By Margaret Baumann
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Sharon flushed painfully. ' 'None that we know of. ' 'Adam, how can you! I hope and believe he's really doing well. ' The colour faded from her cheeks. She said in a low voice: 'Mr. Ben - even after what happened before -- stood guarantee for Tony when he applied for this job. ' Clumsily, he tried to take hold of her hands again. ' From Adam Kershaw, less fitted than anyone she knew to take the world's hard knocks, that would have been laughable if it were not so touching. ' 'And there's nothing to stop us dreaming,' said Sharon.
An autumn carpet, thought Sharon. But to design a repeat of leaves, however varied their form, would be too trite. You'd have to do it in abstract, muted and melancholy; and against such a carpet a room would have to glow out in golds and brilliant blues and splashes of red - just as the sky now showed intensely blue between bare branches and the banks were ablaze with their hips and haws and autumnal gorse. The beauty of it ached in her throat and in her heart Then a harsher gust turned the dance of the leaves into a rout, reminding her of Neil Haslam and the wind of change he had set blowing through the valley.
And he had given her a blessedly free hand! At the weekends she went fell-walking with Adam or rambled alone by the river and in the woodland, and afterwards pinned down some moment of beauty in water colours or a collage, according to her whim. It had seemed to her a good life. Only when Frank Roberts went abroad for new ideas or Mr. Ben took their latest designs to the carpet fair in Stockholm did she feel this sudden, fierce ache to spread her wings. It was upon her now. She saw herself through Neil Haslam's eyes: a Miss Frith in the making.
Design For Love by Margaret Baumann