Beryl stood up and walked round to sit by Cathy. She put her arm around her.
“God bless you both. I do understand now, and you have my best wishes, whatever you decide in the weeks and months ahead. You both deserve some happiness. But you,” she looked at Steve, “I want a word with you later.”
He smiled, “Okay,” he said, “but after the dance tonight, with you and George. I think I know what you are going to ask.”
The first dance had ended by now. Everyone had returned to their table and the normal buzz of conversation had resumed.
On Olwyn’s table too, the subject was Steve and Cathy. Would Olwyn need to find a new regular partner now that Tony wasn’t coming anymore? Had everyone noticed how those two had danced all night on Saturday? Hadn’t they looked lovely together? Olwyn’s agreement was half-hearted.
Back at the group’s table, everyone expressed their support for the couple.
By the time the refreshment break was almost due, Beryl had walked across to the kitchen to help prepare and to brew the tea and coffee. She made sure, though to bring Mary Heath up to speed. Mary had been busy taking in people’s entry money while the revelations were being made. She clapped her hand to her mouth in disbelief as she listened.
“Dear Lord,” she said, “Isn’t that wonderful? I knew something was afoot. Lord bless and save us! That’s great news. Wait until I tell Geoff.”
She hadn’t long to wait, and joined him once they had laid the tea, coffee and juice supplies on the hatch shelf. She took cakes, biscuits and sugar to Geoff’s table, where people helped themselves having collected their drinks. Once Geoff was in the picture, they had both gone across to the group’s table area to add their best wishes. As he returned to his table, Geoff decided to amend his choice for the next dance that he would be announcing.
As everyone returned cups and plates for washing up, he looked for and found the disk he wanted. Picking up his microphone he announced the next dance.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” he began, “take the floor please for the Fragrance Foxtrot.” He waited for the majority to take their positions with their partners before he cued the music – ‘Let’s fall in love, why shouldn’t we fall in love?’
Cathy looked happily at Steve as they moved into Ballroom Hold and he effortlessly led her into the familiar Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow pattern. He looked delightedly back at her.
They laughed as they heard the vocalist sing the words of the introductory verse, ‘Why go on stalling, I am falling, our love is calling, why be shy?’ During the spin turns and whisks, he held her tightly. As they danced, he sang the words to her – she couldn’t believe he was doing it – but loved it. No one but the blind could have failed to notice the love between them. The second piece of music Geoff had chosen to follow on for the foxtrot was equally fitting – ‘Let’s face the music and dance.’ As the vocalist reached the introductory line, ‘there may be trouble ahead,’ they both had a fit of the giggles. Too soon the dance ended, but as he walked, hand-in-hand with her back to their seats, he turned to Geoff to give him a ‘thumbs up.’ Geoff returned the gesture with a wink.
We’re once again at the weekly dance at St Philip’s Church Hall. Cathy and Steve have explained and soothed their friends worries. After the refreshment break – our featured photo – they dance a fragrance foxtrot – relieved.
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 and 30 mm. The ISO was 6400.