Mornington-By-Mere – (75) Double Trouble (Part 04)
Elsa’s chance to speak to Shaun finally came quite by chance one Sunday Morning as she was walking home after church, Dee hadn’t gone as she was still sitting at home waiting for prince Charming to call by.
She had left her parents outside St Winifred’s and was walking along the riverside path towards the Old East Mill when Shaun came racing around the corner on his bike, at pace and nearly ran her over.
“Watch it” she said and jumped out of the way and he screeched to a halt
“Sorry Elsa” he said “I didn’t think”
He was in a hurry because he wanted to get to St Winifred before the service was over in order to see her, because that was the one time and place that he knew she would be.
He really liked her and unlike his brother he didn’t want to wait and see, but he had never had a girlfriend and he didn’t really think he stood a chance with her but he knew he had to try before someone else snapped her up.
She looked at his beautiful dark curls spilling down beneath his helmet, his eyes sparkled and his cheeks were ruddy from exertion.
Shaun had one foot on the floor and the other on the pedal and her eyes were fixed on the shape of his thigh and the firmness of his buttock and she was transfixed.
Then he caught her looking and she blushed scarlet and looked away.
“So why are you in such a hurry?” she asked
“Oh no reason” he lied
They then waited in silence hoping the other would speak,
Him fidgeting on the saddle and her shuffling her feet until he said
“Well I’d better get going”
“Oh ok” she said failing to hide her disappointment as he started to pedal away
“Bye” he said and she cursed under her breath, then she breathed in deeply and shouted after him
“Do you want to go to the pictures?”
He braked sharply and dropped the bike and ran back towards her.
“Well, that depends” she said and he looked crestfallen
“On what?” he asked thinking the worst
“On when your brother asks my sister out” she replied and he laughed
“No problem” he retorted
“What are you looking so pleased about?” Mark asked as Shaun walked in the room
“I have a date” he replied
“Elsa Larsen” he said
“Really?” Mark said “I didn’t know you liked her”
“Oh I like her a lot” he said “I like everything about her”
“Yes” Shaun replied
“I feel much the same about her sister” Mark admitted
“Good, because now you have to go and ask her out” Shaun told him
“Alright bossy” he said “I’ll do it later”
“Now” Shaun insisted
“You need to do it right now” he said “I don’t want you blowing my chances”
“Ok” he said and headed towards the front door with Shaun right behind him
“Why are you following me?” Mark asked
“To make sure you don’t chicken out” he replied
And that was how after having made the decision to wait to be asked Dee Larsen got her wish and despite his reservations Mark Potter had a girlfriend in the village when he went off to University.