She told him that he’d gone to the other extreme – that she couldn’t see things progressing without finding out how they were in bed together. She had no intention of waiting forever.
They agreed to have a long weekend – a Friday and Saturday night together not too far away. He promised to book a cottage in the country away from Codmanton.
As they reached her home, he opened the car door for her, and, as she got out, they stood facing each other and holding hands.
‘Would I be hoping for too much, until then, to hold you in my arms and kiss you?’ he asked.
She pulled him towards her, put her hands to his face, and lifted her face to his, her lips to his. Afterwards, she felt that she no longer had any worries about his passion.
It came as no surprise to either of them that their parents wanted to know how the date had gone. Lucy was delighted that Mel had agreed to go out on what had clearly been a date with her son.
“At last,” she thought, “Someone who’d make him grow up. Mel’s such a lovely girl. I hope that she’ll want to continue the relationship. She’s beautiful, sensible – and she’s got her head screwed on properly has Mel.”
It was Lucy who did all the questioning. Jamie tried to get his mum to see things in proportion. He told her that they’d be seeing each other again. He just hoped that seeing each other every day wouldn’t make her sick of the sight of him.
Tony just put in a quiet word of encouragement – such as remarking that she came from a nice family.
At Mel’s house, there had been similar interest and hopes raised by this night out. Brian was tactless enough, but practical enough, to have said that one swallow doesn’t make a summer. Jean had poo-pooed this uncalled-for pessimism.
She was delighted that Jamie came from a respectable family and that he was good-looking, employed and he seemed to have a lovely personality from the few times she’d come across him. These were sentiments that even Brian could agree with.
Both families seemed unembarrassed by their probing questions and, in both cases, felt reassured by the reports they received from their children. Jean had had the extra benefit of hearing Jamie’s car arrive, seeing him open the passenger door for her, and then witnessing their first kiss.
Feedback to Stacy – Sunday Morning
‘So,’ Stacy asked the following morning when they met for coffee together, ‘How was it? I want all the details.’
‘Okay,’ Mel said, ‘You were right all along. He is a really nice guy.’
‘And?’ Stacy asked, ‘Did he get past first base?’
‘You’d have to explain “first base” to me,’ Mel said, ‘but we had a lovely meal in pleasant surroundings. The conversation flowed and the evening ended in a kiss.’
‘Is that all?’ Stacy asked, ‘So what next?’
‘Well, I did tell him that I needed to discover what he’s like in bed,’ Mel said, ‘and he’s going to book us a Friday and Saturday night away somewhere. I’m not expecting to be disappointed after that kiss.’
‘Just two nights?’ she asked, ‘Will that be long enough?’
‘It’s a start,’ Mel said, ‘but even if, after that, we want more, getting more than two nights together is a problem for us – at least for the time being. Right now though we can’t both be out of the shop together, so Sunday nights are a no-no.’
‘How do you mean “for the time being” and “right now”?’ Stacy asked.
‘I’m being promoted – sort of,’ Mel said, ‘more pay for taking on some of Jamie’s duties and I get to recruit an assistant to help me.’
‘As a reward for him getting to bed you?’ Stacy asked, ‘Surely not?’
‘Cynic!’ Mel retorted, ‘No, he’ll be spending his time driving online sales from upstairs. It would be nice if I could find an assistant I could trust to mind the shop in my absence – so we might be able to spend more time together.’
‘You sound as if you’re making plans for a future with him,’ Stacy said, ‘That’s not like you.’
‘Well, okay,’ Mel said, ‘It is still early days – and I’m not ready to start looking at wedding dresses; but it was different, he’s different. Right now, I do feel hope. Is that wrong?’
‘God! No!’ Stacy said, ‘I’m made up for you. It’s fantastic hearing you say that. I’d been giving up on you ever being satisfied with a fella. Give him a chance if you feel like that. I’m glad that Connor and me are taking the risk.’
The conversation moved on to Stacy’s wedding plans, before she had to leave to go shopping with Connor.
More of Liverpool. I said that I’d intended to do try my hand at street photography. I did manage to bring back a few shots. Today’s photo is of a line of lambanana figures forming a nice leading line to the Liver Building.
For all the street shots, I used my Pentax KP 24 MP cropped sensor camera twinned with a Pentax 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 mm lens at an ISO of 100. The EXIF data for this photo were 1/250 secs @ f/5.6 and 23 mm.