Albatross by Evelyn Anthony

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Where to? Won't that be very difficult? ' 'It can be managed. ' Frowning, she threw her cigarette butt out of the window. 'Certainly. ' Grant didn't say it as a boast. 'I didn't realize,' Davina remarked quietly. ' John and the Chief could say the same,' he answered. 'We've all worked behind each other's backs at one time or another. ' 'I shall,' Davina said. 'I'll go back in a few days and see him again. ' 'There's no hurry,' Grant said. 'I'll wait till we see what he has to offer. ' He didn't sound enthusiastic.

He's been waiting for this for six years. ' He pressed a button on his internal phone and spoke into the set. ' He was standing, and Davina got up. 'I appreciate that, Governor. But I think my office cleared that with you. There's no danger, I can promise you. ' 'There'll be a man on duty outside my door,' he said. 'It will be unlocked. ' 'Thank you,' she said. Peter Harrington; she wished the governor would go out, leave her alone for a moment before the encounter. She had a ghastly feeling that he would introduce them and she would have to shake hands.

But nothing could disguise the pervasive prison smell. It caught at the back of her throat as soon as she walked through the small private entrance leading to the lift and the governor's office. She recognized the acrid taint of human sweat and excrement and disinfectant. The smell of prisons all over the world. The smell of Lubyanka. The smell of Wormwood Scrubs. The prison officer walking beside her paused before a door marked 'Governor's Office', knocked and waited. She heard a voice say 'Come,' and wondered as ever why people dropped the 'in'.

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