“Well I had a go at coaching for a few years then went back to my old trade as a welder on the Clyde.
“I couldn’t bear to watch the lads run out onto the pitch knowing I wouldn’t be joining them.”
“I see; you must have felt pretty bad about it.”
“Yes it took me a long time before I was able to live with the fact that I would never wear the shirt again.”
“This salad is delicious by the way and yes I understand why you felt like that.
Eleanor tried the wine then clinked her glass against his and said cheers.
So Eleanor you seem to have found out a lot about me but I know nothing about you.
“I’m sorry Robert if I seem intrusive; it’s the journalist in me.
“So you are a journalist?
“Yes, freelance but I mainly work for the Times Magazine.
“Have you been doing it long then?
“Since I graduated five years ago; it takes me around the world. This is the first weekend that I had had to myself in a long while.”
Robert refilled Eleanor’s glass when the main course arrived.
“Are you married?
“Oh no I did have a boyfriend but we drifted apart you know my work meant I was never in one place long enough. Simon got tired of waiting around, I found out he was seeing someone else from a colleague.”
“His loss then Eleanor did you love him?”
“Yes, he was an exciting guy to be around and everyone liked him. He is married now and has a daughter.
“Will you ever consider getting married?”
“One day I might settle down if the right man comes along she laughed embarrassingly.”
She pushed her plate to one side then picked up her wine.
“This wine is really nice isn’t it?
“Yes Robert knew he had touched a raw nerve and that Eleanor had been hurt by this man.
“I’m sorry Eleanor; I didn’t mean to pry into your private life.
It has taken me a while to come to terms with it but I am now moving on.