About two hours later Elaine quietly came back to the hotel room. Not as quietly as she had hoped though. Alex, who had been lying down on the couch, sat up and watched Elaine and she quietly shut the door behind her. "You're home early."
Elaine jumped, "Oh, yeah… well it was a- uh… one of those short dinner parties."
Alex laughed, "One of those 'short dinner parties'?"
He stood up, "So tell me, how was it?" he asked knowing that she hadn't gone.
Elaine stammered a bit, "It went, uh, well. I guess."
"Oh really? Doesn't sound like it." He persisted, seeing how long it would take her to admit she hadn't gone. He figured that if she had gone to the party that the man who called the hotel would have sent her away. Now things were getting extremely confusing. Why would she be saying she went?
"Well, I mean… I've had better times at parties before, but it wasn't bad." She began heading over to her adjoining room, but Alex stopped her, wanting to continue his quest to find out what was going on. "So what kind of food did they serve?" he asked.
Elaine bit her lip, "What kind of food?" she repeated then continued, "Um, it was… Viennese."
"I figured it would be." Finally he decided to tell her, "Elaine, your date called right after you left canceling. He said his wife was back in town and that he didn't want you to show up at the party."
Elaine's eyes grew wide and then she froze for a moment before she spoke, "He did?" She quietly inquired.
Alex nodded, "He did."
Elaine turned red as she sat down as she sighed, "Alright, I'll confess. I didn't go."
Alex sat down next to her. "Where have you been for the past couple hours?"
"I've just been walking around." She answered meekly.
"All by yourself?" Alex asked with concern in his voice.
"Elaine, is there something bothering you?"
Elaine shook her head, "No, I guess I'm just tired. This has been quite the vacation."
"It sure has been." Alex agreed. They were silent for a few seconds before Alex asked, "Can I ask you something?"
"Sure, what is it?" she asked curiously.
"I know it's none of my business but… did you know he was married? I only ask because I know how you feel about that."
Elaine thought a moment before she answered. She had known that her date was married, but she just wanted to make sure that she had plans—well a distraction. That's why she said yes despite her feelings towards going out with someone who was married. She was going to lie and say that she didn't, but Alex seemed to have this way of knowing instantly when she was lying. Or maybe she just wasn't as good of a liar as she thought. She took a deep breath and admitted shamefully, "Yes… I knew."
Alex gasped, "You did? What happened to your rule?" he asked very curiously.
She shook her head, "It was ignored."
"How come?" he began to feel like he was prying. He was prying, but now he was starting to feel bad about it.
Elaine didn't know how to answer. She wanted more than anything to tell Alex how she was really feeling. Part of the reason she didn't want to tell him now was because he was vulnerable seeing as his trip hadn't gone how he planned and she didn't want him to think she was taking advantage of him. But on the other hand she didn't know how else to answer. "Elaine?" Alex said after Elaine hadn't replied. She looked at him and knew that what she needed to say couldn't be put off another moment.