Based loosely on a true story. Names have been changed to protect the guilty! This could probably be written as an actual short story but then I might have to give it a different ending!
Ellie and her workmates were out celebrating their bonus for achieving their sales targets that month. It had been a good month and the boss had been very pleased, so they all had full pockets and were out to let their hair down somewhat. There were more females than males in the celebration group because some wives and girlfriends didn't trust their partners on a mixed night out and had come along to keep them on the right track, because the only females from the office who came to the nights out were all single and probably fancy free!
The last bonus night out had been quite some time earlier so they were all in party mood, none more than Ellie, who, truth be told, liked her drink a little bit too much! As the night wore on, Ellie got more boisterous and some of the wives and girlfriends quietly dragged their menfolk away, either home or somewhere else, away from Ellie. And as the bar bill rose, so too did voices and tempers and a few other wiser heads also decided to call it a night. But no one was looking out for Ellie. She had come alone and her drinking behaviour meant no one wanted to be associated with her. As the evening grew later, she forgot where she had left her coat and her bag, with her keys, money and cards and she sat, nursing a drink, not even realising that she would need them some time soon.
Any one with too much drink on them is vulnerable, but probably no one more so than a lone female but Ellie was not thinking of that, she just wanted to keep partying. So she was lucky to spot a group of hometown friends, two males and a female, also out for the night, who had just come into the bar. She instantly moved across to join them, ready to start drinking again, perhaps anything to put off that time of returning to an empty apartment, with no company but late night television. But her friends were just about ready to call it a night and go home, so they offered to take her with them in their taxi to her flat. It was only when they got to her apartment that Ellie realised she had no bag, no keys and no way of getting in.
A Friend In Need
The group took her home with them, 20 miles away in their taxi. And the four of them had a late night drink to wind down. One of the men lived half a mile away and he was now ready to walk home. Ellie decided to go with him, rather than stay with the couple, whom she didn't really know well. At his house the man let her sleep on the sofa, while he went upstairs to let his wife know they had a visitor.
The next day, Ellie did not know where she was and did not remember arriving at the house. The man went back into the city with her and they found the bar staff where she had been drinking had her coat and bag, with all her money, safe behind the counter.
They say you are better to be lucky than clever. Ellie is a very clever girl but that night she was also very lucky. I am not sure though whether she has learnt a lesson!
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