Downshire Diary – (26) Captain of her Heart (Part 04)
After dancing with Captain Loosemore at the Summer Ball she had been able to think of little else.
As the practice manager she was kept very busy but still her mind wandered so she was dreading the August Bank Holiday weekend so she spent the three days in her little house doing chores.
It had been eight weeks since she had danced the night away with her Captain and she still hadn’t heard from him.
Which was why when the Bank Holiday arrived she decided to spring clean the house from top to bottom to keep herself occupied.
She dusted, vacuumed, washed, mopped and polished, and all the bedding was washed as was every curtain.
So by Monday lunchtime the whole house was gleaming and she put the kettle on and stood back and admired her handiwork.
However once all the work was done she had too much time to think again, so wearing knee length blue and white striped dungarees over a white vest top she drove round to White Rose Cottage to ask Sgt Russell about Captain Loosemore but there was no one home so she went home again and switched on the TV and the lead story on the evening news was that six British soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan and she cried.
Her closest friend, Doctor Jade Flowers, had noticed she was a little down for a number of weeks, although she hadn’t been able to ascertain the reason, so when she was invited to a dinner Party at the Vicarage she took her along.
She knew everyone present, Jade Flowers obviously, Jenna Lawton, the de facto Vicar, The two redoubtable village good eggs, middle-aged buddies Vicki Paulding and Julia Thomas, and their best friend Cressida van Meeuwen.
Local celebrity TV presenter Nick Faulkner, furniture maker Farron Sutherland and Dentist Jonathon Walters.
They were a mixed bunch, varying ages and occupations, a mix of the Godly and the heathen, the old and the young the sublime and the ridiculous, then bang on 8 o’clock another Dentist Lianne Martin arrived and she was surprised to be told that she was the last.
“Come in” the Vicar said and handed her a menu “we’ve all chosen”
They had an excellent curry and a liberal quantity of beer and wine was consumed, apart from Jade who was on call.
The conversation ebbed and flowed and the overall atmosphere was very congenial and as the evening wore on the Trivial Pursuit appeared to universal acclaim.
Sadly after about an hour and with their team winning, Jade was paged and had to leave and so Lorraine left with her.
Jade and Lorraine were disappointed to have to leave, it was really good fun, but Lorraine’s mood improved after Jade dropped her home.
She went inside and put on the kettle and while she was waiting for it to boil she went on her tablet, which was when she discovered the email from her Captain.