Ione introduced Jack to her late contact's connections.Not long after Ione returned to the hotel room with Jack and Mara did a knock come from the door. Mara answered and allowed a bellboy to enter with a large tray. Jack showed the bellboy to the meeting room, where the tray was put down, and gave the hotel employee a generous tip. Once he had escorted the bellboy out, he turned to Ione. "Dinner is served. I trust that it will meet with your standards."
Ione followed Jack back to the meeting room. The tray held a three course meal and a bottle of champagne on ice. Jack held out a chair for the young woman. Ione sat down, not quiet believing what she saw. "Jack, isn't this, well, a bit much?"
"Nonsense. Life is for living. How can you live without experiencing anything new." He picked up a covered plate. "I believe this is the escargot. The chef here does wondrous things to snails." Jack removed the cover. "Excellent. You should try one." He set a shell down on a plate that he then passed to Ione.
"Um, okay." Ione eyed the shell on her plate. "How do I eat this?"
Jack demonstrated, picking up a shell for himself. He used a cocktail fork to dig inside the shell, loosening the snail within, before pulling the delicacy out and eating it. "Like that."
Ione tried to imitate what Jack did, using her own cocktail fork to pull out the snail. With effort, she pulled the snail out. She held it up in front of her eyes before popping it into her mouth. The butter and garlic flooded her tastebuds as she chewed. After a few minutes, she swallowed.