'Certain conditions must be met before I agree to the sale.' Her voice, I felt, had taken on a steely touch. I carefully replaced my own fine china cup in its saucer and met her eyes.
'Yes?' I murmured. It was a question – not agreement.
'First you must swear on all you hold sacred, that you will never, ever sell her to anyone else without telling me and giving me the chance to buy her back.'
I happily agreed to that. After all it was to my advantage, if I found I didn't after all like or want her, I could simply return her.
'You must be absolutely sure you truly like her.' Well – what I had seen of her I felt quite confident on that one, but as I nodded and opened my mouth she continued in a firm voice, fixing me with a steely eye, 'And Pepita must like you.'
COVER and opening words of first chapter of MAKE MINE A MULE the story of a relationship that lasted 28 years. Publisher EQUILIBRIUM BOOKS.
Also now out as LARGE PRINT Published by Chivers in Bath, U.K