"Please tell me that
you did not hit on him the last time you two saw each other."
Lourdes said to Albear as they sat down in a booth at Pride
Diner. It had been two weeks since the Halloween party, and she
was dying to see Alby. She was having way more fun than she
should be, and she knew Albear would bring her down to
"I did not hit on
him." Albear said smiling.
"Look, all I was doing
was looking out for your best interest."
"Well don't do me any
"How was the party?"
"You've got to be
"Don't even think that
you're going to avoid giving me every single detail." Albear
leaned in close, smiling. "I want numbers and
"Ha!" Lourdes said
flashing a smile.
"Why are you stalling,
did you two fuck or not?"
was your day?" She
asked trying to change the
"Fantastic, I did the
hottest guy in days."
"Can the bullshit
hooker, because I have a feeling that you're not so
"Can we at least order
"Fine." She said
taking red Chanel her gloves off, trying to get
"Don't fuck around."
He said sharply.
"Okay yes." She said
"Holy shit, you must
of had him really worked up," he leaned back smiling, "another
Viagra success story."
"Well, well," Alby
rubbed his pale cheek, "you must have been
"Thanks to your secret
blend of herbs and spices." Lourdes smirked
"Oh, well you're very
"I thank you very
much." She said, tilting her shoulder and smiling at
"So...he can go that
many times in one night? Sounds like a
exactly." She said flashing teeth. " But I never thought I'd hear
those words coming out of your mouth."
"I won't knock it.
This is a big score for you. Congratulations
"Albear, only you
would congratulate me for sinning."
"Don't be so dramatic.
I know you, you would have drove yourself crazy. Always wondering
what it would be like to have him. Now it's out of your system.
Aren't you glad?"
"So was this a one
time thing or does he want to see you
"I knew it," Albear
said flopping back in his seat, "he's a bastard, I guess you were
just another fuck and run."
She didn't say
anything. A waitress came and took their order. Albear watched
Lourdes. She looked fabulous. Her hair was perfect. Free flowing
and curly, the way Albear liked it. He loved the new black dress
and boots she was wearing, but she looked way too nice to just
see him. Her soft caramel brown skin was flawless and she seemed
to be glowing.
Her big dear shaped
eyes looked over the menu again, but she had hardly ordered
anything to eat, and Albear had ordered heaps of food, from
fucking all night.
But Lourdes was
Albear knew that the
only time she stopped thinking about filling her mouth with food,
was when she was filling her mouth with cock. Albear put his
hands on the table when the waitress walked away and he leaned in
close again. "Oh my god, you've already seen him since, haven't
Lourdes picked up her
water, nude lips drinking slowly.
"When? Right after the
She kept drinking,
blinking her shimmery eye lids.
"More than once?" He
She was halfway
through her water.
"Put the fucking water
down before you drown!"
Lourdes finished her
glass and set it down.
"Okay, start from the
beginning," Alby said, "I need details."
Just then his cell
phone rang. Albear got up from the table and walked away talking.
He was only on the phone for a minute when he came
"Get your things we're
leaving." He said, then turned to the waitress. "Waitress cancel
Lourdes watched the
server huff and puff as she walked over to the short order cook
to take back their order.
"Why are we leaving?"
"Lisa and Mel want us
to come over."
"I don't know Alby,
I'm not up for a lot of company today."
"Bullshit." He said.
"You're not getting out of this."
As they walked to the
car, Albear continued to ask questions.
"Where did you get it
"Did you fuck him at
"You did! Didn't
"We kind of hooked up
at the party, but no one saw."
"Did you two leave
"Do you think that was
"We came together, it
was normal to leave together."
"Yeah, but did you
leave together right away, after you were gone for a long period
of time, when you were hooking up?"
"We went in and
mingled with other people for awhile, and then we slipped
"Did you fuck in the
"What is this car
fetish you've suddenly developed?"
"Good kisser? Scale of
"Nine and three
quarters." She said smiling.
"Wow. I'm impressed, I
know what a snob you are about kissing."
