"So how's life
treating ya?" Lita asked Lourdes as they walked down a street in
the city. It was cold, the fog was in. An uneventful Monday
night, but that would soon change. Lourdes pulled off her red
leather gloves so she could tie her brown wool coat tighter
around her waist. She wished she hadn't washed her hair before
she left. The curly locks would take forever to dry and all the
cold was going straight to her head.
"My gosh, what a
fucking weekend." Lourdes exclaimed. "I think I need to be alone,
for like, years."
"Last night's party
was awesome." Lita said laughing.
Lourdes repeated sarcastically. She was in the total doghouse
with Pullo. Well, sort of.
"No fireworks this
time." Lita said referring back to the last party they were
"At least not
"Well it couldn't have
been too bad, you two looked like star crossed lovers this
"Let's just say, our
little after party, was better than the actual
Lita laughed and
nodded her head. "So what do ya' think?" She asked. "Can the two
of you work it out?"
"So your sticking
"What does that
"It's means, I'm in
it, until it runs it's coarse."
"What's makes you
think that'll happen?"
"Come on Lita,"
Lourdes said sighing, "let's look at the reality of the
situation. Nothing is ever going to come of the two of us, we
live in two completely different worlds."
"So your saying his
age is a problem?"
"Isn't it for
Lourdes said again, "be truthful. If you and Jasper were an
actual real couple, you
wouldn't have a problem with the fact that he's much older than
"People make it work
all the time."
"Celebrities make it
work all the time. Celine Dion. Catherine Zeta-Jones. Not Lourdes
Lita laughed. "Well
let me ask you this, did his age suddenly become a problem once
you discovered who he really is?"
"Yes, I mean the wife
"His age was never a
problem for me. It's not like I ever thought I would marry the
guy. We're just having a good time."
"But I will say that,
knowing what I know now, his past does ensure that we will never
be more than what we are."
"Which is what?" Lita
"Don't you think
that's an over simplification of things?"
"No." Lourdes said
looking at her and shaking her head. "We can't be defined as
anything but. He's not my boyfriend, he's not my
"Yeah, but your
Lourdes stopped and
turned towards Lita. "Babe, why you working so hard at
Lolita shrugged her
shoulders. "I just want to know where you
"I don't like labels
very much." Lourdes said. "Not everything has to fit perfectly
into place. I've lived that life before and trust me, I prefer a
Lita nodded her head.
"Got it." She said. They started walking again. "So if you and
Pullo don't work out..."
"Lita." Lourdes said
"No, I just want to
know," she said, "if the relationship runs it's
"Will I still be in
Lourdes stopped. "Of
course! Why wouldn't you be?"
"I don't know. I just
thought, maybe it'd be awkward."
"Well yeah, I met you
as a result of Pullo. But his and my relationship has nothing to
do with you and I."
Lita smiled. "Good."
"Yep, you're separate
entities." Lourdes smiled back.
"So what we're about
to do right now..."
"What's the point? I
mean, are you really angry? Do you even
"No. I guess I'm not
angry. I'm not a fool, I guess I could see this coming
"It's a matter of
"I hear that." Lita
said. "So how do I look?"
Lourdes looked her
over. Lita had her long black hair pulled up into a polished
ponytail. Tiny pearls in both ears, a soft white sweater and dark
blue skinny jeans on. The heels of her Christian Siriano pumps
were so high, that she was almost face to face with Lourdes. "You
look great," Lourdes smiled, "I'd fuck you."
Lita smiled. "You look
great too. And don't worry, because I have your
"I'm not worried,"
Lourdes said, opening the door to a bar, "I know exactly what I'm
Stacy raced around the
bar, serving drinks as quickly as possible. They were
short-handed tonight and the place was a mad house. "Hello there,
what can I get for you?" She asked.
"Hi, um two shots of
Cazadores." Lita smiled brightly at her. She wasn't sure if this
was the same girl. They had only met briefly at the Pride Diner
some time ago. But she recognized that annoying, squeaky, mousy
voice of hers. "I love your t-shirt by the way." Lita
"You do?" Stacy pulled
down the bottom of the shirt, modeling it for Lita. "Thank you.
