Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (29) Love at a Canter (Part 05)
Hayley wasn’t working on Sunday but after reading the Sunday Paper’s and attending St Winifred’s she set off towards the Dulcet’s.
While she was reading that Sunday’s Abbottsford Clarion she had spotted something interesting in the entertainment section and a plan began to formulate in her mind.
When she arrived at the farm she was disappointed to find the yard was empty so she parked the car and walked towards the stables.
Once inside she headed for Hitch’s stall and when she saw him she said
“Hello big fella, how are you doing today?”
“I’m doing fine” a voice said and Hayley almost jumped out of her skin and Luke Barrowman, who was sitting in the corner out of sight drinking a mug of tea, roared with laughter.
“You frightened the life out of me” she said and laughed as well
“I’m sorry but I couldn’t resist” he said between guffaws
Having passed Hitch fit for light exercise Luke walked her back to her car and she said casually
“I read in the Abbottsford Clarion this morning that there’s a Hitchcock retrospective at the Tivoli all next week”
“Yes that’s right” Luke said
“Well I’m going to be staying at my sisters in Abbottsford next weekend and she’s a bit of a philistine and doesn’t like black and white films, so do you fancy going?” she asked “Strangers on a Train, Suspicion and Psycho”
“Yes that would be nice” Luke said
“I’ll meet you outside the theatre at 4.30, then” she said and gave him her business card with her mobile number on it.
“Call me if there is a change of plan, bye Luke” She said and drove off.
And as she drove into the lane she complimented herself on her handling of the situation.
She also chastised herself for telling him a little white lie regarding her movements on the following weekend as she was not in fact staying with her sister that weekend but her hastily arranged plans would now necessitate her speaking to her sister and inviting herself to stay for the weekend.
She didn’t think that lying was a really appropriate way a starting a relationship but
“needs must when the devil drives” she said out loud, after all he was rather gorgeous and single to boot, so it was worth the tiniest of white lies to ensure he didn’t slip through her fingers.
She was telling the truth about her sister not liking black and white movies though.
Time hung very heavy during the following week despite the fact that she was incredibly busy and was run ragged as she was bounced from pillar to post all over the vale.
So when Friday came to a close and it was time to hang up her wellies for the weekend the moment was greeted with some relief.
After a long relaxing hot bath and a good night’s sleep she left for Abbottsford early on Saturday morning and gave her sister Julie a very rude awakening who then had to attend to Hayley’s hair, nails and make up.