Makeshift Marriage by Marjorie Lewty

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Sometimes she almost managed to believe it. It was fun buying all the pretty, light dresses she would be needing, and only when her mother started talking about honeymoon nighties did she feel hollow inside, realising that she hadn't the faintest idea whether Blake would want to make it a real honeymoon or not. He hadn't even mentioned that side of it, and she wasn't brave enough to ask him. So she submitted to her mother's happy suggestions of chiffons and wisps of silk in delicate pastel colours, and tried not to think too much about the occasions when she would wear them.

Then his eyes met hers and he decided not to finish the sentence. He turned away, shrugging. ' He strode out of the office and the door swung violently behind him. Maggie sat staring at the papers on her desk. Then she stacked them up and pushed them away in a drawer. It wasn't going to be possible to do any more work today while this devastating feeling of crisis was in the air. M. mean by that last remark? And all that about feeling responsible to the other directors for the decision to trust this huge new contract to Blake on his own?

But even while he was joking with her, his eyes could hardly bear to leave Fiona's lovely face, and his hands kept straying towards hers across the table. After the meal they sat in the luxurious sitting room, Maggie in one chair, Fiona and Blake close together on a deep sofa. Fiona dispensed coffee and was sweet as saccharine to Maggie, asking questions about her work, expressing admiration and amazement that a girl could be so clever at a job that was—well, not exactly feminine, was it? ' She leaned forward and squeezed Maggie's hands, looking down at the scrupulously-kept, squarish fingernails, devoid of lacquer, and then, complacently, at her own gleaming, mother-of-pearl talons.

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