She needed Gerry’s help but she didn’t want to alienate him by spurning him. She had to find a way to keep him on side. She changed into some clean clothes then came down to the study. She sat at the typewriter then typed thirty pages from another book from the library. Her speed was getting faster as she typed page after page of text.’
It was all there waiting for Mr Higginbottom to look at.
Looking at the clock in the study it had just turned six o’clock she went to her room and wrote a letter to Gerald Sedgemore; she would give it to Miss Andrews to post.
In the letter she explained that she was indeed very fond of him but that her heart was lost to another. She said that she would understand if he did no longer wish to take her to dinner that Friday evening but hoped that they could remain good friends.
She signed it then placed it into the envelope.
Going down to dinner that evening Muriel missed Edward; she longed for him; she wanted to hear his voice again and to feel his lips on hers. She was indeed in love for the very first time in her life she knew it now more than ever.
The Gala bingo hall was filling up with people as the regulars found the seats that they sat at every week. Linda and Sheila were no exception as the walked down from the bar and then down a small ramp and went around the corner to the large round wooden table and pulled out two chairs and sat down.
Andy came around and showed them how to log into the new electrical appliances.
They got themselves a cup of coffee each and then a large jug of water with ice. Linda drank water by the gallon but never seemed to want to use the toilet. Where as Sheila would be like a race horse and would be at the toilet ages.
After arranging her Irish leprechauns around the table she was ready to play.’
“Oh look David is mounting said Linda as they clicked the screen on the pad and the bingo cards came up all they had to do was click the screen each time and the number would be marked off. If they got to the stage where they were waiting for one number it would flash in the right hand corner of the screen. Both Linda and Sheila were playing twelve tickets each; double the amount of the books. It cost more but gave them a better chance of winning.
“David started at his usual furious pace and Sheila kept tapping the screen
Within twelve numbers both Linda and her were waiting for one number each it flashed away on the screen as David carried on. Here! Shouted Linda as her number came out Andy came over and gave the number of the touchpad and then the game continued. It wasn’t long before Sheila was waiting again; this time for two lines.’
Then it was Sheila’s turn to shout.’
“Eeh I’ve won; that’s my night paid for.’ “Twenty quid I’ve won.’
There’s still the full house to go yet; how many do you need?’
“I want six said Linda
Straight away Sheila got two numbers and wanted number twenty five and seventy three for one hundred pounds.
When twenty five was called Sheila’s heart rate was going through the roof.’
Seventy three was all that she needed. David danced around all of the seventies but not the one she required for a full house. Someone shouted on number forty four.
“Bugger said Sheila.’ You know he said nearly every bloody seventy but the one I wanted.