I could hear Walter thanking them sweetly and politely for their compliments. It sounded like he was trying to be humble -- after all, the song he'd been doing was called Humble Way -- but it was clear that he was in his element with this type of attention.
Before the rehearsal broke up I got to do a run-through of one of my numbers as well, but I didn't get a chance to talk with Walter. The best I got was that at one point he noticed me smiling at him and responded by winking at me. That made me happy as it seemed like a promising sign for the future. Of course he probably didn't even know who I was -- I mostly only knew him from observing him from a distance. Still, we were both in the number He's Just a Friend, so I figured we'd have plenty of opportunity to get to know each other better over the course of the next several weeks of rehearsals.
As Rex and I were getting into the car to go home, I noticed a lady sitting on the grass just outside the stake center, smoking a cigarette.
"Look, that lady's smoking right outside the church building!" I said to Rex.
"What?" he asked. He looked over at the lady and then back at me with a puzzled expression. "That's Jake's mom. Don't you remember Pinky introducing her? She's involved in Pinky's community theater group and she's going to be acting as the assistant director for this play."
"Won't that be a little weird?" I asked. "I mean, doing a church play in a church building, and the assistant director sneaking out for a smoke all the time?"
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