Tuesday, 3 September 2013

We’ll meet again


Ahmed is puzzled by the unusual alliance formed between Sister Gertrude of the Order of the Purple Relic, and Rosetta, the most demure of Madam Cosima’s young ladies. They meet on Tuesday mornings, and sit in earnest conversation until lunchtime. He had wondered if the Sister was evangelising, but her raucous laughter suggested otherwise. This morning Rosetta has returned the ‘Best of Vera Lynn’ CD that Gertrude loaned her, and Gertrude brings out another illuminated parchment manuscript. They both lean forward to examine it and giggle. Ahmed catches a glimpse of an extremely suggestive image of excessive intimacy among three people.

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