"Well it's about
fucking time!" Saxony yelled at Lourdes from across the Airport
"Sorry I'm late! An
hour and a half flight took almost 4 hours! Flight delay. Then
luggage and returning phone calls. But I missed you and I can't
believe I'm here!" Lourdes dropped her bags and jump on her
friend that she hadn't seen, in a very, very long time. She had
just touched down in Los Angeles and her first priority was the
girl she hadn't seen in almost a year.
"Only for you, would I
wait hour after hour at LAX!" Saxony said after they pulled away
from their embrace.
"I know, much love
babes!" Lourdes smiled. Saxony had no patience for tardiness or
waiting. Like most people in LA. But Lourdes adored her all the
"I'm working on my
third cup from Starbucks, I'm about to take flight
Lourdes laughed as she
gave her one more hug.
Saxony was a
veteran friend of Lourdes'. What Albear would call
friend. A decade strong, which was rare for
California friendships, even rarer for LA friendships and even
though she no longer lived in The Bay Area, they still remained
"Look at you!" Lourdes
said, playing with her shoulder length brown hair. "You cut your
"I know, I hate it,
but I needed a change." Saxony smiled, brown eyes flickering
through her red framed glasses. "Let's blow this pop stand, don't
want to stay another minute."
"Yes please." Lourdes
said, throwing her bags in the trunk of Saxony's
"So, how's it going?"
Lourdes asked once they were on the road.
"As if you don't
already know." She said. "I'm pretty sure we spoke at least four
"I know, I know,"
Lourdes sang, "I just thought I might have missed
might have missed something." She replied.
"What's new in the
adventures of Lourdes?"
Saxony was very much up to date on her private
"Anyway," she went on,
"you missed nothing but another fabulous day at work." Same old
story." She said sarcastically.
Lourdes nodded her
head and looked over her shoulder at Saxony's massage table in
the back seat. They officially met back in Lourdes' hotel and spa
days. Saxony was one of the most gifted holistic healers working
at the Claremont Resort & Spa and she and Lourdes were bonded
for life the day they decided to jump out of a plane, fifteen
thousand feet up in the air, over Monterey Bay. As for present
circumstances, Lourdes wasn't quite sure you could get her to
ever Sky Dive again, but on that day, they were
But time had passed
and Saxony was now a rock star in LA. Massage therapist to the
stars, a very busy schedule, but of course, she always made time
for Lourdes. Never hurt to have fabulous
"You realize, only for
your hands, would I fly to So Cal to get body work." Lourdes
said, still trying to charm her, to make up for being
"I'm not so sure about
that." Saxony smiled taking her eyes off the road for a moment,
to glance at Lourdes, tiny brown freckles catching the light. "I
bet a certain somebody, may be responsible for you showing up two
"What ever do you
mean?" Lourdes asked innocently, stalling for
"Well, I seem to see
you at least once a year around March-"
"But I plan on being
dead before my 30th birthday this year." Lourdes
"And here you are, in
January, two months early, just to see little 'ole me? I'm
Saxony may have been the only person fully informed and up to
date on Lourdes' love life. She probably knew even more than
Albear. Well, except maybe for the latest thing with
"I just really needed
a break from the grind at home, ya' know?" Lourdes
"Uh, no I don't know!"
Saxony laughed. "What? Catering fabulous parties during the day,
and partying all night becoming too much for
"It's more tedious
than it sounds." Lourdes offered. "And very hard to stay boy
"Hold your breath
while I feel sorry for you." Saxony cracked.
Lourdes laughed. "No
really. I'm freaking. I don't know if I could go a second longer
without seeing you. You're my touchstone, you
"What exactly did you
do?" Saxony asked curiously.
"What do you mean?"
"I mean, what exactly
did you do back at home, that has you escaping to LA to be with
Lourdes sighed loudly.
"Don't I get more credit than that? Couldn't it just be as simple
as I wanted to see you?"
"Yeah sure," Saxony
paused, "but I bet it's not the only
Lourdes was silent.
She was right. It wasn't the only reason.
"Pretty hard to
bullshit somebody you talk to seven days a week 365 days out of
the year." Saxony sang.
