Using parts from several air conditioners, Jorge built a hiding place on the roof where he could sleep hidden in plain sight. He woke to the sounds of a door opening and people walking around. He counted seven armed men. Jorge slowly picked up his rifle trying not to make any noise. The seven men walked around searching for something then three of them left, and three men with boxes came up and started to set up cameras. None of the men noticed the extra air conditioner. An hour later the cameras were installed facing out, and the men were gone. From what he could tell the cameras had motion detectors. He would have to get off the roof without setting off the detectors or getting away before someone could show up. He thought, “setting off the alarms might not be a bad thing.” The gang would call for reinforcements allowing him to blend in and get into the building through the front door. For his plan to work he would need one of the key cards the gang uses as identification. He needed to find someone who wouldn’t be missed.
Ana and Owen opened the door to the common room to find the place lit with strings of lights hanging from the ceiling and flowers everywhere. The large dining table was set up with a white table cloth, flowers, and candles. All the furniture was pushed aside with folding chairs in their place facing the large flat screen television. Wendy popped her head out of the kitchen saying, “you can either find a seat or join in and help.” Ana turned to Owen saying, “I’m going to go find Cathy. Why don’t you help Wendy and I don’t know, try and find out what the fuck this all is?” Owen walked into the kitchen to find Wendy in nothing but a pair of panties, apron and a floppy chef’s hat. The apron barely covered her front and was open in the back. She turned to Owen taking the box of bacon. She said, “I’m glad you’re the one to arrive first. I could use some help in here.” Owen just stood still staring at her. Wendy turned and asked, “Owen you’ve seen me in far less than this, are you going to help or not?” Owen shook off his hesitation and asked, “what do you need me to do?” Wendy took off the apron and tossed it at him saying, “take over.” Owen slipped on the apron and walked over to the stove. Wendy leaned over kissing him on the cheek. She said, “thank you……. I need to get dressed before the others get here.”
Ana sat on the bed listening to the shower in the bathroom as well as one of the worst karaoke renditions of Come and get Your Love being screeched out by Cathy. On a hook near the bathroom door were two dresses. Ana realized what the Dresses were, but she didn’t think that Wendy would ever wear a dress. A topless Wendy came into the bedroom and past Ana. She turned around then sat next to Ana with a sigh. Ana tried not to stare down at her chest. She asked, “wow so you two are going to do this tonight?” Wendy didn’t say a word.
Ana turned to look at Wendy seeing her tear up. Wendy said, “I think I was just selfish. I wanted both her and the others, but really, I just wanted to be alone. I just wanted sex without consequences, but there are always consequences.” Ana asked, “what changed?” Wendy looked down at her bare chest feeling naked for the first time in a while. She said, “George. When he died, I tried to fight the loss like it didn’t matter to me, but it did. I wanted something more.” Part of Ana wanted to ask, “why are you telling me this,” but another part could see she was opening to her and just maybe they were friends. Ana said, “I didn’t know what I wanted. I’m still not sure but what I know I don’t want is to not be with Owen. I know that we will survive no matter what…… after all, we’re still together after I shot him.”
The water sounds along with the singing stopped, and the bathroom door opened. Cathy found Wendy half naked sitting on the bed hugging Ana. The look on Ana’s face was part friendly part awkward not wanting to be there. Cathy walked over to the bed and joined in the hug. She whispered, “about three months ago this might have been something more.” Ana squirmed out of the hug sliding off the bed onto her butt. She said, “I’m going to make sure Owen isn’t burning the kitchen down.” She got up and went out the door in a rush without trying to look like she was rushing. Wendy laughed as she said, “that wasn’t very nice.” Cathy replied, “I didn’t like seeing another woman in my bed with my wife, so nice wasn’t on the menu.” She said it with a smile but an undertone that made Wendy think about their past and all the men they shared in bed. Cathy dropped her towel and sat next to Wendy. The two started to kiss until Cathy said, “everyone will be here soon, and well this isn’t our wedding without us.”
The sun went down with one flash of light crossing the rooftops then darkness. Jorge pushed the false air conditioner unit off him and went for the door. He stopped halfway and shot one of the cameras. Halfway down he went out a window onto a fire escape and across to another fire escape and into a window where he went the rest of the way down onto a street facing away from the gang-controlled block. He could hear the dogs barking, and a lot of commotion as the block woke up to the sound of the gunshot and the loss of the camera. Now all he had to do was wait for a random gang member to walk by and offer his keycard. He thought, “what’s another death on my hands.” About an hour later and six men walked by then another four. A minute later and another man came by stopping and staring down the alley. A thump, then another thump and the man went down. Jorge pulled him in and searched for the keycard. He found the card and a map to the block. Jorge asked, “so are you new?”