get a chance to answer. They
both stood up quickly, as Lita and Celia came back into the room
laughing. They set down saucers with pie and whip cream, along
with glasses of wine.
"Here we are." Celia
said. Alex and Lita switched places and sat down in their
"So how long have you
two been together?" Lourdes asked smiling at the both of them.
Alex gave her a dirty look.
"Oh it's been awhile
now, hasn't it honey?" Celia said.
Alex looked at her but
said nothing. Celia looked embarrassed.
"I love your accent,
by the way." Lita said, changing the
"Thank you, I like
yours too." Celia said.
Lita and Lourdes
smiled at each other.
"I didn't realize I
had one." Lita said.
"That's what most
Americans say. Don't you agree honey?" Celia asked
Alex nodded his head,
taking a big gulp of his wine.
"It must be nice, to
live that way." Celia added.
"Live what way?" Lita
asked not getting her meaning.
correct and free. Always knowing that your way of thinking is the
right way of thinking. It must be
"Honey," Alex said
patting Celia's arm, "be nice."