Destiny threw the dice again, moving her piece across the board with her lips in a tight smile. She looked at the woman opposite, who was barely glancing at the board as she buffed her nails.
"Honestly, Fay, if you're not going to take any notice, what's the use of playing at all?"
"I am," said the other girl, rapping Serendipity over the knuckles to stop him picking up the dice. "You landed on Laverstone Road and since Dip has two houses on it you owe him £150."
"Ha!" Serendipity sucked his knuckles. "That'll teach you." He took the money and threw the dice. "A two and a four." He look at the fourth player. "Titty? Be a love and move my doggie six places."
The woman scowled. "I asked you not to call me that," she said. "It's Titania." She moved the piece anyway. "You've landed on 'chance' and believe me, it's your last one."
"Huh!" Serendipity picked up the card. "'Pay school fees of £150.' It was lucky Destiny landed on me."
"There's no such thing as luck," said Fate, taking the dice. "I'd soon know about it if there was."
"I thought he was Irish?" said Titania. "Shamrocks and leprechauns and so on."
"You're thinking of Commercialism," said Destiny. "He changed his name. Fay? You've landed on my Glastonbury. That'll be £1,250, please."
"I had to land on the greenie meanie, didn't I?" said Fate to no-one in particular. "That's me bankrupt, then."
Destiny smiled. "Only morally."
Image: Monopoly board game