Ben sat down at the two person table as the waiter took the fancy napkins out of the two water goblets.
" Is somebody coming to join you" he asked with a smile as he poured water into the two goblets.
" Yes, hopefully" Ben replied with a frown as he looked at his watch and then studied the fancy menu in front of him. He saw his boss walk in and say something to the Maitre D. He pointed toward Ben's table and Howard Firestone walked over to it.
" Good evening Ben" he said tiredly as he took off his trench coat and hung it on the coat rack by the table. He sat down and took a sip from his water goblet.
" Thank you Mr. Firestone for coming on such short notice" he replied nervously as he took a sip from his own water goblet.
" I came Ben even though I'm not sure why".
The waiter came to the table with his check pad to start taking their order.
" Mr. Firestone, the meal is on me" Ben said as he studied the menu. " Please order whatever you would like".