Unrequited love

Poor Greg. When he and Alison were living together, she’d never wanted to get married. She loved him, she’d said, but she was ambitious, and was afraid of losing her independence. As I reported in yesterday’s post, she has now left for the United States to fulfil better her career goals as a wedding planner. They’ve kept in touch by telephone and email but now, four years later, she drops the bombshell that she’s engaged to be married.

Greg had known that she would be likely to fall in love with someone new in her new homeland, but that she would now be married has stuck in his craw. It wasn’t as if she wanted children with her husband-to-be: she still didn’t want that career impediment. “So why marry,” he asked himself. On consideration, afterwards, he realises that he’s just going to have to move on with his own life.

His camera shop, wedding and allied photography businesses are now flourishing. He continues to visit Katie, whom he has always loved, and helps her to cope with the death of her husband. All too soon though, another blow falls.

Katie is in her kitchen with her daughter preparing a meal. Casually, she drops into the conversation that she’s met someone she likes and that they’ll be dating. Diane is shocked. She wants to see the new man’s photo and to learn what’s so special about him. Diane thinks that his image in the photo looks like someone who is wanted by the police for murder or similar.

Her view doesn’t change much when she gets to meet him. She thinks that he’s creepy and she tells her Mum that she can’t believe that she’d choose someone like Mark – the new love’s name – over Greg. It’s Katie’s turn to be shocked now. Diane must be mistaken she says. To her Greg is just a really nice friend. Diane seeks to disabuse her, telling her Mum that she’s seen how Greg has always adored her.

For what comes next you’ll have to look for tomorrow’s posting.

Today’s photograph, and all those that I’ll be posting this week, is one I took at Liverpool’s River of Light festival in 2019. The festival had taken place in the first week in November for each of the three preceding years but has been cancelled for 2020 because of the pandemic. The scene is in the Exchange Flags area behind Liverpool Town Hall (shown at the rear of the photo) – and features giant illuminated rabbits. I captured this using my Pentax K-1, 36 MP full-frame camera, using a 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens at 15 mm and f/5.6. The shutter speed was 3/10 secs and the ISO 800. The camera was tripod mounted.