LOVES SECRETS

I’d appreciate some honest comments on the following. If this was a book would you buy it after reading the following. Thanking you all in advance. Patricia

Emoline Bronson looked out the window of the train. It was raining and she was trying to concentrate on the droplets that landed and were slowly making their way down the glass. However only one thought kept running through her mind. To kill or not to kill. All of her logic told her kill. Her heart however told her not to kill. The torment brought tears to her eyes. Could she take the life that was growing inside of her and just discard it without remorse.

 

SAM COLE P. I. PART 20

The DNA test was done, it would be a few days before the results were in. Sam and Janet went to a small resturant near Janets condo. They talked for a couple of hours. Ben was in Germany. He would explain everything on Tuesday. Sam couldn’t believe she might be having lunch with her mother. Her thoughts were all over the place. The actual case was over, Ben was alive and well. She told Janet she would stop charging her as of this day but she did want to get the test results and speak with Ben when he returned. Janet agreed and she would call Sam when Ben was safely home and after she had a chance to speak with him herself. Sam agreed and would wait for her call.

Ben and Peter landed in Newark International there was a helicopter waiting for them for the short flight to NOC headquarters in Stuartsville, N.J. for debriefing, and where they would be able to clean up and get a clean change of clothing. They would both be home by Tuesday. The three NOC agents that helped them stayed in Germany. They had other assingments. Ben and Peter thanked them, they all shook hands and went their separate ways.

Samanthas friend from the lab called her Monday and told her the test was positive 99.9% . Janet was her mother. The results were faxed to her office but she was going to wait until Tuesday to tell Janet. She met Ben and Janet the following evening at the condo. They talked for hours. Ben explained that he was retiring from the NOC. He also explained why he didn’t know about Sams parents. He didn’t read it in the newspaper as he was out of town at the time. He was happy that Janet and Sam found each other. Ben wanted them to be a family. Janet was crying tears of joy, she found her baby girl, Sam found her mother and now she had the family she always dreamed of.

Wensday Sam got to her office at 8:30am., as usual and there lay Connie dead on the office floor.

The End.

SAM COLE P. I. PART 19

The ringing of Sams telephone woke her up. She looked at the clock on the nightstand it was 7:00am., Mike opened his eyes as she started to sit up to answer the call. “Let it ring, they’ll call back later”.

I have to answer Mike it might be a client”. He kissed her gently on the shoulder.

OK I can wait”.

Mmmmmm, I know you can”, she said with a smile.

Hello, this is Sam Cole”.

Sam, it’s me Janet. I am sorry for calling so early but I just got a call from Ben. He’s fine. He’s in Germany and will be home Tuesday morning. I asked him why he didn’t call me, he said he will explain it all on Tuesday. He’s fine Sam she said again”. Sam could tell she was crying but they were tears of joy.

That’s all he said”?

Yes, he told me he had to hang up because he had to catch a flight but he’s fine! Isn’t it great news”!

Yes, of course it’s great news but I still want you to meet me today at my office and we can discuss this again when I see you”.

Yes, yes of course. Oh, I’m so relieved Sam. I will meet you at eleven”.

I want you to calm down Janet and drive carefully, understand”?

Yes, I will, see you later, bye”. Sam hung up her phone and sat down on the edge of the bed.

Are you alright Sam”? Mike asked.

Yes, I’m fine. That was my client. Seems she got a call from her husband and he’s fine. I meeting her at my office at eleven o’clock today”.

Eleven, good that means you have a few more hours”, he put his arms around her and kissed the nape of her neck. They laid down together and made love again. Afterward Sam was quiet. Mike sensed that something was bothering her. “What’s the matter Sam”?

Nothing”.

Are you sure? You seem like you’re a million miles away”.

I can’t talk about it right now Mike but it has nothing to do with you. You are quite a wonderful man and I am afraid I have deeper feelings for you than I allow myself to have and it scares me”. Holding her close and kissing her gently on the cheek.

