Turning Tables

I’ve pinched Adele’s song title for today’s post because some tables are being turned in my story as I near the close in my writing.

I left Katie and Greg, in my most recent post, at the point where Katie has met someone new – her first boyfriend since her husband died five years previously. Diane is horrified – she dislikes, Phil, the new man on sight, and thinks that he looks creepy. She tells her Mum that the news will devastate Greg. Her Mum doesn’t understand why that should be. Diane can’t believe that Katie hasn’t noticed how Greg has always adored her. Katie doesn’t believe her.

Two years or so later, Katie’s Mum and Dad bring news to Katie that they believe that Phil is already married. While they were out in their car, they’d seen him with another woman and a toddler. They’d done some checking on marriages, using Ancestry, that seems to confirm their belief. Katie tells them that she doesn’t believe them. Nevertheless, she does some detective work of her own using the Electoral register, and now the truth begins to register. Shortly afterwards she confronts him and he walks out on her. Tables are turning.

The following year, 2017, is the 18th birthday of Katie’s daughter Diane. There is a small birthday meal in a hotel at which Diane and her boyfriend, Katie, her Mum and Dad, Beryl and Jimmy, are celebrating – Greg has also been invited as Diane’s honorary ‘uncle’.

I’ve written this as a three-handed scene. Katie is watching Greg to try to assess the truth in what Diane had told her. For their part, Greg and Diane, each in their own way, are aware of Katie’s unaccustomed interest in Greg. By the end of the meal, Katie has come to realise that she may have been blind to Greg’s qualities.

Approaching her finals at her sixth-form college, a couple of months after the meal, Diane visits the shop for career advice. Before she leaves, she tells Greg that Mark has been talking to her about marriage. She asks for his advice. He points out that he has never been married. She tells him that he’d make someone a lovely husband – to someone she won’t name – but she (Diane) feels that she’d like to have a Dad again.

As I promised a couple of days ago, this week’s photos will all be from River of Light festivals in Liverpool. This one is from November, 2019 and shows an illuminated portal through which people could walk as the lights bulbs lit up in sequence to give the illusion that they were passing you as you passed to the other side. Relativity in action.

I took all the photos I’m posting this week using my 36 MP Pentax K-1 full-frame camera and a 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens at 30 mm and f/2.8. The ISO was 3200 and the shutter speed 1/60 secs.

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