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The Bucks Stop Here by Jim Parton

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Chapter 7

Outside it was ten degrees, bad news for the snow, inside still not quite as warm, but getting there. It is a charming feature of traditional Savoyard properties with four-foot-thick stone walls that they retain the temperature of the coldest snap that winter.

I had a depressing day on the slopes. My body wouldn’t do what it was told, whereas Chip’s body appeared to do everything demanded of it. Niall was still a great skier. He had become a lot smoother since St Andrews and said that he hadn’t fallen for three years, a considerable improvement, because if anything had divided us it was the fact that he fell a lot and I didn’t. Clearly for the last three years he hadn’t been trying hard enough. I was reduced to lying to Chip that ...

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