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Monday, 20 April 2015


“Will you have enough money for that?”

Jason smiled suddenly.  “Yes.  Much more than enough.”

“You’ll be getting mine when I die, darling,” said Lucasta.

“That could be a hundred years away, grandam!” joked Jason.  “You’re indestructible. Seriously, grandam, I hope it is.”  He reached across the table and took her hand.  “I love you.  And you too, Eleanor.  My honorary grandmother.  I’m so glad I came here to this house the first day I arrived.  You made me feel welcome and at home.  Australia made me feel wanted and liked and accepted, despite being a toff and speaking with a funny accent.”  He swallowed the lump in his throat.  “I just hope my news doesn’t change my friendships with Keith and Esmé and Lou.  Because the money I have won’t be for me—except for airfares to visit you, grand—but for the home.  So I won’t actually be any richer.  Not really.”

“They won’t change,” asserted Eleanor with complete assurance.  “They’re your friends and they love you for you.  As I do.  What’s more, I can help you.”

Jason raised his eyebrows. 

“You can have one of the houses in the terrace.”

“That wouldn’t be fair on you.”  Jason had no idea she owned more than the house they were in.

“I’ll do it in memory of Bart.  And for you.  And anyway, I own the whole terrace.  This was the first house I owned, but when I’d paid off a lot of the mortgage, I bought the others one by one and used the rent to pay off the loans, and now I have more than enough.  I’d like to help.”

Jason just nodded.  He was quite unable to speak.

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