Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (17) Copper Beech Farm (Part 14)
Anthony led Charlotte and Lynda to the main bathroom and the large Charlotte length bath.
He then left Lynda to take charge while he went across to her home to sort out some clean clothes for her.
He gave Lynda the clean towels and put the clothes on the bed and Lynda took the towels into Charlotte and he went downstairs, Lynda followed a few moments later.
In the kitchen they sat silently at the table and continued to drink their coffee.
Lynda finally broke the silence
“How long what” he replied
“You and Charlotte” she said in a sisterly tone “and don’t deny it”
He remained silent
“Come on then out with it how long have you been in love with her” she insisted
“Since the first time I saw her” he said “But…”
“But what?” she pressed and he went on to explain how things had stalled between them.
“Well I know one thing for sure” she said “Charlotte is in love with you”
“Is she?” he asked
“Of course she is you idiot”
“Then why is she holding back?” he asked
“She’s waiting for you to tell her that you love her”
“But I do” he protested “I do love her”
“It’s no good telling me that though is it?” Lynda pointed out “You need to tell her”
After Coffee Lynda went back out to the yard and it was another five minutes after that before Charlotte reappeared looking altogether better.
The unbruised sections of her face were pink and fresh; her hair was damp and tousled.
“Feeling a bit better now?” he asked her as he handed her a dressing gown
“Much” she said, “where’s Lynda?”
“She’s gone back to lock up, there’s a storm brewing” he said
“I should go and help her” Charlotte said and stood up
“You’re going nowhere” he snapped “sit”
“Ok” she said resignedly
“Now then” he said, “Are you hungry?”
“How about some soup?”
“Go and sit in the lounge then and I’ll bring it through”
“Put the TV on if you want” he called after her
While he was warming the soup Lynda returned with Gemma, one of the stable girls
“How is she?” Gemma asked with real concern
“Much better” he answered,
They went into the kitchen and watched while he finished warming the soup.
“Right” he said pouring the soup into a bowl.
“Let’s go and see her, she’s in the lounge, go through” he said and followed on with a dinner tray.
But when they arrived in the lounge they found Charlotte fast asleep on the sofa.
He put the tray down briefly while he picked up a flowered throw which Lynda took from him and covered the sleeping figure.
Anthony then picked up the tray again and all three of them tiptoed from the room.
By the kitchen door Lynda whispered
“Did you tell her?”
“No not yet” he replied “you old nag bag”