She heads towards the passageway and as she’s walking past him, he puts out a hand to touch her arm. She gasps and turns furiously towards him.
‘What on earth….?’
He retracts his hand, lifting both in a sign of surrender.
‘Signora… I just wanted to say that … if one day … you would like to …,’ he pulls a saccharine smile, ‘have a coffee together … I’d be pleased to oblige.’
Beata’s face is red with anger and embarassment. ‘How dare you?’ she hisses quietly. ‘Listen, Mr whatever-your-name-is…’
His eyes widen in hopeful anticipation.
‘You and I share nothing. This house…. is pure coincidence. Do not speak to me. Do not look at me. Don’t waste your time or mine. I do not want your coffee. And I don’t want to make your acquaintance. I’m a married woman.’