She had her back to
him but she could still feel his eyes on her. She didn't even
need to turn around to imagine the way he was laying there. He
would be sitting halfway up, resting on his elbows and forearms,
white sheets low on his naked waist, eyes burning into the back
of her head. She stayed still. Legs propped up and crossed on the
fancy hotel table. There was a paper and pen sitting next to her
bare legs. All night that Joni Mitchell song that Albear
downloaded to her Ipod was running through her mind. Both Sides
Now. He told her to keep the song close to her heart if she was
going to play this game. The game of tricking he calls it. Albear
never took an interest in her love life, but now she had become
interesting. "Not just
another boring straight girl." He would
Looking out the window again, you could tell
that it was freezing outside, but she couldn't feel a thing. Her
blood was boiling, adrenaline coursing through her body. She was
wearing her black panties, Alexsander's' white wife-beater and
white socks. In a minute he would be telling her to come back to
bed. But right now she could still feel him watching her. She
knew what he was thinking, What could
possibly be so important that she would be staring out the window
watching the sun rise instead of snuggling up next to him.
But things, for her,
always seemed different in the light of day and she couldn't wait
to get out of there.
"Do you feel guilty?"
He asked. The words came out so quiet and low that she barely
"No." She said, not
even turning around but taking her legs down off the
"Then come back to
bed." He said.
She looked down at the
blank piece of paper in front of her, the hotel logo was at the
top. She was just getting ready to start writing, but now with
him awake, he would be a distraction.
"Come back to bed." He
"No." she said softly.
"I have to go. and you have a meeting this
"Christ." He said. "You're not even my
girlfriend yet and you already know my schedule."
His girlfriend yet. She thought to herself. That would
definitely be a no no
in Albear's rule book of
She looked down at the
paper again. She really wanted to write the lyrics to this song,
it would keep her grounded, bring her back to reality a little.
She felt the urgent need to get the word's out of her head and
Alexsander pushed back
the covers and got out of bed. He walked over to her stark naked
and stood behind her. His hands were massive, very long and
slender. He pulled her long black hair back behind her shoulders
and leaned over to whisper in her ear. "I need to take a shower,
come join me." His lips were so close to her ear she could feel
the heat from his breath, the heat in his word's, it sent tingles
down her spine.
"In a minute." She
He let out a low sigh
and headed to the bathroom.
She looked down at the piece of paper and
picked up the pen. She began to write: Alex-
Sorry about the shower, gotta run. See u tonight at
dinner. She set the
pen down, took off the wife-beater and set it on the bed. She put
on her clothes very quickly, grabbed her cell and her purse and
closed the door quietly behind
In the cab, she leaned
her head back and closed her eyes. If she couldn't write this
very moment, she would do the next best thing. She pulled out her
Ipod and pushed play. It was still set to Joni from the night
before. Albear said this song was the story of her life, and it
was holding her back. The first time she heard it, a cord was
struck so deeply inside of her she had become obsessed with the
fact that there was somebody else out there that understood the
labors of life that women go through. Last night she was
listening to the song right up to the moment she met up with
Alexsander. Alex, was trouble. Bad trouble. All 6 foot '4 of him.
A blonde hair, blue eyed devil. A very gorgeous devil. And he
made everything hurt so good. The song began to play and she
tried to push last night's events out of her mind. She began to
mouth the words to the song.
The cab came to a
halt. "We're here ma'am." The driver said.
She looked out the window. They were in
front of Pride Diner. Pride Diner was located in what would be
considered the gay part of The
City, but it was
the best place for breakfast and comfort food. Plus it
was The Boys favorite place to go. She had become
somewhat of a fag hag these days, but she didn't mind, she loved
hanging out with the boys.
She began to notice
that something was wrong, there was a small crowd of people off
to the side of the Diner and many police cars. She got out of the
cab and hesitated to see the commotion. There was police caution
tape everywhere. It was still early, so their weren't many people
around but half the staff was outside checking out the commotion.
