INT: DAVID is on the telephone to MUM.
MUM: We’ve got a mouse.
DAVID: Oh no! How do you know?
MUM: Me and your dad saw it run into the kitchen, and I’ll tell you something else: that cat of ours is useless. Why hasn’t he killed it? I’m going to get another cat, a much fiercer one who can kill it. Then we’ll have two cats.
DAVID: That seems like quite a commitment just to catch a mouse.
MUM: Yes I suppose so. Also, if you have two male cats they don’t get along, so it’d have to be a female cat.
DAVID: Can you get a fierce female cat?
MUM: I don’t know, I suppose so. Anyway, your dad bought a mousetrap.
DAVID: Oh, OK, well, erm, be careful with those, I think they can be pretty dangerous.
MUM: Well it doesn’t matter now because he’s lost it already. He either left it in Tesco or he lost it on the way home. I’ve just been on the phone talking to Rochelle about the whole thing. Her and James had a mouse you see, and she was saying you need to be careful that the cat doesn’t get caught by the mousetrap, so they bought this round one apparently, which is safe for cats.
DAVID: OK, that sounds better.
MUM: Well yes but it didn’t work. You see, it caught the mouse but it didn’t kill it properly and they had to drown it. Can you imagine having to do that?
DAVID: No I can’t. Is there a more humane type of mouse trap available? Like one that just imprisons it but doesn’t kill it?
MUM: That’s what I’ve been wondering about.
DAVID: But I suppose the problem then is, what do you do with it once you’ve got it? Where do you release it? The garden?
MUM: No! Then it’d be in the garden! I suppose you’d just try and get it back to wherever mice come from. Where do mice come from?….Fields? Field….mice?
DAVID: Maybe, but then you’d need to drive out to a field somewhere i guess.
MUM: I think they go up chimneys.
DAVID: You don’t have a chimney.
MUM: No. Rochelle said she thinks they go up behind the kitchen wall because it’s warm there.
DAVID: But that’s not where you want the mouse to go, is it?
MUM: No! Of course not! I hate it!
DAVID: Well then, that’s no help.
MUM: I don’t even understand how it’s still alive. What can it be eating? Crumbs?
DAVID: Probably. Or maybe it’s got a piece of cheese that it’s been going back to.
MUM: Yes, maybe. Anyway, you’d be alright. You’ve already got two cats.
DAVID: Yes, and no mice, which also helps.
MUM: Well, I’ve got to go. Your dad’s made me record ‘The Dirty Dozen’ for him, even though he already saw it years ago, so I want him to come and watch it now so I can delete it.
DAVID: OK mum. Speak to you later. Good luck with the mouse.