or you know?"
"How can you
be so sure?"
looked into Emma's blue eyes, trying to grasp what she was saying
telling me...that Stacy gave something to Gabe and Gabe gave
something to me?"
her head slowly.
would that be? Specifically?" Lourdes asked. "Something that can
be cured right?"
Emma nodded hear head furiously. "Oh yes, I'm so sorry! Yes of
course it's something that can be fixed. No I didn't mean that it
okay, you don't have to say it." Lourdes acknowledged. "As long
as it's not..."
Lourdes repeated. The hits just kept on coming. She nodded her
head slowly. "Right. And when exactly, did Gabe and...start
promise you, this is not the time to shine me on. If you know,
just tell me." Lourdes said.
week of November." Emma blurted out.
Lourdes said to herself. "You're sure about
her head. "Look, all I know is that-"
going to eat tonight or what?" Thomas came walking in with Alex
and a couple of other people.
Lourdes both turned quickly, releasing the mad grip they had on
each others hands. Emma smiled and put her hostess face back on.
"Dinner will be ready in five. There are note-cards with each
person's name on the table, so feel free to be
smiled. "We'll get the other guest." He walked past them, and
Alex started to follow, but the look on Lourdes' face stopped
him. "What?" He asked the two of them. Emma said
Lourdes said, staring off into space. "I think I need some air."
She began to walk away, heading for the back
I'm so sorry." Emma called after her.
Lourdes said turning slightly, "don't worry about it. And thank
you. For being up front with me. Seems like you're the only one."
She walked to the back of the house and went outside. She hardly
had a moment to breathe, when Alexsander came rushing up behind
Lourdes said, not looking at him.
I mean it." She said. "I so, need to be alone right
luck of that, given you're at a party."
"I just need
a minute to think."
sitting down to dinner right now."
"I just need
a minute! Can you give me that?"
don't you? He asked. "Did Emma just say something to you? About
going to be my question." Lourdes said.
everybody know about this but me!"
suppose to tell you." He said.
Lourdes said. "And fuck you too! Why didn't
to give him time."
shook her head at him, eyes wide with disbelief. "You've known,
all this time and you said nothing."
my place-" He started.
He said pointing his finger to the ground.
fuck are you kidding?" Lourdes asked. "It's not your place to
fuck your friends girl either, but you have no problem doing
voice down," he said, "someone might hear
care." Lourdes said.
care. I'm done playing this game. This just became, so not worth
it." Lourdes began to walk past him.
hold on." He said, stopping her from going back into the house.
"Whatever you are about to do, don't do it. Yes your pissed and
rightfully so, but you can't go and ruin your life just because
you're having a bad moment. There are other people
yourself?" She asked furious.
"Yes I mean
me! You are not the only one who got hurt in
you Alex! The difference between you and me right now is, that
you've had time to go and get yourself checked out! You've known
this whole time!"
everything I could to try and get Gabe to tell you. I even tried
to get you to get it out of him."
hell was I to know, that is what I
was suppose to be fishing
away and shrugged his shoulders.
Gabe going to tell
have no way of knowing that."
she said, "you seem to be up to date on everything
you are not the only one going through
"Did you go
to the doctor?" She asked. He looked at her with his mouth
slightly opened. "Did you?" She asked again.
said looking away from her. "Hmph." She said. "Good for you. Have
you gotten your results back yet?"
said, still not making eye contact.
days?" She asked, but she really didn't have to, she knew his
resources ran deep. "My my my, I don't know anyone who can get
results that fast."
is a friend of the family. The lab results were
and looked at her annoyed.
did the test say?" She asked.
He took a
step towards her. "I'm clean." He said.
you are." She mumbled, rolling her eyes.
