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It was one of the Waldorf’s smaller banquet rooms, but every bit as elegant as all the rest. Each circular table had a thin, tall vase with balls of white hydrangeas erupting from the top. He’d have to find a vase like that for his home in the Hamptons. Cream-colored tablecloths stood out against the light blue carpeting. A chattering crowd surrounded a bar to their left. More subdued groups of 2 or 3 sipped cocktails and talked quietly over the sounds of jazz from a performer on a baby grand piano to their right. A long table with a microphone stood opposite the entrance, and the ship’s crew and their dates were already seated there, laughing together and ignoring everyone else. Continue reading