There must be fifty ways to leave your husband – as Paul Simon never quite said. The story has moved on to the year 2001. Quite a lot has happened. Luke has called into Croxton library to request a new edition of a textbook that isn’t in stock at the college library. Sandra recognises him, informs him that a copy will be arriving the following day. She agrees to have lunch with him at the College restaurant the following day and promises to bring the book with her. As they arrive home that evening, there are soliloquies at their respective houses.
When they meet for their meal, she asks him how he came to be a lecturer at the College – and he tells her, including about his divorce. When he asks her about what she has been doing, he tells her that the last time he’d seen her – except briefly at a funeral – was as he’d watched her being carried off by a man in a sports car. This had been shortly after she’d dumped him more than thirty years before. She tells him it had served him right. He challenges her version of events and she realises how she’d wronged him – condemning them both to lasting misery. She confesses that her marriage is on its last legs.
She learns that Luke usually travels to the College by bus from Codmanton to Croxton and has a frequent traveller bus pass. She asks him what time he catches the bus and arranges to travel with him, joining him part way along the route.
Jumping forward, their discussion continues as they travel. Approx., 2,500 words today.
The day hasn’t finished yet – at least I haven’t finished writing about it.
The featured photograph today, strangely enough, is of some buses. I now wonder about the conversations that will take place on them. I photographed his scene yesterday morning. You see the planning that goes into writing this blog. I took the shot with my Pentax K-1 camera, mounted on a tripod, using my 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens at 70 mm and f/11. The ISO was 400 – it was a dismal morning – and the shutter speed was 1/200 seconds. I cropped the image slightly and boosted the exposure and contrast.