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The Bucks Stop Here by Jim Parton

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Chapter 6

I assembled my ski team and two cars at home in Camberwell.

Dramatis Personae. Skiing holiday. (Final.)

  1. Me. Brilliant skier.
  2. Wife. Rotten skier.
  3. Niall. Ski soulmate of old. Brilliant skier.
  4. Alick. Friend and boss; in which order, unsure. Claim to be a brilliant skier as yet unaudited.
  5. Chip. Young American disco soulmate of wife. Unknown quantity.
  6. Verona. Beginner. Extremely glamorous if tired-looking youngest ever director of Breese, Spotch and Betts. Terrifying advertising exec.
  7. Sienna. Beginner. Sister to the above. Willowy tennis pro, too British and not butch enough for Wimbledon.

By 1 a.m. we were South of Reims. Driving through the night was gruelling, but the autoroutes were almost deserted. We had a deal ...

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