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Monday, August 18, 2014

Eggs & Bagels


Beverly sniffed the aroma of the fresh bread baking and she punched me on the arm....

"Why you bring me here D.R.? What are you trying to make me do, put on weight?" she said laughing...

"The way you workout? You're at the gym everyday." I laughed...


"Yeah, but I want to stay in shape...My butt is gettin too big..."she laughed..

I stared at it...It was nice and round...

"Nah..It's alright...I'm sure neither Nelson or Larry North have any complaints.." I said laughing..

Beverly looked at me with a side eye...

"Awwww you know you wrong for that D.R." she said cracking up...

I pulled her to me and kissed her forehead...

"Get off of me...I'm mad at you." she pouted playfully...

"You won't be when you taste these bagels and muffins..."I said. "And the coffee..." I continued..

"I know...I can smell it..." she said.

We got a half dozen Blueberry Walnut muffins and Three plain Bagels and Three Blueberry Bagels and cream cheese...I ordered Fresh Coffee, enough for the office..

"Auntay must have a big client huh?" said Beverly...

"Yeah..She didn't tell me a name, but she said it is a big time Black Interior Decorator...a Football player and their attorneys..." I said.

"Is Josie at work today?" asked Beverly....

"Yeah..She's setting up the conference room..So I volunteered to pick this up." I said.

''Awww, you are so nice...Auntay must have put it on you real good last night." she joked..

I smiled at her without answering..  but as a matter of fact..she did!

II-


Beverly and I were met by Josie when we returned to the office...

"Hey Guys...Thanks so much for this...Let me help you put this in our conference room." she said...



I whispered in her ear-

''Another late night with Paris eh?"

Josie blushed like crazy...

''Yes....He's quite...Quite..." she said.

''I know...He really likes you...He's told me." I said.

"He talks to you?" she asked.

"I see him when I go to Process service...He works somewhere in that building and we chat...He always asks about you.."I said.

"He's a nice guy...I really like Paris..."said Josie..

"I know...You come to work singing and humming...I knew something was up."I laughed..

Josie smiled.



We arranged the pastries and coffee carefully around the conference table...Josie had already supplied cold bottles of water also...

When we were finished...I heard a distinct southern accent...

"Donnie Ray? Donnie Ray Alexander is that you? What are you doing here?" came the voice...

I turned around.....I was stunned..
"Rachel?? Rachel Phillips?" I said...

"Yes...As if you don't know me...What are you doing here?" she said looking me up and down...

"Ummmph...You always did look good in a suit...I see you've upgraded...Armani eh? ,I'm impressed...I take it you no longer are a Detective on the New Orleans Police force." she said.

"No...I retired two years ago.."I said. "I'm a Private Investigator now..I live here in Philadelphia...What are you doing here?" I asked...

"Oh My God...You quit the force? I never thought you'd do that!! And you live here in Philly...Oh My God!!! Do you work for Mrs. Bennett-Alexander?? Wait a minute...Bennett-Alexander...My lawyer is your wife??" she asked, smiling and incredulous..

"I'm afraid so....and yes...I am an Investigator for this law firm...My wife's law firm."I said.

All this time, Beverly and Josie were watching and listening to this conversation with rapt attention...

I turned and introduced them...

"Rachel Phillips...This is Attorney Beverly West....My wife's niece and the second attorney working this case...And this is our office manager, Ms. Josie Boyd.."I said...

She smiled...

Just then ,Olivia entered the conference room...
Rachel looked at Olivia...

"Mrs. Bennett-Alexander...I can't believe it...You and I have someone in common." she laughed..

Olivia smiled ,but I could tell she was a bit confused...It was then I decided to speak..


"Every one...Ms.Phillips here..."I began...

"Mrs. Bell sugar..I'm married, but hopefully not for long."she said.

"As I was saying...Mrs. Bell and I were engaged to be married about five or six years ago...We uh did not make it to the alter." I said.

Bev and Josie smiled ,looked at each other and put their hands to their mouths...


"Ohhh, I see." said Olivia...Smiling and looking at me playfully...

