Kodia bent down and scooped up the little boy who couldn’t have been more than four. “Maximus! How are you, old chum?”
The little boy hugged Kodia’s neck. “I was at school yesterday!”
“School? Surely you’re not old enough for such nonsense.”
Maximus blew a raspberry. “Am so! I drew you something.”
“You did?” Kodia acted like everything the kid said was the most interesting thing in the whole wide world. How did they do that? Kodia confused Juuzou on so many levels it wasn’t even funny.
Maximus nodded. “I’ll get it!” The boy began to squirm and Kodia crouched down to let the child go.
“I’ll be anxiously waiting!”
“He really loves you.” The waitress said with look that told Juuzou she was the boy’s mother. “Your table is free.” She gestured to a one seater in the corner that had a nice view of the street from the window.
Kodia stood and shook their head no. “Not to today, darling, I’m having lunch with a new acquaintance.” Kodia nodded to Juuzou.
He gave a half wave with what he thought was a nice smile but the woman’s frown said otherwise. He might not be good at reading people but he knew a frown wasn’t a good thing.
Kodia looked her over once and she stepped back with a mumbled apology. “S’not me you need to apologize to.”
Her cheeks turned red before she scrambled to bow an apology to Juuzou. That was the second time in less than an hour Kodia had stood up for him. “It’s okay. I’m used to it.”
That did earn him a look from Kodia. Once again he wished he understood people better in order to have an inkling into what Kodia could be thinking.