Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (42) A Kind Heart Reawakened (Part 08)
On Friday morning there were no activities planned and the final program of the “Footsteps” events was a session worship and a wrap up meeting.
Things would conclude by midday and they would be checking out after lunch.
So at the start of the final day Keith and Louise planned to have breakfast together again.
When Keith arrived Louise was once again waiting outside the restaurant for him and when Keith started up the stairs and he looked up he could see her pacing back and forth but because he wasn’t late for once he knew he wasn’t in trouble a fact that was confirmed when he was greeted with a broad smile when she turned around and saw him.
Louise wasn’t as chatty as she normally was, in fact her silence was remliniscent of the long silent walk they took together the previous Saturday.
He wasn’t altogether sure why she was so quiet, he hadn’t been late so he knew it wasn’t that, it wasn’t a bad mood because her smile of greeting had been radiant so he was at a loss to explain it.
So as she put down her knife and fork he asked
“Well did I succeed?”
“With what?” she replied
“Banishing the loneliness” he said
“In a way” she answered enigmatically
She sighed and in a rather gruff mannered response she said
“You have filled every spare moment with companionable fun and I’ve really enjoyed every minute of it”
“But?” he asked sensing there was one
“But we go home today” she retorted
“And you think that you’ll have too much time on your hands once you leave here, Is that it?”
“No” she shouted at him “that isn’t it at all you silly man”
And with that she got up from the table and before leaving, added
“You haven’t got a bloody clue”
“Oh shit” he thought to himself as she blundered out of the dining room “What have I done?”
He quickly got up from the table to follow her, spilling his coffee in the process, and headed for the door but a table of 12 stood up to leave just as he was approaching so that by the time he got outside she was already at the bottom of the stairs.
“I have got a clue” he shouted from the balcony and everyone stopped and turned around to look.
“Really?” she barked “I don’t think you do, because YOU think I will go to pieces if you’re not there to hold my hand”
“No” he replied as he descended the stairs
“Because I know that I’ll go to pieces without you to hold mine”
“What?” she asked hesitantly
“I wasn’t lying when I said “everybody” loved you” he said “Everybody loves you”
“Huh?” she uttered as he reached the bottom of the stairs
“But in particular, I love you” he continued “and I need you in my life”
There were tears welling up in her eyes as he said it and then she ran to him and hugged him and then they kissed and were totally oblivious to the spontaneous applause and cheers that erupted around them.