Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (29) Love at a Canter (Part 04)
Hayley drove out of the yard before turning into the lane and asked
“Why didn’t you go with Doctor Browning? When he offered to drive you home”
“I wanted to check on Hitch” he replied flatly
“Well that’s all very admirable but you clearly can’t drive” she said though he didn’t respond further and after five minutes of silence she asked
“Why is the horse called Hitch?”
“Oh I see” he said “It’s short for Hitchcock”
“Robert or Alfred?” Hayley asked
“Who’s Robert Hitchcock?”
“A fat ginger boy who used to bully me at middle school” she replied
“Really? Someone used to bully you?” he asked in disbelief
“Yes I was a very delicate little thing” she said
“God what happened?”
“Watch it” she said “I carry a humane killer in my bag”
“I don’t doubt that for a moment” Luke said and then laughed until it was quickly curtailed by a wince.
“Ow” he exclaimed and held his ribs.
“See that’s what happens when you’re cheeky” Hayley said with a chuckle then she added a few minutes later
“So he’s named after Alfred then?”
“How come?” she asked.
“Oh that’s obvious he’s my favourite director”
“Really? Mine too” she said
“Oh” he exclaimed in surprise and asked
“What’s your favourite film?”
“That’s a difficult question” she said thoughtfully “I particularly like Marnie, but generally I like the old ones, Young and Innocent, 39 Steps, or the Lady Vanishes”
“Good choices” he said
“What about you?”
“Well I agree with you it is difficult but if I had to choose just one it would have to be Rear Window” Luke said
“That is a good one” she agreed
“So when you’re not watching old movies or falling off horses what do you do?” She asked “For a living I mean”
“Well I’m actually a film director myself” he said “I work for Peter Lutchford’s company over at the Purplemere Studios”
“Wow I know Peter” she said “I’m friends with his sister Amanda, we ride together sometimes when she’s not away filming”
“I ride with her sometimes as well” he said “it’s certainly a small world”
Hayley was just about to comment when Luke said
“Oh here we are, this is me”
Hayley pulled up at the kerb and Luke got out then he leant in through the window and thanked her for the lift and the enjoyable company.
“No problem” she replied “I’ll check in on Hitch in a couple of days.
Good to her word Hayley drove back into the cobbled yard of Copper Beech Farm on Friday morning and was met by the farm manager Charlotte Clode.
“Hi Hayley” she called as the vet got out of her car.
“Have you come to check up on Hitch?”
“Yes, how’s he doing?” Hayley asked
“He’s doing fine”
“You’ve missed Luke, if you were hoping to check him out again”
“Oh that’s a shame” she said minding the fact more than she showed.
“He’s been back though?”
“Yes he was here at 7 o’clock this morning before he went to work” Charlotte explained
Hayley removed the dressing and examined Hitch’s wound and was very pleased with it but redressed it again.
She then sat and had a coffee with Charlotte.
“So when will you be back to see him?” she asked
“I’ll probably leave it a few days” Hayley replied
“Luke will be here on Sunday afternoon” Charlotte revealed
“Sunday it is then” she replied and laughed