Nina smiled brightly as the cookies she brought disappeared within seconds. It was the small moments like these she loved. The Coven might be highly unorganized and dysfunctional, but they were some of the only friends she had. She cherished them dearly, especially Maya who had kindly opened her apartment up to Nina the past week. Nina was still wondering how she’d repay her. Maybe she’d paint her something again. Or maybe she’d bake her some more brownies.
“I’m doing better,” Nina mumbled as Maya took a seat beside her. Nightmares were still keeping her awake but things would be much worse without Maya’s help. Emily shortly after made her appearance and explained the strange deal with Mr. Schmidt. Money didn’t seem a good reason to risk exposure again. She kept quiet during the meeting though. Even if she didn’t want to go, Nina refused to stay behind anymore.
Mr. Schmidt Meeting
Squished into the corner of the elevator, Nina counted the seconds until they were finally released into fresh air. She let out a deep breath of relief. Goodness, this was a bad idea. Glancing around the rather lavish rooftop bar, Nina couldn’t help but feel out of place. Was she even allowed to be up here? She wasn’t old enough to drink. Looking down at her casual jeans and shirt, she felt her face flushed in embarrassment. The heat wasn’t helping either.
Following Emily’s indirect suggestion, Nina simply nodded to Mr. Schmidt and his wife as she took a seat beside Maya. The couple was indeed beautiful and Nina couldn’t help but stare at them. What would life be like with that kind of money? It seemed too extravagant for Nina but imagining a life of endless vacation did sound nice. Money couldn’t buy everything though.
As the group began exchanging greetings and talking, Nina remained quiet. She wasn’t a leader and although she didn’t think this was a good idea, she didn’t want to ruin it for them either. Following along with the conversation, Nina flinched at the mention of Mr. Schmidt’s scandalous rumors. In front of his wife? She glanced over to Mrs. Schmidt and hoped for her sake, the rich businessman was faithful. Although considering the tone he used when speaking Maya’s name… Did they really want to make this deal with him?
Nina’s face grew warmer as the conversation continued on. Why was it so hot? She felt a wave of exhaustion and her shoulders slumped in response. Hopefully this meeting would be over soon. Maya suddenly turned her attention to Mrs. Schmidt and Nina gave the woman a warm smile. “Be careful, Maya,” Nina finally spoke as Maya stood to give a demonstration. She knew Maya was more than capable but she hated the strain it took on her hearing.