"I'm not a snob, I
just think that it's important to know how to kiss
They stopped in front
of the car and Albear grabbed her arm and pulled her close. He
took off his shades and then took off hers. He kissed her very
slowly and sweetly. She hated when he did that, but she never
asked him to stop.
"Does he kiss better
than me?" Albear asked pink lips smiling after he pulled
"Albear, nobody kisses
better than you." She said taking her shades back and getting
into the car.
As they drove off,
Albear continued with the questioning.
"Why? Who do you think
"Uh, Corey, Tyler,
Lamont, Lisa, Melody."
"What little faith you
have in me." He said laughing. "Nice body?"
"Please tell me he's
not perfect. Acne on his ass right?"
"So, how big are his
"Well endowed? You
know those are my favorite words after nine and a half inches
"I'm not talking about
his dick with you." She said calmly.
"Then what the fuck
are we hanging out for?" He asked. "I could still be in bed
When they arrived at
Lisa's and Melodies, Albear neglected to tell Lourdes that the
boys would be there also. Lamont opened the door. "Hi honey!" He
gave her a hug as Albear rudely pushed his way passed
"And Albear, always
nice to see you." Lamont said sarcastically.
Albear kept walking,
heading into the kitchen for food. "I'm starving, when do we
"Hold your horses."
Melody said walking out to put a basket of fruit on the dining
room table. "It's almost ready."
Lourdes went in and
sat down with Corey and Tyler. They were both eating croissants
and drinking coffee.
Lisa came sweeping by,
in a tan turtleneck dress with the baby. "Oh hey guys! Glad you
could make it." She handed Abraham to Albear and sat down with
Lourdes. "So how have you been?"
"Where have you been?"
Tyler asked, small brown eyes looking
"And what have you
been doing?" Lamont asked tapping her hand
"More to the point,"
Corey said, "who have you been doing?" They all started
Lourdes turned and
looked at Albear. "I can't believe you. You just couldn't
Albear shrugged his
shoulders and went back to rocking the baby. "That's what happens
when you disappear on your friends for weeks at a
"It hasn't been
weeks." She protested.
Melody came in and sat
down with Lisa. "Actually," she said, "we've been talking about
you all morning. So where ya' been girlie?"
They were all looking
at her. Albear was laughing. "No time to be shy now." He said.
Lourdes grew quiet as she thought about her first official night
Lourdes woke up with
the sun streaming through the window. Every muscle in her body
ached and she felt like she could barely move her legs. The
drugs, were gone from her system and technically she shouldn't
even be awake, but who could sleep after the night she just had.
She turned looking back at the night stand, it was barely
Alexsander rolled over
as she tried to tip toe around the room and gather her things. He
sat up halfway in the bed and rested on his arms. Lourdes got a
sick feeling of deja vu.
"Come back to bed," he
said, "don't leave yet."
"I just want to make
sure that I have everything." She looked away
"Come here." He
Lourdes walked back
over to the bed and he lifted up the covers so she could slip in
next to him.
"What's the rush?" He
asked, wrapping his arms around her. "I thought we could spend
the morning together."
"It's not a good
idea." She said. "I have things to do."
"More important than
"Don't be that way."
He said. "I thought we were having fun."
She kissed him. "We
are, but what will we do?"
"I think the very
first thing we should do is work up an appetite." He was grinning
at her, obviously ready for another round.
"What? Have sex a hundred more times this morning and then you'll
buy me breakfast?"
said, "if you do that thing to me that you did last
night, I'll make you
breakfast." He was
also, feeling triumphant. I guess there are some things those
Hollywood girls don't know how to do.
She thought to herself. She kissed him
again. "So you're not expecting any guest this
"Don't worry," He
said, "nobody is going to find out."
"Aren't you even
scared in the slightest?" She whispered.
He ran his fingers
down her back and pulled her close to him. "No." He
"Well I guess not,
you've probably have had a lot of practice doing
"Don't do this." He
"Take a piss at me,
because you're running scared."
"I'm not. I mean, I
don't want to. It's just-"
She pulled away from
him. "Oh my god, you said his name. Like, while we're naked in
"He's not telepathic,
he can't hear us."
