[Two women enter a kitchen. The first slides her hand along the bench, sweeping away non-existent crumbs. The second mimics her, but instead appreciates, not without a sense of jealousy, the quality and gloss of the timber benches].
“So the vibe we’ve really gone for, as you can see, is sort of a wholesome, rustic look.”
“Oh yes, it’s very nice, isn’t it?”
[Sound of two pairs of high-heels, slowly pacing the kitchen as though it’s a museum].
“It’s nice to be able to look out onto the garden while we eat breakfast, I must say.”
[The first woman stops and frowns at the rug, before crouching to straighten the fringe. While her back is turned, the second woman, though she is not quite sure why, has the sudden urge to see what her sister keeps in the fridge. She gently tugs the door open and finds a single plastic bottle of water, two thirds empty. Nothing else.]
“What did you do with Mum’s gramophone?”
“Mum’s gramophone. You said you wanted it because you had the perfect place to put it?”
“Oh! It’s in the formal dining room! It honestly ties the whole room together, and I think it’s just much nicer than it being stuffed in some cupboard somewhere … what are you mumbling? Come on, i’ll show you, follow me, please.”
[The women exit the room, hand-in-hand. Well … not exactly hand-in-hand, the first woman grabs the wrist of her younger sister and tugs her down the hallway like a toy on a string].
“See! Isn’t it glamorous!”
“You know it’s May, right?”
“It’s just …”
“Just what? Is there something you have a problem with?”
“Well, the room is lovely, but the Christmas decorations…”
“Which Christmas decorations? Where?”
“… the ones hanging from the ceiling?”
“I don’t see any Christmas decorations and I really don’t like your attitude.”
“The baubles! Up there! There must be fifty of them! It looks like the room caught a venereal disease!”
“There is honestly no accounting for your taste, Kate. It’s called frou-frou. It’s French. Perhaps if you owned your own home, you’d understand a little more about decorating.”
[Sound of one pair of high heels leaving the room].