It was bad enough being gooseberry to big sister and her new beau, but having to sit through a long drive with Eric at the wheel prattling on about this Stately Home they were visiting was not exactly Ben’s idea of a fun day out.
He nudged his sister and said he needed the bathroom, so she asked Eric to stop at the next services so that they could all have a potty break, stretch their legs and get something to eat.
Eric was not impressed at being asked to do something that had not been his idea, making
Sophie frown at his attitude.
They resumed their journey, she and Ben content to munch on sandwiches and crisps.
Eric had declined their offer of a snack as he intended to have a decent meal in the restaurant.
Arriving at their destination, Eric parked the car and went to get the necessary tickets for entry to the grounds.
When he came back, his face was like thunder.
‘What’s wrong?’ Sophie asked.
Eric’s response was terse.
‘They’re shut for maintenance and repairs.’
Ben burst out laughing, then shut up as he realised they had the long drive home, but not before he’d seen Sophie suppress a smile. Obviously she and Eric would be history now.
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