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Inviting Mr Scoorge For Christmas

By Elizabeth Reed

Published by Elizabeth Reed at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 Elizabeth Reed

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All characters depicted in this work of fiction are 18 years of age or older.

Chapter 1

‘James is this a good time? I have a message to give you.’ Cynthia spoke with hesitation as she entered into her boss’s spacious office to find his eyes eagerly fixed to the two computer screens in front of him.

James was so engrossed in what he was doing that he did not even bother to look up and acknowledge Cynthia stopping to stand in the room several steps away from the desk where he sat.

‘Well it is a good time as any I suppose, what is it Cynthia?'

‘Your mother just called.'

‘My mother?!’

Cynthia’s words this time around seemed to grab James's attention as he, at last, looked up at her with his surprise showing from his striking blue eyes, making her feel a little self-conscious and giddy within herself.

‘Yes, your mother.'

Okay I am up to date with the fact that my mother has just called me, but what I want to know now is what she said to you?' James spoke now impatiently. His dark, handsome features being spoilt by the frown that covered his face.

If you just give me a second I was just about to elaborate,’ Cynthia found herself irritated by James as she observed him. She wondered how someone who appeared so attractive, intelligent and at times even charismatic could be so clueless in understanding the immediate world around him. Perhaps Cynthia thought to herself that what she next had to say to him would lead to at least a part of him waking up. Sighing deeply she continued on with the message that had been asked to give to him.

Well, your mother wanted me to let you know that she would not be in London for Christmas just in case you intended to visit her. Instead, she has decided to fly out to New York to spend it with your sister and brother-in-law. In fact, she had already arrived in America if I am not mistaken taking into account the quality of the phone line and all the noise I heard in the background, she seemed to be calling from the airport.'

Despite James receiving the news with an unreadable expression upon his face, Cynthia could not help but feel guilty for being the messenger.

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