Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (32) It Happened at the Seaview Hotel (Part 04)
Dinner came and went as did desert and all the time their glasses were refreshed, but it wasn’t until they were having liqueurs that he plucked up the courage to say what was on his mind.
“I’ve really missed you”
She seemed both surprised and pleased by the revelation and Iain wondered if she heard him correctly or if it was just the effect of the wine on her processing ability
“I’m sorry” she replied
“Why did you go?” he asked “I never understood why you left”
“I had to” she replied earnestly
“But why?” he asked more emphatically
“Because I knew how you felt about me” Francine confessed
“You knew?” he asked aghast
“You knew and you said nothing?” Iain asked angrily
“That was cruel” he said and then there was an uncomfortable silence for a few minutes as the waiter cleared the empty glasses from the table, when he had gone she said
“I thought it was for the best”
The waiter hovered just out of earshot of them but made it obvious that as they were the last two diners and he was ready for them to leave.
“I think we have out stayed our welcome” he said flatly and got up and Francine followed suit.
“Goodnight” he said to the waiter and headed towards reception leaving Frankie in his wake.
“Let me explain” Francine said as she trotted behind him but Iain ignored her and pressed on along the corridor, but she caught up with him as he stopped to allow an elderly lady to go through the fire doors.
"I thought if I put some space between us, you would stop caring about me" she said from behind him and Iain spun round on her in response
"You thought my feelings were so fickle, so insincere that they would just evaporate away if I couldn’t see you?"
“No” she snapped at him crossly
“I did it because I thought that mine would”
“What?” he said, doubting his own hearing
“I left because I was falling for you” she said
“And did it help?” he asked
“No” she said and fell in to his arms “I fell for you anyway”
“So you made us both unhappy” Iain said gently and held her close to him
“Yes” she replied and then Francine began to cry
“Don’t cry honey” he said and in response she looked up at him through tear filled eyes and he kissed her, a kiss he had longed for and dreamt of for eight years and when it was over he was not disappointed.
After their long awaited magical first kiss they walked hand in hand to the door of his room where they kissed again and then Iain unlocked the door and pushed it open but Francine paused in the doorway.
“Before we go any further” she said “I have a confession to make”
“You don’t have to say anything honey” Iain replied
“I really do” she insisted
“Ok” he replied a little concerned at what might follow, some revelation that would undermine the gravity of the moment, so he waited as Francine took a deep breath and blurted out
“I haven’t shaved my legs since the twins were born”