"You doing okay today, Darius?"
"Doing great. Just ready for a long weekend."
"We are waiting for a couple more passengers, then we will be ready to leave."
"Man, Darius, she was awfully friendly with you." (Rick)
"Oh, Cynthia. There's nothing to that. When you travel as much as I do, you tend to run into the same people."
"Nice to see you, Halle. You're looking good."
"You don't look so bad yourself. Keep my seat warm. I'll be right back."
(Halle heads to the restroom before take off.)
"Let me guess. That's nothing, too." (Rick)
"I wish. That is trouble and I may need you guys to run interference."
"Who is she?" (Rick)
"She is the woman I dated when Nikki and I were 'taking a break'."
"That was your 'taking a break' girl? You are one lucky son-of-a-gun." (Rick)
"I'm not feeling so lucky right now. Nikki and I are in a real good place and I want to keep it that way. Here she comes."
"Halle, this is Rick and Chang. Guys this is Halle."
"Hello guys. Nice to meet you."
"So Darius, what's going on with you these days?"
"Business as usual."
"So are you married, yet?"
"No. not yet."
"So there's still a chance for us?"
"Well, I didn't say that I was available."
"You didn't say you weren't"
"So Halle, what do you do?" (Rick)
Darius has tuned out the conversation. He knows that this is going to be a long 40 min ride. Halle always knew how to get to him. He had to be strong. He and Nikki were going on vacation soon and there was nothing worse than a ticked off woman on vacation. Or even worse, no vacation or no woman.