University, Summer Job & Birthday Plans

"So, you've decided then that you're going to move out at the end of summer?" Gideon asked Chelsey. It was a Saturday afternoon and they were in the conservatory. She had just told him that instead of commuting every week to Oxford, she would just live on the campus. She didn't mention that she had …

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A Trip to Bath and Older Men

"Aren't you coming to Bath with us?" Chelsey asked Ruth. Ruth shook her head. "No." "How come?" "I just don't feel up to it." "It's such a beautiful day. Why would you want to spend it indoors?" "If I want to enjoy the outdoors, I can go in the garden or go into the conservatory …

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Pining, Abstaining & Longing

What was Dushan doing at that moment? Was he out somewhere? Was he in his flat? Was he alone? Was she there with him? Were they in bed together? Ruth closed her eyes in despair. It was sheer torture sitting there, imagining all sorts of things. How she longed to go over to his flat …

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