There were three of them, dark shadows in the doorway silhouetted against the bright midday sunlight from the street outside. Inside, customers gasped as familiar square-shouldered figures sidled towards the counter. Each deposited a large bag onto the counter.
The barman tried to look unconcerned. “Well?”
“Three usuals,” said the largest.
“Like we said.”
“Been into town, ladies?”
The smallest one replied. “Me ‘n Betty ‘n Kitty have been invited tae a waddin’. Wahnt tae see whit we’ve bought?”
So, as the women drank their coffees, everyone admired the pink, blue and green hats they were wearing.
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(Subtitles for our North American cousins: “Me ‘n Betty ‘n Kitty have been invited tae a waddin’. Wahnt tae see whit we’ve bought?” = “Elizabeth, Katherine and I have been invited to a wedding. Would you like to see what we’ve purchased?”)