'It was so exciting, Mum' exclaimed Penny 'Terry was really great. The best player on the pitch. He scored three goals and the second one was a real blinder. The Hoofers won 3-2. Terry says that he was approached after the game by a Leyton Orient scout.'
'My goodness. He must be good. Perhaps he will get an offer to play in their team.'
'No, he's too young for that but they have an under 16 squad and he's going for training tomorrow'.
'And how is school?'
'Okay. A few new faces but much the same. It's good to be back. I must tell Dad about Terry.'
Sylvia Smythe was pleased but worried at the same time. Penny was so young to be involved with a boy and, apart from football, he had not many prospects. However Penny was so happy about it and football was a way of having a great career for a while.
Rupert Smythe didn't say much. His daughter was a bit like her mother, whereas her brother Sebastien - or Seb as both his children insisted in calling him - might have a more solid career. Penny's liking for art and gymnastics didn't offer much of a future. But Rupert was pleased that Penny was attractive to boys. It made such a difference to a girl's life.
'So, we might see Terry on the TV someday' he said encouragingly 'and you have a real knack with the latest art trends. But you are so young Penny. You should keep your options open a bit.'
'Oh Dad! You are a drag. I am going to enjoy myself when I get the chance.'
So the prospect dawned on Rupert and Sylvia Smythe that they would have to meet Terry's parents. Rupert knew he had left wing views that would clash with his Tory opinions. The future might have plenty of pitfalls.