“Hey Martin,” she came up with while still adjusting her clothes. “What's going on?” she asked him trying to come across as if nothing in this area was going on. Especially nothing like the fact that she would have let Nathan taker her right then and there in the hallway was written all over her red blushed face.
“Just wanted to say, I hope you two have a good time,” Martin said looking at Lily raising his eyes that said – not too good. “And to remind you I will be at the hospital most of the night, or all of the night depending what nurse is working.” He paused and searched for something else to say. “So, yeah ... I won't be here,” he said starting to get uncomfortable. “Not saying you have to come back here and do anything.” He heard himself and he realized he was sounding like a father. “Or that you can't.” Now he was overcompensating. “I have to go,” he said walking past them.
Trying not to look Martin in the eyes Nathan coughed. “Give Todd my best, I'll probably visit him tomorrow, but tell him, tell him I said hello,” he clumsily finished not wanting to start digging his own hole.
Martin suddenly remembered what Todd told him and turned to look at Nathan. He did not want to, but he promised Todd that if he saw Nathan before he did, he would. “Todd told me about the book, it was a very nice gesture my friend, thank you,” he said, but seemed to be getting nervous.
“No, not at all Martin, I was happy to.”
“What book?” Lily asked intrigued.
“It was nothing,” Nathan said trying to down play it.
“It was not nothing mi amigo,” Martin said turning to Lily. “He gave Todd a special book.”
“Oh,” Lily said wondering what a special book meant. “That's nice.”
“Not just any book,” Martin said holding up his finger. “It was mis amores favorite book and a first edition.”
“Awe, how sweet,” Lily said smiling at Nathan.
Martin shook his head trying to explain it to Lily. “I looked it up because Todd kept going on and on how much this book meant. How much? $35,000 niña tonta,” Martin finished looking at Lily.
“What?” Lily exclaimed with a little choke.
“I saw his face when he looked at it in the store,” Nathan said trying to explain. “He was looking at the fact it was by the author of his favorite book, the first batch that rolled off of the print and into the stores. He looked at it through the eyes of a child.” Nathan paused and smiled at Martin. “I wanted him to have it.”
Lily looked around the hallway. “Didn't even bring me flowers,” she mumbled to herself.
“Well, he sees many things through the eyes and mind of a child,” Martin joked. “But thank you very, very much, the hospital, the book, I don't know how we can ever repay you,” he said getting emotional and embarrassed.
Nathan just shook his head. “That's what friends do,” he said genuinely.
Smiling at Nathan Martin was getting even more nervous. “This is from Todd,” he said and grabbed Nathan by the head, and planted as big of a kiss as instructed, right smack on his lips. He pulled back still holding...