Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (22) Betcha By Golly Wow – Lindsay’s Tale (Part 07)
Lindsay felt terrible after rewarding the man’s act of kindness with a face full of pepper spray.
“Don’t rub them you’ll just make them worse” she advised and then produced a small bottle of water from her bag
“This will help” she said and splashed water in his enflamed eyes “it also helps if you blink a lot”
“What helps is not getting sprayed in the first place” he corrected her
“Yes, sorry again” she said “but I was scared, it looked like you were chasing me”
“I had to chase you, you were like a whippet” he said
“And you were muttering to yourself” she said defensively
“I wasn’t muttering to myself” Ken said “I was trying to speak to you but you had earphones in”
“Oh dear” she said “I really did get it wrong didn’t I?”
“That will teach me to mind my own business in future” he said
“Oh don’t say that” she implored “It was really sweet of you to try”
And she gave him the most dazzling smile which even through bleary eyes made up to some degree for the discomfiture.
“Let me make it up to you” she said “let me buy you a drink”
“I thought you were going to a party” he reminded her
“Oh yes, you’re right” she agreed “I am, I forgot”
“It’s not a problem” he said “I’ll be fine”
“I can take a plus one” she said
“No really you don’t have to do that” Chris said
“Not that I would be allowed into the Palladium anyway”
“Why? Have you been barred?” she asked
“No nothing like that” he said “I’m not wearing anything pink”
“Well that’s not strictly true” Lindsay said with a giggle “You haven’t seen your eyes”
“You should see them from this side” he said and winced
“So will you come?” she asked
“That depends” he replied
“A couple of things” Chris explained
“Firstly on whether or not you have any more weaponry in that bag of yours” he said
“No you’re quite safe I’m all out” Lindsay said with a laugh “and what’s the second thing?”
“Will you hold my arm because I really can’t see very well?”
“Oh God what have I done” she exclaimed “yes that’s the least I can do”
“Ok then it’s a deal” he said amiably
As they walked arm in arm down to the Palladium Lindsay felt rather pleased with herself, she had a great looking guy on her arm, in fact a really good looking guy, a real head turner.
Although in truth the head turning might have had something to do with his pink eyes but nonetheless he was turning heads.
And on top of being handsome he was a gentleman and she didn’t meet many of them.
She would have had to admit it was an unconventional way to snag a man but “all’s fair in love and war”.
Thank God for Roxy and her pepper spray.
All she had to do now was use her charms on him to make sure she got a more conventional date with her pink eyed good hearted Gentleman who she hoped could be her Mr Right.