They peeked out the
bathroom door. The coast was clear. They ran hand in hand down
the hallway to the front of the home.
"There is only one for
sure way to get out of something like this." Lita whispered
quickly. "We have the hostess tell Steve that their was an
emergency, personal reasons, whatever, and we had to leave. It'll
be my emergency, so both of us will be required to take off and
he can't feel entitled to keep you here instead of
"Alright, sounds good,
sounds good." Lourdes said as they moved quickly to the front
door where two security guards were
"You go out front,"
Lita said, "I'll tell the hostess, get our coats and cell's, stay
in the shadows just to be safe."
Lourdes slipped past
the security guards and spotted their limo driver immediately.
She lingered by some bushes, not sure if she should approach,
this wasn't their get away vehicle, Steve needed a way to get out
of here too.
There also weren't any
shadows to hide in. There were fire lit lanterns everywhere, and
security patrolling the grounds.
Lita came rushing out
with their things. She spotted Lourdes and they headed towards
"Which car is ours?"
Lita asked handing her everything.
"Over here." Lourdes
said, directing her towards the driver.
"Okay hears the deal,
I get him to drop us off at the nearest, local bar, and we take a
cab back home."
"Good we're on the
same page." Lourdes said as they rushed up to the
"How will all of this
go over with your client?" Lourdes asked Lita. They were back at
Jasper's house sitting in the dark with only a few candles lit.
Lourdes wanted it that way. She needed peace and quiet and
silence, so she could collect her thoughts. Being out of the
costumes and wigs, was starting to make her feel back to
Lita handed her a shot
and a beer. "Salut." She said. They clinked their beers and both
took their shots at the same time. Once Lita set down her empty
shot glass, she answered. "I'll apologize profusely, tell him it
couldn't be helped, refund his money and offer to make it up to
him later down the road."
"And that will be
enough?" Lourdes asked.
"It has to be," she
said, "you see, a guy like that doesn't want to lose a high class
call girl, such as myself. Not very many come as high class as I
do, and not very many have the same skills and technique that I
do," she waved her beer around, "he probably won't even take the
money back. And if I'm lucky, he won't mention this to my agent
"So you'll just make
it up to him later?"
"I never ditch a
client, unless it's a real emergency, and as you can see, it was
Lourdes nodded her
head. She was 99% percent sure that Pullo hadn't spotted them,
but that one percent still had adrenaline rushing through her
"So you think this is
the safest place to be?" She asked Lita.
Lita smiled, studying
her. She nodded her head slowly. "Yeah, I think we will be fine
here all night."
"But if that was your
way of asking me, if I think Pullo will be out fucking all night,
then I would have to say yes. Sorry babe, I can't sugar coat
"That's okay." Lourdes
said clutching her beer to her chest. The shot was softening the
blow already. Lourdes looked around the room dumbfounded. Lita
sat closer to her. She put her index finger on Lourdes' forearm
and ran it down slowly to her wrist. "Penny for your
Lourdes looked at her.
"Who the fuck is this guy?"
Lita shrugged her
"I mean, really, who
is he? He comes back home, you guys give him this welcome home
party and nobody ever says what we're welcoming him back home
from. He doesn't seem to work, he doesn't seem to have much
family other than you and Jasper. I know nothing about
"And yet your fucking
him." Lita said flatly.
"All I'm saying is,
don't flip out about this quite yet. If the shoe was on the other
foot, he could be saying the same thing about
"I know that!" Lourdes
said. "But the shoe isn't on the other foot, and what if he goes
and sticks his dick in ten whores tonight and then wants to come
back tomorrow and fuck me!"
Lourdes sucked in her
breath and then exhaled slowly. "Oh Lita," She
Lita shook her head.
"Forget about it."
"No Lita, I didn't
mean it like that. I'm so sorry." Lourdes
Lita shook her head
again. She stood up, walked out of the room and came back with
the whole liquor bottle. She poured both of them another shot.
They both drunk it before they went on. "Lourdes, it's okay.
You're upset, I know what you meant, and I know it wasn't
directed at me. I'm a big girl, I can take it. I am the one who
invited you there in the first place."
