Does the expression pick up something from some one's lap sound natural to you? if not what would you suggest? Context:

She was supposed to be mollified now. In compliance, she delivered a wide, reassuring smile and picked up the bag of hot dogs from Martin’s lap.

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    Grammatically it's fine, but it leaves me wondering why on earth Martin is sitting there with a bag of hot dogs in his lap. That can't be sanitary. – 1006a Sep 25 '18 at 12:51
  • Donuts come in a bag. Hot dogs come in a package. – Phil Sweet Sep 26 '18 at 0:32
  • Was she really given an order to deliver a wide reassuring smile? – Phil Sweet Sep 26 '18 at 0:35

gather up TFD idiom

  1. To collect or assemble certain things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "up."

As in:

... and gathered up the bag of hot dogs from Martin’s lap.

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