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Asking for Trouble � Prologue The invitation came on a Saturday morning, just in time to wreck my weekend. On stiff, crinkly-edged card it read: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Metcalfe request the pleasure of the company of Sophy and Dominic at the wedding of their daughter Belinda Anne to Mr. M. RSVP It wasn't that it came as a shock. When your sister's wedding date's been set, you don't have to wait for the invitation to find out. If you have a mother like mine, BT lines are buzzing instantly. She'd probably announced it in the Telegraph , the Manchester Evening News , and very possibly the South China Morning Post , too.

You'll have to die, then. " She covered another yawn. Ace passed her the paper. "See? " He really looked unbelievably pleased with himself. Alix's sleep-fogged eye slowly demisted. " He raised his eyes to the ceiling. "I know, thicko! " "Oh, that little problem. " "Thanks, Alix," I said. " She looked positively hurt. " "She thinks the bloke'd think she's panting for it," said Ace. "He probably would," she replied. " "It's what you call eternal obsession with your dangly bits," she retorted. " With a pained expression, he pointed at the ad again.

Dressed from some previous do in a dinner jacket and dress shirt, open at the neck, his bow tie wrenched undone. In short, the type to make your worst female enemy hate you even more if you had him on your arm. So I charged off to Jess's loo to look for another bit of fluff, but since she's one of those irritating houseworky types, I couldn't find any. Not that it would have made any difference if I had. For the next three hours Dominic Walsh (for it was he) had assorted size-ten women hanging on to him.

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