"But who invited him?!
That's what I want to know. What kind of person could he possibly
know, that could get him into a place like
"Does it have to be so
complicated?" Lita asked.
"What do you
"We got invited. Well,
yes I invited you, but I'm a sane, normal person. It could be as
simple as one of his friends invited him
"But why does he want
to hang out with me, if he's going out and doing things like
"You have to stop."
"All I'm saying is,
just look at it from the other side of things. I don't think he's
going out doing this all the time. And he does really like you.
This could easily be his first time like it was
"It wasn't my first
anything." Lourdes mumbled disappointed. "We never even got that
far." She took a sip of her beer.
"Aww, poor baby." Lita
said pouring them another drink. "Maybe next time."
"No way." Lourdes said. "I'm done with all that, I've learned my
lesson. And stop plying me with liquor."
"A beer and two shots
of whiskey and you don't miss a beat." Lita said laughing. "Now
stop being such a baby. And don't be such a hard ass. Sure things
didn't go as planned, that doesn't mean the same thing will
happen every time."
Lourdes shook her
head, half listening to Lita. "He's out doin' somebody else as we
"You don't know that.
Maybe he just likes to watch." Lita said taking a sip of her
"Who the fuck are you
kidding." Lourdes mumbled.
Lita started choking
and spit her beer across the room. Lourdes was alarmed for a
moment, but then she realized she was choking, because her
comment made her laugh. Lourdes smacked her back a few times,
until she regained her composure.
"I'm glad to see all
of this amuses you." She muttered.
Lita let out a few
more coughs and choked back her last laugh.
"I think you sprayed
me with beer." Lourdes whined, wiping off her blouse. "Goddam,
you are a princess aren't you!" Lita said pushing her. Lourdes
laughed. The alcohol was kicking in, and things were suddenly
seeming a bit more comical. "What's the real problem?" Lita
asked. "What really hurts so much about tonight? It was still
kind of fun."
"Oh yeah fun. Running
around in a limo, escaping a sex party so the guy that I'm
fucking won't find out you're an uber whore, and that I'm there
being a whore with you. Then waiting an hour in some dive bar,
dressed up like Halloween, just to pay two hundred dollars for a
cab ride back home." Lourdes looked at Lita and sighed. "The
problem is, just when I think I can't sink any lower with the
guys I'm fucking around with, they're still out topping me! So
what am I carrying all of this guilt for, when they're still
going to be out there doing whatever the fuck it is, that they
want to do!?"
"Oh." Lita said. "So
why are you?" She sounded annoyed.
looked at her. Lita drunk down most of her beer, looking around
the room. She set her bottle down and turned back to Lourdes. "I
thought you were actually upset about what happened,
because our night was
ruined. Not about your harem of
"I am," Lourdes said,
"but-" She studied Lita some more. "I don't understand." She
said. Lita stared at her. "This night doesn't have to be a total
This time Lourdes
picked up the bottle and poured them another drink. Lita was
giving her mixed signals again, and she was starting to get the
feeling that Lita was just as bummed out that the night didn't
work out either. Maybe she did want to hook up. Lourdes looked
her over. She was wearing next to nothing in her short shorts and
a practically see through top. Lita was sexy as hell and she was
practically sitting in Lourdes' lap.
All the signals were
there. Lourdes picked her shot up slowly and drunk it down without
using her beer for a chaser. It burned all the way from her throat,
all the way down to her stomach. But suddenly it was the best burn
she ever felt. She was definitely buzzed. "You know," Lourdes spoke
quietly, "I said from the beginning that we didn't have to go to an
orgy, if you wanted to hook up." She wasn't quite looking her in
the eye, but at least she was putting it out on the table. Lita
drunk her drink. Lourdes stifled back a laugh, at least she wasn't
the only one who needed a bit of liquid courage. "I know." Lita
spoke softly. "I never said this was about me." "So why does it
feel like you're pissed at me, because I'm not making this about
you?" "You're projecting," she said, "that's the alcohol talking."
"The alcohol may be talking but I'm not projecting anything."