Don’t be afraid Samantha my intentions are honorable, I would never hurt you. I know you’ll think this crazy but I have loved you for a long time. You are the girl of my dreams and you fill my heart with joy. I know you’ve been hurt in the past and I know this is a lot for you to process but I can wait as long as we have a chance or I should say, I have a chance I am willing to wait”. Sam snuggled closer to Mike. “You have a chance Mike, a good chance. Right now I hate to leave but I have an appointment with my client at eleven o’clock and I have to get ready to leave. Why don’t you go take a shower and I’ll make coffee and after you leave I’ll take my shower and dress”. Mike kissed her again, she gently pushed him away, giggled. Uh, uh.”. Mike smiled and headed toward the shower. Sam put her robe on and headed to the kitchen. Fed Bonkers and started the coffee. She looked at the clock it was 8:45am.. When the coffee was ready she heard Mike coming down the stairs and put two cups on the kitchen table. “Smells good”, she heard him say as he reached the kitchen. “Hi beautiful”.

Yeah right, beautiful. Hair in a pony tail, no makeup dressed in an old bathrobe and no shower yet, I don’t think beautiful is the word your looking for”.

It is to me, do you realize how gorgeous you look”? Sam blushed.

No”. He walked over to her and put his arms around her and drew her close to him. She could feel her heart beating faster. Mike put his finger under her chin lifted her face up and made her look him in the eyes. “You are the girl of my dreams and I don’t want you to ever forget that”. She smiled and gave him a quick kiss. “Coffee’s ready and I really have to get moving”.

Can I see you later, like maybe dinner”?

I don’t know. It depends on what happens today. I’ll call you later alright”? Mike drank his coffee and headed out the door. “I’ll be waiting”. Wow Sam thought, what the hell just happened with me? I need time to sort this out and she headed up stairs to take a shower and get dressed. She was humming.

Sam got to the office at 10:30am., she wanted to copy all the documents before Janet arrived. At eleven Janet walked through the door looking beautiful and with a big smile on her face. “Oh Sam I am so happy. Ben is fine and coming home. I can’t wait until Tuesday”.

Janet we need to talk. I want to know what is going on. I have many questions about the legal papers and in about a half hour I have a friend that works at a lab that specializes in DNA. She is doing us a favor and coming here today to take a swab for the test”

OK, Sam that’s fine but I know you are my daughter, I can feel it in my gut”.

Do you know who the father is”?

Truthfully I don’t know his name, I sort of remember what he looked like but it was so long ago and my mother died a few years ago, at least that’s what I heard. If the test comes back positive can you research it and maybe get his name”?

I don’t think so. We’ll just wait for the results and go from there alright”?

I would like to get to know you Samantha and maybe we can become a family or at least friends, would that be alright with you”?

Let’s just take it one step at a time”. In the meantime here are all the papers and documents. You can put them back in the safe deposit box on Monday and Sam will never know”.

I want him to know, I not putting them back. Ben and I have a lot to discuss and if you are my daughter I want to know if he knew about the accident and you having to live in the system for so many years. I want you to be there too Sam. That is if you want to”.

Yes, I would as a matter of fact, thanks. I have many questions myself for both you and him, if the test is positive”.

Sam can I take you out to lunch today and maybe we can talk. I’d like to know the story of you. Even if the test isn’t positive I’d like to be your friend. Could you be a friend to me Sam”? Sam smiled and said; “Lets go have some lunch”. Janet hugged her and they headed out the door.

SAM COLE P. I. PART 18

Driving home Sam’s thoughts were all over the place. She was trying to calm down but couldn’t help thinking that Janet was her mother. How freaky is this she thought. I stumble on to the most difficult case I ever had and just when I think I will get a lead I find out that my client is my mother. I have to just take it one step at a time. I have been disappointed before and even though this information is spot on, it can still be a dead end. Then there was Ben, working for the government. Sam was sure about that but it made everything more difficult. She pulled into her driveway and went into the house.

It was four o’clock Mike would pick her up at eight. She thought about calling him and canceling but Sam really liked him and didn’t want to ruin a good thing. She had liked Mike for a long time but after her last relationship and her problem with trusting people she thought being friends was better, now Mike let her know he was crazy about her but should she give in to her feelings or just keep it light. “A hot shower and a nap is what I need right now”, she said out loud looking at Bonkers, he meowed and she laughed, gave him fresh water some food and headed to her bedroom. She called Connie and told her to close up and go home and she would see her on Monday morning. “OK boss, is your date still on for tonight”?

