Re: The Stones (and maybe any guests they bring along?)
Leah pursed her lips when Kori snapped at her, but she nodded, taking the answer for what it was. Lilah and Brandon had gotten formal invitations, but she hadn't. Okay. That was understandable. Leah hadn't exactly been a huge fan of holidays since the outbreak began.
Eating was a good distraction. It didn't escape her notice that Kori seemed to be following her lead, ever on edge because of Leah's presence. Leah pretended she didn't notice. It wouldn't do any good to bring up the subject. Perfect way to start up an argument she didn't want to have today.
Kori spoke fondly of the children she looked after, and Leah nodded absently, feigning interest while trying to keep her thoughts from darkening. Kori had every right to enjoy what she could in this post-apocalyptic world, but did it really have to involve taking care of kids? Honestly, it was part of the reason Leah avoided interactions with Kori.
She was saved from having to form a response by the arrival of Brandon. She slid a forkfull of spam into her mouth to silence the loud breath of relief that wanted to escape.
"Not much at all," she said, pointing with her fork at one of the empty chairs. "Sit before everything gets cold."