Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young

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Nobody was helping me think of it, either. Alix was still asleep, and although a vaguely human body was sprawled on the sofa, it was absorbed in the football pages and therefore suffering from TMD, aka Temporary Male Deafness. The headline said, USELESS TOSSERS or something equally rude. This was nothing to what Ace had said the previous evening, when his beloved Tossers United had been thrashed three-nil by Thessalonika Under-Thirteen Girls, or whoever it was they were supposed to have thrashed.

I was even beginning to look in the kitchen bit of the IKEA catalog and wondering about how to contrive a kitchen-only fire. It was the only way our tightfisted pig of a landlord would ever do it. Ace was very adept at burning saucepans; if I could persuade him that oven chips tasted much better when done in a chip pan, we might be in with a chance. Alix sat opposite. " "So what if he has? " "If he's short of cash I suppose it's almost legit," she conceded. " "Oh, come on. , I preferred not to think about it.

Oh, Sophy, really. I knew you'd let me down again, just when everybody's dying to meet him. " "I really can't promise. " At this point her voice had taken on a plaintive note. " "Well, I can't help wondering, dear. Every single time you've promised to bring him home, something's cropped up at the last minute. I'm sure you can persuade him if you trybut I really can't talk nowI've got a million things to donobody has any idea how much organization goes into a weddingI'm worried sick about the seating plan for lunchSue and George still aren't speaking and Granny hasn't a clue what's going onI hope to heaven they don't start rowing at the tableyou know what Sue's like after a few drinksand the florist I picked has changed hands and the new manager's lost the orderI've had to go and see her twice still, must rush, and I'm sure you can talk him around if you put your mind to it.

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