There was a man we hadn't seen for a while.
Is the lady here?

a lady buys a t-shirt

How much are they? she asks.

Eighteen pounds, I tell her.

I've only got fifteen, she says.

I'm sorry, I say, but I can't sell you one for fifteen pounds.

Sixteen, will you take sixteen.

I'm sorry, I say. No, I won't do that.

Not sixteen?

No, I say.

She turns and marches out of the shop.

She comes back.

I'm back, she says.

How much is the green one? she asks.

It's eighteen pounds, I tell her.

She hands me a twenty pound note.

And I don't, she says, need the hanger.


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