Her sunglasses obscured most of her face, but that didn’t stop Nick from quirking an eyebrow as she asked. “Did I stutter?” Let him think whatever he wanted. When it came to this kind of thing Nick knew her stuff and wasn’t about to let some cocky mechanic make her doubt that. She bristled at being called ‘kid’, but didn’t let her feelings show outwardly. “It’d be my pleasure.”
Even as she felt the whole of Silas’ attention on her, likely judging her with ever word she spoke. That wasn’t going to stop her from explaining herself. She just fought like hell not to fidget or give away any outward sign of insecurity or nervousness. She knew this stuff and that was more than clear as she spoke, detailing ever little idea she had had to affix the cages to the back of the carts.
Nick huffed and bit her tongue as Silas laughed. Of course, she should have expected him to react that way. She didn’t say anything though; instead she shoved the piece of paper with her ideas into her pocket before crossing her arms over her chest. Nick blinked twice as his question registered. He wasn’t belittling her or kicking her out? “My dad liked this kind of stuff,” she said this with a shrug. “I wasn’t much for playing with dolls, and he had no idea how to raise a girl, so he taught me how to build things instead.” It was kind of a Hensley family trait, not that she was going to go telling Silas that or anything.
Gritting her teeth, she kept the snarky ‘of course it’s not a bad plan’ comment to herself. Silas was at least talking to her like she knew what she was talking about, so she wasn’t’ about to go ruining that now. “Shouldn’t be, I spent enough time on it,” she went with the safer response as she tried to relax her body language, unfolding her arms and relaxing her shoulders. “ Well, at least I know you’re not an idiot now,” Shit, she probably shouldn’t have insinuated she had at one point thought he might be an idiot. “Those could work, but you might spend more time modifying them to fit,” she commented, knowing that finding just the right size cage could be tough, if not impossible. “Have you bothered looking for any yet?”