Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (05) Plain Sailing (Part 04) Saturday
Jon returned downstairs after half an hour and he was looking a little hot and bothered when he joined the girls on the patio.
Nerissa smiled broadly and Victoria’s head drooped as Jeff then went inside to get changed.
“So do you two not live in the village anymore?” Jon asked
“I do” said Victoria “but I’m down the Childean end”
“What about you Nerissa?” he asked
“I’ve got a flat in Finchbottom” she replied “But I’m staying with Vic for the weekend”
“Do you two want to freshen up before we go back for the party?” Jeff asked when he returned.
“If you don’t mind?” Victoria said
“Me first” Nerissa said and ran into the house giggling
“She always does that” Vicky said resignedly
“Very cheeky” Jon acknowledged
“You could say that” she said
While Nerissa was in the bathroom, for the best part half an hour, Victoria sat on the patio and tried to think of something interesting to say in order to capture Jeff’s attention.
But in the end the only thing she could come up with was
“Do you mind if we leave our silly hats here?”
Thankfully Nerissa returned at that point and Victoria slipped away unnoticed to freshen up herself.
Victoria stood in front of the mirror and wished she was in her own bathroom so she could make the most of herself, she’d get rid of the hideous bridesmaid dress for a start, and do something with her hair.
But she was, so she would have to make the most of it.
“We haven’t decided yet” Victoria heard Jeff reply to an unheard question as she stepped back onto the patio, and he turned to look at her and a curious look crossed his face.
“What haven’t you decided yet?” Victoria asked
“I asked what plans they had for the rest of the weekend” Nerissa said
“Oh” she replied
They walked back to the Claremont Hotel as the shadows were lengthening but Victoria’s boldness had deserted her so she and Jeff were not arm in arm, and even flirty Nez was uncharacteristically restrained.
Victoria had hoped to have Jeff’s undivided attention for the evening but as the four of them had so many friends at the party they were all distracted at every turn and apart from an occasional dance she wasn’t able to get to grips with him as she would have liked.
As a consequence Victoria and Nerissa drank more than they planned or was good for them which resulted in them sitting in a corner for the last hour of the party in a state of inebriation.
“Come on you two” Jeff said “it’s time to go”
“Where are we going?” Victoria slurred
“Home” he replied and pulled her to her feet
“Oooh lovely” she replied
“Phwoah” Nerissa added
The temperature had dropped away during the course of the evening and as they left the Hotel Victoria and Nerissa both shivered so Jeff and Jon lent them their jackets for the short walk back to his cottage.
Once they got inside Jon was desperate to use the toilet so Jeff went upstairs to get some bedding for the girls but by the time he got back they were both asleep, one on each sofa, so he draped a duvet over each of them, turned off the light and went to bed.