Lourdes walked through
the hotel lobby with Lita. They were taking the elevator up to
the 20th floor. Lita had somehow snagged a swanky invitation, to
a cocktail party at the W hotel. She was hoping to spot
celebrities and she invited Lourdes to go along with her. It had
been 2 days, since the Halloween party, and Lourdes was doing
everything that she could to stay busy, and keep her mind off
"Okay here we are."
Lita said as they stepped off the the elevator. They went into
the ballroom, it was nice. Long fancy draperies coming down from
the ceiling, glittering lights, flowers everywhere, people were
all over and they were dressed as hot as everybody around
"Thanks for inviting
me." Lourdes said, "looks like a whole lot of
"I know right?" Lita
said smiling. She grabbed two glasses of champagne off of the
tray of a floating by waiter, and handed one to Lourdes. They
walked over to an unoccupied, high top, cocktail table with a
miniature lamp sitting in the middle. They both set down their
"So," Lita said, "when
is the big date?"
"Pullo and I are going
"Are you excited?" She
"Yes." Lourdes said
smiling back. "With all of the people that I hang around, it'll
be nice to go out with a grown-up."
Lita started laughing.
"Well I hope that isn't the only reason why you want to go out
"He's a fun time guy.
Are you a fun time gal?"
Lourdes said raising her eyebrows at her. "How fun is
"What?" Lourdes asked
alarmed looking around. "Celebrity
"Yeah!" Lita said. "I
think I just spotted Adam Lambert!"
"Well I heard that he
was from here."
Lita set her Gucci
purse down on the table and whipped out an actual autograph book
and pen. She picked up her glass of champagne. "Let's go and meet
Lourdes said, "I hate to be a buzz kill or even a snob, but we
don't do that."
don't do what?" She asked
"We don't go up to
celebs like a couple of groupies and brown
Lita said putting down her items
and crossing her arms over her chest. "Well
enlighten me on the proper etiquette of being California
Lourdes picked up her
drink and took a sip. "I just did." She said
Lita frowned up at
her. Even her ugliest faces were cute. Lourdes stuck her tongue
out and her and smiled. They both started
"I'll tell you what,"
Lita said picking up her pen and book but leaving her purse and
drink, "you stay here and be fashionable and cool and I'll go
quickly and be the ditzy groupie."
"Good luck." Lourdes
said. "Tell him I said he's hot and he should really think about
Lita grabbed her arm
and kissed her on the cheek. "And if he doesn't want to switch
teams, you can always introduce him to
"Perish the thought."
Lita walked away
Lourdes sipped more of
her drink as she watched Lolita boldly walk up to Adam Lambert
and asked for his autograph. In thirty seconds flat, she had him
laughing. Lourdes wondered how she did that. Lita seemed to have
that quality with everybody. She could walk up to complete
strangers and talk to them as if she had known them her whole
life. Lourdes envied that. But it was hard not to like Lita. Her
smile was brilliant, she was very pleasing to the eyes, and she
seemed to fit in with everybody. She turned to Lourdes through
the crowd of people and gave her two thumbs
Lita came running back
and she gave Lourdes a hug. "That just made my night, we don't
even have to stay any longer!"
"Ha!" Lourdes said.
"We should at least stay until I feel like I got my money's worth
for these shoes."
"Well, they are very
nice." Lita said looking down at her Manolo Blahnik's
"Thank you, thank
"I'm a big
fan of come fuck me
pumps," she said
standing close. She swept a bit of Lourdes hair back behind her
shoulders, Lourdes was wearing it flat ironed and long for
something about them," Lita went on, "don't you like to get
kissed and fucked wearing nothing but high
Lourdes didn't get a
chance to respond, she took a sip of her drink, her throat was
wear them tomorrow on your date with Pullo." Lita was standing so
close to her, Lourdes could smell the Pure Seduction Victoria's
Secret perfume on her, that she let her borrow earlier. "Are
you flirting with me?"
Lourdes asked Lita
Lita took a step back
and laughed. "Must be all the champagne going to my head," she
said, "but trust me, if I was flirting with you, you'd know
Lourdes finished her
drink and set it down on the table.
"How about a real
one?" Lita said pointing to the empty glass.
