Irma Fortescue-Smyth surveyed her guest list. In her head, she checked off each name noting who it was and why they were invited.
Irma wanted her evening to be perfect even though there were three guests who had indicated they were bringing a guest she was not familiar with.
Irma had worked hard to foster an evening like no other. She didn’t want any embarrassing incidents; she didn’t want any guest to do anything that might bring disgrace on her. For Irma Fortescue-Smyth everything had to be prim and proper.
When the appointed hour arrived she and her husband, Godfrey, took up their respective places to greet each of their guests.
The final guest was Alice Waddle, of the Ascot Waddles, a well to do family who delved into racehorses and who had done rather well.
On Alice’s arm was an obviously intoxicated middle-aged man. Irma was immediately taken aback, she had seen drunken men before, she knew what havoc they could bring with them, and she was apprehensive about inviting him in.
Alice introduced him as her cousin Klaus from Batavia, visiting the Waddle’s for the coming week.
Unfortunately for Irma, Klaus was not a quiet drunk, and from the moment he set foot inside the dining room chaos eschewed.
He upset the drinks waiter, he spilt drinks on the other guests, and he was loud and began telling jokes, the sort to make a wharfie blush.
All the while Alice was impervious to his behaviours preferring to spend her time with the Smiths of The Valley Winery, the most successful winery in the district leaving Klaus to whatever resources he found to tap into.
It reached a head when during the dinner Klaus in making a point to his neighbour Brian King of Kings Fashion Emporium, he waved his arms knocking the plate of roasted potatoes across the table, shattering several wine glasses and landing hot potato in the laps of most guests.
There was a silence like no other, then collective screams as the hot food seeped through dresses and pants.
Margo Caldwell stood up, pointed down the table and indignantly asked: “Who invited him?”