Patronda smiles at the ladies sitting in her formal dining room in front of a round mahogany table fully dressed with her finest china. Kendalynn makes eye contact and smiles at Patronda which has a calming effect Patronda is not expecting and the tension drawing her shoulders up subsides. “I wasn’t able to bring in a wait staff but I was able to call in a favor with a good friend and we’re going to be enjoying a signature dish of grilled tilapia and salmon, with home-style cinnamon sweet potatoes and sautéed California vegetables.” Carmandi and Elaine smile as they sniff the air. “You have H. Marvin in your kitchen cooking dinner for us? Are you serious?” Kendalynn tries to peek around Patronda into the kitchen doorway. “Yes, you are a quick one aren’t you? H. Marvin is a Metro native and stopped by to whip something up for us before he goes to his restaurant in Middletown. He’s good friends with the Apostle. So while we wait for him to finish I’d like for each of you ladies to lift up the silver tray covers to your right.” Patronda watches each lady place their hand on their cover.