Author's Notes:
Sarah Jane. Warning for sexism and unwelcome flirting by random creeper. Originally posted to AO3. Podficced by the wonderful KDheart: Excuses, Excuses

Some women turn down dates by saying they have to wash their hair. Sarah Jane is more original.

“Let me guess—you’re the girl that writes up the fashions, eh?” said the man in the Fox and Hounds.

“No,” said Sarah Jane, “actually I mainly work on stories with a science angle.” And I haven’t been a “girl” for fifteen years.

“Oh, a clever one! I like the brainy type.”

Sarah looked, not too surreptitiously, to see if the friends she was meeting had arrived.

“Want to get a drink with me tonight?” he said.

“I can’t,” she replied. “I have to charge my dog,” and walked away.

“The lies some people do tell,” he said aloud. Incorrectly.