Like the wind, change was inevitable, but even so, the news surprised her. In the space of sixty seconds she was – in theory - homeless. She decided to act as if nothing had happened. After all, an extreme reaction might provoke an equal and opposite reaction – like 'get out now' - which she wanted to avoid. He was pleasant enough afterwards, offered her half a carton of carrot and coriander soup, which he'd heated in the microwave. No, you finish it, she said, so he did.
Diane Becker is checking out night shelters on the road to obscurity. View her progress here.