Luke sits up and sets his phone and watch on his night table. Then strips the remainder of his clothes off and heads towards the bathroom.
Laura lays and waits....
She reaches to grab for it, to look and see who it could be, especially at this hour.
Laura's mood goes from blissful to infuriated in a flash.
It's a text from Rufus. She almost deletes it but decides to read it first....
*Rufus' text message*
*Hey Baby! that kiss was absolutely amazing!!! there is no denying what is still lingering between us. I can't stop thinking about it. I'm lying here thinking about How you felt in my hands. The way you grabbed my ass and kissed me. like you were about to rock my world *sigh* Then there was that look on your face when I touched you. Oh Luke... our bodies so close..I was on fire Baby! Call me!! I'm waiting for you....
Laura gets up, quickly puts on her robe and flips on the lights.
Luke is still in the shower. She walks into the bathroom with his phone in her hand.
*Laura pulls back the curtain* "What the hell is this?!"
*Luke blinking water out of his eyes* "What is what?"
*Laura* "Is she playing a sick joke or did this really happen? Did you kiss her?"
When he doesn't answer her right away the look on his face tells her everything she needs to know.
*Laura* "You said to trust you! And I did....How could you do this to me?!"
*Luke* "Babe....it was just a kiss......She is probably twisting it..."
*Laura walks back into the bedroom* "Just a kiss?! I'm calling this B*tch right now and telling her to back off!"
Luke gets out of the shower and grabs a towel...
*Luke* "No!...Don't you dare and dial her number!...You are not calling her....Give me the phone."
Laura sits on the bed still not giving up his phone.
He sits down next to her.
*Laura scoffs* "No!....And let you handle it?....all you did apparently was handle her ass!"
*Luke* "What?! Damn it, Laura! Give me my f*cking phone!..."
*Laura* "Don't talk to me that way!...."
*Luke tries to calm down* "I'm sorry.....Now give me my phone so I can read it.....please....."
*Laura is shaking with anger* "Why do you need to read it? If you were there then you know what happened...so tell me the truth!"
Luke gets up and grabs his jeans to slip them back on. He feels to vulnerable without them....He talks while he his getting dressed. Laura walks and sits down on her side of the bed.
Still holding his phone tightly.
*Luke* "Laura....Baby, I'm sorry, Please just say something...."
*Laura sad and sobbing* "Just go....get out!..Leave me alone...."
*Luke* "Don't say that....Please....let me explain what happened. She is..."
*Laura cuts him off* "No! Ju..just go.....*trying to hold back tears*..I..I can't even look at you right now."
Luke doesn't plead with her again. He just grabs what he needs, shuts out the light, then heads downstairs. Laura buries her face into the pillow and as soon as he is gone she cries herself to sleep.....
Laura sighs and gets out of bed to make her way downstairs. She doubts Luke is still home. He probably left for work early and he did...
*Laura sighs* "Um....not good. Not good at all...We had another fight...."
*Michelle* "What?! Why, what happened?"
*Laura trying not to cry* "Rufus happened...that's what."
*Michelle* "How? Did she show up at ya'lls place?"
*Laura* "No...I'll explain it later. Right, now I want to go track down Rufus and before you go telling me no....I am asking you if you want to come. Because I am doing this with or without you."
*Michelle is silent for a beat* "Um....Laura.... you can't go confront her. You need to think of yourself first. I thought you were gonna invite her to lunch?"
*Laura* "I'm past being nice about this over lunch....Are coming or not? Because you are not gonna change my mind about this."
*Michelle* "Fine...fine...I'm coming over....we'll figure this out together. Do not go looking for Rufus without me!"
*Laura* "Okay....Just get here as quick as you can..."
Laura ends the call with her sister then, goes back upstairs to get dressed. She wants to be ready to go when Michelle gets here.
On the drive to the hotel where Rufus is supposedly staying Laura tells Michelle what happened last night between her and Luke. Then, they come up with a plan to get access to her hotel suite. Michelle, sweet talks the young man at the front desk and convinces him to let her and her assistant through.....
They ride up the elevator and walk down the hall stopping in front Rufus' hotel room door...
*Michelle* "Are you sure you want to do this? We can still walk away..."
*Laura* "Yes...she has to be stopped.........."
*Michelle* "I can't convince you at all can I?"
*Laura* "You ready?"
*Michelle* "Yup...I'm ready....go for it."
Laura raises her hand then knocks on the door....
To be continued!