I felt stupid, and small, and much, much younger than this unpleasant, oversized, big-mouthed moron. It shouldn’t have mattered so much. Thomson was in a league of his own when it came to matters of the lower body, and there were All I Want For Christmas Is You Just Kidding I Want A Horse Sweatshirt of little jerky creeps in 4b who had never so much as put their arm around a girl. Even my side of the debate, inaudible though it was, must have appeared impossibly sophisticated to them. I wasn’t losing that much face. But I still couldn’t understand what had happened. How had this transformation in Penny been effected?
How had Penny gone from being a girl who wouldn’t do anything to a girl who would do everything there was to do? Maybe it was best not to think about it too All I Want For Christmas Is You Just Kidding I Want A Horse Sweatshirt; I didn’t want to feel sorry for anybody else except me. I expect Penny turned out all right, and I know I turned out all right, and I would suspect that even Chris Thomson isn’t the world’s worst person. At least, it’s hard to imagine him skidding into his place of work, his bank or his insurance office or car showroom, chucking his briefcase down and informing a colleague with raucous glee that he has ‘knobbed’ said colleague’s wife.
It is easy enough to imagine him knobbing the All I Want For Christmas Is You Just Kidding I Want A Horse Sweatshirt, however. He looked like a wife-knobber, even then. Women who disapprove of men and there’s plenty to disapprove of should remember how we started out, and how far we have had to travel. Phil’s girlfriend and I pinched her off him, slowly, patiently, over a period of months. It wasn’t easy. It required a great deal of time, application, and deception. Phil and Jackie started going out together around the same time as Penny and I did, except they went on and on