“Norm, how are you?” Tony asked, trying to ignore his friend’s atrocious behavior.
“You never mind that. What did you promise her this time?” When Sipes could see he was not going to get an answer from Tony, he decided to use the direct approach. “You can tell me, sweetheart,” he said to Nicole. “I know I can triple what was promised.” He clumsily tried to wink alluringly at her.
Nicole was about to answer when Tony, knowing her answer would be less than pleasant, interrupted. “Norm,” he started, turning his friend around with both his hands to face the bar, “I think you better ask that gentleman for a pot of coffee, or you might not make it into this dinner party either.” A few couples within the immediate vicinity laughed at Tony’s remarks. In any case, everyone’s attention was returning to their own conversations. Tony turned back to Nicole, taking her arm and leading her into the din- ing room.
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