Three people rushed up behind her talking
"Hey Lourdes what's
up." Lourdes new that unmistakeable southern accent could only
belong to none other than Lamont. And Lamont, had to be joined by
Tyler and Corey, because they were all joined at the
She turned around and
was greeted with a kiss on the cheek.
"Hey gorgeous." Albear
smiled, grabbing her hand and leading her across the street.
Tyler and Lamont followed along.
Lourdes asked, smiling at everybody. "And what's going
Albear put his arm
around her and pulled her closer to him. He smelled nice. He had
whiskers from not shaving, but other than that, he was dressed
like he stepped out of a Calvin Klein ad. Albear always looked
great and everybody was in love with him. If he wasn't gay, she
would probably be married to him.
"The breakfast cook
went into the bathroom this morning and found a guy dead in
"Shut, up." Lourdes
said, big brown eyes wide with surprise.
"No it's true." Lamont
said. "He was obviously one of us."
"Why is that?" Lourdes
"By the way he was dressed." Lamont
"Yeah," Tyler spoke
up. "That hideous outfit, screamed queen."
"So what are you
saying," Albear interrupted, "that somebody killed him because of
his bad fashion sense?"
"What do you think
happened?" Lourdes asked.
"He was shot." Albear
"Yes, but do you think
that it was somebody that he knew?" Lamont
"I do." Tyler said.
"All the signs are there. It clearly has to be a
"Ty dear," Lamont
said, "I think you've seen too many operas."
Lourdes smiled. They
boys were her favorite people to be around, they were better than
a strong cup of coffee in the morning. She would describe Lamont
as flamboyant and sometimes a little overwhelming, but he always
brightened her spirits. Tyler tended to be a bit more reserved.
What you would call a vanilla boy. Very gay but very
Albear on the other
hand, there were hardly any words. God's gift to the gay world.
He is as tall as Lamont but way more gorgeous. Perfect skin,
perfect teeth, perfect body, everybody is in love with him and
the only person he is in love with is
Lourdes looked down,
her black cell phone was chiming. She had a new text message. The
guys were still chatting so she read the
Where did you go? I
want see you again tonight.
Lourdes closed the
phone. She and Alex had somehow become tight overnight, and now
he wanted all of her time. Her thoughts were interrupted by the
"So, whoever it was
that killed him, do you think they...you know?" Lamont
"I hope so," Albear
said, smoothing back his dark brown hair. "It's always better to
blow before you go."
shrieked. "You're absolutely horrible."
The boys started
laughing. They went inside, the rival coffee shop across the
street. They spent the next thirty minutes gossiping and having
breakfast until they all went their separate
Back in another cab,
Lourdes had just enough time to go over to her side of town, go
home, shower, change clothes and head out to a gig. She glanced
down at her watch and realized that she was going to be late. She
was catering a lunch party for a friend that she hadn't seen in
years. She didn't even know if she could consider this person a
friend, he was more like an acquaintance. Jasper Archer, the
brother of a guy that Lourdes use to have a crush on way back in
the day. Somehow Jasper got her number through a mutual friend
and wanted to hire her.
She had lost touch
with the old crew that she use to hang with, so this should be an
interesting experience, she thought to
Everything was taken
care of, all of the food was prepared and just needed to be
popped in the ovens for heating. Her partner, Christina, was
probably already there setting up. They expected no more than 10
people for this intimate gathering, so it should be no problem
for them to crank out soups, salads, appetizers and desserts.
Lourdes could see Christina unloading the Demigloss Catering van
as the cab pulled up to Jasper's house.
Lourdes said jumping out of the cab. "Looking good, is everything
CC said handing Lourdes a couple of platters. Christina was about
twenty years older than Lourdes, but you wouldn't know it, with
her youthful appearance and no lines in her flawless, dark skin.
