Gabriel as he walked towards her through the airport parking lot.
Most times, when he arrived home from a long trip he would be
tired and ready to crash, but Lourdes could see that he was full
of energy and rearing to go. He had finally cut his hair. It was
shorter than Lourdes would have expected, but she liked it
already. It had felt like forever since she had seen him, and as
much fun as she was having with everybody else, she always missed
Gabe in the end. He was her touchstone, her rock. He kept her
solid in a way that Albear never could.
There was just
something about him.
this unspoken connection. Life was easier with Gabe. He was the
only straight man who ever came close to
her. The only man who ever came close to
understanding what she was all about, and still wanted to be with
her. He is in no way threatened by her, he doesn't want to mold
her into his toy. Life just is, with Gabe, and that's all she
needed. From him at least...She enjoyed their polite banter, his
extreme proper manners, she even loved his cold English rudeness.
And in her own way... she loved
She continued to watch
him as he advanced closer. He was less pale, this time around.
Way less pale. He looked as if he had been lying on the beach for
3 days. He strutted easily towards her without a care in the
world. Intense brown eyes, looking very focused, and he was
mildly sexy in his blazer, t-shirt and Michael Kors slacks.
Lourdes pushed herself off of the car, ready to go. She felt like
she spent half her life in airport terminals, between Gabe and
Alex, but it came with the territory.
brightly when he saw her. "Well this is a surprise." He said. "I
almost never get door to door service."
"Who are you kidding?"
She said smiling back, "you knew I was coming and you always get
door to door service."
"In one way or
another." He said dropping his bags.
"Your as brown as a
bean." She said running her hands along his broad shoulders. "How
was your trip?" She asked him while he hugged
"Which means great."
"The time flew by."
"You got laid at every
"It rained everyday, I
never left the hotel." He replied
"Sunshine, blue sky's,
didn't want to come home, huh?" Lourdes smiled while asking
"You know, you could
be in the best cities in the world, but it's all work, work,
work." He said kissing her.
"Hmm, yeah, I'm not
feeling sorry for you." She said pulling back,
"I'd expect nothing
less." He said smiling.
They put the bags in
the car and Lourdes handed him the keys so he could
"Ready for tonight?"
He asked once they were on the road.
Lourdes reached out
and rubbed her hand on the back of his dark brown hair. "Not
especially, but at least you'll be there." She said. "This is
very hot, by the way." She continued to rub her fingers through
"You like it?" He
asked, grabbing her hand and kissing it, then holding it in
"So why aren't you
excited about tonight, knackered?" He asked, his strong jaw
"Don't get me wrong,
your friends are great, but sometimes it's nice just to see
"We don't have to go."
He smiled giving her that look. "We can just go to my
"No." She said. "We
already RSVP, they're expecting us."
"Right." He said
nodding his head. "Then how about a quicky, before we go? It'll
relax us both." Lourdes ignored his request. She still had a bone
to pick with him. "Just promise me, I won't have to deal with you
and Stacy being all over each other tonight at this
Gabe was silent.
"What?" He asked. His palms were suddenly becoming very moist. He
let go of her hand.
"I mean, it's obvious
that she's still carrying a big one for you, even though she's
acting like she's into Alex, but I can tell the difference."
Lourdes paused for his reaction. Those brown eyes focused hard on
the road. She could see his wheels spinning.
silent again. "Why would she be carrying a big one
for me and what
makes you think she's into
"The way she was all
over him the week of those Halloween parties. But I think it's a
diversion from who she really wants."
"And what makes you
think it's me?"
"Come off it Gabe, I
know you two dated in the past."
"Who told you
Lourdes didn't have to
say anything, Gabe knew it was Alexsander.
"Look, I didn't tell
you about her because-"
"That's alright," she
said cutting him off, "I don't need to know the circumstances, I
just need to not have it flaunted in my
"Right." Gabe said
looking straight ahead. "You know it's funny
"What?" Lourdes asked.
