CHARLOTTE Tea will be ready in five minutes. Can you set the table?
JAMIE Ok. What do we need?
CHARLOTTE Er, cutlery?
JAMIE I mean, I can smell one of your delicious chilli con carnes but what are we having for pudding?
CHARLOTTE Ah! It’s lemon sole and salad and fresh fruit with ice cream for pud. It’s one of your favourites, remember, and in honour of your Sicilian trip.
JAMIE Why does it smell like chilli?
CHARLOTTE What, the ice cream?
JAMIE Very funny
CHARLOTTE The chilli is for tomorrow
JAMIE That’s very organised of you. Have you turned into Nigella Lawson whilst I’ve been away?
CHARLOTTE Your brother and Susan are coming tomorrow.
CHARLOTTE To look at your photos.
CHARLOTTE You’ve forgotten, haven’t you.
JAMIE I’ve been busy.
CHARLOTTE Swanning about, more like. You were the one who invited them.
JAMIE Are we having anything to drink with this fish?
CHARLOTTE Yes. Put some glasses out, I’ve got a bottle of Domestos somewhere.
JAMIE Haven’t you got anything stronger?
CHARLOTTE It’s new and improved. I’m sure it will do the trick.
JAMIE It would be a pity to kill ourselves just as you’ve gone to all that trouble to make two meals.
CHARLOTTE Look, if I tell the fish to slow down cooking, do you want to pop down to the shop and get a bottle of white. I suddenly feel the need. Here, I’ll write it down for you.
JAMIE I’m only going across the road for one thing.
CHARLOTTE Exactly. Here’s a bag and your pocket money. Don’t spend the change on sweeties: It’ll spoil your tea.
JAMIE Back soon, love you, honey. (FRONT DOOR SHUTS FIRMLY.)
CHARLOTTE Yeah, whatever.