Amy watched Ruth closely as she stared at the burning fire in front of her, moving a little closer to the older woman.
"Ruth, are you hungry?"
"A little actually."
"I have some left over lasagna if you fancy it?"
"Mm-mm, sounds lovely. Are you sure it's no trouble?"
"I wouldn't have asked if it was."
"I'll just message Hannah, and let her know I won't be home for dinner."
"Good, I won't be long."
Ruth watched Amy as she got up and made her way though to the kitchen, Ruth getting her phone out and sending a quick message to Hannah.
Hannah and Nathan were drinking and laughing at something Vinnie was telling them about what had happened at school that day when Hannah's phone buzzed. She put down her glass and unlocked her phone to see the message from Ruth.
Nathan looked over at his wife to see the annoyed look on her face as she read the message she'd received.
"What's up mum?" Liv asked.
"Your gran, she won't be home for dinner." Hannah said, with anger in her voice, as she glanced at Nathan.
"Well it's okay, Pasta can be reheated, it won't go to waste." He said.
"It's not that point Nathan."
Hannah got to her feet and over to the counter, the kids returning to Vinnie's story, as Nathan got up to join his wife.
"Hannah, what is going on with you?"
"What do you mean?"
"You're getting this angry over pasta, really?"
"It's not about the bloody pasta, it's about mum not giving any consideration to anyone else."
"She sent you a text to let you know, it's hardly inconsiderate."
"You know where she went don't you, that doctor woman, I can guarantee it."
"So what's wrong with that, she did say Ruth could call her any time."
"She gave mum her personal number."
"Didn't you see the way she was with mum, the way she looked at her?"
"Hannah what the hell are you talking about?"
"She was hitting on her."
Nathan began to laugh, the kids looking over at them.
"What's the joke?" Liv asked.
"Nothing sweetheart, eat your dinner." Hannah said. "What's so funny Nathan?"
"You think the doc has a thing for your mother, for Ruth?"
"Oh come on, she made it so obvious."
"Did she though?"
"Well you're a man, these things bypass you."
"I'm telling you Nathan, you just wait. They'll be going on a date next."
"Ruth is straight, she was married to your father, and she's been out with several men over the years since then."
"That have all ended badly. You think I'm crazy, fine, but just you wait, you'll see I'm right."
Ruth was drying the plates while Amy washed, the two women quite content, as the radio played in the background.
"That was a lovely meal, thank you." Ruth smiled.
"It was only leftovers, I'm afraid I'm not much of a cook."
"Oh my god, I know me either. Takeaways has been my friend after the girls left home."
"It's never too late you know."
"To salvage a relationship with your daughters."
"I suppose I'm just scared, it's not just the girls, my grandchildren too. I've never really spent much time with them either."
"Well then when you go home tonight, make a start. I know it sounds scary but trust me, it'll be the best thing you've ever done."
"You don't have to do this you know."
"Help me so much, you job should have stopped when I was discharged from the hospital."
"Perhaps, but I saw something in you, something I liked, a lot."
"I know, you're straight."
"I am, but there's something telling me to kiss you right now."
"Well I always say follow your instincts." Amy smiled.
She could see in Ruth's face, that despite her admission, she was still a little reluctant to make the first move, so Amy decided to make it a little easier for her. She took the dish cloth from Ruth's hand, placing it on the side of the sink, before taking a small step closer to the older woman. She heard Ruth take a large intake of breath, as the older woman tried to make eye contact with her.
"You're safe here Ruth, I won't hurt you."
"I know you won't, I trust you."
Amy gave her a warm smile, before her hand came up to caress the side of Ruth's face, her other hand coming around her waist before she leaned in and kissed her. Ruth froze for a few moments, before she felt herself returning the kiss. Amy pulled back to see Ruth smiling at her.
"Well that was…different." Ruth smiled.
"Very much so, I really should be going. Hannah's expecting me home."
"Okay, can I see you again?"
"I'd like that."
"Well, you have my number."
Amy walked Ruth to the door, helping the woman on with her jacket, before opening the door. Ruth stood on the doorstep, as Amy smiled at her. Ruth leaned in to give her one last kiss before walking away.
To Be Continued…