“To Love / To Be in Love”
After a tough year, Susan and her family were finally able to move back to the house they called home. She thought it was an occasion that called for a little gathering with her old friends; the Solis and Scavo couples were already at the residence, joined a few minutes later by Bree.
Husbands were sitting in the living room talking about football while housewives where in the kitchen sharing some gossip. The amusing conversation was interrupted by the doorbell. Susan announced that she would get it, placing her glass of wine on the kitchen counter on her way out of the kitchen.
Minutes later, Susan went back to the kitchen with an unexpected guest next to her, leaving the housewives wordless.
“Susan, can I talk to you for a minute?” Bree requested, flashing her white smile at her friend. “In private,” she added, grabbing the brunette by the arm and guiding her outside the kitchen area, leaving the other two housewives in the kitchen in charge of keeping Susan’s surprising guest company.
“What were you thinking?” Bree couldn’t believe it. “Katherine is going to kill you!” Bree had her arms in the air. “And I’m not going to stop her.”
“Oh, please, that was a long time ago.” Susan referred to Katherine’s affair with the blonde standing inside her kitchen. “She dated Mike too, and I don’t see you lecturing me about it.” Susan rolled her eyes, trying to make a point.
“First of all, Mike is your husband,” Bree pointed out, “and second, she’s already over Mike.”
“Oh,” Susan let out, still not grasping Bree’s argument. “Oh my God.” Susan finally understood where Bree was coming from.
“Why would you invite her?” Bree couldn’t understand.
“I ran into her the other day and you know I was so excited about moving back in that I had to invite her,” Susan explained guiltily.
The Mayfairs made it to the gathering as Bree and Susan talked. Adam and Katherine greeted the gentlemen who were relaxing on the living room couch and then Katherine announced that she was going over to the kitchen to say hi to the girls.
“What’s up?” Katherine found Bree and Susan on her way to the kitchen.
“Not much,” Susan replied dreading her premature death and making Katherine wonder what was wrong with her friend.
“Susan, Gaby wants to-” Robin started but abruptly stopped herself after noticing the redhead standing there.
“Robin.” Katherine was not expecting to see her there.
“Susan, let’s see what Gaby wants.” Bree broke the silence between them and pushed Susan back to the kitchen, giving the ex-lovers some privacy.
“I always loved how that top looked on you,” Robin complimented Katherine. The redhead was wearing a white top with a deep V-neck cut and some blue stamps. “It highlights your freckles.” Robin had always had a fascination for Katherine’s freckles.
Meanwhile, a few feet away from them, the husbands where admiring Robin’s physical attributes from afar.
“Did you remember her being this hot?” Carlos wondered, taking some peanuts from the coffee table in front of him.
“That woman gets hotter every day,” Tom admitted, taking a sip from his drink. “What do you think, Mike?”
“I just can’t see her the way you do,” he admitted. “It’s too weird.”
“So you guys go to strip clubs often?” Adam asked, wondering how they had met his friend the stripper.
“No,” Tom said as if Lynette was listening to him. “She used to live here,” he explained to a clueless Adam.
“Oh.” Adam was amazed. “Be right back.” He left the guys sitting there with a smile on his face, anxious to let Katherine know he had met her old neighbor.
“I can totally see where you’re coming from,” Carlos sympathized with Mike, “and the picture is just too good to be true,” he added, hi-fiving Tom as they pictured Katherine and Robin together.
“Hey honey.” Adam interrupted the ladies’ conversation, leaning in for a kiss that Katherine avoided. “This is my friend the stripper,” he gladly announced, pointing out at Robin.
“What?” Katherine turned to face him, not understanding where he was coming from.
“The stripper from the bachelor party,” he explained. “The delightful stripper?”
“STOP calling her that!” Katherine snapped back, making Robin smiled to herself, aware the redhead knew how much she hated to be called that name.
“It’s a small world after all, huh?” Adam was still thrilled about the coincidence. He tried to put his arm around Katherine’s shoulder but she brushed him off. “This is perfect,” Adam noted leaving the two ladies behind him entering the kitchen not noticing neither Katherine’s rejection toward his affection or the awkward vibe among the three of them.
“He seems like a nice guy.” Robin smiled.
“You gave us your blessing?” Katherine was confused.
“Hey Susan, can I ask you a favor?” Adam requested, entering the kitchen where the remaining four housewives were talking.
“I know this is your party and all,” Adam started. “And I don’t want to steal your thunder or anything,” he explained, “but would you mind if I take a moment and propose to the woman I love?”
“Oh fucking Jesus,” Lynette thought out loud.
“Do you think that’s a good idea?” Bree asked, knowing this had drama written all over it.
“I think that would be great!” Susan snapped, not thinking about the circumstances and unable to say no.
“Susan…” Bree rolled her eyes.