She use to work at the Pride Diner as a waitress and cook, but
with her stellar culinary skills, Lourdes convinced her to join
forces in this party planning business. It made perfect sense,
Christina could make more money catering privately, than she
would working a sixty hour work week at the Diner. Ever since
they partnered together, it had been a winning relationship for
all parties involved. Christina was more like a mother to Lourdes
and the boys. And very full of life. She has a big heart and big
mouth, which Lourdes loves, but sometimes it got her into
trouble. Needless to say never in a professional
"We're almost set,"
Christina said, "everything is good to go, we just need to put on
the finishing touches."
"That's great. Have
people started to arrive?" Lourdes asked as they headed in to the
"Only a couple of
people." Christina said guiding Lourdes into the kitchen. They
swung open the kitchen door and found two people stuffing their
faces with food. Lourdes recognized Jasper immediately. He looked
exactly the same, tall and thin with a very kind face. When he
saw her his eyes lit up like Christmas
"You caught us, we are
so busted." Jasper walked over from the kitchen counter popping
one more appetizer into his mouth. The second person in the room
was a woman. She looked about Lourdes' age. Jasper came over and
kissed her on the cheek.
"Long time no see, I'm
glad that you could come out and do this on such short
Lourdes said. "Or is it Mr. Archer or-
"Just Jasper," He
interrupted, "we don't stand on any formality here. Come and meet
my girlfriend Lolita."
Jasper rushed Lourdes
closer to Lolita to shake hands. "Nice to meet you." Lourdes
smiled shaking her hand.
"You too." Lolita
said. "Sorry about our little pig out session. We've been
starving all morning and everything smelled so good, we had to
come and sample."
"It's no problem,
please help yourself." Lourdes took off her coat set it down on a
stool, replacing it with her chef's coat. "So is the guest of
"Not yet," Lita said,
"But he should be here in about thirty minutes. Will that be
enough time for you?"
"Of course." Lourdes
said smiling, picking up an apron and tying it at the
"Well, I'm going to
head out to pick up our guest from the airport, and Lita can help
you with anything that you ladies may need." Jasper said going
out of the kitchen.
"Sounds great. We'll
see you soon." Christina called after him.
Jasper left the room
but Lita stayed. "Is there anything that I can help you
"Nah," Christina said
rushing around her. "We've got it handled."
"Yep," Lourdes added,
"you're here to enjoy yourself, let us take care of
"Okay," Lita said.
"I'll come and alert you when the guest start showing
Christina and Lourdes
continued to work for the next twenty five minutes until
everything was set up perfectly. Lita came in about ten minutes
later and alerted them to the fact that people were arriving.
Christina set out the h'orderves and began filling the guest
glasses with wine and champagne. Lourdes stayed in the kitchen
and began plating up the desserts for later.
About twenty minutes
later the party really started. There was a multitude of voices
and chatter. The music was going, people were laughing, the wine
was flowing, everything appeared to be a
Lita came rushing into
the kitchen and set a glass of white wine down on the counter.
"Thought you could use a drink." She said.
said, "but I don't usually drink on the
"Oh come on. Jasper
told me that you're old friends, hell, practically family. Nobody
is going to judge the chef for enjoying the party with us."
Lolita smiled very sweetly. She was beautiful. She had to be of
Latin descent. Long black hair, pretty olive complexion,
smoldering brown eyes and shaped like the figure eight. Plus, she
seemed to have a permanent smile on her
"Why do I get the
feeling that you're plying me with wine for liquid courage?"
Lourdes asked grinning.
"Because I am." Lita
said. "Jasper and I sort of had this idea of killing two birds
with one stone."
"Which would be...?"
Lourdes didn't get a chance to finish her sentence. The kitchen
door swung open. They both looked up, and Lourdes suddenly
realized what Lita was about to tell her. The guest of honor was
standing in the doorway. It was Pullo, Jasper's brother. The very
same brother that Lourdes use to have a crush on many years ago.
He hardly changed either. A couple more lines added to his face.
