"I certainly hope
not." Alexsander said standing in the bedroom
Lourdes spun around
fast. He was leaning against the door frame with his arms crossed
smiling at her. How long had he been there? Why was he here? He
was dressed much nicer than usual. His hair, grown in a little
more, was even combed the way she liked it. Obviously here to win
back some points.
"I promise to be on my
best behavior." Albear said into the phone.
"I gotta go." Lourdes
said hanging up on him. She let the phone drop down to her
waist-side and stuck it in her pocket.
"I thought you were in
L.A. What are you doing here?" She asked, after the initial shock
had wore off.
"You don't call, you
don't write, I thought you might be here." He said shrugging his
shoulders and taking a step inside.
"How did you get in? I
thought I locked the door."
Alex held up a key.
"In case of emergencies." He said. "Where you been
"Busy." She said
trying to walk past him out of the room and into the
"Wait, hold on." He
said stopping her so they could embrace. His body felt strong up
against hers. He smelled wonderful.
that she would run into Alex eventually, she just hadn't counted
on it being today. She made the decision not to even bring up the
fact that she knew about the
She'd figured, silence was
He followed her into
the front of the house as she started to unload some
"Getting things in
order?" He asked.
"No thanks." She took
the produce out of a bag, trying not to look him in the eye. She
could already feel her anger rising. She set a head of lettuce to
the side and pulled out a tomato to put in the crisper, when it
slipped out of her had and crashed to the
"Shit." She muttered
under her breath, while quickly trying to clean up the
"Here, let me help
you." He said watching her.
"I got it." She said
over her shoulder.
Once she tossed the
paper towels and splattered tomato away, Alex came up behind her
and put his hands on her shoulders. Just the feel of his fingers
made her tingle. She closed her eyes and exhaled quickly, hating
herself for still wanting to touch him.
He kissed the back of
her neck softly. She tensed up immediately.
"What's wrong?" He
He took his hands off
of her, trying to figure out what her problem was. Lourdes went
back to putting the groceries away.
He took a step back
and leaned up against the refrigerator, blocking her way from
putting the milk into it. She focused on his black t-shirt,
avoiding eye contact while he smiled at her, trying to get her to
smile back at him.
"Excuse me." She said,
trying to reach around him for the door handle, but he wouldn't
move until she looked at him.
"What?" She asked
finally looking at him.
"Okay let's do this."
He said taking the milk out of her hand and putting it in the
fridge himself. He closed the door and turned back to face
"Do what?" She said
stepping back and pulling her hair out of a ponytail to release
"Let's get into it."
"I have nothing to
"Hm." He nodded. "You
say your busy, you don't respond to my emails, all of a sudden
you have no time for me-"
"So?" She said cutting
him off. "Your not even suppose to be in
"You don't answer my
messages, you won't take my calls, you're barely even looking at
me right now."
Lourdes put one hand
on her hip and glared at him.
"Fuck," he said,
"whatever it is, do I even wanna know?"
"There's nothing to
tell," she said, "not everything is about you." Her cell phone
started to ring.
"Well then it's about
you." He said. "Cause somethings up."
"I'm fine." She said
with attitude turning away from him. She looked down at her
phone, it was Albear calling, she pressed
He came closer to
"Look I have things to
do Alex, so if you don't want anything-"
"Are those other
things that you're doing on that phone call that you didn't want
"What is it to you?"
He laughed in
disbelief. "Do I have to remind you?" He said sweetly putting his
hand on the back of her arm, squeezing softly. He tilted her chin
up to face him. "What did I do, that would make you want to
forget me so soon?" He kissed her on the cheek. Lourdes said
nothing. His lips were soft and wet. His stubble make her shiver.
She could feel herself caving. He stopped squeezing her arm and
let his hand rest on her shoulder. He ran his thumb slowly along
the outline of her collar bone. She closed her eyes as he softly
kissed between her neck and shoulder.
Her phone rang again.
Lourdes opened her eyes and jerked away from
said. "Who is that?"
"No one." She
"Then turn the fucking
mobile off." He was starting to get upset, his accent was showing
Lourdes raised her
eyebrows at him and shook her head, daring him to stop her. She
picked up the phone and answered. "What!" She
"I found the address
bitch, I'm on my way!" Albear yelled into the
"Alby don't you
fucking come over here, I mean it!" She yelled
the cell out of her hand. He closed it shut and gripped it
tightly in his hand.
"Give that back to
me." She said reaching for the phone, but he kept holding it
higher in the air.
