Slick shot a glare back towards Johnny. "Hey! I didn't know I'd be having an overnight. I'm having to use the soap that's already here. It's disgusting! I wish I'd brought my body wash!"
Johnny cocked his head to the side. Good to know, he thought as he filed that nugget of information away.
Armando paused, setting his fork down.
Butterfingers scoffed. "No!" he said awkwardly, pulling the sheets off the bed.
Slick cringed with embarrassment. "NO!" he stuttered. "I don't... I mean... I'm not... I mean... I didn't know you were in here, Remmy!" Turning red, he turned and hurried from the room.
Johnny's shoulders slumped with relief. That had been close. Too close. Pulling back out his cell phone, he checked the message Bianca had sent, "Romeo wants to see you."
"Just talking about some stuff from Appaloosa Plains," Slick said dismissively.
Big Louie gave him the stink eye and then turned to glare at Butterfingers before taking his leave.
As Big Louie walked off, Butterfingers released the breath he was holding. "Why'd you tell him that, Slick? We were talking about who might be the snitch!"
Slick shook his head, "We need to keep it on the down low. Our little secret..."
"Acting like what?" Bambi asked, facing her.
"Don't you want to be your own person? To not have to be at the beck and call of someone?" she asked with mounting frustration. She'd seen her mom flit from boyfriend to boyfriend and had told herself when she was young that she would never live like that.
Bambi turned her back on Red and smiled sweetly at Slick. "Oh nothing. Just girl stuff," she simpered.
Red grit her teeth and grabbed another drink. She would just look like a jealous shrew if she said anything now. But she wouldn't forget...
The afternoon dragged on for everyone in the Warehouse under unofficial house arrest. by the crime boss, Big Louie.
"Just grabbed the paper," he said, holding it up for her to see. God, he hoped she bought it.
Bambi wiggled a finger in his face. "Oh, come on, you can't fool me! You slipped out!"
"Keep it down!" Johnny said, grabbing her finger and shoving it away from his face.
"Was it one of the blondes from the disco?" Bambi asked eagerly, fairly bouncing up and down in anticipation of juicy gossip.
What the hell... how did everyone know about that night? he thought irritably. "Look, Bambi," he said, starting to dodge her questions.
Bubblegum girl? Johnny shook his head, not even trying to figure that out. "Why? You friends with them?" he asked nonchalantly.
Bambi shook her head. "No, I just seen them when I was with Big Louie. That one girl was maaaad at you, you naughty boy!" She looked around and turned back to him. "You know, Remmy, you don't have to leave if you want a good time," she purred.
"You seen either of those girls around?" Johnny asked, trying to change the subject back to Mackenzie.
Now it was Bambi's turn to look at him peculiarly. "Why would I? I said I wasn't friends with them!"
Johnny shook his head. "Yeah, duh, of course," he trailed off. "Look, let's just keep this on the down low. My girl's man wouldn't take kindly to hearing that she was messing around on him."
"Oh! Of course not, Remmy! It'll be our little secret!" Bambi said, sliding her hand onto his leg.
She smiled as Remmy jumped up and away from her. Red didn't know the half of what she was missing!
She was fairly certain it wasn't one of her men. Slick and Butterfingers didn't have enough brains between the both of them to be a snitch. There was that suspicious new guy, though... what was his name? Weasel? She'd have to keep her eye on him...