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Alex should have guessed, not because of how well he was playing but because of how good-looking he was. She had actually heard his name many times before, often mentioned in bitter praise accompanied by several adjectives denoting pain. The infamous Rudolf, a distraction for the hearts, souls and minds of almost all the young girls in Budapest looking for a suitable husband, as well as of many a young lady who had already found one; a confirmed bachelor adored by all but never seen with anyone whom he introduced as his girlfriend, although he was known to have a lot of discreetly managed relationships; the only son of György Takács, probably the most renowned lawyer in Hungary, and Terézia Takács, one of the three daughters of the Vastag family, known for their boundless wealth. They lived in one of the superb mansions on the spectacular Andrássy Boulevard. Rudolf had graduated from law school that year and was ready to take over his father’s law firm. He was said to be very ambitious and very successful. A bright future awaited him and the wife he would choose, something that opened doors into young hearts all over Budapest. Rudolf, however, loved to enjoy life and had nothing but tennis on his mind. Everybody knew that girls meant no more than a fleeting pastime for him. Despite his notoriety, this was the first time Alex had seen him, and she had no difficulty in understanding why they all adored him so much.

“Károly!” she whispered excitedly into her brother’s ear. “Why don’t you introduce us?”

“Are you sure you want to meet him?”

“Of course I’m sure.”

“Well, I’m not so sure if I want to introduce you.”

“What makes you say that?”

“You aren’t deaf, are you? Or aren’t you living in Budapest? Listen, darling. I don’t want you to get hurt. Come on, let’s get going.”

“Come off it, Károly. I’m not a baby anymore. Don’t forget that I’m seventeen years old; stop protecting me. You wouldn’t want me to become an old spinster and pester you for the rest of my life, would you now? Besides, what is in an introduction? It’s not like I would fall head over heels in love with him at first sight, and he’d make my life miserable forever after. You should start writing novels. I’m sure you’ll be great in melodramatic fiction.”

“Just a word of warning. Don’t say I didn’t tell you, all right? Please be careful.”

“All right, all right.”


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