Mick wasn't sure if he could call Vicki ....Victoria. "When did that happen?" He was in a squint thinking she was different now. Maybe even strange. She wasn't like his old friend from school.
"When did you start to ask questions?" She was congenial enough. Quite happy actually. It took Mick a second or two when he saw her with Steve at the memorial that maybe they were a real couple.
"Are you two..really together?" He guessed he didn't need to know, but before he thought she was just someone who bothered Steve a lot like she bothered him. And he'd been happy that she'd found someone else to bother. Otherwise, he was just her sidekick to take to parties and possibly spy on guys she was interested in, just to act like she wasn't.
Victoria only smiled at him. He guessed it was true.
"What about you?" She asked.
"What about me?" He hadn't changed. He was still the same. Even dressed up, Mick was Mick.
"Oh, you two have grown quite fond of each other," she said she'd noticed. This only gave him a stiff upper lip. She was just being silly.
"He's my friend," Mick felt Jools had been through a lot these last few months. He wasn't sure he could do all that much, but to be here for him.
"Are you sure?" Victoria pointed out that he might be more.
Mick only sighed and wanted to say the same thing to her. He was sure now Steve and Victoria were far from being just friends. He could sense it when they looked at each other. They held hands now. Mick didn't hold anybody's hand. Jools definitely wasn't smiling at him.
No, Mick felt a certain sadness around Jools, like a shadow that had nowhere to go. All Mick could do was watch Jools carefully and hope he didn't fall off the deep end.