Farrah scowled. "You're taking up too much room!"
Right, Eva rolled her eyes. She couldn't wait until Farrah grew the hell up!
"No! Wanna play!" Greyson wiggled, pushing against his dad's chest.
Chase patted Greyson on the rump. "Not so fast Breakfast first," he replied firmly.
"I'm glad I caught up with you!" Arthur said. "I was looking for you at lunch today."
"Oh yeah?" she asked, feeling pleased.
"Yeah, I thought we could eat together. You know, talk about the cause!"
"Oh yeah, of course!" Eva said excitedly. "That would be really cool. The rally was so amazing!"
Eva's good mood tripped and fell. "He signed it? Even after the protest?" she asked, disheartened.
Arthur shrugged. "Yeah, well, we're not planning on stopping anytime soon!" he glanced down at his watch. "I need to get going..." he started to say, then he grabbed her arm, "...Hey! You should come with! I'm in the debate team, we discuss a lot of topics like this. That's how I got involved. Ms. Adams is really cool!"
"Can I?" Eva asked, nibbling her bottom lip with worry.
"If you say so..." Eva replied hesitantly.
"Practice!" Arthur laughed. "Imagine how cool it'll be when it's your turn next time!" he teased.
"Oh no," Eva laughed. "I don't know if I'd want to do that... you know... talk in front of everyone..." she trailed off. "Can't I just watch?"
"Oh, but I'm not out-going... and I don't think I'd know how to come up with anything to say!" she protested.
Arthur grinned. "Well, that's what they teach you! It's all about coming up with reasonable arguments that you can support. And you always learn so much about interesting topics - like whether or not big corporations should be allowed to chop down the Redwoods..."
Eva laughed again self-consciously. "Oh, I don't know, Arthur..."
"Ah, come on, promise me you'll come to the next meeting at least," Arthur pressed.
Eva nibbled her bottom lip and nodded. "Okay. I promise," she agreed impulsively. "But if I don't like it, I'm blaming you!"
"Agreed!" Arthur smiled. "So, see you tomorrow at lunch?" he asked as he started to walk away.
"Oh, well that sounds lovely. Do you have a project in mind?" Yvonne asked, the wheels turning. Tera Kaplan was a higher-level at the company than Candace Landgraab. This was good news for her, she thought smugly, grabbing a drink from the bartender.
"...since Ms. Landgraab is no longer with us..."
Yvonne choked on the drink. "Candace retired?" she asked with surprise.
Tera lifted her eyebrow testily. "No, as I said, Ms. Landgraab passed away. There is an immediate vacancy to fill."
"You want me to be Regional Manager?" she asked breathlessly.
Tera shook her head impatiently. "No. Please pay attention," she said, glancing down tersely at the drink in Yvonne's hand. "We're bringing someone else in the fill the position," she explained slowly.