Chapter Thirteen

Axle answered the knock on his door to Finn, Shorts, Zundapp, and a worse-for-wear deCarteran. "Let me guess," he said. "He needs fixin' up."

"And a place to stay until we can relocate him under proper witness protection procedure," Finn added.

After another look, Axle asked, "One of Montgomery's?"

"Formerly, but I think he bit off more than he could chew." deCarteran nodded as a silent way to confirm the theory. Axle nodded in understanding and moved to the side to allow the four to enter. He directed Finn and Shorts to the proper placement of deCarteran in his garage, and then he watched as Zundapp, Shorts, and Finn drove out the front door.

They exchanged the usual pleasantries, and Axle closed the door behind them. It was a little after noon, but he could tell, based on the extent of the car's injuries, that he would be up all night.


Lexie and Alex drove out of the movie theater talking excitedly about the most recent showing and laughing at the parts they found utterly hilarious and worth talking about and laughing over again and again. They came to a slow, almost reluctant stop in the parking lot. "Wow," Lexie whispered when she recovered herself from a laughing fit. "I had a good time."

"I...I'm glad you think so," he said, looking away like a nervous wreck. He rolled back slightly, and she smiled. He looked back at her and blushed.

"Don't just idle there," Finn said from beside them and about ten feet away. "Kiss her."

Lexie and Alex blinked and then looked at Finn, who gave them both an expectant look. Lexie turned back to Alex, and soon, he responded in kind. Then, on impulse, she rolled forward and kissed him on the lips. He jumped and then relaxed, his eyes fluttering closed. The kiss deepened, and Lexie let out a surprised moan.

She hesitated for a moment before pulling away. She cleared her throat and backed up a little to stare at the asphalt without risking staring at anything on Alex's front bumper. "Oh, uh, well..." Alex said, looking around at everything he could except Lexie.

Finn chuckled and said, "Well, I've had my say, so I'll leave you two alone. Enjoy the rest of your evening."

"You, too," Lexie replied. They nodded to each other, and Finn drove out of the parking lot. Lexie and Alex looked at each other, and both of them were red in the face. "One more time? You're a good kisser, you know." Alex smiled and kissed her again.