“Yes Connie it’s still on”.

“That’s great, have a wonderful time and try to relax”.

“Good bye Connie, I’ll see you Monday”.

“Bye”, and the line went dead. Sam headed to the shower. She awoke at close to six thirty feeling refreshed. Then the thoughts came tumbling back. She tried to push them down she wanted to have a good time, she deserved it and needed to feel good again. Mike arrived at exactly eight o’clock. They headed off to Manhattan and wound up at Le Cirque restaurant on East 58th St. “Pretty fancy Mike, now I know why you asked me not to wear jeans”, she said smiling.

“I didn’t want anyone to think I was dating a gun toting mama”, he smiled back.

“Oh, I’m toting Mike but discreetly”.

“I know Sam, I know. So am I”. The restaurant was one of the finest in Manhattan and Sam loved Italian food. They were seated and ordered wine. The view of the city was amazing from so high up. Sam kept the conversation light but Janet was still on her mind. Mike was beaming from ear to ear. “What are you so happy about”?

“Do you know how beautiful you are”, he asked.

“That’s a pretty old line, don’t you think Mike”?

“No, I really mean it Sam, you look gorgeous tonight”.

“Why thank you kind sir”.

“Sam you know I am crazy about you, I want to be more than just a buddy and you know that. Why are you holding back”?

“It’s a long story Mike but I do care about you”.

“I’m not going to hurt you or disappoint you Sam. I will always be totally honest with you”. I don’t want to be your buddy, I want to be the love of your life because that’s what you are to me, you are the love of my life”. Sam was touched by Mikes words and took a sip of her wine to push back the lump in her throat. He reached across the table and took her hand in his and gently kissed it. He was so sincere it stirred emotions in Sam that she hadn’t felt for a long time. She knew right then and there that Mike could be the one to make her happy. They ordered dinner and finished off the wine. It was the first time in a long time that Sam felt loved. After dinner Mike took her for a ride in one of the horse drawn carriages through Central Park. They both talked about their childhood. Mike grew up in Maspeth, Queens, his parents still lived in the same house. His two younger sisters both were married and he was an uncle. He loved kids and wanted a family. He wanted Sam to meet his family, he poured his heart out that night and Sam loved it. They kissed and Sam was ready to break the friendship and move to the next level. She wanted a good, kind, gentle man and Mike was exactly that. It was late when they arrived at her house. She invited him in for coffee. He stayed the night.

SAM COLE P. I. PART 17

Although Sam most likely looking at her mother she was ill at ease. Janet was crying and saying she couldn’t believe all of it. “I know everything in this document matches my birth and parents Janet but we have to be absolutely sure”.

We can always ask your parents. Surely they will know”.

My parents were killed in an auto accident when I was about ten months old. I spent my childhood in the system. Did you know about that Janet, did Ben know and didn’t tell you. There are many questions to be answered. Did you know”?

No! If I had known I would have come and got you. I don’t think Ben knew either. Was it on the news or in the newspaper”?

It wasn’t a headline story but it was in the newspaper, I don’t know if it was on television, I was only an infant” Janet got up and went over to Sam she hugged her.

I am so sorry. I thought you were going to have a good life with parents that loved you and would care for you. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, and to find out now that you had such a terrible childhood. I am sorry Sam, I am so sorry. I can tell you this now that we know, when I first met you, you did remind me of my mother but it didn’t dawn on me. I thought it was just a coincidence”.

I still have to find your husband Janet and knowing that he works for the government is going to make it more difficult. I have a couple of agents I know and I can ask around but this only makes matters more difficult. Let’s just take a deep breath and concentrate on finding Ben. I have an appointment tonight but I will call you tomorrow. I want to make copies of all of the documents and see if I can find that warehouse in one of the names on the passports”. Janet was just sitting there staring at Sam.

I can’t believe this I just can’t”.

