Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (21) Love at a Trot (Part 05)
Dr Browning came downstairs a little happier than when he went up even though Charlottes temperature hadn’t yet broken.
He was satisfied she wasn’t getting any worse for the time being anyway, but if it got onto her chest he would prescribe antibiotics.
But he hoped the fever would break over the following 48 hours.
“She’s awake now” Elliott said as he walked into the kitchen
“And would love a cup of tea”
“Ok I’ll take one up” Anthony responded
“I say something smells delicious” he said
“It’s only Pasticcio” Anthony said “You are welcome to join us”
“Nothing would give me greater pleasure, Good food and even better company” he said looking at Lynda as he said company “but alas I have a full list”
“Another time perhaps” Anthony suggested
“That would be lovely, don’t you think Lynda” he asked
“Oh yes indeed yes” she blurted out a little flustered
After the Doctor had left Anthony went upstairs to check on Charlotte and took her up a cup of tea but she had drifted off to sleep again so he left the tea on the bedside table.
“My God has he got it bad” Anthony said when he returned down stairs,
“What do you mean?” she asked innocently
“I mean I felt like a gooseberry” he said “As soon as he saw you that was all he could see”
“Oh you do exaggerate” Lynda said
“And he was flirting outrageously and he wasn’t flirting with me”
Anthony pointed out
“So what’s holding you back?”
“Well…” she began
“Look you obviously like him, a lot” he said “And Elliott clearly wants to practise his bedside manner on you, so what’s holding you back?”
“Well you’ve seen him” she said “He’s gorgeous”
“Well look at me” she said “I’m just me”
“Are you for real?” he said “I thought Elliott was going to trip over his tongue when he saw you in that dress"
“It’s not just that though” she explained “he’s clever and cultured and so self-assured”
“So are you” he said
“I feel so inadequate in his world” she admitted
“So you need to get him in your world, where he’s the inadequate one” Anthony said
“What do you mean?” she asked
“Get him on horseback” he said
Anthony spent half an hour listening to Lynda explaining why a relationship between her and the Doctor was a non-starter.
After he watched Lynda drive off he drew all the curtains, turned on the lights then he went into the kitchen and boiled the kettle.
He decided there and then that he would do everything in his power to get Lynda and Elliott together.
He made two cups of tea and took them upstairs, Charlotte was still sleeping so he put her cup on the night stand and settled himself into the armchair in the corner, which was probably the most uncomfortable chair he had ever sat in.
And while he sat beside Charlotte’s bed and ruminated on Lynda’s problem it never occurred to him that he was falling in love with the girl in his bed.