Linda patted Trey’s arm in what she wanted to project as a grandmotherly way.  Not that she’d have ever touched him in real life, but the gesture was for the cameras each of them had secreted about their persons as if it was.  Linda considered herself the Grand Dame of the twelve member board, and she had chosen to play this acquisition soft, for now.
“I’m sure dear Augustus has a good reason for his absences, and our new associates have a good reason for remaining anonymous, for now.”  The Smiling Man said nothing.  The rest of them filed in.