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



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