It was a pity really. She did like him very much, but he was too serious. He wasn’t exactly boring – he just wasn’t very exciting.
Then again, she thought, “I suppose that Craig could have been exciting to be with if he’d had money and been less controlling. Perhaps you need money to be exciting – able to afford fast cars, helicopters, speedboats and skiing holidays. If Craig had been rich, he’d probably have wanted to live a dangerous life.”
She turned images of such a life over in her head.
“What would being exciting but poor look like anyway? Accepting dares to run across the railway lines or swimming bare-ass naked in the canal at night?”
She decided that she wouldn’t dismiss Jamie as an idea for the moment. She’d wait to see if he were to make anything like a clear advance to her.
An engagement with Stacy
A week after her outing with Jamie, Mel received a text from Stacy to arrange a meeting in the pub on the Thursday evening – Mel’s half day. She hadn’t been seeing Stacy as often – partly because of Stacy’s shifts and frequent needs to work overtime, but mainly because Stacy was spending a lot more time with her boyfriend, Connor – a colleague of hers.
‘Hello, stranger,’ Mel said when her friend joined her at one of the tables in the Lounge. ‘I wondered if this fella of yours had locked you up in the station
‘Not yet,’ Stacy said, ‘I’ll tell you all about it when you’ve bought me a drink.’
The bar was quite busy but Mel managed to get served quite quickly.
‘Okay, spill,’ Mel said, ‘Where have you been lately?’
Stacy raised her left hand so that Mel would notice the slim band of gold bearing a square-cut diamond that reflected perfectly the evening sunlight shining in through the pub windows behind them.
‘OMG!’ Mel said, ‘Wow! Congratulations.’
She leaned across to hug Stacy.
She told Mel that, since her first husband had died, she now realised that life was too short not to grab another chance of happiness while she could.
‘When am I going to meet him?’ Mel asked.
‘In about half an hour from now,’ Stacy said, ‘I told him that I wanted to tell you and give you time to interrogate me before he arrives.’
‘So, have you two set a date?’ Mel asked.
‘Of course,’ she said, ‘ Next May. I don’t believe in long engagements. Life’s too short.’
‘So, you are set on an actual wedding then – you’re not just moving in somewhere together but leaving it until May?’
‘Yup!’ she said, ‘An actual church wedding with all the frills. I intend to wear white again and bugger tradition. It isn’t as though I’m a divorcee, somehow obliged to wear purple or suchlike.’
‘Good for you,’ Mel said, ‘So where will you both live – his place or yours? Or will you be buying something new between you? I assume that he has a place.’
‘Last question first,’ Stacy answered, ‘Connor’s wife left him – couldn’t put up with the kind of hours we work – found another fella and moved in with him. The way the divorce worked out, Connor’s going to have to sell their marital home – as the law puts it. So, he’ll be moving in with me.’
‘Are you happy with that?’ Mel asked, ‘somebody new changing your routine around your house?’
Another photo today from my Saturday afternoon foray into Liverpool to try my hand at street photography. The outing didn’t quite turn out as I expected. Today, and for the next two days, I’m posting images of a fashion shoot that I chanced upon near the Beatles statues at the Pierhead area of the city. It looked as if the models were enjoying the experience – and they didn’t seem to mind my joining in, but I bet that the photographer wouldn’t have been too pleased. I didn’t ask.
I I used my Pentax KP 24 MB cropped sensor camera with a 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The shutter speed was 1/60 seconds at f/5.6 and 48 mm. The ISO was 100. The shot was handheld and post-processed in Lightroom.