Sarita and Kalinda, please step forward.
Introductions are quickly made. The pale woman is Ed’s wife, Lindsay. Her eyebrows are so blond they’re almost white, and her hair is arranged in a severe twist at the nape of her neck. She greets us with a wan smile. Next there’s Nilsson, who goes by Nils, and his wife Lena, who has a heavy Swedish accent but speaks perfect English. The older couple rounding out the group is Mulder’s brother David and sister-in-law Karen.It’s an honor to meet you, Jake tells Nils, sounding a wee bit star struck. I’ve been following your season. I hated seeing you go out like that.
That game was so hard to watch, I say sympathetically. Hockey injuries are par for the course, but it’s not very common for someone to break their leg on the ice. It looks like you’re doing better, though.The blond man nods. Cast came off a couple weeks ago. Now I’m starting the physio, and dear Lord, it is brutal.I can imagine, I say.
Nils glances at Jake. I was watching the draft when you went in the first round. We’re excited to have you on board next year.I’m excited to be there.
For the next few minutes, Jake and Nils discuss the Oilers organization. The Mulder brothers are quick to join in, and it isn’t long before the men slowly ease away from the women toward the wet bar near the grand piano.
The women are relegated to two loveseats near the stately fireplace. Frustration burns my throat as I watch the men talk hockey, while halfheartedly listening to Karen chat about the new yoga studio she recently discovered in Back Bay.She pushed Brenda out of the way, pulled her headgear off, and threw it onto the mat.
Leslie, her opponent, had been studying krav maga for three years. Avery had a measly ten months under her belt.The fact that Brenda was correct in her observation of Avery’s freeze only added to her anger.
At the dead asshole who made her freeze.Emotion welled up inside and forced her feet to move. She pushed past her instructor and beelined to the locker room.