I struggled a LOT with this moment. I couldn't decide how MP would be able to get out of this awkward meeting. I got a lot of great suggestions from family and friends, but in the end, this was the option that worked best for the story.
Other possibilities were:
- Hilde just didn't recognize MP.
- Wine was spilled on an expensive rug.
- A champagne cork hit Hilde in the head.
- Mr. O'Malley accidentally mentioned having a mistress.
Your mileage may vary, but I'm happy with my choice.
Rock on, guys, and never stop drawing.