Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (46) Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (Part 06)
The next day Alison Williams and young Oliver had escorted Wendy to her mum’s caravan to pick up her things and
afterwards she put Wendy straight to work, to keep her mind occupied.
Then David suggested that they all go over to Dulcet-on-Brooke and have lunch at The Waterside Inn and the meal was accompanied with an abundance of wine.
Those present were David, Leslie, Gwen and Oliver, who was the designated driver.
Gwen didn’t twig immediately that the meal and the wine were a means to get her to agree to take Wendy in as a lodger but
as soon as the penny had dropped she decided to play along.
She had already decided in the midst of the previous night’s storm that she would ask Wendy to live with her, but she didn’t tell David and Leslie that.
It made perfect sense for her to take Wendy in as a lodger, she was fond of her and she had the space and she was lonely when Dennis was away working.
It took two hours and two bottles of wine for them to get to the point and ask her if she’d take Wendy in and then she said as David settled the bill
“I was going to suggest it myself,”
Gwen’s only condition was that she should tell Wendy herself.
So having phoned ahead to ensure she should be there they drove back to David’s bungalow and when he stepped through
the back door, he found Wendy and Alison sitting at the kitchen table.
“At last” Alison snorted
“Well hello gardening ladies” he slurred
“Sorry I’m late but I had to go and meet
Wendy's new landlady”
“Really?” Wendy asked
“Yes indeed” he replied “Would you like to
“Yes please” she replied excitedly so he
stepped aside and Gwen walked in
“Gwen” Wendy shouted and raced across the
kitchen and hugged her “I’m so glad it’s you” she squealed and they both started to cry.
She moved in that night and Ollie carried
her things for her.
Later that evening Gwen phoned Dennis and told him the whole story.
About the savage beating and her intervention in offering Wendy a home.
“That’s so typical of you” he said
“I couldn’t help it” she said “I had to take her in”
“I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t” he said
“Bless you for saying that” Gwen said and then the conversation turned to love.
Gwen and Wendy got on like a house on fire, Wendy
was willing and hardworking and very good company and over the weeks she became like a daughter to her and by extension due to the age difference, a granddaughter.
After two weeks of washing and ironing her clothes Gwen had become aware of the meagre selection that she had and the overall
With all her jobs, Wendy had accumulated a nice pot of money, Gwen knew that because she looked after her savings book, but she never did anything or went anywhere to spend it.
So Gwen suggested taking her into Abbottsford on a shopping expedition.