Excerpt from Princess Diana's Ghost.
Jake's wife, Suzy, returns home after the appearance of Diana.
She returned from court looking smug. She was defending a teenager who had stolen a video game in a consumer riot. In her world view the case was about a battle between the dastardly rich and the put upon poor. So she had put her own spin on it. Yes, he had taken something without paying. But, for heaven’s sake, it was lying there in full view in the broken shop window. It was about time shopkeepers learnt how to protect their goods. Leaving them in full view behind a broken window was not the way to do it.
The prosecution had demurred. Had not her client broken the window?
Yes, her client had admitted it to the police. But he had not been wearing his spectacles. He had thought he was talking to the Salvation Army.
They both wear uniforms. Anyway, he had thought there was a sale on.
A sale on?
Yes, of course. Clearly the shop had wanted to get rid of the thing. The technology was old and dated. Heavens above! It must have been at least three weeks old. It was cluttering up valuable space.
Besides, the teenager was obviously a patriot.
He could have stolen anything. He could have stolen a game about futuristic robots doing battle. He could have helped himself to a game about a prison breakout. But no, what did he take? He had taken a game of historical relevance. It was educational. It showed the Roundheads defeating the Royalists.
She dropped her briefcase onto the settee. “Anyway,” she said, “where’s that ghostly creature from Noddyland?”
“Must you refer to Diana in that disrespectful way?”
“No, but it makes me feel better. If I had to choose between calling her that and having an orgasm it would be a close call.”
Jake shook his head sorrowfully. Was there nothing this woman wouldn’t stoop to?
She took off her jacket. “Anyway, if I were you I would start worrying.”
“And why is that, may I ask?”
“She must have an agenda for coming here. If I were you I would find out what it is.”
What a cynic. That was typical of her. Too much time spent in courtrooms in the company of undesirables. Not to mention the criminals.
But try as he might he could not shake off the warning. Why indeed had she returned? Why, after all this time, had she come back to earth? What was her purpose?
What did she want?