Level Three. Where, how and why.

By Michelle Lloyd.

One afternoon it had been New One’s Gran who had a bit of an unanticipated experience. It had been arranged for her to collect New One from school but she had gotten herself a bit held up. New One waited with Little Herbert, his Dad and Grandpa. They all waved as the other member of their trio left.

RV, their friend waved a goodbye. It was then Little Herbert, New One and Little Herbert’s Dad and Grandpa who waited…and waited…it started to get a bit of a worry as to where Gran had got to but Little Herbert’s Dad insisted that they would stay with him until she arrived.

Nearly twenty minutes later a huffing and puffing, New One remembered that she turned up dishevelled and raced up to them. Gran fell on New One with kisses and explanations. Apparently the transportation she had planned on using had arrived late and then she thought that she had lost her bag and could not get off at the right stop because of it. She thanked Little Herbert, his Dad and Grandpa for waiting with New One until she got there.

They all assured her it was quite all right, well everyone did apart from Grandpa, who joked that maybe if she drove her own transportation then she could be more assured of when she needed to get there. This did not go down well with Gran, who New One noticed, shot Little Herbert’s Grandpa a dirty look of anger. As if he knew her circumstances, it was extremely presumptuous, that look said it all. Thanking everyone once again she took New One and it was off they went to exit the school. As she walked out with him, in a bit of a huff, Gran told New One she thought it was quite rude of that man to assume anything of her circumstances.

They had nearly got out to the road when they were stopped by the same focus of Gran’s upset and he actually asked them out to a local shop for tea. Excuses were made, Little Herbert’s Dad looked rather embarrassed by it all but Grandpa was not to be pushed aside. Insist did he that Little Herbert and New One would love to have tea and a treat and that after their hard day at school they should be allowed a bit of a perk. Adamant was Gran that no, they had to get on and while she thanked him for the thought, the answer was a no.

It took a┬ábit of time before New One and his Gran realised that they were being followed as they made their way home. It was a Grandpa in pursuit who shouted, coughed and then shouted out again for them to stop and please reconsider. Gran looked a bit perplexed and slightly out of sorts about it all thought New One. Little Herbert looked a bit confused about his Grandpa’s sudden need for a treat but he shrugged his shoulders and along with New One they decided maybe it was in all their interests to go for it.

Nobody knew that actually it was at that tea whereby the two grandparents were going to start their couple status. It was going to be a bit fraught, full of misunderstandings, smiles and tears. It was going to be a bit fun and infuriating and to culminate in a marriage between them. It was a lesson in not being too assured of who could make who happy and how sometimes contrasts could complement each other.