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Thursday, 1 April 2010

HERE SHE WAS MAKING A POINT THAT HAD NOT ESCAPED LAING DURING HIS INSPECTION VISITS. THE TWO THOUSAND TENANTS FORMED A VIRTUALLY HOMOGENEOUS COLLECTION OF WELL-TO-DO PROFFESIONAL PEOPLE - LAYWERS, DOCTORS, TAX CONSULTANTS, SENIOR ACADEMICS AND ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES, ALONG WITH A SMALLER GROUP OF AIRLINE PILOTS, FILM-INDUSTRY TECHNICIANS AND TRIOS OF AIR-HOSTESSES SHARING APARTMENTS.





THE CIRCLE OF WOMEN DREW CLOSER. THE FIRST FLAMES LIFTED FROM THE FIRE, THE VARNISH OF THE ANTIQUE CHAIRS CRACKLING SWIFTLY. FROM BEHIND THEIR SUNGLASSES THE WOMEN WERE LOOKING INTENTLY AT WILDER, AS IF REMINDED THAT THEIR HARD WORK HAD GIVEN THEM A STRONG APPETITE. TOGETHER, EACH REMOVED SOMETHING FROM THE DEEP POCKET OF HER APRON.
IN THEIR BLOODY HANDS THEY CARRIED KNIVES WITH NARROW BLADES. SHY BUT HAPPY NOW, WILDER TOTTERED ACROSS THE ROOF TO MEET HIS NEW MOTHERS.