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A boy. ' Jason replaced the receiver on its rest thoughtfully, flexing his shoulder muscles as he contemplated the inter- view ahead. This wasn't quite his line--interviewing a prospective tutor for the boy, particularly a female one, but there seemed few male tutors willing to abandon the bright lights of London for a remote ranch house in the Sierra Grande. He hoped the woman wasn't too young, although these days appearances could be deceptive, and Estelita wouldn't approve of him taking any female under the age of thirty-five into his home.

I get the feeling we're not altogether welcome," she confessed, taking out her handkerchief and wiping the grime of the journey from her, rather anxious features. 'Oh, not from Mr Tarrant, of course. He's been charming. But Senora Vargas 'Estelita,' said Alexandra firmly, more firmly than she was actually feeling, 'Estelita is the housekeeper, that's all. " asked Miss Holland doubtfully, unexpectedly voicing those fears which Alex- andra had succeeded in keeping hidden until that moment. ' Alexandra determinedly squared her shoulders.

Jason's tone was dry, but inwardly he admired her spirit. It could not have been an easy six months, what- ever way you looked at it. ' She squared her shoulders now and looked at him. ' 'Well? ' Jason's denial was abrupt, and pushing himself up with his hands, he stood over her, tall and dark and slightly menacing, although he was unaware of it. ' She rose too, then, and the scent of some perfume she was wearing rose disturbingly to his nostrils. It was fresh and slightly heady, like the lemon groves back home, and for a moment he looked down at her, his dark eyes mirror- ing the gentler shade of hers.

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