Natalie, Madeleine’s oldest sister, strolls into the living room, her eyes alight with a devilish glee.
“Look who’s here, everybody!” she exclaims in an all too cheerful tone of voice.
Maddie stops dead in her tracks as the entire room turns to stare at the new arrivals. Clinging to Westley’s arm, she wills herself forward, but the sudden, awkward silence leaves her crippled with embarrassment.
“It’s Madeleine!” Natalie continues. “And she’s brought a date!”