sunlight glanced off the orange juice directly
into Tom's eyes as Diana came back into the
kitchen. The savage chewing of a piece of toast
belied the nonchalance with which she looked
through the window.
expectant, on the baseline and waited for her
Coconut ring any bells?
deceptively soft, intended to wrong- foot.
Is it a
the top of the net.
One false move
and thered be days of atonement. His last
mistake had landed him in the spare room for a
on the phone, a woman, said you left a sweater in
the momentum unnerved him for a few seconds.
in the coconut? Haha! Sounds like motto in
the cracker or dinner in the
I remember, now. I lent it to Ed. He was going
out straight from the office and didnt want
to look too formal. Something about a fruit-and-veg-themed
'You lent it
to Ed, but some-one from the pub rang you? How
did they know to do that? I thought you had a
squash fixture. And where exactly is The Coconut?
Long lob, so
start running. Buy some time. Say something;
what Eds like. He probably gave my number
to a girl he picked up. He wouldnt give his
own number, would he? I think its somewhere
near the office.
himself sometimes. Match break while she busied
herself making coffee. She turned to look at him,
hand poised to ram the plunger home.
This one would
be carefully positioned.
thank you, God), the phone rang. He straightened
up. Probably her mother.
Tossing him a
match postponed look, she left the
kitchen. That was OK though. A call on his mobile
to Ed and hed have everything sorted by the
time he got back from work.
Either that or
hed have to drag the 13 tog single duvet
out of the cupboard.
At lunch time
he rang the pub.
Selina. This is Tom . About the sweater I left
behind last night
the one you talked to my
sister about this morning ?
Tom. Your sister was it? Shes not very fond
of you, is she? Want to come round and collect?'
babes - not tonight.
with amateurs when there was a top seed waiting
for him at home, with everything to play for.