By Betty Neels
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And when she opened her mouth to protest, he said, 'No, don't argue. ' She flew to the Ladies' once more, and was sitting, neat and composed, when he got back. `Ready? ' She trotted beside him out of the hospital and got into the Bentley in the forecourt. She would have liked a cup of tea but she didn't dwell on that; he was wasting enough of his time as it was. He had very little to say as he drove, only asked her if she was warm enough and comfortable. She made no attempt to talk; he was probably preoccupied with the baby's condition--probably regretting, too, his offer to drive her home.
She accepted a mug of coffee and sat down at the table. `Mrs Frost called in with a bag of onions to thank your father for giving her Ned a lift the other day. ' Philomena swallowed the last of her bread. ' Philomena went out of the house by the back door, and down the side path which led directly onto the village street. When she reached the village green she joined the customers waiting to be served. She knew that she would have to wait for several minutes. Mrs Salter was the fount of all news in the village and passed it on readily while she weighed potatoes and cut cheese.
She put a hand on his knee. 'Never mind, darling. ' He drove her to her parents' flat in Belgravia and went straight to the hospital--where he forgot her, the luncheon party and the long drive, becoming at once engrossed in the progress of his small patient. But he didn't forget the girl with the sausages. That they would meet again was something he felt in his very bones, and he was content to wait until that happened. March had come in like a lamb and it was certainly going out like a lion. Winter had returned, with wind and rain and then the warning of heavy snow.
An Ordinary Girl by Betty Neels