Perfect Alibis by Jane Wenham-Jones

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I would never have left you, I don’t think,” Troy said. ” “Oh for a day or two. But I always came back. I’ve never been able to talk to anyone like we used to talk. ” The hairs on her arms tingled. She looked back at his face. It was true. They had liked each other very much. She used to tell Rose all the time. “But he’s my best friend,” she would say. ” She wore the words like a comfort blanket, kept them around her chilled shoulders as she waited through the night for him to come home, as she left for work leaving him to sleep away the mornings.

Come off it. You mean you’re attracted to women who want to make something of their lives and so, by virtue of that, they eventually get sick of keeping you and move on. ” He shook his head sorrowfully. ” He gave a shout of laughter. The sound struck her hard in the stomach and desire surged through her all over again. She wanted to knock the grin from his face. “When you asked for money from the flat, George wanted me to send you an invoice. ” Her voice suddenly sounded mean in a way she hadn’t intended.

She didn’t look or see his expression, only heard the scrape of his 51 chair on the tiles and found herself held against his chest. Christ! She pressed her cheek into his shirt, feeling the soft fabric of his collar, the stubble of his chin, breathing in what was suddenly a familiar scent. He held her tightly and for a wild, giddy moment as she felt the heat, she imagined them tugging the clothes from each other and making mad passionate love on the kitchen table. Mmmmmn… Then he put his hands either side of her face to pull it up towards him and reality thumped down hard between them.

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