"Agreed," he said. "Once she's feeling better, and I don't think it'll be to much longer, I'm going to try and get her out more. She's got a few friends, but she can always do with more, I think."
"But of course," he agreed, smiling. "I run things the way they should be run, and you have to be both smart and ruthless, or things fall apart. And they can fall in line or get out of my way."
"They they deserve to be fooled," he shrugged. "They don't bother to look closer. They disregarded me at first because I look so young. You show them that you're smarter than they are, and by the time they realize you've gotten one over on them, it's too late."
"I will," he promised. "We can do a family dinner, and if that doesn't send them running, they'll be worth keeping around." He grinned.