It was agreed upon that if the total was above what the gift cards held, I'd take care of it, and they could pay me back when we got to the car, thus disregarding the need to take their empty paint can full of change into the store. It ended up being $5.74 over the gift card total.
(The errand run, the purchasers get back into the car. Ethan checks the receipt and hands Carrie $5.75 from the backseat. She takes it, and after a moment, she hears a throat clear discreetly in her right ear.)
Ethan. I need a penny back, please.
Carrie. (thinks about all the times she made the child meals, changed his diaper, nursed him while he was sick, washed his clothes and took him places, then opens her car ashtray, extracts a penny, and shoves it into his hot little hand.) Here.
Ethan. No offense, Mom. It's only business.
He's a shark. His father will be so proud.