His hair use to be blonde and longer, but now it was short and
dark, cropped close to his head. He was tall like Jasper, but not
as thin, more muscular. His smile was very kind, but those
eyes...they were deceiving. There was danger in them. It only
took Lourdes a second to realize that. There was always something
mysterious about Pullo, which is probably why she use to be
attracted to him in the first place.
"Hello ladies." He
said, standing there smiling. He was exactly the same. His voice
was deep, cool and calm, just like she
She wondered if he
remembered her. In the past, she dressed like a teenager, wore no
make-up and always kept her hair braided. But now she was very
grown-up and polished. Hair pulled back into a high ponytail,
make-up down, fancy little catering clothes, and Prada
She glanced down at
his hand. No wedding band. She wondered if he had a girlfriend.
Lourdes tilted her head to the side. She needed to push these
thoughts out of her mind. She was already crossing the line with
Alexsander. Shaking her head, to free her mind of these thoughts,
she focused on staying in the moment. Lourdes exhaled slowly and
smiled. She hadn't realized that she was holding her breath. This
had to have been a first for her. Three men taking her breath
away in one year.
Lolita picked up the
glass of wine and handed it to Lourdes. Lourdes slowly inhaled a
"Lourdes, I believe
you know Jasper's brother Pullo, the guest of honor." Lita said.
"We haven't seen him for a bit, so we thought a welcome home
party was in order."
"Yeah, that's great."
Lourdes said. She sounded like an idiot. She took another sip of
"Yeah thanks for
this." Pullo said. "It's great to see everybody." He was smiling,
but somehow Lourdes didn't really believe
"You are absolutely welcome." Lita beamed.
She turned to Lourdes and raised her eyebrows and smiled as if to
say good luck. Lourdes could tell that Lita wanted to say
something else, but Pullo had come in too quickly. "I'm going to
step out so you two can catch up a bit." She quickly walked past
Pullo and paused in the doorway. "So I'll leave you guys to it.
And you're okay, right Lourdes?" There was something in her voice
at the end of the question. Lourdes looked up and Pullo turned
around. "Of course she's okay, I'm not going to bite her." He
turned back to Lourdes. "You're okay,
"Of course." Lourdes
smiled at the both of them.
Lita went out the door
and Pullo quickly locked it behind her. Pullo's actions made her
uncomfortable. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a satin
blue box. He set it down on the counter and started rummaging
through the cabinets.
Lourdes sort of looked
around, nervously smiling. "Is there something I can help you
with?" She asked shyly. She looked him up and down. Pullo had
stayed in shape over the years. He was wearing black jeans, a
dress shirt and a black blazer. He was older than the men that
she dated, but she always thought that his sex appeal could make
up for the difference in their ages.
He stopped going
through the shelves and turned around to look at her. "I hope you
don't mind, I need a real drink and the bubbly out there taste
Lourdes was taken back
a bit by his erratic behavior, but it only took a moment for her
to see that he was also uncomfortable and obviously unaware, that
he was going to be ambushed with a party.
She pointed at the
freezer. "I think there's booze in there."
He walked over to the
freezer door and swung it open and pulled out a brown bottle. He
grabbed a glass off the counter. "Cheers." He said pouring a
large amount into the glass.
Lourdes watched him
drink down the whole amount of whiskey without flinching. He
clinked the glass down on the counter and started to pour another
drink. "Would you like one?" He asked without looking up.
Everything in her screamed that she should be professional, just
do her job, get out of there, go home and get ready for tonight's
dinner. She paused for a second and then said.
looking at her. Watching
her. He slid the glass over to her, lightly touching her soft
brown skin. She picked up the glass and drunk it down just like
him. He let out a surprised sigh, then a small laugh. This time
his smile was sincere. She could tell this was the first thing to
relax him since he arrived.
She leaned in closer
to him over the counter and smiled. "So, I take it you had no
idea about the party?"
"No idea." He said
shaking his head. "Would you like another drink?" He asked.