"I said of
course you were clean."
that?" He asked confused.
tossed her hands in the air, now she was the one turning away
from him. "Why do you think?"
you would have came to me with this in the first place, I could
have told you that!"
grabbed her hand and pulled her to him. "Stop talking in circles
and answer me."
smiled bitterly. "Tomorrow, I will go, and get myself checked
out, just for my own peace of mind. And I'll take antibiotics
that I don't need, just to be on the safe side. But in the end, I
imagine the doctor will tell me the same thing, which I already
know. I'm clean too."
for a second studying her. "And you're so sure of this
"Gabe and I
haven't been together
since October." She confessed. "And Emma says that he didn't
start sleeping with Stacy until November. Guess I dodged a
bullet." Alex said nothing. "We should go in before someone
notices." Lourdes said turning to walk away, but he still had a
grip on her hand.
her back towards him. "Through all of the bullshit and gray
areas..." He started. "Are you telling me you never once had any
sexual contact with Gabriel?" Lourdes tilted her shoulder towards
him, but said nothing. Her previous actions, were speaking loudly
been with him since we started sleeping together?" He tried to
call it sleeping." She mumbled.
as if," he kept going, not letting her change the subject, "your
saying you haven't been with Gabe
even started talking about
cut him off. "Yes, yes, yes. The answer is yes to all your
you say anything?!" He asked. She pulled her hand away from him.
"That," she said pointing at him, "that right there is the reason
why I never said anything!"
arrogant smile that you have on your face right now, is exactly
what I was trying to avoid!"
to change the expression on his face, but it wasn't working.
Lourdes spun around and marched up to the back door. She put her
hand on the knob, turning to open it.
that question, I asked you over the phone that you refused to
answer?" Alex called to her, not moving from where he was
standing. Lourdes paused, still facing the back door. She refused
to turn and look at him.
need an answer," he said, "I think I've already got
need to turn around to tell that he was happy as hell, and
probably, even more so now, bursting with confidence. Lourdes
walked in the house and shut the door behind her. "Fuck." She
whispered to herself. "What the fuck am I going to do
almost over, when Stacy came walking into the dining room.
Wearing jeans and the same t-shirt that she had on the night at
a great party." She said. "Too bad I'm missing
Gabriel both looked over at Lourdes. She refused to look at
either one of them. She smirked to herself.
This should be
are you doing here!" Emma leaned over in her chair and whispered.
"I told you that I would call you later."
"I was in
the neighborhood," she said in her mousy voice, "thought I'd drop
by and say hi."
up. "You look like you've been drinking-"
"Yes I had a
few." Stacy said loudly. "Don't worry, I won't stay I know I'm
not wanted here. I'm not going to ruin your fabulous
"How did you
even get in here?" Thomas asked from the other end of the table.
Normally he stayed out of girl business, but he could tell his
wife was getting upset.
was unlocked." Stacy said simply.
go in the other room and talk." Emma tried to get her out of
said. "Sorry Em, but I didn't come to talk to you." She turned to
Gabriel. "Are you even going to acknowledge
He stared at
her furiously, but said nothing.
right," she said, "I forgot, I don't exist when it comes to your
want to do this." Gabe said.
"I think I
do." Stacy said. "What do I have to lose? You all have already
turned your back on me." She looked around the room. "I have
something to say to all of you."
think this is the right time." Thomas started to get
Stacy asked. "I'm sure you've spent the whole night talking about
me anyway, but you can't say it to my face!"
Emma said, taking her by the arm, but Stacy pulled away from her.
She turned towards Lourdes. "I fuckin hated you for days, after
what you did to me. That little stunt that you and your friend
looked across the table at Lourdes. Lourdes looked at the lady
sitting next to her. "Why is she talking to me? Who is that
know." The woman said confused. They both smiled and
"I came up
with so many ideas of how I could get you back," Stacy went on,
"but finally I realized it didn't matter, because guess what? In
the end, you were right!"
smiled, but said nothing. Thomas came from around the table.
"Come on Stacy, let's get you a cup of
faltered, like a bitch!" Stacy yelled. "Just like you said he
looked at Lourdes. Lourdes stared straight
your all going about your lives like nothing ever happened? Well
guess what! I'm not going away that easy!"
to take Stacy's hand, but she jerked away
enough!" Thomas said starting to become upset. "This isn't the
time or the place!"
ignored him and turned toward Gabriel. "Aren't you going to do
anything?" She asked. "Or are you just going to sit there and act
as if you're innocent?" Now the room was focused on Gabe. He
looked embarrassed. "Don't you think you've done enough?" He
back and forth between him and Lourdes. A realization came over
her. She choked back a laugh. "You know, for being such a
bastard, you really are clueless in all of this aren't you?"
