Saturday, 7th December 2019

Middle-aged friends play high-stakes game of chicken by planning to meet up

TWO middle-aged friends are playing a dangerous game of chicken by planning to meet for a bite to eat and a few drinks. 

Tom Logan and Stephen Malley are each desperately hoping that the other will pull out of next week’s plan while trying to keep their nerve and not crack first.

Logan said: “Five days left. This one is going down to the wire.

“Steve is my best friend and one of my favourite people in the world, but come on. Leaving the house on a weekday night? That’s not happening.

“We made plans in a rush of warm feelings two months ago and now our bastard phone calendars are insisting we actually go through with it on a cold December evening.

“I tried saving face by suggesting we go large, leave the cars at home and have an all-nighter but he just responded with a thumbs-up emoji so the stakes are even higher.”

Malley said: “Christ. This might actually happen.

“I backed out last time, so I’ve got to go through with it no matter what. But if I end up having a fun night out with an old friend I’ll never ever forgive him.”