I visited the pub after dark, hoping that Claire's shift was over, so I wouldn't have to run into her.
"Hey! Over here!" I turned to see Kyle sitting at the fireplace with Stargazer and a new gentleman. "Yo! Wassup!" I greeted Kyle and Stargazer. Kyle introduced the new gentleman as Edison. I'd seen his properties during my tour. "You must be the church owner," I grinned. "Ah, yes," he shook my hand, "We were just talking about you." "Really?" I laughed.
"So, where have you been?" Kyle asked. "Yeah man, we were getting a lil worried about you," Edison said. "Ah, I've just been hanging out at the office. I was trying to distract myself from Claire," I said, plopping down on the couch and stretching my legs. "Argh, my legs are sore!" I groaned. "You should try some exercises. Like a morning jog or something," Kyle offered. "That's the plan. If I can get it rolling."
"So, what's the deal with Claire?" Edison asked. "I don't know. What do you guys know about Claire?" "Not much," Stargazer said, "but I've seen her meeting some young dude a few times." "Say whaaa-?" The others were as shocked as I was. "Yeah. There's also some older dude who's come to visit her. Me thinks it's an ex or someone from her family. Wouldn't know for sure though."
"Does Anne know about this?" I asked. Surely she would know if Claire was seeing someone. "I don't know. Claire doesn't get along with Anne", Stargazer said thoughtfully. "I think you should really let this one go," Kyle remarked. The others nodded in agreement.
"You okay man?" Edison asked. "Yeah," I smiled. "I actually came in at this time to avoid seeing her. Is Anne around?" I looked around the bar, hoping to catch a glimpse of Anne, standing somewhere. "She's in the kitchen," Kyle said. "Oh!" I made a mental note to ask her about it.
"So what's up with your projects? Have you made some progress?" Kyle inquired. "Yeah. It's been a slow start. I haven't had time to focus on setting things up yet. But we're getting there," I replied. "Great!" "Why don't you fellas drop in sometime? Maybe I could give you a tour of the place. Show you around? I could use some input." "Sure!" Kyle said. "Just let us know when you're ready," Edison added. "Okay!"
I lay back on the couch and watched the embers glow. It was cold outside. The atmosphere inside was quite comfy. "Anyone wanna listen to some music?" I asked, getting up. I hadn't brought my laptop. I had my phone though. "Sure!" Kyle said.
I headed over to the DJ's booth and plugged in my phone. It was time for a LibreKrsnah Session!