The three women hadn’t seen each other since school. They rediscovered each other via Friends Reunited and arranged to meet for lunch in a wine bar.
Rachel arrived first, wearing camel Versace. She ordered a bottle of chilled Chablis.
Clare arrived shortly afterwards, in grey Chanel. After the required ritualised kisses she joined Rachel in a glass of Chablis.
Then Sam walked in, wearing a faded old Barbour anorak, blue jeans and Wellington boots. She too shared the wine.
Rachel recounted that after leaving school and graduating from Oxford in Classics she met and married Timothy, with whom she has a beautiful daughter. Timothy is a partner in one of London’s leading law firms. They live in a 4000 sq ft house in North London, where Susanna, the daughter, attends drama school. They have a second home in the hills above Monte Carlo.
Clare said she graduated from King’s College and became a Consultant Gynaecologist. Her husband, Clive, is a leading A&E Consultant. They live in Dulwich and have a second home in Florida.
Samantha described how she left school at 17 and ran off with her boyfriend, Ben. They run a tropical bird park in Norfolk and grow their own vegetables. Ben can stand four parrots, side by side, on his willy.
Several hours later, half way down the third bottle of Chablis, Rachel blurted out that her husband isn’t Tim, he’s Tom and he’s a clerk for Islington Council. They live in a terraced house in Muswell Hill and keep a caravan in France.
Clare, chastened and encouraged by her old friend’s honesty, confessed that she and Clive are nurses in King’s College. They live in Herne Hill and have a timeshare in Orlando.
Samantha admitted that the fourth parrot has to stand on one leg.