He said his words so quickly with that muddled accent, she could
tell something was still up.
"Stacy actually told
me that you were the one who was all over
"So you talk to Stacy
on a regular?" She asked in shock.
"She's still a
"Hmm." Lourdes looked
out the window. She actually might have a problem on her
"So what about it? Did
Alex make at pass at you?"
Lourdes looked him in
the eye. "Do you really think I would be all over one of your
friends, in front of your jealous ex-girlfriend in a house full
of people that know us?"
"No I don't. But if
we're laying it all out on the table, I need to
"Mm-hmm." Lourdes said
picking up a magazine out of the back seat and dismissing him.
"You know, I wouldn't put too much stock in what an ex, who
possibly wants you back, would say. I should be the only girl
talking in your ear."
"Right." He said
looking concerned. Lourdes didn't know what the look was about,
but something inside her screamed caution. Stacy definitely,
might be more of a problem than she
"We're good." He said.
"Absolutely no worries beautiful."
Lourdes nodded her
head but continued to flip through the
"Did I mention how
spectacular you look today." Gabriel said smiling at
"Don't push your luck
pal." Lourdes said going back to her
"Right." He said
again, while they drove the rest of the way in
"Hey right on time!"
Stacy and Emma ran up to greet Lourdes and Gabriel. Not quite the
first people that she wanted to see, she could have used a drink
first, but hey, she could roll with the
"This place is
amazing," Lourdes said giving Emma a quick hug, while Gabriel
greeted Stacy, "who's place is this again?" She
"Some friends of
Alex's." Gabriel said. "They're on a cruise of the Panama Canal,
they let some friends use the house every couple of days. Sort of
impromptu house sitting until they get
"Where is Alex by the
way?" Stacy asked looking at Lourdes. Lourdes stared right back
"I heard he had a
photo shoot." Emma said.
"Really that's funny,
I thought he had an interview." Gabe said. "Weren't you the last
one to see him?" He asked Lourdes.
"Look there's Jaime
and Luke." Lourdes said pointing across the room and changing the
Jaime and Luke were
the ones hosting the party. It was supposed to be a murder, clue,
type party. Originally it sounded fun in theory, but now that
they were there, Lourdes just wanted to turn around and
"Let's go over and say
hi." She said grabbing Gabe's hand as he smiled at Emma and Stacy
while they walked away. Once they were a good distance away from
them, Lourdes gave him a dirty look.
"What?" He asked. "I
can't control the fact that they are the first people that we ran
"Really." He said.
"You have nothing to worry about."
Lourdes took her focus
off the two of them as they approached Jaime and
"Hold on." Gabe said
stopping Lourdes and pulling his cell out of his pocket. He
talked on his phone quietly, walking away from her. When he
returned, he had a strange smile on his face. "I think we should
go." He said. "I'm up against a deadline, and you don't want to
be here, right?"
"Sounds like a plan."
mind do you?"
She shook her head.
"Not at all. But you do all the explaining."
"Right." He said. She
walked past him and headed to the front
"Hey Lourdes." Emma
said coming up to her as she went outside. Her long blonde hair
was swinging everywhere as she rushed up to her. Lourdes loved
the long blue halter dress that she was wearing. It was very
beachy, very chic, very Emma."Leaving already?" She asked, her
penciled eyebrows raised in excitement.
"Yeah, something came
up and Gabe needs to take off."
"Oh that's such a
shame, I was hoping we could spend some time together. You don't
have to leave do you?"
Lourdes nodded her
head smiling, but she said nothing.
"I hope you know that
Stacy really likes you, but she feels like maybe the two of you
are getting off to a wrong start."
"Yeah, I bet she
does." Lourdes said sweeping back her long, straight
Emma blue eyes
sparkled. "What does that mean?" She asked.
