Facing the Music
By Marcia Willett
Vanessa’s letter comes out of the blue.
May her son, Alex, visit his godfather – Fiona’s husband, James – on his forthcoming trip to England? Fiona is thrilled – Alex is a particular favourite, and she hasn’t seen him since he was a little boy.
However, her delight is mixed with unease. Ever since the tragic loss of their own daughter, James has seemed ambivalent about his godson. It is as if he resents the boy’s existence.
As she muses on the best way to reconcile James to the news, Fiona looks back to the early days of their relationship, when she and her friend Vanessa were teenagers in the sixties, only just practising the intricate steps to the dance of life…