Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (11) The Highfinch Summer Ball (Part 03)
March also brought good news for Rebecca Vineyard, it was a big step for her moving the whole family to Mornington but she understood it was for the best.
George greatly admired his sister in law and he couldn’t have loved her more if she were his own flesh and blood.
Her husband, Bill, his older brother, dismayed the whole family when he went off to find himself before their third child was born and he hadn’t been heard from for the 17 years since.
Being abandoned with two children under four and the arrival of a third imminent, would have broken a lesser mortal, but Rebecca was made of sterner stuff.
Fortunately Rebecca controlled the purse strings so when Bill went all hippy on her to find himself he had to do so without her financial contribution.
That isn’t to say that it wasn’t a struggle she had to work for a living.
George was only 14 when Bill did a runner but as soon as he was able he helped her out financially, but she was not a charity case so he couldn’t do it with her knowledge, he had to help her by getting her paid work.
But that was in Purplemere, where he knew people, in Mornington he was the new kid on the block.
However his girlfriend wasn’t and she was able to get her temp work at one of the new businesses, Paige Turner’s.
And as many of her temp jobs had in the past it soon became permanent because of her hard work.
In April, Tallulah and George manage even more time together with extended trips to Lily Green, especially over the Easter Holiday and with two bank holiday weekends in May the trend continued and their relationship was going from strength to strength and the love between them was deepening.
Which was what made the events of the 10th of June a few days before the Summer Ball all the more baffling.
They were due to meet for lunch at the Old Mill Inn as they did every day, which was the highlight of the day for both of them, an oasis in a desert of longing.
But instead of him receiving the usual text message to say she was on her way his phone rang instead.
“Hey Hon” he said “I’m just about to leave”
“I can’t make it” she said flatly
“How come?” he asked.
“I need to go up to Michael’s this afternoon” she replied
“Is everything ok?”
“Yes everything’s fine it’s just some family business” she lied
“Can’t we have lunch before you go?” he asked
“No I need to leave straight away”
“I could take the afternoon off and come with you if you like” he offered
“No there’s no need” she said forcefully
“Oh ok” he said “When will you be back?”
“I won’t be, I’ll just stay up there until after the Ball” she replied
“Oh” he said with surprise “I’ll see you at the cottage on Friday then”
“I’m not staying at the cottage, I’ll be staying at Michael’s” Tally said matter of factly
“I’ll see you on Saturday”
And with that she hung up.