Mornington-By-Mere – (56) Soldier Wood (Part 02)
David and Sharon had already had a couple of drinks in the Old Mill Inn when he suggested another, but she declined.
“I’ll walk you home then” David said
“Ok” she replied
He offered to walk her home out of gallantry but in truth she could have defended herself better than he could, her body being solid, firm and muscular.
David lived in The Close only about 100 hundred yards from the pub whereas as Sharon lived in the opposite side of the village on the other side of Manor Wood where there were a number of cottages and small houses on the Purplemere Road and Dulcets Road which formed the part of Mornington Village known as Manorside and the Taylor family lived in Dulcets Road in a house called Green Fields.
They left the pub and crossed over Church Bridge and proceeded along the riverside path on the Southern Bank of the River Brooke with Mornington Field across the water on their right and Manor Wood on the left.
About half a mile along the path she suddenly turned left into the wood
“This way” she said “it’s a short cut”
“Is it?” he replied doubtfully “I don’t think it is”
“Trust me I’m a soldier” she said and marched off at pace and by the time he caught up with her she was playing on a makeshift swing hanging from the bough of an oak tree, which was in essence a heavy duty piece of rope with a series of knots in it.
“Oh very grown up” he said as she propelled herself with great aplomb.
“You’re just jealous” she taunted him, so he just stood and watched her swing until she allowed her momentum to slow and then she leant back and with great athleticism swung her legs up and hooked her ankles around the rope like a trapeze artist.
This caused her skirt to fall away from her thighs, so he walked towards her until he was positioned beside her as she swung gently back and forth.
But although David had a tantalising view of her underclothes, he brought her momentum to a stop by grabbing her ankles and then he knelt down on the floor so they were face to face and then he kissed her.
“I knew you still wanted me” she said, “And I’m pleased to say I was right”
Sharon raised herself up as she unfurled her legs from the rope and as soon as she stood up straight, she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him.
After they kissed in the Wood, they emerged back onto the path holding hands and they resumed their previous course past the Mornington Brewery and immediately before the river changed direction, where Dulcets Mill stood, which was one of the last three remaining Mornington Mills, they left the river.
It was at the point where the River Brooke turned sharply to the right, and they followed the path past the mill which lead to Dulcets Mill Lane, then into Purplemere Road and on the Dulcets Road and finally to Green Fields where they kissed again.
“Does this mean we’re back on?” she asked
“If you’ll have me” he suggested, having lost his friend Andy he was still worried what would happen to her on deployments but the shock of losing his friend also highlighted how short life was and how precious time was and that it shouldn’t be wasted on “what might be”
“I’ll think about it” she replied
“Oh” he said
“I’ve thought about it” she said, and Sharon kissed him again
“Of course, I’ll have you back, I never wanted it any other way, I never wanted us to break up” she said “and I’ve never stopped loving you”