They were waiting for Den, Tamara and Shae to step off the train at the station: Lauren, Isao, Megumi, Belinda and his Mum Beryl.
Beryl and Lauren were first to greet them. Beryl embraced Den, and Lauren approached the twins. Lauren pointed to the one on the left. ‘Shae,’ she said, ‘and you’re Tamara.’
The girls glanced at one another. ‘How can you tell?’
‘You’ve got the rose tattoo on your breast,’ Lauren replied. Shae and Tamara glanced down at their chests. They were both wearing blouses which covered up their chests.
Lauren chuckled. ‘Your scents,’ she replied. ‘It’s always easy to tell you two apart.’
Beryl smiled, and turned to look at Den. ‘So how was it?’
‘It was a fascinating trip,’ Den replied. ‘We spent a few nights there. Shae took me to various places in Manchester, and I took some great photos.’
‘I know,’ Beryl replied. ‘We’ve been following you on Instagram. Videos and all.’
‘Cool,’ Den said. ‘You got the hang of Insta, then?’
‘Welcome home, Den,’ Isao said, reaching out his hand. ‘We missed you.’
Den shook Mr Tanaka’s hand. ‘Likewise,’ he said. Den looked at his friends’ smiling faces. ‘So, then … who’s minding the shop?’
Continue reading Den & Lauren, Ch. 3, Episode 9 – “Homecoming”