It was a present from a friend."
"Oh, a boyfriend?"
Lita asked curious. She was pretty sure Stacy didn't remember her
Stacy smiled shyly.
"That's cool." Lita
said as Stacy pulled the alcohol off of the shelf. "How long have
the two of you been dating?"
Stacy poured the
shots. "Off and on for some time now." She
"Oh I see." Lita said.
"He has another girlfriend?"
"No." Stacy said
quietly. "No," she said again with more conviction, "he does
date, but I'm his main girl, if you know what I
"Yes I know what you
mean!" Lita said laughing as Stacy set down the shots in front of
her. Lita picked up one glass. "Oh honey, that one's for you!"
She said pointing at the other shot glass.
Stacy smiled, picking
up the shot and clinking the glass with Lita. "Thanks." She
"I"m Lita by the
Lita knocked the shot
back and set the glass down. "How bout' another?" She
"Have another one on
me too." Lita said drumming her fingers on the edge of the
"Sure." Stacy said,
pouring them both another drink.
"So your fella, is he
"How hot? I mean, are
we talking tall dark and handsome or your average boy next
"Tall dark and
handsome." Stacy said, sliding over another shot. "Dark brown
hair, strong jaw, great body, sexy good looks, but not a pretty
"Ick." Lita smiled. "I
hate those pretty boys."
Stacy clinked the
glass with her. "And British." She said.
"Really?" Lita asked
surprised. "You know, I'm a sucker for accents! Please tell me he
has a friend!"
Stacy laughed. "He has
plenty of friends, but they're not all
"You know, it's
funny," Lita paused, "come to think of it, my girlfriend is
dating a British guy also, they must grow on tree's around
"Or something!" Stacy
"Yeah," Lita said,
"what did you say his name was again?"
Stacy paused. "I
didn't." She said looking at her suspiciously, but decided that
she was no threat. "His name is Gabriel."
"Get out!" Lita said.
"Hey one more drink for the road."
"You got it." Stacy
poured one last shot for the both of them.
"You know, it's the
darndest thing," Lita said pulling out her wallet, "how much do I
"Let's call it even."
"Great. That's great!"
Lita said. "Thank you. At least take this
"So what's the
darndest thing?" Stacy asked.
"It's just that my
friend, the one with the British guy also," Lita turned and
looked across the bar, "oh hey, yeah come over
"It's just that my
friend is dating a guy named Gabriel also."
Stacy looked at Lita.
"Your kidding right?"
Lita stopped smiling.
She shook her head no.
"Have we met somewhere
before?" Stacy asked, wondering what was going
"Yeah," Lita said
seriously, "I think maybe we have."
Stacy frowned up a
little, trying to figure out what was going on. Lita picked up
the last two shots as Lourdes approached. She handed Lourdes,
Stacy's shot. They clinked their glasses and both tossed it back
at the same time.
"This is my friend,"
Lita said smiling devilishly, "Lourdes, meet
"What the fuck is
going on?" Stacy asked looking back and forth between the both of
"Stacy was kind enough
to buy us a round of drinks on the house." Lita smiled at
Lourdes. "And it turns out the two of you have a lot in
"Is that a fact?"
Lourdes asked flatly, not taking her eyes off of
"Yep," Lita said,
"turns out the two of you are both dating a British guy named
"Well isn't that a
co-ink-adink!" Lourdes said sarcastically. "What a small
"Lourdes, I don't know
what to say," Stacy offered, "you should really talk to Gabe
about all of this."
"I should." Lourdes
said nodding her head like that never occurred to her. "But I'm
standing here in front of you."
"I can't get into
this," Stacy said, "I'm working."
"Looks like your
drinking to me."
"Look, I can take a
break in maybe twenty minutes, then we can
Lourdes laughed. "Yeah
I'll hold my breath."
"We can talk on my
break." Stacy insisted.
"What the fuck makes
you think I want to talk to you?" Lourdes asked
"I'm not the problem,"
Stacy said, "you should talk to Gabe, this is what he
Lourdes said nothing,
silently staring at her.
