Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (18) Betcha By Golly Wow – Roxy’s Tale (Part 06)
When Roxy reappeared with a well-scrubbed red face she was wearing a different outfit consisting of baggy white shorts and an equally baggy yellow t-shirt and her hair was wet.
“I need to go and find my friends” she said with concern “They might not have been as lucky as I was”
“They’ll be fine” he said a little disappointed that the pale blue leggings had been replaced
“But they might have been caught” Roxy said
“They weren’t” Richard said confidently
“What makes you so sure?” she asked
“No one could have caught them because no one was chasing them” he said “or you”
“But you said “run and don’t look back”” she quoted “why would you say that if there was no one there?”
“So I could be the hero and rescue you” he said “and you have to admit it was quite exciting”
“Well I can’t argue with that” she agreed
“So would it be safe to call them then?” she asked
“Absolutely safe” he assured her
Having established that all was well with her friends they returned the key to its unoriginal hiding place and Roxy and Richard set off.
“How did you know it was me by the way?” she asked as they drove back into town
“I have a good eye” he said
“Oh God I’m in so much trouble” she said “if you recognised me so might someone else”
“I doubt they looked at you as closely as I do” he remarked
“What do you mean?” Roxy asked
“Erm nothing, it doesn’t matter” he said realising what he had said
“Yes it does” she insisted
“Well you have certain assets that I have become familiar with over the last twelve months” he said quietly “That’s all”
“I didn’t know you were interested” Roxy said “why didn’t you say anything?”
“Because there are always men buzzing around you like flies” he said
“That’s just it, they’re flies” Roxy said “Annoying flies”
Instead of returning to Victoria Crescent he drove into the yard of Sharpington Police Station, first dropping Roxy by the gate and parked up and after a five minute chat with a uniform Sergeant Richard walked across the yard and re-joined her.
“So when are you off duty?” she asked
“About ten minutes ago” he replied
“Good” Roxy said and held his hand as he walked her towards the pier where she had arranged to meet up with her friends.
When they reached the pier and the three girls were reunited he stood aside and watched as first they just hugged and then they found their voices and for the most part of the next five minutes they were all speaking at the same time.
When the chattering huddle broke up Roxy introduced Lindsay and Rosie to Richard and as the last of the floats had gone past they all walked together up to Jubilee Park to hand in their collection tins.
Roxy held tightly onto Richards hand all the way and over the following week they spent a lot of time together and began to get to know each other properly and their burgeoning relationship began to blossom.
But the arrival of a new Detective Inspector and his Sergeant looked like it might upset the applecart.