"Who the fuck do you
think you are?" Lourdes said very coolly, trying not to freak
"I'm the bloke your
fucking!" He yelled, "who the fuck is he?" Alex held the cell
phone up, accusingly. "Are you two screwing each
"Then in what insane
world does he take priority over me?!"
There were at least
five insults that she could think of to take his ego down a
notch, but she thought better of it. She walked over to the
kitchen window and looked out for a moment.
It was dark and quiet.
She couldn't believe that he was doing this when he didn't have a
leg to stand on.
She turned around to
face him. "He's my friend," she said, "he loves me, he cares
about me, he looks out for me..." She furrowed her brows at him.
"Who are you?"
"Obviously nobody when
it comes to him." Alex said holding up the cell phone
"That's right." She
said crossing her arms over her chest.
"Your at his beck and
call, you do anything he says-"
"Everywhere I turn, I
competing with some asshole, that shouldn't even be a threat to
"Funny," she said
interrupting him, "because he says all the same things about
That stopped him. "He
knows about us? You told him!"
"I didn't have to tell
him shit. He could have guessed by the way you were acting. Sin
City, Alex! The Pride Diner! Why'd you ever have to get in his
said refusing to answer, intent on making his point. "I mean,
what is it really about this guy, tell me? You like his charms,
his looks, he's rich, whatever. We all have that. What is it
about him that makes you eat up all his
He should let me in on his secret! Because I
would really love to know, what it is that he has that I
Lourdes continued to
glare at him. He was very upset with her and he had no right to
be. It took everything inside her not to bring up what a
hypocrite and a liar, he was being.
They were both
hypocrites, both liars, both cheaters...
The phone started
Alex laughed in
Lourdes held out her
hand so he could give it to her.
Instead he answered
it. "Fuck off!" He yelled in the thickest accent she ever heard,
and then he hung up the phone.
Lourdes' brown eyes
widened as he walked up to her and shoved the phone back in her
hand. His icy blue eyes were wild with anger, but she wasn't even
close to backing down. He started to say something, but the words
never left his tongue. He took a step back and started walking
out of the room.
"Oh now you're
leaving?" She said. "What? Without getting what you
"Are you sure you
wanna do that, I mean, you haven't gotten your dick sucked
He almost stopped, she
smirked knowing her comment pissed him off, but he kept
He had disappeared out
"Great, that's great."
She mumbled to herself. Her heart was pounding so fast. She held
her breath waiting for the front door to slam shut. But it never
Lourdes held her
breath for so long, she started to feel lightheaded, then she
exhaled, gasping for oxygen. She tried to steady her heart beat
but it wasn't working. She needed to focus on something. She put
away the rest of the groceries, but she still wasn't calm. She
opened the kitchen door and went outside to feel the cold night
air. She closed the door behind her and sat down. She pulled a
cigarette out of her pocket and lit up. She just needed a moment
This was it, this was
the moment where both of them could walked away and end things
before the situation spiraled out of control. She could do it. It
was possible. Life could go back to normal between her and Gabe
and Alex could go back to his own life. That's it. That's the
right decision. It was over. It was actually over the moment she
found out he had a girlfriend really. Because she couldn't
stomach the fact that he had somebody real in his life. Somebody
that he could be out loud and in public with. Somebody that he
She began to mentally
prepare herself to go back in the house. Her body felt like led,
almost as if she couldn't move.
The door swung open
behind her and Alex stepped out. Lourdes stared straight ahead as
he sat down next to her. If she could just open her mouth...if
she could just get the words out...
"I'm going to take
off." He finally spoke.
Lourdes nodded her
head, wringing her hands together. That wasn't what she wanted to
hear. "It's probably for the best. You never should have came in
the first place."
"Bitch." He muttered
under his breath while he stood back up.
"What did you just
"I said you're acting
like a bitch!"
the problem? Your girlfriends can call you
that but I can't?" He spat
fucking can't!" She said jumping up. "And fuck you with
your girlfriends comment, I
know what that means!" He swung open the door, laughing at her
and went back into the house as she followed at his
"And my friends never
use that word with the same intention that you mean right now!"
He turned around so
quickly, she almost slammed right into him. They were standing
toe to toe. "I can think of a few other choice words, if it'll
make you feel better." He said taunting her.
"Shoot your best shot
motherfucker." She said putting both hand on her
"What?" He said
leaning in her face.
"You know, I don't
think any of this is really about Albear," she said pulling her
cell phone out as it started to ring again.
