Gerry parked up once they had reached the station and carried the two cases that she now had to the ticket office. He paid for her ticket then walked with her to the small café where they sold snacks and served tea and coffee.
“Could we have a pot of tea please?’ asked Muriel as Gerry plonked the cases down beside the table then held out the seat for Muriel so that she could sit down.
“Muriel you look so beautiful said Gerry as the light hit her face from the glass roof.
“You always were a charmer Gerry.’
The tea arrived and Muriel poured out two cups, she added milk and some sugar then stirred it around.
Oh yes, I was going to tell you something.’
“What Gerry, just tell me; you have never been at a loss for words before.’
“I have good news firstly; I secured a job for you with the Huntley brothers in Newcastle. You can start as soon as you get back or take a couple of days to readjust.
Thank you Gerry.’
You will be his personal secretary. Watch the old dog though he flirts with the women.
“I can handle him; is he married?’
Oh yes, then a quiet word in his ear that if he carries on flirting then his wife would get to know will be enough.
Secondly I opened an account in your name; I hope that you don’t mind me doing this Muriel but I owe you such a lot and I wanted to give you something.’
I sold my cottage for thirty thousand pounds and I’m giving it to you. You will be able to buy yourself a nice little house in North Shields quite cheaply I expect.
“Gerry I cannot take your money.’
“Don’t worry I was well paid from a client; shall we say of a mutual acquaintance.’
Here is the bank book which is registered with Lloyds in Newcastle. I had a long chat with a certain Mr Edward Forrester and explained everything.
“Does he know about the trial?
“Yes he knows everything and once more he is meeting you at the other end in twelve hours time.
Gerry you are a special man and one day some lovely woman is going to sweep you off your feet.’
“She did but alas she was already spoken for.’
Come here you big softy, Muriel kissed his cheek and held him for a moment. She finished her tea and Gerry carried her cases onto the platform as the train pulled in.’
“Well then this is it.’ I hope that he makes you happy Muriel because if he doesn’t there’s a certain Mr Richards who will sort him out.’
Muriel laughed as Gerry carried the cases on board.
“Don’t forget to write will you.’
“I’m going to miss you Gerald Sedgemore.’
Goodbye Muriel and good luck.’
Gerry jumped onto the platform and closed the door as Muriel took a window seat and sat down. She took a book from her bag then placed it on the table.
“The station master blew the whistle and the train pulled slowly away. She gave Gerald one last wave before the train picked up speed and she was gone.
Opening the first page of the book Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Muriel began to read.