Lourdes smiled. "I
know that." She said softly.
Alex threw the covers
off of himself, got out of bed and headed to the bathroom. It
still made her tingle to look at his naked body. A couple of
weeks ago, she couldn't even imagine the two of them being this
close. Now she could touch him whenever she wanted. The thrill
He disappeared for a
moment. Lourdes could hear water running. He started the shower.
He reappeared standing in the doorway, he had wrapped a white
towel around his waist. "Come join me." He
"In a moment." Lourdes
smiled drawing her knees to her chest.
"No." He said. "We've
been down that road before." He walked around the side of the bed
to where she was laying. He unwrapped the towel and let it drop
to the floor.
God, he was hard again
wasn't sure if she could take anymore, she was still throbbing as
if he was still inside of her and
was ready to go
this time." He said, "I'm not falling for
that shite again."
"Honey, where'd you
disappear to?" Melody asked studying
She came out of her
thoughts and tried to focus on the here and
said handing her dishes to put in the sink. Brunch was over and
the boys had left. It was just Lourdes and the girls and
"I don't blame you for
not wanting to talk about what's going on in front of everybody."
Lisa said bringing in some glasses.
"I can't believe
Albear even told you two." Lourdes said. "I mean I love you guys
"But having a secret
affair makes it dangerous for everybody involved." Melody said.
"We get it, you need your privacy."
"But you're not in any
danger if you want to talk to us about it." Lisa said. "You know
that we won't betray you."
"I know." Lourdes said
fidgeting with a dish towel.
Albear walked in the
room. "Still holding out on us huh?"
Lourdes tossed her
Lisa gave her a
champagne glass. "Maybe a mermosa might
Lourdes took the
glass. She drunk it down and set it on the counter. "No judgment
"No judgment." They
all said at the same time. Lisa held up two fingers. "Girl scouts
They all went into the
living room, Lisa and Melody snuggled up together on one sofa and
Albear with Lourdes on another.
"Let's start with the
last question I asked you." Albear said. "Have you seen him since
the Halloween party?"
Lourdes let out a big
sigh. "Yes." She said.
Lourdes shook her
"So then it's over?"
"No." Albear said. "It
can't possibly be over. She would have resurfaced before
Lourdes looked around
"How many times?" Alby
"Well it's just
that...you know...we didn't know how long Gabe would be out of
town for, and we didn't expect it to be this long,
"Spit it out." Albear
"I don't know, maybe
nine, ten times." There was silence in the room. You could hear a
pin drop. Lourdes held her breath, quite sure that it wouldn't
"What!" Albear said
jumping up off the sofa.
Lourdes quickly tried
to explain. She knew he was going to lose his shit. "It's just
that we thought that we would only have so much time before Gabe
got back, we didn't think that he'd be gone for so long, then we
were having so much fun and one day seemed to lead into the
"Nine times!" Albear
"Albear," Lisa said,
"calm down, you'll wake the baby." She held up the baby monitor
and pointed her finger towards upstairs.
"Or was it ten? Which
was it?" He wasn't yelling, but he was pissed. Lisa and Melody
were staring at each other but they were
"It was ten, I think."
Lourdes said looking down.
started pacing back and forth. "I don't believe this. What the
fuck are you doing?" He
furrowed his brows at her looking
"Albear, calm down."
"What's the big deal?"
Lourdes asked. Lisa and Melody smiled at her, but they were still
Lourdes knew what the
problem was. Albear thought she had seen Alexsander once, maybe
twice. And then the affair would be over. He never would of
guessed, that they were spending every waking moment
"Honey, I think the
reason why Albear is reacting so strongly is because-" Melody
didn't get a chance to finish, Albear cut her
"You said, this was
something you needed to get out of your system, you didn't say
you were giving up your life and your friends to be with that
Lourdes rubbed her
fingers through her hair. "Look, I know this is bad, but Albear,
you were the one who practically pushed me into his
"What!" He said. "Girl
what you trippin' for?"
