answered her cell phone half asleep. It was freezing. She had
swam a couple of laps in the heated pool at Jasper's house. She
didn't realize how tired she was until she got out, wrapped a
towel around herself and fell asleep on the beach chair. Pullo
had went to bed hours ago.
"Oh Lourdes, you have
to help me!"
"Is that banging I
hear? What's going on?"
"Lourdes I met a guy
and we decided to hook up and now he's flipping out, I locked
myself in a room but he just keeps banging on the
Lourdes stood up.
"Where are you?"
"Near the Bancroft
Hotel, around the corner."
"Okay, stay right
there, don't move, I'll be there in ten
Lourdes got dressed as
fast as she possibly could. She looked in on Pullo, but he was
still asleep, so she grabbed his car keys and
It took her no time,
to get there. The streets were empty, except for a few students
leaving the bars. Lourdes stopped right in front of the hotel,
then turned the corner. She drove slowly down the street looking
around, trying to figure out the correct house. Almost everyone
in this neighborhood was a frat house. She slammed on the brakes
when she saw someone resembling Lolita running out of the
shadows. She jumped in the car, slamming the door. "Go!" She
Lourdes got out of
dodge. "What happened?"
She still didn't
respond. "Lita?" Lourdes said. "Look, I'm really sorry that this
happened to you, but I ditched Pullo and stole his car, I don't
know where we're going and I feel as if I should be taking you to
the police station if some lunatic just attacked
Lita slowly shook her
head. "No," she said, "no police."
They drove for a bit
in silence. Lita was sitting there looking like a zombie. Every
time a street lamp rolled over the car she could see black liquid
make-up streaming down her face. They drove in silence. Lourdes
had a million questions in her head, but she knew that Lita may
have needed time to regroup.
Once they were back at
Jasper's house, they sat in the car silent. Lolita seemed to come
back to life again. "I need a drink." She
"You just need to
relax, it's all the fear and adrenaline running through your
body." Lourdes said.
"I want a drink." Lita
"I think we should
talk first. Once we walk in that house, Pullo may or may not be
awake on the other side of that door. He's gonna wanna know what
She nodded her head,
but she still didn't say anything.
"Okay," Lourdes said,
"let's get you in a shower and fix you that
Lourdes left the front
door unlocked, and all was still quiet. As far as she could tell,
Pullo hadn't moved.
Lita was sitting in a
fluffy white robe, that was too big for her, drinking a large
glass of whiskey. They were all the way at the back of the house,
so as not to wake Pullo.
"I don't understand,"
Lourdes said, "I thought you and Jasper were
"We are." Lita said.
"But tonight wasn't about Jasper."
"So you date other
Lita shook her head
"Well what were you
doing with some guy in the middle of the
"He was a
Lourdes sat back
silent. "You mean?"
"Yes," she said, "I
"What about Jasper!"
Lita looked her dead
in the eye. "Jasper's a customer too."
"He's what we call
long-term client. Someone who pays to have the total girlfriend
"What about Pullo?"
Lita asked. "Do you think that man," she said pointing in the
direction of Pullo's bedroom, "who is straight as an arrow, tough
as nails, and who probably has never had one homosexual thought
in his mind, could ever accept the fact that his brother is
"But how could he not
"Did you know?" She
"It's not as
if he's like your friend Lamont. He's more like Corey, or Tyler
or even Albear. He's not an
gay man. And if you knew what his family was
understand just from meeting some of Pullo's friends. "You know
his family?" She asked.
"Of course, I'm his
"How do you keep it
all a secret? Especially with Pullo being
"You may not have
noticed, but Jasper's never really around. He travels
internationally all the time, working for the UN and he and Pullo
are not that close."
"Even still, all the
lying, the sneaking, it must be hard work."
"Not really," she said
shaking her wet hair. "It's easier than you might think. I'm a
kept woman, and Jasper takes care of most of my bills as payment
for my services. And it works, because to the outside eye,
everything lines up in order as if we are boyfriend and
"Except for tonight."
