Little took the phone but then looked to Lyra, hoping the woman would say she didn't have to.
But Lyra said, "go on, give them a call. I'll finish dinner up. Thane?" she said, looking to her boyfriend. "Would you set the table?" She thought Little might like at least the idea of privacy (even though Lyra would be listening to make sure she was telling the truth on the phone).
Little dialed her house number and waited for someone to answer. When her mom picked up, she explained where she was.