”I don't want to beg, but maybe you should take me out anyway”, Darling said. She sounded again like my mother. That was irresistible.
”I'm actually moving to London right now. I should be there by tomorrow.”
”Fine. We'll meet there. I'll find you in my hands, scary little Colleen.”
I was surprised by that name. I hadn't heard it since my childhood, then it hit me: Darling Butts wasn't a stranger to me. ”Darling Mann! You little devil!”
Her laughter danced in the air. ”You remembered.”
”Of course and I never should have forgotten you. You know, I fancied you when I was a little boy.” It was a happy moment, full of bright and sweet memories. Darling and I chasing each other on a field, Darling and I stealing apples, Darling and I seeking toads...
”I knew it. When my mother married her second husband and we moved away, I was worried about you. You were so love sick!”
I couldn't but smile. ”Yeah, I missed you so much that my mother had to force me to eat before I starved myself. Are you really going to London too?”
”Yes, but not just because of you. My office is moving there and I'm following it.”
”Splendid”, I said and promised to meet her there as soon it was possible to both of us.
I put that old Carole King record on the pile of my other records and started to carry my stuff away. I had a feeling that I hadn't listened that record with a right person ever before. My heart was full of joy and anticipation.