Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (19) Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining (Part 07)
When Jed turned around to acquaint himself with Eleanor’s husband he discovered it was Keith Clarke, the lying sack of shit who had accused Jed of swearing at him and his new girlfriend Sue Moss was the officious pompous gits step daughter.
“I suppose you’re going to verbally abuse me again” he said
“I didn’t verbally abuse you the last time” he replied
“What did you do?” Eleanor asked her husband
“Oh trust you to take their side” he said
“My apologies Eleanor but I think I need to go” he said
“That’s it run away” Keith called after him
“Oh do shut up Keith” Sue said
“As for you, how dare you turn up on your mother’s birthday with a married man you little Trollope” He said venomously
“That’s enough Keith” Eleanor said
“He’s not married you pompous arse” Sue shouted “he’s divorced”
“Oh really is that what he told you?” Keith said with distain
“Then answer me this, what kind of man still drives his ex-wife around?”
“A better man than you obviously” Sue said
“That’s enough from you, you selfish little cow” he said “You’re ruining your mother’s birthday”
“No you’re ruining my birthday” Eleanor said
“What do you mean?” Keith snapped “I’m just trying to do something special for your birthday”
“The most special thing you could do for me would be to get out” Eleanor said
“What?” he said aghast
“I want you to leave” she reiterated
“If I go then I won’t be coming back” he threatened
“Good” she said almost spitting the word at him and Keith went a very funny shade of purple and a vein in his temple started to throb, Jed thought his head might explode but it didn’t and he turned on his heels and went in the house.
Helen and Sue ran immediately to hug their mum and they stood in a comforting scrum on the patio and there were a few tears shed.
They may well have stayed there longer but the huddle broke when Keith came back out of the house carrying a small bag and his jacket, then without speaking he left through the side gate followed by a few of the guests, clearly more his friends than hers.
“Now the party can really start” Eleanor said
There was another brief hug fest from the Moss women and then Eleanor said
“Jed, can you take charge of the BBQ?”
“Leave it to me” he said but Sue stopped him before he got there
“Thank you honey” she said and kissed him very provocatively
After an excess of alcohol Jed ended up staying the night, albeit on an uncomfortable sofa.
As the alcohol flowed there was a good deal of talk about Keith Clarke and what a nasty piece of work he was.
Jed was amazed to find out what a mean spirited man he really was, he wouldn’t even allow his step daughters to park in the office car park where their own confrontation took place.
It was apparent that Keith Clarke was a bitter unfulfilled little man who made everyone’s life an absolute misery.
But that said, Jed would be forever grateful to him because had her stepfather not been such a nob he would never have met her, or fallen in love with her so every cloud really does have a silver lining.