Episode Five « The Caliente Affairs

Act 2: The Naked Truth

Still haunted by the other night. Dina went back to the den and started exercising until the early hours of the morning.

I do love Mortimer, she said to herself, trying to forget about Ed. But if you love him, why can’t you just be happy for Don and Nina? She asked herself, as she climbed up onto the couch to rest. Because Don will just end up hurting Nina again. You saw what happened today, he can never do the right thing. No matter how hard he tries, he’s always going to end up hurting someone. As Dina fell asleep she thought about Don. She dreamed things were different – she was engaged to him, and her sister was married to Mortimer. She was on the outside looking in, and she saw herself flirting with Mortimer.

She woke up suddenly, still on the couch. The standby digital display on the TV telling her it was six AM. Dina thought about what she had just dreamt; whether or not it meant anything. As she carried herself up to the shower, she managed to forget about it until…

“Argh!” Dina cried, as she walked in on Don in the shower.

Coupled with the dream and a fully naked Don, all Dina could think about was…
“Do you mind?” Don cried.
“I have to go!” Dina yelled, as she ran out of the bathroom. In her bedroom she put on some fresh clothes whilst Mortimer was stirring.
“Are you going out?” He asked, confused.
“We need groceries for breakfast. Canpakes – erm, pancakes and stuff, I’ll be right back.” Dina said, rushing out without saying goodbye. She didn’t know why; maybe if she had just stayed with Mortimer he would have calmed her down. But she was out now, walking further away from her house. She kept on thinking about Don, and she didn’t realise where she was going…

Dina found herself walking right towards Ed’s house. She didn’t plan on doing it, but he’d already seen her through the windows and was coming to greet her. As she got to the doorway, she turned around and was about to run off…

“Dina!” She stopped and sighed.
“Hey, Ed.” She said without turning to face him.
“What are you doing here? What if someone sees you?” Dina looked around but it was still pretty early.
“I don’t suspect the papergirl is going to think we’re having an affair just ’cause I’m standing on your porch.” Ed laughed, but Dina wasn’t joking. Saying the word affair made her realise how stupid she was for coming here.
“Did you want to…” Dina put a hand up to stop Ed from finishing his sentence.
“I actually just…” She stopped when she could swear Ed was smelling her, but then she realised. “I wanted to know if I could use your shower. The one at our house is broken!” Dina didn’t wait for an answer and walked in. She knew where the bathroom was from her last visit, but she stopped when she remembered why she knew.
“Do you wanna talk?” Ed asked, sensing a problem. Dina felt bad, Ed obviously had a little crush on her which was understandable given their history. But she had to tell him that what she did was a mistake.

Dina paused and arched back her head back, looking up at Ed’s house. It was quite small but open-plan, and the focal point was a split level staircase suspended from the ceiling. The main bedroom appeared to be overlooking the kitchen, whilst another bedroom and the living room Dina now found herself in were added as an extension after Ed moved in. Dina was shown into the living room (which appeared to her to have been added on as an extension) and sat down with Ed. Dina admired architecture, it was one of the reasons she loved her parents’ old house. Distracting Dina from her thoughts, Ed suddenly leaned in to get closer. “I can’t stop thinking about that night. You and I were like lust crazed animals or something! Just doing it right there in the bathroom after we’d met was…”
“Was what?” Dina asked, annoyed that Ed had brought up the night of Alex’s birthday. “Look Ed, what we did was wrong. It was lust, that’s all it was. You need to forget that it ever happened.”
“Don’t get annoyed at me! I asked you if you were married, and you said, so what.”

“I know,” Dina said, as she smacked herself in the head for saying it. “I was… emotionally unstable, or something.” Dina reasoned.
“…Unstable?”
“Yeah! I don’t know if you’re aware, but I seem to have a habit of doing these sorts of things.”
“You mean…”
“I’m kind of a slut!” Dina said honestly, “And to be honest, it would be better for you if you just had nothing more to do with me.” A loud yell interrupted the conversation. Dina looked outside and panicked. “We’re not alone?”
“That’s just Shaun, he’s supposed to have left for work by now. I’ll go get rid of him.”
“Whatever. I’m just gonna have my shower and leave.” Dina said as she went into the bathroom to hide. Ed sighed, realising he’d fallen hard for Dina. He’d gotten involved with a married woman – again. As Ed went out into the backyard, he saw Shaun playing with his Execu-Putter, and was reminded of why he’d moved to Pleasantview – to forget his past and concentrate on a career, just as Shaun was doing. But unlike Shaun, Ed was still stuck in his first job as lowly Medical Technician at the local hospital.

