Bill was out of bed before seven marked time until eight and felt eight was a good time to talk with Bernice; he called and left a message on the machine. Half eight and he listened to a busy signal and part of the message from bell, "let bell notify..." etc, and said, "screw you bell". Nine AM and he left another message then started to wonder if Bernice was simply avoiding him.
Half past nine and he phoned his buddy, Stan. He brought Stan up to date, told him how angry Marg sounded. He then theorized as to how Marg really felt, how all he needed to do was talk to her and then asked, "what do you think"? Stan said, "does it matter (?) what I think, you seem to have worked everything out and haven't talked to the lady herself, you might just blunder ahead, might make rash assumptions and might win the day, BUT, you want my advice, talk to Marg or her sister if you can and if you can, LISTEN, listen to what you are told, it might very well be finished....if either won't talk to you, let it go, let go and, you know the rest. Bill went to timmies.
He was nursing a coffee and convincing himself, "if only Marg would talk to him". A man stopped by his table, said, "hi, I hear Marg is back on Thursday, is she coming be train" ? Bill said he didn't think so then, "not altogether sure, do you know if there is anyway to get hold of Bernice, not sure her phone is working" ? Monday afternoons is her choir practice, either two or three, not sure which". Bill brightened asked, "the Anglican Hall" ? and the man said, "no, the United".
Bill called the United and at one-fifteen he was knocking on Bernice's front door. She opened the door, said, "God, not you, Bill enough is enough" but Bill launched into his plan.
All he needed was time with Marg. He knew she was angry but knew she would get over it. He would pick her up at the airport, take her for lunch, get a room for her at one of the local hotels and that evening he would take her to the "Grand Theatre" for a live stage show"....he had other things in mind which he kept to himself.
Bernice said, "wait here" and she closed the door.
She called Marg and was surprised when Marg said, "okay, let him make all of the arrangements" and then she chuckled, "after the stage show, I will excuse myself and disappear, Ruby can put me up for the night, more than likely drive me home in the morning"....oh, and have him call me about the kid, who really does look good, by the way".
Bill's offer of a drive to the United was turned down but he left, a much happier man.