After a couple of glasses of very nice rose at the bar near work with lovely colleagues J and N on Friday night, Prudence realised that she had precisely 34 minutes to buy a farewell present for S.
Whereupon Prudence's German side kicked in. That disconcertingly focused efficiency.
N decided she wanted to help with mission. It needs to be said at this point, that N had had quite a bit more wine than Prudence, and was punctuating her conversation with giggles.
The 34 minutes dwindled to 23 by the time Prudence and N reached the shops.
The first shop had nothing appropriate, the second only a poor compromise, the third had lovely possibilities but out of the allotted price range.
Prudence and N reached the fourth and final shop fearful that the doors wouldn't open. But they did.
And with a 40 per cent discount, found the perfect gift, within the price range, and moments before the lights were switched off.
Whereupon N looked pointedly at Prudence and declared she was a bit scary to go shopping with.
Prudence is taking that as a compliment.