“There’s not much of a reputation at risk anyway, so go ahead. I’m happy to go public on what we’ve agreed to tell any nosey parkers.”
“I did love dancing with you though,” he said, “I loved feeling you in my arms.”
“I loved it too,” she said, “Perhaps we should leave it there for tonight.”
“Agreed,” he said, “I’ll see you on Tuesday.”
“Goodnight,” she said.
“God bless,” he replied.
Tuesday 26th April St Philip’s Church Hall
Cathy was amongst the first arrivals for the weekly dance. She had given Mary and Geoff a lift from Mereside Close and had helped him transfer the equipment and CDs he’d need as Presenter for the evening ahead. In the car, Mary had said to her that she and Steve had seemed to enjoy being partners for the Monthly Social in Tony’s absence.
“Well, given that Tony won’t be coming much anymore, you’ll almost certainly be seeing Steve being my regular partner on Tuesday evenings as well.”
“You did dance really well together,” Mary had conceded, but felt unable to probe further.
Steve arrived not long after them and went straight to sit next to Cathy as he changed his shoes.
“Hello, you,” he said, smiling, “How are you today? You look lovely.”
“Thank you kind sir,” she said, “You look pretty dapper yourself.”
His shirt tonight was a burgundy colour – not a major difference, but a welcome change from his usual black. Cathy was wearing an emerald-green blouse with tan slacks. Her green earrings toned nicely with her blouse and eye shadow.
Not long afterwards, Mike and Helen appeared together with Beryl and George.
“Evening all,” Steve greeted them, as they chose their seating positions. “It looks like the gang’s all here.”
Cathy also smiled a welcome and helped Beryl off with her coat.
“Nice of you to notice us Steve,” she said, “On Saturday, you’d have thought we were invisible. You and Cathy seemed only to have eyes for each other.”
Steve and Cathy looked at each other and laughed.
“Sorry about that, everyone,” Cathy said, “We had a lot to talk about.”
Beryl and Helen looked at her for clarification. Their husbands seemed not to have noticed the undertone.
“You’re probably all aware,” Cathy said, “that Steve and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye.”
“That certainly hadn’t passed un-noticed,” Helen said, laughing.
Steve picked up the baton. “You and Mike were in Spain, Helen,” he said, “but at the last group dinner party – at Beryl and George’s – Cathy had a go at me,” he looked at her for confirmation, she nodded, and indicated that he should continue. “I sniped back, and Geoff told us to ‘play nicely’.”
We’re back to a dancing sequence of sequence dancing so I’ve used a sequence of two photographs of a couple dancing that I thought might suit the scene.
EXIF data were: Fujifilm X-T4 26 MP cropped sensor mirrorless camera and Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens. 1/1000 secs @ f/2.8