"Clara's going to New York with Alex?"
"Yeah ... better get in the left turn lane," said Billy.
"I know where to turn, Uncle ... I've been taking you here for six years ... so what is this about?" I eased the car in the middle lane and flicked on the turn signal.
"I need to get my lotto ticket and ... "
"I know why we're going to Manny's ... why is Clara going to New York with Alex?"
"Oh. She claims that Alex has a cousin in the publishing business and he's set up a meeting with him."
I turned into Manny's parking lot. "Really? Alex has a cousin in the business?"
"That's exactly what I said."
"You think that something else is going on?"
"You know, I was born at night ... but not last night."
"So, what's your theory?"
"Hello? Is your brain at home? Hey, there's a spot ..."
"I see it." I turned down the row with the empty parking spot. "You think Alex is just taking her on a vacation to New York?"
"Of course ... a cousin in the publishing business ... how lame is that?"
I pulled into the open space. "I suppose it's possible ... besides, you don't have any room to talk ... you've gone to Branson with Alma Beeler."
I shut of the engine. "Oh? Exactly how is that different?"
"I didn't pretend that I was going on business trip."
"So, that make's it okay?"
"Well, yes ... at least I was up front about it."
"You told Clara you were going to Branson with Alma?"
"No ... but I didn't tell her Alma had a cousin singing with the Oak Ridge Boys, either." Billy opened the door to get out. "You want a ticket?"
Billy held out his hand. "Well?"