Her fourth draft organised everything into aisles.
After BUTTER (half-salt) and before LINGUINE (blue box), she wrote: AISLE 3 - NOTHING.
Finn discovered APPLES (Granny), TOMATOES (Roma) and SPINACH exactly where Mary said they’d be.
He u-turned smoothly into the CHILLED aisle and found MILK (full-cream) CHECK EXP. DATE.
Surely it wouldn’t matter if he just cruised through AISLE 3?
Forty-five minutes later, Finn placed tinned rollmops, biltong, Pfeffernüsse, pickled eggs and kimchi onto the checkout conveyor.
Unpacking, Mary’s pale face became more animated than he had seen in days.