The boys are getting to know each other.
Albert So, I says to her, “sorry Miss, but your horse seems to be a cow!” Ha ha!
Will My word Albert, you do get into some scrapes!
Albert Well we can’t let you city boys have all the fun can we now?
Will I wouldn’t exactly call Larkhall the height of city living. We’re fairly out in the sticks.
Cecil Next to Bath though aren’t you.
Will Well, yes. That we are.
Cecil My Uncle went to Bath once. Said he dipped his toe in the waters, like the Romans used to. Healing powers he said those waters have.
Will They’re meant to, yes.
Albert I heard that was only if you drink them. You ever drunk them Will?
Will Course I have. Everyone has.
Albert What do they taste like?
Will Well, they’re warm for a start.
Cecil Like a nice cup of tea?
Will No. More like a glass of something you’ve left out in the sun for too long.
Albert Sounds vile.
Will It is. And the taste isn’t unlike that of a bag of rusty pennies.
Cecil Because of all the coins!
Albert All the what?
Cecil When people go and visit the baths, they make a wish and throw a coin in. The Goddess – Mim, Mips, something or other – is meant to grant them.
Will Minerva. The Goddess Minerva.
Cecil Yeah. That.
Albert And that’s what comes out of your taps down there is it? Warm, rusty penny water?
Will No, of course not. We have normal drinking water come out of our taps. And we make the best buns in the country.
Albert Strong words there Connett.
Will I stand by them. There’s nothing quite like a Bath Bun. With lashings of butter and jam.
Cecil Mmm. Sounds delicious.
Albert What I wouldn’t give for a bit of butter.
Will On some fresh bread.
Cecil With a little bit of cheese.
Albert Some ham.
Will Or pickle.
Cecil Pickled onions from the fish and chip shop.
Albert A nice bit of battered cod.
Will A cone of chips in drippin’.
Cecil I don’t even need that much. I’d be happy with school dinners.
Albert I’d be happy to just be back at school, with the lads.
Will Half of the lads from my school are off in Europe.
Albert Only half?
Will The other half are in India.
Cecil Ooo. India. They have good tea there.