She literally outshone every woman in the room. John watched her go by, watched her happy and content, and turned to leave, putting his glass down on a nearby table.
A woman Isabelle knew happened to see her, and came forward with a trill. "Honey! You look amazing, oh my god! And you too Scott, very smart! Thank you so much for coming. This win is only the first step. With a bit of fundraising, we have such big plans! Oh! Wait, I have to introduce somebody to you. We just could not have managed this without him. Mr Haveland! John! I see you trying to sneak away there, you have to come and meet my adorable friend Isabelle."
John's back straightened, and he turned back with a polite smile.
"Marissa, really," he murmured, flicking his gaze up to meet Isabelle's eyes for a moment, before busying himself with finding a new glass of wine. "I'm sure the honour is all yours."