“You’re allergic to everything, you are.”


“Alright then, almost everything.”

“That’s not fair.”“Tomatoes, nuts, cream, wheat, washing-”

“Washing? I’m not allergic to washing!”

“Are you sure?”


“Tom. When was the last time your body felt the shower, your bedding the washing machine and your car-”

“Yes, OK. I get the picture. If I’d known I was going to get this much hassle, I’d have not moved back home.”

“How Lizzie ever put up with you, I don’t know.”

“Izzy. Isobel. And she’d no angel herself.”

“She’s lovely.”

“So lovely you can’t remember her name.”

“You weren’t with her that long.”

“Too long.”

“How long?”

“Twenty-three years. Twenty-two too long.”

“So you’re back home.” “”

“Yes, but…”

“Tom. You get your pension next year. I think it’s about time you grew up!”

“Yes, mother.”


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