"He's mine." Stacy
said. "He's always been mine. We want to be
"Sorry Stacy," Lourdes
said shaking her head, "I'm here to let you know, that the
Stacy shrugged her
shoulders. "What more can I say?"
"I don't need you to
say anything." Lourdes smiled. "There is nothing that you can say
that would mean anything to me. Just like you don't mean anything
to Gabe either."
Stacy laughed. "If I
don't mean anything to Gabe, then why is he picking me up from
work as soon as I get off?"
Lourdes sat her purse
on the counter, pulling out her white cell
"Oh that purse is
beautiful!" Lita said. "Is that the new
"Yes it is!" Lourdes
sang. "A gift from that British guy."
"Wow," Lita said, "he
must really like you."
laughed again. "Is that supposed to
"No." Lourdes said.
But I'll tell you what, this will." She held up the cell phone.
"You see," she began dialing numbers, "a stiff prick knows no
conscience." The phone started ringing. "And I can forgive Gabe's
indiscretions, because even the best of men are capable of
committing a passionate crime." The phone continued to ring. "Now
if he actually loved you, then I might be
Stacy crossed her
arms. "What makes you think he doesn't?"
answered the phone.
"Hey Gabe." Lourdes
said smiling with her eyes at Stacy.
"What are you doing?"
"Hey baby, alright
then?" He asked.
"Yeah, I'm good."
Lourdes said. "Listen I'm in the city, and I thought you might
want to get together."
Stacy stood there for
what seemed like forever. The longer Lourdes was silent, the
harder it was for Stacy to keep a smile from forming on her
"You have plans?"
her eyebrows, as if to say,
see I told you
"How important can
your plans possibly be? Wouldn't you rather be with
"Give it up." Stacy
said. "Don't embarrass yourself any
"What's that you say?"
Lourdes asked. "Are you sure I'm not taking you away from an
Stacy's smile started
"Are you sure you're
not doing anything special?" Lourdes asked. "Well in that case,
why don't I meet you in about 20 minutes?"
"How do I know that
you're even talking to Gabriel?" Stacy
Lourdes said, "see you soon." She hung up the
"That doesn't prove
anything," Stacy said, "you could have been talking to
smiled, "I guess only time will tell."
"Yeah I guess so."
Stacy said smartly. She could barely get the words out as her own
cell phone started to ring.
Lourdes watched Stacy
as she checked the caller i.d. She could see Stacy's face start
to fall. It couldn't be anybody else but Gabe calling, to cancel
"If I were you,"
Lourdes said, "I'd take this opportunity to plead my case. You
might actually have a chance of winning him over." Stacy looked
up, shooting daggers at Lourdes as her cell continued to ring.
"But my guess is," Lourdes continued, "is that he's forgotten all
about you. And I'm going to make sure it stays that way." Lourdes
put her purse on her shoulder and waved goodbye. "Tell Gabe I
Stacy continued to
look pissed, but she said nothing.
Lita stood up off the
bar stool. "Nice to meet you," she said, "thanks for the
"I can't believe we
just did that." Lita said laughing. As they exited the bar and
began heading away.
"Yeah, sorry to drag
you in the middle." Lourdes said as she checked her
"No worries," Lita
said, "that was fun."
"I guess from an
outside perspective." Lourdes mumbled.
"Are you kidding?"
Lita said. "I think you handled yourself with great restraint. I
wanted to clock that bitch for you."
Lourdes continued to
look at her messages as they walked. "She's not worth it." She
mumbled. Lita grabbed her arm.
Lourdes looked up.
"What?" She asked.
"She's not worth it or
Gabriel's not worth it?"
"She is not worth
it." Lourdes said looking back down at her
"What is it with you?"
Lita asked. "You're permanently glued to your cell these days. If
you're not careful, your going to walk right into a telephone
Lourdes rolled her
eyes. "Lita, I'm a big girl, I can walk and chew gum at the same
Lita laughed. "Right."
She said. "But I'm hanging with you this very moment, so can't
you focus on that later?"
