It was a bright and
sunny day, but cold. Lourdes clung to her jacket and pulled her
cashmere scarf around her neck tighter. She was standing outside
of the Diner. There was caution tape everywhere and two police
cars parked across the street.
"Oh, I'm sorry, you're
waiting and I'm late!" Lolita came running up. She obviously
wasn't as cold. She was wearing a small white baby tee with a
denim vest over it, along with high waited shorts and cha cha
heels. "Hi!" She gave Lourdes a hug and they turned to walk into
Lolita had called her
earlier that morning wanting to know if she was interested in
coffee and a morning walk. Lourdes was game. Lita seemed like a
whole lot of fun and Lourdes was desperate to burn off all the
booze and drugs from the day before.
"Were you waiting
long?" She asked.
"No, I got here not
too long ago." And that was true. Lourdes never made it home last
night. She ended up crashing at Albear's ridiculous loft. She was
so happy that he didn't bring a trick home. As nice as his
Italian sofa is to crash on, she wanted to sleep in his bed with
his arms wrapped around her. It's amazing how sweet Albear could
be when he thought nobody was watching.
Corey, Tyler and
Lamont were all sitting at the counter reading the paper,
drinking coffee and gossiping. They were all laughing at a story
that Tyler was telling about one of his past
"So he's chanting my
name," Tyler said, "and he keeps moaning Skyler!
"Skyler?" Corey said
laughing with Lamont. "Who the hell is
"Hey guys." Lourdes
All three of them
turned around. Tyler's eyes opened wide with surprise and he
looked a little embarrassed.
"This is my friend
Lita. This is Corey, Lamont and Tyler."
"Hi!" Lita smiled
waving at them.
"Hello." They all said
them a funny face. Their greetings were polite, but she could
tell they were wondering why she would bring an outsider
into their Diner. They
considered Lourdes to be one of them, but Lita was somebody that
they had never met
Lamont leaned in close
to Lourdes. "Honey how you doin'?" He asked
Corey and Tyler leaned
in close to hear her answer. In an drunken rage, she spilled all
the gory details about Alex last night, and the boys were still
spinning from it.
Lourdes smiled. "I'm
great." She turned to Lita. "We should probably sit
There were not very
many seats left, so they quickly slipped into one of the last
"Yesterday was fun."
"So what's up with you
"I don't know,"
Lourdes said, "he seems nice enough like I
"Nice?" Lita said. "It
looked to me like there was a lot more going on than nice between
Lourdes nodded her
head. "He's a little intense."
Lita nodded her head
smiling brightly. "Yeah, that he is. Do you think you can handle
Lourdes said. "He's kind of intimidating. How old is he
"Older," Lita said,
"but so worth it."
"Now this is the kind
of breakfast talk that I was looking for, I love hearing about
prime aged cock." Albear slid in the booth next to Lourdes
wearing dark black shades.
Albear looked from
Lita to Lourdes and smiled. Lourdes shook her head and rolled her
eyes. "She thinks I'm funny, I like her already." He said. "Who
"Albear this is Lita.
Lita this is Albear, my evil alter ego." Lourdes said introducing
A busboy came and
brought them water.
Lita reached out to
shake hands with Albear and he kissed her's.
She started laughing
again. "My, he's very charming."
"It's all an act."
Lourdes could barely say as Alby nudged her in her
"Wow look at those
cheek bones, well aren't you something to look at." He said to
"Did I mention he is
also a shameless flirt?" Lourdes asked.
Lita looked at Lourdes
and smiled. She was almost blushing. Albear had that effect on
people. Then she beamed at Albear and Alby turned and beamed at
Lourdes, mocking her.
Lourdes winked at
Lita, not really knowing what to say. She was just glad that Alby
was in a good mood and not giving Lita the third
"So who were we
talking about?" He asked.
Lita's long black hair
fell over her face as she looked down to unroll her napkin. She
glanced up at Lourdes from an angle, waiting for her to answer.
