Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (21) Love at a Trot (Part 07)
Over the following months Anthony became a regular congregant at St Mary’s after the first time he drove Charlotte there in September but although he offered every week to take her she only accepted when the weather was particularly bad.
The closeness between him and Charlotte continued to grow but it took until December before they finally got together and even then it took a fall from the Hay loft, a bubble bath, a thunderstorm and some nagging from Lynda to achieve.
It was Lynda who found Charlotte and after they had cleaned her up Lynda and Anthony were sitting in the kitchen, while Charlotte was in the bath, where they sat silently at the table and continued to drink their coffee until Lynda finally broke the silence
Lynda finally broke the silence
“How long what” he replied
“You and Charlotte” she said in a sisterly tone “and don’t deny it”
He remained silent
“Come on then out with it how long have you been in love with her” she insisted
“Since the first time I saw her” he said “But…”
“But what?” she pressed and he went on to explain how things had stalled between them.
“Well I know one thing for sure” she said “Charlotte is in love with you”
“Is she?” he asked
“Of course she is you idiot”
“Then why is she holding back?” he asked
“She’s waiting for you to tell her that you love her”
“But I do” he protested “I do love her”
“It’s no good telling me that though is it?” Lynda pointed out “You need to tell her”
Just as Lynda was going back out to the yard he said
“And what about you and Elliott?”
“I’m working on it” she retorted
That night he bit the bullet and told her exactly how he felt and that he wanted her with him always and he proposed, which was the one thing she was waiting to hear, not the proposal in particular but a sign that he was serious about her, but she accepted the proposal anyway.
Once he had declared his love for Charlotte and secured their future he turned his attention to sorting out Lynda’s love life.
Anthony had never been happier than he was that Christmas so on New Year’s Day he made a resolution.
Lynda had helped him with Charlotte and as she was dragging her heels in regard to Elliott he was determined to help her, whether she wanted him to or not and so he decided to rope in Charlotte as well.
“Get him on horseback” was Anthony’s advice to Lynda in the previous September and she had agreed, but she had not acted on his advice.
And it wasn’t as if there hadn’t been opportunities he had seen them together at her house on bonfire night, New Year’s Eve and half a dozen times at church in the run up to Christmas and witnessed her abject failure to do anything about it.