Lucas knew how to throw one hell of a party! Margot came in and started cooking before noon; beer and liquor were delivered shortly after that and Lucas and Glory stocked the two fridges and some coolers ready for their guests.
By the time everyone started arriving at 3, Glory was dressed in a pretty, flared blue dress that brought out her eyes perfectly! Lucas stuck to jeans and a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
It felt like everyone arrived all at once. One minute the house was empty; the next it was full of people! Lucas introduced Glory to so many people, they were all a blur! The only ones who stood out were Anna and Chris Pratt, who Glory ended up gravitating to whenever she was at loose ends, which wasn’t often. Lucas was a very attentive host and boyfriend and made sure she was rarely on her own.
When Robert Downie Jr. made an appearance, Glory was beside herself. She had been a big fan of his for many, many years, well before Iron Man hit screens! It took her a few minutes to get her courage up to go and talk to him. When she did, though, she found him to be very personable and sweet. He hadn’t planned on staying for more than a quick beer, so her visit with him was short but memorable.
She found Lucas after he left and shone her best fangirl smile at him.
“You used to reserve that smile for me,” Lucas said, sadly.
“You get much more than a fangirl smile from me now, love,” Glory said, and tiptoed to kiss him sweetly on the lips.
“True,” he said, putting an arm around her. “Are you having fun?”
“This is a blast!” she said, taking a sip of her beer. “Thank you so much. I was worried that I’d be so alone in LA; the only person I’d know would be you. Now I seem to have lots of friends.”
“No problem, babe.” He pointed to where Anna was talking to another woman. “Anna is waving you over,” he said.
So Glory went to see what Anna wanted and the rest of the evening flew by. The few people that were left by midnight were clustered around the fire-pit on the patio overlooking the ocean. It was a little chilly, so sweaters and blankets were in use and the conversation was quiet as they all wound down for the night.
As Chris and Anna were leaving, Chris said, “You guys are cute together. About time you had someone to warm your bed, Wolfe. I was starting to wonder about you…”
“Wonder what? If I might be gay? You were hoping, ya big fifi,” Lucas said, jokingly, pinching his friend’s ass.
“Nah, we thought maybe you’d given up,” Anna put in.
“Never,” Lucas said, pulling his friend into a hug.
By 2 am, it was just Lucas and Glory around the fire. They sat for a little bit, talking over the party; who she had met, who she had missed meeting, who might be around next time.
She sat next to him quietly for a moment. “It is a very exciting life you lead, my boy,” she said, finally.
“Not really. They’re just people; nothing special, once you get past the fangirl stage,” Lucas said. He was tired and more than a little bit drunk.
“Like you? Nothing special?” Glory stopped for a moment to think about that. “I beg to differ.” Glory was a little bit drunk, too.
“Come on, let’s crash. We can take care of this in the morning.” He indicated the beer bottles and glasses strewn around the patio.
Their bed felt mighty fine. Neither of them even bothered to get undressed.
But it wasn’t all party time. Glory started back to work on Monday and Lucas had lots to do as well. Over the next few months, they settled into a comfortable routine. Lucas was usually able to stay in town, but when he had to travel, Glory would try to arrange to go with him and work remotely. As long as she had advance notice, she could usually swing it.
The first time Lucas couldn’t take her with him, she stayed alone in the house with Cooper, which worked out better than she had hoped. Cooper was attentive and rarely left her in a room on her own. Lucas was only away for two nights and his return home was very welcome, but Glory knew that she’d feel much more comfortable now if he had to leave her alone.
Then Film Festival Season started, and many nights, after working all day, she’d come home to get dressed up to accompany Lucas to a premiere or a party or an event. There was also a lot of travelling to other city’s festivals…Sundance, TIFF (where she was able to have an extended weekend with her family), Cannes (she’d never been to France before, so this one was a thrill!). No matter where Lucas went publicly now, she was on his arm. No more hiding in the shadows!
She spent some time with Ilaria setting up her wardrobe so that her outfits would complement Lucas’. She had never been into fashion too much, which was fine with Ilaria! That meant she could try different ideas out on her, using up-and-coming designers who hadn’t made a name for themselves yet.
The months passed quickly and soon they were looking at Hallowe’en party invitations! Turns out, actors love to dress up for Hallowe’en, so almost every invitation was for a costume party. Glory was excited! She loved Hallowe’en more than any other holiday!
She and Lucas decided to go as Greasers to the parties. They were simple costumes, but fun to act the parts. Lucas, who still smoked occasionally, even had a cigarette pack to roll up in his t-shirt sleeve!
Their first costume party was hosted by Anna and Chris at a bar. It was a magical night! She and Lucas even lip-synched to ‘Better Shape Up.’ from Grease to much laughter and applause!
At the end of the night, as they were leaving, there was a small crowd of fans outside waiting for them. The location of the party and some of the attendees had leaked onto the internet. As they walked towards their waiting car, there were shouts of “Lucas! Lucas!” prompting him to smile and wave as several flashes went off around them.
Just before they got into the car, though, one call caught Glory’s attention. There was a man at the edge of the crowd and he called her name. She stopped for a moment and looked in his direction before Lucas pushed her into the car. He wasn’t in the mood for fans after partying all night.
Glory was looking out the back window as they pulled away, trying to catch a glimpse of the man who had called her name when Lucas asked, “Who was that guy?” He was also twisted around in his seat to try to pick the man out of the crowd.
Glory tore her eyes away from the back window with difficulty. “I have no idea,” she said, but something about his face tugged at her memory.
“Your hands are freezing, babe,” Lucas said, taking both of her hands into his to warm them up. He glanced out the back window again, but they had turned the corner so there was nothing to see.