She wasn't sure if it was okay to talk about Pullo in front of a
"I sort of met someone
yesterday at work." Lourdes said grabbing her napkin
"My, we move on
quickly." Albear said as he rested his head on her shoulder. She
shrugged it off wanting him to keep his mouth
"Move on quickly from
what?" Lita asked.
"That's right honey,"
Lamont said swishing up with a coffee mug and sitting down next
to Lita, "the best way to get over one man is to get under a new
one. So I say you go for it." He was obviously was listening to
their conversation from the counter.
"Wait, what is going
on?" Lita asked intrigued.
"So, what new guy are
we talking about?" Lamont asked.
"You didn't tell her
about last night?" Albear asked.
Lourdes put one hand
on her forehead as if she was getting a
"Tell me what?" Lita
"About last night at
Sin City." Lamont said.
"We just sat down two
minutes ago." Lourdes whined. She couldn't talk about last
night's humiliation without coffee. And maybe a
"Wait, Sin City, that
night club?" Lita asked.
Lamont slurped his
coffee loudly, looking around the room bracing himself for
whatever bigoted remark that was about to come out of her
"Oh I love that
place!" Lita gushed.
Lamont smiled at
Lourdes looking relieved. Lourdes smiled back reassuringly. She
wouldn't have invited Lita there if she wasn't sure that she'd be
"Don't we all." Albear
started to say.
"I'm just saying,
aren't we the latest thing for straight people's amusement. Want
something different on your Saturday night? Let's go to a gay
club and experience the here and now."
"Actually, I have a
lot of gay friends." Lita said speaking up for herself. "And I've
gone to Sin City with them. I think it's a great place and one of
the best clubs in the city."
"She's right," They
all looked up at who was talking, "I think it's a great place too
and we had so much fun there last night. Didn't
It was Stacy the
bartender. She and Emma were standing there with Thomas and
Corey and Tyler turned
around from the counter immediately. As shocked as they were,
they still managed to throw daggers at Alexsander. Of course his
back was to them.
looked at Lourdes a little annoyed, her eyes widen as if to
had no idea they were going to come
Albear stood up and
said, "I gotta take a piss." He put his hand on his crotch and
headed to the bathroom.
Lamont laughed, and
started drinking his coffee again. He took one look at Emma's
plaid L.L. Bean coat and Thomas' khaki trousers and knew they
were only here to look at the freak show. A field trip away from
"Charming guy." Thomas
barked, squinting his eyes through his frame-less glasses at
Lita was smiling, but
she noticed immediately that Lourdes was uncomfortable, she
wondered who these people were.
"Hey guys!" Lourdes
could barely choke out. "What are you doing here?!" She glanced
at Alex for two seconds. He was standing there looking
spectacular, blue eyes matching perfectly with his blue tank and
blue shirt. His thumbs were hooked on the pockets of his blue
jeans and his goatee had grown in even more. It wasn't fair that
she wanted him so badly and hated him so much at the same
"After you said that
you were here at dinner last night," Emma said looking around
excited, "we thought we'd come down and check out the
"Come down from
where?" Lamont asked. "Pacific Heights?"
"Oh no," Emma said
seriously, "Twin Peaks." Not realizing that Lamont was making fun
"Of course, my
mistake." Lamont said tossing his head in the air. Stacy frowned
"Um, these are my
friend's Lamont and Lita." Lourdes blurted out, trying to steer
the conversation in a different direction.
"And this is Emma, Thomas, Stacy and Alexsander." Lourdes could
barely say his name. She tried her hardest not to even look at
crossed his arms over his chest. "I suggested that Lori's Diner
would be a more appropriate location to eat, but they all wanted
to come here." He was looking around the
suggested that we expand our horizons." Alexsander said smiling
at all of them.
Lourdes wouldn't even
look at him. She felt sick. Who the hell did he think he was?
