The Diary Of Pamela D. (Chapter 3, page 1 of 19)

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Chapter 3

To Pamela's surprise, Theo said nothing more about what she'd done to his word processor. In fact, after breakfast the following morning, he led her to his study and opened the closet. Sitting on the floor was a large cardboard box.

'Do you have any idea how to set up a fax machine? I bought the infernal thing almost a year ago now; it's hardly been out of the case.'

Pamela took a cursory look at the writing on the box. 'I can't promise anything,' she said carefully. 'All I can do is give it a try.'

He nodded. 'Well, do the best you can.' He left her to manage on her own.

After twenty minutes or so she came downstairs and found him speaking with his mother and three of their business associates. She was about to leave them to it, to choose a better time, but he noticed her presence.

'No luck?' he said brusquely, as though certain her efforts hadn't met with success.

She swallowed, intimidated by his abruptness and by the subtle but intimidating way he communicated to her that he was quickly dismissing her presence because she was a distraction to the meeting. 'I think it's working,' she said quickly, hoping he wouldn't require an explanation, 'but I won't know until someone tries to send you a fax or an e-mail.'

He quirked an eyebrow, unable to conceal his surprise. 'E-mail?'

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