"Don't-" He tried to
say, reaching for the phone. Lourdes jerked her hand away so he
couldn't grab it. "Albear isn't a threat to you, any more than
you are to him. If you ask me, this is about
He sucked his teeth,
now he was the one avoiding eye contact.
"Yeah," she said, "all
your little comments about me running errands, being at his beck
and call, alone in his home making things more pleasant. All the
type of shit that you want me doing for
Alex rolled his eyes.
"You're so naive and simplistic, to even think that way." He said
coldly. His words burned her, but the look on his face said
something different. It said she was right on the
"While his friend
throws a tantrum about who measures up more." Lourdes
think that is what this
is all about?" He asked. "Because I don't have any problems in
that department. And nether do
"I don't give a shit
what men think about their dicks!" She said enraged. "All I care
about is why the biggest hypocrite in the world is trying to give
me shit right now to soothe his own petty
"You seemed to care not too long ago when you were polishing
my nob, three times
a day for me." He spoke so arrogantly, she wanted to hit him. He
seemed completely unphased by her anger. It only made her madder.
He started to turn his back on her and pick up a
"What's the matter?"
She said mocking him. "Why are you really here? Can't find one of
your Hollywood ho's to scratch that itch for
"Don't go too far." He
"I mean I
know I'm good, and you can go around telling yourself
that your the man
because we were fucking like bunnies for two
"But we both know how
much you begged for it..."
"Every. Single. Time."
She said looking him up and down as if he didn't mean shit. "And
oh, it's been how long since you've gotten your fix?" She smiled.
"You must be going crazy not being able to take what you
That was enough to
piss him off. He threw the magazine down.
"You're so naive!" He
said shaking his head. "And I can take what I want at any
simplistic. Is that all you got? I mean, I'm sure you can come up
with something better, given your extensive acting
"How dare you!" He
Lourdes stifled back a
laugh. Guess he didn't like that one. She acted as if she was
going to make a phone call and Alex took a step towards her. She
took a step back smiling and closed the phone and put it back in
going to stand here and let you
have a go at
"Then why the fuck are
you still here? I thought you were leaving." Now she was the one
who was calm and he was angry. She felt better. She managed to
turn the energy around. Now she could get him the fuck out of
there without feeling like he won.
Alex looked at the
front door, shoving his hands into his jean pockets, but he
ahead, off you go." She said
in an European accent, dismissing him with her
His jaw was clenched
tight and he was starting to become red in the face. He took a
step towards the door. Lourdes turned in the other direction,
walking away to go back down the hallway and finish the rest of
the work in the rooms. "Don't let the door it hit you in the ass,
on the way out!" She called over her shoulder. She knew pressing
his buttons, was probably the wrong way to go about this, but she
couldn't stop herself. Footsteps pounded so loudly behind her as
he rushed up towards her. Lourdes turned around right as he
reached her. "Don't-" she started to say, putting her hands up.
But it was too late, he grabbed both her arms, squeezing her
wrist tightly as he forced her back. "Ahh!" She yelled as her
back slammed hard against the wall. "Let me go!" She
make me!" He said pinning her arms up against the wall also.
"Lemme hear you talk that shite now!"
"Go on!" He said.
"What? I can't hear you!"
Lourdes struggled to
get out of his grasp. But he was holding her too tightly. "You
better fucking let me go!" She said. "Or I
"You'll what?! Huh?
Let me hear what you'll fucking do!"
He was pissed. More
angry than she had estimated. She had a choice, she could let him
hold her there while he ranted and raved or she could knee him in
the balls and break free. She didn't really think that he would
hurt her, but he was fucking pissed now. She needed to think
quickly and make the right decision.
But she was fucking
She went for option 3.
Lourdes turned towards the right wrist that he was pinning
against the wall and she sunk her teeth into his flesh as hard as
"Ouch!" He yelled
instantly loosening his grip. She jerked free of his other hand
and tried to push him off her. She was no more than a few steps
away from him, when he grabbed her by the back of her hair and
yanked her back towards him.
"Ahhh fuck!" She
screamed reaching up to claw at his hands as he pushed her this
time face forward into the wall. "You fucking bastard, let me
Alex laughed pressing
himself up against her so that she could barely move. Barely
breathe. He took his foot and kicked her legs further apart so
that she was off balance. His laughter and rough housing was
almost enough to send her back into a rage again. But she stopped
struggling and layed still against the wall. He let go of her
hair but still had her pinned. She let her hands fall to her
sides as she tried to catch her breath. They were both panting
hard. Alex's breath was hot on her neck.