Lets not jump the gun here Janet, we will have a DNA test done tomorrow. It will take a couple of weeks but if it comes back that you are my mother then we can talk again about all that. Right now I have to concentrate on finding your husband”.

Do you hate me Sam”?

No, why would I hate you. You were only a kid. I have been looking for my mother for many years and I want to be absolutely sure”.

I understand Sam, please don’t hate me, please”.

I don’t Janet, I have to go and I am going to take all of this with me and make copies in the morning at my office. Meet me there at eleven tomorrow morning okay”?

Yes, yes of course Sam, I’ll be there”. She helped same put the information back in the envelopes and Sam left.

MRS. HARDSWORTH – DAVID – PART THIRTEEN

Adell doted on Peter after her husband passed away. She even stopped writing in her journal for some years. While Peter was still a child they spent part of the summer in the Scarsdale house. Peter liked the Villa in Milan, Italy the best. He had made friends there and looked forward to visiting them every summer. Adell kept the Manor House but never went there with her son.

Peter was like his father, very ambitious, and told his mother he wanted to study law. Adell didn’t take what he said to seriously until he was ready to go off to university, law was still his goal. Peter was accepted into Harvard University and he still wanted to become an attorney. Adell was left alone again. Oh, Peter came home every so often but between his schedule and his friends Adell didn’t see that much of him.

Adell decided now that Peter is attending university she was going to hire a private investigator to find David Addley. She hired Stephen Hart. He was recommended by a friend and was tops in his field.

Adell loved her son and her husband Peter but, David still remained in her heart. She was determined to find him.

The years were passing quickly and Peter was almost finished with law school. Adell was so proud of him for wanting to be independent. He knew he didn’t have to work and would always be taken care of but he loved the law and his mind was made up. His mother was planning a lavish graduation party for Peter. He still had to take the state bar exam but she knew he would pass with flying colors. He would be coming home to live for a while and she wanted everything to be perfect for his party.

Stephen would be coming for dinner that night, if he didn’t have any news she was going to tell him this would be the end of looking for David and so she did. She wrote in her journal for the last time that evening after Stephen left. It was time to concentrate on her son once more.

Peter called her the next day and told her he would be coming home for the weekend and he had a big surprise for her. Adell couldn’t wait for the weekend. She planned his favorite meal with the cook. It would be just the two of them again.

Friday arrived and she heard Peter’s car as he drove up the drive. As he entered the house she was taken aback, he had a beautiful young lady with him.

“Hello mother”, he said giving her a big hug.

“Hello Peter darling, it’s so good to have you home. You didn’t tell me you were bringing a guest with you”.

“I know, mother this is Lisa, Lisa this is my mother Adell. I want you to get to know Lisa mother because we are now engaged to be married”.

“That is a surprise Peter. When did this all happen”?

“The day I called you, I didn’t want to tell you over the telephone, I wanted to see the delight on your face when you heard the good news”.

“Well we will set another place at the table for your fiance and talk about the future. Welcome to the family Lisa, Peter has excellent taste. You are a beautiful young lady. I didn’t get your surname Lisa”

Peter proudly said; “Her surname is Addley soon to be Hardsworth”, with a big smile.

THE END

MRS. HARDSWORTH – DAVID-PART TWELVE

“Yes again. We met briefly in Bath last summer. You do know David Willis right”?

“Yes, I knew David Willis but he was really just an acquaintance”.

“We were chatting and you walked in the shop for coffee and stopped by the table”.

“Oh yes I remember. When I turned around after paying you were on your way out the door”.

“That’s right, you do remember”, and he smiled.

Adell and Peter chatter for a while. He invited her to have something to eat. It was mid afternoon and she hadn’t eaten anything all day so she accepted.

Over lunch he told her he was not married, was thirty five years old, and was a C.F.O. for a corporation based in Manhattan and had an apartment on East 65th. Street. It was not Sutton Place but it was a nice area. Peter was born in Philadelphia but graduated Columbia University and never left New York. He loved living in the city. “There is no place like Manhattan”, he said to Adell. He knew of her parents and how they passed away and told her he was truly sorry when he heard the news.

“You mean to tell me you knew who I was when you met me in Bath”?

