In the following days he was entirely absorbed in his work. The new project occupied his mind totally. He had suppliers to meet, staff to brief, some new technologies to explore and get practical knowledge of. His was busy. His staff adored him when he was in that mood: enthusiastic but ready to pause and explain, leading from the front, positive always. He worked longer hours. Mrs X wrote to his boss to express her deep thanks at the work Julian had done in Paris. His boss said there was a new business proposal with an offer to pay for Julian to work for one year there. The horizon was blue. Julian was happy. Sarah and him were preparing their summer holiday. The Alps. The long hikes. He following her on those cliffs. Her supple body. The southern winds in the night. He’d switch off the phone. Two weeks of paradise…

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