Charm just as bright

164 deck_shoes 772281Abbie hated the scarf that her father insisted on wearing. It wasn’t the colour, she often wore crimson. It wasn’t what he wore it with, smart jeans and an open-neck shirt, but it was the way he wore it; a walking cliché.

He’d been married to her mother for nearly 40 years but when she died it had unlocked something in him; a freedom almost. To be someone that he’d wanted to be.

He’d always had perfect teeth and a charm just as bright, but now he had nothing stopping him accepting the widows’ offers of lunch, games of bridge, or in Mrs Talbot’s case, a week-long cruise around the Norfolk broads.

Abbie watched him pack his navy jacket, and red and white canvas shoes, smiling as he whistled the tune to ‘Sailing’.

Her smile soon went as she opened the door to Mr Talbot, wearing his navy jacket and matching shoes, complimented by a crimson neckscarf.


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