They clocked him the minute he walked into the supermarket.‘Nice arms,’ Cheryl said, eyeing his tight T-shirt. ‘Nice bottom,’ Pat sighed, sizing up his tight jeans. ‘I really like those trainers,’ Sandra added. The other two gave her a pitying glance.
In theory, Sandra should have been the only one on checkout duty at that quiet time of the morning. Cheryl was supposed to have been on shelves and Pat should have and Pat had ambled over to stand around Sandra’s till, chatting about what they’d got up to last weekend and what they hoped to get up to next weekend. Until he had walked in.
Totally smitten, they watched as he made his way around the aisles, choosing his items and dropping them into the basket slung carelessly over one of those arms Cheryl had admired so much. And then it struck them...
‘He’s coming here!’ Pat hissed.
‘Well, yeah,’ Sandra said, slow as ever on the update, He's got to pay for his stuff. Where else could he go?’ ‘
Quick!’ Cheryl vaulted into the chair at the till on Sandra’s left. Pat raced around to the till on Sandra’s right. Both girls feverishly tapped in the codes they needed to unlock their machines and make them available for service.
‘But you’re not even on…’ Sandra began, and then the penny dropped. Pat and Cheryl were sitting bolt upright and smiling broadly, pictures of eager assistance.
‘Bet I can get his phone number,’ Cheryl on the approaching target.
‘Bet I can get his house number,’ Pat countered.
Sandra wouldn’t have bet she could get his change right. It was always like that with men and her. Cheryl and Pat were the lively ones, the brash ones who always knew what to say and how to make the boys laugh. She just tagged along and, if she was lucky, if there was a boy the other two didn’t really fancy, then maybe she had a chance.
She looked now from one to the other, wondering which of the two amorous spiders would trap this latest muscular fly.
Then she looked at him, in his nice new trainers, and an unusual thought popped into her head. Here they were, the three of them, lined up like items on that day’s ‘Absolute Bargain’ shelf, just waiting to be chosen. Why shouldn’t he choose her?
Sandra sat up straight, checked her till roll to make sure it wouldn’t run out at a crucial moment, then she began trying to out-smile the other two.
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