It’s the roadworks that drives you nuts, not helped by Vera’s incessant whistling. You want to turn off the radio but then she’ll only start talking; snippets of conversation cobbled together from the week’s W.I. meetings or yoga sessions that she’s convinced you’d be interested in, except you lost interest 30 years ago.
She’s still not forgiven you for cutting down her favourite rose bush. She’d stood there waiting for an explanation but you knew there wasn’t going to be one. You’d bought her a rose-scented candle then wondered why she’d burst into tears, threw you a look that reminded you of her mother – the mother languishing in her home now far enough away to visit once a month instead of the weekly trips that you’d made before you’d moved.
You’d made Vera think that her been her idea too. Reluctant at first, given the distance, the loss of friends but she’d made new ones, quicker than you, and everything else had slotted into place; warmer summers on the patio of a grander horse, the patio that could do with taking up and relaying – with that in mind you turn to Vera and smile.
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