He stopped in front of the door of a nearby building and turned to me. "I don't care where you go or what you do," he said. "Just don't let anyone see that I'm not with you." And with that he pressed one of the buttons of the interphone in the doorway.
Over the interphone, a female voice said "Oui ?"
"C'est moi, cherie," said Nick. [It's me, darling.]
Then as the door buzzed, he pushed it open a crack. That little devil had found himself a girlfriend!
Then he turned to me. "Please, Spencer," he said. "This is the last time I'll see her in I don't know how long. You were always cool when we were companions..."
"Okay," I said. "I'll be back here at 14h sharp to pick you up, so be ready."
I saw the look of relief come over his face as he said, "Thank you, you're a real pal."
Then I noted the address and the name on the correct buzzer as he disappeared into the building. Well, that was one problem solved...
I did my best to take side-streets to the Café Utopia so that I wouldn't be seen out alone. I'd picked that café because it was on a place that was a little bit off of the main traffic routes where hopefully we wouldn't be spotted even though it was in the middle of town.
When I arrived at the Utopia, Tanya was already there sipping a coffee. She got up to give me a squeeze, and then I took a seat beside her as we sat back down. I then gave her the chocolates. She sweetly thanked me and took one out for me and one for herself and put the rest in her bag.
"So where's your sidekick?" she asked. "I thought you guys weren't allowed to go out alone."
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