Downshire Diary – (24) Never Judge a Book (Part 06)
Because he had had too much to drink Neil left his car in the Regents Hotel car park and he stopped at the first fast food that he came to which happened to be a an Emperor Burger Bar and ordered the biggest one he could see on the menu with fries.
Having sufficiently filled the hollow with reconstituted meat, saturated fats and carbohydrates he ambled his way to the Black Heart Hotel.
He would have liked to stay at the Regents but it was a bit rich for his blood so he booked into the Black Heart which was only half as good but a third of the price.
When he got to reception he checked in and as soon as he got to his room he crashed out.
On Saturday morning Neil was up very promptly due to his early night the previous evening, so he got himself ready and was the first one down for breakfast.
He was still in the restaurant at 9 o’clock when his friend Jonathon Hardman arrived.
Samantha Barraclough was also up early on Saturday morning despite having had a late night out with friends.
Her problem was that she couldn’t sleep, because she kept kicking herself for not getting his number the day before.
All was not lost of course, as her friends, whom she had bored rigid the night before with talk of him had told her, she could still get hold of him via New Horizons, but of course that wouldn’t be until Monday, whereas if she had had the presence of mind to get his number when she was under the influence of Picpoul, they might have been able to do something as they were both in Abbottsford.
But she hadn’t done that so she got herself ready and availed herself of the full English breakfast before leaving the Regents to meet up with her friends.
Because Neil was ready far too early and already breakfasted before Jonathon arrived they left for the cricket ground on foot.
On the way there Neil recounted all the details of the previous days encounter.
“Did you get her number?” Jonathon asked
“Erm no” was the reply
“Wouldn’t she give it to you?” Jon asked mockingly
“No, it wasn’t like that”
“But you did ask her?” Jonathon pressed him
“Well no I didn’t actually” he admitted
“You numpty” Jonathon said “you do realise that she might have been “the one””
“The thought did cross my mind” Neil admitted
“So you might well have blown it” Jon added
“So how do you feel?” Jon asked
“Like a complete numpty” Neil said
It was a glorious June day and there was a good crowd at the Cricket Ground and Neil and Jonathon went in as soon as the gates opened and after getting some refreshments they found their seats and took in the ambience as the ground began to fill.
Downshire won the toss and decided to bat first and they were in great form and the atmosphere was absolutely electric as Downshire went to work with the bat and they raced to 53-0 inside seven overs and declared on 225 for 7 after just 40 overs so the umpire called an early lunch, which pleased Neil no end because his breakfast had worn off.