"Emma, we barely know
each other, I have no ill feelings either way towards the
"That's great." Emma
said. "So maybe we could all hang out together one
"But I thought you
"I know what I said,
but guess what, that doesn't mean that I trust her. She seems to
pop up everywhere I turn these days, she's spreading rumors to
Gabe about me, she even followed me to a club with my friends. I
don't want to know her. But I can tolerate her presence because
she is a friend to you."
"I didn't know any of
this." Emma said surprised, wrapping her arms around her slender
"Why would you, the
mirror has two faces." Lourdes said.
"So you're not willing
to give her a chance? At all?"
"Why didn't you tell
me that she and Gabe use to date?"
Emma opened her mouth
slightly, not sure what to say.
mean we're friends
right?" Lourdes asked raising her perfectly arched eyebrows. "You
didn't think that, that was a piece of trivia I would liked to
"I thought that
Gabriel would have mentioned something." She said, thin lips
"Oh you know how Gabe
is," Lourdes said rolling her eyes, "information is on a need to
know basis with him."
"True." She said
nodding her head. "So Stacy being his ex is a deal breaker for
"If she use to fuck
Thomas, would you still hang out with her?"
"You have a point
there." Emma said. "I totally get it."
"Hey ladies, am I
interrupting something?" Gabriel came walking
Lourdes shook her
head. "Had to stop by the loo, spilled something on my trousers."
Gabriel kissed Emma on the cheek. "We're taking
Emma smiled and nodded
her head. "Dinner next week?" She said smiling at them. "The
holiday is coming up, we'd love to have you
weekend." Gabe said. "Most likely that I won't be in town. But
this little vixen should be around." He said putting his arm
"Let's play that one
by ear." Lourdes said to them. "Family, you
"Of course." Emma
smiled. She kissed Lourdes goodbye and watched them walk away as
they headed to the car.
Once they were on the
road again, Gabe took Lourdes' hand in his. "I just want to make
it clear that you can trust me." He said.
"I do." Lourdes
replied, smiling at him. "And you can trust
"And Stacy is somebody
that you don't have to worry about, she's not interested in me,
and Alex is definitely not into her. I just need everybody to get
along because she'll be at all the upcoming
"All of them?" Lourdes
asked, she wondered how he was so sure that Alex wasn't into
Stacy. "Wow, everybody must love her. We didn't leave this party
because she was there, did we?"
"No," he said, but he
was quiet for a moment, "I just said that you don't need to worry
about her. But she will be around when Alex's people come into
town, so will Emma and Thomas."
"The thing, after the
holiday?" Lourdes asked. She hadn't even thought about
"Yes. I might even
need your help to get the house together before they get here. I
may be out of town."
"How many people are
you two expecting?"
"Maybe some siblings,
maybe some friends."
repeated to herself. She had no idea that Alex even brothers or
sisters, he never once mentioned it.
"Yeah his brothers are
coming. Maybe even his sister."
"He has five
brothers?" She sat up out of her seat. "How did I not know
"Four brothers and a
sister, but they're not all coming."
"So, who's the sixth
"His girlfriend, I
could have swore he said he told you about all of this." Gabe
said frowning up at her. "Didn't he?"
"No." Lourdes said
sitting back in her seat. She couldn't breathe. She felt as if
somebody had punched her in the stomach...
"There are many perks
to my profession that most would not
"Such as?" Lourdes
asked Lolita. They were sitting outside on a bench in Golden Gate
"The most fabulous sex
party in Cali." Lita said holding up a black envelope with a
black invitation inside.
"You're crazy! I can't
do that." Lourdes said loudly, but she was immediately intrigued.
She adjusted her mod dress and pushed on her black leggings,
crossing her legs and composing herself.
Lita leaned forward,
pushing up the shades on her face. Her red lips widened slowly
into a bright smile. "You'll make more money than you've ever
made in one night."
asked sarcastically. "I highly doubt that, Demigloss Catering
does very well. And, I thought your job was something we weren't
supposed to talk about. Off limits remember? Now you're asking me
to work with you?"
