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It would be surprising if there were. I was hoping I might see you. I’ve been here once or twice before with the same object in view. ” I felt pleased because he had admitted that he was looking for me. ” I asked. ” “Whereas meeting by accident . ” “It is not necessary shopping. ” “Well, we could walk round a bit. You could show me this part of London. Perhaps we could have a cup of tea somewhere? ” “Of course, you are attracted to the past,” I said as we walked along. “I don’t think we have anything here as ancient as your Roman remains.

Well, you could. ” She wrinkled her nose. ” She kissed the tip of my nose. “You say nice things, love. And what’s particularly nice about them is that you mean them. No. I thought for the stage I’d need a special name … a name that would stick in people’s memories. That’s important. It’s the package that’s important. Always remember that. You could be a real genius on the stage … you could be a knockout … but if the package isn’t right, well then, it’s going to be a lot harder. ” I reminded her.

I went to the old witch in the woods once. People down there are very superstitious. They believe things you’d never hear of in London. ” “It sounds a fascinating place. ” “Some places are fascinating to talk of but uncomfortable to be in. There was one thing I had to do. ” “She came from a Pillar family. People of Pillar families have special gifts because one of their ancestors once helped a mermaid who was stranded ashore to get back into the sea, and for ever after members of the family had the power to see into the future.

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