In Adam’s novella a man whose middle name is by coincidence Audley is happily married with three daughters, and in his travels he stays in various small quest houses. Over several years he is “seduced” by daughters in each house, and when each becomes pregnant he “marries” each of them. Amazingly each of these wives is happy to have a part-time husband, and only one asks for child support. The “scandal” does not become public until he loses his job, sues for unfair dismissal, and is awarded substantial damages.
When Roger arrived at the Guest House, he could see that they were trying to cram seven people into six beds, or that was what it looked like.
Alicia took him to the house next door, which although furnished was unoccupied, and took him to a room on the first floor. He settled down and unpacked his overnight bag.
These Guest Houses never served dinner, so he walked along the road to a pub which served meals, and found Alicia’s other guests already there. They asked Roger to join them, and they all laughed and chatted together.
“Alicia was kind in giving us her room,” said one, “so it just worked out.”
“She told us that she’s going to stay with a friend tonight,” said another, “but will be back to cook our breakfast in the morning,”
Roger was not really listening to this but he remembered later.
He walked back the house he was staying in, and opened the door. Alicia was in the kitchen and offered to make him a cup of tea.
Roger sat down to enjoy the tea before going to his room.
“Good night,” he said as he stood and climbed the stairs to his room.
He dressed in his pyjamas, switched off the light and got into bed. It was soft and warm and cozy, and for some strange reason smelled of Alicia.
About one hour later Alicia opened the door to his room and crept in to his bed. She climbed in next to the sleeping Roger. She wasn’t wearing too much, just a very short diaphanous nightie, and a determined grin.
In his sleep Roger sensed her presence and he moved to put his arm around her, so she wriggled her body under him.
He woke up suddenly.
“Alicia!” he was startled.
“Hold me tight, I’m cold,” she complained quietly…
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