As Jason made his way to his desk, feeling worse than before, Michelle was having her own conversation about the trip with "Black" Andy, the magazine's layout director who was her boyfriend of two months. They had worked together since joining the company two years prior and had finally decided to try for a romance, but their disparate backgrounds had been the cause of some tense feelings already.
"Syria, huh? That should be fun."
"I actually think it will be. Finally I'll get to see something I've only been able to hear about before."
"Angry, violent people? Well, if that's your thing."