By Jeffrey Archer
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The Peacock, it seemed, was going to get three outings in one month, as their visit to the Palace was ten days before Walter Ramsbottom would be installed as Mayor. The state dinner at Claridge's was memorable and although there were several hundred other guests Gerald still managed to catch a moment with his host, King Alfons IV who, he found to his pleasure, could not take his eyes off The Order of the Peacock (Third Class). The trip toBuckinghamPalacea week later was Gerald and Angela's second, following Gerald's investiture in 1984 as a Commander of theBritish Empire.
Said Gerald with a smile. " JUST GOOD FRIENDS I woke up before him feeling slightly randy but I knew there was nothing I could do about it. I blinked and my eyes immediately accustomed themselves to the half light. I raised my head and gazed at the large expanse of motionless white flesh lying next to me. If only he took as much exercise as I did he wouldn't have that spare lyre, I thought unsympathetically. Roger stirred restlessly and even turned over to face me, but I knew he would not be fully awake until the alarm on his side of the bed started ringing.
I felt a little stupid but at least it elicited a gentle smile. He leaned over and touched my cheek, his hands surprisingly gentle. Neither of us felt the need to speak. We were both lonely andit seemed unnecessary to explain why. We sat in silence, he occasionally sipping his beer, I from time to time rearranging my legs, while a few feet from us the darts pursued their undetermined course.
A Twist in the Tail by Jeffrey Archer