A temporary truce and Terms of Surrender

In my last post I mentioned that Gareth would need to begin a process of surrendering his pride, seeking to offer reparation – even to the point of eating humble pie to his son and his ex-wife.

The featured photo today was taken the day before Remembrance Sunday in November, 2018. Two officers of opposing armies during World War One shake hands during a temporary truce on the occasion of a Christmas football match. The handshake is depicted above a football. Someone has planted a cross bearing a poppy in front of the ball. The backdrop is the ruins of the bombed-out church of St Luke’s, Liverpool.

After the second World War ended, in popular understanding in 1945, the actual agreement of the terms of surrender and the formal end to war with Germany went through several stages until a 1951 agreement between most Western countries.

Today’s photo was taken with my former Pentax K3ii 24MP cropped sensor camera using an 16-85mm lens at 26mm. The camera settings were ISO 100, aperture f/4, and shutter speed 1/20 seconds. I used a tripod.

Since my last post I have managed to type a further 2,000 words: Gareth’s son, Peter, has telephoned Marjorie – his mother and Gareth’s ex wife – and has passed on the substance of his previous night’s telephone discussion with his Dad. Marjorie is reluctant to make a decision without consulting her new partner, Julian. They have a lengthy conversation during which they agree that Marjorie should arrange a face to face meeting with Gareth. They agree a set of terms to propose to him. Afterwards, she telephones Gareth and lays down these ground rules – to which he agrees.

Considering that I started the day wondering what I was going to write about I’m quite pleased – even though this takes me no further towards a planned denouement. Will Gareth and his ex-wife somehow kiss and make up? Will Gareth somehow finish up winning Sandra’s love? Should I introduce a different love interest into the mix? – perhaps a newcomer to the weekly dance – or could such a person be a catalyst to inflame a reaction from Sandra or Marjorie? Finally, in my desperation, will Gareth, as a teacher, be revealed as sexually grooming a sixth-form pupil – his depraved plans being unmasked by the joint efforts of Marjorie and Sandra? The mind boggles.

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