"Quit dabbing at the cut over your eye." said Lisa
needs stitches." complained Maura.
doesn't need stitches; it needs you to stop touching it."
stopped poking ineffectively at the deep scratch on her forehead with the
inundated piece of tissue paper. Laura had dug her fingernails right into her
face during their brief brawl and now it was peppered with crescent shaped
girls approached Paul's house on unsteady feet caused by a combination of too
much wine and high heels.
supported Maura as they walked up the gravel driveway and reached the front
door of Paul's house.
pressed the bell and it sounded. After a few seconds the door opened inwards.
Jeremy was standing on the other side.
If you dare...mwah ha ha.." Jeremy stopped suddenly, not wanting to look
foolish in front of Lisa.
me carry her in." Lisa said by way of greeting.
said Jeremy, rushing to help. "What happened? Dog attack?"
like that." hiccupped Maura.
there a couch we can put her on?"
here." said Jeremy.
led the way through a never ending hallway to a well furnished living room that
was bigger than most people's houses.
parents own this?" asked Maura.
They're squatters." answered Jeremy.
Paul's dad is some kind of Solicitor."
sat Maura down on the couch.
you get some first aid supplies? We need to do something about those scratches."
go ask Paul where that stuff is." said Jeremy as he ran out of the room.
was upstairs in his bathroom, carefully shaving what little facial fluff he
had. Jeremy knocked on the door.
up?" said Paul.
Lisa and Maura are here. I need first aid supplies."
did you do to them?"
Maura was attacked by a dog. I think. I need plasters and disinfectant."
put down his razor and fished underneath the sink for the first aid kit. He
pulled out the green plastic box and opened the bathroom door. He handed the
box to Jeremy and closed the door again.
wait!" said Jeremy. "Are you nearly finished. I can't be left alone
with Lisa. I might say something stupid!"
minutes and I'll be ready."
But no more."
not panicking!" said Jeremy.
ran downstairs with the first aid kit.
turned to his reflection in the mirror and wiped off the remaining shaving foam
from his face. He put on some aftershave and sprayed deodorant across his torso
and down the front of his trousers. You never knew when it may come in handy.
like Jeremy." said an intoxicated Maura. "He's like a puppy. So
willing to please."
know." said Lisa.
only like that with you. You know that right?"
course not. God, have you seen him? If he loses a stone and takes up Rugby, I
might be interested."
least I'm not hung up on the loser who couldn't dump me fast enough."
shut up about my Tommy."
not your Tommy anymore. He's into college girls now."
re-entered the room at precisely that moment.
have the first aid box."
Patch me up." said Maura.
knelt down on the floor and opened the kit. He quickly took a half dozen
plasters from a smaller box inside and some anti-bacterial wipes. He cleaned
Maura's face with the wipes and applied the plasters.
Jeremy." Maura said when he had finished. "Leave me here to sleep a
while. The others won't be here for ages yet."
thing. Do you want to go get a drink Lisa? I got some stuff in the off licence
left Maura to take a nap and headed for the Kitchen. Jeremy went straight for
the fridge and took out some bottles. He handed a wine cooler to Lisa and kept
a beer for his own consumption.
opened their bottles and sipped on the drinks.
need to say something." said Lisa.
know...I mean. There's a rumour going around that you...fancy me."
was all Jeremy could manage to say.
spoke slowly and cautiously: "Yeah?"
didn't speak for a second but then replied: "I'm not...I don't like you in
Why not? I'm a good guy."
sure you are but I need someone...stronger and more...full of life."
see...and I'm weak and basically dead?"
You're just not...good...enough...for me."
felt as if he had been punched in the stomach and face simultaneously.
he said as he turned and exited the Kitchen.
sat down at the kitchen table and continued to drink as she thought.
The hard part is over at least. I think I handled that well. No drama at least.
front door bell rang. Lisa got up and went to answer it. Sean and Brian stood
Great. What do these fools want?