Downshire Diary – (57) The Distraught Muse (Part 04
That evening he drove through the rain with the gifts in black sacks to keep them dry, and he arrived at the Molesworth household at the allotted time and was met by Greg who was standing by the open garage door.
This allowed them to smuggle Juliana’s gift into the house unseen through the internal door.
Lavinia was in the kitchen and indicated the coast was clear so he stepped in and placed the packages onto the counter.
As soon as his hands were free Lavinia kissed his cheek and hugged him tightly.
“Thank you Owen” she said, filling up, although he wasn’t sure what exactly she was thanking him for.
Was it for buying the laptop or letting them take Juliana to Abbottsford or for making their daughter happy.
It could have been any or all of the above.
He patted her on the back and she released her grip and turned away to wipe her eyes and Owen did the manly thing and shook hands with Greg.
A few minutes later Juliana came into the kitchen, looking as lovely as ever, to find the three of them standing in close order on one side of the room.
“Hello darling” she said as she walked over and kissed him
“I didn’t know you were here, I didn’t hear the doorbell”
Then she realised something was amiss
“Why are you all huddled over here?” she said suspiciously and tried to peer behind them.
“Well there is something we want to do before we leave for the restaurant” Gregory said falteringly
“Owen? Would you like to do the honours?”
“No Greg you have the floor, the honour is yours” he replied rather pompously.
“Well we know how disappointed you were this morning and also because we think you deserve it” her dad said proudly
“So we got you this as a going away present”
And with military precision and not unlike the red sea, they parted to reveal the brightly wrapped parcels.
“What’s all this?” she said
“Open them and you’ll find out” Owen said
So she set about the task and as she ripped off the paper her eyes widened with delight and she smiled broadly
“You shouldn’t have,” she said with a frown that lasted a Nano second and then she was smiling again.
Gregory and Lavinia were hugging as they watched their daughter’s joy, no doubt remembering long passed moments from her childhood, then Juliana hugged and kissed her parents and when she turned to Owen he was expecting the same treatment but instead she poked him, hard.
“As for you” she said sternly and poked him again “all that tosh you spouted this morning, “every cloud has a silver lining””
“And all the time”
“You were planning this”
Another poke, and Owen nodded
“Pretty much” he confirmed and then he got his hug and kiss
“I love you,” she said
“Steady” he said you’ll make me blush
“I love you too”
That kind of set the tone for the rest of the evening and they had a lovely time.
Midway through the evening while her mum was in the loo and Greg had gone in search of the wine waiter he took the opportunity to tell her that her mum and dad would be taking her back to University and why he thought it was a good idea.
She leant over and kissed him on the lips
“I really do love you Owen Carrington,” she said
“And I really do love you too” he replied just at that moment her parents returned to the table and the moment was gone and it was such a great evening that he didn’t think of it again.