She gasped at the human form she encountered upon sliding open the door. As she moved closer she blinked. \u201cLorenzo,\u201d she asked, shocked. \u201cAre you all
right,\u201d she called out softly. Still he didn\u2019t stir. \u201cIf you\u2019re playing me,\u201d she said, moving closer to him. \u201cSo help me God...\u201d she said, as she loomed over him. A
gasp escaped her mouth as her eyes drifted over him. He wasn\u2019t fooling around. Lorenzo\u2019s hair was dirty, matted. He had several days\u2019 growth of beard and
his skin was sallow. His breathing was shallow and he hadn\u2019t moved since she\u2019d shown up. \u201cDamn you,\u201d she said to herself as she cursed the situation. She
wondered now if it were fate that led her to taking Elizabeth\u2019s divorce case; to agreeing to come to the house and collect the rest of her things. Was it
sheer morbid curiosity or a deep-seeded sense that he was in trouble? Why had she bothered to open this door? She shook her head. The why of the
situation no longer mattered. What mattered was that the duty had now fallen upon her to extricate him from the situation. And she realized it needed
to be done before whoever was imprisoning him happened to return.
\u201cWake up,\u201d she said. He stirred. \u201cLorenzo,\u201d she hissed. She poked him in the ribs. \u201cUnless you want to wind up like Luis, I suggest you stand up now,\u201d she said. He opened his eyes but they weren\u2019t focusing. Inasmuch as she claimed to hate this man, she viewed him much the same as she would a wounded dog in the street: as much as she tried to be indifferent, she just couldn't do it. Alexis knew he required help. "Lorenzo," she said. He stirred but did not rise. "OK," she said, talking to herself as much as to him. "We've got to get you up, get you out of here. But how? You're not exactly walking... you're clearly still blind... and Carly or whoever put you in here might return at any second. Help me out here." His lead lolled to the side and she rolled her eyes. "Great," she said, blowing the bangs out of her eyes. "Just great". "All right," she said, tugging on him. She decided they could leave the cane and the sunglasses. "Please," she said. "Please stand up and come with me".
She dragged him to his feet and he staggered, half-awake. "Lean into me," she commanded, guiding him out of the room. She clicked the remote behind her and watched as the door sealed shut. "All right," she said. "We're almost there". She was nearly out of breath and Lorenzo wasn't doing much better. She got him to the SUV, dragged him inside, put the key in the ignition and took off. She wasn\u2019t planning on leaving any trace that she\u2019d been there, and that included time spent trying to decide where to go.
said, talking to herself. \u201cHow hard can it be?\u201d
Several Hours Later...
Alexis could not begin to describe the torture that was the last several hours. Simply getting him up to her apartment was tough enough. Hiding him when
She\u2019s put Kristina down -- her daughter\u2019s well-being was her primary concern. Alexis assumed that bathing Lorenzo wouldn\u2019t be all that different from
bathing her daughter. She\u2019d set him in the tub; splash some water about and pull him out. However the difference between Lorenzo and Kristina was about a
hundred and fifty pounds, five feet, and a whole lot of issues around modesty. She\u2019d set about putting him in the tub in his under things; and getting him
into said under things had been a task in and of itself. It was like a cross between undressing a petulant child or a drunken college roommate: it became
increasingly problematic once she admitted the approval with which she regarded the body she was undressing.
After several moments of Lorenzo\u2019s disorientation, slipping further and further under the water, she realized the only way to fix this was to actually slip
into the tub with him. She told herself this was nothing more than a means to an end; a practical solution to an impractical problem. Unfortunately telling
herself that, and remembering it when she slipped into the tub with him were two entirely different things. She wished she kept a bathing suit in the
bathroom, but she didn\u2019t, and was hesitant to take the time she would need to go rifling through her bedroom drawers in order to dig one up. If he drowned
because she was looking for a bikini she\u2019d never forgive herself. She reasoned the situation out and decided to simply suck it up and do this.
Alexis shed her clothes and slipped into the tub in her under things, rolling her eyes the whole time. \u201cThis is not even happening,\u201d she thought to herself as
she gingerly picked up the sponge and reached towards the shower gel. With an evil smile she bypassed the mint-smelling cleanser, and instead grabbed the
pink bottle. \u201cLorenzo deserves to wake up from his stupor smelling like a girl,\u201d she thought with a grin as she lathered up the sweet pea gel. For a moment
she considered painting his nails too but decided that was probably the one thing that would push him from being grateful for the rescue to actually wanting
to murder her again. As she soaped around his boy parts and watched as they shape-shifted, she noted that for all Carly had done to him, she hadn\u2019t
rendered him incapable of...proving his masculinity.
As she realized she was going to have to shave him, she wondered the best way to accomplish it. He seemed to be slightly more in-tune with his surroundings
than earlier, but still completely unable to hold a razor on his own. \u201cI deserve hazard pay for this,\u201d she thought to herself as she pushed him into the water
and lowered his face to her lap. She smiled again as she lathered up her raspberry ripple \u201cJust For Girls\u201d shaving lotion and reached for her trusty razor
that had last been used on her bikini line. \u201cThis is gonna be fun,\u201d she realized as she raised the blade to his face. After she\u2019d finished his shave she admired
her handiwork for perhaps a moment too long, running her hand across the smooth plane of his face. He opened his eyes at her gentle touch and she felt her
heart break a little as his eyes, beautiful as they were, weren\u2019t focusing on her. \u201cIt\u2019s OK,\u201d she said, trying to soothe him. \u201cWe\u2019re almost done,\u201d she said,
stepping out of the tub and reaching for a towel. She leaned him against the edge of the tub and wrapped herself in an oversized bath sheet. Alexis reached
into the cupboard beneath the sink and extricated a toothbrush. She cracked open the plastic package and reached for the toothpaste. Again she stifled a
laugh as she wondered what Lorenzo would think if she knew his teeth were being brushed with Kermit the Frog bubblegum-flavored toothpaste? She
imagined he would not be nearly as amused as she was at this moment.
When she was finished playing dental hygienist and his face was cleaned of any errant toothpaste remnants she realized it was time to get him out of the
tub and into bed. She realized, with a frown, that he would be spending the night in her bed, for lack of a better place to put him. \u201cAt least he\u2019s still out of
it,\u201d she thought to herself. She doubted he would be much trouble this way. She helped him out of the tub, encouraging him to lean his wet, naked, and
highly appealing body into her own. She covered him reluctantly and wondered what he would prefer to sleep in. Alexis helped him to her room and deposited
him onto the bed as best as she could. He still didn\u2019t seem to have an awareness of where he was, and for that she was glad. She found a pair of drawstring
gray jogging shorts in a drawer left over from her pregnancy. She slipped them onto him triumphantly and rolled him so that she could extricate the towel
from beneath him. Once she had it she hung it on the back of the chair to dry. Alexis placed her hands on her hips and surveyed her bed sharer. She fought
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