It was too good to last.
He was the epitome of charm the whole time they were here. Of course, it was very easy to take a liking to Sophie and Chris and we all felt very at home with one another.
Chaddy was lovely. He emerged from his cat carrier and immediately started to explore his new surroundings. Our cats were quite well behaved and there were only a few hisses and spits. I think Chaddy would have been even more friendly if the residents had been a bit more welcoming but, at least, there weren’t any fights!
On Saturday, CC invited a friend to dinner as a belated 30th birthday celebration. Bear actually decided to join us at the table athough he wouldn’t eat the gaspacho and vegetable lasagne that Jay had cooked and had to have his own meal of melon and fish and chips. He was quite sociable and only made me wince when he greeted the young lady with the remark “Oh have you been sunbathing. You’re very tanned.” (as she is Sudanese).
He has kept a low profile since Sunday when our ‘pupil’ arrived but he has obviously been bottling up resentment because today it all came out.
He wanted to go shopping. On the way into town there was a police escort for a wide load approaching us. Bear kept to the middle of the road as usual. The policeman started to wave crossly. Bear didn’t move over so I shouted. He swerved out of the way at the last minute and then turned on me.
“What’s the matter with you? Oh, I know what it is. Whale is getting you down. You’re not being at all nice to me.” etc. etc. etc. “All your friends can see it. Why can’t you? Do you ever give a thought to how I feel?”
I decided to keep quiet because last time we argued while he was driving he went the wrong way down the bus lane.
By the time we got to the Citroen garage he had calmed down as he needed me to ask for the code to get his radio started.
Then it was on to the supermarket. My printer has packed up and he suggested looking at new ones. He offered to buy me a new one (as an apology?) and I readily accepted. He chose a new mouse for his own computer, we finished the shopping and came home.
As the boot was full he decided to reverse into the garage to facilitate unloading. This is always a dicey procedure and, sure enough, he was dangerously close to the wall whan I said gently,
“Careful. you haven’t enough room to get out and you’ll hit the wood.”
He muttered but drove out again and then reversed – at the same angle!
Of course, he hit the wood. And broke his rear light.
And it was everyone’s fault bar his.
“People leave things about and don’t tidy up after themselves.”
Who had stacked the remaining logs in that particular place? You’ve guessed it. He had. But I said nothing.
A while later I went into the bedroom to find the new printer attached to his computer. He even had the nerve to ask me how to install the software.
OK, so I put in the disc and then asked him if he still had the disc for his discarded printer so I could use that. I had given him the discs that went with his computer and asked him to take care of them but he hadn’t. He had no idea where they were. In fact it must have been me who had lost them.
“Anyway, you can just plug it in and it will work.” he announced.
“No it won’t. You have to install it. Like I’m installing this one for you.!”
He started swearing and shouting so I left him to it.
“Install your own printer yourself then!”
Back to normal then.