Oh, hello, nearly missed you there – huddled up the corner like that.
Do you want me to..?
Well I’ll just sit here for a bit if you don’t mind.
No, I won’t say anything.
I’ll be nice and quiet.
Dum, de dum de dum.
Oh sorry, I didn’t realise I was humming, no.
Nor drumming my fingers on the table.
Humming and drumming. Heh! I made a rhyme.
Yes – quietly.
Like a church mouse, eh?
Did you do it?
No, I know we agreed, but I was just curious.
About that thing you said you were going to do.
The New Year resolution, yes.
And how did that work out then?
Still, at least you tried.
Well yes, I suppose if you had a pound off everyone who said that you would be very rich indeed.
And you never know it might grow back.
No wonder you look a bit…
I’m concerned that’s all.
I do consider you to be one of my best…
Not if I were the last person where?
Do you suppose that if the New Year thing had turned out better you might, you know, have had a bit of a, shall we say, rosier outlook on things.
And people, yes.
Well I suppose it’s a perfectly reasonable reaction.
Do you think you’ll try again?
If at first you don’t succeed and all that.
Well can’t you make a new one?
Or claim on the insurance?
Oh it wasn’t.
But it was yours wasn’t it?
He’s not going to be best pleased is he?
Have you told him?
Well sooner the better I’d say.
Get it over with.
Give him the abridged version.
No need for all the nasty details.
Least said, soonest mended and all that.
Just an unfortunate turn of phrase.
No I know you can’t physically mend it.
Not when it’s in that many pieces anyway.
Well I don’t know what temperature that stuff melts at but the flames must have been really fierce.
Who’d have thought…
Well I know you never did, obviously.
Otherwise you wouldn’t have…
So what did the police say?
Now let’s get this straight.
They were here anyway.
Because the neighbours had already complained.
So they saw it happen?
Well that’s handy.
Can’t ask for better witnesses that that then.
They got what?
An ambulance each!
Yes I did hear the sirens.
And see the flashing blue lights.
I did wonder what was going on, but I never thought…
Tell you what though, look on the bright side.
Yes, of course, there’s always a positive spin if you search hard enough.
Well if you give me a chance I’ll tell you.
Come here and I’ll whisper.
No I don’t want everyone to know.
Lean this way a bit more.
Just think of it like this.
Only 365 days and you can have another go!
That wasn’t very nice!
I wish I hadn’t asked now!