Melody came walking
from the restroom, straightening out her pale peach, silk dress.
She tried to make her way through the crowd of people. She forced
a smile at the bride and groom, thanking God that she wasn't
forced to sit with the wedding party. They were in a very large
dining hall and she was a bit turned around trying to find her
table. Melody tripped over a man's foot and stumbled into another
"Oh excuse me." She
said trying to collect herself, but the guy was hardly paying
"Right, no worries."
He said smiling at her quickly, but returning his gaze back to
what he was focusing on.
Melody studied the
gentlemen. He was very handsome. Nice three piece suit. High
cheek bones, sharp, striking features, gorgeous smile. She looked
across the room in the same direction. She spotted another guy in
a black three-piece suit and a girl in a little black dress.
Albear and Lourdes off in a corner whispering. "Oh, you know
those two?" She asked surprised. The man looked back and forth
between Mel and the two. "The Alby and Lourdes routine.
La-de-da," she said, "what else is new."
"Are they always like
that?" He asked in a thick British accent.
"Like what?" Melody
scoffed. "Shamelessly flirting like they don't have a care in the
world? Yes, it's always like that. Barf. I'm Melody, by the
"Trust me, long after
you're gone, Albear will still be single. But don't worry,
Lourdes can wait forever, he's never gonna turn straight. Sorry
if I'm blunt." She laughed.
Gabriel looked at her
in shock. "Right, so I suppose I just sit around until Lourdes
realizes that she should marry me?" He
"Oh my," Melody said,
"oh shit, you're the Gabriel? Lourdes'
"Not technically for
tonight, but yes, she is my girl."
"Oh jeez," Mel
stumbled, "I'm so sorry, I didn't mean that. It's just Albear
always has some new guy pining after him so I just assumed that
"Don't worry about
it." Gabriel said.
"Well, you know they
love each other like best friends, that's all. And, Albear's gay
"It's okay. Really."
her head and walked off. She turned around when she was further
away, to look back at Gabe. "Fuck!" She muttered under
her breath. He
was still watching Lourdes and Albear from across the
"Who the fuck are all
these horrible people and remind me why I agreed to do this for
you?" Albear asked Lisa. They were all sitting at the reception
table, conveniently assigned seated
Lisa sighed, "you already agreed to be my date. We made it
through my brother's tragic ceremony, it's halfway over, don't
make me live to regret this."
"I must have been high
when I agreed to this." Albear said drinking down his champagne.
"And I'm the one who's regretting this."
"Isn't this his fourth
wedding?" Lourdes asked walking up with a piece of cake. She
placed it on the table and sat in her chair slipping her arm
around Corey's. Originally Gabriel was supposed to be her date.
He knew the groomsmen and had received his own invitation to the
wedding. But at the last minute, a change of plans left her
dateless. It was lucky that Corey hadn't been snatched
third." Melody said. "But I guess we're not counting the one he
got annulled after two days in Vegas."
"There should be a
limit to the amount of times, one is allowed to get married."
Tyler said raising up his glass.
"Well he's really
cleaned up this time," Lourdes said, "who knew all these people
would be here."
"I think I even saw
the Governor." Lisa said pushing around her food on the
The wedding ceremony
was long and tedious and they were glad that the night was
halfway over. It was supposed to be the event of the season, but
none of them wanted to be there.
"I need a drink."
Albear said getting up from the table. "Anybody
"Yeah." They all said
raising their glasses.
"Fuck y'all." Alby
said. "Get your own drinks." He walked off
called after him. An elderly woman looked at them from another
"Sorry ma'am." Tyler
said. Lourdes and Corey giggled.
They all looked
Lourdes stood up.
"Gabe! What are you doing here?"
kissed her on the cheek. "Alright then?" He
Lourdes smiled and
nodded her head still surprised. "Everybody this is Gabriel."
Lourdes said introducing them. "This is Lisa and
"And we're their
beards for the evening." Corey chimed in. "Only, clean
Gabriel nodded his
head. "Nice to meet you."
Lourdes smiled. "Corey
was kind enough to escort me, when you had to
"Yeah thanks for
that." Gabe said. "I figured you might still find a date and
come, but I thought I try and at least make the
"Well I'm glad you
made it." Lourdes smiled. But she wasn't glad, she didn't want to
leave her table for another group...
Albear reached the
crowded bar and ordered a double scotch on the
"A drink like that
will put hair on your chest." Alexsander said walking
Albear looked him over
in his gray skinny suit. "I'll just wax it off anyway." He
Alex snorted. "Are you
enjoying yourself this evening?"
"There's no where else
I'd rather be." Albear said sarcastically.
"Did you show up
"So," Albear said
ignoring the question, "I know the bride is a whore for attention
but they really did invite any and everybody to this
"Why are you here?"
Alex asked summoning the bartender for a refill on his
"My date is related to
the groom." Albear said looking bored around the
"I see you cover all
territories." Alex said as the bartender brought both of their
"And I can tell that
bothers you." Albear said.
"Hmph." Alex took a
gulp of his drink.
