To release Kate’s anxiety, the man smiled and poured a cup of tea for her and started chatting as if they were friends, “How is your father?”
Kate felt her heart being stabbed by a needle. She answered awkwardly, “Just like that.”
The man put the cup of tea in front of her. Kate was startled by this ordinary behavior.
He poured a cup for himself and took a sip. “Nice. Have the hot tea. It can help you warm up.”
Kate wondered what he was playing at. She was on the verge of saying, “Stop beating around the bush.” But instead, she took up the cup and had a drink. She was nervous and drank too fast. The tea was too hot, and she almost wanted to spit it out.
The man waited until she put down her cup and put his cup down too. He said, “Miss White, how about we make a deal.”