"Please tell me how the hell you convinced
those two to go to the convention with you?" Lamont asked Corey,
laughing as he sat down and crossed his legs. They were at Hardy
Boys for happy hour.
"It took no convincing," Lourdes smiled at them, "we're dear
and loyal friends who didn't want to leave Corey
"Bullshit." Tyler said, smoothing forward his short black
Caesar cut. "I bet you had to drag Albear, kicking and
"Hey," Alby said, "the point is, we
"And had a blast." Corey added. "You should see all the free
swag I scored!"
"What about you sweetie?" Lamont asked Lourdes. "Did you have
a blast too?"
"You bet she did." Corey started giggling as Lourdes balled
up her cocktail napkin and threw it at him.
"What?" Tyler asked. "Did we miss
"No." Lourdes shook her head quickly, but she couldn't keep
herself from smiling.
"You missed everything." Alby said. "Y'all should of been
there!" He teased.
"Yeah speaking of that, remind me to kill you later." Lourdes
raised her eyebrows at Albear.
"What?" Lamont asked. "Tell all!"
Corey continued to giggle. Lourdes smirked, shaking her head.
"Nothing that a lace drink of arsenic wouldn't cure for
"You're kidding right?" Tyler asked. "You assholes! Are you
really not going to tell us what happened?"
"Sorry fellas," Albear said, "membership has it's privileges,
and if you weren't there to witness, then you lost
"You can't do that." Tyler said looking at all of them. "You
were the ones who started this."
"Sorry." Albear cheesed.
Lamont rolled his eyes and focused on Lourdes. "You have to
give a girl something," he said, "you know us queens live for
this isn't gossip," Lourdes said, "this is
Tyler and Lamont leaned in close at the table. "All the
better." Tyler smiled.
"Yes," Lamont added, "celebrity gossip is fun, but real life
gossip is even better."
Lourdes smiled back, almost convinced that she should spill
"Speaking of celebrity." Albear mumbled as Corey began to
laugh into his beer. "Doesn't it seem like the world has gone
"Albear." Lourdes said.
"Well, what's the deal?" He asked. "How long are you going to
keep us waiting?"
"Come on," Corey said, "just tell us if your going to at
least use your new set of keys tonight."
"I knew it!" Tyler said running his fingers through his short
black hair excitedly. He stood up, pulling out his wallet and
tossing money on the table. "Let's go out to dinner, my
Lourdes sat back in her chair with her mouth slightly open.
"Dinner?" She asked. She looked at her Marc Jacobs watch, there
was hardly time.
"Oh yay!" Lamont said standing up. "That way, we'll have
enough time to pump the dirt out of you."
"I can't go out to dinner." Lourdes said. "I have things to
"You mean someone to do. I guess we have an answer to my
question." Albear said smugly.
Lourdes was silent. She tossed her head to the
you are using your keys?" Corey confirmed, standing
Lourdes remained silent, while standing up
"Okay, what's with the keys, because we have no idea what
you're talking about." Lamont whined, as they headed towards the
"They don't know what they're talking about." Lourdes offered
as her blue cell rang. Kenneth.
"Who's that?" Albear asked looking over her shoulder. Lourdes
sent the call to voicemail. The boys were already breathing down
her neck. This was a bad time.
"You have time for dinner at least." Tyler probed. "It's
still early yet. And then you can tell us all about
"Seriously." Lourdes said as they went outside. "There's
nothing to tell."
"That's not what I heard." Corey joked. "You were gone for a
really long time after lunch."
"A really long time." Albear mimic.
"Grow up." Lourdes said.
"So long, that it gave us all kinds of scenarios to come up
with." Albear continued. "And you know, with a mind like
"Filthy, dirty, and disgusting." Lourdes
"That's riigghhht." Lamont sang.
"So you know that we imagined the worst." Corey looped his
arm around Lourdes'. "You know you want to tell
"I can't believe you guys, do any of you know how to keep
your mouth shut?" Lourdes complained.
"No." They all said in unison.
"What fun would that be?" Lamont asked. "We'd never get
Lourdes laughed, despite herself. "You guys are worse than
women!" She put her hand to her head.
Lamont paused for effect, "we are women, haven't you noticed that
"It's becoming quite clear to me." Lourdes
"Speak for yourself." Albear stuck his tongue out at Lamont.
