Monday, 18 April 2016

#A-Z Challenge [2016]

On Monday morning, Marianne was completely sober and ready to face her new job at Aries Art Gallery. Her boss, Xander Slater, still had clammy hands and greeted her at the door of the gallery.
“Nice to see you again, Marianne. Your office is all ready and I’ve got coffee on the go.”
“Wow, does that happen everyday?”
“No, coffee making is your domain after this welcome cup. We go in for the odd pastry every now and again. You don’t bake do you?”
Marianne looked at him, blankly.
“Just my little joke. Here’s your office.” Mr Slater opened the door to the little corner office she had spied very briefly on the day of her interview. Slater and Cuthbertson, the gallery owners, shared a larger office on the upper landing where there was also a cubby hole/staff room for the only other member of staff, a sales assistant called Penny. On Marianne’s floor there was a bathroom and a small kitchen.
Someone had left a bouquet of spring flowers on the desk in a large glass vase. Hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and primroses, bulged over the workspace and smelled divine.
“These are beautiful,” Marianne said.
“Again, don’t get used to it,” a voice said. Penny popped her head around the door. “Thought you might like something to mark the occasion. And don’t listen to Xander, coffee runs are shared, otherwise just grab your own when you fancy it.” She disappeared. Marianne heard her heels clacking on the marble steps down to the gallery.
“Right, Marianne, you settle in,” her boss said. “I’ll pop back in with that coffee and then I’ll help you get to grips with it all.”
“Great, thank you.”
Getting to grips with things was a lot easier than she’d imagined. She’d liked the idea of how simple the job would be. Marianne had had enough of brain melting sessions and late nights in the city. She imagined herself living out the rest of her working life here. The owners, and Penny were all around her age, late thirties, to mid forties, it was so close to home and very close to the delightful coffee shop and all the pastries she imagined herself trying in her coffee breaks.
The coffee shop, for the first time that day, made her think of Richard and, as if by magic, her phone rang and it was him.
“You sound shocked to hear from me.” Thoughts of the gorgeous girl he was with on Friday night were vivid now. She’d half planned to put a stop to having anything more to do with him. Her priority was her sister. But he was at the other end of the line, waiting for her to say something. What should she tell him?


  1. The truth of the other woman will come out soon, I hope. I do wonder what she will say to him now.

  2. Seemed like a nice welcome for her first day on the job :)


  3. Sounds like a great place to work so of course it's fiction. ;)

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  4. Hmm ... what will she say. The job does sound great!


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