‘Yes, Well? What of it?’ She was standing with her back to the kitchen sink, her arms folded across her chest, her face set in a sneer..
‘That’s almost three weeks ago; three weeks and I haven’t had a civil word off you since then Charlie. I sent you a text, offering to take you out for a meal but you sent me a really snotty reply. Okay, you wanted to see Gloria and spend some time on your own with her. That was fine, but there was no need for the way you expressed it.’
‘You’re right,’ she said. I do remember now, but I regretted it the moment I sent it. I’m sorry.’
‘Wow!’ he said, ‘At last. An apology from Charlotte the Great. Did you really think that I was going to go out of my way to speak to you after that?’
‘Well,’ she replied, ‘did you really think that I’d fall over myself to speak to you after you stalked me to the Dance Group and then went out of your way to seduce that Janice piece. Next thing I hear is that you’re moving in with her neighbour to be nearer to her.’
‘Word gets round fast I see, but I didn’t stalk you. You’d said how much you’d enjoyed going to the dance class, and it sounded as if it might be a good way to meet other people. You couldn’t wait to tell me how many men you’d met. I thought that I’d give it a try too, without cramping your style with your widowers’.
‘So that’s why you spent so much time chatting up Janice. It was to avoid cramping my style was it?’ she said, ‘Rubbish, you didn’t even notice me.’
‘There’s no need to be so nasty. I did notice you, but I didn’t think that you’d want your new friends to know who I was. Anyway, Janice is not a ‘piece’ – she’s a lonely widow with a great sense of humour. I enjoy her company, but I’ve not been chatting her up and I’ve never tried to seduce her – we just got talking when we were registering and found that we got on well together.’
Charlotte pulled a disbelieving face as he paused for breath.
‘Anyway, it was you who said that it was time that I moved out of Gloria’s house. I agreed with you, but finding a suitable place to rent is a nightmare. Janice merely recommended me to Mrs Edwards as a short-term tenant to replace one who is about to move into a new home.’
‘You don’t fool me,’ she said, pointing at him, her voice raised, ‘I’ve watched you two – the way you talk and the way you dance. Any closer together and someone would have called the police.’
‘Mmm,’ he said, ‘our dancing. Well, yes, I can see what you mean. Listen, we’re both beginners, we’re both rubbish at dancing and we know it – but we try to have a laugh camping it up. You and most of the others take it too seriously. It isn’t Strictly Come Dancing is it?’
Today I show another view from the Earlestown walk – this time along the canal bank. I liked the reflections.
I used my Pentax KP 64 MP cropped sensor camera and a 35 mm f/2 full-frame lens that I’m finding really useful in these times when it would be breaching lockdown to take a tripod with me. It’s light and compact – and it isn’t a hassle to try to take photographs while holding a dog on a lead. The shutter speed was 1/200 @ f/13 The ISO was 6400.