"I never had the desire to be a lady in my
"Who the fuck are you kidding." Tyler
"Well, with being the official lady of this group," Lourdes
declared, "I'm not kissing and I'm not telling." They reached the
boy's cars. Albear pulled Lourdes away from Corey and kissed her
sweetly. "You might be the official female in this
"But what?" Lourdes asked.
honey," Lamont said putting his hand on her shoulder, "you're
definitely not a
Corey and Tyler stood by smiling silently, as Albear laughed
"Is that what you were going to say?" Lourdes asked Albear,
eyes wide open.
"In not so many words, but Lam put it as nicely as possible."
Albear continued to laugh along with Lamont
"Oh, so we got jokes?" Lourdes said bitterly, which made them
laugh even louder. "We'll bitches, I got your lady right
"Ouch!" Albear said sarcastically.
may think you know what it's like to be a
real woman, but I've got you beat any day of the
"Is that right?" Lamont said putting one hand on his
perfectly sculpted hip.
"Hands down." Lourdes said smartly.
"You might be surprised," Lamont said with attitude, "I could
probably show you a trick or two."
"Or three or four." Tyler added
"You can keep your tricks," Lourdes said, "and I'll keep
"Well la-de-da." Albear said, "who knew the girl had
"Take my advice," Lamont said, "as someone older and
Albear snorted on the wiser part, but Lamont kept going.
"There is always something to be learned in the language of
"Who's talking about love?" Lourdes asked sarcastically. "A
trick here, a trick there...we're all just
Albear smiled, proud of his disciple.
"He's right." Tyler smiled at Lam, turning to his friend.
"You should listen to him, sluts aspire to be like Lamont
Lourdes choked back a laugh as Lamont cut his eyes at
"What?" Tyler said. "I meant it as a
"Well thanks for the offer," she said, "but I don't need to
be shown any tricks. None of my boys complain.
"Is that right?" Albear asked.
Lourdes tilted her shoulder at him and
"Give it time," he said, "cause there's always another girl
around the corner, who's willing to do something that you
"Like what?" Lourdes asked.
"Oh honey," Lam interjected, "if you have to ask then you're
obviously not doing it."
Lourdes crossed her arms over her chest and squinted at
Lamont. Albear put his arm around her shoulders. "Because we," he
said pointing to everyone in the group except Lourdes, "we do it
Lourdes shrugged away from him as they all smiled at her. "I
don't need to be a whore in order to please a man." She
"Oh honey, let me tell you what a whore is," Lamont said,
"it's anyone who's willing to do what you
"It's anyone who's having more sex than you are." Tyler
"It's anyone who doesn't have the guts or courage to live out
their own depraved fantasies." Albear offered
"Like I said," Lourdes repeated, "I haven't gotten any
"Wait awhile," Alby said, "because with the kind of men that
you are servicing, it's only a matter of time before their
"Excuse me?" Tyler asked. "Did he just say men? As in plural?
Who else is there besides your Hollywood
"Will you stop saying that." Lourdes
"And Gabriel?" Tyler finished.
"That's right," Albear said, "you can't tell me that Pullo
doesn't make all sorts of request from you."
"Who's Pullo?" Corey asked.
"Albear-" Lourdes started.
"She hasn't even told you about Lolita, has she?" Albear
asked them, then turning to smile at Lourdes, as he busted her
"Albear you cocksucking-"
"Alright, we're discussing this at dinner!" Lamont said,
"No really, get in the car." Tyler said, as people walked
down the sidewalk looking at them.
"Loud mouth bastard!" Lourdes spat out.
"What?" Alby asked innocently.
"And don't think that I fucking forgot what you did this
"Hmph." Albear smiled, while nodding his
"What did he do?" Tyler asked.
Lourdes waved her hand dismissing the
"Lucy," Corey said smiling as he looped his arm back around
Lourdes', "you got some 'splainin to do." He gushed in a stupid
Lourdes sighed and got in Tyler's car, refusing to ride with
Albear. She pressed ignore again, on the blue cell from another
incoming call, as they headed off to dinner.
short, as Lourdes could only focus her mind on what was coming
for dessert. She layed waiting, halfway under the covers, for
Alex to arrive. The house was freezing and it didn't help that
she was half naked waiting to surprise him. She took a detour
after leaving the convention and went home briefly, finally being
able to change her clothing and pack a mini over-nite bag. She
picked royal blue, silk lingerie for the evening. The sexy
garments were brand new and something that she had been dying to
try out. Alex would love it. As much as he boasted about being
with a girl who doesn't like all the frills and
thrills, his little Alex always stood at attention, when
she dressed like this for
Lourdes picked up the blue cell as it rang. It was Kenneth
calling for the third time. Something was up. But it probably
wasn't the best time to answer while she was laying in another
man's bed. She chose to ignore the call. How bad could it be?
