“Richard is outside waiting to take us.” James announced two pieces of bacon in his hand and one dangling from his lips. “Let’s go if you want to get your tea in time to make first period.”
“Where’d you get those?”
“Your mom left them in the oven with some pancakes. I heated them up in the micro.”
“Leave any for me?”
“Was I supposed to?” He smiled at Sam and a little speck of old James came out. It faded quickly, but what a treat it was.
“What else is new!” She shouldered him on the way out, grabbing her bag and keys.
They hopped in the backseat and Richard drove them to Walt’s. “Would you like a latte or something Richie? My treat.”
“No thank you Sam. I’ve had my quota. Did you want to walk the rest of the way or shall I wait?”
“We’ll walk. Thanks for the ride.”
“No problem. Your mother will arrive around three, James. Your father by five. Please be out front right after class, they don’t want you to be late.”
“Wouldn’t want that.” James rolled his eyes and got out of the car. “We can swing back over and pick you up at six-thirty if that’s alright?”
“I can take my scooter.”
“No, miss.” Richard said. “You are not going to ride that thing with the weather such as it is. I will see you at six-thirty.”
Sam didn’t argue anymore and went to retrieve the tea Walt already had ready for her. Richard pulled away. Sam gave Walt a wave, he was too busy to talk this morning. A line ten deep. “Put it on my tab Walt!”