'Luke ... how long is it since I last saw you?' He shook his head slowly from side to side, squeezing his eyes together as if trying to solve a cryptic crossword clue. He had no idea, so she continued. 'OK ... let me remind you. Do you remember the morning you went to work and never came back?' He shrugged apologetically. 'I was about to file a missing person's report when you emailed me from Sydney to tell me you had been offered a gig out there for 12 months.' He looked at her, sucking in air through his teeth. One of his irritating habits and something he always did when he knew he was in the wrong. 'Ahh, so you do remember? And that 12 months turned into 8 years ... not that I'm counting ... well, certainly not anymore.'