Makeshift Marriage by Marjorie Lewty
By Marjorie Lewty
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I expect so,' she said shortly. She hoped he would soon stop infusing irony into everything he said to her. ' She turned to the door into the bedroom, but suddenly he was there before her. He put both hands on her arms and looked down into her face. 'Put up with me for a while, Maggie dear,' he said. 'I'm asking a lot of you, but one day I'll make it up to you somehow. ' She smiled at him, and if he had been in the mood to look hard at her he might have been surprised by the blazing message of love in her face.
How about it Maggie? ' She still hesitated, frowning, pretending to consider. Then she looked up and met his grey-green eyes, and they were gleaming just as they did when he had come up with a brilliant solution to some difficult problem in his work. She grinned as if they were sharing a good joke. 'I'll risk it if you will,' she said, and didn't know whether she was being given a passport to heaven or signing her own death warrant. CHAPTER TWO Blake held out his hand. 'Shake, partner,' he invited with a twisted grin.
She agonised. Could liking ever turn into loving? She just didn't know. Meanwhile the procession of gorgeous girls went on, and each time an affair came to an end Blake would say casually to Maggie, taking her interest for granted as one friend to another, 'We're all washed up, I'm afraid,'—referring to Clare, or Sylvia, or Judy. And Maggie would breathe again and enjoy a brief respite from fear until the next one appeared on the horizon. Then, a month ago, Fiona Deering came along, and this time it was different.