Besides, she only wanted to focus on one
Her phone rang again.
Lourdes answered this time. "Okay this had better be good,
because I really can't talk." She said into the
"Lourdes?" Lolita asked.
"Oh hey." Lourdes looked down at her phone confused. She
should have checked the caller i.d.
"Lourdes, where are you, you have to come over
"Why what's wrong?"
"Pullo's so angry..."
Lourdes took the phone away from her ear, she thought she
heard something. She put the phone up to her ear quickly. She
needed to go, she thought she heard footsteps walking down the
"What did you do?" Lita asked. "You have to tell me or else I
can't have your back. He thinks I had something to do with
"Lita, I can't talk now." Lourdes said quietly into the phone
as Alexsander appeared in the door way. He was smiling from ear
have Pullo investigated?" Lita asked point blank.
Now that, caught Lourdes'
"What? What are you talking about?" Lourdes asked, her heart
started pounding. How the hell did Pullo find out? And why the
fuck didn't she answer Kenneth's calls? He was probably trying to
Alex walked into the room, took off his blazer and tossed it
down on the edge of the bed.
"He's freaking out-"
"We'll deal with this later-"
"No!" Lita said. "We have to deal with this now. There's a
house full of people here, I don't know what the fuck to tell
Pullo, and believe me, he's not giving me any peace, thinking
that I'm at fault. He thinks I told you things, and now you're
making me look guilty!"
Alex sat next to her on the bed, his large hands. pulling the
covers away from her so he could check out what she was wearing.
She slid her long legs in towards her body, out of reflex and
"I'm kind of busy right now-" Lourdes tried to say into the
phone as Alex leaned close, putting his hand on her thigh and
"Lourdes if you fucking leave me hanging, you and I are going
to have a problem!" Lita yelled into the phone. "Get your ass
over here!" The line went dead. Lourdes closed the blue
Alex pushed her hair behind her ear and turned her head to
face him. "That's you're last phone call." He firmly
Lourdes smiled nervously. How the hell was she going to get
out of this?
"I've never seen him this angry." Lita said as they stood a
few feet away from the house. It was freezing, and here was Lita,
in red short shorts and a white lace halter top. Just looking at
her made Lourdes even colder. She pulled her quilted, black
motorcycle jacket closer to her body. Lourdes leaned to the side
and rested on the four inch heels of her black, knee-hi
right. There were people everywhere. It was a pretty big party,
so Lourdes was able to get to Lita first to feel her out, before
she was spotted by Pullo. She talked to Kenneth after she ditched
Alex. He was calling to warn her. His boss gave him a
good scolding, wanting to know why he went to great lengths to
pull a file on somebody that was considered
an unrelated case. And to make it worse, a military profile.
Somebody on the military end had found out and most likely warned
Pullo. Kenneth said that his contact was solid, and he trusted
him, so there is no way that he was the jabber, but he wanted
Lourdes to be aware of the situation that she might run
"He says you know things about him that I don't even know.
That Jasper doesn't even know...what the hell have you been up to
girlie?" Lita asked, bringing Lourdes out of her
Lourdes studied Lita. She wasn't angry. In fact, she seemed
amazed. Impressed a little. But Lourdes chose her words
carefully. "After the thing...you know..."
"The party, I invited you to?" Lita
"Well yes, but maybe even before that....I think maybe it was
the night that I picked you up near the Bancroft Hotel...and we
dropped you off..."
"Yes?" Lita nodded her head, waiting for Lourdes to
"I don't know, I guess I was a little freaked out. First with
you, then when he whipped that gun out of nowhere and what
dark plum lips tightened. They had never once brought
up that night, since it
"Then there was the party. The last place I would have ever
expected him to be...I just couldn't believe it! I mean a sex
party? Fabulous or not. At his age? Really?"
Lita continued to listen, intrigued. She tried not to
after that...my wheels started spinning a bit. I
couldn't continue hanging out with Pullo without knowing what
kind of man I was dealing with. And I know that he could probably
say the same about me...but I had the resource...and I guess I
used it to my
"And this resource is?" Lita asked furrowing her
smiled shaking her head. Not so
fast, she thought to herself. She wasn't giving
"Okay," Lita said getting her point, "so it wasn't like you
went and hired some private investigator?"
"No." Lourdes responded. "Nothing like
"Well, well," she said, "you're just full of surprises.
Lourdes said nothing. Lita waited for more of
me in the dark about anything real." Lourdes offered. "We can
talk about everything under the sun, and yet, when it comes
life, it's a non-negotiable topic." Lourdes threw
her hands in the air. "What else could I
"Not this!" Lita said, surprised that Lourdes would even say
that. "Why didn't you ask me?"
