"I imagine youʹll be busy for the next month, with the
holidays coming up."
"I suppose. The orders are starting to come in, now that
some people have seen my work. But my sister Donna is expecting
me at her house in Chicago for Thanksgiving."
"That's next week."
Jake's hands froze. His jaw dropped, and his eyes opened
wide. "Next week? Oh, no. I've gotta go shopping. We're
exchanging Christmas gifts because she and her family are going
on a cruise in December." He put the bowl down and started to
pace. "I hate to shop. I never know what to buy." He looked up at
Jess. "What should I get her?"
Jess laughed. "How would I know? I've never met her."
"Well, no, but you're a woman. I thought…well, never
She took pity on him. "When do you leave for Chicago?"
"My flight leaves on Wednesday morning."
"You've got plenty of time. Finish your vases for the
banquet, and then if you want me to help you shop, call me. I've
got Monday off from the hotel."
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