Erica arrived as usual. She entered the kitchen, greeted Linda, smiled, asked for some hot water. Surprisingly, Linda blasted how she had been told not to give Erica any hot water.
Even as she said it she realised how stupid she sounded.
Erica just looked at her, nodded, walked away. No argument, no question. But she never came back to the kitchen.
When she arrived, she would sit in the office talking to Arlene, then to others when they arrived. Not to Linda..
Linda stayed in the kitchen.
It took a little while for Linda to realise that Erica would never buy her another birthday present, nor ask her for hot water.
And it was too late to refriend Erica