“Shaun, aren’t you going to be late for work?” Ed casually asked, walking into the garden.
“The little bugger tried to get away from me!” Shaun said referring to the golf ball. He putted the ball and faced his friend. “I’m just heading off, but do you want me to stay?”
“No!”
“Are you sure? Can you manage to say ‘no‘ this time?” Ed looked shocked, as Shaun sighed at his predictable friend.
“She’s just come over to use the shower, then she’s gone for good – she said so.”
“Ed, why do you keep doing this to yourself?”
“I told you before, she came onto me.”
“But you knew she had a husband. I can’t believe that after what you went through last time you’re gonna go and do it again.” Ed looked at Shaun as around the front a car beeped its horn. Shaun sighed again.
“You don’t have to worry.”
“Yes I do.” Shaun said. Ed promised himself he wouldn’t let his friend down. He went into the kitchen and knocked on the bathroom door (having learnt his lesson from last time).
“Is he gone?” Dina asked, as she opened the door.
“Yeah, you can start the shower now.”

“Actually I need to use your phone if that’s okay. I was gonna get in, as you can tell,” Dina blushed at her undressed state, “but I got a page from my sister.”
“Sure, uh, it’s over there.” Ed said, pointing at the receiver on the floor. As Dina dialled home, Ed tried not to break his promise to Shaun, averting his eyes away from Dina.
“Nina, it’s me. Did you want me to come home?”

“No! Actually that’s why I was calling. Mortimer’s gone out to see Cassandra and Alex is out with… who is it, Field?” Nina asked Don.
“Meadow!”
“Meadow, that’s it. Anyway, I just wanted to check you weren’t going to come back anytime soon because me and Don are going to be… spending some time together.” Nina added emphasis to the words.
“You’re gonna have woohoo?”
“Maybe.” Nina giggled.
“So you don’t want me to come back to the house?”
“Well, it’s a special time we’re going to be spending together. We need to be alone so we can concentrate.”
“Concentrate?! You’re not playing chess, it’s just woohoo.”
“But Dina, it’s not just that.” Don looked at Dina, as she tried not to say too much.
“Wait.. Are you trying to say that during your ‘time‘ together, you need to concentrate because… you’re trying to ‘make‘ something.”
“Yes!” Nina giggled. Dina gripped the receiver with a tight fist, and she replied through gritted teeth. “Well, I’ll make sure I won’t be back. I guess I’ll just have to find something to pass the time with.”

Dina found herself unable to move. She just stared up at the ceiling of Ed’s bedroom and tried to process the events that had led her to be with him again. With an annoyed grunt, she pushed herself out of the bed and cringed as her view of the blank ceiling was replaced by Ed’s room – her underwear; his discarded clothes; crumpled sheets; and beside her in bed, the exhausted and content body of her illicit lover. But rather than be happy, he sighed when he finally saw Dina face him. “I suppose you’re gonna leave now?” Ed asked.
“No, I’m gonna stick around and say hi to Shaun!” Dina replied in a sarcastic tone. Ed smiled, but Dina could tell he was hurt. “Look, Ed, this is never gonna happen again. I shouldn’t even have visited you today.”
“Then why did you?”
“I don’t know! One second I was walking away from my house and the next I was in front of yours, my feet just brought me here.”
“And did your feet tell you to come inside for woohoo too?” Now Ed was the one being sarcastic.
“I don’t know who told me to do that.” Dina sighed, and stood up.
“But let me guess, it wasn’t you?” Dina couldn’t stand Ed’s puppy-dog eyes, and ran back into the bathroom without answering him. She couldn’t answer him. For some reason when she knew Nina was back at home trying for a baby with Don, something inside of her snapped. Like it did when she found out the two were engaged. She felt affection from Ed and took it too far, and now she felt guilty for cheating on Mortimer and leading Ed on. Picking up where she had left off, Dina showered, got dressed, but didn’t see Ed again until she was walking away from his house, when she looked back over her shoulder and saw him through the large windows of the house, dejectedly walking up the staircase. She hoped this would be the last time she saw him.

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