...I get very nervous. When the phone rings at a relatively late hour, that is: let's say just after 10.30 pm.
I know that's hardly a rock n roll definition of late, but in terms of people phoning me, well it hardly ever happens. Not during the week.
So when it rang last night, the ringtone was like a panic button: who is it? What's gone wrong? Is somebody ill/had an accident/missing/dying/dead? Those kind of thoughts, all in an instant.
I picked the phone up and heard my mother's voice, and those italicised worries amplified themselves a little in my mind.
Mum: Ah - you're still up then.
I steeled myself as I replied in the affirmative (stating the reasonably obvious), whilst inwardly wondering what what wrong.
Mum (taking a deep breath): Right...
What was the name of the character in The New Avengers, the one played by Gareth Hunt? I think it was just one word.
Me: *deep sigh* Gambit.
I wish she wouldn't put me through this: but then I ought to know by now that when the phone rings at a relatively late hour, my mum's been doing crosswords again.