She favoured compassion today

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Sister Bernadette noticed the guards smirking as she paid the taxi driver, then walked towards the prison gates as the car drove away.

A regular visitor to places like this, she was used to a variety of reactions; laughter, humility, compassion and occasionally jeering – especially here.

But she favoured compassion today; with just one man on the list to see.

As she handed over the small white card, she saw the guard’s expression change.

“Are you sure?”

She nodded.

“Fred will accompany you today, ma’am.”

“Thank you,” Bernadette whispered, “but there’ll be no need. Not today.”

“But…” Fred started to say, but then looked at the other guard’s face. “Very well.” He pressed a button and the dull, steel gates opened smoothly to let her through.

Her heart leaped as she saw the familiar face peering back at her behind another set of gates, accompanied by two huge men dressed in matching black uniforms.

The smaller man winked at her and she felt the blood rush to her cheeks. She put her right hand up to her face as if telling her skin to resist betraying her emotion, that gesture enough for the man to smile.

Bernadette looked at the guards as one of them swiped a card and a loud buzzer sounded, releasing the lock.

As she walked towards Warden Adams, she pulled up the black skirt revealing a red garter, and thought that dressing up as a nun was one of the better requests her favourite client had come up with.


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