"But Donnie Ray..I'm happy for you...She's beautiful, smart and successful and you look like you've done well for yourself...Mrs. Bennett-Alexander, you have a great guy there...I told him he'd make someone a good husband one day...And I know he's a good husband isn't he?" she said.

"He is...I wouldn't trade him for the world."said Olivia...

"Oh My...Such a small world..." she said.

I hadn't been sweating before..but I was sweating now.."

Just then...a man walked in...a dapper well dressed Black man...with a bald head and a handle bar moustache...He dropped his briefcase and shook Olivia's hand..

"Herbert Drinkwater is the name...The law is my game..I'll be assisting you with Mrs. Bell's case." he said.

Beverly held her head down...She was laughing and shaking...Josie turned her head to the side...She was smiling...

"I've heard a lot about you Mr. Drinkwater.."she said.

"And I've heard a lot about you too gorgeous...I didn't know you were so darn cute..Heh ...Heh ..Heh." he laughed...

"And MARRIED, you big flirt....Her husband is right there..He's an old friend of mine."said Rachel....

She hadn't changed....She never liked not being the center of a man's attention...Even her attorney...

He looked at Olivia and me..
"Ohhh, I'm sorry ...You're uh ..ahhh Mr. Alexander...Are you the second attorney on this case?" he said shaking my hand..

"No...I'm an investigator for this firm...Ms. West over here, Beverly West is the second attorney..
He looked at Beverly and smiled...

"Well...Well..Welllll....Seconds for me!!! Yesss lawddd!" he said ,practically salivating...

"Let's get down to business...Time is money....I'm not paying you to drool over every woman in this office."said Rachel...

"Well, the plaintiff's aren't here...Let's have some coffee and enjoy these hot muffins and bagels...MMMMM UMMMM...I can feel the heat off of them.." he said as we sat down and had tumblers of coffee and muffins and bagels..He was beside himself staring at both Olivia and Bev's every move and smiling sheepishly.

A tall ,athletic built Black man walked in...I knew him from New Orleans...

The man  was Football Player, Harry "Hollywood" Bell...a one time professional football player...He had played for the Saints when I knew him in New Orleans...He had taken Rachel from me..

He took one look at me..

"Donnie Ray?  What are you doing here?? What have you got to do with this?" he asked..

"I am an Investigator for this law firm.....My wife's firm!" I said.

He looked at me and Olivia..

"Whattttttttttttt? Your wife??  She's your  wife...Not baddd man...You aint a New Orleans Murder Police no more?" he asked.

"Haven't been for two years...I'm a P.I. now and this is my wife, Attorney Olivia Bennett-Alexander."I said.

He smiled...

"I don't have to tell you who I am..Harry "Hollywood" Bell..." he said smiling at Olivia and kissing her hand..

"Yes..I've heard of you...Dallas Cowboys right?"she said.

"Uh...I got cut last year...but uh The Philadelphia Eagles are lookin at me...Which is why I'm here....They want me to uh er..ahh try out for their practice team."he said.

"Story of his life..Always second string,pretending to be first string."said Rachel derisively..

He looked at her like he wanted to strangle her...

Beverly and Josie held their heads down and laughed silently...Even Olivia smiled..My girls!
He had been traded from the Saints to the Miami Dolphins and then traded to the Houston Texans before the end of the year and then cut by them..He walked on to the New Orleans Saints again for two years and then was traded to the Cowboys who had just recently cut him...I smiled thinking about his history.

''Wow Donnie Ray, you look like you done good for yourself...No more suits off the rack huh?  Heh Heh Heh..Look at you boy....Armani...Married to a beautiful woman..a lawyer at that and a P.I. Wow...You still play that horn?" he asked..

"I do.." I said.

Olivia leaned over and kissed me on the cheek...

"My baby recorded a record just a few weeks ago."she said..

His smile faded...

"Really? Oh Wow."he said..

"Where is your attorney?" asked Rachel."

"He'll be here." he snapped...

Finally... The last player in this game walked in...He was short, well dressed and had a kilowatt smile..He shook Olivia and Beverly's hand..