"You know," Albear
continued, "I seem to have this annoying pain in my
"Maybe it's a
you." Alby said sharply. "Because when you
her, I have to
pick up the pieces."
"That's what friends
are for." Alex leaned against the bar.
"And I don't
know what the hells she sees in
"Can't handle the
competition?" Alex asked cutting him off.
You've gone down many notches in our little friends
"So you say." Alex
said. "But I know her, she'll get past
"She's already past
it. She's here, out living her life isn't she? I mean this place
is a fucking bore, but we always know how to have a good time.
We'll do it up big after this."
my friends, your girl..."
Albear exaggerated the last part
Alex looked irritated,
trying to spot Lourdes across the room. Albear continued talking.
"We might not stay out all night tonight partying, but that's
only because we're all still recovering from last night's
"What do you know?"
"I know she'd rather
be with me than at some party with you." He
"Then why wasn't she
with you last night?"
say anything. He looked across the room for Lourdes, she was
dancing with Gabriel. She must have been
with Albear if he knew that she didn't answer any of his
"You don't mind if I
steal your date for a quick dance?" Gabriel asked
"Be my guest." Corey
said, sweet brown eyes smiling at Lourdes.
They made there way to
the dance floor. A slow song was playing. Gabriel pulled Lourdes
close to him, as they danced.
"You look like shit,"
he said grinning at her and putting a finger to her red lips,
"couldn't you have put some make-up on?"
"You smell something
awful?" Lourdes said cracking back. "They've invented this thing
called a shower."
"What, you couldn't
find a decent dress with proper knickers?" He
"You look like you
rescued that tie from a dead man." She
mother gave me this tie."
"Did she pick
out the suit too?" Lourdes blinked three times
"Cheeky, cheeky." He
said. They both laughed.
"No seriously love,
you look great." He brushed her cheek with two
"You don't look so bad
yourself." She responded, brown eyes
He kissed her, running
his hand down the back of her black Couture dress. "In fact, you
look pretty fucking terrific, I'm almost jealous that you still
came without me."
"Well of course you're
jealous," she smiled, "I know the world fully revolves around
"But, I am glad that
you only replaced me with only half a man."
Lourdes grimaced a
little. She tugged on Gabriel's striped tie. "Corey's still a
"Corey huh?" He said
smiling. "Sounds like a puff, if I ever heard of
She warned him.
out of here, I want to talk to you for a couple of
Lourdes kept dancing.
"Pass," she said, "A couple of minutes doesn't sound promising,
I'd rather not hear it."
Gabe laughed, "I
promise it'll take more than a couple of
"The weddings' almost
over, just be patient."
"But I may have to
leave right away after this."
Lourdes sighed. She
looked across the room and spotted Albear talking with Alexsander
at the bar. Her eyes widened and she tensed up immediately. "I
see you brought a date with you." She said
"Oh yeah," he said
spinning her around, "if you weren't here, I didn't want to be
stuck in this place alone. Alex was good enough to crash the
wedding with me."
"I see." Lourdes said
drawing closer to Gabe and looking over his shoulder. She
continued to watch Alex and Albear
"Well the next time
you have a party, you should invite some of Lourdes' other
friends along." Alex said to Albear half
"Sure, you're always
welcome. You can even stop by tonight," he said smiling in his
face, "we'll be chillin to the max."
"What the fuck does
that mean?" Alex asked setting down his
"Oh come on, you're a
smart guy, I bet you can figure it out." Albear laughed, white
teeth gleaming from ear to ear. "It'll probably be a reoccurance
of last nights events, only better."
They both turned and
looked, Lamont came bouncing up.
"Well if it isn't
Lamont Asshur." Albear said sarcastically. "I thought you were
"Just got off." Lamont
said smiling and looking Alexsander up and down. "Now I'm looking
to do the same here."
Albear laughed. "Well
what do you know, we were just discussing that very
"You were?" Lamont
asked looking back and forth between Alex and Albear. "Hi." He
said, extending his hand out to Alex. "I'm Lamont Ash. We've met
Alexsander smiled and
shook his hand.
"We were just
discussing a little party at my place." Albear
"I know!" Lamont said.
"I'm sorry I missed last night, I heard it was
"Is that right?" Alex
said, blue eyes wide at Albear.
"Yeah, I thought we'd
start the evening off about the same," Albear said, "Take a spin
out on the road, get the adrenaline
Lamont said nothing.
He realized immediately what Albear was doing. Where the hell was
Lourdes? He quickly looked around the room and spotted Ty and the
girls. He stood back to watch the drama unfold. Albear didn't
miss a beat.
"Maybe we'll pick up a
third on the way back to the crib."
"Wow, you really don't
know her at all." Alex said laughing a little at
"Ah, so he hasn't met
the little freak." Albear smirked at Lamont. "Who doesn't know
Alex laughed again.
"Could you be any more pathetic? See, that's what I can't stand
about your type..."
"What happened?" Mel
and Lisa asked.
"I don't know, we were
dancing and I looked up and spotted them talking at the