Lourdes slid the cell
"So where to now?"
Lita asked. "You up for some dinner?"
Lourdes shrugged her
shoulders. "Who can eat at a time like
"You up for
She shrugged her
"So you don't feel
"You feel like being
Lourdes stopped and
turned to Lita. "What did you just say?"
"Nothing," Lita said
shaking her head but she was smiling from ear to ear, "just
checking, to see if you were listening."
"Right." Lourdes said
looking at her sideways, but they continued to
"How's your week
shaping up?" Lita asked.
"Busy, busy." Lourdes
"More like social
"Still coming to girls
"As far as I
"What are you going to
do about Stacy and Gabriel?"
That stopped her
again. "Okay, don't ever say their names together like that, in
the same sentence, again."
"Shit. Sorry." Lita
said. "So what are you going to do?"
"Ride it out." Lourdes
kidding? You can't ride it out, she's going to run right back to
him and let him know that you know."
"How can you be so
"Because then every
bodies left with facing the consequences right before the
holiday's, and nobody wants that."
"Bullshit." Lita said.
"That bitch is going to be at his front door, the minute her
shift is over, making her demands. Mark my
Lourdes said. "I can't believe your acting so
blasé about this.
Aren't you worried at all?"
"What makes you so
"Because I have all
"And I know Gabe, he
might be dippin' his wick just to get it
"But at the end of the
day, I also know that he's just using her for fringe
"What are you waiting
for?" Lita asked. "Cashing in on Christmas presents before you
break up with him?"
"It's not about that."
Lourdes said. "I just need to keep the peace a little while
longer. I have a lot on my plate."
scoffed. "My life." She said.
"It's everything and everyone around me. Pullo, Gabe, Alex,
Albear, the boys, you, meeting your friends, dealing
with my friends,
dealing with their friends. My
family, catering, writing...the list goes on and
They reached the car
but didn't get in right away.
"You know, you never
really talk about him. Gabriel." Lita said. "I just sort of
thought you were hangin' with him like you were hangin' with
"More or less."
"But now...I think
it's more than that."
"What do you mean?"
Lourdes asked, she wasn't sure if she liked the direction of
where this was heading.
"I think you love
him." Lita said. "Do you....love him?"
"I love everybody,"
Lourdes said, "I have a big heart."
Lita smiled, but she
wasn't ready to let Lourdes dodge the question. "I just thought,"
Lita paused again, "I just thought with everything else you have
going on, that you weren't really serious about
"Why would you think
"Oh I don't know,
maybe because your fucking his friend!"
laughed. "Lita, Alex and I, are never going to go
anywhere. He's the fling. A
hot piece of blonde boy
blonde anymore." Lita smirked. "And, ya' could have fooled me."
She blurted out loudly. "I mean that whole scene the week of
Thanksgiving? What am I suppose to think after
"I think that if you
hadn't been snooping, then there would be nothing for you to
"You're blaming that
night on me?"
"Alex is fun!" Lourdes
reasoned. "He is sex on a stick. Just boy candy." Lourdes paused
as a few people passed them on the street. "You don't hang on to
someone like that," she spoke more softly, "you enjoy it and pass
"I don't understand."
"Gabriel and I have an arrangement. We're not monogamous, we both
see other people."
"So what was the point
of what we did back there?"
"It's was the
principal of the matter. He didn't tell me about it. His ex is
not allowed on the menu."
"I'm sure he'd say the
same thing about Alex."
"I'm sure he would,"
Lourdes said, "if he ever found out."
"What makes you think
that he won't?"
my first time around the block," Lourdes said looking down at her
black phone as it started to ring, "I
what I'm doing." It was Alex, but she
couldn't answer, Lita was already giving her enough
Lolita unlocked the
car and they both got in. "You should be careful." She
"I'm a free spirit, I
can't be accounted for." Lourdes smirked.
Lita laughed. "Well
I'm sure that won't hold up if you ever get caught. No really,
you're playing a dangerous game."
Lourdes looked at her
seriously. "This is my life," she said, "who's