Lourdes said. "I mean, aren't you supposed to have some kind of
protection, what if you hadn't gotten a hold of
"He wasn't a regular.
And I couldn't call my agent or regular security because I was
moonlighting for another colleague. I had to work. It's not about
the money. It's just how it is when you get a bad review, you
stop getting the pick of the litter and a loser get's thrown your
way every now and again."
"We have pictures,"
Lita said, "they are very pixelated, but yeah we get graded and
reviewed like everyone else. "
"This isn't a
restaurant!" Lourdes said.
Lolita laughed. It was
the first time since Lourdes had got her. "After you service
somebody, they're allowed to give their
"OMG." Lourdes said.
"Do you know how huge
this is for me to tell you something like this? Nobody knows!"
Lourdes looked around
the room. This was a lot to wrap her head around. "So why did you
tell me? Why did you call me for help? We barely know each
"I don't know," she
said, "why did you share with me about
"Yeah but Alex is just
boy candy. What you're doing is huge!"
"It happens more often
than you think." She said.
Lourdes nodded, still
trying to wrap her head around all of this.
Lita sat down her
drink. "You won't tell right?"'
Lourdes shook her
"I can imagine what
you must think of me."
"Well then you take
that notion right out of your head, because I've known all kinds
of people in my very short, 29 year old life and trust me, what
you're doing, small potatoes."
"Do you really mean
that? Or are you just being nice?"
"I really mean
"Shh." Lita said. "Did
you hear something?"
Lourdes was quiet. She
thought she heard foot steps.
Pullo appeared in the
doorway. "I thought I heard voices." He said. "What's going
Lita looked at Lourdes
not sure what to say.
Lourdes looked at
Pullo. "Lita was out at a bar with some girlfriends, and this
jerk tried to rough her up."
Pullo took a step
forward. "Who was he?" He asked.
"Just some guy." Lita
said. "I didn't know him."
"Yes, I'm okay, just a
little shaken up.
"Would you remember if
you saw him again?"
Lourdes and Lita
looked at each other.
"No really Pullo, it's
okay." Lita said.
"You girls have to
learn to take care of yourselves. There are a lot of crazies out
They both nodded their
"I mean it," he said,
"mase, pepper spray, tasers."
"I'm a little tired."
Lita said. "Do you mind if I rest here for a
"Of course." Pullo
said. He extended his hand, so Lourdes could leave with
"You're okay right?"
Lourdes went down the
hallway with Pullo.
"How well do you know
how to protect yourself?" He asked.
"I've managed to stay
alive until now." She said. They went in his bedroom. "Show me
something." He said. "How do you protect
"Your kidding?" She
asked. "Like what?"
"Let's just say, I
approach you aggressively and you need to get away from me as
quickly as possible."
"You wanna wrestle
with me?" Lourdes asked smiling.
Pullo came towards
her. "Just some quick, simple moves. Ready?" He
"Your on." She said,
wondering where this would lead.
He flailed his hand in
her face. She slapped it away. He did it again quicker with both
hands, and she slapped them away faster.
"Nice reflexes." He
"Taebo. Curtousy of
Billie Blanks." She cracked.
He laughed, but he
quickly grabbed both her wrist, before she even had a chance to
react. She was caught, just like that. Lourdes grunted, stepping
as hard as she could on one of his feet and she jerked her arms
away from him.
"Ow!" He turned and
looked at her. Lourdes couldn't tell if he was surprised or
"You've done this
before." He said.
"Of course not." She
He smiled back coming
towards her again. He put his hands up as if he was going to grab
her, so she reached her hands up to block, but instead he did a
leg sweep and kicked one foot out from under her as he pushed her
and she fell backwards, landing on the bed.
"Shit!" She said under
her breath. She didn't see that coming.
Pullo came towards her
again. She layed still at the end of the
He reached his hand
out, offering to pull her up. "You have some skills, but you
could always develop them more."
