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Rupert said ‘You wear
Futures when Edward Ker
Daniel's PA had passed the
He'd taken his PA's
'You? Never!' Mark
But Mum would hate Dan
Mr and Mrs Redway
Mr Faber. If what
Lunch? Impossible. How
"I—I had it cut.' She
Rupert Glover. He was
'Good Lord!' Mark shot
'Annie—I want a word with
'But that can wait. You and I need to talk.'
Wait until when? What did he mean? Annie's eyes cast
'Well?' She couldn't say more. Her tongue felt thick
Just for a few yards? Annie shrugged and complied. She
Daniel Faber could have his pick. And the type of woman he
'You can't mean it!' Annie wailed in shocked outrage. What
How dared he give those nice people—his parents—such a bad
Annie Kincaid was surely in the wrong profession. Her acting
Even if Mark had suddenly seen Enid as a desirable young
So he was going to be married. That figured. It was amazing
Mark should marry—but while I'm here— under duress—you
He must have just had a shower. A cold one. Suddenly that
Rupert Glover. And I was on the receiving end of your attempt
In deciding to release his brother from Annie Kincaid's greedy
The moment Daniel had realised who Mark's weekend guest
Mark's. Mercenary self-advancement. Even if Glover had got
His heart jumped. Had she fallen? Knocked herself cold on the
'No. No need.' She stood up. She had to get out of here. The air
She didn't care. She wouldn't let herself care. And she clattered
Had Daniel been saying something about her? Or was it simply
And what could she say to that? Nothing. Annie just knew that
Which meant Annie Kincaid was a damn fine actor or Mark
Daniel deserved it. But would Mark believe her? Why should
Had Aunt Tilly been right to smother her in shapeless brown
Annie swallowed convulsively. She had to do it now. Explain
'Mark—about the weekend. I really can't apologise enough
The party. It was unforgivable—' Her words tumbled over
She'd told Daniel that she and Mark weren't romantically
Had Mark decided to settle down at last with the faithful Enid?
'Hey! I could have done that’ Sally called out from the
Annie pulled a face at the kettle. She'd thought Sally had been
'Coffee?' Annie asked grittily. His temper had suffered an
Daniel got to his feet. 'Don't I know it!' He draped an arm
'I can't go.' She sank into the nearest chair. She didn't know
'It's too short notice. Anyway...' She gathered her excuses
England I'll be looking for another job. So don't bother firing
And where the heck had Daniel got to? She seemed to have
Relief. She'd started to think he'd abandoned her. And she
Mark had agreed to the Tuscany trip. Wearily unsurprised
'Not long now. We skirt the town of Volterra and head up to the
Her heart skittered. He was flirting with her! Carrying on
It was up to Daniel to stop it happening. For his brother's sake
'Food poisoning? Now that's a neat idea—don't tempt me!' She
He moved away. Touch her once and it wouldn't stop there. As
Already she felt rather too relaxed. Around Daniel Faber that
Anyway—' she forced a perky note to her voice '—it's too nice
Glover?' he asked. 'On the face of it I would have thought he
'No! Of course not! What the hell do you take me for?' She got
That's why I kissed him. You. It was a mistake.'
The truth? he wondered. There was one way to find out. It all
Hellfire! He didn't know what he thought any more! He asked
How to answer? She felt her heart flutter. Telling him the truth
He knew now. Knew what he did to her. He would take her
But she hadn't lied. She'd opened up to him. Told him that no
He'd done quite a bit of it himself around Annie Kincaid
Was he serious about Annie? He didn't know. He knew he
Kincaid's integrity—and explained why he had them—and
'Shall I?' She dipped her head in the direction of the crowded
But he didn't know if it was all an act. Could he believe her? Or
'I bought all sorts—I couldn't resist!' She put her carriers on the
McCoy—not one of those cardboardy things you buy frozen in
'I've just phoned Giovanni Roselli.' Daniel appeared in the
But she was foolish by nature—hadn't Aunt Tilly told her so
'Tarty? Never!' He smiled thinly at her. 'Elegant. Just right for
'Annie—' Daniel reached out to touch the side of her face. He
Smouldering eyes locked with hers. 'What did you say?' He
Did she want it in writing? 'Naturally I'd need a bigger place if
'Annie—sweetheart—did I hurt you?' Remorse darkened his
'In Assunta's unavoidable absence I'm going to hire someone
Spartan. Spotless. There was a place for everything. I wasn't
Did he love her? It had been meant as a teasing joke. But was it
'You look great—Tuscany obviously agreed with you!' Sally
'Forget it.' He cut her short. 'I'm sure your explanation's too
When Sally carried their coffee through at eleven Mark leaned
Annie hid a smile. She had never seen Mark embarrassed
That tied in with the things Daniel had said. That he didn't want
'When I got back from a two-month trip to the Far East I found
Annie was far from stupid—discounting the Tuscan idyll. She
'When it sank in that both Dan and I wanted nothing more to do
Mark was waiting for an affirmative. She couldn't give it. Not
And Mark had got it wrong. She knew the real reason for the
Tuscan adventure. He'd needed to brand her. Almost as if he'd
She was just as foolish as Aunt Tilly had always said
Or was she? When the doorbell rang she wasn't so sure. She felt
He'd asked Barnes to wait. Their table was booked at one of the
I ever really saw her until that weekend. Now I can't really
Mark insisted. 'She gave me a message to pass on to you—she
'Fancy making Annie come here under false pretences— the
Annie glanced up at Mark. A tricky question. She could hardly
'And it did work—and I'm so happy about it I could burst! I
'I could always wear long Johns!' Enid had giggled. 'And leg-
Annie stopped thinking about it. If Mark had an almost
As soon as her hair was almost dry Annie shed the towel. She
'Thank you—I think!' Annie gave him a cool look. This was her
'And I'm sure I heard that someone has stepped in and bought
'Shall Annie and I make up a packed lunch?' Enid put in
Annie watched them go. Mark had his arm round Enid now
'Stop it!' she snapped at herself out loud. 'Just get a grip!' There
Annie froze. She would know that voice anywhere. She
Sheer male menace. 'I thought you were in Brussels.' If there
So he must have talked to Mark quite recently— since
'If I'd phoned you'd have put the receiver down. If I'd written a
'I did no such thing. I made love to you. We made love to each
Would Mark and Enid come back for her? They'd all got
Her legs buckled. It was too much to take in. He really did love
As the great organ swelled into the traditional 'Wedding March'
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The Bride Wore Scarlet

The Bride Wore Scarlet

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