“Thank you Susan.” Adam smiled. “I promise you can steal my thunder next time.” The doctor left the kitchen.
“What?” Susan wondered, noticing the three women looking at her. “I just couldn’t say no, he looked so excited.”
“Yes, and in a few minutes he’ll be humiliated.” Bree shook her head.
“C’mon,” Susan started, “Katherine gets engaged every ten minutes.”
“That’s actually Bree,” Gaby corrected her, earning a look from the redhead standing next to her.
“Do you mind if I borrow her for a moment?” Adam asked Robin, grabbing Katherine by her arm and interrupting the ex-lovers’ conversation once more. “Hey people, can I have your attention for a moment?” Adam asked out loud.
“What are you doing?” Katherine whispered to Adam, confused, as the three ladies emerged from the kitchen to witness the scene Susan had unintentionally evoked.
“Katherine, these past months had been the happiest of my life, and I want to keep them coming,” Adam started, taking Katherine’s hands as everybody listened. “Picturing myself with that never-ending happiness is driving me crazy. So I’m here right now asking you to make it happen, by being my wife.” Adam got down on one knee in front of the redhead. “Would you remarry me?”
The first thing Katherine did was look up and search for Robin, who was a few steps from the couple. With her olive green eyes filled with tears, the blonde smiled, turned around and left the property.
“Adam,” Katherine whispered. “Can we talk about this?” she asked, helping the doctor stand up and guiding him outside the house so they could have some privacy.
“Do you like my blouse?” Katherine asked him, already outside Susan’s house.
“Yeah, I guess.” Adam was confused, unsure what this had to do with his abrupt proposal.
“’Yeah,” Katherine echoed in a very calm tone. “What do you like about it?”
“Well, it looks good on you,” Adam offered as a reason.
“Good how?” Katherine asked, needing to make sure Adam could see her the same way Robin did. Her only answer was a shrug from Adam.
“I want you to know that I love you,” Katherine started.
“I love you too,” Adam smiled.
“Adam,” Katherine let a sigh loose. “You are the man of my life,” she admitted as she fought the tears welling up in her eyes.
“But?” Adam’s cheerful mood changed to a serious one.
“I haven’t been completely honest with you,” Katherine admitted. “After I came out of the hospital, I met this wonderful person. Someone that accepted me for who I was and assured me just with the look in those eyes that I wouldn’t be alone anymore, that I was understood for a change and genuinely cherished.”
“Oh.” Adam looked down.
“I couldn’t deal with the pressure of what people would think, so I decided to take this person with me on a little trip to Paris, so we could explore and figure out what we had,” Katherine continued.
“You went to Paris?” Adam blinked.
“I was falling hard for this person,” Katherine admitted, “But my mind was confused and unable to grasp the fact that it was for woman.”
“Wait, what?” Adam was confused, not understanding how his ex-wife had just stated that she was falling for another woman.
“So I broke up with her, and I’ve spent the last 8 months haunted by the mistake I made.”
“Robin.” Adam finally put all the pieces together of the puzzle he had been living for the past months.
“I want you to know, you are the man I want to want.” Katherine now had tears falling down her cheeks. “You have no idea how badly I wish I could.”
“But you’re in love with her,” Adam noted, now realizing the difference between loving him and being in love with her.
“I am,” Katherine admitted for the first time since she’d met Robin, with a smile growing on her face.
“Well, go find her.” Adam smiled back.
“Thank you for understanding.” Katherine kissed Adam one last time, turned around and started walking away. Standing in the middle of the street she turned back. “Adam?” she called out.
“She is the one with the moves.” Katherine winked, leaving Adam with his mouth hanging open as she walked away without once turning back.
With a heavy sigh, Adam made it back to the party. “What happened?” Gaby asked, dying to know the juicy details.
“She’s in love with the stripper.” Adam shrugged.
“I’m so so sorry.” Susan felt horrible for her indiscretions that were now causing pain to this man.
Robin was lost in her thoughts, tears falling down her pink cheeks as she swung on the lane’ park swing a few yards away from Susan’s house. No one was outside to witness her hurt but the round white moon and never-ending stars illuminating the dark sky.
Robin cautiously raised her eyes from the floor as she noticed the frame standing in front of her.
“I guess congratulations are in order,” Robin smiled shyly, meeting her green eyes with Katherine’s own.
“I’m not marrying him,” the redhead informed her as she squat down so she could meet the blonde’s eyes, reaching out and grabbing her hands to pull her up so she could stand. “I’m in love with someone else,” Katherine explained with a smile.
“May I know who the lucky person is?” Robin flirted with a smile, anticipating the answer.
Katherine just smiled back, pulling the blonde toward her by her waist and leaning in for a kiss, but Robin leaned back, evading the contact “I’m still a woman, you know?” The blonde teased.
“I don’t care,” Katherine confessed, shaking her head and finally touching her lips to Robin’s.