What kind of mind fuck was he attempting? It's was obvious he
masterminded all of this. She wondered where was
"Well there's nothing
to worry about," Lamont said standing up and heading back to the
counter with Corey and Tyler, "after what happened to toilet boy
yesterday, there are plenty of cops everywhere, so you're quite
"Toilet boy?" Stacy
"Yeah," Tyler spoke up
brushing his black Caesar cut forward, "somebody murdered one of
the locals yesterday and the cook found him dead in the bathroom
"And these are also my
friends, Corey and Tyler." Lourdes
Stacy and Alex both
turned and smiled at them. Curious to have put a name to the
faces from last night, Lourdes guessed. Corey and Lamont barely
looked at Stacy but they both gave Alex sexy
Lourdes threw them dirty
looks. A flash of white teeth by and cute boy and their legs were
already up in the air.
"No shit?" Stacy said.
"Is that why we're here?"
"Oh my god," Lita
said, "is this why this place is so packed? Everybody trying to
check out the scene of a crime?"
Corey, Tyler and
Lamont all stared at, Stacy, Alexsander, Emma and
eyebrows tried not to frown, but she turned a little red feeling
shamed. She smoothed her blonde hair back into a bun, looking
around. Thomas looked like he couldn't wait to get out of
Lourdes could barely
concentrate, the only thing she cared about was the fact that
Stacy was standing there leaning against Alex. She wondered what
was going on between them.
"Come on guys, we
should grab our seats, before we lose them." Emma said, pulling
Thomas away to sit down. Stacy turned to follow them, but she
noticed that Alex wasn't moving. Emma gestured for her to come
over. She didn't want to but she went
Albear came out of the
bathroom taking off his shades and walked up to the booth as if
he was about to sit down, but instead he stopped right in front
They were face to
Corey, Tyler and
Lamont looked at each other excited. Waiting to watch, two dogs
ready to mark their territory.
Albear could always be
counted upon to be ruthless. Alby extended his left hand out to
Lourdes without breaking eye contact with
Stacy looked at
Lourdes as she grabbed the hot guy from Sin City's hand and he
pulled her up out of the booth.
Albear pulled Lourdes
close to him still holding her hand and quickly whispered
something in her ear. "Go to my car, get my smokes, I'll take
care of this."
Stacy could tell Alex
had no idea what he said. But whatever it's was, it looked
naughty. They were almost too far away to hear anything with all
the people talking in the diner.
Albear gave Lourdes
his car keys and she went rushing out the front
Alex turned and
watched her go. Then he turned to Albear. "You have her well
tamed." He said coolly.
Alby smiled and half
laughed at him. "You have no idea." He said.
Lourdes was almost
back to the diner with Alby's cigarettes, when Stacy and
Alexsander came out the door. She stopped in her tracks, they
hadn't seen her. They looked like they were having a heated
argument about something.
advancing slowly. They were still in each others faces, before
they realized that she was standing in front of
They both turned and
looked at her.
"You know there's
passion involved between two people when they argue like that."
"We're not arguing!"
Stacy practically hissed in a squeaky voice. She looked at the
both of them and stormed back into the diner. She stormed back
out five seconds later, marching past them.
Lourdes turned and
started to go in also.
"You're not going to
ignore me." He said.
Lourdes spun around
enraged, but he was smiling at her with those
"Who do you think you
are to ambush me like this after what you did?" She
Alex nodded his head
in agreement and reached his hand out to squeeze her shoulder. It
gave her butterflies in her stomach. She looked away, sickened
that she was so attracted to him.
"I may have
over-reacted a little last night." He
"At which part?" She
said. "Following me to the club or what you did to me
afterwards?" She walked away from the restaurant and stood over
by the store next door so no one inside could see them
"Both." He said coming
up behind her. He turned her to face him. Lourdes barely
resisted. Just the touch of his hands on
"Alright then," he
said, "we both know I can be a bit of an asshole sometimes." He
leaned forward and whispered in her ear. "But I can make up for
it in so many other ways."
Lourdes looked up at
him, frowning. "Is that your way of
Alex shook his head.
"You knew what you were doing every second out on that dance
floor, you were trying to drive me mad."
