Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (42) A Kind Heart Reawakened (Part 06)
Because she had elected to play Golf and Tennis on the same day they only had time for nine holes.
But after three holes the wry smile had gone from his face and he was wondering if he had bitten off more than he could chew as she was destroying him.
At the end of the nine holes her victory was comprehensive.
“Now we’re even” she said
“Well played Louise” Keith said “let’s have a drink”
“Oh no” She answered “Tennis now”
“Oh shit” he thought “she’s got her dander up now”
“Ok” he said out loud “Tennis first, then a drink”
He could tell by the look on her face that she would do to him on the Tennis court what she’d done on the links.
As luck would have it there was only one court left and the Vicar, Donald Cox and his wife Hannah, had been waiting to play all afternoon.
So Louise reluctantly agreed to play mixed doubles instead in a less adversarial match.
After dinner Louise had threatened to take the contest to the games room, but when he suggested that he could do with an early night he was pleased to see a look of relief spread across her face.
As he slipped beneath the covers he reflected on what he had set out to achieve and he could certainly vouch for the fact there was no time to be lonely and by the end of that day he was certainly too exhausted to cry, he hoped the same for Louise.
The next day Louise’s competitive edge had returned though her aggressive edge had been somewhat tempered, but she completely dominated him on the Croquet lawn.
After which she showed her more compassionate side when she allowed him to level the contest playing Crazy Golf.
On Monday evening, having had a less gruelling day, they did manage a couple of games of Pool and a couple of drinks before fatigue set in, and by the end of the evening Louise was 3-2 up.
“I’ll give you a chance with something less energetic tomorrow”
Louise said “Something more befitting to a man of advanced years”
“What do you suggest?” Keith asked “Child”
“Archery and Shooting” she replied
“Oh taking pity on me are you” he asked
“Something like that” she replied and kissed his cheek “Goodnight”
On Tuesday morning Louise was hovering outside the restaurant as Keith arrived.
“Hello Keith” she said
“Hi Louise” he replied “Have you eaten already?”
“No, no” she replied “I just got here”
“Well perhaps we could eat together” Keith suggested
“If you like” she replied indifferently, so they went into breakfast together.
Unusually after breakfast they remained together for the worship and both discussion sessions, normally she would go and sit with her friends and him with his, but on that day they sat together.