"Well, did you have a good time?" Ann asked when I arrived back at our apartment. She was dressed in her favorite night clothes; an over-sized tee shirt and a pair of her cotton panties, ready for bed.
"Yeah, I did," I answered, plopping down on the couch. "Like you said it was good for me to get away and do something besides think about my dad."
"I'm glad you had a good time," Ann said. "What did you talk about? The studios, makeup, and all?"
I smiled. "Yeah. We're gonna go mountain climbing together in Colorado. We'll go, that is, if you will stay here and run the gym," I said.
Ann shrugged. "Sure, I can do that. I'll take care of the place for you and you won't have to worry about someone ripping you off."
"I'll feel better if you do that for me because I can trust you."
"When do you plan to go mountain climbing?"
"Soon," I said. "I'll let you know in plenty of time so you can make your plans."
"I think that's great to have a friend to go mountain climbing with. You two should have a blast."
"Yeah," I agreed already planning in my mind how I would go about killing the men whose names appeared on the list. I climbed into bed my mind going over the different faces I could have using makeup. I could become a totally different person, I reminded myself. I looked forward to Victor teaching me all about makeup so that I could learn to makeup myself.
I finally drifted off to sleep.
The next day I called Victor and told him the plan was a 'go'. I suggested we get together and figure out what disguise I would use or perhaps a disguise that we could both use. The choice would be up to him.
"Come on over and we'll get on that right now," Victor said. "The coffee's brewing."
When I arrived Victor had fresh hot coffee and warm pastries for us both. We sat in his kitchen area that was just off the porch enclosed in glass squares. Ivy crept up the sides for some privacy but it was almost like sitting outside in a secret garden.
"I'm gonna show you a lot about makeup and maybe you can come up with some ideas for yourself who you'd like to be," Victor said.
We went to another room in his house down the hall from the kitchen. "This is my makeup table and mirror. It's professional. I could makeup anyone right here in my house." There was a long mirror towering above a table with rows of light bulbs on each side of the mirror. He had makeup chests filled with various kinds of makeup that he used which were stored neatly beneath the makeup table. Each makeup chest was marked differently to show its contents.
"This one is marked 'FX', for special effects makeup," Victor explained. I keep foam latex, plastic skin, fake noses, eyes, ears, teeth, etc. I keep bushy eyebrows in there too.
"Here is where I keep my wigs," he said pointing to a chest marked 'Wigs'. "I have old man/woman wigs, long or short hair for either sex, different color wigs, beards, moustaches, and other good stuff in the wig department.
"I have enough makeup at my disposal in these chests to make any type of character you would ever decide to be," Victor said proudly.
"Here is the regular makeup for most movies and television actors," he said pointing to an open chest sitting up on the counter marked 'TV/Film'. "I figured we would start with the simple stuff first and then get into the bizarre."
"Sounds good to me" excited with the possibilities of learning how to use and apply makeup. "Which makeup will we use on our first trip? Have any characters in mind?"
"No, but let's not worry about that now. We'll think of something when we get back to Jersey. Whatever we come up with will be the right disguise. We can't plan our makeup now because we don't know the situation.
"But first," Victor said changing the subject, "we have to have fake IDs, driver's licenses and credit cards."
"Oh, yeah?" I said. Details, details, I reminded myself. I would have to remember all the details. Thank God I had Victor to help remind me.
"Yeah, and, we have to go to Mexico to get those. We can go down to Tijuana and get it all done in a day."
"You know where to get all that stuff?" I asked.
"Yeah. One phone call after we get down there. That's all it takes, then we go pick up whatever we need. When can you go?"
I had to back off a minute to think. Things were moving so fast I didn't want to make a mistake. I had Ann to consider when making my plans. I didn't want to take advantage of her and I didn't want her to know what we were up to. I would have to handle the situation delicately.
"I'll have to do some creative tap dancing around the truth when I get home," I replied.
"Meaning you'll have to lie," Victor said a gleam in his eyes.
"Little white ones," I nodded with a grin. "I'll get on that right now," I said and left.
When I got back home I did tell that white lie; one of which would later turn into several.
"Victor and I are going to Mexico to get some mountain climbing equipment," I related casually not looking directly at her. Most women can tell when you're lying and Ann was no exception. Women seem to have a sixth sense about them that can decipher the truth from all the bullshit that men hand them; myself no exception.
I waited for her answer.
"Oh, okay," she said putting the finishing touches on making the bed. "When are you going?"
She must not have been paying close attention--because she bought it!
"Oh, we'll leave today; get down there, do our business and get back," I said the taste of authentic Mexican food already at the edges of my mouth. "We want to take care of all the small details, buying equipment and all, and then we can go climbing. You can get things much cheaper in Mexico." I tried to sound enthusiastic about such an event, and at the same time, I wanted to sound like I really knew what I was talking about. Mountain climbing was not included in my sports education at UCLA and I would have to do some homework on my own to learn more about the subject.