Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (11) The Highfinch Summer Ball (Part 08)
When George and Tally reached the buggy they kissed again before climbing on board and prepared to drive up the track with Tallulah in the driving seat again.
But before they set off she turned to him and smiled and then she kissed him once again.
They’d gone about a hundred yards before they realised she didn’t have the lights on.
“Put the lights on” he said
“I can see fine” she replied
“I’m like a cat” and then she made a little clawing gesture accompanied by a growl.
They emerged onto the fairway and she headed in entirely the wrong direction from the club.
“Where are we going?” he asked
“We’re going for a ride in the moonlight” Tally said
“Yes but where are we going?” George asked
“We’re going to the place where we had our near miss” Tally answered “We need to talk”
The previous year before they first got together they had a close encounter in the woods but neither of them had the courage of their convictions to take a chance.
Which was why they finished up by the 17th green where she parked the buggy right on the tree line close to the entrance to the clearing where they almost had their first kiss.
“So why here?” he asked “Why not in the woods by the 18th fairway where we actually kissed?”
“Because this was the place I first knew that I loved you” she replied and squeezed his hand and then they kissed in the moonlight.
“But do you still love me?” he asked
“Yes, yes” she said urgently “Of course I do”
“So why have you been avoiding me then?”
“Because something has happened” she said falteringly
“Something?” he said “Something? Good or bad?”
“Something that might drive a wedge between us” she replied
“Why what’s happened?” he said with concern, fearing the worst, was it an old flame, an affair or something even worse.
Tallulah looked at him and took a deep breath and blurted out
“What?” he exclaimed
“I’m pregnant” she repeated
“You’re pregnant?” he asked
“Yes” she replied looking at her hands
“You’re pregnant?” he repeated
“She’s pregnant” he shouted to the moon and then he kissed her
“You’re pregnant” he whispered to her so tenderly “That’s fantastic”
“Is it?” she asked doubtfully
“Don’t you think so?” he asked
“Yes, I do” she confirmed “I wasn’t sure you would think so”
“But it’s the most amazing thing” he said
“So you’re not angry?” Tally asked
“Why would I be angry?”
“Because we never talked about children” she said
“Well I am a little angry” he admitted
“I knew it” she said sadly
“I’m angry that you kept it from me” he said and kissed her softly “We are a couple, we share everything good or bad, ok?”
“Ok” she agreed
“So you’re not going to keep anything from me again are you?”
“No, never again” she promised
“From now on we share everything” he said “Because that’s what married people do”
“Ok” she said and then when the penny dropped she added
“What did you say?”
Still holding her hand George got off the buggy and knelt down
“Lady Tallulah St George, will you marry me?”
“Yes, yes, yes” she squealed as she slid along the seat and jumped down from the buggy and landed on top of him.
And they made love at the place she fell in love with him.