Sheila left the gammon but eat the sausage and the fried egg.
They both took a sip from the soda water with ice and lemon then pushed their plates away.
“Well I enjoyed that said Linda.’ I think I will give that a go next week.’
Sheila had a piece of steak stuck in her tooth; she took out a cocktail stick from her bag and began to poke around with it until the offending piece of meat was dislodged.
“What time is it?’
“Ten past six.’
“Well by the time we pay the bill and get parked up it will be twenty five past that gives us twenty minutes to sort these electronic boards out.
“Could we have the bill Sandra asked Linda when she had gotten her attention.
Sandra brought the receipt over and the girls split the difference.’
They left Sandra a tip then got up and then said goodbye.
“See you next week said Sandra optimistically.’
Sheila got into her car and then Linda into hers. Linda pulled out first and Sheila followed behind.
The maid opened the curtains in Muriel’s room it was six o’clock.
“Good morning Miss, it’s a bit frosty outside this morning but we have roaring fire on in the breakfast room.
“You Aunt will be expecting you in half an hour.’
Muriel had slept well in the soft bed she threw her arms in the air then went to the bathroom and closed the door. After her ablutions’ she came down stairs.’
Her Aunt told her to be ready to leave at 7.30 as Abigail and Tomkins would be waiting to take her into town to buy new clothes.’
“I see you’re walking better today a few more days and it will become something of a habit.’
You need to work on your eating though. Ladies do not rest their elbows on the table.’
“Sorry Aunt I did not know.’
“Well you do now.’
Breakfast consisted of one egg, and some toast; there were kippers under a silver platter. Working with them day in and day out made her hate the very sight of them and she quickly replaced the lid.
Again she watched her Aunt intently so she wouldn’t make mistakes.’
She sipped tea from the bone china cups. Abigail arrived and politely said good morning to Muriel before kissing her adoptive mother on the cheek and then sitting down. She ate only one slice of toast and a glass of milk.’
“I will give you this and you must spend it all on clothes my dear;’ understood.’
“Yes aunt Ester She passed over several white notes all folded neatly. Have you a hand bag.’
Yes Aunt Ester,’
Then place it inside and be aware there are thieves and pick pockets everywhere. Do not expose the money in front of a crowd but go to the manager and ask to pay him privately. He will understand.’
“I will Aunt Ester.’
“Could I ask where I could purchase some women’s goods?’
Ah, leave that with me; I will get the servants to get something each month for you to use.’
Thank you Aunt.’