Lourdes shook her head no. She slid the glass back over to him.
But instead of pouring another, he picked up the blue satin box
and opened it. He pulled out a silver medium sized bullet. Not a
bullet for a gun but the type of bullet that you store drugs in.
He took a sniff in both nostrils and reached out to hand it to
Lourdes. "You want a bump?" He asked.
Now he was testing
her. He wanted to see how far she'd go. Without hesitation
Lourdes grabbed the bullet and took a sniff. Instantly the
burning sensation hit her. She grabbed her face pinching her nose
and quickly handed it back to Pullo.
"Oh shit, I thought it
was going to be...what the hell is that?"
Pullo put the bullet back in the box and put
it in his pocket. "You're a lot more fun than I remember you
being." He came around the side of the counter and stood very
close to her. Lourdes was still pinching her nose and trying to
stay in control of the alcohol and drugs that were rushing
through her body. Pullo put his arms around her and pulled her
close to his chest. Lourdes closed her eyes and stood there for a
second resting against him. He was trying to calm her down to
help her ride the drugs more smoothly. A little trick that Albear
would do for her when she was overwhelmed by one of
cocktails. And it
was working. She suddenly felt calm and the drugs were starting
to take her over in a good way. She pulled back slightly, but
Pullo was still held her close. He closed his eyes too. She could
tell the whiskers on his face were rough, and normally she hated
kissing men who hadn't shaved, but she was willing to make an
exception. She wanted nothing more but to feel his face on her
skin, to feel it between her thighs. She had to stifle back a
laugh. Damn it felt hot in here. She tried to push the thoughts
out of her mind, the drugs were going to her head
Their noses were
touching and their lips were so close together, Lourdes thought
that he was going to kiss her, but he started talking instead.
"Thanks for being here. You're the first person I was actually
glad to see."
"What about Jasper and
Lolita?" Lourdes whispered.
"That goes without
saying, I love my brother and Lita is great. But who are all of
those people in the other room?"
friends." Lourdes said.
"Maybe friends from
another lifetime. I don't know them
Lourdes pulled back
from Pullo, this time he let her go. "Then I guess I would fall
into that category too."
"You were never like
those people out there." He said matter of
Lourdes shrugged her
shoulders. "You don't even know me."
Pullo's green eyes
studied her again, long enough to make her nervous. "Well we'll
have to change that won't we." He walked back over to her,
standing inches too close, so that she knew his intentions were
more than friendly. "And," he went on, "I think that we know each
other a lot better than we did a few minutes
"Stay we me and enjoy
the party. We'll catch up, you can be my
There was a knock on
the door. Lourdes walked over to unlock it, while Pullo put the
whiskey back in the freezer. She opened the door and Christina
walked in carrying a tray with dirty dishes. "Everything all good
in here?" She asked to no one in particular, while she set the
dishes in the sink.
"Yep." Lourdes said
getting back to work as Christina started making dishwater. She
glanced at Pullo as he excused himself from the room. He gave her
a devilish grin and floated out the door.
Christina turned off
the faucet and grabbed Lourdes by the arm. "Listen girlie, I
don't know what you think you're doing but you better get your
head back on straight."
"What are you talking
about?" Lourdes asked innocently.
"Honey, I wasn't born
yesterday. I know that you've been hanging out with that bad
influence Albear and his band of brothers. And I'm sure he's
chalked your head full of nonsense about staying single and
started to say, laughing, but Christina kept
"I don't know what you are doing with a
fella like that," she said referring to Pullo, "but he has
trouble written all over him and you are here
"We weren't doing
anything. He wanted a real drink because he was nervous and he
locked the door because he didn't want his brother to
"Hmph." Christina said
crossing her arms and leaning against the sink. "So nothing
Christina walked over
to Lourdes and leaned against her shoulder to shoulder. "Well I
have to tell ya' I'm glad. Cause if I was twenty years younger
and with a fella like that, I'd be on my back on this counter
with my legs up in the air."
shrieked, laughing out loud.
