"Where the fuck have you been? I've been calling you for
"I go to your home, your roommates haven't seen
"I check in with your
"Albear I can't talk, email me."
"Did you really just ask me to email you? Who the fuck do you
think you are?"
"I think that I'm really busy working, and I don't have a
whole lot of time for nonsense."
"So all your friends are nonsense now? Your above it
"Everything okay in here?" Emma walked in
smiled and nodded her head. "I'll call you after work I promise."
She said into the phone and then hung up. "Everything's going
great, right on schedule." She picked up a platter of fruit and
handed it to Emma.
"Thanks for doing this again." Emma said, putting a plastic
tong on top of the fruit. "There is no way that I would have ever
been able to pull this off in time."
"Anytime." Lourdes said smiling as Christina walked into the
room. Thomas came in right behind her. "Anything I can try?" He
asked looming over the the h'orderves.
"You can try everything!" Christina laughed. "It's all
"Great." He said, reaching out for a vanilla duck wonton.
Emma slapped his hand. "Don't ruin the presentation, you can eat
in two minutes with the rest of the guest." Thomas frowned at
looked up and smiled at the two of them. She totally understood
how Emma felt, after all, it was her masterpiece.
"Now help me bring this in there and then you can have
something to eat." Emma said to Thomas. She threw Lourdes a quick
"How's it looking out there?" Lourdes asked
"Not too shabby. The guest are arriving." Christina said,
wiping down the counter. "There's a cutie patooty out there
asking about you."
"Oh yeah?" Lourdes asked half interested, piping cream into
profiteroles. "Anyone I know?"
"Listen," Emma said coming back into the room, "if
everything's all set, why don't you two come out and join
"Sounds great." Christina said.
"Yeah," Lourdes said glancing up quickly, while drizzling
melted chocolate on the puff pastries, "I want to garnish the
Panna Cotta with raspberries, then I'll be there in a
Emma smiled and walked out of the
"I could use a glass of wine, how 'bout you?" Christina
"Lovely." Lourdes said, placing the pastries on a platter.
"I'll meet you at the little bar."
When she finished her arrangement, she took off her chef's
coat, unwrapped her hair out of a bun and let it fall into a
ponytail, and she was ready to mingle. Lourdes walked out of the
kitchen, past the dining room, to the room where the party was
going on. She spotted Christina at the make-shift bar with two
glasses of wine. She also spotted Gabriel flirting intensely with
Stacy. Christina waved her over, but Lourdes stood there for a
moment watching them. Everywhere she turned, whenever Gabe was
around, Stacy seemed to be there too. Lourdes didn't mind if he
still engaged in a mild flirtation with his ex, given her own
brief affair with Alexsander, but she was becoming more and more
concerned that it was more than just
Stacy was smiling brightly at him with her hand rubbing up
and down his arm, and he was leaning in her face talking
"Lourdes!" CC's raspy voice boomed from across the room.
Gabe and Stacy stopped talking and looked across the room at
her. Lourdes smiled and made her way over to
"Red or white honey?" Christina asked when she reached the
"White." Lourdes said. She spotted Emma and Thomas holding
hands and talking to another couple. Emma smiled at her and gave
her a thumbs up. So far so good.
Lourdes didn't even have to turn around, she knew that
unmistakeable British accent anywhere. "Hey Gabe." She smiled
while he kissed her quickly on the cheek. "Alright then?" He
"Alright then." Lourdes repeated nodding her head. "Gabe have
you met my partner Christina?" She said introducing
"No," he said, taking Christina's hand and kissing it, "I
don't believe I've had the pleasure."
"Nice to meet you!" Christina gushed. "You're absolutely
friggin' charming, that's what you are." She smiled at the both
"Cheers." Gabe laughed. "And everything looks great. Well
done you two."
"All in a days work." CC said. "Oh the pastries!" She picked
up her glass of wine and headed to the kitchen. "Nice to meet
you. Be right back!" She called over her
"She seems like a laugh." He said leaning against the
"She is." Lourdes said sipping her wine and gazing into his
intense brown eyes. She tried very hard to avoid Stacy's eyes
watching them from across the room.
Gabe softly furrowed his thick, dark eyebrows. He was looking
very serious and distinguished in his full on beard. "Where you
been love, I've been calling you loads."
"A lot of work." Lourdes said quickly. "You know how it is
around the holidays."
"So much work that you can't make time for me?" He
Lourdes turned to Gabe and smiled, fluttering her long lashes
at him. "You seem to be making up for that in other
"What is that suppose to mean?" He asked. Lourdes turned
slightly in Stacy's direction, but spoke nothing of her. "You
know we have very different schedules."
