Jason handed Eleanor and Graeme a glass of champagne and gave Keith a glass of red from the bottle he’d brought.
“Cheers! Thank you for coming, Graeme. It’s good to see you again.”
“You too, Jason. And I’m glad to meet so many fans. Of both my authorships!”
“We’re very pleased to have you here. Did you have to come far?” asked Eleanor.
“Oh, no, I’m practically a neighbour. Just 3 or 4 tram stops along.”
“Melbourne so civilised with trams and pavement cafés I approve so European,” said Lucasta, sipping her champagne.
“When I first came here it struck me as a southern European city with the plane trees and the boulevards and pavement cafés and everywhere Greeks and Italians and Lebanese. I love it.” Jason glanced at his grandmother, wondering if she got the subtext.
“And,” she said,” putting her hand on his arm, “you’ve been happy here.”
Oh. Yes, she understood.
“Better than I would have been anywhere else. Except perhaps Aubeterre.”
“Where?” asked Esmé.
“Aubeterre.” In the south of France. South-ish. Not too far from Bordeaux. It where my former nanny lives. She’s French. But, although they’re very accepting there I don’t know that I’d’ve made friends as quickly as I have here. And yeah, I think about Brent a lot and I miss him like stink but having you two helps me better than anything.” On impulse he leaned over and kissed Esmé’s cheek and then Keith’s. Esmé smelled nice of a scent he didn’t recognise and Keith smelled of Keith. He started to get a fatty but was surprised when he realised that he wasn’t sure whether it was because of Keith or Esmé. Or both.
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