‘Astonishing!’ resulted from a challenge at the Writers’ Circus:
‘Describe a Person.’
This piece was originally embedded in the tale called “Just Prawns, John!” and so you may recognise a version of it in that story.
In fact when I made a start at what became ‘Just Prawns’, my aim was to take that John to his encounter with this girl.
The astonishing girl, her mother, and their their meeting with that John did occur, more or less as recounted in these two linked tales.
Perhaps ‘Just Prawns’, in its own way, also describes a person I might know?