Lourdes protested. "You make these questionable comments all the
time, you invite me to a sex party, half your friends are lezzies,
I mean what the fuck is up? Stop playing and let me know, cause I'm
going crazy, playing the guessing game here." Lourdes exhaled. She
was getting tipsy and she realized that she might be rambling. She
could barely make out the, expression on Lita's face in the
flickering of the candle lights. Lita leaned over and kissed her.
Lourdes was so shocked, she actually had no words. The whiskey made
her feel like this conversation was heading towards and fight, but
now things had changed. Her lips were so soft, it turned Lourdes on
immediately. She knew instantly that she was hot for her because
even her lipstick tasted so sweet, which she normally hated, when
she kissed a girl. Lita pulled away from her. "Okay, so maybe I
have thought about fucking you. Just a little." She whispered.
"That's good to know." Lourdes said blushing. They both laughed.
Lourdes shook her head trying to pull herself together. "But who
says that you'd be doing the fucking?" She asked jokingly. Lita
laughed out loud. She leaned over and kissed her again. This time
she let her tongue graze the top of Lourdes' lip. "Bullshit." She
said when she pulled away again. "What?" Lourdes asked innocently.
"Honey," Lita said, "you may come off very top dog and in control,
but in the gay world, I can tell from a mile away that you're a
pillow princess. This time Lourdes was the one to start choking on
her beer. "How can you be so sure about that?" She asked clearing
her throat. Lita leaned in, but she didn't kiss her. "From the men
you date." "Fuck off." Lourdes said smiling. "No I'm serious." She
said. "They all seem to have a common
"And that is?" Lourdes
asked. "I have that same quality." Lita said. "Let's go to the
back, I'll prove it to you." Lourdes didn't get a chance to
respond. There were keys jingling in the front door. They both
looked at each other and turned towards the door quickly. Pullo
walked in. "Hey you two. Girls night?" He asked. They both looked
at each other. "Why the fuck is it so dark in here?" Pullo said
"Yes ma'am, can I help
Lourdes walked up to
the desk Sargent with Lamont . "Hi, I'm looking for detective
"Is he expecting
Lourdes nodded her
head and smiled at Lamont. Kenneth wasn't expecting her, but she
needed to do this now.
"Hot damn trouble just
walked through the door!" Walter said as he approached Lourdes to
give her a hug. "How the hell are ya?" He turned to the desk
Sargent. "I got this Chris."
Lourdes walked with
Walter through the glass doors. "Oh Walter wait, this is my
friend Lamont, can he come too?" Walter took his hand off of
Lourdes' back and turned around. It took him ten seconds to look
Lamont over and realize that he wanted nothing to do with him.
"Sure." He said half smiling. "Come on
"You know Walter,
Lamont 's a southern boy just like you." Lourdes said, trying to
break the tension.
"Is that right?"
Walter asked going over the question. "Haven't seen the likes of
you 'round these parts, where 'ya been?"
"Oh you know, just
busy working." She said.
"Well that's code for
dating other people." Walter said smiling. His teeth were too
white, as if he just had them bleached. They were so noticeable
because Walter had rather large teeth.
"So you're here to see
the man right?" He asked.
"Yeah, if he's not too
Walter looked her up
and down, resting his eyes on her cleavage. "I'm sure we can work
something out." Lourdes and Lamont looked at each other. "Walter
you haven't changed a bit." Lourdes laughed.
They walked through a
series of desks, down the hall to a private office. Walter opened
the door, and the rest of the boys were in there. Michael, their
team leader, David and Kenneth were sitting
said standing up instantly when he saw Lourdes. He rushed over
and gave her a hug. Lourdes always liked David. He was sweet and
smart, and the least aggressive out of all the
Michael got up also.
"Long time no see." He said smiling and shaking her hand. "How
are you?" Michael was the pit bull. A meat head. Shorter than the
rest of the guys, more stocky, but strong and
"Great." She said
smiling and giving Kenneth the eye at the same
He stood up last. A
little hesitant, but glad to see her.
