"Why? Why are you doing this to me?" Alfie's words sounded so far away.
Liza was in such a fog. What was happening?
She didn't really like chicken. But the wine..it was sublime. She'd never had anything quite like it.
Suddenly, she was so happy. Like euphoria. She supposed. Maybe.
For a while, she couldn't stop laughing, but now..where was she? What happened?
Her eyes fluttered as she stared at the bathroom ceiling.
She winced. She felt the sting of his hand across her face.
"What are you doing!" The slap stung so. She squinted harder, trying to push Alfie back, but instead she bolted for the toilet and suddenly spewed what was in her stomach.
"Good." Alfie sighed, pulling her hair back. "I thought I was going to have to take you to the emergency room. Just wasn't sure how you were covered on insurance."
She felt very bad. She looked at him as if this was all his fault. But they were in her bathroom.
"You, OK?" His dark eyes were innocent enough. Like he might be this cartoon that came to life and knew nothing of what some guys might do in a situation like this. "I'm really sorry. I just thought..you would..." He blew a breath as he sat on the bathroom floor with her, as if they might be discussing the math of bath tiles. "My God woman, you drink like a sailor. Whats the matter with you?"
Liza swelled a frown. She felt so cold. Goosebumps spread across her arms.
"Maybe, its all over now." Alfie got himself up to get her some water from the bathroom faucet. "But I can stay. Just in case. On the couch." He almost tripped over her.
She only nodded. She guessed he could.
"But if you want to go to the hospital and get checked out?" He shrugged.
She looked at him as if he didn't need, too.
"OK." He sighed. "I'll be right out here. And if you don't come out in ..lets say 10 minutes, and I come in here, finding you unconscious. You're going to the hospital."
She nodded. Hopefully, it wouldn't come to that. But she needed help off the floor.
"Thanks for not letting me get drunk tonight." Alfie sighed. Of course, that didn't make her feel any better. Although, she could put a check on her list of things she had never done before. Getting drunk.