Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (18) Betcha By Golly Wow – Roxy’s Tale (Part 10)
Roxy did eventually answer one of Richards call’s and he repeatedly assured her that everything was going to be alright but she didn’t believe him until she read the story in the paper on Sunday.
But she still had some lingering doubts until Boris emerged from his office after putting the phone down on the ACC wearing a broad grin and announced to the office at large
“Mark the Golliwog case as closed, and if anyone is interested a vacancy has just opened up for a Superintendent”
A small ripple of applause spread around the office and Richard Deacon walked over to where Roxanne was sitting and gave her shoulder a quick squeeze.
The sound of office chatter regarding Superintendent Tilbry’s transfer was still the pervading sound as the phone in the DI’s office rang.
Expecting it to be another disgruntled senior officer he braced himself and went back inside to answer it.
He emerged a few moments later and his complexion was ashen.
“What’s wrong guv?” Roxanne asked as the first one to notice his demeanour, but soon all eyes were on him
“Lizzie’s collapsed at the shop” he replied, Lizzie was his wife and she owned the chain of Bizzie Lizzie florists.
“Come on then let’s get down there then” Marty said and led him out of the office.
When the news came through that Mrs Katarski had been taken to The Royal Downshire Hospital in Purplemere, Roxy went out to the coffee room and was stood looking out the window muttering a prayer under her breath, one of thanks for herself and one of healing for Mrs Katarski.
Richard Deacon walked up behind her and put his hands on her waist and kissed the top of her head.
“I told you everything was going to be alright didn’t I” he said
“Yes” she said and leant back against him
“I just hope Mrs Katarski is going to be ok” Roxy said
“Lizzie will be fine” Richard said reassuringly “nothing bad is going to spoil it, today is a good news day”
“I hope so” Roxy replied “but what makes you so sure?”
“Nothing bad can happen on the day I tell you, I love you” he said and Roxy turned around to face him.
“You love me?” she asked
“Very much” he replied
“I love you too” Roxy said and put her head against his chest and felt the pounding of his heart.
She wanted to kiss him so much but it was impossible at the station they were lucky to get a 30 second hug without being discovered.
She found it difficult to concentrate once she returned to her desk, a desk she was sure wouldn’t be hers much longer now that the pickpockets had been caught.
She just hoped that her work on the crime map would stand her in good stead to have her secondment made permanent.
About midday DS Griffin returned alone from Purplemere which made everyone think the worst and when he called everyone together for an announcement it seemed to underline the fact.
Richard and Roxy were stood next to each other at the back of the group so she discretely held his hand and her breath.
“As you all know the Guv’s wife collapsed at the shop this morning” he began “The good news is that she has been discharged from hospital and the Guv is taking the rest of the day to look after her, the even better news if that’s Mrs K is pregnant”
“Thant’s brilliant” Roxy said
“You see I told you it was a good news day” Richard added
“Know all” she retorted and squeezed his hand.