Lourdes was starting
to calm down when Alex reached both hands in front of her and
squeezed her breast hard. He laughed, knowing it would piss her
off and send her postal. "Ahh! You motherfucker!" She screamed
trying to get away from him, but he had twisted her arm and
pulled it behind her back, keeping her locked in
"That's right," he
said in her ear as she tried to jerk her head away, "keep
fighting, tell me again how I can't take what I
"You bastard!" She
said trying to twist away from him. He reached in front of her,
unbuttoning her jeans while he held her other arm behind her
grunted trying to wiggle away from him.
"Keep fighting," he
said pressing himself even more up against her, "it'll just make
my dick harder."
Lourdes let out one
more scream. Just when she thought she couldn't take it anymore,
he let her arm go and pushed himself off her. She flung around,
breathing hard, clutching her arm to her chest, with her back
pressed against the wall. Alex studied her. He was much calmer,
but on guard, just in case she lunged at him. But she stayed
pressed against the wall, collecting herself. He came towards her
and cupped her face in his hands. "Let's call a truce." He said.
"Yes?" He nodded his head hoping she would agree. "We can both go
back and forth like this all night, but we both know that in the
end, I'll win."
She looked him in the
eyes and nodded her head slowly. Defeated.
He began to walk away
from her, when she stuck her leg out to trip him. As he went
flying in the other direction to eat shit, Lourdes ran down the
hallway to the back of the house. She didn't turn to look back,
but she heard something crashing to the floor. She ran out the
back door and around the side of the house. There were sounds of
foot scuffling, close behind her. She kept moving, afraid that if
she stopped to laugh Alex would catch her. He may have been
fucking with her before, unbuttoning her pants and acting like he
was going to attack her, but she was pretty sure, if he got a
hold of her this time, it would be a different
She reached the front
of the house, running uncontrollably, and ran smack into Tyler
and Lamont .
"Whoa! Honey where are
you going?" Lamont said grabbing hold of
"I was just...uh..."
She panted, not sure what to say, trying to catch her
"Are you alright?"
Tyler asked also trying to hold her up.
"What the fuck is
going on?" Lourdes turned to the side and saw Albear and Corey
standing at the foot of the sidewalk. They were leaning against
Albear's car and Tyler's was parked right behind it. "I tried to
call," Alby said holding up his cell phone, "to let you know we
"Yeah," Tyler said,
"we were just about to knock on the door."
Just then, Alex came
flying around the corner. They all turned to look. Lourdes smiled
at him. Game over.
He managed to stop
himself from shooting across the lawn, once he spotted the boys,
but he couldn't hide his anger.
"Were we interrupting
something?" Corey asked looking back and forth between Lourdes
"No." She exhaled
smiling, cutting her eyes at Alex. He stood on the lawn not
looking at anybody else but her.
"I was just
um...taking out the trash," she paused and looked at Alex one
more time, "and I saw a mouse and freaked and we both went
"Is that what
happened?" Albear asked Lourdes not believing a word of it. She
nodded her head quickly. "But you're here now, so I'll just get
my things and we will be off!" She turned to go in the house.
Alex took a step to go in with her.
"Wait." Alby said.
They both stopped and turned. "Where's your boyfriend?" He
Lourdes turned back to
Albear, pleading at him with her eyes not to do this. "Gabe is
away right now so he left us to take care of
"Wow, you all must be
very close," Alby exaggerated, "what guest are you expecting
"They're friends of
Gabe's." Lourdes said. "And some family to him." She nodded in
Alex's direction. He raised his eyebrows at her, unaware that she
knew who was coming. "Everybody is excited, we just want the
house to look nice. But you know guys anyway, I'm sure they won't
care or even notice what the decor looks
"So why all the
trouble?" Albear asked.
"Well I've been
informed that there is one very special person arriving." She
said smiling even though it was killing her.
"Her name is Celia,
right?" She said locking eyes with Alex. "Your girlfriend is also
coming into town for a visit, if I'm not
She saw the
realization take over his face about why she was so upset with
him. She could have shot him with and gun and the expression of
pain on his face would have been no different. But did he feel
bad because he knew how much he hurt her, or just because he was
She knew in that very
moment that all the fight was taken out of him. She could walk
back into that house and be completely safe with him for the rest
of the night. The look on his face was priceless. Lourdes turned
and walked into the house.