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"Uh-oh, Brian," says Carol. "I think you have a fan."
Oldfield looks up. Making her way toward the table is a freckled, smiling young woman wearing a faded logger's shirt that is so worn that its front doesn't hold together too well. Oldfield assumes an expression of joyful expectancy.
"Oh, God, Brian, don't encourage her," says Maren.
Instead, Oldfield intensifies his unctuous smile of welcome, but it slowly fades as it becomes clear that the girl is attracted by Maren's World Cup sweat shirt.
"Were you in the Games'?" she asks with a tremor of anticipation.
"Yep," says Maren, suddenly edgy.
"Oh, that's wonderful. What did you do?"
"I'm a shotputter."
"Oh, that's wonderful," says the girl, but there is a pause while consternation almost causes her eyes to cross. "Is...is that with the pole?"
"No, it's with the cannonball."