"I want to see you." He said.
"And I want to see you too, but I have many obligations right
"Right," he said, "such as this."
"Such as this." She repeated.
"Is that why you haven't called Alexsander back
"What?" Lourdes asked surprised.
"He thinks you're taking a piss at him. Say's he can't get a
hold of you. Did something go wrong there?"
"No." Lourdes shook her head quickly. "I'm just busy, I don't
have time for my own friends let along
looked at her and smiled. "You are taking a piss at him. What did he
"Gabe, no I'm not-"
are. You just called him my friend. If Alex ever heard that, he would
hit the roof!"
"Okay so maybe I didn't mean it like
"He's your friend too." Gabe said. "So whatever is
going on between you two, sort it out. I can't have my best girl
and my mate fighting while I'm away and I can't have him calling
me every ten seconds when I'm out on the road
pawning him off on me?" She asked. "He's halfway across the
"No." He said putting his hand around her neck. He leaned in
and kissed her slowly. When he pulled back, Lourdes caught a
glimpse of Stacy still watching them.
"Just kiss and make up," he said, "I know he bugs the shit
out of you sometimes, but really, Alex is a good
Lourdes nodded her head. "He's the best, but I do have my
"Celia loved you by the way, she thought you were
Lourdes exhaled quickly and pursed her nude lips. "She's
pretty cool herself."
"So what do you think? Will she make the perfect wife for
Alex?" Gabe asked grinning.
"Absolutely." Lourdes smiled as her stomach knotted. "Do you
know something I don't?"
"No," he said, "but they've been hanging together for
forever, it's probably time to pop that question, don't you
"Couldn't agree more." Lourdes beamed.
Gabe put his hand around her neck again and whispered in her
ear. "You are very cute in your little catering outfit, by the
"Oh fuck off Gabe." She pulled away
"Seriously," he said, "next time you'll have to cater
"Oh yeah?" Lourdes said. "How many people will be at this
"It'll be a very exclusive party of one." He said. "No
h'orderves, no desserts...okay maybe some
Lourdes laughed. "Un-huh, keep going." She
"Just you, me, and that little catering outfit." He smiled at
her. "And promise you'll wear that little black apron
Lourdes smiled, she grabbed his tie and pulled him close to
her. "It's a date." She said.
"Okay, somebody has to say it, so it might as well be me."
Lita said a little too loudly, and after about five shots of
tequila. "I know we haven't known each other for that long, but
there is definitely something different about you. I just can't
put my finger on it." She pulled her long black hair, up into a
"Not when you can use your whole hand." Lourdes smirked at
her. They were laying outside by the pool. Lourdes was on her
fourth shot, but with an empty stomach, she was already close to
"Smart ass!" Lita said flicking a miniature umbrella out of
her margarita at Lourdes. "No seriously." She said. "I think
you're losing a bit of your flare."
"I never had much to begin with." Lourdes said looking at the
small ripple of waves in the pool. It was a warm and breezy
California day, even though it was the middle of winter. And they
were taking full advantage of the sunshine.
"That's not true." Lita said. "Your personality is what
immediately attracted me to you in the first
"I thought it was just a victim of circumstances." Lourdes
"Sure we met because of the party," Lita said sitting up,
"but it isn't what attracted me to you."
pretty sure that was my double d's." Lourdes
Lita threw her towel at Lourdes. "See this is what I'm
talking about. Sure we hang out and we have a blast, but we talk
about absolutely nothing and you deflect all my serious comments
with humor and wisecracks!"
"What would you have me do?" Lourdes asked. "Walk around
crying and spouting my feelings? What a
"Well it would be better than you putting on a front and
acting like everything's okay."
is okay. I'm
Lita got up and stood over Lourdes with her hands on her
"Um, your blocking my sun." Lourdes said smiling up at her.
"And it's about to go down." But she continued to stand there and
say nothing. Lourdes took off her shades and studied Lita. Though
Lourdes had on a simple, ankle length, red dress and flip flops,
Lita had a skimpy black bikini on under a too tight wife beater
and the shortest shorts Lourdes had ever seen in her life.
Coochie cutters, Albear would call them. Lourdes realized for the
first time today that the skimpy outfit must have been for her
She looked Lita over. Sexy, flawless, brown skin. Yeah she
was hot. But after everything that had happened, Lourdes thought
it would be better to keep her distance.
Of course the tequila had her thinking differently right now.
And it had been awhile since she...
"Why are you looking at me like that?" Lita asked smiling
down at her.