Lourdes looked down at
her hands and grinned. Having real friends was much better than a
therapist any day. And much cheaper...
"Is he in town?"
"Maybe." Lourdes said
"So not really taking
a break from the grind, huh?"
"Do I at least get
credit for coming to see you first?"
"I guess." Saxony
muttered, acting hurt.
"Would it make you
feel better if I told you I have a 5lb bag of your favorite
Coconut M &M's in my bag?"
"Now you're talking!"
Saxony said perking up. "I was hoping to at least have breakfast
with you, but now I have to run out to my first client. So where
Lourdes was silent
"What hotel did you
say you were staying at?"
Lourdes was silent a
moment longer. "Why don't I just program the address into your
GPS?" She smiled devilishly.
raised her hand to knock on the door when it swung open. She
stepped back startled. This was the first time she had ever been
place in L.A. And with everything that
happened, she wasn't sure if she should have even come here. But
he was very persuasive. And he couldn't get away from work so he
wanted her to come to him.
"Where have you been?
I thought you were coming hours ago." Alexsander
"Sorry." She stepped
in shrugging her shoulders as he grabbed her bag. "I got held up
with other things. It was all I could do to get
"You look lovely." He
She took the
compliment. She felt pretty good in her red cowl neck sweater and
red swinging mini-skirt.
"Come here." He said.
Lourdes stood there and let him embrace her for what seemed like
forever. When she pulled away, there was something different
about the expression on his face.
"Nothing." He said. "I
just can't believe that you're here."
"Right." Lourdes said,
unsure if that was what he was really
"Well are you alright,
how did the other thing go?"
"Yes," she said, "I
went and got it all taken care of."
"So everything is
"Yep, just like I said
it would be."
Alex grabbed her face
and kissed her, but Lourdes wasn't in the mood. She pulled his
hands away from her face and went to sit
"Oh right," he said,
"I guess that only solves one problem." He closed the door and
came and sat down next to her. "So how did you leave it with
"I left it." Lourdes
said. "As you know, he flew home for the
"And I haven't talked
to him since. He made me promise not to do anything rash until he
"What?" Alex asked
surprised. "And you agreed to that?"
"What else could I
do?" Lourdes asked. "I owe him at least that
"No you don't!" He
stood up agitated. "He's a scumbag who cheated on you, and put
you through a horrible dilemma. You don't owe him
"Listen to what you're
saying." She said smiling. "We're just as much to blame as he
"No we're not." He
"How you figure
"Because we're still
in the clear."
"Stacy only made
herself look worse by that desperate attempt to out us. She
doesn't know anything and everybody knows
"Maybe, but from here
on out, we're going to be watched like a hawk by everybody. The
seed has been planted, now people are going to
"Fuck them." Alex
said. "It's none of their business."
"Yeah your right,"
Lourdes said, "but it doesn't matter."
"Why is that?" He
"Because you and I
won't be hanging together anymore at these little house parties.
I think the damage has been done."
"Don't you think that
only makes us look more guilty?"
"We are guilty!" She
stood up. "Come on, you're an actor, you know how gossip spreads
like wildfire. Think of our little social network as the media.
People are still talking about what happened. Every time I speak
to Emma she's in tears over her failed Christmas party. We have
to nip this thing in the bud. If we don't perform damage control
right now, then things can spiral out of
"Lourdes," he said
walking over to her, "it is over. Now we just let it die a quick
"I agree," she said,
"but no more gatherings, with you and I in the same
Alex sat on the arm of
the sofa and rubbed the back of his neck. He studied Lourdes. "So
what I hear, is that your saying you still care about what
everybody else thinks, because you still intend for Gabe to be in
"I agreed to table my
anger, until he gets back." She said. "That's all we left it
"But why did you even
agree to do that? You didn't have to."
"I know that. I'm just
trying to keep things civil. Isn't that what you
"Gabe's my mate. He is
always going to be around. But it doesn't have to be like that
for you. You have a choice of whether you want to be with him or
not and this is your chance to break free
"And what?" Lourdes
asked. "Be with you?"
