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It’s okay, money and playing cards may be changed. You can’t. ’ ‘But you don’t understand,’ Ruby whimpered. ‘My marriage ceremony ring is in there. ’ ‘Calm down, it’s okay. ’ powerful fingers had a hypnotic demeanour approximately him. ‘Come with me. Let’s get a candy cup of tea in you and we will be able to kind this out. ’ He led her to a espresso store around the highway. Ruby appeared up as a steaming drink was once installed entrance of her. the fellow smiled. ‘I’m Michael, incidentally. ’ ‘And I’m particularly, particularly sorry. ’ Ruby started to blub. ‘That’s a humorous identify. ’ It stopped Ruby in her tracks. She wiped her eyes along with her arms, sniffed loudly and controlled a vulnerable smile. Michael passed her a napkin. ‘Ruby, my name’s Ruby Stevens. thanks, yet i actually has to be going, Michael? ’ ‘Michael… Bell. ’ ‘That’s bought a undeniable ring to it,’ Ruby smirked, taking in his rugby-player-type body, quiffed blond hair, tender hazel eyes and classy hornrimmed spectacles. She went to wake up. ‘Going already? You haven’t even all started your cup of tea. ’ ‘You wouldn’t comprehend. ’ ‘Try me. ’ Ruby sighed and regarded him up and down. ‘You’re very tall. ’ ‘You’re very ginger. ’ ‘I’ve had a poor yr. ’ ‘What’s made it so lousy? inform me, Ruby. ’ This stopped Ruby in her tracks. This guy relatively did appear to care. Michael positioned his surrender the desk to arrive hers. ‘It’s wonderful, you don’t need to if you happen to don’t are looking to, yet i'll most likely fit it. ’ ‘My husband died. ’ ‘Shit, that stinks. ’ ‘It stinks, it hurts, it’s now not reasonable and that i believe like I’ve been drowning for the previous fifteen months. ’ ‘OK, so it makes my fiancée operating off a month prior to our marriage ceremony with my ally appear fairly tame now. ’ ‘Oh no, that’s lousy too, I’m sorry. ’ ‘Well, we need to get that handbag of yours again, don’t we - there’s a hoop to discover. What’s it like? ’ ‘It’s platinum, approximately this thick. ’ Ruby placed her thumb and finger jointly to teach him. ‘And it’s engraved inside of with the phrases Rubes & George endlessly - so I’m certain not anyone else would wish it besides. ’ Michael notion it used to be most likely being melted down as they spoke. ‘Come on, let’s drink up and file it to the police, you by no means recognize. And you’d higher cancel your playing cards too, pronto. ’ It was once raining and darkish once they stepped outdoor. Six foot 4 Michael towered over Ruby’s 5 ft 9. He positioned his powerful hand on her shoulder back. ‘Come on, Ruby; I’ll include you to the cop store. ’ ‘No, no, truthfully - i will be able to deal with alone now, thank you Michael,’ Ruby flustered. ‘I simply are looking to pass domestic. ’ ‘Let me see you domestic, then. the place do you reside? ’ ‘Putney. yet I’ll be superb, truthfully. I’m sorry to have bothered you. ’ ‘Hey, decelerate, I’m no longer an awl assassin, I promise. Take my quantity, a minimum of, and simply ship me a brief textual content message to allow me comprehend you’ve received domestic properly. ’ Ruby took his card and positioned it in her bag. ‘And what approximately your educate price tag, did they take that too? ’ ‘You’re reliable, aren’t you? ’ Ruby controlled a grin. ‘Luckily, for the very cause i would get mugged, I regularly positioned my price tag in a pocket. ’ She rifled round in her jacket. ‘Here it truly is. ’ ‘Good.