Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (42) A Kind Heart Reawakened (Part 07)
After the Tuesday morning sessions were over they went off to their respective rooms to change before lunch, but agreed to meet at the top of the stairs and have lunch together.
Louise was waiting for him again when Keith started up the stairs and when he looked up he could see her pacing back and forth and because Keith was late it looked to all the world like she was angry so when he got there he said
“I’m sorry Louise, I couldn’t decide what to wear for today, tweeds or Lincoln green”
“That’s ok” she said with a laugh “Although I’d like to see you in tights”
“Really?” Keith said and Louise blushed, and then turned and walked briskly into the restaurant.
The restaurant was a self-service buffet affair, so they queued up and
Louise was very chatty and animated throughout, even during lunch as they both ate a very palatable Mushroom Stroganoff.
“So are you going to be gentle with me today?” he asked as they finished their desert.
“I’m always gentle” she replied and blushed again then to change the subject, she added quickly
“You should do ok today”
“You mean in events more suitable for a man of my advanced years” he said and chuckled
“Something like that” she replied and giggled
As Louise predicted Keith beat her at both the target disciplines so he now held the advantage but he suspected she wasn’t really trying as if she had lost her competitive streak.
So he suggested that they fit in a round of Forest Laser quest.
Louise was at first reluctant but she was easily persuaded in the end and then Keith let her win to square the contest at 4 each.
As they walked back to the Hotel Louise said
“I think we should call it quits now”
“What? No more activities?” Keith asked
“Oh no” she said with alarm “I didn’t mean that”
“What then?” he said
“No more contest” she replied
“Ok” Keith said “I agree”
On Wednesday the weather took a distinct turn for the worst, in fact the rain was lashing down, so after a long and painfully dull seminar on dealing with mental health issues, they looked outside and shared a look which said
“I am not going out there” so they had to amuse themselves inside which they did firstly in the Gym and then swimming in the pool.
By Wednesday evening however the rain did clear away so they went for a walk around the grounds again and discussed their plan for the next day.
In stark contrast to the previous day, Thursday was a glorious day so after their meetings they spent the afternoon on the river punting, which led to them both falling in, although on separate occasions and they laughed like children as they squelched all the way back to the Hotel.
That evening as he relaxed in the bath before dinner he thought a lot about the week in which he’d begun the quest in the kind hearted spirit of the avuncular.
There was a very positive side effect for him, spending the week as he did in endless activity and that was that he had not had the time to miss his wife, however the down side was that he’d fallen in love with Louise and he had absolutely no idea what to do about it.