Open:: the table is laid lavishly with everyone's favorite foods. Though the beauty practically radiates from the table, the air is tightly strung with tension. I clench my jaw and stand up. "All right, everyone. Before our guests arrive, I want you all to be on your very best behavior. These people--" I break off, trying to think how to describe them, "these people will NOT be happy if any of us step a toe out of line."