Neighbourhood Watch

“Come away from the window.”

“She’s outside again.”




“Come, look.”

“No, thank you.”

“Norman, look.”

“Just tell me if you have to. I’m trying to read the paper. Besides Barney’s too comfortable to move and I can’t reach my tea from there.”

“There’s someone following her.”

“What do you mean ‘following’?”

“Coming out the house after her.”

“Right. And does she look OK about that?”

“Well… yes but…”

“But?… Ethel?”

“They’re kissing!”

“Oh, good. ’bout time she…”

“No, Norman!”

“Why ‘no’?”

“It’s not right.”

“Why not?”

“It’s broad daylight.”

“Oh Ethel! You’re so old-fash…”

“Someone might be watching!”

“Someone is watching. Aren’t they Barney?”

“You’d think she’d be a bit more respectful.”

“Of what?”

“Not what, Norman.”

“Alright then, who?”

“Whom, Norman.”

“Of whom, Ethel?”

“Of her neighbours.”

“Of you, dear.”

“Yes, Norman, and our friends.”

“The neighbours.”

“Of course. They’re not just neighbours, Norman. You’ve not been here all day to really appreciate them, have you? While you’ve been working all your life…”

“Happy days.”

“While you’ve been at work, I’ve been representing the two of us in the community.”

“I bet you have, dear.”

“You don’t realise what goes on when you’re not here.”

“No dear, but you do.”

“Of course. It’s all part of the Neighbourhood Watch.”

“We don’t have…”

“Not yet, Norman.”


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