A low-key page with a lot going on. This is an obvious next step after our hero has been warned not to call up a friend - now we have some danger! But I wanted the announcement of Gwen's pregnancy to pull things back, to start the wheels turning in Eve's head that maybe she hasn't been the most attentive friend. Why would she be invited if she doesn't even know?
The comment about the sick crew is a reference to the bohemian clique in Thomas Pynchon's "V.". The names are a bit of meta commentary for someone who might just casually glance at OP and not be able to tell the characters apart. And "Meredith" is a little jab at the common mix-up between my name and Marigold's, and the tiny internal panic I felt over that, wondering if I was projecting too strongly onto that particular character.