Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (21) Love at a Trot (Part 10)
Hazel Morris kept the identity of Lynda’s final Wednesday afternoon pupil a secret.
They had booked Elliott in as the last one of the day in the hope that they would drift seamlessly into a date after the event.
After she and Hazel had the horse ready she walked the mare out into the yard and as she turned the corner she realized her pupil was Elliott Browning.
“Hello” he said
“Elliott!” Lynda exclaimed “is someone ill?”
“No I’m here for my lesson” Doctor Browning said and the tall, broad, and ordinarily jovial looking man in his early thirties suddenly looked small and childlike.
“I didn’t know it was you” she said
“Didn’t you?” he said and laughed nervously.
“Are you ok?” She asked
“Well to tell you the truth, I’m a bit nervous” he confessed
“Nervous? You?” she asked
“Terrified to be precise” he confessed
“Well I’ll try not to break you then” she said and for the first time since she had known him she felt like his equal.
She helped him to mount the grey mare and then Lynda took a deep breath and led horse and rider across the yard and out to the paddock while Anthony, Charlotte and Hazel watched from a safe distance and congratulated each other on their cleverness.
It wasn’t a long lesson, or at least it wasn’t supposed to be that long, but they had certainly been a lot longer than they expected but none of the three conspirator’s wanted to jinx it by going and checking on how thing were going.
When they eventually returned they were both laughing and Elliott was sweating profusely and when Lynda made eye contact with Anthony, she blushed.
“So far so good” Anthony said
But then Elliott got in his car and Lynda returned the horse to the stable and Hazel trotted after the two of them.
An hour later Anthony collared her as she walked towards her car.
“So how did it go?”
“How did what go?” she asked playing innocent
“Don’t go all coy on me” he said “you and Elliott, how did it go?”
“He wasn’t bad for a novice” she said and got in the car.
Elliott’s next lesson was three days later and this time Anthony and Charlotte didn’t hang around to watch they decided to take the horses out for a short ride.
It had been such a beautiful afternoon when they left but the weather got considerably bleaker as it wore on and so they made the ride much shorter than they originally intended.
On the way back to the stables they paused beside the paddock and were surprised to find it empty.
They looked at each other and dismounted, they hadn’t been that long so they should still have been there.
They walked the horses back to the yard from there and when they passed the barn they could see the big jovial doctor locked in a passionate embrace with Lynda.
“Hello you two” Anthony shouted “We were expecting you to still be in the paddock”.
The couple instantly separated and a blushing Lynda said
“It got a bit cold”
“It’s a bit hotter in the barn I’m guessing” he said and he and Charlotte laughed as they headed towards the stable.
It appeared that the love between them which had been barely a trot for so many years had suddenly run away at a gallop.