"So what was that in
the hallway, your fucked up way of getting back at
triumphant in the fact that he had gotten to her. "I bet you
thought about it all night."
Lourdes wanted to slap
him. He was right. Instead she chose to walk
He was quickly
learning how to get in her head. He grabbed her hand in
mid-stride and pulled her back over to him. "I'm not going to
apologize for last night. I was there, I know you enjoyed it." He
said. Lourdes began to open her mouth, but he put one finger to
"You're crazy." She
"Tell me about it." He
"I know." He said,
smiling wider, rocking back and forth on his
"You're going to get
us caught!" She exclaimed, wanting him to hear the panic in her
Something flickered in
his eyes. "I want to see you." He said.
"No way!" Lourdes
said, but in that moment, her heart started beating
"Tomorrow's one of the
big Halloween parties, Gabriel has to work, he suggested that you
be my date."
"Do you hear how
insane that sounds?" She asked frantically.
Alexsander took a step
closer to her and put his thumb and index finger on her chin. He
tilted her face up towards his and spoke softly. "There's nothing
wrong with your boyfriend offering you up as an escort for his
mate. It's the honorable thing to do."
"There is nothing
honorable about what your doing." She said. "Do you even realize
how dangerous this is?"
"What am I doing?" He
"You bring Stacy to
the night club. You bring Emma and Thomas here and I happen to be
at both places, what do you think people are going to
"Their going to say
after a dinner party I took Stacy out to a club. Their also going
to say, after somebody was killed yesterday they decided to have
breakfast at that location to see all of the news and buzz.
They're not going to realize that this had anything to do with
you. We haven't done anything wrong. We're in the
Lourdes was silent for
and moment and she took a step back. Did he just say what she
thought he said?
admit that...all of this is about me?"
She asked shyly.
nothing. But the look on his face at the gravity of what he just
admitted, was all the answer she needed.
"I still think Stacy
knows something." She said.
"She's clueless." Alex
said confidently. "Trust me."
"I don't think I can
trust you." Lourdes said staring into his
"You're just mad about
last night," He whispered bringing his face even closer to hers,
"you'll get over it."
"Fuck you." Lourdes
exclaimed trying to break away from him.
said cockily, "tomorrow night, after the Halloween party, that's
exactly what I'm gonna do to you."
Lourdes was very far
away in her thoughts, but Lolita was chattering a million miles a
minute. They were supposed to be having a blissful morning walk
but now that was shot to shit.
"I can't believe it.
It was like I was sitting there watching a movie, you know. Even
though I had no idea what was going on, it was awesome! Why did
you leave? Where did you go? It was like some kind of
"A dueling, huh."
Lourdes said not quite as excited.
"Yeah! It was like you
had the fashionably cool gays off to one side and the insanely
hot American Apparel, barbie doll cut outs, off to another side,
having a stand off, and you were right in the middle of it!" She
said grabbing her arm and squeezing tight. They reached the end
of the sidewalk and stopped at a street
"And I promise,
promise, promise to be your best friend if you tell me what the
hell was going on!" Lita said still holding on to her and
"Honey," Lourdes said,
"I'm gonna need a couple of drinks before I even go
brilliantly. "I think I have a bottle of Jack in the trunk of my
car." She sang. "Let's go to it and I'll tell you what you
missed, when you left the Diner."
"What's he doing?"
"I don't know, I can't
hear anything." Emma replied.
"Who cares." Thomas
said. "I wish he would come and sit down so we can
"You two seem very
close." Alexsander said.
"How could you tell?"
Albear asked sarcastically.
Alex took a step
towards him but Albear held his ground. "Does Gabriel know you
kiss her like that?"
"Kiss her like what?"
Alby exclaimed. "I haven't touched that
"I mean last night at
"You were watching
us?" Albear asked shocked and dismayed. Tyler had to choke back a
laugh, if he wasn't at Sin City last night to witness everything,
he would have almost believed Albear's acting. "Who are you to be
worried that I'm some kind of threat?" Albear said arrogantly.
