Two days later, we were in a meeting when Fifteen knocked and came in. "Yes?" Doc asked.
He bowed. "Ladies and gentlemen," he announced, "it is my distinct honor and pleasure to introduce–"
"Oh, please," came a plaintive female voice from outside the half-open door.
Ray craned around to look out. "Christy," he called, "is that you?"
"Yes," she said.
"Come on in, please."
She sidled into the room, looking a bit abashed. "I asked him not to do that," she said, smiling, as Fifteen approached her. She leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. He bowed deeply again and left the room, looking even more pleased with himself than usual.
"Welcome, Christy," Doc said. "To what do we owe the pleasure?"
"I have a message for Miss Sleet, from Dr. Lee." Dr. Lee was the leader of the Jinx.
"Does it need to be conveyed privately?" Jan asked.
"Oh, no. She would like you to come to see her. At your earliest convenience."
Jan nodded. "I'm flexible this afternoon. Would that be good for her? After lunch?"
"Yes, that would be fine."
"Marshall will accompany me, of course."