Having recently moved from a not-very-important government department to the-supremely-important government department, Prudence has been getting to know her new colleagues.
S, realising he'd stapled one of Prudence's documents to his, handed it back, apologising.
"You're forgiven," Prudence said, "but don't let it happen again, young man."
S sidled closer to Prudence.
"I'm older than I look, you know," he murmured, absolutely straight-faced.
"I'm nearly 30."
Prudence is quite pleased she managed not to snort at that.