"I hope I'm not
interrupting, I was just in the neighborhood and thought we would
take a chance and see if you have time for coffee or a quick
talk." Lourdes said to Kenneth. He smiled and nodded his
"This is my friend
Lamont, by the way." Lourdes said putting her hand on Lamont's
arm. "He decided to tag along, he knows that I've always had a
soft spot for cops." She said smiling.
"Yeah," Lamont said,
"I get the opposite effect, both located in the same
Lourdes softly nudged
him to shut up, as she tried not to laugh. These guys didn't have
that kind of sense of humor.
"Yeah sure, take all
the time you need, just make sure you have him back in twenty
minutes." Michael said smiling. "Got business to attend to, if
you know what I mean."
Lourdes nodded her
head. "Nice to see everybody again." She
Kenneth walked out the
room with her, leaving Lamont to his own defenses and closed the
door behind him. He would be alright, he was in
Kenneth escorted her
to the back of the police station and took her outside. When they
were off standing in a corner alone, he gave her a kiss and a
hug. Kenneth was the last guy that Lourdes was sort of serious
about, before Gabe. Kenneth was older too. Probably the second
oldest man she had ever dated next to Pullo. He was about ten
years younger than Pullo with twice the body
"Shit girl, you really
know how to catch a guy off guard." He said now that they were
alone. "Should I be worried? Does your friend need to file a
report? I haven't heard from you in months."
"No." She said shaking
her head. "How are you?"
"I'm great." He said.
"Life's never been better." He meant it. Kenneth was always happy
go lucky, even when things were the worst in his life. "So then
you're here cause you want me back?" He asked smiling. "I knew
you'd come to your senses some day."
"I might be coming
around to the idea someday, but it's not today." She
He crossed his arms
over his chest and nodded his head. Lourdes studied him for a
moment. It was insane to her how many of his features resembled
somebody else that she knew...
very tall also. Like 6'4 tall also. Same blond hair, blue eyes,
nice smile...Lourdes felt sick. Of course Kenneth had come into
her life first. And, even though he had the same features, he
looked nothing like...If she had to describe him, she would
say good old boy.
Broad chest, wide shoulders and all those
farmer boy muscles...Yeah, mixed in with his badge and handcuffs,
they use to have a very good time
"I hate to be the type
of girl that just blows in for a favor, but babe, today I'm that
girl." She said smiling.
"Yeah, no problem."
Kenneth said taking a step closer. "Are you in some kind of
"No nothing like
that." She said. "But it would still be great if you could help
"Yes, sure, whatever
you need." He said.
It was just like him.
Always kind and considerate.
"I need you to run a
background check on a friend of mines. He just blew into town,
and things have been cool, but for my own piece of
"Do you think he
committed a crime?"
"No." She said shaking
"No nothing like that.
I would just feel better if I knew what he's been up to while
he's been away."
"But you really mean,
if he was away serving time right?"
Lourdes slowly nodded
"Is this a guy your
"Just a friend."
Lourdes said, "But sometimes I get the feeling that he
"Have a record?"
She smiled and nodded
her head again.
"You got it girl.
Write his name down, give me a couple of days and I'll let you
Lourdes breathed a
sigh of relief and gave him a hug. "Thanks for doing this." She
said. She pulled out a piece of paper that had everything that
she knew about Pullo on it.
"Are you fucking
crazy?" Albear asked Lourdes. "You're investigating him?" They
were all at Alby's loft getting ready for a night out on the
"Y'all should have
came!" Lamont said giddily, he ran up and plopped down on
Albear's Italian sofa. "All those uniforms, all those bulging
"Sounds like Uniform
Night last week at Sin City." Albear said.
"How come I wasn't
invited?" Tyler asked from Albear's kitchen counter, looking
"You were working."
Lourdes said holding her hand up. "I swear."
"Why didn't you invite
me?" Albear asked smiling.
"Because I would have
came back from talking to Kenneth and you would have been fucking
one of the sexually confused officers in the locker room." She
said smartly to him. "I couldn't take the chance." She tried to
look serious as Albear smiled and gave her the
next time you go, you must bring me
along." Corey said sitting down with a sandwich. "So what do you
think he did?" He asked referring to
"Nothing. It's not
about that." Lourdes said. "It's just this feeling I have. I just
need to know more about him."
