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THE STORY SO FAR: Howard Richy falls in love with the… Erm… fit Linda Maizen. James Mattinson has a throat condition, possibly caused by moaning too much, but… Linda turns out to be a cow and she storms out. James lets slip about Friday’s upcoming court case with Lee Martin. The ever so brilliant Adam Witz is on his way home, which is vital to Friday’s plan. Howard let’s slip about James’ marriage to Cathy Soccorso.
FRIDAY EIFFLE CALLING CATHY SOCCORSO
Hi, Cathy. It’s Friday.
Friday? Erm… I’m not actually supposed to be talking to you.
Yeah, but you are.
Cathy, I’m guessing your dad heard about James then.
Heard? Friday, that guy annpunced it on live television. It’s all over the news.
Yeah, that wasn’t James’ fault. A lots going on at the moment. And Howard’s a nightmare as it is.
How did he even find out?
I dunno. Howard has his ways. Cathy is your dad there?
Friday, I don’t think…
Oh, come on Cathy. I can’t make it any worse.
Well, you can.
Please, Cathy. I promise I will do my amazing bestest to be amazing.
Fine, Friday but be carefull…
Friday glanced up at James and grinned. James smiled feebly back.
Hello, Mr Soccorso.
Who is this?
My name’s Friday Eiffle. I’m a friend of Cathy’s. I was at the wedding. I asked where you were but there was no answer.
Friday Eiffle? How do you know Cathy?
Research. I’m a writer. Cathy helped me wirg one of my novels.
Wait, aren’t you a friend of that Mattinson.
Through Cathy, yeah.
Why have I never heard of you before?
You probably have, you just don’t remember. Friday’s not one of those names you remember.
Actually, I think it’s exactly one of those name’s I’d remember.
I suppose. I’ve never really thought of it like that.
Didn’t you ever realise it’s one of the most strange names in the world.
Well, no. My parent’s wern’t very good with names. There was always a reason the name they picked was bad.
Do you want to know what was weird about Cathy?
What’s weird about my Cathy?
Not your Cathy. About the name Cathy.
Oh, well, actually…
It means pure and it comes from Greece. But anyway, Cathy was my grandma’s cat’s name.
And it would be weird now, wouldn’t it?
Because my name would be Cathy and your daughter’s name would be Cathy too. We’d be having a conversation about the name Cathy and then we’d start talking about Cathy and we wouldn’t know where one conversation ended and the other began, would we?
Well, that would be a bit confussing.
Yeah, does Cathy like the name?
Yeah, I suppose.
Do you know what the name Freddy means?
No, what does it mean?
Don’t know. I know what the name James means though.
Go on then.
It means Supplanter.
Supplanter. That means someone who illegally takes the land from someone else.
That’s not very good, is it? I suppose it could meanhim taking Cathy from you.
Well, it depends how many times he wrongfully takes something. Because if its only once then it’s not Cathy because he already stole the music from Adam. He’s my other friend. He was in jail in some country no one’s heard of, but coming back soon.
And he can’t have stolen Cathy, anyway, can he?
Because they’ve been married for, like, two months now and Cathy’s still living with you and she’s not run off with James.
Is James with you now?
Now, he ran off when I told you what supplanter means. I think he’s gone to be sick. He’s scared of you. He thinks you’re going to kill him.
He should be so lucky. No, Friday, I’d like to meet him.
That would be a good idea.
Can I make an agreement with you?
Tommorow, at half four, in Avon Cue, you know the place?
Yeah. Am you paying or am I? It’s expensive.
I’ll pay, don’t worry. I’ll bring Cathy. You bring James. I’ll bring no on else. Ok?
Yeah, that’s cool.
Friday… What’s your second name?
Ok, Friday Eiffle. Tommorow at half four. Don’t be late.
Friday hung up the phone and smiled, satisfied with her work. Now there was only one other person she needed to sort out.