Christina said laughing also, going back to the dishes, "you have
to watch out for guys like that."
"Listen CC, why don't
you let me take care of this. It was so great of you to come in
early and set-up, but I think that I can take over from
"You sure honey?"
Christina asked drying her hands on a towel.
"Yep. I got it
"Okay dear," Christina
said taking off her apron and grabbing her purse, "I will leave
out the back so I won't disturb the party."
"Okay, I'll call you
Lourdes on the cheek, squeezing her arm and turned to go out the
back door. "You behave yourself."
She waived goodbye and
The party went on for
a couple of hours and began to die down. Lourdes was roaming
around the house with Lolita.
Lita had confessed to
Lourdes that she didn't really know the people here and she was
more than willing to give a tour around the house to escape the
mingling. They passed a few bedrooms, a game room where some
people were playing Nintendo Wii. But they ended up outside by
the pool, which to Lourdes, was the by far the best part of the
house. The pool was surrounded by very tall trees and exotic
plants for privacy, with a small jacuzzi off to the side of it.
Jasper, Pullo and two other people were also outside talking and
laughing and smoking cigars.
Lita pulled out a long
lawn chair and they both sat down on it. Lita lit up a joint,
took a puff and handed it to Lourdes. "So I think that Pullo
"What could possibly
give you that idea." Lourdes asked instantly intrigued. She
looked over at Pullo. He was watching her. He lifted up his beer
in the air and toasted to her. She smiled.
"Because he gave me
the third degree about you the first chance he got me
"What did he want to
"Oh the usual. He
wanted to know if you had a boyfriend? If you were dating
anybody? Basicly if I thought that he had a chance at all with
"He said that? He
really asked you that?" Lourdes tried to calm down. She was
coming off too interested. She took a drag off the joint and
handed it back to Lita.
"Well I may have over
exaggerated the last part a bit. But it's clear that he's into
Lourdes looked over at
Jasper and Pullo. They were talking excitedly. She got the
feeling that it was about them.
"So what did you tell
"What could I tell
him? I had to tell him the truth, that today was the first time
that I met you, but I'm sure that we'll be best buds and I
promised to pump you for as much information as I possibly
"So," Lita said
leaning in close to her, "what do you think about our boy? Kind
of sexy right?"
"He does have a lot of
sex appeal, doesn't he?" Lourdes exclaimed.
"Yeah." Lita gushed.
"He's hot. This is kind of what I wanted to talk about to you
earlier. Jasper really wanted Pullo to feel at home today, so we
were hoping that it would do him good to be around
"You said that this
was a welcome home party. Where has he been this whole
Lita became quiet as
if she didn't know how to answer the question, but she quickly
perked up and put a smile on her face. "Um, he was overseas.
Military I believe."
"Like fighting in the
"Yeah, something like
that. We don't talk about it very much, it's all very hush
"I see." Lourdes said,
not understanding at all.
Pullo came walking
over to them. "Why so serious ladies?"
Lourdes and Lita
smiled on cue.
"It looks like you two
could use a drink." Pullo said.
"What a good idea!"
Lita jumped up. "I'll get them. Be right back." She went bouncing
back into the house and closed the door behind her. Pullo sat
down next to Lourdes in Lita's place.
"I think there's a
plot to give us some alone time." He sat so close, their legs
were touching. Lourdes knew that she should be on her way home,
but now that Pullo was sitting next to her, there was no way in
hell her feet was going to take her
Pullo looked around as
if he was bored, never once looking at her. So Lourdes stared
straight ahead pretending not to notice that their knees were
still touching. The fact that she even still had a knee. She
smiled to herself trying not to laugh.
"The food was great."
Pullo finally said.
