Cornwall. 26th June 2014. 21.00pm – Kick off.
A worse for wear Barbara, 96, is sat on the sofa with a flannel on her head, watching the Algeria vs Russia game with Hazel, 94.
BARBARA: We’ve already seen this.
BARBARA: This game. We’ve seen it.
HAZEL: It’s literally just started.
BARBARA: No. We’ve seen it.
HAZEL: We haven’t, trust me.
BARBARA: They played the other day.
HAZEL: No, they played the other teams in their group the other day – South Korea and Belgium.
BARBARA: What do you mean?
BARBARA: What do you mean, “other teams in their group”?
HAZEL: Are you kidding?
BARBARA: Other teams?
HAZEL: In their group!
BARBARA: You’ve lost me.
HAZEL: This is the last of the group games…
Barbara looks blankly.
HAZEL: I…there… there are 32 teams split across eight groups…
HAZEL: Each team in each group plays each other…
HAZEL: Top two go through.
BARBARA: There’s been (pause) 48 games?!
BARBARA: We’ve seen all of them?
HAZEL: Other than a couple, yeah.
HAZEL: Are you OK?
BARBARA: Hazel, I’m scared.
Barbara walks upstairs to bed.
© Carl Burkitt 2014