The new Model arrived for a check the day I turned twenty-three.
Our department had the pleasure of naming it, and so Ash, East and I took turns pitching suggestions while on break in the concession room.
"What do you think of Wallace?"
"I don't like it," said East, then adding, "It's too human for a Model."
Ash turned to me. "What do you think?"
"I'm in agreement with East."
East smirked triumphantly, crossed her arms, and leaned back in her seat. "I told you. Now Rio's a name for a machine like that one."
"No way! We're not calling it Rio!"
I ate my food while the girls bickered, and glanced past them out the door. Parallel to where we sat was Lily's private office, in where he was engaged in a novel.
Then, our eyes met.
"Jad!" the girls squealed at once.
My head snapped naturally toward them. The two were all over each other, clasping hands and beaming, satisfied.
I looked back at the office window. Lily had vanished.