“Yes I did” was his reply. “I knew your name was not Carol but it was none of my business why you were trying to be incognito so I didn’t say anything. Your hair was a slightly different color but I knew it was you”.

“You didn’t tell Willis”?

“No, It wasn’t my place to tell him”.

“Thank you for that”, she smiled, for the first time in weeks. You seem to know all about me so there’s no need to say anything”.

“I don’t know everything but I would like to”, he teased her.

It was getting dark and Adell told Peter she should be heading home. He insisted on accompanying her home so they grabbed a cab. When they arrived at her building he asked if she would like him to walk her to her apartment. She thanked him but said she would be fine.

“Would you have dinner with me on Saturday evening”?

“I think I would like that Peter, thank you”.

“Eight o’clock good for you”?

“Yes, that would be fine”. She answered.

“May I have your telephone number Adell”?

“Oh, yes of course”. She gave him her number and he jotted it down on a piece of paper.

“See you Saturday then”, she said as she exited the cab.

“I look forward to it”, Peter said. He watched her as she entered the building.

Every night Adell would write in her journal. She was not over David Addley and embellished her stories. She wanted him to be jealous when he read the journal. She was sure he would be back. She still loved him.

Adell and Peter dated steadily over the next year. She felt comfortable with Peter. He treated her well and made her laugh. She knew he was falling in love with her and she cared for him but David still owned her heart.

Peter introduced her to his friends and his sister Kathleen, who was married and lived in Philadelphia with her husband Mark and their two daughters. His parents had passed. He did have an aunt but she lived in a nursing home for the elderly. Adell never went with him to visit her.

Peter proposed to Adell the second Christmas after they met. Adell aceppted. They had a small but elegant wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and honeymooned in Bali. Peter sold his apartment and moved in with Adell. Every night she would write in the journal David gave her. Peter asked her once what she was writing but she was vague about it. He asked if he could read her stories but she told him it was personal and made him promise never to read it. He promised.

Adell asked Peter to leave his job, there was no need for him to work. They could travel see the world together, but he liked working and felt it gave him independence. She didn’t insist but wasn’t happy about it.

He wanted a big family and Adell agreed. When they were married for about a year she became pregnant. They were both elated. She gave birth to a baby boy. Peter Roland Hardsworth became Adell’s world. It was the only child they had. They tried to have more children but after a few miscarriages Adell didn’t want to try any more. Peter was disappointed but understood.

When young Peter was ten years old his father died of Cancer. Adell was left alone again but now she had a son to raise alone.

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MRS. HARDSWORTH – DAVID- PART ELEVEN

The summer was fast drawing to a close. David Addely would be leaving Welton Manor and Carol would be heading back to the U.S. and her life as Adell Woldum. She decided to tell David the truth about herself hoping it wouldn’t drive him away.

Carol did tell David who she really was as they lay close together in his bed a few days before she would be leaving. She also explained why. He told her he was not upset and loved her. He also said he would go to New York with her. It was the happiest she’d been in a long time.

Adell said goodbye to Peg, Lizzy and Thomas and handed them each an envelope as she left. She would stop by Welton Manor and pick up David and together they would fly to New York and stay at her apartment in Manhattan. He explained that he was an entrepreneur and could conduct his business from any where.

Adells adventure resulted in her finding the love of her life. David treated her with loving attention and she showered him with love and gifts. Finally she found a man that loved her for who she was, not what she had. She was sure he would ask her to marry him soon and knew she would accept.

One November afternoon he gave her a gift it was a leather bound journal. He told her to write about her life and all her thoughts. When it was complete he wanted to read it.

“That will take forever David”.

“I know darling but we have forever, don’t we”?

“Yes, of course love”, and so she began writing. Each day she would write something in the journal.

Just before Thanksgiving Adell wanted to go shopping. David told her he was a bit tired and didn’t feel up to it. She was going to stay home but he insisted that she go on without him and buy something pretty to wear for the holiday. They were going to have Thanksgiving dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.

Adell kissed David and told him she would be back in a few hours. When she returned David was gone, and so were his belongings. Adell couldn’t believe it. He did not even leave a note. She cried for weeks and almost had a nervous breakdown.

