Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (26) Betcha By Golly Wow – Rosie’s Tale (Part 06)
“Are you ok Hun?” Kelly asked when she saw the paleness of Rosie’s countenance
“It’s from my friend Lindsay” she said
“I can’t read it, I’m scared” Rosie said
“Do you want me to?” Kelly asked and Rosie nodded
Kelly took the phone from her and quickly read it and said
“She’s fine, she says she gave them the slip and she’s awaiting instruction”
“Thank God” Rosie said and threw her arms around Kelly’s statuesque frame, in a hug that lasted for more than five minutes.
In fact it only ended when the spell was broken by the sound of Rosie’s phone ringing.
“Oh goodness” Rosie said as the pair parted awkwardly and a flustered Kelly picked up the empty cup’s and took them out to the kitchen area and the former accepted the call and said
“Roxy is that you?”
When Kelly returned from the kitchen she was greeted by a smiling Rosie.
“Good news” she said “Roxy is safe and I’ve phoned Lindsay and we’re to meet up by the entrance to the Pier”
“That is good news” Kelly agreed
“I don’t know how to thank you” Rosie said and kissed Kelly’s cheek
“Nonsense I didn’t do anything” she replied “But provide a cup of tea, a sympathetic ear and a comforting hug”
“I think it was far more than that, thank you” Rosie said kissed her cheek again and left.
“I wish that it was” Kelly said to herself and a few minutes after that she left the shop and made her way along to the Pier.
She was very taken with Rosie, very taken indeed,
It had been a number of years since she had been so affected and she had been content in those years but Rosie Parsons had upset that content and she was encouraged that Rosie might well be receptive to her advances having stated a lack of a significant other in her life rather than a boyfriend.
There was no sign of the others when Rosie reached the entrance to the Pier but she only had to wait a few minutes before Lindsay arrived and a moment after that they saw Roxy approaching the Pier hand in hand with a man.
“Lucky cow” Lindsay said as she gave Rosie a hug then Roxie left the mystery man on the periphery and the three reunited girls silently hugged and then they found their voices and for the most part of the next five minutes they were all speaking at the same time.
Kelly watched on from a safe distance and when the chattering huddle broke up Roxy introduced Lindsay and Rosie to her man, Richard and as the last of the floats had gone past they all walked together up to Jubilee Park to hand in their collection tins.
Kelly continued to watch on as they moved away until they finally disappeared from view and she returned to the shop in a very positive state of mind.
And hoped very much to see Rosie Parsons again even though she had at that time no idea how that happy occasion might be arrived at.