The last thing Vera said to Ellie, as they got on the train behind Ian, who had carried her bag all the way to Nottingham Station, was ‘Tom keeps me on my toes. He still has expectations’, then she paused for a moment before saying ‘It’s a pity Ian doesn’t’.
Ellie had never experienced such turmoil. They had seen her off at the station and she thought of nothing else all the way back to Skegness. Mum, Tom, Bert, Ian, Mum, Tom, Bert, Ian, Mum, Tom, Bert, Ian, on and on. She barely noticed the final waves they exchanged as her train pulled away and she only became aware of the fact that she was back in Skegness when the train let out the loud hissing sound it always made when the sliding doors opened and its electric motors finally stopped.