That’s Kelly, my so-called partner. He runs that side.
Yeah, aside from being a loud-mouthed, lying cheat, he’s just the man I would have picked.
Why’d you go into business with him?
I don’t own this place. The man who does stuck me with Kelly.
Who’s the owner?
Here he comes right now.
Stella nods toward the door, and Paden turns to look. Cobb enters through the swinging doors. He looks around with a
proprietary air as he walks to the bar. He is almost there before his gaze settles on Paden and Stella. He stops in his
tracks, and a big grin splits his face.
Well, look at this! Two of my favorite people in the world, talking to each other.
Cobb moves up and puts an arm around Paden as he shakes his hand. Stella is interested in this connection, but she doesn’t faze easily. Paden is the surprised one.
Stella, this is one of my oldest surviving friends. Treat him right.
That was my plan.
Oh, yeah, you two are going to get along fine. You got a lot in common.
Cobb looks across the room and yells.
Kelly, get over here.
You didn’t come all this way just-