the beginning of the end

Charles, although having a great time in New York, had received several telegrams from his household with urgent matters that needed attending to. He had tried calling, to facilitate the work, but the line across the Atlantic was less than perfect and the telegram he was holding in his hand had finally nailed it to him. He needed to return to household matters in London. Now he just had to explain to Alexa.

To this end, he was in a cab on the way to her apartment, to explain he would be gone by the end of the week and Jack was on his way to the travellers agent, to book his passage to Southampton.

He arrived and was shown into her drawing room by her housekeeper.

“Oh Charles, what a surprise, I was not expecting to see you today. Is everything OK?”

She was an insightful woman and could read Charles’ features like a book.

“My darling, I have some bad news. I need to return to London to attend to some matters. I will be gone by the end of the week.”

“Well, I will come with you then. I am in need of a change.” she smiled.

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