"So hey, are you guys partners?" Shelly asks, looking from Alec to Elliot.
"No." Elliot growls out at the same time Alec responds with a "Sure are" and then a hurt look because Elliot doesn't think he's partner material.
"Okay, cool." Shelly shoots Elliot a shit eating grin mostly hidden by his poker hand and turns to Alec. "So hey Alec, what are you doing this weekend?"
"Taking Parker to the Robot Death Match. And then after that, not a lot. Why, what's up?"
"Well, I'm only in town for a few days and I need someone to show me the sights of Boston." Alec blinks, then shrugs.
"No." Elliot growls. "We've got that thing we're doing."
"Awwww, Elliot." Shelly grins, sharklike and mean, going in for the kill. "I promise I'll bring home your boy safe and sound."
"Not a mark on him." Elliot rumbles, actually starting to sound like he wants to leap across the table and kill his friend with a piece of ice and a blue poker chip. Shelly's grin slides into another smirk and he tosses his cards face down onto the table without even bothering to look at them.
"Really?" Alec sounds surprised, and a little cautious. He has the self preservation instincts of a cabbage and probably thinks Shelly's actually being nice. Idiot.
The only sights Shelly wants to see are the ones he can view from his hotel bedroom. But whatever, if Alec is stupid enough to let himself get caught in that sort of thing with a guy like Shelly, then he gets whatever's coming at him.