A mother attempts to plaster over the cracks in her daughter's adulterous marriage.
Having left his first wife for the then 19-year old Barbara, Ian - now waiting in a cafe for his 18-year old mistress, Laura - clearly has no intentions of breaking the habit of a lifetime. Barbara, meanwhile, burns with feverish guilt at the remembrance of a recent holiday fling with a Jamaican bartender. When Barbara's mother Molly comes to visit her fragile daughter and chaotic grandchildren, it is she who must attempt to plaster over the cracks rapidly widening throughout this family.
Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection The Atmospheric Railway.