Royden couldn’t wait for the most horrible year in his life to finish.
“Simply everything that could go wrong has gone wrong this year,” said Royden. “The car was written off. I lost my job. The pandemic sent us into lockdown. The pet budgerigar escaped. Great-aunt Constantia died and left her substantial savings not to us but to the Pamper a Hamster Society.”
“Never mind, Dear,” said Crystal his wife. “A new year is about to begin. We can make a new beginning.”
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Royden.”Things couldn’t get worse. I’ll tidy the backyard for a hope-filled New Year’s Eve celebration!”
New Year’s Eve arrived! They began to celebrate. Royden got hopelessly inebriated and retired early to bed.