In the conference room sat Carl, an aquarium, and a lot of empty chairs.
"Tom," said Carl. "Good of you to come."
"Thanks, Carl," I said, "Good of you to have the meeting." I then turned to the table to consider probably the most important decision of the meeting: Where to sit.
John (the author) has done a great job going over the psychology of the character Tom. The "little man" in his head is an interesting way to visualize the emotions of Tom, a great technique to use that not only saves time writing, but also keeps the readers attention. So far the second round of this story is really good.