Gordon climbed over the stile then asked Tracey to pass him the rucksacks.
He placed them against the fence then helped Tracey over the stile. Tracey put on her rucksack that was now a little lighter now that there wasn’t as much food in there to carry then unfolded her hiking stick and set off along the path closely followed by Gordon. The pathway zig zagged it’s way up the hill and both of them were breathing deeply after walking for half an hour. There was a bead of sweat forming on Gordon’s forehead as they look across where they could see High Crag to the right of them and Haystacks on the left slowly they edged their way up as the climb got steeper. Gordon had caught Tracey up by this time and had regained his second wind.
“Are you okay Tracey?’
“I’m a little rusty as you can clearly see she said taking in gulps of air.’
“Just take your time there’s no hurry.’
“This has to be the hottest day of the year Gordon?’
“Yes; I guess it is; wait up a moment.’ Gordon took off his rucksack and went into one of the compartments and brought out some sun cream he applied some on Tracey’s face before adding some to his own.’
“Is that better?’
“Yes, much better thanks’ I could feel my nose starting to burn.’
“Hold on a minute until I get another shot of you.’
He took out his smaller Yashika camera and was about to take a photo when he walked up to her and said there’s something quite not right.’
“Are you getting a glare from the shine on the sun cream?’
“No it this; Gordon’s hand shot out and a blob of sun cream splattered her nose and the camera flashed.
“You sly monkey Gordon Hart just wait I will get you back for that.’
Gordon was doubled up laughing as he dismantled the tripod again and put it away.’
“I’m sorry Tracey but it was too good and opportunity to miss.’
She had now rubbed the cream into her face and she turned and laughed with him.’
They carried on for the next thirty minutes until they reach the summit of Haystacks and Tracey looked down at the tarn on the other side of the hill.’
“That is some view I must say as Gordon clicked away with his long lens camera and got some great shots of Tracey as she pointed towards the tarn.
He set up the tripod again and they both got in the shot and as Gordon was about to tell her to smile she turned and kissed him lightly on the lips as the camera clicked.
“Sorry Gordon Tracey apologised, I don’t know what came over me.’
“There’s no need to apologise Tracey; I’m quite flattered really.
“Why because you think I am too young for you?’
“I am ten years you senior Tracey.’
“It may have escaped your notice but I am no school girl either; I’m a woman Gordon and quite capable of making my own decisions. Who I choose to be with is my business no one else’s.’
“Do you have a problem with it?’
“No I do not; I was thinking of what people would say about you dating an older man.’
“Like I said that is my business.’
“As long as you are alright with it then so am I Tracey; I have to say that I’m very attracted to you and who wouldn’t be you are a very beautiful woman but I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder because some younger man is hitting on you.’
You’re not the jealous type are you?’