"And this is the best
way you could think of to go about it?" Albear
"Yeah, I can't get any
information out of Lita about him, Jasper's never around to dish
anything and I'm starting to feel a little
"I wonder why." Albear
said. "Too much on your plate?"
"Honey I hate to say
this," Lamont said, "but if you're looking for a criminal record
on him, don't you think it's time to cut the trick
responded. "I'm not afraid of him, I just want to know more about
"Did you tell them
about the gun?" Albear asked.
"What?" They all said
stopping what they were doing.
yelled. She wanted to kill him. He was fucking with her for all
the information she was holding back from
"What gun?" Tyler came
quickly from the kitchen with a sandwich
"You found your guy
with a gun?" Lamont asked.
"No." Lourdes said
shaking her head quickly.
"So what's the story?"
"The story is-" Albear
Albear smiled at her.
He looked at the guys. "There is no story about a gun. It's
"You asshole." Tyler
said, looking disappointed.
Lourdes sat back,
exhaling with a sigh of relief.
"But I definitely
think," Albear said getting that smile on his face again, "that
you should tell them about the sex party."
Lourdes shook her head
quickly. She barely had time to recover, and he hits her back
"You went?" Lamont
asked excitedly. "We spent the whole morning together and you
never once mentioned it!"
"That's because there
is nothing to tell." Lourdes said throwing daggers Alby's
"The fuck there
isn't!" Albear said. "She has all kinds of gossip to tell. It'll
probably explain why she's looking into her new leather
"And she even made out
with her new best friend." He kept going.
yelled feeling completely betrayed. "I'm
telling you anything ever again!" She said
hiding her hands behind her
"Okay!" Lamont said
getting up and locking the door to Albear's loft. "You are not
going anywhere until you tell us all!"
"Where are you?"
Albear asked the minute Lourdes picked up her cell phone. "I'm
coming to get you." It was much later in the day and Lourdes was
behind on her tasks. "No Alby, you can't." She said, tossing
shit day, and I
need to go out." He
"Call one of the
"Bullshit. What are
"I'm at Gabriel's'
taking care of some things."
"Tell him your friend
is having a crisis and needs you for a couple of
"I'm not leaving, I
have things to do."
"What? Are you two
"No, he's not even
"Then what's so
important, everything will still be there after we have
"I promised him, I'd
get this shit taken care of, before his guest arrive in
"So you're his maid
"You may not
know this Albear, but there is this
called a relationship and when you are in a
relationship, you actually
things for each other, it's all about give
"I know all about
taking," he said, "and you should watch me give
she said, "we've all watched you
at some point in our
"Besides, you're not
in a relationship, the two of you are just fuck buddies, so when
did you become his Martha Stewart? Sounds to me like you're one
step away from marriage."
loudly, struggling with the sheets that she was trying to arrange
on the bed. "Leave me alone Alby, I just wanna do this so I can
get out of here, then go home and kill
"Still bitter about
the girlfriend huh?" He laughed.
"Okay I'm hanging up
now! I don't know why I'm even talking to you,
stop being a baby, you knew that when you played this game, you
would have to be ready for anything that comes your way, so I say
get over it and tell me where you are so we can go
"No." She said. "I
have no desire to be around a bunch of half naked men that have
no interest in me."
"I would say that's a
"How you figure that?"
She asked tossing down the blanket.
"Because then there's
a very good chance that you won't fuck any of
Lourdes sighed as Alby
laughed into the phone. "Look who's talking. Why do I even bother
with you?" She said.
"Because you love me
most." He replied. "And come off it, you knew the boys would find
out what was going on with you eventually. Isn't it better that
they heard it from a reliable source?"
"Okay I'm hanging up
now." She said again.
"Just one drink." He
said. "I'm already in the car."
"It's never one drink
with you," she said tossing the pillows on top of the bed, "one
drink turns into ten shots of tequila and the next thing I know,
I'm getting laid by three guys who look like
"I certainly hope
not." Alexsander said standing in the bedroom