On Wednesday morning we were having about the same luck as Tuesday morning. We were wandering around the Place Gambetta, thinking about finding some lunch, when we heard a familiar voice:
"Hey Tanya, look! It's your boyfriend!" Then laughter. It was Kim, followed closely by Andrea and Tanya carrying a big basket.
"Hi again, ladies," I said.
"What a coincidence!" said Tanya.
"Oh, it's not a coincidence Tanya," said Andrea, "it's destiny. I'll bet you and Spencer met in the pre-existence, just like me and Elder Beaverton." Then Andrea walked right up to Elder Beaverton and put her hand on his chest and started moving it up towards his neck as she leaned in as if to kiss him. Elder Beaverton jumped back with a shriek, and all three girls started laughing hysterically. I secretly laughed a little bit myself.
"Hey listen guys," said Tanya. "We just stopped by a really good traiteur to pick up some food for a picnic, and everything looked so good that we ended up buying about ten times as much food as we can eat ourselves. Wanna join us?"
"We're going to quai to look at the river," said Kim.
"What?" asked Andrea. "I thought we agreed we were going to the Jardin Public! I want to go to the Jardin Public and look at the turtles."
"Andrea, Andrea, Andrea," said Kim. "I hope for your sake that that's some sort of crazy euphemism for 'I want to go to the Jardin Public and look at the hot guys playing soccer with their shirts off'."
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Andrea laughed. "Okay, that too."
"Hey, listen, we don't want to cramp your style..." I began.
"No, no, they're kidding," said Tanya. "Come along, it'll be fun!"
"I don't think this is a good idea," said Elder Beaverton.
"Oh come on," I said. "It'll be okay just this once. Besides, it's a public park. It's not like they're inviting us to their rooms. And remember -- they're investigators or inactives or something, so we have a responsibility to lead them to the Lord."
Elder Beaverton didn't look convinced, but he relented and started following the rest of us towards the Jardin Public. "Okay, but only if we can teach you one of the discussions," he said. The girls laughed as if that was the funniest joke they'd heard all day.
"Can you teach us the one about riding on tapirs?" Andrea asked him.
"Riding on what?" asked Elder Beaverton.
"Nothing," said Tanya, and the pointedly at Andrea, "Nothing."
"Oh come on," said Andrea. "What's the point in hanging with the mishies if we can't have a little fun with them? They're big boys, they can handle it."
"I think she just doesn't want you to scare them off again," said Kim.
"Why not?" asked Andrea. "There are plenty more where these came from!"
"I think maybe she wants to hang with these two in particular," said Kim, "or one of them, anyway."
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