"Hi, I'm just meeting some friends. They're probably already here." I said, looking around.
"Name of party?"
"You're the first one to arrive."
"Oh. Hmm, okay."
"And the kitchen closes in 15 minutes."
"I'm sure they'll be here any minute."
"Well, if they show, they need to be here in 15 minutes."
If they show? If they SHOW? She walked me over to the bar and announced, "Her group hasn't shown up."
Dressed to the nines, I ordered a sparkling water with lime and pulled out a 20.
"No charge, ma'am." The bartender clearly felt sorry for me. I sipped my drink and considered the consequences for "Griffin" if she didn't show.
She did, of course. And I never would have doubted her if the hostess had a little more faith in humanity...