"Because every attempt I made to get answers out of you, you
shut me down right away. I know how loyal you are to Jasper and
Pullo and I didn't want to abuse our friendship by forcing you to
compromise your relationship with them."
nodded her head. "So you felt this was the best
Lourdes shook her head. "Lita, I don't know. This wasn't a
very thought out plan. I just needed some answers and I never
thought that any of this would come back on
it has," she said, "so what did you find out?" She asked
"You tell me." Lourdes said.
"What's that suppose to mean?"
"I mean, what did Pullo say to you? How much do you know? Do
you know what I know? And why the fuck didn't you tell me that
he's been married, like, fourteen times? With kids to
"It wasn't my place." Lita said quietly.
"You know..." Lourdes trailed off, starting to get worked up,
but she tried to calm herself, "that shit just fuckin' kills me.
We can go out, party down, get fucking shit wreaked together, but
we can't talk about anything real!"
"What are you carrying on about?" Lita said shaking her
"I'm talking about you, me, Pullo,
"Shh!" Lita said grabbing Lourdes by the arm and pulling her
further down the block, so they would be out of earshot of the
"What a pair we all make!" Lourdes continued. "The happy
hooker, the gay brother, the mercenary killer and
"Wait, what?" Lita asked.
"It's no wonder my manuscript is going along swimmingly. I'm
never going to run out of material!"
"Back-up," Lita said, "what did you say about
"I had writers block for years! Now I can't even put down a
pen and paper, I have blisters from writing so
Lourdes looked at Lita.
"Will you focus please! Forget about all that other shit,
because right now, you're going to have to go in there and make
things right with Pullo."
Lourdes put her hands on her hips, shaking her head. "Well,
this is another situation that I can put on my list of things
that I never thought I would have to go through in my
"Hi honey," Lourdes mimicked, "how are you? What's that you
sweetie don't worry," she continued, "yeah, I had your file
pulled. I just wanted to know about of all your children, and the names
of all of your previous
Lita was silent now, what was the point? Lourdes obviously
needed to vent.
"And no honey, it doesn't freak me out that you seem to get
older, but the women you marry all seem to be my age! No it
doesn't bother me that anybody could be standing in my place. I'm
just the new 3.0 version in your life. The new 29 year old bunny
that you have in your sights."
Lita couldn't help but to laugh. "Babe, calm down, I'm sorry
"Oh and by the way, it doesn't bother me that you kill people
for a living-"
"Hey!" Lita jerked Lourdes by the arm. "You better shut that
shit down right now!"
Lourdes went silent, glaring at her.
"Now come on. Let's go inside, have a drink and then deal
Lourdes pouted, pulling herself together and they both walked
quietly back to the house. Once they were inside, no chance for a
drink, Pullo spotted her immediately. He was with a group of
guys, all with beers in there hands, talking in a circle. Lourdes
gave him a nervous smile, but he dismissed her with his eyes and
went back to the conversation.
Lourdes raised her eyebrows. Alright, guess she did have time
to get that drink.
"Come on," Lita said, witnessing everything, "I'll hook you
They made their way to the kitchen. "What'll it be?" Lita
asked. "No fu-fu cocktails, I have a feeling you're going to need
a real drink. Jack? Scotch? Tequila? Name your
"Got anything stronger?" Lourdes asked. "I got a feeling I'm
going to need it."
"What'd you have in mind?" Lita smiled, leaning across the
counter. "I'm down for a little escape from
Lourdes and Lita both looked up. A short Latina girl came
through the kitchen door and walked up to them. Lourdes didn't
recognize her, but Lita did instantly.
"Hello." Lita smiled grabbing her hand and pulling her over
to them. "Lourdes, this is my friend Dalia."
"Hey." Lourdes said, holding up her hand to wave and forcing
"Nice to meet you." Dalia said, cutting her eyes at Lita.
"We've heard so much about you."
"We?" Lourdes asked.
"The girls," Lita offered, "don't worry, you'll meet them
"They've been dying to meet you also." Dalia said to
"My god Lita, what have you been telling them?" Lourdes
"Don't worry, all good things." Dalia smiled. "We've just
been curious to meet the person, who this chica has been spending
all her free time with lately." Lita and Dalia hugged each other,
continuing to smile at Lourdes.
Lourdes studied her. Dalia was pretty. Not as pretty as Lita
of course. Black hair, a little past her shoulders. Round, cute
face, dimple in one cheek. She seemed genuine, but it was too
soon to tell.