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Emma is in her office early on Monday morning when her private line rings. “Dr. Rothman.”
“Good morning Doc. It’s Tina”
“Tina. Good morning. This is a pleasant surprise. How are you? How’s that little one treating you these days?”
“I’m fine. The morning sickness has passed so I’m starting to feel human again. We just had our 8-week checkup, and everything looks good.”
“Glad to hear it. So, what’s up?” Emma knew it wasn’t a social call, otherwise Tina would have called her cell.
“I need to schedule some one on one time with you. This week if you have an opening.”
She checked her appointment calendar. The first open session was on Thursday.
“I have an opening on Thursday, but if you don’t’ mind an informal session we can talk over lunch today. I’m planning to take a break around 1:00pm. I can get Irene to order something.”
“That sounds great Emma. I don’t think I can wait until Thursday. I’m rather anxious to talk to you. I can pick up lunch on my way.” Tina offered.
“Sure, if it’s not too much trouble.”
“No trouble at all. Any preference?”
“Get whatever you’re in the mood for, I’m not picky.”
“You’re taking a chance saying that to a pregnant woman you know.” Tina teased referring to her cravings.
“You’re probably right.” Emma laughed. “I’ll take my chances. Just no anchovies. See you at one.”
Tina stopped at a local bakery-café and purchases green salads, half chicken salad sandwiches, and fruit cups for their lunch. She arrives promptly at 12:55 and walks up to Irene’s desk.
“Hi Irene.” Tina greets Emma’s long-time assistant. “How are you”?
“Hello Mrs. Kennard-Porter. I’m fine. It’s nice to see you. Dr. Rothman is expecting you. Please go right in.”
“Thank you, Irene.” Tina walks over to the door and knocks softly then enters Emma’s office. “Hi Doc.”
“Hey Tina. Come on in.” Emma gets up from her desk and gives Tina a quick hug. “Let me take this.”
She says grabbing the bags and setting them on the table.