"You what?" Abby staggered backwards, reaching for the closest chair in the little snack bar at the airport. For a second, she almost dropped her cell phone.
She had come inside to get out of the rain and indulge in a cup of coffee -- and hope this afternoon's student would call and cancel. The vision of heading home early and curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book was mighty tempting.
"I said, Lynette flew in yesterday and we got married at City Hall this morning," her cousin said.
"Danny!" Then she laughed, finally found the chair, and sank down into it.
Fortunately, she was alone in the shadowy little room. Mavis had stepped into the storeroom, muttering about needing to buy coffee by the ton instead of the pound, because it was all anyone ordered anymore.
"Are you mad?"
"Stunned. Relieved. I mean, it's about time you and Lynette made it official. Oh, heck, that didn't come out the way I meant it." Her good spirits immediately plummeted.
"I know you're not criticizing, Abs. You mean, made it official this second time around. We're getting ready to call Kat--"
"You haven't told your daughter yet? Danny, what am I going to do with you?"
"I'm not your responsibility anymore. Lyn agreed to take me in hand and keep me out of trouble for the rest of my life," he said, laughing.
In the background, Lynette laughed.
"Where are the two of you? Please tell me you're getting a honeymoon? At least a couple days somewhere?"
"We're taking it one step at a time. Listen, Abs, we need you to do us a favor. Lyn called Kat yesterday and left a message before she flew up, but we haven't had a chance to talk with her today. She's next, once we get that favor from you."
"I hope you're asking me to fly her up to visit soon, so she can celebrate with you?"
"That's it exactly. Would you?"
"Silly boy. What's family for, except to totally rearrange my schedule for you at the drop of a hat?" She laughed in that silence that meant she had stumped Daniel and he wasn't sure right away if she was joking or scolding him. Abby got up and headed for the long line of hooks where she had hung her hooded raincoat less than twenty minutes ago.