Lex's return to work seemed quiet compared to the last few days, but she was glad of it, what with the op on Luca to get prepared for.
She took her place behind the bar and waited on some customers.
Alec walked through the back entrance of Crash, careful that no one saw him, nor detected his presence leaving the underground. Not an easy thing to do, but he had a promise to keep.
He was glad that she'd put off this Luca thing, and hoped that maybe this would give him a window to talk some sense into her. With White hanging around, it was a big risk...for them both.
Sneaking up behind the bar, he noticed a few familiar faces from Jam Pony. He repressed a sigh. Things had been so simple for him then.
"Lex," Alec said quietly from behind the bar, sure he was unseen.
Lex reacted quickly to Alec but her face remained impassive, a flicker of her bar wench smile, but no more, just another customer on a quiet Thursday night. "My name's Alice. Can I get you something?"
"Alice? I'm going to make a million jokes about that later. They can't hear me, just you. Superchick hearing remember. And don't draw any attention to me, I know those guys and they know what I am," Alec pointed to the table where the Jam Pony crew was.
"So come back here and talk to me for a second while I've got it," Alec said and retreated back.
Lex nodded. "One second" She walked away from him and spoke quietly to the guy in the back office who nodded, raising to take her place.
She moved out from the bar and headed toward Alec.
"We had a date. You bailed and now I'm having self esteem issues," Alec joked and kissed her in more than a casual greeting.
Repressed desires were flooding him all of the sudden. Maybe it was the seriousness of the situation, or his final decision to stop trying to keep away and the longing he'd tried to stop were starting to filter through.
Pulling back a bit breathless, he said with a charming half smile, "So how've you been?"
Lex smiled at him, and held back a laugh. "I could never imagine that you would have self esteem issues...and I did not bail, it just didn't happen and I didn't want you to go by the apartment and me not be there. It's very cute that you were worried though, and I'm fine, I'll be happier when things are done."
She grinned and kissed him softly. "I'm pretty good right now though! And why would Alice cause you to make fun of me, Slick?"
"All the names in all of the world...and Alice it is?" Alec chuckled.
Alec let is subside, then pushed a stray lock of Lex's now brown hair away from her face, looking indignant.
"Who says I worried? Now had I not gotten the message I would have worried. But if you thought you could sneak out of seeing me, you have yet to learn how determined I am when I," He moved closer to her, too close, and whispered, "want something."
"Hmmm" Lex leaned away from him "Well, we'll just have to see how determined you are won't we." Her tone was low, teasing "And if I wanted to sneak out of seeing you, why would I tell you where I was?"
Jondy had, for once, arrived a few minutes early to work and was behind the counter, checking over the inventory.
Lex spotted her friend as she moved away from Alec, and smiled broadly "Hey Nicole, are you early or did my break over run?"
"Don't worry, Hell seems to have frozen over, so I decided to show up a little early today," Jondy said, grinning at Lex. "What've I missed?"
"Nothin' so much as you'd notice boo, 'cept your girl just rolled on in." Lex waved at OC.
"Oh, awesome, I wondered if she was coming out tonight," Jondy said, turning to grin and wave at her roommate. She turned back to Lex. "So what's been up with you lately, Alice?"
Lex tried and failed to keep the smile from her face. "I'm just thinking life may be beginning to get as settled as the life of a -bartender- can be ya know? Not too settled of course, that would be dull!" She grinned. "And you boo?"
Afraid of what was to come, Cindy stepped into Crash to see the normal crew, except there was no Alec, there was no Max, and well, there was no .. Original Cindy. Things just weren't the same.
She looked over to the bar to see Jondy and Lex, or should I say, Nicole and Alice... the bartenders here at this fine establishment we refer to as Crash.
Lex caught OC's eye as she talked with Jondy. "Hey girl, first beer's free if you're hanging with the barkeeps!"
Lex bid goodnight to Jondy and the others who had stayed to help with the clean up, shrugged on her leather jacket and flipped up the collar to obscure her barcode, she wasn't in the mood for trouble tonight.
Unfortunately trouble seemed to be following her, as she felt someone watching her leave.
"Slick? OC? Nicole?" She called out to anyone she could think would still be there and listened in the dark. The dark chose not to answer, so Lex spoke again.
"Fine, if that's the way you want to play it, you know where I'll be!"
She listened again as the ghost of a laugh drifted in the darkness, smiled to herself and began to walk away.
"You know I thought we were past the 'Slick' stage. Forget me already? Ouch, I'm wounded here. You're going to have to make up for that somehow," Alec said emerging from the shadows to fall in step by her.
Not breaking stride he walked straight in front of her and kissed her with all the restraint he'd held onto for so long breaking. He was upset. The close call at TC had shaken him. He needed to feel the reason he was doing this. He just needed to be Alec for awhile. With her.
Lex sank into the kiss, hating for a split second how good this felt, and the spike of fear that came with it, the idea, that somehow, she could lose it, as she'd lost everything else she cared about.
She broke the kiss only to come up for air, and dropped he hands so they looped his waist, looking at him.
"Forget you? Things were getting a little hazy, but it all seems to be back in sharp focus now!"
She grinned for a second before putting on her serious face.
"Now, are you gonna tell me what's wrong or do I have to beat it out of you?"
Reluctantly Alec pulled back and heaved a small sigh. "Psh. Like you could. Or like you would..." Alec smirked as he snaked a hand around her waist, avoiding the question.
"You know what's a better question? Why are we in the middle of the street still? Unless you're into that sorta thing, which, hey, no complaints here," Alec chuckled and resumed kissing her neck, once in a while moving across her jawline.
Lex grinned "As I recall one of me did, and that, is dodging the issue, which..." she let out a low moan, broken by the sharp retort of something falling behind them. "...we can talk about later." She broke from him and spun in the direcion of the noise, and muttered "Losing your edge girl!"
Alec had been ready to attack at the sound, and moved with Lex just as quickly, but Lex's retort brought him to a halt. He was too on edge today, but even though Lex seemed to know the voice, Alec stood still, ready to pounce if she were mistaken. He didn't like being exposed like this.
"Does the girl have a name?" Alec asked curiously.
Lex laughed and walked back to him planting a kiss on his temple and twining his fingers with her own and towing him out of the alley.
"Yes, she does, but she's obviously not in the mood to come out and play yet, so I'll leave it up to her! Don't worry, she's not a danger to us, she's just figuring out her ground, so you can drop out of your stance, because if it comes down to a fight, that's not a choice I want to have to make."
She enjoyed his perplexed face, for a moment, before becoming serious again. "So, are you gonna tell me what's got to you so much?" Her tone was serious and a little sad, she knew she had no real reason to trust him, but if he chose not to trust her again especially with things going the way they were, she would be forced to think about things.
Alec rolled his eyes. "We'll worry about me later," Alec said incredulously, "That's it? How do you know it's not a trap?" His voice was a whisper as he pulled her into the shadows himself.