London. Life.

“Remind me how we got these tickets?” asked Tim, as they took their seats in the Peacock Theatre.

“I wrote an interview with the director…” explained Charlie. “Part of the quid pro quo was free tickets to see the show.”

“Awesome!” grinned Tim. “Well, I am happy to be your plus one. Is Oliver at work?”

“Yes…” nodded Charlie. “This isn’t his kind thing anyway. To be honest, I’m not really sure that it’s my kind of thing. It’s all a bit Strictly Come Dancing.”

“That is totally my kind of thing!” exclaimed Tim. “I love a bit of Argentine tango - and this German Cornejo - he’s a bit of alright!”

“He’s a bit short for me…” shrugged Charlie.

“I like them short and dark…” winked Tim.

“Speaking of short and dark…” smiled Charlie. “What’s Mikael up to tonight?”

“I’m not sure, to be honest…” shrugged Tim. “We’re on a bit of a break.”

“What are you talking about?” asked Charlie. “What do you mean you’re on a break?”

“Just, you know, spending a bit of time apart…” explained Tim.

“But you live together!” exclaimed Charlie. “How are you spending time apart?”

“Well, it’s my flat…” explained Tim. “Mikael has been staying with me. He is no longer staying with me.”

“Oh. I see…” acknowledged Charlie. “What happened? What went wrong?”

“You know, nothing actually went wrong…” shrugged Tim. “I think we’d just come to the end of the road. It was time for us to head in different directions. Maybe I’m not using that metaphor correctly. Anyway, it was over.”

“Well, it’s sad, but as long as you’re okay…” said Charlie. “How long had you been together? It’s been a while, right?”

“Four years...” shrugged Tim. “Yesterday would have been our anniversary.”

“Oh, that’s sad…” said Charlie.

“Strangely enough, it wasn’t…” decided Tim. “It just felt like closure.”

“So, does that mean that you’re getting back out there?” asked Charlie. “Back amongst it?”

“I don’t think so…” smiled Tim. “I probably need a bit of time focused on myself. It sounds selfish, but I just don’t want to have to worry about anyone else for a while.”

“I get that…” nodded Charlie.

“Everything okay with you and Oliver?” asked Tim.

“We’re good…” shrugged Charlie. “Normal ups and downs - just like anyone, I guess.”

“Speaking of ups and downs…” said Tim. “Wasn’t the Brexit vote happening today?”

“Which one?” asked Charlie. “I’ve completely lost track. Someone on Twitter today was talking about how the Blitz spirit was going to get us all through Brexit, no matter what happened.”

“What a knob!” exclaimed Tim. “Who said that?”

“I don’t know…” replied Charlie. “I’ve unfollowed them, obviously.”