Alex stared at her but
that we're getting a little ahead of ourselves." Lourdes said.
"Even if I did break it off with Gabe, we will still
never be free to go out in public. It's all too messy. I mean,
your thing with Celia, my thing with Gabriel. It'll just confirm
all of their suspicions."
"I know this." He
said. "But I thought we were in the clear."
"Are we?" She
"What are you getting
"You and Gabe must
have talked after the party, did he suspect you of any kind of
treachery, at all?"
Alex was silent
"Oh shit." Lourdes
"No it wasn't like
that." He offered. "For the most part, he ranted about Stacy, out
of anger. And he felt like shit that you were put in that
position, but he was grateful that you didn't pile on. He wanted
to know if I thought he still had a chance with
"And what did you
say?" Lourdes asked.
Alex shrugged his
"What did you say?"
"I told him
"Huh," she said
turning away from him slightly, "because you meant it at the time
"Because you and I
plus Gabe makes three and I'm looking to subtract one from the
She turned back
around. "And how did he take that?"
"Do you really care?"
"Yes," she said, "I
need to have all my bases covered before I have to deal with
"He thanked me for
being such a good friend and for keeping my cool at the party and
then he asked me to never talk to you
"He did what?" She
asked surprised. "He really asked you not to talk to me? Well
there you have it, he knows!"
"He doesn't know
anything. But you have to look at it from his perspective. He
cheated on you, he's in the shithouse with his girlfriend, he has
to be out of town-"
"Plus now he knows at
the last minute that you're free and single." She
"Right," he said,
going over that, "so now Gabe is the one covering all of his
bases. He doesn't want to come back home and see that you turned
to me for any kind of comfort. For any
"And you're sure,"
Lourdes paused, "that's all it is."
"As sure as I can be."
Lourdes nodded her
head. "I don't know. It doesn't make sense. He's been pushing us
and pushing us together for so long to be friends. I would think
that, he'd hope that you would be here to talk him up, keep him
in my good graces. Instead of telling you to keep your distance."
She shook her head. "Why didn't you tell me all of this before I
flew out here?"
"Why?" He asked
irritated. "Does it make a difference?"
Lourdes hesitated, she
didn't want to say the wrong thing. She knew she needed to choose
her words carefully around him. "No it doesn't matter," she said,
"I just wanted to have all the information." She tried to sound
sincere. "I would have come anyway."
"Would you?" He
"Babe, what do you
want me to say?" Lourdes asked.
"Say that you don't
care what Gabe is going through, say that all you care about is
being here with me."
"I think you already
know that." She said. "I'm standing here, right in front of you.
And trust me, I don't generally hop on a plane for any
"Yep, so put that in
your pipe and smoke it."
Alex laughed. It was
the first time he seemed at ease since she arrived. He stood up
and came over to her. He kissed her again. "How long can you
stay?" He asked.
"Not long." She said.
"I should probably fly back tonight."
"No way," he said
kissing her again, "you just got here. That's not long
"We'll have to make it
work." She smiled at him. Lourdes looked around for the first
time. "So, show me the place. Give me a
"How about I show you
the bedroom." He said pressing his body up against
"Alex noooo." Lourdes
whined. "You promised we'd wait."
"I can't wait." He
said kissing her neck. "You know I can't." He took her hand and
pressed it against his crotch. "Besides, we're both okay, you
already said so."
"I'm not talking about
that." She protested. Lourdes fluttered her eyes, trying to stay
focused, but it was becoming hard. Tilting her head away made no
difference, he only applied more pressure. "Waiting won't kills
us." She whispered as he ignored her. This whole no means yes and
yes means no, thing wasn't working out for her. He cupped her
face in his hands and kissed her eyelids. "Babe, we should
definitely stop. Let's actually have a conversation for five
minutes." She said as her heart started to pound faster. Alex
grabbed the back of her neck and spoke in her ear in another
"Okay, I don't even
want to know what you just said." She smiled as he laughed. "And
don't ask me to repeat anymore words I don't understand." He
unzipped his pants. Lourdes bit down on her bottom lip,
hesitating a little too long. "I haven't even been here 30
minutes, what kind of girl do you think I
"The kind that doesn't
want to make me wait another second." He
"I'm sure that there
are many other productive things that we could be
"But none would be as
fun." He replied.
