Good Enough to Trust(48)

By: Zara Stoneley

“I was going to come back and explain you know, when I’d done this. When do you have to go back to Cornwall?”

He looked at me. “When do you want me to?”

“I don’t. But, you’ve got a place down there, a life.”

“I don’t have to go back.”

“You could do.” My heart missed a beat at the way his face tightened. “And I could come down for the rest of the year. See how it goes.”

“But your job?”

“I’ve got a year off, we could see.”

“I don’t get what it is with you and grumpy old Grove and Grove.” I smiled and thought back to all those years ago when I’d decided I was going to work there. “You could work somewhere much better.”

“Not better, different. When I was a little girl we used to walk past their offices on the way to school, me and Mum, and she used to say that one day she could see me there, all grown up in a suit. It was like the best place to work round here, it made her proud to think I might be clever enough to work in an office and wear a suit. And Grove and Grove would have made her proudest of all.”

He hugged me close and didn’t say anything, because he knew that I hadn’t been ready to lose my Mum, I probably would never have been ready.

“I’ve got to do one more thing before we go.”

“Go to the cemetery to see your Mum and Dad?”

I nodded. “Tell her I finally understand.”

“I’ll come.”

“You don’t need to.”

“I know I don’t need to. I want to.”

I looked up at his strong steady face, bad boy turned good. But not too good. “When I read her words now I can hear her saying them, I couldn’t before. I thought he’d made her write them. I want to tell her.”

He smiled. “Good, then where do you want to go after that?”

“You decide. Take me where you think we should go.”

“You trust me to decide?”

I smiled and slipped my hand into his. Oh yes, I trusted him with every bit of me, just like Mum and Dad had trusted each other right to the end, and it felt good.

Very good.

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