Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (42) A Kind Heart Reawakened (Part 05)
The first afternoon most of the group activities had already started so they just walked around the grounds in an uncomfortable silence, Louise just wanted to go to her room but Keith knew she would just break down again if he let her.
So they carried on walking, with her tolerating his well-meaning interference and he tolerated the angry silence until they reached the climbing wall.
“Do you fancy a climb?” Keith asked “or the tree walk”
“What I fancy is going back to my room” she replied angrily
Keith thought for a moment and then suggested a contest
“Ok I’ll make a deal with you” he said
“What deal?” Louise replied suspiciously
“If you can beat me to the top of the climbing wall” he said “I’ll leave you alone and you can go to your room”
“As simple as that?” she said suspiciously
“Yes as simple as that” Keith confirmed
“You’re on” Louise agreed but what he failed to tell her was that he was no stranger to a climbing wall, but even taking that into consideration he didn’t beat her by much having not taken into account her hitherto unappreciated competitive streak.
After beating her by a whisker on the climbing wall she seemed to have burnt off some of her hostility towards his interference as she suggested they do the tree walk.
Despite harbouring the suspicion that she only suggested it so she could shove him off, he agreed and she seemed to be in a much brighter frame of mind.
That evening there was a busy schedule of events, however he was concerned she might regress the next day.
Sunday had more free time than any other day so he thought he might use her competitive nature to his advantage, so when they got back to the Hotel he said
“Tennis or Golf tomorrow?”
“Oh I think I can manage from now on, thank you Keith” she replied
“Oh ok” he said “I understand”
“You understand what?” Louise asked suspiciously
“Well having lost to the old man on the climbing wall” he said “I can understand why you don’t want to lose to me at anything else”
“What utter conceit” she exclaimed
“I’m sorry if I’ve got the wrong end of the stick” Keith said innocently
“Well “old man”” Louise said defiantly “let’s make it Tennis and Golf tomorrow”
Before Keith could respond Louise had gone through the door to the lobby so he walked slowly towards his own room with a wry smile on his face.
Well come the next day he had to go and find her and thought she may have had a change of heart but she was already waiting for him at the pro shop.
“Good afternoon Louise” he said
She was standing scorecards in hand, with a determined look on her face.
“Hello” she replied in a tone suggesting they get straight on with it and the wry smile returned to his face when he saw how fired up she was.
He had sowed the wind, he was now about to reap the whirlwind.