By Leslie Charteris
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Morland stood up. “That wheel remains to be on your car—I needed to purchase a brand new tyre,” he stated. “If you’re going out back you may besides drop me by way of the station wagon and that i can carry it again. I’d particularly have anything to do than sit down right here ready. ” “Good adequate. ” the 3 of them went again to the Buick jointly. the woman took her father’s arm back, yet she took the Saint’s arm to boot. He tightened his arm opposed to his part in resolution to the strain of her palms… in addition to a few very important examine within the county files, he had a number of purchases to make in Lion Rock, and the nightfall was once deepening as he drove again in the direction of the Circle Y. It were a ecocnomic journey, and he used to be buzzing idly to himself as he nursed the massive Buick over the unsuccessful imitation of a highway. He felt it as a kind of chuffed intermissions of event, the twilight among the chilly sunlight and intriguing darkness, the empty degree among the acts, the collection pause that used to be platitudinously known as the calm prior to the hurricane. yet to him it used to be merely in these moments that the complete flavour of an episode can be savoured in anticipation, just like the bouquet of an extraordinary wine sooner than tasting, ahead of it had replaced for ever into retrospect. This one were a bit gradual to develop upon the senses, yet now he knew that every one the analyses have been labored out and the classic could turn out to belong with the main exceptional aristocracies of such brews. Even his wordless figuring out with Jean Morland belonged with it—but he didn’t are looking to take into consideration that an excessive amount of but, while considering purely introduced again too many questions that might must be responded earlier than the top simply then he in basic terms desired to be completely happy they had met and talked a bit, with out asserting something. it can were sufficient to depart it like that, might be; and but he was once conscious of a moment’s absurd contentment as he drove up in entrance of the ranch residence and switched out his lighting fixtures, and observed her coming to the top of the porch steps, with the lamplight in the back of her limning the keen cleanness of her silhouette. He ran up the stairs and took her hand. “I informed you I’d be again for supper,” he stated, “and I’m ravenous. ” “You’ll get red meat and beans,” she smiled. yet her smile used to be whatever that got here fast, only for the instant of greeting him, after which misplaced its spontaneity as speedy because it had chanced on it. Her eyes left his face, and appeared to seek the historical past in the back of him. “I’ll convey it out,” she stated, and became again in the direction of the kitchen. Simon Templar strolled over to the desk that was once already organize at the verandah, and tossed his hat over a couple of stag horns nailed to at least one of the rafters. He pulled out a chair and sat down and tilted the chair again, beginning a brand new pack of cigarettes and tapping one out at the stretched denim over his left knee. As certainly as though a bell had rung, he realised that the interlude used to be already over. a bit approach alongside the porch, Hank Reefe gazed at him gradually from the rocking chair the place he sat together with his gun belt throughout his knees, and stated, “You come again on my own?