After his wife’s untimely death and his retirement, George tries to relieve the loneliness and boredom, finding things to do like drawing pictures from photographs and gardening. That warm summer’s day, he tended his rose garden.
As he worked, he talked to Lucy, whose parents lived next door to him. She told him she had moved back to her parents’ house, and that the art college she went to was closed due to the pandemic lockdown, and that she had to do her own coursework from home on her PC. As she could not go to college, she did not see her friends. She was very fed up and lonely.
George said that they could talk when he did his garden, and also he offered to help her with her coursework if she would like. She said yes, thank you.
Over time, a close friendship formed, but there were complications that neither of them could see.