Emma sat and listened to Izzy’s friends talk. She listened, but didn’t actually join in other than to answer when someone spoke to her. Izzy had ended up sitting across the table from Emma, and was talking to the people beside her, and the women beside Emma seemed quieter than the other two, in the same way as Emma was.

Mostly, Emma listened. After a while she got out her phone, and sent Mark a message saying she was at the shops and to say when he was on his way home and she’d make sure to go then too.

Then she went back to sitting.