"What do you think, Ruby?"
"I'm thinking pimento cheese and tuna fish disguised as a sushi roll doesn't do it for me, Essie Sue."
I use my cocktail napkin to remove all traces of the inedible faux sushi she's just forced through my lips with her Verry Berry talons.
"But the chef says he'll name it the Essie Sue Roll in honor of our booking the hotel party rooms."
"Maybe that should tell you something about how desperate he is for business." Milt Aboud's low growl is barely audible in the background, but Essie Sue hears it.
"He's not desperate at all -- you know this hotel is the best...