I took a deep breath, picked up the phone, and turned off the speakerphone. As I put it to my ear, I could hear Lionel calming down.
After a short pause, he asked once more, "Why are you there Claudia?" he was defiantly much calmer, but I could hear the anger and slight hurt in his voice.
"Lionel." I said, "he's moving. We'll never see him again. I just wanted things to be cleared up between us. Obviously, you don't want to make amends, but I do. I don't him leaving with issues between us. I would feel too guilty later on."
That shut him up.
"I'll call you later, but right now I need to go find Daniel. I love you, you know I do, right Lionel?"
I could hear more than see him nod his head.
"Yes." he said.
I smiled. "Good. See you later, Lionel."
I hung up and set Daniel's phone on his desk.