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night you very naughty.”
touched gently against his, so that he glanced down involuntarily – he could see
the faint blue line of the vein on the inside of her thigh.
“Naughty?” he said, looking up with an effort.
She was so
close that the lemon fragrance of her perfume washed over him.
“How you dance with me,” she said. “My husband very angry.”
“Your husband! But he wasn’t there.” Fragments of the long evening
began to drift back to him, flotsam from a night of ship-wreck.
started at her house and gone on to the Lido – he, Mrs. Vee and some of her
friends; and when the Lido had closed they had continued at some other places –
the Naturist, Rina’s, the Waikiki among them. They had all been the same: dark,
expensive and abysmally noisy. And out of unutterable boredom he had a great
deal to drink, and might well have been as she claimed he was – ‘naughty’. All
he could recall though was the boredom, and snatches of what she had told him
about a man called Marshall, who, she claimed – her eyes gleaming – was always
making advances to her. Try as he might, he couldn’t remember her husband being
at any of the places they’d visited, and it seemed to him that whatever his
condition that would have made some sort of impression.
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Note about the author:
John Cadet was born in London but
has spent most of his life in East and Southeast Asia. During his early
years in Thailand he was news editor of the Bangkok
initiated and edited a news program for Thai TV FM Multiplex, was a
correspondent for the London Daily
Mail, and taught at the Royal School at Chitrlada Palace. He was
also a member of the Siam Society, contributing to its journal on the
subject of the Ramakien. Since 1975 he has lived in Chiang Mai, for some
years teaching literature at Payap University and latterly acting as an
English language advisor for Chiang Mai University. Apart from his
exceptionally well-received short stories, his Ramakien:
the Thai Epic has
been in print for forty years, and the collected journalism of Monks,
Mountains and Magic presents
a lively picture of his adopted homeland. He
is currently researching a piece of Buddhist literature and hopes to
publish it shortly under the title, Vessantara:
Thunderbolt into Lotus.