"Thought I'd find you here," Esther exchanged a kiss with Ted, pulled up a chair and sat. "Hi Matt."
"Hi yourself," Matt said, smiling. Ted mimed lifting a glass and Esther nodded thankfully.
"Oh, please," she said. "Anything." Ted went off to the bar, disappearing into the crush. He took back his and Matt's empty glasses, and Esther watched him dodge through the close-packed drinkers gathered around the screen where a game was playing, holding the glasses above his head.
"So," Matt said, drawing her attention. "Experiments? What's that about?"
"Oh, did Ted say? It's nothing really. They were advertising at college. Women aged between 18 and 25. Fifty pounds for filling in a form and getting an injection. Not bad." Esther smiled and patted her pocket. "I'm rich for once."
"You filled in a form? Questions?" Matt leaned forward. "Was it a psychological test then?"
"I don't think so. Why?"
"Esther, that's my course," Matt said, laughing. "That's what I'm studying. Did you forget?"
"No," she said, although she had forgotten. Matt raised his eyebrows. "Ok yes, I did forget. But it wasn't that, really. The questions were mainly medical history, lifestyle stuff, you know."
"You a doctor now as well as a shrink?" Esther said.
"Just interested," Matt shook his head. "Did they give you anything?"
"Just this." Esther felt around in her bag and unfolded the paper for Matt to see. She realized she hadn't read through it herself properly. She didn't like to admit it, because she could imagine Matt's reaction. He was the type who read everything through intently, pouring over instructions. Esther just pushed whatever button looked best and hoped. She didn't like the way Matt was frowning. "What?"
"Do you mind if I keep this?" he asked.
"Oh, it's nothing," he said, smiling reassuringly. "I just think it's interesting. I might mention it in an essay I'm doing, that's all. Would you mind?"
"Sure, why not."
"Great," Matt said, pocketing the paper as Ted arrived back with the drinks.