Izzy stopped and said hi, and told Emma everyone’s names. One of the women turned out to be Izzy’s housemate, who Emma had spoken to on the phone. Izzy started talking to them all. She seemed to know everyone at the table, and to be a part of their lives enough to know that someone had a new job and someone else was soon going overseas. She asked about both, and the questions she asked were answered, and then the conversation just went on from there.

Emma stood there and smiled politely. She didn’t really have much to say.

After a moment one of the women at the table said that Izzy and Emma should join them, and Izzy looked at Emma and said, “Do you want to?”