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The woman in the picture looked a bit like I might look if I lost about three stone, went blond, and had a personality transplant. Cool. Classy. In control. The type who hasn't done anything stupid or embarrassing since she was three and a half and smugly knows she never will again. " "Look at it this way, Sophe. If you hadn't got a car for the day, you'd hire one. " Given Ace's version of male logic, it was no use trying to explain that hiring a Dominic was a whole different ball game from hiring a Ford Escort with air bag.

She covered another yawn. Ace passed her the paper. "See? " He really looked unbelievably pleased with himself. Alix's sleep-fogged eye slowly demisted. " He raised his eyes to the ceiling. "I know, thicko! " "Oh, that little problem. " "Thanks, Alix," I said. " She looked positively hurt. " "She thinks the bloke'd think she's panting for it," said Ace. "He probably would," she replied. " "It's what you call eternal obsession with your dangly bits," she retorted. " With a pained expression, he pointed at the ad again.

Lovely, dear," she'd said, trying desperately not to sound disappointed. " To someone like my mother, an unattached daughter who's just hit thirty is a Serious Worry. I knew she was saying fretfully to Dad, "Yes, I know she's happy as she is, dear, but if she doesn't get a move on" So one night, just to keep her happy (all right, to shut her up) I'd lied. He'd just slipped out, perfectly formed, as if I'd been cooking him up for weeks. As I said before, he wasn't entirely plucked out of thin airmy imagination's not that great.

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