They sat there in dead silence, like two strangers in a coffee bar. Rita twiddled her thumbs, her
mind wandering. Seconds ticked away. Then she panted and gasped for air as if she had just run up
seven flights of stairs. Her composure, regained after the initial shock, was suddenly shattered again
when she realized that the secrets behind her boyfriend’s hit television show, was, in fact, not the
elephant in the room.
“Oh my God!” She cried, anxious now for clarification on the real nature of Carlton’s
interaction with Susan.
“You know, I don’t think that some things are better left unsaid,” she breathed. “The
circumstances suggest a cover-up.”
“It just happened, Rita, what can I say?” Carlton said in a low voice. “It was never my intention
for us to hook up.”
Rita’s eyes blazed at his cryptic admission of a fling. “You had sex with her?”
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