Lourdes grabbed his
hand and jerked him towards her hard. Then she kicked her foot
and capped the back of his knee, so his leg buckled out from
under him and he fell on the bed face
He rolled over
quickly. This time she could see the clear aggression in his
eyes. She jumped up and straddled on top of him, pinning his
waist with her knees. He layed there still,
"Thanks for the
advice," she said, "but I think I can take care of myself when it
counts." She smiled triumphantly.
"So I'm starting to
see." He responded.
There was a knock on
the door. Lita opened it slowly. Pullo sat up slightly and
Lourdes turned, still straddling him, and looked over her
"Hey weirdos." Lita
said, wondering what they were doing. "Everything alright in
"Yes," Lourdes said,
"Pullo was just teaching me how to defend myself." She turned and
smiled at him.
"I'm feeling much
better now," Lita said, "I was thinking of going
"No stay," Pullo said,
"it's late, I'll take you home in the
"No, I think I'd be
happier in my own bed." Lita protested.
Lourdes and Pullo
"Alright." He said.
"Let me get my jacket and we'll take you
As they arrived in
front of Lita's place, Pullo offered to go in the house with
"No." Lita said. "I'll
be alright. Thank you for everything."
"Do you want me to
stay with you?" Lourdes asked. "So you're not
"I'm okay." Lita said.
"I just needed to see some friendly faces. But all is
Pullo opened the glove
compartment and pulled out a box. "Take this with you." He
offered. "It'll give you piece of mind."
Lita shook her head
quickly. "No way. I hate those things. Besides, Jasper makes me
keep one locked up already."
Pullo nodded his head.
"Good man." He said.
"Bye." Lita said
getting out of the car.
They watched her walk
into the house. A couple of lights went on inside. They sat there
for a moment, making sure everything was
Lourdes picked up the
box. "What is it?" She asked.
Pullo flicked the lock
and opened it. Lourdes gasped. "Do you always ride around with a
gun?" She asked with her eyes wide.
"Not always." He said.
"But where I grew up, every home had at least five of
hell was that?" She asked so fast Pullo started
Lourdes ran her
fingers along the outline. Pullo watched her intrigued. It made
She looked up at him.
He had a peculiar expression on his face. "Can I hold it?" She
He unbuckled his seat
belt and then he unbuckled hers. "Yes." He
Lourdes picked it up.
"Wow." She said. "It's always heavier than it looks. And friggin'
"It only takes a
moment to heat up." He said coolly.
She looked at him. He
smiled at her. He had a dangerous look in his eye, like the day
of his welcome home party. "How does it make you feel?" He
"Maybe a little
"Does it turn you
"It's kind of hot."
She smiled still running her pink glittered nails over it. "In a
twisted sort of way."
He took the gun out of
her hands. "The first time I ever held one," he said looking her
in the eye, "it gave me a hard on."
"Boys and their toys."
Lourdes said. "Does it still...give you a hard
"Not anymore." He
said. "But watching you hold it," he took her hand and put it on
his lap, "makes all the difference in the
Lourdes squeezed the
bulge softly but quickly removed her hand. Pullo leaned towards
her putting the gun in her lap. The cold metal sent shivers up
her spine as he pressed the gun slowly between her legs.
"Careful." She whispered.
"Don't worry, it's not
loaded." He whispered back. "Let's play with it?" He asked
pushing further. "Is this okay?"
"Yes." She said, but
pushed the gun away. She reached over, unzipped his pants, pulled
his cock out and started jerking him off. Pullo let the gun drop
to the floor as he kissed her. He was so turned on, it made her
turned on from his excitement.
Lourdes continued to
jerk him off as he kissed her neck and chest. The faster he went,
the more she could tell he was about to cum. As he let out a low
moan and ejaculated into her hand, Lourdes could feel the hairs
on the back of her neck stand up. As Pullo let out a pleased
sigh, still kissing her face, she turned and looked out the car
window, locking eyes with Lita.
She was watching them
from her bedroom window, the whole time.