“I couldn’t bum one of those could I? I forgot to pop into the shop on the way down here.”
I held out the packet and he took one of my cigarettes.
“Thanks a lot,” he said, as he put it between his lips. “Have you got a light?”
I lit it for him, hoping that the act of smoking would take his mind off of making idle chit-chat that I was finding quite boring. Standing a few feet away I could see some of the other players grinning in my direction, clearly enjoying the fact that I was the one on the receiving end of his attentions.