The voice came from above, drifting down to them huskily, and both Adam and thehousekeeper looked up to see Loren Griffiths poised at the head of the flight of stairswhich led down into the hall. Dressed in a clinging gown of some dusky pink materialthat clung to her small, supple form, her blonde hair swinging silkily to her shoulders, shewas quite startlingly beautiful, and Adam thrust his hands patiently into his trousers pockets, quite aware that Loren was about to make an entrance.She came down the stairs with her usual elegance, but there was certain eagerness inher step which quickened as she neared him and presently she was sliding both her arms possessively about one of his.`Darling,' she said again, `you know perfectly well I hate these conferences, butthey're a necessary evil, I'm afraid!'Adam half smiled. `You know you revel in every minute of it,' he contradicted her gently. `What's happened? Where are your avid critics?'Loren raised her dark eyebrows. `If you mean the press, and I presume you do whenyou speak in that sarcastic tone, they're all having drinks with Terry.'Terry Edwards was her agent, and Adam suppressed the ready comment he couldhave made. He and Edwards just didn't get on, and it was no secret.`I see,' he said, instead. `I was just remarking to Alice that I had forgotten you would be busy this afternoon. However, if you're through.”`I am. But, darling, I thought it was your baby clinic this afternoon, or something.'She wrinkled her nose delicately, and Alice chose this moment to say `Shall I bringyou something, Miss Griffiths?'`Just tea, please, Alice,' said Adam before Loren could reply, and Alice noddedagreeably and disappeared in the direction of the kitchen.Loren sighed rather petulantly and then said: `Really, Adam, you might consult me before issuing Alice with your orders!'Adam smiled. `Don't fuss. Come into the sitting room. I want to talk to you.''Only talk? You disappoint me,' returned Loren dryly, but she preceded himobediently across the hall and into the small sitting-room which was the least opulentlyfurnished room in the house.