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CHAPTER FOUR: TRAVEL NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND
CHAPTER FIVE: NEW BEACHWRITER'S BLOG
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CHAPTER SIX: FICTION FOCUS ON SHORT STORIES
THREE COMPLETE TALES
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Regrexit - Monday 27th June 2016
‘Don’t mention the Referendum’ said the Reverend Richard Clayton.
‘Of course not,’ said his wife ‘they come to the card making group to get away from it all and relax.’
A lot younger than her husband, Phillipa often wondered if her craft skills were all she had brought to the marriage and the rural parish; apart from her fertility and energy in bringing up four boys. The weekly card making was a sanctuary of peace for her as well as the villagers.
‘We’re going to have a new face today, Hillary’s daughter is over on holiday from Spain.’
‘I hope she’s going to pay her £2’ said Richard.
Phillipa knew he was only half teasing; a caustic reference to the fact that subs had never gone up in the past ten years. One of her guilty pleasures, as a poverty stricken C of E vicar’s wife, was to cadge a lift into town to the nearest Hobbycraft and stock up on supplies with the child allowance money.
The Reverend Richard’s sermon on Sunday 25th June 2016 had been hastily rewritten from the joys of peace in a united Europe to the importance of healing rifts. Phillipa liked to think she would be making a contribution to harmony with her group, whose dozen regulars and various irregulars represented a range of ages and backgrounds. Her only problem was catering both for the adroit creatives and the dyspraxics who mainly came for cake and conversation.
With a local wedding coming up soon there was fresh inspiration for cards and gossip; the first half of the afternoon passed pleasantly. Hillary’s daughter joined in enthusiastically, claiming she was enjoying the relaxing break from her busy business and family life in Spain.
Perhaps it was the pause in concentration, when they stopped for tea and cake, that caused Linda, stalwart of the group and the local community, to mention the referendum.
‘Isn’t it strange, we never talked about the referendum here, but now everyone is discussing it; Richard was very circumspect in his sermon yesterday.’
‘Of course,’ said Phillipa ‘he cannot take sides.’
‘Only The Lord’s side’ said Angela, their most devout member.
Linda ignored her. ‘Well I couldn’t be more delighted with the result.’
‘Me too’ agreed Hillary.
Her daughter’s face turned pale under her Spanish tan.
‘You what, mother? Are you saying you voted Out?’
‘But I assumed you would vote Remain.’
‘Why, we never discussed it.’
‘Do you realise just what you have done; to your family, your country, to Europe?’
‘I thought about it carefully and exercised my democratic rights.’
‘And aligned yourself with all the right wing…’
The room had fallen into an embarrassed English silence. Phillipa felt she was losing control of her little group. It was obvious no one else was going to reveal what they had voted. She was tempted to come out as a Remainer and even out the numbers, but to side with an outsider against two parishioners…
‘How about a piece of Angela’s Angel Cake everybody?’
Janet Gogerty July 2016
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