It all began in the summer of 2003. At least, I think it did – I was on holiday at the time, but when I got back, I heard that Lisa and Penny had fallen out. Apparently, they’d had some kind of big bust-up over something, though I’m not sure what. Let me set the scene for you. Lisa is in her late thirties and works as an administrator for a respected legal firm. Or maybe it’s local government. I’m not really sure – she doesn’t talk about work much. I haven’t seen her in a few months. Penny, on the other hand, is an enigma. By which I mean I haven’t met Penny.
Anyway, I’m not entirely clear what the issue was between them, but it came to a head in either a coffee shop or the public library. They’d either just met a few days before or known each other for years and they were really close friends, or possibly just acquaintances. But then this thing happened, which was either an argument over money or a disagreement about politics, and that led to a series of events which I’m not entirely clear on, but I think they ended up being closer friends as a result. Or maybe they never spoke again. I should ask Rachel. I kind of know Lisa through Rachel. Anyway, crazy story. Just goes to show.