"Mr. Hudson is an author, Jason," said Clara.
The boy slid into the booth next to her. "You mean he writes books like you, Grandma?
Clara nodded. "Sort of ... only his are meant for a different audience."
I set down my coffee and reached across the table for the boy's hand. "Nice to meet you, Jason."
Jason took my hand and shook it briefly. "Nice to meet you, sir."
"None of that 'sir' stuff ... just Chris is fine."
Clara frowned. "Mr. Hudson ... his parents are trying to teach him to respect his elders."
I smiled. "Okay ... 'Mr. Hudson', then."
Jason ignored us and opened the wrapping on his hamburger.
Clara watched him bite into the sandwich. "Jason is staying with me for the weekend."
"I'll bet you're enjoying that," I said.
"What are you two going to do?"
Jason swallowed and said, "We're going swimming ... right, Grandma?"
"Thanks right," answered Clara. She looked at me. "I'm taking him to Metro Beach."
"Well, that sounds like fun," I answered.
"I can't wait," said Jason. "Grandma said we're going right after lunch." He looked for me for a second, then said, "Are your books as good as Grandma's, Mr. Hudson?"
"Jason," exclaimed Clara. "That's not a polite question."
Jason cringed and took another bite of his sandwich.
"I doubt it, Jason. Your grandmother has a much bigger audience than I do."
"You know as well as I do that the size of an audience has nothing to do with the quality of the writing," said Clara.
I took a sip of my coffee. "I suppose so ... but your writing is still very good, Clara."
"Well, so is yours, Chris. Just because you haven't sold as many books as me ...," Clara halted and blushed, "I mean, your sales are no indication of your ability as and author."
"I know," I said, "but, they certainly don't inspire confidence."
"That's just nonsense, Chris. You're a fine ..."
"Here comes Mr. Tysinger ...," interrupted Jason.
I turned to see Uncle Billy walking toward us, tray in hand.
"Hi, Mr. Tysinger," said Jason.
Billy set his tray on the table and slid in the booth next to me. "These two scribes bored you to death, yet, Jason?"
Jason looked puzzled.
"That's okay, son, I never know what the heck they're talking about most of the time either."