"Look, I wouldn't ask
you this if I wasn't already down to the last person I trusted
and my last working girl canceled on me. Food poisoning or
"Even so, what about
Pullo, what if this gets out, and aren't you supposed to go with
"I have my date, but
we need a third, even a fourth if possible, but three will do."
Lita leaned in closer as some people walked by. She had her long
black hair pulled up into an high ponytail and it swung to the
side, the closer she got. "And besides, nobody will find out,
that's why it's so prestigious. It's by invitation only,
everybody signs a contract vowing to secrecy, our cell's, cameras
and blackberry's are taken away in the beginning, it's all
"What if somebody
"They won't. It'll be
an intimate gathering, plus, make-up, costumes and wigs can work
wonders. And besides, if somebody did recognize us, they are
there doing the same thing we are, aren't they? So nobodies going
to say anything." Lita's high cheekbones were flushed with
excitement, at the prospect of Lourdes actually considering
"What about your
date?" Lourdes asked. "Isn't he going to want some bubbly, cha
cha, size 0 like you?"
"I'm not a size 0, I'm
a size 6, a very curvy size 6 and you're crazy," she said, "he's
just like your Alex I imagine."
"What is it
that you imagine exactly?" Lourdes said feeling sick to her
stomach. That was the last person's name she wanted to hear. She
hadn't fully recovered from the news about
his girlfriend. And she had
been avoiding him for
"I mean, he may be
linked to Hollywood sticks on his arm in public, but in real life
he'd rather fuck someone more voluptuous"
"Alright, I'll admit, it sounds fun to be an observer, but it
still sounds too risky for me."
"Just think about it."
Lita said. "It's the day after tomorrow and if you wanna do it,
we still have enough time to get you ready."
"What would I be
expected to do?"
"That's totally vague
and sounds almost impossible, given the
"Well my guy is only
expecting to have sex with me, so you're just there to make it
look like he's ballin' with two chicks on his
"Somehow, it still
can't be that easy." Lourdes said.
"Look," Lita said, "I
only go gay for pay, and he might want to see a kiss or two, but
that's extra money in our pockets and you don't have to go any
further than that. You can just watch." She
"So you like to be
watched?" Lourdes asked shaking her head, but smiling back at
"Plus, it's not like
he's a first timer. He is one of my regulars and we all know the
rules that are involved, nobody will cross the
"I still don't know."
Lourdes said. "Sounds like we're already crossing the
"What are you scared?"
exasperated. "Scared, of what? Going to a sex party and watching
my boys, brothers, girl get fuck by some random stranger. What
could I possibly be afraid
back in, her long black hair fell into her face. "You
don't have to watch,
you can participate."
"Wow," Lourdes said,
"and Pullo thinks I'm a tease."
"I'm not teasing,"
Lita said, "so you call my bluff."
This time Lourdes
leaned in closer. "You only go gay for pay huh? Sounds like we
have some major contradictions here." She got enough mind games
from Alexsander, she didn't need anymore from a girl. Especially
a may or may not be lezzie girl, who was possibly hitting on her.
Dyke drama was too much for Lourdes to handle. "Does your
colleague really have food poisoning, or do you just really want
to hook up?" She asked Lita.
"What do you think?"
"I think we don't
don't need to go to an orgy to make out with each
"Come on!" Lita said.
"Be fearless, have fun, it'll be
"And the tie that
binds." Lourdes said studying her, knowing full well the risk
they were both taking.
"That'd be it may."
Lita said squeezing her hand, and looking her in the
Somehow the way she
said it gave Lourdes chills...
"A sex party?" Lamont
said wrinkling his forehead. "Oh honey, you're becoming more and
more like us everyday!" He stood up off the bar stool and hugged
Lourdes. Lamont's purple jeans and top were a little much for
Lourdes to handle, but he sure knew how to work an outfit. His
short brown hair was spiked like a rockers, and he even had on
black eye liner with purple eye shadow.
"Speak for yourself."
