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Broadening our interests

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Hornblower was drawn out of his dark thoughts by a snort of amusement.

“It is not funny Archie…you saw how he looked at us.”

“Like we were good enough to eat? Yes, I noticed that.”

“I am not used to such regard Archie…it is embarrassing.”

“Oh come on Horatio. Why is it a problem? I was flattered. He is a good looking man.”

His voice was irritated and Horatio studied his friend.

“Archie. I have no interest in anyone but you…”

“As far as you know, Horatio. I see no harm in seeking to broaden our interests.”

Horatio’s eyes widened

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“Go on ask him Horatio.”

“I cannot…you want this more than me…you ask.”

“He is more likely to accept if you ask him.”

“Archie!”

“Well what do you expect when you shower naked in front of everyone? He is not blind…”

Surrendering to Archie as he always did in such matters. Horatio took a deep breath and went to greet Bush who was staring out to sea.

“Lieutenant Bush?”

“Yes, Mr Hornblower?”

“Mr Kennedy and I were wondering if you would wish to join us tonight.”

“My pleasure, sir.”

Horatio’s heart speeded up and he realised this could be fun.