Lulu with her black bob and her unlikely career as a showgirl reminded me of Betty Boop, standing on stage and wondering why she's being whistled at!
She would be following Gigi up the aisle in a bridesmaid's dress, at Gigi and Khaled's wedding of the year in a castle in Scotland. But I had to get her there first, and Lulu has a little secret. She's agoraphobic. Getting her on that plane was not going to be easy. Imagine if she was met at the other end by a Presents alpha male who would be driving her to the wedding. What would she do?
Alejandro du Crozier - polo god - made his debut in Caught in His Gilded World during a phone conversation with Khaled, and he's so cynical and such a playboy, I thought it would serve him right if I gave him to Lulu. So I did and sent them on a little road trip through Scotland, complete with black faced sheep invading the road and a haunted* bed and breakfast, and watched him uncover her secret and deal with it.
My wonderful father died before he could see this story in book form, although he heard a lot of it over the phone in bits and bobs, and I could not have written the changing the car tyre scene without him! Because of all his help I got him to write his own dedication to the book. It's a bittersweet feeling to see it there now.
Kept at the Argentine's Command comes out of a love of all things Scottish, the kitschier the better, the film It Happened One Night and my own experience in a haunted bed and breakfast… not as, ahem, eventful as Lulu's.
* Author's note: no ghosts appear in this story, more's the pity