February 16th, 1991
Night flight from BDA – LGW
Spent most of the day poolside, under the shade of an umbrella, watching in amusement as Ava swanned around the pool, her Rubenesque figure swathed in a pastel coloured creation that took on a life of its own anytime the wind kicked up!
“We really must stop meeting like this,” Graham said as I looked up from the sun lounger.
“Given our line of work, that might be difficult,” I smiled. “And I take it you’re off to Tampa?”
He nodded. “You have my number, right?”
We have a running joke that I lost his number, based on the fact I never ring him.
“Somewhere, yes,” I laughed, sitting up.
“I’d love to take you out for a drink at home sometime, you know, like normal people.”
“But we’re not…” I started to say, just as Ava appeared in a cloud of billowing polyester.
“Graham dahling,” she gushed, leaning in for a kiss. “I do hope you’re securing a date with Miss McGarr.”
“I’m trying,” he laughed.
“Try harder,” she said, lightly smacking his arm. “And as for you Miss McGarr, don’t forget what I said about the boat,” she winked, before slinking her way in the Captain’s direction. Graham gave me a quizzical look. “What’s that about a boat?”
“Just a few words of wisdom,” I shrugged.
Some people really suit being in uniform and Graham is definitely one of them. He smiled at me in such an appealing way that for a second, I thought I might ask if he’d be interested in being my guest at Lorna and Klaus’s wedding.
“What?” he said, grinning.
I waved my hand dismissively. “Nothing. I hope the Tampa shuttle goes well, with no delays.”
“You’ll be gone by the time I get back, right?”
“Can I give you a kiss goodbye?”
“No kissing allowed in uniform,” I laughed.
“You’re not in uniform,” he grinned, bending towards me. I expected a peck on the cheek but he went for a full mouth kiss, taking me totally by surprise. “Ring me,” he whispered.