Chapter 6

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One of the people with whom I do regular business is a mature woman who is a real heart-stopper (or starter, as the case may be). She just has that smile and that voice and enough remaining shape (if you squint from the right angle) to warm up the hormones.

Another thing that she has is a deep decolletage, with a necklace crucifix dangling in it. She bends over nicely as she makes out the invoice.

The cross-and-boobs combo is such an standard item that there should be a name for it. It is almost emblematic of Catholicism -- holiness that is always just one inch away from warm, sensuous sex.

Of course we know what the cross is for:
To ward off vampires and others with similar but less violent impulses.