“Hi Tom,” Bud said warmly as we walked through the doors. “Did you have a good lunch?”
“It was too eventful for lunch, actually,” I replied.
“Really? I look forward to hearing about it…. Hey, Kate.”
“Hi, Bud,” she said, walking over to the minifridge of juices. “Sorry I ruined your surprise.”
“I didn’t intend your coming as a surprise, actually. I just wasn’t sure whether you’d be able to make it, so I didn’t want to get Tom worked up for nothing. I’m glad you could come.” He walked toward the conference table. “Let’s all sit down and get to it. We’re a little behind.”
I went to the same chair I had sat in that morning, with my back to the window, near the middle of the conference table. But as I did so, Kate, who was sizing up the ...