"Thank you." Lourdes
He still stared off
into the distance. Lourdes wondered what kind of game he was
playing? She liked that he was cool, but maybe he was playing it,
too cool. That could become obnoxious very
Just talk about
something, anything. She thought to herself, but her mind was
blank. A hot guy always did that to
Pullo spoke again.
"Everybody is going to be leaving soon, would you like to stay
Lourdes beamed and turned in towards him. "I
can't." She said.
This, got his
attention. Now, he was looking right at her. "I have plans
tonight, a previous commitment. But maybe another time." She
looked him right in the eye, smiling with hers. "I should
probably get going."
Pullo didn't say
anything for a moment, but when he finally did, it was, "I'll
walk you out."
They both stood up and
made their way through the house. Some people had left, but Lita
was still mixing drinks in the kitchen. She handed them both a
glass as they continued to make their way through the house.
Before they reached the living room, Pullo opened one of the
bedroom doors, grabbed Lourdes' hand and pulled her inside. There
were suitcases by the bed, Lourdes assumed that this was the room
he was crashing in while he was here.
Pullo went across the
room and leaned against a dresser while Lourdes had her back
pressed to the door. She wasn't quite sure what was going on but,
maybe he was still ballsy like she
"Before you go," he
said, "I just wanted to ask you something."
"OK." Lourdes said,
back still up against the door. Her legs felt so heavy she didn't
think that she could move. Her heart was starting to beat faster.
She took a sip of her drink.
"I feel like there's
something here between me and you and I just wanted to know if
you felt the same way?"
"You're very blunt."
Lourdes blurted out surprised by his
Pullo pushed himself
off the dresser, set his drink down and came closer. "I thought
that we shared a moment earlier."
"We did." Lourdes
looked down, quietly saying. But she lifted her head back up with
confidence. This wasn't time to be a shy little girl if she
wanted this very hot man to make a move on her. And he was still
"When I want
something, I go for it." He said.
"Are you saying that
you want me?" Lourdes grasped her drink tightly waiting for an
Pullo stopped in front
of her. He pulled the glass out of her hand and went to sit it
down next to his. He walked over to the edge of the bed and sat
down. He pulled the blue satin box out of his pocket and placed
it on his lap. "Do you really have to leave this very moment?" He
asked her. That look of danger was back in his
Lourdes slowly shook
her head no.
Pullo patted the side
of the bed next to him. "Come here and sit down next to me." He
said. "I wanna talk to you about something."
Albear was blaring on
the car horn. "I can't believe I let you talk me into picking you
up during rush hour." He honked the horn again. "Where the fuck
are we going anyway?"
Lourdes looked out the
window at the flashing lights of the city. Albear's voice was a
million miles away. Her head was filled with devilish thoughts of
Pullo. Boy was he sexy and could talk a good game. She wondered
when he would call? If he would call. Glancing back out the
window, the sun was going down and the sky was filled with a pink
and purple sunset.
"I swear if you don't
answer me right now, I'm going to kick you out this fucking car
Lourdes turned to
Albear. "Oh please, please, please come with me
"No way." Albear said.
"Nothing makes my dick more soft than hanging around a bunch of
Lourdes pointed her
finger out to the upcoming block. "Make a right up
"I'll tell you what,"
he said, "why don't you blow off your boring plans and come out
with us tonight."
Lourdes shook her head.
Us, had to
be the boys, and as tempting as the idea was, people
were counting on her presence. "You know that I can't do that.
They're expecting me."
"So? Who cares if you
miss a dinner party."
"Well enlighten me
"When you have a
social circle and you make commitments, you are obligated to show
up. When you blow people off, eventually you're just considered a
flake and people stop inviting you into their lives. And don't
call me princess."
