Mavis Bramston

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Mavis turns up the heat on Engineer John...

My Dear John,

How are you? Well, I hope.

I'm well enough; I thought I was getting a cold but a hot bath and a little red wine managed to knock that on the head.

I have been thinking a lot about you this weekend. There is something very sexy about black men. You said that blacks are naturally virile. I wish you could have been here to share my birthday with me. I could have put your claim to the test. It is as much fun to give as to receive. You said 'To err is human, to forgive divine'. I agree but I would point out that there a few divine pleasures associated with erring!

As you can see, a lot of my thoughts have been rather improper.

Wicked. Sensuous. Pleasurable. But improper, nonetheless.

Does this worry you?

I hope Rita doesn't read your letters!

Please don't call yourself clumsy; your English is infinitely better than my Nigerian! I know only one Nigerian word: ogbono.

I found someone who told me it was pronounced 'obono' and is some sort of nut. I think you're right, I might have to come and see its use first hand. Rita must be most understanding. The only sad thing is I probably wont be able to take any back to Australia for Mum; we have strict quarantine laws.

Does Rita perhaps have another, more internationally transportable, recipe? Or is Ogbono the sole Nigerian aphrodisiac?

Speaking of visiting you, I believe KLM flies into Lagos; are they the best airline to use? Is there anything more direct?

You are very learned John; you use a lot of quotes. One of my favourite quotes is 'We are all one-winged angels. If we wish to truly fly we must embrace another.' I don't know where it came from. Happiness lies in friendships.

What I meant about the Nigerian way of doing a is that different countries have different ways of doing things. Nigeria uses a N with lines through it (if it's on my keyboard, I can't find it!) for its currency; maybe there are other differences. That is why I didn't suspect anything with the 'm'. It never crossed my mind that it may be 'million'!

Now I can't get it out of my mind.

Yes John, I am keeping this transaction very confidential. I would not want to do anything to hurt you. Quite the contrary, actually, I want to do things that make you happy. What makes you happy John? Tell me what you would like me to do for you! Do you fantasize about me, like I do about you? There is something about the image of entwined black and white bodies...

I am a little concerned about the registration of our company in Nigeria. Who paid the registration fee? Not you I hope, John. I don't want you to be out of pocket on my behalf. Shouldn't I pay this fee? Or will it just be deducted from the final transaction figure? I guess that would probably be the easiest.

Yes, I promise you that I will do everything you ask as quickly as I can and I will give you all the information I can, as requested. And I will certainly take advice from you! Just tell me what you would like me to do for you. Anything. (Well, almost anything!) I will willingly accept my responsibilities.

I am a little confused about the symbol you put on the faxes; I saw it on the fax the other day and wondered what it meant. What is the syndicate at FMF and what do they want? Are they dangerous? I will let you know if I get any unmarked faxes.

Will I have to come to Lagos for the FMF interview or can it be done by fax? I will be out of the office most days this week, just dropping in in the morning to collect messages and faxes.

Actually, I may be in for a promotion! There was a message on my desk last thing Friday for me to go to Mr Smith's Office first thing tomorrow. He's our Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Look after yourself John; I want you to be perfectly healthy for when I come to Lagos! You can be as tired as you like when I go.

Warm (and improper!) thoughts; definitely not on my best behaviour,

Love and best wishes,Mavis.

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