Lourdes said nothing. She shook her head at her and the
corners of her mouth started to turn up
"I've seen that look before." Lita smiled. "You're not
fooling anybody. I know that
Lourdes ran her index finger up the back of Lita's bare leg.
Very soft skin. "Nice coochie cutters." She said
Lita was trying to be serious, but she laughed, despite
herself. She grabbed the bottom of her white tank top and pulled
it up over her head. She let the wife beater drop to the ground.
Lourdes sat up a little on the beach chair as Lita straddled her
hips and sat on her lap. Lourdes rubbed her fingers, slowly up
and down Lolita's thighs. "Something tells me you need to get
laid." Lita sang.
"Something tells me your right." Lourdes said leaning in
Lita wiggled around on top of her, teasing her. "I never said
it was going to be me." She said leaning close to her
"Yeah, well you have a funny way of showing it." Lourdes
leaned in closer, their noses were practically
what the hell is going on out here?" Pullo
asked,stumbling out of the side door, and walking
over towards them. He had the rest of the tequila bottle in his
Lourdes flopped back on the lawn chair, disappointed. She put
her large oversized shades back on her face and
"Nothing," Lita said leaning back laughing, but not getting
off of Lourdes' lap, "just a little girl on girl
"I guess I came at the right time..." Pullo
"That's what she said." Lourdes muttered.
Her siblings had brainwashed her with too many episodes of The
He stopped and laughed. "But not really
Lita and Lourdes looked at each other and
"I mean...no pun intended." He said. "But...I'd like
to...come at the right time."
"Okay!" Lita yelled out. "No more booze for
"Look who's talking." Pullo said coming closer. "I'm not the
one dry humping Lourdes."
Lita looked at Lourdes and smiled, unclasping her hair and
letting it fall down.
"I told you, you were a tease." Lourdes whispered, smiling
back at her.
"Don't let Jasper catch you out here like this." Pullo said
taking a swig from the bottle. "He's bound to lose his
"Jasper left hours ago, silly." Lita said smiling up at him,
while she bounced on Lourdes' lap.
"Yes, that's right." He said. He stared at the two of them
seriously. "What are you waiting for, I want to see a
They looked at each other.
"You want to see a show huh?" Lourdes said, still laying back
on the chair, putting her sculpted arms up over her head. Pullo
started grinning. Lita looked back at him
"That's the price you have to pay for hitting on my
girlfriend." He said.
looked at Lourdes. She mouthed the word
girlfriend. Lourdes shrugged her
Lita said, "I suppose one innocent kiss won't hurt anybody. That
is, if your girlfriend doesn't
Lourdes rolled her eyes and tried not to
Lolita licked her left thumb and ran it slowly along the side
of her neck, as Lourdes and Pullo watched. Next, she picked up a
piece of lime and the salt shaker. She sprinkled some salt on the
wet part of her neck, then she picked Lourdes' last shot of
tequila up off the ground and put it to Lourdes' lips. "Pucker up
baby." She said grinning, then putting the lime between her
Lourdes tossed the shot back in one gulp. She set the empty
glass down on the ground, then sat up and licked the salt slowly
off of Lita's neck. Lita let out a pleased sigh as she put her
hand on Lourdes' shoulder. Pullo stood there watching them with
his mouth slightly open holding the tequila bottle limply in his
hand. Lourdes bit the lime out of Lita's mouth, letting the
bitter aftertaste smooth out the burning tequila and salt
combination. She turned her head to the side and she spit the
lime peel out, letting it plop on the ground. She turned back and
grabbed Lita by the back of her neck and kissed her hard. Lita
squeezed Lourdes' hips tightly with her thighs excited, as she
kissed her back. She moaned a little slowly sticking her tongue
in her mouth.
Lourdes pulled back smiling at her. Lita turned and smiled at
Pullo. "Ta-dah!" She said.
Pullo stood there for a moment, looking at the two of them.
Lourdes couldn't read him. He was either, very shocked, by their
open display of affection or...
walked slowly over to the lawn chair and reached for Lita's hand.
She took his hand without hesitation, and he pulled her up off of
Lourdes. Then he reached for Lourdes and pulled her up off the
lawn chair. Pullo stared at Lourdes with a strange flicker in his
eyes. Now she could read him clearly. Lourdes
recognized that look. It had been awhile since she
had been with Pullo. She hadn't felt like it
"Here ya' go." Pullo said, handing the rest of the tequila
bottle to Lita, still not breaking eye contact with Lourdes. Lita
took a swig out of the bottle, watching the two of them. She went
and layed back down on the her beach chair.
"You," Pullo said, taking Lourdes' hand and pulling her
towards him, "you come with me...."
"What are you doing?" Lamont asked