‘Whoooooosh!’ goes James as he tears past us, his arms outstretched for his airplane game.
‘Keep away from the edge honey, it’s dangerous,’ shouts Laura sternly, and he obediently veers away from it but continues running full pelt.
The world is one big playground when you’re seven years old, I think to myself, and smile at the fact that one of us is enjoying himself.
Laura walks a couple of paces ahead of me, her hands in her coat pockets, head down.
We’ve come here to Slains Castle to walk along the sea cliffs because the stifling atmosphere inside the house was getting to be too much. But of course all we’ve actually done is bring it with us, and neither of us appreciate the breathtaking view or the hypnotic sound of the waves crashing against the rocks far below.
I quicken my pace to get alongside Laura, but she keeps looking firmly ahead and ignores my presence. I risk a sideways glance and, although the blustering wind is blowing her blonde hair in front of her face, I catch a glimpse of her pursed lips and the furrowed brow.
‘Laura,’ I start, ‘How long are things going to be like this with us...?’
She stops and turns sharply, and I can see the fury in her face, ‘What do you think David? How long is it going to take me to get over the fact that you slept with someone else?!!’
I stupidly open my mouth to try and reply, but before I get a chance to utter a word, Laura answers, ‘Let me tell you. I am never going to forgive you for what you have done! Never! There is nothing in the world that you can say or do that is ever going to make things better again. You’ve been unfaithful to me and I will never be able to trust you again as long as I live!’
She is shaking, and she pauses for a moment to take a deep breath, before continuing in a calm quiet voice that is even more disconcerting than the shouting, ‘There is nothing you can say or do David. It’s over.’
‘Oh sod off David. I don’t even think I love you anymore,’ she says sadly, before turning and striding off through the drizzle to cross the field and head back towards the car park.
I stand there on the edge of the cliff, with my feet getting wet in the long grass, and the wind driving the spitting rain into my face, and try to think. Damn. This obviously isn’t going to be as easy as I thought it would.