The next Tuesday rolled
around, and Simon dreaded having to see Paula. When he arrived at the studio,
he went straight to his dressing room and shut the door, but it wasn’t long before he heard a knock.
“Simon, I know you’re
locked. I’m coming in.”
Paula opened the door
to see Simon sitting on his couch staring at the floor. She shut the door behind
her and walked up to him.
sorry. I really didn’t think you’d be this hurt.”
“Listen, I really
don’t feel like talking to you about this.”
“Well, I wanted
to let you know that my mom’s getting better.”
“Simon, stop being
such a jerk!”
“I’m the jerk,
Paula?! I’m the jerk?! You
used me! Did you ever stop and think about how I felt for a second?! Did you ever stop and think maybe, just maybe, I was falling for you?!
I’m not the jerk Paula!”
“Just shut up, Paula.”
“I just can’t
afford to get hurt right now.”
“Whatever. Get out.”
Paula left and slammed
the door behind her. Both judges were extremely cold to one another during the
show that night. Everyone knew that something must have happened, but nobody
knew what. After the show, Simon left the table as quickly as possible and went
to his dressing room.
Simon grabbed his things
quickly and rushed out to his car. When he was just about to leave, he realized
he left his cell phone in his dressing room. He quickly ran back in to get it
and wasn’t paying much attention to where he was going. He ran right into
Paula, who must have been on her way out.
“Simon, I was looking
for you after the show.”
“I don’t really
want to talk to you.”
walk away from me. Did you mean it when you said you were falling for me?”
“Have I ever been
known to lie, Paula?”
“Well, I guess I
just wanted to say that I’m kind of falling for you too. I’m just
scared, you know? Everyone I’ve ever loved has hurt me.”
know me well enough to know that I would never hurt you?”
“Simon, up until
a few weeks ago, I hardly knew you at all.”
“Listen, Paula. I will never hurt you. Just trust me
“I do trust you.”
“Does that mean
you’re willing to be in a relationship right now?”
“That depends. I haven’t been asked yet.”
going to make this easy for me, are you?”
“That would take
all the fun out of it.”
“Fine, will you
be my girlfriend?”
Simon was growing impatient.
kidding! Of course I’ll be your girlfriend,” Paula replied before
standing on her tiptoes to give Simon a kiss. The kiss grew more passionate,
and neither of them really remembered they were still standing in the hallway of the American Idol studio.
a rather high-pitched voice.
Simon immediately pulled
away. “Seacrest,” he said in acknowledgement.
“Since when did
“Well, kinda just
now,” Paula replied.
“I gotta go tell
Ryan went running back
down the hallway in the same direction he had come from.
run and grab my cell phone,” Simon told Paula. “Come with me. You
don’t want to be here when Seacrest gets back.”
Simon and Paula went to
Simon’s dressing room. Simon grabbed his cell phone and headed toward the
door the door. Before he got there, Paula stepped in front of him and locked
“Paula, what are
interrupted right before she threw him on the couch.
you want to do this here?”
she replied, already beginning to take his shirt off. Paula just sat their staring
at his chest for a minute. ‘Damn,’ she thought to herself, ‘he’s
Simon started while tugging on her shirt. “Your turn.”
Paula giggled as she slipped
her own shirt over her head. This time it was Simon’s turn to stare, and
stare he did. He fumbled for a second with her bra clasp, but finally got it
Knock. Knock. Knock.
“You have got to
be kidding me,” Simon thought out loud.
“Guys, the doors
locked! Why did you lock the door?” came Ryan’s voice through the
“Why do you think
the door is locked, Seacrest? Go away!” Simon shouted, now thoroughly angry.
“Simon, maybe we
should stop,” Paula said.
“I don’t think
so. You started this,” he said motioning to his obvious arousal, “and
you are going to finish it.”
“But Simon, you
do realize that if Ryan knows what we’re doing, everyone in the entire building will know in about a matter of five
minutes, and we’re going to have about thirty people listening in from outside that door.”
“What makes you
think that I care if people listen?”
“Fine, get your
Both quickly put their
shirts back on, and Simon angrily opened the door to a very giddy Ryan Seacrest.
“Thanks Ryan. Thanks a lot,” Simon said coldly. He
quickly took Paula’s hand and ushered her out to his car.
Both were equally impatient
on the ride back to Simon’s place. When they finally got there, Paula had
to go to the bathroom. Seeing that he had a minute, Simon decided to listen to his messages.
“Hey, Simon, this
“Hey, dawg, this
is Randy. I was just wondering…”
“Hey, Simon, this
is Michael. Just wanted to remind you that you have three more weeks. Three more weeks until I’m fifty thousand dollars richer.”
Simon thought out loud.
“What was that about?”
Paula asked, apparently done in the bathroom.
“That? Oh, it’s nothing. Just, um, work stuff. Let’s go upstairs.”
Paula looked at him seductively and slapped his butt before chasing him upstairs, where they spent the whole night having
really great sex.