"You never listen to
anything I say." She tried to be serious.
"Who the fuck are you
kidding?" He said, using her words. This time she couldn't hide
her smile. "You knew from the moment you stepped off that plane
what would happen when we saw each other." He tried to kiss
"Alex if you're not
going to listen to me, then I'm going home right now." But who
was she kidding? Lourdes turned to walk away as if she was
heading for the front door.
"The fuck you are." He
said grabbing her and turning her back towards him. He grabbed
the back of her neck again, kissing her hard, while he took her
hand and shoved it down his pants. Lourdes knew that they should
wait, she was already involved in such a mess, but if she was any
good at discipline then she wouldn't be in this position right
now. Alex let out a low moan as she squeezed his dick a little
too hard. "What the fuck are you doing?" He breathed kissing
"You're the one who
doesn't want to stop." She said still kissing him. "Don't act
like you don't like it."
Alex pulled his shirt
over his head, letting it drop to the floor. He took Lourdes'
hand out of his pants and turned and walked through the house.
Lourdes stood still and watched him move further and further away
from her until he disappeared. She smiled, shaking her head. She
knew that she should feel bad about what they were doing, but her
lust for him outweighed any kind of real sense that she had. Her
smile grew bigger as Alex popped back into view. He was stark
naked, sporting nothing but a hard on and a smile. "Are you
coming?" He said, tilting his head in the direction he wanted her
to follow. Then he disappeared again.
Lourdes covered her
mouth and stood there a moment longer, testing his patience, and
smiling to herself. She bent down, picked up his shirt and
started playing with it in her hands. She walked slowly through
his place and turned the corner where he had disappeared. She
stepped into the room, not surprised to see him lying naked on
the bed with his hands behind his head. She stepped inside and
closed the door behind her.
"Go ahead and lock
it." He said.
"Now why would I do
that?" Lourdes asked curious. "I thought we were here alone." She
refused to move away from the door until he answered her. "We are
here alone aren't we?"
"Of course. But lock
There wasn't much
point in playing coy, he was already on the bed, she was already
in the room....she turned and locked the door. "Thata-girl." He
said grinning, as he took hold of his, already erect penis and
started stroking it. She walked over to the edge of the bed.
Lourdes lifted up her leg and put one knee on the mattress.
"Don't be shy," he winked at her, "come over and have a taste."
Lourdes stepped back, not please with his comment. "Oh well, when
you put it like that, how can a girl
"Stop wasting time and
get over here." He was starting to become
"What am I supposed to
do with that?" She directed her eyes to his lap. "Looks to me as
if you're doing a pretty good job on your
Yeah, it was a turn on
to watch him, but she just couldn't give in that
He stopped stroking
but he didn't let go. "Lourdes if you make me get off this bed to
come and get you-"
"You'll what?" She
challenged him. "What will you do?"
He let go of himself
and swung one long leg off the side of the
smiled, holding one hand up and putting one knee back on the edge
of the bed as he sat there in mid-stride. She put her other knee
up on the bed and he laid back again. "You drive a hard bargain."
She grinned. She watched him spread his legs back open as she
walked on each knee towards him. She stopped when she reached his
ankles and sat back on her legs. "Yes sir how may I service you?"
He grabbed a hold of
himself again. "You can take off your clothes," he said
seriously, "and, come sit on this."
Lourdes laughed. She
put the tip of her thumb in her mouth and bit down, contemplating
what to do...
She rolled over and
stretched out her body. It must have been late. No sun was
streaming through the windows, there was only darkness. She
couldn't possibly have slept that long. Lourdes looked over to
see the other side of the bed empty. Alex was gone. She looked
over in the other direction and faced the alarm clock. It was
almost 6:30pm. Where did the time go? She sat up in the bed,
bringing her knees to her chest. She thought she heard voices.
