There was a certain amount of consternation at the Page family breakfast table this morning. The postman trotted up the driveway at about 8:10am as per usual and popped a sheaf of letters through the letterbox in the UPVC door "chez les Pages". Ann dutifully placed them before Brian who was halfway through his morning bowl of All Bran. Brian opened a manila envelope with a Ware postmark and almost burst a blood vessel which was not, as you can imagine, a pretty sight.
An overdue library book with a fine totalling almost £73 and the council were about to take Brian to court! Chuffed was he not.
It seems that Jessica, having mislaid her own library card, had borrowed Brian's as is from time to time her wont. (Brian's library card gets scant use due to his very demanding job at Mackletyne Extruded Plastics.) Of course, these days Jessica is up in Loughborough where she's attending a Business Studies course at the university. The library book withdrawal dated from the Easter vac when she "came down" for a couple of weeks R and R.
And the book? A self-help volume entitled How To Be More Organised. Brian was livid!