"Your on." Lourdes
Lita started to walk
away, but then she stopped and came back with that look
celebrity sighting?" Lourdes asked.
"He's about seven
tables down from us. But he keeps looking over
Lourdes turned around
and tried to follow Lita's gaze. "Who is it?" She
"I can't think if his
name, but he's on that show!"
"You know, that show
on TV that I love about the vampires!"
breathing. She turned around to face Lita.
"Holy shit!" Lita
said, "Isn't that...didn't we...I can't believe I didn't
recognize him that day in Pride Diner. Well with all the
commotion and meeting your friends, but isn't that the guy that
Albear was talking to!"
Lourdes didn't need to
turn around to know who she was talking
"Lourdes, he's coming
over here!" Lita looked at her, she still wasn't breathing. "Are
you okay?" She asked.
Lourdes shook her head
not coming over here to see
me, I'm going
to go and get the
"Lita no-" Lourdes
tried to say but she walked off.
Lourdes turned around
just in time to see Alexsander walking up to her. She could see
why Lita recognized him immediately this time. She would be
embarrassed to tell this to Albear and the boys, but she had
started watching Alex's show, once she started digging him. And
he was dressed in full character. He was wearing all black.
Jeans, tank top and jacket. His hair was combed the way it was on
the show and he was even sort of pale, giving it that full
his hand towards her.
She took it and shook
it, saying hello. "Are you wearing make-up?" She
"Promotional photo shoot earlier today, I was sure I got it all
"Well you clean up
very nice." She said.
He leaned in slightly,
smiling. "I tend to look different with my clothes
"Hey I'll take you any
way I can get you." She smiled, but his comment still made her
blush. Lourdes tried to cover it up, by looking quickly around
the room. She was a little paranoid that somebody else might
recognize them together. But it shouldn't matter, he was there
for work and she was there with Lita.
"I'm glad to hear
that." He said. "I was beginning to think that you were avoiding
"It's only been a
day." She said.
"One day and three
Lourdes sighed. "I had
some things to sort out."
Alex nodded his head.
"All squared away then?" He asked with that cocky
"Just about." She said
"Good," he lowered his
voice, "because I can't stop thinking about
The words she had been
dying to hear. "You shouldn't say things that you don't mean."
She said, trying not to smile.
"Okay here we are."
Lita said walking up and handing her a vodka on the rocks. "Hi!"
She said to Alex, tapping her purse as if she was going to whip
out her autograph book again. Lourdes took a big gulp of her
drink, shaking her head at her.
Alex smiled at Lita
but walked off.
"What's his problem?
Bad timing?" She asked.
"No, you're timing was
perfect." Lourdes said. She looked around the room but she had
lost Alex in the crowd.
"Well I figured that I
should break this up, you two looked very into each
"You only think that
because you know a little about what's going
"Well I'd like to know
more." She said. "Because watching you two from across the room,
I would swear that you were either desperate to sleep with each
One of Lourdes' cell
phones chimed. "Or what?" She asked, pulling it out. She had a
new text message.
"Or you two
are already doing
Lourdes looked up at
totally see it," she said, "you two give off this,
cell beeped again. She checked the first
message. Trick or treat.
She checked the second
one. Meet me at my place in 1
"Uh oh," Lita said
reading the message over her shoulder, "you better hurry,
something tells me he's not going to wait much
"I'm here with you,"
Lourdes said to Lita, "I'm not going
responded back to his message.
Trick. In 2
Lourdes walked around
the back garden with Albear. Lisa and Melody were inside feeding
the baby. Albear pulled a folded napkin out of his jacket pocket
and unwrapped it. He pulled out a joint and held it up in front
"Spark it." She
He lit it up.
"Careful," he said passing it to Lourdes, "it's
Lourdes took a drag
and handed it back to him.
He put his arm around
her shoulders and she wrapped her's around his waist and they
stood there, silent for a moment. The afternoon sun felt
"My father, once told
me," Albear said, "that you have to choose, what you win or lose,
a man can't have everything." He passed the joint back to
"That's rich," she
said smartly, "coming from the person who has everything." Albear
said nothing. Lourdes tried to restrain herself from being such a
wise-ass. "But if you don't take chances..." She started to
"I know," he said,
"but I'm just trying to help you avoid any heart ache. Don't give
yourself in vain, love won't set you free."
