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I should have knocked his teeth down his throat,' he told her. 'Oh, that would have been a big help,' she sighed. One look at Simon Hilliard had told her that if Donald had started anything it would have been Donald flat on the floor within two seconds, and Annette was the sort of female who loves a winner. She would have looked at Donald's prone body with scorn before she twined herself all round Simon Hilliard in adoring delight. Of course, one couldn't tell Donald that. His ego was battered enough as it was.

Laura had a lot of other words seething on the tip of her tongue, but anger jammed them together and she stared at him, speechless. 'Go on,' he encouraged, leaning beside her in a, relaxed and casual way which spoke of enjoyment. She just looked at him and he grinned. 'I can read your mind, you know,' he told her. 'Then that saves me the trouble of telling you what I think of you,' Laura flashed. 'Go ahead,' he urged. ' If she had hoped to prick his skin with a remark like that she was wrong. He just grinned at her again.

I hope not,' Laura said gravely. Annette stared at her. ' Annette giggled, tossing back her hair. She had a series of little gestures which she made with conscious grace. Some of them she based on the models at her fashion house, others she had worked out for herself. 'It wouldn't do you any good if you did. ' Laura's face didn't alter, but she studied her sister with inner concern. There had been a breathless excitement in the way Annette said that which bothered Laura. Until now, it had always been the men chasing Annette, not the other way around.

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