Zeni is in the Bahamas working on her book when Jefferson, one of the locals, introduces her to Louie. A few days later, Jefferson sees Louie and Zeni at the marina. The scene starts here:
“Hey, guys. Looks like the two of you are really getting along,” Jefferson said, obviously noticing Louie’s arm draped around my neck. I waved and smiled.
Louie said, “Thanks for introducing us, man. We’re already planning a spring wedding here on the island. Will you be my best man?”
I laughed, though no one else seemed to think this was funny. In fact, Jefferson said, “Absolutely, bro. It couldn’t happen to two finer people. I’d be honored,” and then he locked hands with Louie in a manly type of handshake.
“Jefferson, if you could round up two of the island dogs to walk me down the beach, that would be great,” I said, trying to play along with the joke, although no one seemed to be laughing.
“You just let me know the date of the wedding. And I’ll be there dressed in my finest threads with two Bahamian canines in tow.”
“Will do. You’ll be the first person on the invite list,” Louie said, motioning to the waitress to bring him the check.
“Why don’t you let me get this? I know you’re pouring a lot of money into your custody battle. I really don’t mind.”
“Ah, don’t worry about it. If I’m going to die, I might as well die broke. Ever since my divorce, I’ve adopted a new philosophy—to spend it while I’ve got it.”