When: Mid-afternoon, July 1
Where: The Rowland House (specifically, the Dining Room)
Invited: Anyone and everyone in the
Michelle placed a second dish of butter on the dining room table. Pitchers of milk, water and iced tea, plates of sliced tomatos, and a few other fresh vegetables from Alexei and Lleaseaf's food box covered the table. The dining room was crowded to overflowing. All the residents of the Rowland house, neighbors and quite a few newcomers as well. The room was a little warm with the heat of so many bodies, and rather noisy as multiple conversations slowly pushed the noise level higher. Michelle smiled to hear it. It had been a long time since she'd seen so many people in one place.
"Are you sure you don't need any help?" Ami asked.
"Yes," Michelle said. "You just sit. It's all done except for bringing the food to the table. I can handle that."
She ducked back into the kitchen. The ears of corn steamed in a huge bowl, fresh out of the pot of boiling water. Michelle carried it out and handed it off, then returned to the kitchen to pull two baking sheets of biscuits out of the oven. They smelled terrific. (Not bad if do say so myself,) Michelle thought. She piled the biscuits onto two plates and brought them out.
"Dinner," Michelle announced as she put the plates down on the table, "is served."