"Who said anything
about love?" She asked. "What are you trying to say, that I can't
be with you if I want to be with Alex?"
me like I'm some needy twat. I would never do that to you." He
said. "You know I love you, why would I ever make you choose
between me and the latest trick your sleeping with? Besides, I
know he may be your phase, but he doesn't
"I love you too, but
Alby," she said pausing, "but before Alex, my whole life was
passing me by...for so long, I was so unhappy...but safe as could
"And now?" He asked.
"You feel differently?"
shrugged her shoulders. "I just think to
myself, what if this and what if
trying to find my place in this world. And I want to feel alive
while I do it. When I look at it in that regard, then, I don't
care about all the agony in front of me, I just want to be,
"Does he make you
happy?" Albear asked seriously.
"Being free makes me
happy." She muttered.
Albear took his arms
from around her and studied her face. A realization came over
him. "Shit." He said.
"You little she-wolf."
He started to grin.
"What?" She asked
He laughed and
breathed a sigh of relief. "Oh, you had me worried there for a
"Albear I don't know
what you're talking about." She thought that she was being
cryptic, but once again, she had said too much. He knew her too
Albear put his hand on
the back of her neck and drew her in to kiss her forehead. Then
he whispered in her ear. "You fucked somebody else, haven't
"Let's just focus on
one thing at a time." Lourdes said.
"No, no, no." He
started to get excited.
"No way." He said
handing her the joint. "I'm going inside and getting us a drink,
and when I come back, be prepared to tell
"You look like a brand
new person!" The receptionist told Lourdes as she was heading out
of the spa.
"Really, you think
so?" Lourdes asked looking in a three-way mirror studying
receptionist said, "the hair, the suit, the make-up,
"So not too stuck up
"Maybe a little WASPY,
but what's not to like?"
"I agree, you look
great." Pullo came walking in.
"Wow, look at you."
Lourdes was on the
most surreal date of her life. She and Pullo had met up early in
the morning, and he had hit her with the most insane idea the
night before. Needless to say, she never hooked up with
Alexsander after the cocktail party.
Pullo wanted the two
of them to go and get makeovers. He was meeting some friends of
his, that he hadn't seen in awhile.
Lourdes wasn't very
fond of the look. She felt like a nun with her hair pulled back
so tightly in a bun. However, the make-up artist was fantastic
and she loved her new suit and shoes.
Pullo strutted up to
her and opened his suit jacket, showing off his
"Not bad." Lourdes
said, reaching out and straightening up his
"You know, I could get
use to this." He said grinning.
"I don't know what is
his about fixing a tie on a man," Lourdes said, "sometimes it's
even hotter putting one on than taking one
receptionist said under her breath.
Lourdes turned and
smiled at her.
already?" Pullo said.
Lourdes nodded her
head. She put two fingers on his cheek and tapped his stubble.
"If we're going to look the part, shouldn't you be clean
"No time." He
"You could shave on
He grabbed her hand,
guiding her out of the spa. Lourdes waved goodbye to the
receptionist as they walked out.
"I'm not going to
shave, I like my, sort of stubble." He said.
"I like it too," she
responded, "but the question is, how will your friends feel about
"With the way, we're
dressed, they'll just have to get over it." He said
Lourdes was going
along with this charade to see how things would play out. If it
was any other guy who had proposed this idea to her for a first
date, she would have dropped him then and there. But she had been
doing things lately that she never thought she would ever do. And
Pullo was one of them. She was out with a man who was practically
twenty years her senior. The only saving grace was that he looked
nowhere near his age. Being tall and slender gave him a youthful
appearance. He kept his hair cut short and cropped to his head.
He had no gray hair whatsoever and he still had boyish good
looks. But his extreme sex appeal was the biggest thing that drew
Lourdes to him.
Once they were on the
train to Napa Valley and Pullo was done with coaching her about
his friends, he began focusing on her.
"So you must think I'm
crazy." He said.
"No." She said. "If it
was anybody else, I would have said no instantly, but I can see
that you're not even close to being crazy. I just wonder, if they
were really your friends, then who cares how you present
"In a perfect world
you would be right, but it's a little naive to think that
once you meet them."