“How could I be so stupid”! She screamed at herself in the mirror. She would find him if it was the last thing she did.

The Holiday’s past and spring started to bloom in all it’s glory. Adell decided to take a walk in Central Park. She was sitting on a bench feeding the pigeons. A man approached her and asked if she would mind if he shared the bench with her. She told him she wouldn’t so he sat down. She was so lonely and he had a soothing voice. He introduced himself; “My name is Peter, Peter Hardsworth”.

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“Hello Mr. Hardsworth my name is Adell Woldum”.

“I know your name Miss Woldum but it’s nice to meet you again”.

“Again”? Adell asked.

MRS. HARDSWORTH – DAVID – PART TEN

Carol took her time getting dressed and ready for her date with David Addley. It was close to eight pm., and she was a bit nervous about the whole idea of accepting a dinner date with a man she couldn’t remember meeting. She finished dressing and put her hair up and just enough makeup to make her look refreshed. She heard a car pull up and knew it had to be Mr. Addley, she looked out the window to see what he looked like and was quite surprised. He was quite good looking and well dressed, and was driving a Jaguar she smiled. “I might enjoy this date after all”, she said out loud to herself in the mirror but there was no reply. There was a knock on her door; “Come in” she said. It was Peg; “Mr. Addley has arrived Carol”.

“Thank you Peg, please tell him I will be down directly”.

“Yes Miss”.

Carol waited a few minutes, picked up her shawl and purse and headed down stairs. Thomas stood at the foot of the stairwell as did David Addley. She spoke first; “Sorry I was a bit delayed David”.

“It was worth the wait Carol”.

“Thank you”.

“Shall we go”? He replied.

“Yes, I am looking forward to dinner”.

“Have a good evening Miss Carol”, Thomas said.

“Thank you Thomas”.

“Yes, thank you Thomas”. David also replied. Thomas just opened the door, Carol and David left.

David opened the car door for Carol and said; “You look stunning tonight”.

“Thank you”, and she smiled. She didn’t remark on his attire or the car. Carol was keeping her feelings in check this time. They chatted a bit on the way to the restaurant but just small talk and she could see it made David a little uneasy, good she thought and enjoyed the ride.

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The Hare and Hound was a lovely establishment with elegant ambiance. The food was delicious and Carol was enjoying herself. There was a small dance floor and a piano player. The evening passed quickly and before she knew it she was back at Manor House. David walked her to the door and thanked her for a lovely evening asked her if it would be alright to call her again, kissed her hand and bid her goodnight. There was something about him she liked but she was being cautious this time.

David didn’t call her for two days and then he called and asked her if she would like to go on an afternoon picnic with him, she accepted. They had a wonderful time and Carol started to like Mr. Addley more and more each time they went out. He was handsome, educated, well traveled and the ultimate gentleman. He invited her to dinner at Welton Manor one evening and by that time she was falling in love with the handsome Mr. Addley. She accepted and told him she would drive herself to his place. She stayed the night and gave her heart to David Addley.

MRS. HARDSWORTH – DAVID – PART 9

Carol slept through the night and woke up famished. How could I let myself be taken in like that she thought. “Never again”, she said out loud to herself. She dressed and went down to the kitchen, put a smile on her face and greeted Peg and Lizzy like nothing happened. She was grateful that Thomas was not present. Lizzy fixed her a nice breakfast and a cup of coffee and the three of them chatted away like nothing was wrong. “How is Mr. Willis”? Peg asked.

“He’s fine I guess. He had to leave today for Germany on business and he will be there for a few months”.

“Oh sorry Carol”, Lizzy and Peg said in unison.

“It’s not a problem, as we say in the U.S. easy come, easy go”. Lizzy and Peg just looked at each other.

“There might be a gentleman ringing me in a day or so. His name is David Addley”.

“Yes Miss”, Peg said.

“Another David”? Lizzy added. They all looked at each other and bust out laughing.

“I guess I am on a David kick”. Carol said still laughing. She decided to go and relax at the Roman Baths but told Lizzy she would return for dinner.

