It absolutely was a longstanding tradition for Kristin’s family members to possess Thanksgiving supper due to their next-door neighbors from two doorways down, the Santinis, who arrived around noon. Mrs. Santini instantly swept in to the kitchen area to support the cooking, while Mr. Santini joined up with Kristin’s father outside, where he was getting ready to grill the turkey.
Using them ended up being their daughter Nicola, who was simply a 12 months behind kristin in college. Jenny found her quite striking, with dark locks, incongruously bright blue eyes, and skin that is olive. Nevertheless when Kristin introduced them, Nicola simply stared all the way through Jenny, then seemed straight right back at Kristin and began telling a tale about somebody they would attended school that is high.
That pattern proceeded through the time; Nicola either ignored Jenny or had been icy to her, or even downright aggressive. It had been the actual only real discordant note with what ended up being otherwise an excellent Thanksgiving dinner, saturated in delicious meals and pleasant discussion. Maybe once or twice Jenny caught Kristin staring Nicola down, giving her a appearance having said that «Cool it, » however it had no impact.
At dessert Jenny asked Nicola to pass through the pumpkin cake and Nicola pretended to not hear, continuing to fiddle together with her phone. When Kristin reached around Nicola to select up the cake, Nicola stared daggers at her. When dessert ended up being over Nicola excused herself, none too politely, and went house.
A short while later Kristin’s daddy therefore the Santinis retired into the family room while Carol, Kristin, and Jenny cleared the table.
«Jenny and I also is going to do meals, » volunteered Kristin. «Right Jen? «