They were surprised to see a strange man sitting at the kitchen table with Dad. They each had a glass of beer. Dad looked very pleased. He told the children this was a very old friend he hadn't seen for years. The man, whose name was Bill, was big and jolly. He looked at his watch, Well, if your lady-wife isn't coming home, why don't we all go down the road and get fish and chips?
The children jumped up and down, screaming with delight, and clapping their hands.
Dad looked at them, then at the fridge door, then at his watch. We-ell...
Oh, come on! said Bill.
You'd better promise not to tell your Mum, said Dad.
We won't! yelled Kitty.
Twenty minutes later they were all walking down the road, munching(咀嚼) delicious fish and chips with their fingers. When they got back to the house Bill took cans of fizzy(嘶嘶作响的) drink from his pockets, which made a perfect end to the meal (使这顿饭有了一个完美的尾声). The children were sorry when he had to go.
Oh, dear, said Dad, looking at empty cans on the kitchen table. We'd better clear up. Mum will be back in half an hour.
When Mum's key turned in the lock, Dad and Daniel were watching a film on television, and Kitty was wheeling Mr Tubs up and down the hall on her old baby tricycle.
Mum kissed her. Hello, love, have you had a lovely day?
Kitty nodded. She started to feel a bit guilty.