Car 4

Mr Tom McHugh

Outward appearance

Red thinning hair, pale face, shaving rash on neck. Puffy eyed from a hangover. Black tie with lurid broken plates of colour, grey raincoat in a swirl on his lap. Lifts up foot to rest on opposite knee. Kicks foot of passenger opposite. Recrosses legs. Pats pocket. Can't find something. Pulls out bits of paper and an opened condom packet (unused). Finds name badge. Tries to clip it onto shirt. The clip won't close. Stands up to put on raincoat. Staggers and steps full onto the foot of the person across from him. Rain coat caught in the belt at back. Struggles with that and steps on neighbour again. Both trouser legs tucked accidentally into socks at back. Shirt untucked. Tries to tuck it in, but pushes raincoat down back of pants instead. Calvin Klein peeks up over top of belt. Picks up case as man opposite stands. Pushes man backwards with his bottom. Staggers to car doors to get off. Vomits copiously.

Inside information

Works for Beetlehide. Tom doesn't know that he is the original inspiration for Ben Bevis's character in Mind the Gap.

What he is doing or thinking

Had been congratulating himself on being so well organised. There he was, preparing early for his exit, sorting out his badge. He wishes he had not drunk so many Pimms last night, but he thought it was lemonade.

He finds vomiting very inconvenient, and a bit annoying after taking such pains. A cloud of hangover descends. He wipes his raincoat with a hanky and prepares to exit at the Elephant.

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