"Hello Ladies...You two know me..Sonny Cochran...I'm the late Johnnie Cochran's second cousin."he laughed...

Indeed...He was one of the top divorce lawyers in the area...He was responsible for half a dozen cheesy commercials and infomercials on late night cable.....I knew who he was on sight...If he was representing Hollywood Bell...Hollywood had hit rock bottom, I mused.

III-

"It basically comes down to this...I want a divorce....Mr. Bell hasn't worked in a year and a half...I have been supporting him and myself...We were going to have a baby..He has a surogate , who is having the  baby...HE wants alimony from me and child support,can you believe that?" she said.

"Child Support?" asked Olivia...

"Yes, isn't that something? The eggs aren't our clients" said Herbert Drinkwater who kept eying Beverly's cleavage..

"Who's eggs are they?" asked Beverly..

"The surogates, but we had a deal, an arrangement."said Sonny Cochran, Hollywood's lawyer...

"His sperm and the surogate's eggs...She has no biological link to this child..."said Olivia...

"But as a married couple..They had a signed contract in which she agreed to be a parent to such child."said Sonny Cochran...

The arguments went on for the next few hours....I kind of tuned them out....I saw through the corner of my eye ,Rachel checking me out...She had called off our engagement just days before we were supposed to be married...Saying that she had a change of heart...

My sister was incensed....I was crushed...This was the second time this had happened to me...The guys on the police force couldn't look me in the eye... Not two months later it was announced that she was engaged to New Orleans Saints wide receiver, Harry "Hollywood"Bell...

He had always been around! I had always known that I was competing for Rachel with him...I was a detective,making a cop's salary...At first Rachel said that she didn't care...but that was a lie...At that time..He had a solid contract....Loads of cash..A nice car and could take her places, buy her things and do for her in ways that I couldn't...

He was around, when I couldn't be... And despite the fact that he was hit with a paternity suit....It got thrown out and was rumored to have a girlfriend in Houston...She still chose him over me...
Now they were going through a nasty divorce and here I was married...The third time was the charm...Most of the people I knew sighed a big sigh of relief when Olivia walked down that aisle and said "I do" on New Years Day...So did I...I was so sure something was going to happen....but it didn't...I remember Beverly came up to me just before Olivia appeared at the Justice of the Peace and hugged me...




"She's going to be here..She told me that you've uh done this two times before and didn't quite make it...That's why she insisted on you and her getting married as soon as possible...To make sure your fears were assurred..My Auntay is good like that." she had said and smiled at me...

Yes Olivia was..She showed up...My Brother in law walked her down the aisle, Since I couldn't find my father and he kind of gave her away...And the Justice of the Peace..A colorful Judge/Preacher named Hallelujah Harry Dellums married us with My Sister,Nephew, Niece,Brother in Law and Beverly as witnesses..

It was a nice ,sweet little wedding...We went back to my sister's home and had a nice beautiful southern style meal...Our first as husband and wife...I smiled when I thought of this...What a way to bring in the New Year.

IV-


Later that night in our room....Olivia lay on the bed...I sat on the bed also..

"You're mighty silent tonight..." said Olivia...

"Yeah,I know..Sorry." I said.
"Well Take your clothes off...Aren't you hot in that suit?" She asked...She had already stripped down to just panties and a a t-shirt....

"You know...Any other time I would meet that with a smart remark..."I said.

"I know...Too many memories rushed back at you today huh?" she said.

"Too many."I said.

"She's very pretty..." said Olivia..

"Huh?" I said.

''Rachel, your ex-fiance...."she said.

"You're gorgeous.."I said.

Olivia smiled..

"You want to talk about it?" she said.


"She never gave me a chance... I was crazy about her...but I never felt worthy of her..I always felt like she was too good for me...Like I wasn't good enough...She was one of the region's up and coming Interior Decorators at the time and a former Ms Black New Orleans and she had her own company...She was making more money than me... Come to think of it..You were making more money than me..I mean, you're a big time attorney...But you were different Livy...Down to Earth...You never made me feel as though I was beneath you... I don't know if she did that on purpose or not...but I always felt that way.." I said.