"Okay, obviously we're
getting nowhere." Lisa said, "let's just change the
"Have you fallen for
this guy?" Albear asked point blank.
"Wait a minute,"
Melody said, "this is the actor we're talking about
"What is it about
him?" Lisa asked looking intrigued. "Is it the glamour? The
sneaking around? Do you have real feelings for
"It was just
the simplest things that enthralled me." Lourdes said. "For the
type of unreal world that he lives in, I was prepared for all of
the glitterotti bullshit, but I wasn't prepared for him to be
normal, so soulful. I wasn't prepared for him to be
a real person. It
caught me off guard. And in the beginning we got along so easily
because we were in no
way a threat to each other. He doesn't front or stun, you know I
like those ones."
Albear sat back down
next to her. She looked at him and smiled. "I had no choice, but
to give into him."
"Well, I've seen him,"
Albear mumbled, "I can understand that
"But you'll fuck
anything with a pulse." Melody
"Not you." Albear
cracked back. Lourdes exhaled, relieved that he was calming down,
because she really did want to talk to him about this. She tried
to open up a little more about this. "I don't know guys...He has
that edge, it's fun, but I know it's
"Sounds like somebody
else that I know." Melody said looking at
closer and put his arms around her looking concerned. "I'm going
to tell you this, as a friend, because I think you need to hear
it. Mama, he's not the one, don't trust
"I know. I know." She
said, "but when he touches me, all the warnings they just blow
past me...But I hear ya'. I'm going to find a way to get through
this, 'cause this dude is killing me, and I thought this would be
over quick, but now I think he has no plans to free me. And it's
so amazing to be with somebody that is so passionate and
spectacular..." Lourdes stopped herself and looked at them. Lisa
and Mel were engrossed. Albear was too, but he was trying very
hard not to show it. Lourdes continued. "But right now, I'm
playing the fool, 'cause I know this whole thing is no good...and
I really think that's why he's just a phase, that I'm going
through...and I love," she smiled, "how he has me changing all my
rules, it's kind of fun...everything we do...." She smiled, the
look of complete satisfaction was on her face, but she tried to
offer reassurance. "But it's braking off
"If it's just a phase,
then you can see him on your own terms right?" Lisa asked, eying
"It's not like I
haven't tried to leave. I had other appointments, other
"Case in point."
Albear said but Lourdes continued. "I pack my bags and my girl
come get's me...but then he's focuses all his energy on me,
making promises that he can't keep...and I believe
said. "Already, really?"
"No Alby. Not really."
She said. But Albear wasn't sure if that was altogether true. He
knew about Lourdes' powers of seduction when she was fully
committed to something that she wanted.
"What about Gabriel?"
"What about Gabe?" She
"What is this going to
do to your relationship?"
"Nothing." She said
softly. "You know how it is between Gabe and I. Our arrangement
works out best for both parties involved. And it works for him
too because we're two peas in the same pod."
"What does that mean?"
Lisa asked turning up the baby monitor.
"When I first met
Gabe, we worked so well together because he knew that I was
closed off from love.
"But baby," Mel said,
if you think like that, time starts to past and before you know
"I know." Lourdes
said. "You're right. And as much as I liked Gabe, he traveled all
the time, I was busy all the time and we made it clear that our
relationship should remain open because of it. It was clear that
he saw other women, and I was still dating other men. Plus I
wasn't in a place where I could give my heart freely to anyone."
Melody nodded her head, they waited for her to go
"But after all these
years, something happened for the very first time...with
"And that was?" Lisa
"I don't know,"
Lourdes said, "he started piercing through my armor. I believe in
him." She looked around the room, they were all staring at her.
"And now every one's thinking I'm going
"No." Lisa said. "We
just want you to be careful."
"I am careful." She
said. "All the time. How can I not be? My conscience gnaws away
at me. But nothing's greater than the peace that comes after his
embrace, and as wrong as it is, I only see his face..." She
paused, looking at them. "I knew it!" She said laughing. "Y'all
think I've lost it."
"And have you?" Melody
"Maybe just a little."
Lourdes said pinching her fingers.
about it." Lisa said.