Only The Innocent

By Rachel Abbott

Every second of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s existence has been chronicled within the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity paintings to finish human trafficking—even his marriages. but if the billionaire philanthropist is came upon murdered in his London domestic, tied bare to a mattress, the scandal is simply a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian holiday to discover her husband useless and her domestic lower than siege via paparazzi. Is she surprised? convinced. yet is she distraught? now not precisely. specifically whilst leader Inspector Tom Douglas unearths his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is lady. Laura regularly knew she wasn’t the single girl in Hugo’s existence. and she or he is familiar with she wasn’t the single one with a purpose to kill.

The deeper Douglas digs, the extra sordid information about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And but not anything compares to the key Laura guards, a mystery that may convey the to blame to justice—or smash an blameless existence forever.

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What am i able to potentially have performed unsuitable? ’ He persevered to face together with his again to me for a number of moments, until eventually ultimately he became around. ‘That! ’ he acknowledged, pointing particularly bizarrely to my pubic area. In one other twist of my spiralling feelings, sarcasm and anger crept in - albeit in brief. ‘What have been you awaiting? A penis? ’ I most likely shouldn’t have stated that. ‘You have pink hair. ’ Now i used to be questioned. What in the world may possibly he suggest? I appeared down, and all of sudden realised that now i used to be bare, it used to be my darkish, silky pubic hair that was once inexplicably giving him an issue. i used to be thoroughly bewildered. ‘Yes, my hair’s pink in the mean time, yet I’ve been identified to be blond, even though I’m obviously a brunette. I dye my hair - as do most likely approximately fifty percentage of all girls. much more than that, i believe. Why is it a subject? ’ ‘You relatively don’t comprehend, do you? I married you in part due to your appealing hair, and now i locate it’s no longer genuine. ’ This was once so trivial that every one the former feelings evaporated into the ambience, leaving no residue except a obscure experience of puzzlement that whatever so insignificant should be so vital to him. ‘But what does it subject? I didn’t marry you for any cause except the truth that i like you. Hugo, i do know not anything approximately your physique - yet it’s now not vital in any respect. Why wouldn't it be? i would like to discover your physique and get to understand it - no matter what its perfections and imperfections. It’s you that i like! ’ He simply became his again to me and stared out of the window back. The boring pain of another rejection was once nonetheless there, yet i used to be beginning to think exasperated simply because frankly he was once being preposterous. but when i used to be going to have a controversy, which appeared the main most probably end result, i used to be certainly unlikely to have one while i used to be status there bare. I kicked off the excessive heels and grabbed a bathrobe, mendacity superbly folded at the finish of the mattress. i began to believe significantly much less weak. If a row was once what he sought after, he may have one. ‘I’ll inform you what, Hugo. i feel we’ve bought a couple of techniques the following. no 1, lets get divorced. the wedding hasn’t been consummated, as i do know to my large unhappiness. quantity , i'll dye my pubes crimson, yet now not until eventually the next day to come whilst the malls open. quantity 3, you may constantly put on a blindfold, or quantity 4, you'll cease being so fucking ridiculous. you choose. ’ in the end my efforts to conform with Hugo’s needs, my anger surprisingly appeared to have anything of an impact, simply because Hugo truly spoke back, albeit fairly coldly. ‘Whilst I don’t have fun with the tone of voice, Laura, nor am i able to condone using foul language, I do fully grasp that my response could have appeared a bit out of percentage to you. ’ I bit again the most obvious respond to this remark, and permit him proceed. ‘You essentially don’t savor the importance to me, yet i'm going to clarify and desire that you're going to comprehend. I married you simply because i assumed you have been so like someone who used to be very expensive to me. in truth the main marvellous individual i've got ever recognized. She had attractive purple hair, and till I met you I had by no means encountered anyone who so resembled her.

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