Lauren had begrudgingly followed the note, if only because she had started getting bored at the park. Now she wished she had stayed at the park.
"Sooo..." she interjects from the edge of the group. "Can somebody explain to me why our best option is to travel almost a thousand miles to the south instead of, I dunno, finding a studio in New York? I'm sure you have a great reason for this multi-day cross-country trek that makes it necessary over the simpler, easier, and safer alternative. Oh, and nobody's gonna believe us. Just thought I'd point that out too."