She tossed the covers back and quickly got dressed. She made her
way to the bedroom door and put her hand on the knob, turning it
slowly. She opened the door and stepped out. There was laughing
in the distance. A girls laughter. Lourdes crept slowly all the
way to the front. She stood there silently, watching a girl and a
guy compete at a video game. She had no idea who they were. She
spun around quickly to flee.
"Oh hey!" The lady
said. "Don't go, wait."
Lourdes turned back
around. The woman paused the game and jumped up off the sofa and
made her way over to Lourdes. "Hey," she said again shaking
Lourdes' hand, "sorry for the intrusion. Alex had to run out, but
said he would be back a.s.a.p."
"It's no problem, I
just didn't know anyone else was here. I should probably be going
anyway." Lourdes spoke, trying to best asses the
"No way, don't go."
The woman said aggressively. "If Alex finds out that you left,
just because we're here, there's going to be a
Now that the woman was
in her face, Lourdes could tell she was older up close. Maybe 35?
She was the exact same height as Lourdes, at least 5 '10.
Straight brown hair that fell to her shoulders. Fair white skin,
and a smile that made Lourdes automatically think that she was
trouble. She was dressed in all black and her grip was pretty
firm. If she wasn't here with this guy, Lourdes would guess from
her lezzie tank and her shit kicking boots that she would have to
be a member of the all girls league.
"That's Isaac," The
woman pointed over to the sofa as he turned and waved, "and I'm
"Hello." Isaac said
from the sofa. Lourdes sucked in her breath a little. Was she
mistaken or was that another British accent? He was hot. Probably
the same age as Sophie. Tall, even from where he was sitting.
Very muscular arms, from the too tight t-shirt he was wearing,
but smooth dark chocolate skin. Lourdes loved a brotha' with an
"Hi, I'm Lourdes." She
"We know, it's really
great to meet you." Sophie said.
Lourdes asked. "Who I am?" She
smiled nervously. "How is
"From Alex." Sophie
said as if it was so obvious.
"Un-huh." Lourdes said
not sure what to say. "Will you excuse me for a moment? I just
The door opened and
Alexsander came walking in wearing a plaid t-shirt and skinny
jeans. Not one of Lourdes' favorite looks.
"You better stop her."
Sophie turned to him and said. "She's ready to bail, I think
nervously at Sophie, then she turned and stared daggers at Alex.
"I see you met my friends." He said smiling.
Lourdes raised her
eyebrows at him. "I just...I need to get something." She turned
and went back to the bedroom. She could hear Alex whispering
something to them, but she couldn't make out what it was. Once
she was in the room, she started pacing back and forth until Alex
"Lourdes-" He started
"Where are my things,
I have to go." She said.
"Lourdes don't freak
out." He said.
"I'm not freaking
out." She shook her head. "I'm leaving."
"No," he said grabbing
her by both shoulders, "it's not what you
"Not what I think?"
She repeated. "Alex you lied to me! You promised it would be safe
for me to come out here. It hasn't even been one day and two
people have already seen me."
"You can trust them,"
he said, "they're my friends."
"Alex!" She said
starting to get upset. "This is, so not cool. This is not
"You have nothing to
worry about." He said.
"And I swear to
fucking god, that if my being here gets back to Gabriel in any
way, shape or form-"
listen to me!" He said taking his hands away. "They," he pointed
to the closed door, "are my friends.
They don't talk to the media, they don't kiss and tell, and
Lourdes stood back and
crossed her arms over her chest. She rocked back and forth on her
heels. "Okay," she said, "have it your way."
"Oh don't do that." He
said as she looked away. "Don't take a piss at me over this, we
were having such a good time."
"Then why do you keep
pushing your boundaries?" She asked. "I didn't think coming out
here was a good idea, you talked me into
"Oh please, if you
didn't want to come, you wouldn't have!" He
"You knew we were
suppose to wait on the sex thing and you bullied me into
"You're a grown woman,
take some responsibility!" He said tossing his hands in the
"And now you invite
people over, when you promised it would be just
"Will you stop your
bitching and moaning, because you're doing my head in!" He yelled
talking, she was stunned.
"I didn't invite them
over. They happened to be in town and they dropped by for a