Bath for two

“Twist it.”

“It won’t turn.”

“Here, let me have a go.”

“No point. I’ve tried.”

“Try a different angle then, or something.”

“Tried every angle.”

“Tried to warn you.”

“It’s been alright before.”

“Before me?”

“Just one… I told you about Sam.”

“Thought you were just friends.”

“To start with.”

“Like us.”

“Not like us, we’re better.”

“You got them undone before.”


“Happened often then?”

“A few times.”

“Didn’t realise you were so…”

“It’s OK. It’s not a competition. Wasn’t serious like we are.”

“Just fun then.”


“More fun?”

“Different fun.”

“Turn the key again. The lock might have loosened.”

“No good. Have you got any WD40?”

“In the shed.”

“Would you mind?”

“But I’ll have to put some clothes on.”

“It’s dark, no-one will see you.”

“Next door have a security light… I don’t think WD40 will work.”

“Soap then.”

“Bath for two?”



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