An unbelievably loud shout from across the mezzanine at Dymocks cafe, where a tall woman, orange and pear-shaped to the waist then black and vertical, slouches against one side of a booth and glares a lazy challenge to the world. Her head is small, covered in corn rows leading to a bun.

Trapped inside the booth is a fussy blonde woman with salon hair and a nervous, twitching energy. She wears sunglasses on top of her head, and a green dress. A teenage girl sits facing her but is also locked in, guarded by a standing, leaning woman in white.

A release is finally negotiated. Fussy and the teenager stand outside the booth, and everyone hugs the woman in white. Three of them leave together, with the woman in white despatched in the opposite direction.

She has to pay.