Gabriel stood up. "Thomas is right, you should go." He said.
Stacy laughed. "You know, up until this moment, I didn't realized
what an idiot you really are."
everything, you're going to try and insult me?" Gabriel said
wrapped up in your own male ego and bullshit, that you're
clueless to what's really going on around you." Stacy pointed her
index finger at Lourdes. "She knows, don't you get that? How dumb
can you be!" She yelled. Gabriel turned and looked at Lourdes.
"What do you know?" He asked confused. Lourdes raised her
eyebrows at him, but said nothing. At this point, silence was
everything!" Stacy yelled. "She's probably known this whole time!
Did you two come together? Did you think you were off the hook
because now I'm out of the picture? She's just using you and
letting you dig your own grave at the same
believe your doing this." Emma said sadly shaking her head, but
Stacy continued to ignore her. "Did she accept you back with open
arms?" Stacy asked Gabriel. Gabe looked at Lourdes. "I bet she
did," Stacy went on, "but you should ask her
rubbish!" Gabriel said, starting to get angry. "And don't try and
put ideas in Lourdes' head, she's innocent in all of
laughed in disbelief. "Hardly!" She yelled. "This bitch has been
letting you dig your own grave all this time! And she doesn't
care, because she's been too busy fucking your friend!" Stacy
pointed to Alex. Alex looked at Lourdes. Lourdes smiled at him.
There was panic in his eyes. Now the whole room had their
fuck are you talking about!" Gabriel was starting to become
them," Stacy said, "are you going to tell me that you had no
clue? It's been right under your nose the whole time. Have any of
you noticed the way they look at each other? Because I have!
While you and I have been spending the last few weeks together,
they have been spending the last few weeks
laughed. So did Alex. "Oh what's so funny?" Stacy asked. "Guys
protect each other to the end right?"
that's where you're wrong you stupid cunt," Gabe said viciously,
"because Alex has been working!" He turned towards Alex. "Isn't
that right mate?" Alexsander nodded his head slowly. "Not here!"
continued to nod.
exactly would he have time to pursue my girlfriend?" Gabe
around the same time you were pursuing me." Stacy said. "Hello!
Have you ever heard of a plane?"
pursued you. You were always running some kind of game on me!"
Gabriel yelled. But his reasons didn't matter to Lourdes, the
damage was done all the same. On all of their
"So let me
get this straight." Lourdes said, leaning back in her chair.
"You," she said pointing at Gabriel, "have been sleeping with
this whore," she said pointing at Stacy, "and now we," she said
pointing at Alex, "have been sleeping together because the two
buying this bullshit?" Stacy asked Gabriel, but he was so done
seems to be all over now." Lourdes said. "Why is that? What
unbelievable." Stacy said.
on you?" Lourdes asked Gabe.
kidding?" Stacy yelled.
guilty?" Lourdes asked.
don't know do you?" Stacy asked Lourdes. She was walking right
into Lourdes' trap. They might just all get out of this alive.
Gabriel grabbed Stacy. "Take your hands off of me!" Stacy yelled,
but Thomas helped him pull her out of the room. "Ask him why he
dumped me!" Stacy continued to yell. "Ask anyone you're sitting
next to, I bet they all know!"
Lourdes looked at each other. Emma spun around quickly as Stacy
came running back into the room. "Stacy don't-" She tried to
stupid!" She said to Lourdes. "You think you've got it all
figured out? You think you won and your with such a great man!"
Gabriel and Thomas came rushing in after her. "Well I bet you
wouldn't be sitting here at this party with this great man if you
knew that he's given you Gonorrhea!"
gave to me!" Gabriel yelled. The room was silent. Emma had her
hands to her face. Thomas stood there looking apologetic at
Gabriel. How could you not feel bad for the guy? He was coming
off as the worst of worst men.
looked at Alex, eyebrows raised. Their was still panic in his
eyes, but he remained silent. It was probably
what?" Stacy said still talking at Lourdes. "That means, you have
it too sweetie. Did this great man tell you
turned to Lourdes and the room watched and waited for her
response. Some were excited to see the drama. Some were shocked
and appalled. Nobody was expecting this tonight. One thing was
for sure, Lourdes' days of dinner parties with this circle of
people were definitely over...