[I]The Waterman Wine Bar. Amelia is out with Cresselda Markham and her husband Alex. She is upset.[/I]
[B]Amelia:[/B]*Head in hands* My life is in a complete rut Cress. I don't think I can take another week in that bank, all those ghastly plebians shouting at me through the glass because they've run themselves into debt and the dreary people I have to work with. Its too much. I want more out of life.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Hey that's like so so sad Am. You should marry a rich man like my Alex *squeezes Alex's hand*.
[B]Amelia:[/B]Yeah right. But where are they Cress? Where are all the decent guys? You know earlier tonight I had that nerd Joe from the bank come round trying to take me out.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Euuggh poor you. What kind of self-respecting girl would go out with [I]that[/I]. I'm glad I found Alex *strokes Alex's face*. He's excellent in bed and more importantly rich. He's brilliant at football and coaches the junior team.
[B]Amelia:[/B]I bet you know how to make a woman feel special don't you Alex.
[B]Amelia:[/B] Has he bought you anything recently Cress?
[B]Cresselda:[/B]*stroking Alex's knee* Yes, here look *shows Amelia her new gold watch*.
[B]Amelia:[/B]Thats utterly beautiful. I feel bereft. I'm lost in a world of mundanity where I'm taken for granted and tossed about by life. I may die. Or have a valium.
[I]Miles Ashfordly enters and goes up to the bar. He is a young man of around 21 and dressed in expensive casual clothes.[/I]
[B]Cresselda:[/B]*Nudges Amelia who spills some her drink* .Now what about that? He's like gorgeous. I wouldn't mind him giving me a night of passion. Get in there Am. Ask him how much money he has.
[B]Amelia:[/B]I don't dare approach him. I feel like a kitten in these situations.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]OK, watch the expert Am, watch the expert.
[I]Cresselda put down her drink, gets up and goes to the bar. In the distance she immediately strikes up a conversation with Miles and fondles his hair.[/I]
[B]Amelia:[/B]She's certainly got the gift of confidence hasn't she Alex?
[I]Cresselda leads Miles back to their table.[/I]
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Miles I'd like you to meet my husband Alex and my best friend Amelia. Alex runs a highly successful computer software business and Amelia is stuck in a dead end job at the bank.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Miles has been telling me all about his family's investments and how he is independently wealthy. *To Miles* Here go and sit next to Amelia. She's desperate for a guy. I know she's not as attractive as myself but she's still a bit of a looker and she'd do anything you want given how desperate she is.
[B]Miles:[/B]Hi Amelia. You ok babe or can I get you another drink?
[B]Amelia: [/B] Hi Miles. I'll have a vodka and soda, with ice.
[I]Miles goes to the bar to fetch the drink. He plucks an ornamental pink rose out of a flower display near the bar[/I]
[B]Cresselda:[/B]He has a lovely bottom Am. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on that. But Alex might get jealous.
[I]Miles returns with the drink and the rose[/I]
[B]Miles:[/B]Hey babe, I got this for you.
[B]Amelia:[/B]Oh Miles that's so sweet of you. Ravish me later.
[B]Miles:[/B]Cool babe, I'd love to.
[B]Amelia:[/B]Can I just ask about your income. What would you say your monthy income is once you take the overheads out.
[B]Miles:[/B]You mean net babe?
[B]Miles:[/B]Oh I'd say around £10,000.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]£10,000? That's more than Alex brings in. You must be lying.
[B]Miles:[/B]*laughs* Hey babe its no lie. My parents made a fortune investing in Eastern Europe after the wall came down. None of us have to work.
[I]Cresselda gets up and sits herself down in between Amelia and Miles. She strokes Miles' leg.[/I]
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Hey Miles, how about we go to a club together after we've finished these drinks.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Oh you don't want to worry about Am. She likes sitting here and thinking about what a dreary failure her life is as it reinforces her sense of identity.
[B]Amelia:[/B]*Distressed* But he's my date Cress.
[B]Cresselda:[/B]Don't be so possessive Am. It simply reinforces in people's minds that you are desperate and does your image no credit.
[B]Amelia:[/B]What about Alex?
[B]Cresselda:[/B]He can go home and watch the football. If I play my cards right tonight they'll be a divorce then you can have him.