Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (06) To Bring Good Tidings (Part 04)
The reason they started their expedition at Lynn’s, was because it was Cooper’s Folly that they were going to see that day.
It was quite a steep climb from the lake side up to the Folly and despite the coolness of the spring morning they were both hot and breathless by the time they made it up there.
Once they had arrived Eva sat on a large rock to catch her breath while Siti clambered about the site quoting facts about the monstrous building from a local history book.
But Eva was more focused on the speaker than words.
She wasn’t beautiful in the way that most people considered that Eva was.
Siti had an aquiline nose and finely chiselled features, her eyes were warm and intelligent behind her gold rimmed spectacles and her intellect was as sharp as was her wit.
To the casual observer, because she was dark skinned, her hair looked black but it was actually dark brown which was fine and straight and she wore shoulder length.
Eva thought she was only on the attractive side of beautiful by virtue of the fact that she never wore a scrap of makeup, so what you saw was what you got.
But with a little makeup on her pretty face she’d have looked gorgeous.
“More gorgeous anyway” Eva thought
Eva was suddenly brought back to the moment when Siti said
“We’d better get moving”
Siti pointed heavenward
Evangeline looked up to see the sky had visibly darkened.
“Ok” she said “Let’s go”
They clambered and scrambled their way back down the hill to the perimeter road just as the heavens opened.
They were standing on probably the most exposed part of the road and for a moment they were caught like rabbits in the headlights.
“Quick this way” Eva said and grabbed Siti’s hand and they ran to the nearest large tree which offered them some protection from the deluge.
They were giggling like schoolgirls when they reached sanctuary and squeezed up close to the trunk.
Eva looked down at the giggling Siti as rainwater dripped from the tip of her aquiline nose.
She giggled again and put her head back and shook it like a dog would, and that was when Eva did it.
Siti was only 5ft tall so with Evangeline’s 4” height advantage over her she was in the unusual position of being able to kiss downwards on to Sitis inviting lips.
It was a deliciously gentle kiss to which Siti responded in kind.
When they stopped Siti looked up at Eva and said
“I wasn’t expecting that"
Then Evangeline kissed her again
A much more urgent, passion filled kiss altogether, perhaps too much so because Siti suddenly pushed her away.
“No, no” she said “I can’t”
Then she ran off into the rain
“Siti!” Evangeline called “Please don’t go, I’m sorry”
But Siti just kept going and didn’t look back.
Eva traipsed home miserably through the rain, kicking her way through puddles and chastising herself for her stupidity, and her haste.
“You idiot, you stupid idiot, you’ve lost your friend now” she shouted into the rain.
She got home to the cottage and silently stripped off her wet clothes and dried her hair before redressing.
Eva walked into the kitchen and switched on the kettle and got out two mugs, then she paused and put one back.
She was just pouring the hot water onto a teabag when there was a gentle knock at the door.
Eva put the kettle down and walked to the door and when she opened it, she saw Siti standing on the doorstep looking like a drowned rat.
“I don’t want to run away” She said pathetically
“You don’t have to baby” Eva said “Come inside”
Eva’s heart swelled as she looked at the beautiful forlorn creature dripping on the carpet and she quickly wrapped her in dry towels.
Eva dried Siti’s fine dark brown hair and when she stood there wrapped in fluffy white towels with damp tousled hair she looked at Evangeline with her big brown eyes and asked
“Can you kiss me now?”
Eva’s heart skipped a beat and she smiled at Siti and duly obliged her.