Tyler said. "Sex parties are dangerous, sleazy and potentially
"And you know this
from personal experience?" Albear asked sticking his tongue out
at Tyler, leaning against the bar.
"No, but I don't have
to experience it to know the potential dangers." Tyler said back.
He looked at Lourdes, "if you're going to do it, just be careful.
How did you find out about this anyway?"
"A friend invited me."
Lourdes said quickly. She wouldn't dare sell Lita out and she had
to be very careful about what information she did divulge. "And
it's not like I'd be going to the baths or a backroom." Lourdes
added. "This would be upscale, classy."
nothing classy about an orgy." Corey said setting down a round of
drinks. Lourdes smiled at his too small superman tee. Her Corey,
the comic book, obsessed boy wonder. "I mean
haven't we all been to
one at some point in our life?" He
"Some more than
others." Lamont said looking at Albear.
"And they all end up
the same." Corey said.
"They're supposed to
end up the same!" Alby said putting his arm around
"Well if you want my
opinion, I say it doesn't hurt to look." Lamont
"I say don't do it."
"What the fucks your
problem?" Albear asked. "Those who can't do, must hate on
everybody else who can?"
"Alright." Tyler said.
"For your information, I'll tell you about the last incident that
Corey and I had encountered."
"No." Corey said
gesturing for Tyler to stop.
"Yes." Lourdes said
smiling. "I want to hear this."
"Noooo." Corey said
again shaking his head.
"Yes!" Lamont and
Albear said at the same time.
"Corey and I were
invited to a BB party." Tyler went on.
Corey nodded quickly
in agreement. But Lourdes was looking at Albear and she could
tell he knew something different.
"So we're not doing
anything that night and we decide to head over to the-" He
whispered the hotel to them. "You know, just to check it
Albear scoffed and
"We go in and
"Butt naked having sex
everywhere." Corey said cutting him off as if he was desperate to
confess. His puppy dog eyes were wide and he looked
"So?" Albear said.
"I'm sure this wasn't your first time seeing something like that.
In fact I know it wasn't."
"Yeah, but that's the
thing." Tyler said. "The guys weren't body builders, some of them
were even old in fact."
"How old?" Albear
asked Tyler. "Older than you, cause that would be
Tyler rolled his
"And that's when we
noticed." Corey said.
"Noticed what?" Lamont
"That BB could stand
for only one other thing." Albear said.
Corey and Tyler both
looked at him with their mouths open.
"Bare backing right?"
"Yeah." They both said
back at the same time.
Lamont crinkled up his
nose. "Eww. You didn't do anything with anybody, did
"No way!" Tyler said
and he turned to Lourdes. "But I'm just saying, be careful and
know what you're getting into."
Albear laughed again.
"I can't believe you two idiots didn't figure it
Corey and Tyler looked
at each other.
"Well you live and you
learn." Lamont said smiling at them reassuringly. He picked up
his drink and looked in the other direction, trying not to
"But there is just one
problem." Alby said. "What's that?" Lamont
"Lourdes is not going
to some bare backing party with a bunch of tweeked out twinkies.
You can't even compare."
Lourdes nodded her
head. "That's right. It's should be clean, nice and everyone will
be protected." She held up a rubber for all of them to see, and
Albear snatched it out of her hand and stuck it in his
"Now my only question
is, why?" Alby asked.
"Why what?" Lourdes
"Why are you doing
this? I mean, is it for yourself, for fun or are you rebelling
Lourdes raised an
eyebrow, hoping Albear wouldn't bring up their private
conversation in front of the boys. "If I do this, it'll just be
for fun for me." It might have been a mistake to tell him about
"So it's not to get
back at anybody?" He pressed on.
mouthed the words fuck you to
Albear smiled at
"What exactly are you
trying to get at?" Lamont asked picking up on the signals
"No." Lourdes said
quickly. "Just for fun and just for me. Chalk it up to
"Then I guess it's
alright by me." Albear said.
"As if I was ever
asking for your permission." Lourdes said