|Thomas de Grey|
When Graeme arrived 20 minutes later, the sitting room was already loud with chatter and laughter.
“My dear, so beautiful, and such warm people I always thought and I did love the climate having drinks on the terrace and listening to the servants talking so melodious.”
“I think my mother’s Italian is dialect,” said Esmé. “I don’t know.”
“You should ask her,” said Lucasta.
“Oh … I …we don’t talk any more.” Esmé’s dismissive comment was tinged with sorrow.
Jason brought Graeme over and introduced him.
“Graeme, my grandmother Lucasta Ellesmere, and my friend Esmé Kovac who are both fans of your writing. Grandam, Ezz: may I present to you Graeme alias Amantha Masterton.” Jason bowed like an impresario.
“So delighted to meet you Graeme I am a great fan of your stories so insightful and such fun.”
“You’ve enlivened many an unhappy hour,” said Esmé. “Dreams of handsome princes and romantic castles and buxom beauties swept off their feet. This ninny”—she gestured at Jason—“didn’t mention who you were when we met last time.”
Jason stuck his tongue out at her. Graeme laughed.
“As I said to Jason, it’s a job. I admit, I make what the inimitable Jane calls ‘a modest competence’ from dear Lord Balencourt’s amorous and pugilistic adventures.”
“Your swordfights are very realistic.”
“I did some genuine training for a while. Just so’s I could get it right.”
“You have more fans over there,” observed Jason, gesturing to the other corner of the room where Keith and Eleanor were chatting. “Let me introduce you.”
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