No, not news of Tom's early arrival but something even more miraculous...
Mr CM has actually paid up! He left a voice message on my mobile phone while I was at Uni (excellent session by the way - think I'm really going to enjoy this course) to say he'd just put the cheque through my letterbox.
And sure enough when I arrived home there it was. The full amount, signed by his own (un)fair hand.
My gob is well and truly smacked. I didn't think this day would ever arrive.
I shall be rushing urgently to the bank tomorrow morning to get it paid in before it turns into a puff of pink smoke blasted from a goofy pixie's bottom pipe. Ker-ching!