by Fiona Lambert
this lovely new boyfriend of yours then?
Stacey asked her sister, Alice.
couldnt make it, some work thing,
apparently, Alice replied.
together on Aunt Marys sofa, a glass of
wine each in their hands. The reunion had been
organised weeks ago and everyone in the family
was turning up.
going well though? Stacey asked.
Toms lovely. Its refreshing how laid
back he is. Totally different to me.
whole familys uptight. Im not
surprised youve kept him away from us. Have
you noticed thats the third gin Aunt
Marys knocked back since we arrived,
been acting stressed lately. I think Uncle
Daves ill, Alice replied.
doesnt look ill, Stacey said,
pointing him out as he walked into the room. He
was laughing loudly at a crass joke their Dad had
Alice took a
sip of her wine and watched her Dad and his
brother-in-law trying to out-joke each other. As
she watched, their cousin, John, came to sit with
like my Dad and your Dad are enjoying themselves.
I think theyre the only ones, he said.
both look very drunk, Alice commented.
which is annoying Mum, who wanted Dad sober today.
Apparently shes invited an extra person to
the reunion and wanted him on his best behaviour.
Theyre a bit late, though.
Stacey said, leaning forward. Who?
everyone knows she gave up her first
interrupted John in mid-flow by standing up
what are you doing here? She couldnt
believe her boyfriend had just walked into the
what are you doing here? Tom replied.
Aunt Mary had
followed Tom into the room. John, ladies.
Id like you to meet Tom. We recently found
each other on-line. Hes my long-lost son.
herself go very warm as John shook hands with his
different after all, Stacey said before
bursting out with laughter.