The Caliente Affairs - Valentine's Day

This story previews events from Volume Two, focusing on what happens during Valentine's Day when Alexander Goth prepares for his first public date with the new boy in town, David Asher. Meanwhile, Lilith Pleasant arrives for a date with her twin sister's ex-boyfriend, Dustin Broke. Awkward? You could say that!

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5. A Tale of Two Dates

As Lilith finally decided she should be getting home, she wiped her cheeks with her glove and tried not to cry again, thinking about how her lovely new dress would never see the light of day again. "Alex!" She cried out in surprise, a little embarrassed at her appearance.
"Hey, what are you up to?" Alex casually asked.
"Just... getting a little caffeine boost!" Lilith lied. "What about you, what are you doing out this late?"
"Caffeine boost... and possibly true love." Alex hinted with a coy smiled.
"Oh, that's right, your date with David was tonight. How did that go?" Lilith asked, trying to move the subject away from why she was there.
"Not so fast, first you have to tell me the real reason you're here and why you look..." Alex trailed off, not sure what to say.
"Like an idiot?" Lilith offered, knowing that was how she thought she looked.
"You look like you've been on a date." Alex guessed. "Unless you just got dressed up to impress Kearney the coffee-guy!"
"Oh yeah, you caught me!" Lilith half-heartedly joked, as she realised Alex wasn't letting her go until he got the truth. "I was here with Dustin." Lilith admitted, knowing that that was all she really needed to say for Alex to understand.
"I had wondered." Alex admitted, knowing for some time that Lilith had feelings for her sister's ex-boyfriend. "Are you and him..?"
"No! And we never will after tonight." Lilith announced.
"Why not?" Alex asked.
"Because, everything he thought he liked about me was just a superficial lie. And when I showed my true colours, he bailed." Lilith explained, once again fighting back her tears.
"I'm not sure I understand." Alex said, confused at what she meant.
"I wanted him so much, Alex. I've always wanted him. And I did all this just to get him to like me - and when he finally did, I crushed him. What kind of a cold-hearted bee-yotch am I?" Lilith said, asking herself that question.
"You are not!" Alex told her.
"I am. I led him on and promised him things I couldn't give him. All he wants is Angela, I should have realised that, instead of trying to change him." Lilith admitted with defeat.
"If he doesn't want you, screw him, it's his loss!" Alex proclaimed.
"And what about Angela? If I'd only been considerate of other people's feelings then this whole thing would never have happened."
"Hey, you are not the reason the two of them broke up." Alex comforted his friend. Not knowing for sure if, in some small way, she really had contributed to Dustin and Angela breaking up.
"Aren't I? The second he broke up with her, I practically jumped on him - right in front of my sister's eyes." Lilith recalled Christmas Eve at her house; how Angela had told Dustin she was leaving Pleasantview, and afterwards Lilith found herself comforting him. He'd wanted to kiss her, but Lilith had stopped him. Not that Angela found that any less comforting to witness. "I may not be the reason they broke up, but I'm the reason they'll never get back together." Lilith confessed to Alex.
"You can't make excuses for your heart. It wants what it wants." Alex reasoned. "Trust me, I should know." He added, referring to his own past troubles with Lilith's ex-boyfriend Dirk Dreamer, whom Alex had tried to kiss before anyone even knew he was gay.
"I just want to forget this whole thing ever happened. Get out of these stupid clothes and wash out this disgusting dye." Lilith exclaimed, as she pulled at her dress and hair.
"What's wrong with the blondeness?" Alex asked.
"It was his favourite hair colour. When I asked him what his perfect woman looked like, he told me, 'like Angela, but preferably a blonde'. So I dyed my hair. Now you tell me that doesn't sound like the work of a boyfriend-stealing cold-hearted bee-yotch." Lilith insulted herself without remorse.
"It sounds to me like the work of someone who's in love." Alex admitted, as Lilith looked away. "You love him, don't you?" Alex asked. Feeling the lump in her throat rise, Lilith had no energy left inside to hold back the tears this time, and found herself falling into Alex's arms, letting them out. As she cried, like the true friend he was, Alex held Lilith and comforted her.
"I think I'm over it." Lilith broke out of the hug. "I guess this date turned out to be a good thing after all - it just showed me how completely incompatible the two of us were." Lilith reasoned, as she composed herself.
"You should have told me you were going out with him tonight, I could have been on stand-by in case..." Alex couldn't think of anything else to say.
"In case it went even more horribly than it did?!" Lilith filled in the blank with amusement, as she wiped her eyes once again and quickly changed the subject to stop herself from tearing up again. "Besides, you couldn't have, cuz you were on your date. Now, from the top, don't leave anything out!" Lilith demanded, wanting to hear about Alex's first date with David.
"Well, he booked us a table and I held his hand. The manager got mad and asked us to leave. I tried to kiss him and..."
"You tried to kiss the manager?!" Lilith asked. Alex rolled his eyes.
"I don't think that would have gone down very well, do you?! No! I thought it'd be cool to have our first kiss there and then, but David said no and he was right to say no. So I told him I really liked him, and he hugged me, and then..."
"And then!?" Lilith asked, excitement in her voice.
"And then I saw you and that was it."
"What, you ended your date because of me?" Lilith asked.
"I saw you looking really bummed out, so I figured you needed me more than David. And he had to go home anyway." Alex explained, but Lilith wasn't buying it.
"So that's two dates I've ruined tonight." She said, feeling guilty for herself.
"Not even! I can see David again whenever I want, you needed me more tonight." Alex assured her.
"But if it hadn't have been for me then you two might have had your first kiss." Lilith theorised.
"I doubt it, I was caught up in the moment last time. Truth be told, thinking back that I was actually going to kiss a boy outside in front of everyone like that kinda makes me feel a little queasy." Alex said, as he felt his face drain of colour and his legs turn to jelly. Lilith laughed and held him up. Alex shook off his concerns. "But it was kind of exciting." Alex admitted, feeling warm at the thought of almost kissing David.
"I think somebody's in love!" Lilith teased.
"Could be... or I could've just had way too much coffee!" Alex joked, as he secretly wished it wasn't the coffee that was making him feel this way.

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