This week, Michael gives us EGRLACTICAL to play with.
Right! Let my imagination come forth…………… or fifth.
Ruby and Chantal had been friends since school, but as they got older, Chantal always had to have one up on her.
If Ruby had a cold, Chantal had ‘flu. If Ruby had stomach ache, Chantal had a rumbling appendix, though this was never proven or removed. Ruby wore glasses but Chantal had to have contacts. Ruby had her ears pierced so Chantal had hers done twice as well as her nose, and so it went on.
In the boyfriend stakes, Ruby was content with George who adored her. Chantal dated several guys at once, saying they all worshipped the ground she walked on, when secretly they were a little scared of her as she could be temperamental and quite nasty, so they didn’t actually hang around for long.
But for all that, Chantal was still Ruby’s best friend, and the three of them would often go out together. One day, Chantal made a play for George, who although flattered, laughed it off and told her Ruby was the only gal for him.
Chantal tried to cast doubt on their relationship, though both put it down to jealousy as she had been dumped yet again by the ‘Beau of the Mo’ as she called them.
In a huff of green envy, Chantal stormed off leaving George and Ruby in her hostile wake.
‘Well that’s certainly egrlactical,’ George said as they continued drinking their coffee.
Ruby tinkered with her smartphone.
‘That doesn’t come up in word search. What does it mean?’
‘No idea. I probably made it up but it has a nice ring about it, and seems to fit her behaviour. I don’t know why you’ve been friends for so long. She can be pretty difficult, petty and silly sometimes.’
‘I guess it’s because we’re both only children and knew no-one when we started school, so just seemed to drift towards each other. She’s not that bad once you get to know her. She’s actually quite insecure and her home life isn’t as stable as yours or mine. She’s been a good friend though, especially when Mum was ill.’
At that moment, Chantal came back in with a new guy on her arm.
Breezily she introduced Bryan (with a Y) to her closest friends and sat down with them whilst he got them coffee.
‘I think he’s The One!’ she gushed. ‘He’s so like you George, but has more money and drives a beamer.’
George looked across at Ruby and grinned as he picked up the keys to his old Focus.
‘Yep. Definitely egrlactical.’
Chantal looked at him quizzically as Bryan was approaching with their two lattes.
‘You’re in a class of your own Chantal. Enjoy your coffee. We’ll see you tomorrow. ‘Bye Bryan. Nice to meet you.’
As they were leaving, they heard Chantal dreamily tell Bryan that she had been described as egrlactical.
‘It suits you.’ he replied vaguely, having no idea what she was on about, but she was kinda pretty.