I made sure I was up earlier than usual, and at 6 o’clock I crept downstairs in the darkness, leaving Amanda asleep. I had planned everything carefully, and quickly rewired the toaster. It was now live.
I tidied up the odd bits of wire and replaced the screwdriver in the drawer.
At 7 o’clock Amanda came down, yawning.
“You were up early, Will” she said. “I heard you creep out of the bedroom.”
I swore quietly under my breath. “Needed the loo”, I muttered. “Too much beer last night!”
Amanda meanwhile had put the kettle on, and cut slices of her homemade bread.
“Pop these in the toaster, will you, while I make the coffee”.
© Gillian Peall