When Simon arrived to
pick Paula up the next day, he suspected that she might be upset. He had no idea
how right he would be.
On the ride over to the
hospital, he tried to keep conversation going, but Paula would not cooperate.
“So… how was
“Did you sleep well?”
“Paula, please talk
not,” Paula finally spoke up.
“No, really I am. I just knew how vulnerable you were and didn’t think it was the right time.”
“Shut up, Simon.”
talk about something else. So… what do you think of the contestants on
Back to silence.
“Do you have a favorite?”
Simon felt like he was
talking to a wall.
“I like Kelly. Justin and Tamyra are pretty good, too,” Simon offered.
Simon thought Paula was
always willing to talk about the contestants. He gave up. There was no point in trying to talk to her. She clearly wasn’t
up for it.
When they arrived at the
hospital, Paula got out of the car and went straight in, not even waiting for Simon.
Running to catch up with her, Simon couldn’t hold his frustration in any longer.
shouted, grabbing her arm and pulling her to face him. “Listen, I know
you’re upset right now, but you asked me to come here with you! You need
to get over what happened last night! I was being respectful. Obviously, you can’t see that, but you just need to get a hold of yourself!”
Paula couldn’t take
any more. She practically fell into Simon and started bawling.
Simon. I’m sorry I took it out on you, but I don’t know what to do.”
Simon felt terrible for
the way he had acted. He stood there holding her and rubbing her back for several
“Are you sure you
can do this?” Simon asked Paula.
“I have to Simon. You said it yourself. She needs me right
Simon wiped her tears
off of her face, and she plastered on a fake smile. As soon as they were instructed
what room to go to, they were on their way.
Simon was surprised at
how quickly Paula seemed to have recovered from her little episode earlier. The
entire way to the room, Paula remained calm and collected.
When they spotted her
room, their pace suddenly slowed dramatically. It was like when you watch a movie,
and they always show the big moment in slow motion, but this was real life, and they really were going that slow. At one point Simon had wondered if they had stopped entirely, but after their long trek to the room, they
were finally there.
The entire act Paula had
put on the whole way to the room was dropped immediately. The sight of her mother
in a hospital bed did her in. She walked over to her mother’s bed and started
bawling again, and, without her head pressed tightly against Simon’s chest, there was no way to quiet her uncontrollable
They stayed at the hospital
for about an hour. For an hour, Paula cried next to her mother’s bed. For an hour, Simon sat uncomfortably in a chair, wishing he could help the situation. For an hour, Paula’s mother did not wake up.
They had been instructed not to wake her, so she slept the whole time.
Finally, Paula turned
to Simon, “I can’t stay here anymore.”
“I understand darling.”
Simon helped Paula walk
back out to the parking lot. Now, he suddenly he wished he had just let her drive
home last night. She probably would have been a better driver then than she would
“Darling, why don’t
you come to my house for a little while, and then I can drop you by the studio to pick up your car later.”
When they got to Simon’s
house, they decided to watch a movie. Figuring a comedy might lighten the mood
a little bit, Simon chose Super Troopers.
When the movie ended,
Simon went to put his glass from his drink in the kitchen. Paula sat alone for a few moments in the living room, but then decided she needed to go to the bathroom.
Walking up to the bathroom,
Paula didn’t even notice the light was on. She opened the door and walked
in to see Simon there.
Paula screamed while she slammed the door shut.
When Simon came out of
the bathroom, he found Paula laying on her stomach on the couch, face buried in a pillow.
Simon started while he knelt down beside her, “you don’t have to be embarrassed.”
Paula turned her
face towards Simon. The two stared into each other’s eyes for what seemed
like the longest time, and this time Simon made the first move. He leaned in
to kiss her. Paula eagerly kissed him back.
This time, Simon couldn’t stop himself. He carried her up to his
bedroom, where they finally had sex.