By Betty Neels
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Presently he ate the splendid meal Jolly had ready, then went back to his study to consider his week's work ahead. He had fully intended to phone Sybil, but by the time he remembered to do so it was too late. He would find time in the morning. It was gone midnight before he went to his bed and he didn't sleep at once. He had enjoyed his weekend and he had enjoyed meeting Philomena. He smiled at the memory of her small figure bundled in that old hooded cape and there had been a feeling when they had met--as though they had known each other for a long time...
She eyed him narrowly. 'You look as though you could do with a few days here. ' `It's good to be. here,' he told her. 'I'll stay until early Monday morning. ' Benny was the boy who walked George each day, since Mrs Willett was past the age of a brisk walk with a lively dog. ' He grinned at her. ' `Go on with you, Master James! ' She gave him a questioning look. ' His soft, 'Not yet, Nanny,' left her with a feeling of disquiet. Later, with George the Labrador pressed up against him, the Professor gave Mrs Willett a succinct enough account of his days.
Kind, elderly eyes studied his face. There was something not quite right, but it was none of her business. ' `Yes, for premature babies. ' She saw that she wasn't going to be told more and asked idly if he had enjoyed the drive down from town. `Yes, it's a different world, isn't it? Last time I saw you, you were making a water garden. ' They turned to their neighbours presently, and then everyone left the table to stand around talking, or walked in the large formal garden, and it was there that Sybil found him presently.
An Ordinary Girl by Betty Neels