“It’s at times like this that I was an only child.”

“Oh, thanks.”

“No, you know what I mean.”

“That I hadn’t been born.”

“No, that’s not…”

“How else do you mean it?”

“That I’d be the only one to have to make this decision.”

“We knew it was going to come to this eventually; one of us taking her in or choosing a home.”

“There isn’t really a choice, is there?”

“No, and I’ve found one. The Sycamores. It’s supposed to be very nice. We can take her there tomorrow.”

“You’ve checked already?”

“I knew you couldn’t take her, where would she sleep?”

“I could have the sofa.”

“But you’re at work all day.”

“As are you. The Sycamores it is, I guess.”

“I’ll give them a ring. Said I’d call today anyway to let them know one way or the other.”

“Without seeing it?”

“No, I mean to just go and have a look. If mum’s not happy we’ll have to think of something else.”

“Like what?”

“I don’t know but I’m not giving up my job…”

“Maybe carers then… a live-in someone or other.”

“I couldn’t be around her all day, she’d drive me nuts.”

“That’s very insensitive…”

“You could quit your job.”


“It’s only Tesco. You can get another one when… well, she is very ill.”

“She’s not that ill. The Sycamores… it’s OK, is it? Not full of old people staring at the TV.”

“I don’t know. It’s expensive enough.”

“That’s OK, there’s plenty of equity in her house.”

“You’re not selling the house!”

“We’d have to.”

“But I wanted to live… I mean, to live there with you.”

“You’ve planned this all along, haven’t you? Kick her out, move her in with me… for free… so the inheritance stays intact. Half of the house is mine, remember.”

“Yes, but…”

“That’s it!”


“I sell my flat and move in with her. She stays at home, we get in a carer, paid for by my flat, you contribute of course…”


“Now, are you going to tell her or shall I?”


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