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Subpoena Colada

by Mark Dawson

Daniel is a successful showbiz lawyer and life seems to be going well ... that is until the cracks appear and deepen and his life starts to crumble around him. This is a stark tale which is full of feeling - Daniel gets my sympathy even when I know he shouldn't.

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Brian introduces me to his companions. There is Carmen: a giantess who looks like Grace Jones in negative; she tells me that she's an 'artist'. And Lisa: an assistant at Brian's new record company; blonde, well-proportioned, very cute. Both smile sweetly at me, probably labouring under the misapprehension that I have influence to wield. Leaving them in the dark might give the evening some swing, but before I can make any fraudulent claims pertaining to my status and/or occupation Brian flattens my ego.
'This is Daniel,' he says. 'My lawyer.'
MY LAWYER.
Passion-killer.
My plans for an evening of amorous deceit fart away like a punctured balloon. Because, let's be honest, being a lawyer ain't got that much in the way of sexual magnetism.

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