"We come back
"No, I mean, what will
this all accomplish?"
"Peace of mind for me
and them, and then I won't have to see them again for months to
"So, you all get
together every now and again, and you present yourself as this
person you're not, and in the end it's all good?" She
"I'm still the same
person," he said, "just more expensive
"I think I'm starting
to get it." She said. "If they see their friend looking suave and
happy with a new girl on his arm, then they assume that your life
is perfect and in order, and that way you avoid questions and the
"I knew you'd
understand." He said brushing his long nose.
"So why me, what makes
you think I can fit in with them?"
Pullo smiled. "You're
very accomplished in your own right. You're worldly and cool
headed, which means you can hold your own with my friends.
Usually people just fawn all over them and it becomes annoying
and humiliating. Plus," he said, leaning against her in the seat,
"it doesn't hurt having someone pretty as hell on my
Lourdes smiled looking
out the window. "It always comes down to that
"Not for everybody.
But it doesn't hurt."
She looked at him, he
was still smiling but he became very serious. "You wouldn't
believe how much easier it is to go through life with someone
like you on my arm."
"Enlighten me." She
"When you're a loner
like me, and you're surrounded by people who love you but don't
get you because they can't figure you out, it makes life
you're with somebody,
namely the opposite sex, then people start to feel more
comfortable, at ease. They can cross off the fact that their
single, older, unmarried friend, may be a homo or a pedophile.
You become more of somebody that they can identify with. And, if
you arrive with a companion who likes you, who gets you, and
they're the total package, then people stop questioning. Suddenly
you're a winner and they're the envious ones. All I want to do is
get through this as quickly and painlessly as
Lourdes put her hand
on his. This was all so superficial and shallow, but she wanted
to do this for him, even more now. She guessed that life wasn't
easy at any age...
"You are fucking
kidding me! Please tell me that you didn't go to Napa with that
asshole for a cheap suit and pumps!"
"Fuck you!" Lourdes
said punching Albear in the shoulder. "I had no idea until the
night before that all of this was going to happen. And I'm not a
whore, I don't go out with men for free
"Oh you're a whore
darling," Albear said laughing, "just not the kind that get's
paid for it."
"If I'm a whore then
you're the fucking founding father." Lourdes
"Was that a dig at my
age?" He asked.
"Take it however you
want to buttercup."
Albear shoved Lourdes,
while laughing and spilling his drink. "Go on hooker," he said,
"finish telling me the story."
"No I think I'm done."
She said walking away.
"The fuck you are!" He
said chasing after her.
Lourdes ran to Lisa's
and Melody's back door. "And by the way," she yelled, "my cheap
outfit...was Vera Wang!"
"A designer ho!"
Albear called after her.
Pullo was so right.
His friends were cool, but Lourdes had never been so glad to be
dressed like a stuck up snob in her life. If it hadn't been for
the massive amount of booze flowing the entire time, she probably
wouldn't have survived.
"So, not too brutal?"
Pullo asked handing her a drink. They were back at his place ,
Jasper and Lita were nowhere to be found.
"I predict I may only
be shell shocked for a couple of days." She held up her hand
refusing the drink.
"Was it that bad?" He
"No," she said walking
around the counter to stand next to him, "but only if you promise
me that I'll never have to do that again."
"I promise." He said
Lourdes turned to walk
away. "Good, now if you don't mind, I feel cheap and dirty, I
need to, immediately change back into my normal
"Can I watch?" He
She stopped and turned
around. Lourdes smiled. "That would be against the rules." She
said unbuttoning the top to her blazer.
"You're a tease," he
said, "but how do you figure?"
"If I remember
correctly," she said spreading her hands out along the cold tile,
"you proposed dinner and a movie before you made a move on me
again. And I'm like, sticking to that."
so?" He said. "Well if I remember
correctly, you thought that idea was
lame. Too conventional, so I thought we were beyond
"Today's events have
dragged me down to your level." She said
Pullo laughed. "Are
you always this sassy?"