"I got the impression Mr. "Hollywood" was always in the picture too."she said.

"Yeah...He was... Always  around! I had always known that I was competing for Rachel with him...I was a detective,making a cop's salary...At first Rachel said that she didn't care...but that was a lie...At that time..He had a solid contract....Loads of cash..A nice car and could take her places, buy her things and do for her in ways that I couldn't...

He was around, when I couldn't be... And despite the fact that he was hit with a paternity suit....It got thrown out and was rumored to have a girlfriend in Houston...She still chose him over me..." I said.

"Yeah, well look at them now...He hasn't worked in in a year and a half..He's run through all of his money and living off of her...A woman like her will never put up with taking care of a man..." she said.

"You take care of me...I mean..I essentially work for you."I said.

"You help me...You work with me...You are a part of this firm...You and Bev ...I don't think of either of you as  employees...you're my partners..."she said and smiled..

She walked over to me and untied my tie....She slipped my suit jacket off and hung it across the chair...She slowly took my shirt off and my undershirt...

I smiled...

She unbuckled my trousers and I slipped out of them, my socks and my shoes...


She smiled...

''Come here...Come to mama."she said seductively...

I smiled at her and rolled over ...She took my face in her hand and kissed me softly...

She moaned softly as I slowly, yet deliberately moved inside of her and out of her....We continued to kiss long and slowly and make slow, easy , yet sweet love..
I kissed her neck and behind her ears....She kissed my chest...I entered her slowly again...In and out...softly, steadily...slow sweet lovemaking...

"Ummmmph...." I moaned..

"Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..." she moaned..

She made me feel as if I was close to exploding and yet she  eased up just enough to keep me from doing so...I had had a few women in my time, but never anybody like this...

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Donnie Ray...Don't stop baby...Don't stop." she moaned as I continued to move in and out of her slowly....

....We kept at it just like this for the next four hours...I sat up and began kissing her deeply,slower...

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Donnie Ray....Donnie Ray, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my God.....this feels so good."she cooed...

The bed rocked from side to side....the headboard gently slammed against the wall..I was hoping Bev was either out on a date with Nelson or just not at home..I was a little embarrassed by the noise we made and how frequently we made love...She probably think that we do little else up here...

"I love you so much Donnie Ray."Olivia said as we continued to make sweet love..

"I love you too babes."I said..

It did indeed feel good....We both held each other and came together violently...shaking and holding on to each other...I saw tears stream down Olivia's face as she climaxed....

"Feel better baby." she said.

"Oh yeah....Oh yeah." I said.

"You made out much better...You have a new city, a new job and you got me forever!"
she said.

Now that she put it that way....I did feel better...

"You think you can win this case for her?" I asked ,still kissing Olivia...

"Oh yeah...Sonny Cochran is an idiot...So is Herb Drinkwater....But he's my idiot..."she said as I finally rolled off of her...Sweat was running down my back and down the sides of my face... Olivia smiled serenely... She always did after we had sex.

I went to our small freezer and tossed Livy a cold bottle of water..I opened one up for myself and we both laughed..

TO BE CONTINUED



9 comments:

Toni said...

WOW...Talk about eye openers...Loved it!

Angie B. said...

At last we get a look at Donnie Ray's past....One of his fiances huh? NIce..I'm going to enjoy this.

Sunflower said...

The wedding scene was sweet...

Lisa said...

This was nice because it answers so many questions about Donnie Ray...From reading this series..I realized that we know a lot about Olivia and Bev and very little about this man who is all of a sudden a major part of both of their lives.

Halo said...

Why don't you refer to Beverly as Donnie Ray's niece too? She is his niece by marriage...He is like a Father/Big Brother that she never had...She really takes to him...

Vanessa said...

Nice lead in story...You've got me hooked...This looks like it's going to be good.

Brenda said...

I like the look into Donnie Ray's past....I like the irony of the woman who did marry him defending the woman who didn't..This looks like it's going to be a great ride!

Cheryl said...

Juicy! Love this..Love these charactors!

Anonymous said...

STANDING AND APPLAUDING AND THROWING MY PANTIES AND BRA TO THE RAFTERS!