She did relax in the healing waters and left refreshed and ready for her next adventure. She didn’t have to wait long. The next day was Friday and the phone rang just after lunch. Carol was in the lounge and Peg announced that; “There is a Mr. David Addley on the telephone for you Carol”.

“Oh, thank you Peg. Please tell him I will be right with him”.

“Yes Miss, he is on the line in the library”.

“Thank you Peg”. Carol headed toward the library but couldn’t remember meeting David Addley or what he looked like but was hoping he was decent looking and a gentleman.

“Hello this is Carol Markson”.

“Hello Carol, this is David Addley. We met at LEY-ON’S Chop Suey Restaurant”. He had a nice voice but she still didn’t remember.

“Yes, I remember you quite well”, she lied. “How are you”? She asked.

“I am well thank you and so glad that David told me to give you a call. I was wondering if you would like to have dinner with me tomorrow night, if you are not busy of course”.

“It depends where we will have dinner, I hope you weren’t planning on taking me to LEY-ON’S, I didn’t care for the food there”.

“Heavens no! I thought you might like The Hare and Hound, it is a fine dining restaurant with delicious cuisine and lovely ambiance”.

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“That sounds lovely David, I would love to go with you”.

“Thank you Carol. What time shall I pick you up”?

“How does eight o’clock sound”?

“It sounds perfect. I will see you tomorrow night then. You are staying at Manor House right”?

“Yes, will you need directions”? Carol asked.

“No, not at all I know exactly where it is”.

“I will see you at eight tomorrow night then”. Carol replied.

“I am looking forward to it”. David answered.

“Cheerio then David”, she said and hung up.

Fine dining Carol thought. She told Peg she was going shopping and asked her if there was a store that sold nice evening wear. Peg told her the name of a shop in the village. Carol thanked her and off she went. She found the shop and it had beautiful dresses suitable for fine dining. She bought a silk black sleeveless dress that would be perfect and a lovely shawl to go with it. Now she needed black heels to go with her dress. It turned out the same shop had a small shoe department and the perfect pair of heels and a silver beaded evening bag to finish off the perfect outfit.

Carol drove back to the house and as she entered through the door there was a huge bouquet of flowers sitting on the table in the foyer. Thomas was just adding adding water to the vase.

“Oh Miss Carol, you are back. This was just delivered for you about twenty minutes ago”.

“They are beautiful! Was there a card”?

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“Yes Miss there is”, and he handed her the envelope. She opened it and read the card to herself.

It read; Beautiful flowers for a beautiful woman. Looking forward to dinner tonight. Warm Regards, David Addley. Carol smiled and said; “Thank you Thomas”.

“They are lovely flowers Miss Carol, would you like me to put them in your room”?

“No Thomas, you can leave them there, thank you”.

“Whatever you like Miss Carol”.

“Thomas is there any Gin and Tonic in this house”?

“Yes Miss Carol, would you like it with or without ice”?

“With plenty of ice and if there is a lime in the ice box would you please put a slice in it”.

“Yes Miss. Shall I have Margaret bring it to your room”?

“No thank you, I will be in the lounge”.

“Yes Miss”, and he was off to make the drink for Carol.

Carol had dinner with Lizzy, Peg and Thomas in the kitchen. She told Thomas there will be a Mr. Addely calling for her tomorrow evening at eight o’clock, and told Lizzy she would be dining out. After Thomas left Carol chatted with Peg and Lizzy about her coming date. Lizzy with concern in her voice told Carol to be careful and not to give her heart away so quickly.

“Oh, don’t worry about that Lizzy, Mr. Addley is going to meet a very different woman than David Willis dated”. Peg and Lizzy looked wide eyed at Carol and she stuck her middle finger up and smiled. All three women went hysterical laughing.

David Addley was staying at the Welton Manor House in Bath. It belonged to a friend of his Tom Welton, who was spending the summer in Greece.

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The staff was wonderful and he had the use of Tom’s car, it was a Jaguar. He was born in France but grew up in several countries, England being one of them. He spent much of his childhood in the U.S. and therefore spoke English without an accent. He also spoke several other languages, which came in handy on many occasions.