By Betty Neels
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The kitchen was small, with a tiled floor, a small bright red Aga and shelves along its walls. There was a table in the centre, with a set of ladder-backed chairs round it. There were bright checked curtains at the window and a kettle was singing on the stove. The Professor went through the door into the narrow hall, threw his jacket and bag down on one of the two chairs and hugged his housekeeper, puffing a little from her hasty descent of the narrow stairs. ' She eyed him narrowly. 'You look as though you could do with a few days here.
It's stewed beef and dumplings, and there is plenty of it. ' There was the table to lay, more potatoes to peel, plates and cutlery to get from cupboards and drawers. Mrs Selby and Flora talked as they worked but Sybil stayed silent, fuming. A spoilt only child in a wealthy household, she had never done anything for herself. There had always been someone to wash and iron, cook meals, tidy her bedroom, to fetch and carry. Now she was dumped in this ghastly kitchen and James had left her with no more than a nod.
I won't be ordered around and I won't be hurried. ' He drove carefully, for the snow was drifting and visibility was almost non-existent. The big car held the road well, but it was now pitch-dark and there was no lighting on the narrow country roads. He came to the crossroads, drove through Wisbury and onto the crossroads after it. It was as he drove into Nether Ditchling that a flashing blue light from a police car parked on the side of the road brought him to a halt. A cold but cheerful face appeared at the window.
An Ordinary Girl by Betty Neels
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