They didn’t make love again for six months, though they did remain friends. Keith would pop in after The Lord Grey closed or sometimes just later on in the evening if things were quiet in the pub. They drew pleasure from each other’s company. He would talk lightly about his ‘conquests’, pretending not to watch her reaction. She hoarded her love quietly within herself. She’d been to hell and back with her dad. She’d learnt the hard way to store little bits of happiness when she got them. And spending time with Keith made her happy. As for the sex, it didn’t matter to her. So she told herself. Anyway, she couldn’t have proper sex because of what her dad had done to her. So she told herself. And friendship was pretty good anyway. And all of these things were half true. But sometimes she would smell his midnight odour, the aroma of beer and sweat and cheap aftershave and she would feel a stirring within her, a small wrenching in her gut and her heart and she doubted.
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