Albear laughed. "These
people are boring, they're not your kind. I guarantee fifteen
minutes into the party and you'll be wishing that you were with
Lourdes pointed for
Albear to make another turn. "Your arrogance never ceases to
"Since when do you care about fitting in
with the A crowd so much? You never use to care what
"It's not about
"Then what is it about? Huh? The guys are
always asking about you. I'm always covering for you and it's
lame. You won't even tell me
Lourdes looked out of
the window. What was she suppose to say? That she was a cheat, a
whore? And worst of all, she didn't even feel bad about it. Of
course Albear wouldn't judge her, but if she talked about it
completely, then it wouldn't be hers, it wouldn't be a secret
anymore. And she desperately needed some things in her life to be
private. So, instead she blurted out, "Gabriel and Alexsander are
both going to be at this dinner tonight, and they are both
expecting me to be there."
"Shit." Albear said.
"This might be something actually worth seeing. If I come with
you, how many sexually confused guys do you think I'll have a
chance of nailing?"
"Never mind." Lourdes
said. "It was a bad idea to invite you in the first place.
Forgive me I had a moment of weakness."
Albear turned the
corner and came to a stop. "We're here, get
Lourdes looked around.
She was early. Early and nervous. "I thought I saw a bar a block
back. Why don't we get a drink before you take
Albear frowned up and
shrugged his shoulders. "I can get a drink on the other side of
"Come on Albear! Going
to a straight bar is not going to kill you, I know that you're a
hetero-phobe, but sometimes you do have to live in the real
Albear opened his car
door. "I'll make you a deal, we go and have a drink and you have
to answer at least 5 questions that I have."
"Three." They both
said at the same time.
Lourdes swung open the car door and got out.
Albear was already out of his work clothes. He had changed out of
his four thousand dollar Armani suit, and into his prowling
outfit. He was wearing his favorite leather jacket, black shirt,
and black jeans. His hair always seemed to be perfectly in place,
whereas Lourdes struggled every day to maintain perfectly
polished locks. She looked her reflection over in the car window,
she'd hoped that her Whitney Port, little black dress didn't
scream too sexy.
She had brought a change
of clothing to the lunch party, so that she would be ready for
tonight's festivities. She changed clothes at Jasper's house
She let him watch her
undress and redress. It was quite possibly the sexiest thing that
she had ever done for a man without touching. He loved it. He
wanted her just as badly as she wanted him at that moment, but
instead they both chose to let the intimacy work as prolonged
foreplay. Or they could have been just too fucked up to go any
further. She pulled her long red wool coat tighter. It was chilly
Albear walked around the side of the car and
hooked his arm around hers. He kissed her on the side of her
head. "You look fabulous.
Come on, let's go get you
drunk before dinner."
Once they were inside
and seated, Albear wasted no time asking
"When is the last time
that you committed a sexual act, who was it with, and what did
"First of all,"
Lourdes began saying, "I'm gonna need a drink before I dish
anything. Second, we agreed on 3 questions, not multiple
Albear leaned forward,
dark brown eyebrows animated. "Stop being such a chicken shit and
answer the question."
Just then the waiter
brought their drinks. He was a twink and had been cruising Albear
since the moment they arrived. He was young, maybe twenty years
old, just like Albear liked them. He was also average height and
blond, also like Albear liked them. No place was safe in the
city. Albear was sex on a stick and he attracted guys like
magnets. The waiter sat down Lourdes' double vodka on the rocks
and turned to set down Albear's scotch. He slowly sat down the
drink, leaning in close to Albear and giving him an inviting
smile. Lourdes rolled her eyes. They were never going to finish
their conversation with Albear distracted.
please don't fuck the server, when you are supposed to be lending
me support." Lourdes exclaimed.
Albear watched the
waiter walk away before he responded to her. "I'm still waiting
for you to answer my question." He was still ignoring her. "Fine
Albear!" Lourdes said irritated. "I kissed a guy no less than 2
hours ago, he was the brother of the guys party that I catered,
and now I have to go to this other dinner party very soon and all
you can do is think about getting your dick sucked!" Albear
picked up his drink looking intrigued. "So what? You kissed a
guy, it's hardly a crime." He was baiting her and she knew it.
But she fell for it anyway. "I didn't just kiss