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About eight months back I'd split up with Kit. Kit and I had been an item for ages, until he'd told me he was terribly sorry, he was still very fond of me, but to be honest, he thought we'd turned into a comfortable habit . D. in fibbing lately, Kit would barely have scraped a GCSE. He'd said it in the awkward, stumbling tones of a hopeless liar and I'd known at once what was behind it. Or rather, who . I'd met her, at a do thrown by a colleague of his a couple of weeks previously. She'd given me that poisoned-honey smile such women always give you when they fancy your man like mad and are hoping you'll conveniently get run over on the way home.

If you're a normally nosy person (like me), let me share some more eavesdroppings. From assorted friends of Belinda's I heard this: "He bought her that dress, you know. In Florence. She won't say, but it looks like Versace to me. " "Makes you sick, doesn't it? " " Mind you, I'm not sure I'd actually want a bloke like Paul. " From a couple of Mum's friends from the golf club I heard," mind you, I always think it's a shame when the younger sister gets married first. Sophy must be coming up to thirty and it's so hard for girls these days.

As usual they were crawling with slim, attractive, bubbly, solvent women who WLTM unmarried, un-broke, un-sad, un-ugly blokes for caring and sharing. You had to admire their optimism. " 'Daft cow, 30, needs passable bloke for one day only. " The little toad grinned. " "Brilliant. " Quite apart from the ponytail and general scruff, he frequently acted fifteen and a half, too. I could just see him trying to liven up a "proper" type do with a "guess the size of so-and-so's tits" competition. Currently occupying the cupboard that passed as a third bedroom in this flat, Ace had moved in for a temporary week a couple of months back, and had stayed because he preferred paying cupboard-size rent to the room-sized variety.

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