Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (17) Copper Beech Farm (Part 15)
When Lynda and Gemma had left Anthony ate the soup and sat at the kitchen table and pondered on how he was going to broach the subject of love with Charlotte without making a complete arse of himself.
He sat in the lounge with her, on the sofa facing hers, just watching her sleep and unsurprisingly his thoughts turned to Charlotte and of course love.
He sat there for most of the evening until the long blinks began to set in and as Charlotte was still sleeping soundly he was about to take himself off to bed just as the rain began to fall but the rhythm of the rain sent him off to sleep.
It wasn’t a sound sleep and it wasn’t long before the thunder rolled in and lighting flashes lit the sky, he was sitting on the sofa facing the window and he had a great view through the open curtains when he opened his eyes.
Anthony had been drifting in and out of sleep for maybe an hour when he became aware that he was not alone, he could hear soft breaths and could feel the weight of her limbs draped across him.
“Hello Charlotte” he said, “what are you doing over here?”
“You left me all alone” she said “and the thunder frightened me”
She held onto him very tightly
“Or did you just want a cuddle?” he asked suspiciously
“No I didn’t just want a cuddle I wanted a kiss as well” she said and kissed him with true conviction.
She buried her face in his neck and there they lay for an indeterminate time before it became apparent she wanted to kiss him again.
But as her lips approached his he turned away and brought a halt to proceedings.
“What’s wrong?” she said and sat up
“We need to talk” he explained
“Us?” she asked
“Yes I want there to be an “us”” he said
“There is an “us”” she retorted
“No I don’t mean an occasional hug, or if I’m lucky a drunken snog” he said “I want you all the time and I want it all”
“What do you mean?” she asked
“What I mean is, I love you Charlotte Clode” Anthony said
“I love you too” she replied and kissed him with such passion.
“But I want you here in my arms every day and every night, I want us to sit together in church, hold hands in public, I want you to share my comfy bed and I want us to wallow together in the bath”
“I want everything too” she squealed
“And I want to marry you” Anthony said and she stopped squealing
“Do you mean it?” she asked
“With all my heart” he confirmed