Previously on Mysterious Attraction…
**New Character Alert**
Meet Lexie’s Lackeys…
2 & 1/2 hours since Lexie left…
One security guard sitting across from him
Another guarding the door
Carter: This is insane, you do realize that right?
Brice: We’re just doing our jobs, Mr. Carter.
Carter: I don’t care about your damn job, I need to get out of here, and go save the woman I love.
Joe: And which woman would that be…
Carter glares at him
Brice: We are under strict orders from Ms. Lexie herself to keep you here until she orders otherwise.
Carter: And while you’re doing that…she’s out there alone…trying to save my wife! Anything can happen to either of them!
Carter looks at him suspiciously
Carter gets up and they both jolt
Carter: I’m going to take a leak…is that allowed?
Joe: Just be quick about it.
He gets in the bathroom and pulls out his phone
He dials Lexie’s number
It goes straight to voice mail
Carter looks around the bathroom searching for an exit strategy
He walks toward the bathroom window and opens it, it’s a steep way down
There’s a pounding on the door
Joe: It doesn’t take that long to piss.
Carter opens the door in frustration
Joe: You wouldn’t be trying to plot your way out of here, would you?
Carter glares again
Carter: You think you frighten me… (he laughs)
Carter walks over to the couch sitting down he checks his watch
Joe: Gotta be somewhere?
Carter: You’re funny.
Brice’s cell phone rings and Carter’s eyes jolt up.
Brice: Hello, boss?… Yes he is safe…everything on our end is fine. Have you reached your destination?…Ok boss you got it.
Carter: What’d she say? Is she ok? (swiftly standing up.)
Joe: Sit down.
Carter: I’m sorry maybe you missed the part where I don’t take orders from you…
Brice: Joe. Dial it back.
Joe backs off reluctantly
Brice: Ms. Lexie is ok.
Carter: Thank god. Did she say anything about my wife?
Joe: Ah the many women …. (he taunts from the sidelines as he sips a glass of whiskey)
Brice: (attempting to keep the peace) No Mr. Carter, She didn’t mention your wife yet.
Carter: How is my relationship with either woman any of your damn business?
Joe: It isn’t really, but see what I can’t understand (he walks closer) is how Lexie could fall for a pathetic whimp of a man like you.
Joe: No no I mean really…come on Brice, we all think it. Lexie is a powerhouse, she’s not built to deal with cowards like him.
Carter laughs sarcastically
Carter: Ah now I get it.
Brice: Can we stop now, can we? This is childish high school bullshit.
Carter: Oh I agree. It’s really pathetic how you are pining after a woman that doesn’t want you. And you hate me, because I have what you want.
Joe glares at Carter
Carter: Am I right? I’m right, right? (smiling sarcastically, taunting Joe.) I mean because really, it must eat you up to see beautiful, driven, “powerhouse” Lexie fall all over pathetic little me, and not even give you a second glance…
Carter: And now you get the all star job of babysitting the man she loves. Ah the irony. (smiles pouring himself a glass of whiskey and holding it up in the air as a mock cheers before sipping it.)
Joe: You think you’re so much better than me, don’t you? (his tone laced with hate)
Carter: You know what, up until today I didn’t even really know you. I mean aside from a few random run-ins at work, I wouldn’t even have known you existed. But then again, Lexie’s never really mentioned you either, so there’s that.
Joe: You don’t know anything about my relationship with Lexie.
Carter: Or lack there of, (shrugs, with a smirk on his face). You know what though Joe, I have to say, even then just seeing you once or twice around the office, I knew I didn’t like you.
Joe: Well the feeling is mutual, (a cold and deadly stare).
Carter: But now that I do know you, I’m thinking yea, I am better then you. (He shrugs) And Lexie seems to think so too.
Joe lunges at him punching him in the jaw.
Carter doubles back after the blow a bit. His mouth begins to bleed, but the hit wasn’t enough to alter Carter’s stance.
Brice: Jesus! Joe, what the hell! (puts himself between the two.)
Back the fuck off, do you wanna get fired…because of your stupidity?
Joe: He’s taunting me.
Brice: And you started it.
Joe glares at him
Joe: I won’t have him thinking he’s better for her.
Brice: This is your job. Remove the emotion from it. Leave that shit at home! God how many times do I have to remind you of that!
Joe: She belongs with me. You know that. Everyone knows, even her father!
Brice: That was a long time ago man you have to let it go. This is your job and as much as you hate it, your job is to make sure that he stays safe. Just think of how much she’d hate you if we let anything happen to him. Do you want that?
Joe: No, of course not.
Brice: Ok, then that’s it. Suck it up. You don’t have to like him, just stand there and guard the door. I’ll deal with the rest.
They both turn around to find the room empty, and the hotel room door open.
Brice: You’ve got to be kidding me, SHIT! (runs off in a hurry, Joe reluctantly in tote.)
Stay Tuned! As we round out Chapter Three, we’ll find out where Lexie is
and the truth will begin to unravel about her past with Joe…
Plus Will Lexie make it in time to save Carter’s wife???
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