Before it was time for Mel to finish work for the day, she took Jamie to one side.
‘Listen, Jamie, could you and me have a natter after work tonight? If we’re going to be working together it would help me if I got to know you a bit better. Did you have other plans?’
He said that he hadn’t.
‘What about that café in the park. We could have a cup of tea or coffee together?’
‘What time?’ he asked.
‘About seven-thirty suit you?’ she asked.
‘See you there then,’ he said, mystified as to what had brought on her suggestion.
By the time the shop closed, Mel’s head was buzzing and she felt tired – much more so than the previous day.
An unwelcome call
After their evening meal, during which Mel had been quizzed about what she’d been learning and how she was getting on with the Hannays, Mel went up to her room to do some online research about mirrorless cameras before she went to her meeting with Jamie.
She was skimming through a review, comparing the autofocus improvements available from their use, when Craig phoned. She debated with herself whether to accept the call, but remembered that it had been her suggestion for him to phone her.
‘Are you in a better mood tonight?’ That was Craig’s opening gambit. Mel ended the call without speaking.
He phoned straight back.
‘Did you just put the phone down on me?’ he demanded.
‘Did you just try to make me feel guilty about the other night?’ she answered.
‘Okay, don’t get your knickers in a twist. Are you coming out tonight or not?’
‘I’m sorry about the other night, Mel,’ she mimicked, ‘How was your first day at work, Mel? Did you enjoy it, Mel? Were the people nice to you, Mel? Listen Craig, if you thought anything about me, those are the things you should have been asking me about – showing an interest in me for a change.’
‘I asked you the other night, I’m sure.’
‘Really, Craig. What did I tell you about my first day then?’
‘Oh, I can’t remember exactly. I’ve been busy myself since then.’
‘Craig, you’re a liar. You didn’t ask me – and don’t start accusing me again of not listening. I listened above all for you to show an interest. Everybody else I’ve spoken to since has wanted to know how I went on. You’re a self-centred bastard and I don’t intend wasting any more of my time on you. You’re dumped.’
As she closed the call she heard him saying, ‘Bitch.’
The photo that I’ve chosen today is the final one of the series that I’ll be posting in this part of my daily blog in this part of the page. As I said previously, the series is based on a walk that I did on the 19th April along the bank of the Leeds to Liverpool canal between Burscough Bridge and the ‘Ring O’Bells’ pub just over a mile away. I did the walk in both directions, accompanied by my daughter’s dog, Ted.
The remaining photo in this series will be of a young woman looking at her smartphone, standing on the Wharf but on the other side of the canal from where I was stood in the Library car park. The EXIF data are as follows: Camera used was my 24 MP Pentax KP cropped sensor camera paired with a Pentax 28-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 full-frame lens. The shutter speed was 1/40 secs @ f/10 and 53 mm. The ISO was 100. The shot was handheld and used only natural light. When I post-processed the shot in Lightroom, I decided to convert it to monochrome from colour, because it seemed the better option.
For my next series of shots, I’ll use some photos that I took in Southport, Merseyside recently where I’d gone to photograph the sunset.