‘CLOSED – Closed due to illness… the one evening we finally get to try the trendy micro brewery and it’s closed.’
‘Shall we settle for The George?’
‘No way, they’re showing the football’ said Lucy. ‘Can’t we go back to yours Sal, grab a bottle of wine and order a takeaway.’
‘No, Alan’s got his mates round for a few beers to watch the match, that’s why I wanted to come out in the first place. Shall we go round yours Tam?’
‘Sorry, Milly’s invited her new boyfriend, promised we would be out till at least ten.’
‘Okay Lucy, let’s go to yours, Ed’s away, no problem.’
‘No, No… you can’t possibly come round mine, everything’s totally upside down.’
‘Ha ha, I find that hard to believe, your immaculate house always puts me and Tam to shame.’
‘It can’t possibly be as bad as the state I left mine in this morning’ said Tam. ‘Come on, we can pick up a couple of bottles at the Co Op on the way and ring up for a pizza.’
‘Okay, if you don’t believe me, you are going to be in for a shock.’
‘Yay, it is Shocktober, we’re ready for anything as long as we have wine, one white, one pink, one red.’
The closer we got to Lucy’s corner the more worried she looked, there seemed to be a lot of traffic around and as we got nearer to her little road there were lots of people walking in the same direction. I was about to say Oh, I hope there’s nothing wrong… when we turned the corner and got a shock Tam and I certainly weren’t expecting.
Lucy’s immaculate house, with its new blue cladding, was upside down, literally. A crowd was gathering, staring in awe at the house balancing on its roof. From the crowd a woman was emerging with a microphone.
Lucy grabbed both of us, there was a horrible clanking as the wine bottles hit the pavement.
‘Quick, park, hole in fence, before neighbours recognise me’ mumbled Lucy.
Stumbling through a hedge, slipping on wet grass, this was not the girls’ night out we had hoped for.
‘Lucy, this isn’t your road, can’t be, it’s a film set, no other explanation’ I hissed.
‘If only it was a film set, I was hoping I had imagined the whole thing this morning’ gasped Lucy. ‘I lost the key to Ed’s mother’s house; I’m meant to be feeding the cats every evening while she’s away, locking them in safely for the night. I was in a right panic this morning, she’ll kill me if anything happens to her precious cats.’
‘Cats are the least of your problems’ said Tam.
‘I know that now, but this morning I said to myself, or perhaps I said it out loud
“I’m going to turn this place upside down till I find that wretched key.”
I went out the front to make sure I hadn’t dropped it on the driveway last night and when I turned to go back inside, the house was upside down.’