I switch on the toaster. Old toaster! Yesterday's lily sheds her pollen - on my new, white, unblemished worktop. The toast is not quite ready. The pollen spreads yellow. Indelibly! This cannot be. I scuttle under the kitchen sink, throwing out old armaments. Charring! Bump of head! Ouch! BP rising! Cat unperturbed. Smoke alarms upping their systems to standby - after a decade of inertia. BP rising higher. Cat unperturbed. Charcoal production in full swing. Lily stain growing ugly. Scowls surface. Washing soda is summoned to arms. I locate the toaster socket.
The lilies look all innocence. The worktop gleams, spot-less. Smoke alarms step down. BP subsides. Cat unperturbed.