"Not always." She
smiled. "But sometimes I have a biting
"That's good," he said
coming closer to her, "Because I love to punish a
"Well I love to be
punished." She said grinning. Lourdes had no idea if it was the
whole day, or the alcohol, or just Pullo, but she couldn't stop
Just then they heard a
door slam shut. "I'll tell you what," Pullo said, "you see who
that is and I'm going to make a phone call."
"Alright." She sighed
disappointed. She thought they were actually getting somewhere.
Lourdes walked into the living room to see Lita standing there
going through some mail.
"Oh hi!" She said as
she saw Lourdes walk into the room. Then her eyes lit up and she
put down the mail and came rushing over to her. "I totally forgot
tonight was the night! How's it all going?"
"Good." Lourdes said.
"He's making a phone call right now."
"That great! So
"Are you going to make
a night of it?"
"What? I mean, he got
you back here didn't he? What were you two doing before I got
"Having an intense
Lita grabbed her hand
and pulled her down to the sofa. "Watch out, he'll probably make
a move on you."
"So far he's been a
complete gentleman, what makes you think he'll be so
"Excuse me," she said,
"have you two met? Pullo's the boldest man I've ever known in my
"I haven't seen much
of that side of him yet."
Lita raised her
eyebrow. "Something tells me you'll find out soon enough." She
Pullo walked into the
room. "Hey little vixen, what are you doing
"I was just leaving."
Lita said jumping up.
"Vixen," Lourdes said,
"I like that."
Lita beamed. "Yeah, I
was just picking up some mail and so...I'm off!" She waved
goodbye to Lourdes and smirked at Pullo, then she was out the
Lourdes got up off the
"Your clothes are in
the hallway." Pullo said.
"Thanks." Lourdes went
off and quickly got dressed in Pullo's room. When she came out,
she was greeted with the sound of music coming from Jasper's
piano. It was beautiful. She slowly walked over to Pullo and sat
down on the bench next to him. He stopped
"No don't stop." She
said. "I didn't know you knew how to play."
"Everybody should have
a talent." He said. "Look at you, you're a
"That's not a talent."
She said. "It's just something I've always been good
"Just because you're
good at it, doesn't make you any less
"Your sweet." She
"No good?" She
"I just haven't been
called sweet in a very long time." He said.
"What are you usually
at her. "If being a chef is just something you're good at,
what are your
"Having sex, telling
lies, manipulating almost everybody." She said
He smiled at her being
a wise-ass. "That's three, I only gave away one
brings us back to you," she said smiling seductively at him,
"what other talents do you have?"
"I can also play the
saxophone." He said seriously.
"Very cool. What's
else?" She leaned in close.
"Is there something
you expect me to say?" He asked.
Lourdes slid closer to
him. "It's just that, Lita said you were the boldest man she ever
met. And I figured somebody like that has an extreme talent,
"You two are both
right." He said taking his hand off the keys. "But Lita doesn't
know personally the things I can do."
"Such as?" She
"I can make a kitty
whistle." He said grinning.
"Yeah she mentioned
that too!" Lourdes cracked, even though she was
"Did she now?" He
"No." Lourdes said.
"Not really. But what a neat trick." She exaggerated. "You'll
have to show me that sometime."
"There's that sass
again." He said leaning towards her and smiling. "Are you looking
to be punished?"
"No...I'm just looking
to be a tease." She replied.
"You know, I would
never let you blue ball me the way you do these
"Albear, you haven't
had blue balls a day in your life." Lourdes
"That's true, I'm too
busy getting them sucked." He laughed.
Lourdes rolled her
eyes. Lisa and Melody left Lourdes there to chaperone Albear with
the baby while they went out to pick up
"If he's such a bold
guy, why didn't he try to get any?"
"Who says he didn't
Albear scoffed in the
"What's the problem
Albear? Afraid that I don't stoop to your level of whoring
standards like you thought I would?"
"No I'm afraid you're
going to get your ass raped."
yelled throwing a pillow at him.
"Hey, I'm just saying,
you're not allowed to fuck with a man's emotions like that and
think you can get away with it. It'll catch up to
"I'm a woman Albear!
We are allowed to change our minds."
"Yeah, so I've been
told." He said. "So I guess the verdict is, you didn't fuck
"I didn't say that."
"Keep it up bitch,
your asking for it." Albear said.