"Who the fuck are you again?"
Albear." Corey said quickly. Albear smiled at him, but the look
on his face said butt out.
"I'm a friend
of Gabriel's," Alex continued saying, "you do know Gabriel, don't
Albear looked up in
the air as if he was trying to scan his memory. "Right, the
boyfriend." He said.
"Gabe knows that
you're a friend of Lourdes right?" Alex asked
Albear half laughed
again. "Yeah something like that." He said.
"Something like that?"
Alexsander repeated, sounding aggressive.
"Why?" Alby said.
"What do you care?"
"She's a friend." Alex
replied. "And so is Gabriel."
"Well I can't say that
I've heard much about you." Alby said. "Or Gabriel for that
"So what do you do
The boys leaned in
"I'm a performance
"Oh yeah?" Alby said,
"Is there much fucking in your line of
Alex didn't respond,
Lamont was practically hanging out of the chair. What was he
doing? Lourdes would kill him if he let on more than he
Corey started to say
something, big puppy dog eyes wide, but he stopped himself, it
was probably better to stay out of it.
"What do you do
Albear?" Alexsander asked.
"Oh, so you must know
quite a lot about fucking, yourself." Alex
"Yeah, I could teach a
few things." Albear rethorted.
"I bet you
"You know, Alex,"
Albear said taking a step towards him, if they were any closer,
they would be touching, "if you were ever interested in getting
down with me and my girl-"
"Holler at me." Alby
grinned. "Lourdes usually reels them in
"I get the feeling
they end up with you?" Alex said
Albear smiled sweetly.
"The special ones."
"I doubt it." Alex
"Um Albear?" Corey
Alex turned and walked
away. He sat down in the booth with his
"What was that all
about?" Emma asked concerned.
"Just making forward
introductions." Alexsander said looking out the diner
"You boys play nice."
Emma said polishing the silverware with her
friends of Lourdes."
"Some friends." Stacy
Alex grunted in
"Stacy!" Emma said
looking around the room, trying to see if anybody was listening
to them. "Just because they are a little different, doesn't make
them any less than we are."
doesn't?" Stacy asked with her voice two octaves higher, as she
handed her silverware
over to Emma to polish. Thomas started laughing. Emma put down
the cutlery and tossed her napkin at Stacy. "Okay look, maybe
coming here was a bad
"Damn right." Thomas
said. "How's Lori's Diner sound?"
"It sounds like we'll
be driving back across town." Alex replied.
"Great, let's go."
They all got up to
leave. "Stacy, do you think you can catch a ride with Emma and
Thomas? I'm going to use the restroom and then the ATM and I'll
catch you up." Alexsander said.
Emma and Thomas nodded
their heads and went out the door, but Stacy
"What are you doing?"
Alex began heading out
the door also, he could tell that she was about to say something
she shouldn't and he didn't want Lourdes' friends to hear them
managed to get in that guys face back there, don't you think you
should just leave it alone?"
"You should catch up
to Emma and Thomas." Alex said pointing his finger in the
direction Emma and Thomas were heading. "I'll meet you guys over
"The bathroom and the
ATM?" She said. "That's so lame, what are you really going to
"I'm going to go and
get Gabe and we'll meet you at the other diner." Alex said
It was obvious that
Stacy wasn't going to illicit a reaction from him. And it was
starting to become frustrating, plus she could see Lourdes coming
back down to street. She wasn't going to get anywhere with this
guy. "Damn it." She muttered. "I left my jacket
"Better hurry up and
get it before a queen snatches it." Alex was smirking, but it
pissed Stacy off all the more. Maybe her pursuing him was a bad
The boys were still
hanging out after the group had left. "Who the fuck do they think
they are coming here and judging us?" Lamont said while motioning
to a waitress for another cup of coffee.
"They're like any
other nosy asshole looking for a good show." Albear said, tossing
down his shades and sitting on one of the stools. "Let's not make
this a gay/straight thing."
"It is a gay straight
thing!" Corey said dramatically, his puppy dog eyes getting wide.
