Boston, Lincolnshire or Massachusetts



“Can’t talk right now.”

“Too busy and important?”

“What? No. Sarah, don’t be like that.”

“Because you’re a model-”

“It’s not… like that. I’m in the middle of a shoot and I shouldn’t even have-”

“Then you should have switched it off.”

“Can I phone you later?”

“Where are you?”


“You’re back in the UK?”

“Erm. No. Not er… not Lincolnshire. Massachusetts. The USA.”

“I know where Massachusetts is.”

“The photographer’s assistant’s waving at me. I’m going to have to-”

“What are you wearing?”


190 swimwear model 12165“Wearing. Modelling.”


“Swimwear? But there’s no beach in Boston… don’t laugh!”

“I’m really going to have to go. Say ‘hi’ to m-”

“Is Dan with you?”


“He’s a swimwear model, isn’t he?”

“He is, but not on this job.”

“Why not? I thought you went everywhere together. Joined at the hip.”

“We… we… it’s for a catalogue. He doesn’t do catalogue work.”

“What was that?”


“That noise in the background. Like an announcement.”

“We’re erm… shooting in an airport.”

“Swimwear in an airport?”

“Duty Free. For a swimwear shop in Duty Free.”

“Which airport?”

“Boston. I told you.”

“But the announcement was in English.”

“Of course it was. Americans speak English.”

“No. I mean with an English accent. You’re in England.”

“OK. Yes. I’m in England.”

“Not Boston.”

“No. Not Boston.”

“Not Lincolnshire.”

“No, not Lincolnshire. “Hang on, Sarah…”

“Sophia? Sophia!”

“I’m going to have to go.”

“Why was someone asking you about travel sickness pills?”


“Why was that man asking-?”

“Because I’m in Boots! OK? The agency let me go, and the only job I could get was working behind the counter of Luton Airport’s Boots. Not even Duty Free but the first one, near the check-in desks.”

“You’re back in Luton? Why didn’t you-?”

“Happy now?”


“Are you happy now, Sarah? How the mighty Sophia has fallen?”

“Why would I be happy about that?”

“No, sir! I don’t know which ones you should buy. I’ve travelled to every corner of the globe. Never got travel sick. Air sick. Boat sick or train sick. Be like that then…”


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