“You will be surprised at what we can see from above; on a clear day like today you can see the seabed from the air and we can map out the area if we come across anything within a certain radius.’
When they had finished their starters the main course arrived, it was chicken breast fillets done in a white wine and mushroom sauce with baby roasted potatoes and French beans.
“This is good said Jim as he cut into his fillet which was very succulent not dry.’
“I eat here quite a lot said Selene; I share a flat with a friend from Paris; Monique Renoir.’ She is related to the great artist.’
“What does she do?’
“She is a historian, she studies architecture.’ she is into preservation.’
“Has she been with you long?’
“Just over a year now; her parents are quite well off and they send her money to live on as it is very expensive to live here in London as you will find out.’
“We go to a lot of house parties because it is cheaper than going out.’
“Does your boyfriend mind you having a flat mate.’
“I am not seeing anyone at the moment; I was going out with a boy in France two years ago. Jean Sebastian but when I came to work for the IUS we went our separate ways. We are still good friends but nothing is going to happen with us.’ What about you are you with anyone?
“No; to be perfectly honest with you; I have never had a serious girl friend.’
“I find that hard to believe as you are a good looking man.’
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me Selene; I just never allow a woman to get close to me for some reason. “ Now Rob is a different prospect; he chases all the women.’
“I am not interested in Robert; he is not my type; I have met and been out with many like him and they are like male bees; they move from flower to flower.’
“They will never settle for just one flower if you know what I mean.’
“A good definition Selene;’ I reckon we should just call him “Robert the Drone.’
“Selene laughed as Jim called for the bill.’ When it came he had to look twice; he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.’
“Leave this to me said Selene; I will charge it to the IUS as a business lunch.’
“Thank you said Jim as Selene wrote out a cheque and then left a tip for the waiter.’
Where are you going now asked Selene?’
Well I was hoping that you would give me the cheque from the IUS so that I could put it into the bank and then draw on it in a few days time when it has cleared.’
“I’m sorry Jim I forgot; she went into her bag then pulled out a folded cheque and handed it to Jim.’
“Vous etes le bienvenu.’ (you’re welcome) would you like to take a walk with me after you have been to the bank?’
“I told Rob that I would be back.’
“I’m sure Rob is old enough to look after himself.’
“Alright then where is the bank?
“There’s a Barclay’s bank on Euston Road.’
“Great will you lead the way?’
“Yes, it is not far from here actually they turned the corner then walked down the main high street where Jim almost walked past the bank until Selene stopped him.
Jim went inside with Selene and they put the cheque into his account then he asked how long it would take to clear.
“Three to four days sir said the bank clerk.’