"They wouldn't have come here if it was some straight boy shot to
death. That would just be regular news, but for them, exploiting
us is just another way to have juicy gossip at the water cooler
on Monday morning."
"Give it a rest
Corey." Albear said. "So what? They wanted to see all the hoopla
just like every other silly fag in this room. Why do you think
the place is packed to the brim?"
"I thought it was the
stale lemon bars." Tyler cracked.
"Shut the fuck up."
"Okay, I'll give you
the fact that blondie and her husband may have been wanting to
check out all of the commotion," Tyler began to say, "but
something tells me, that's not why the other two were
"I know!" Lamont
blurted out. "Where's Lourdes? Do you think she's freaking out
about what happened? I can't believe he just stood there." Lamont
said referring to Alexsander, "Like, by himself, in front of all
us, challenging the elusive Albear Sebastian." He clapped his
hands in excitement.
"So what?" Alby
"And did you
see the way he carried himself?" Lamont kept going. "Or the way
he said, "so you know quite a lot about fucking
"Shut the fuck up."
Albear said again.
"I'm just saying, it
was hot." Lamont clapped his hand's again, laughing. "Gave me a
"Yeah, me too!" Corey
and Tyler both said at the same time.
Albear shook his head
trying not to smile. "You guys are pathetic." He
Lourdes came walking
back into the diner. She headed over to Lita first to apologize
for all the bullshit and then to say goodbye to the
"Did they leave?" She
asked as Lita and her walked over to the counter where they were
sitting. She handed Albear his smokes.
"Yeah," Lamont said,
"just a few minutes ago."
"Boy did you miss a
show." Corey said cheesing. The top of his cheeks were rosy from
smiling too much.
"What happened?" She
said. "Your little friend just wanted to introduce himself to
"I would hardly say
that he was little." Tyler said. "He's even taller than
Albear stuck his
tongue out at him, dismissing his comment.
"He is very cute
honey." Lamont said.
"Yeah, very cute but
what about Gabriel?" Corey asked.
"Gabe and I are
together." Lourdes said.
"You are?" Lolita
asked surprised. This was the first that she had heard of
"And Alex is
his friend, I'm not going to
anything with him." Lourdes
"Your not?" Tyler
Lourdes shook her
out a sigh and put his arms around her shoulders. "You
should do him." He
"What? Fuck Gabriel,
they're not married, she doesn't owe him anything." He turned
Lourdes closer to him. "There's nothing wrong with having your
"Spoken like the
selfish bastard that you are." Tyler
"Would you like a
drink?" Pullo handed Lourdes a beer and sat down next to her on
Lourdes said smiling. Somehow, Lita convinced her to drop by
Jasper's place later that evening. He was having people over, and
Lita was hoping that she would hit it off with
"Listen, sorry about
the other day if I was out of sorts." Pullo
Lourdes paused, was
this his way of saying he was loaded the other day and not really
into her? Or was he apologizing for his
"You seemed fine to
me." Lourdes said. "Besides, I'm not so sure you are
Pullo smiled. "How
perceptive. You obviously didn't forget what
"How could I," She
gushed, "when the events are still so fresh in my
Pullo set down his
beer on the coffee table. "I was thinking," he said, "maybe we
should go out on a real date. Get some food, maybe see a movie,
do things proper, before I make another move on
Lourdes liked his
calm, cool manner. But there was something about the way he
talked to her. It never really seemed like he was ever asking
anything, more like demanding in a non-aggressive way. She
couldn't decide if it was hot. Or not.
"Dinner and a movie,
huh." She said. "Sounds like a plan."
"What sound's like a
plan?" Lita and Jasper came walking up.
"She and I going out
on a date." Pullo said.
"Sounds like things
are progressing well between you two." Jasper said, green eyes
lighting up. He clinked his glass against Pullo's
"Well, don't start
marrying them off yet." Lita said. "Give the them time to
breathe." But her rouge lips were smiling.
"Of course, of
course." Jasper said, the soft lines