Jamie Ferrous: Hi Mum, this is Vlad from work, I told him he could stay for a few weeks; you said you wanted a lodger.
Mother: Oh, er um, I didn’t mean straight away, I thought we would discuss it with your sisters first… we haven’t got that basement room ready yet, it’s a bit dark.
Jamie: Yeah but that’s the point innit, Vlad works nights, he needs somewhere quiet and dark to sleep during the day.
Vlad: It’s very kind of you Mrs. Ferrous, I won’t be any trouble, I don’t play loud music and I eat on my shift at the hospital.
Mother: Is that a Polish name, you sound English.
Vlad: Mum was East European.
Mother: Put the kettle on Jamie, let’s make Vlad feel at home.
Jamie: So he can stay then?
Mother: Let’s call it a trial for two weeks, after all, it may not suit him; have you told Vlad what the girls are like?
Jamie: That’s why it will be good to have another bloke around, I’m fed up with being outnumbered.
Mother: Are you on the same ward as Jamie?
Vlad: No I’m a porter, taking bodies to the mortuary and all that.
Vlad: Someone has to do it and it’s only till I’ve saved enough for uni.
Mother: What are you hoping to study?
Vlad: Medicine, so I’ll be working with live bodies eventually.
Jamie: Tea or coffee Vlad?
Vlad: I’m fine thanks, I’ve got a bottle of water with me.
Mother: Are you on a health kick?
Vlad: You could say that, if you saw some of the bodies we have to heave onto the trolleys you would understand why I like to keep myself trim.
Mother (admiringly): You certainly look very athletic, a bit pale though, but we all are still at this time of year.
Jamie: Except for Aunty Vivian and Uncle Ben.
Mother (enviously): They spent most of the winter cruising.
Vlad: I prefer misty mountains, I’m a winter person.
Mother: I bet you’re from Yorkshire, with that accent.
Vlad: Yes, East coast.
Mother: Oh we had a lovely holiday in Whitby years ago, do you remember Jamie?
Jamie: Yes, it rained.
Mother: We went to that nice fish and chip shop.
Vlad: What a coincidence, that’s my home town.
Jamie: Can we show Vlad the room now, we’ve got to get off to work soon.
Mother: Yes, of course… oh that’s lucky, sounds like the girls are home, they’ve been to the cinema.
Three teenage girls in unison: Ohh… er… hello… uhm…
Jamie: Vlad, these are my idiot baby sisters. Girls, this is our new lodger.
Vlad: You didn’t tell me how beautiful they were, very very pleased to meet you all.