Into the morning – Mary, Lucy and Angela

Mary arrived at work fifteen minutes earlier than usual. As she walked through the bank door she was tickled by her own scent of lavender and rose. She went to the ladies to use the mirror. Mirror, mirror on the wall; I am the prettiest, nicest, smartest of them all? She nodded yes to her reflection. Her mind wandered to the night before and her warranted actions. All is fair in love and war; there was no way she was going to let Loopy Lucy steal Reginald. What the hell was Reginald thinking when he accepted that ragamuffin cleaners invitation? Her plot was to corner Reginald when he arrived; she figured she would have at least twenty minutes with him before Lucy arrived. Lucy was going to be late; she had made sure of that. The moment he looks and breathes me in; Lucy will be history.

Lucy walked through the Bank door with a bounce in her step. She felt Reginald behind her and wondered if he was checking her out. As she walked passed the tellers she noticed Mary’s glare; she threw Mary a smirk and waved good morning to Stuart. Poor Stuart was a trainee teller. Taking direction from Mary was Lucy’s idea of a living hell. Stuart rolled his eyes then gave Lucy a wink. Lucy knew what the rolling of the eyes meant, but had no idea why Stuart would wink. She dismissed the wink and went directly to the storeroom. Tuesday was always a quiet day at the bank, there was not a great deal to clean. She often wondered why the Managing Director Mr Harris kept her on fulltime. She decided to mop the bathroom floors; this always took a couple of hours and it was time she wanted to mop away.

Angela glided into the café; with a new air trailing behind her. The air mingled with fresh coffee, bacon and eggs. She greeted Lauren with a huge smile and cheery good morning. Lauren had never seen Angela like this and did not know what to think. Angela had no idea why she woke feeling alive and more than that, why she had an overwhelming premonition something was going to happen today. She kept smiling. Lauren could no longer hold her tongue; Angela what is going on, you seem different, happy? Did you meet someone last night? You have that glow; you know that after sex glow? Did you have sex last night? Come on you can tell me. Angela was shocked by Lauren’s directness, yet she did not say anything. She just smiled.

Mary kept a watch on Reginald’s office door; he opened it at 11.35am. She was determined to cut him off; after the failure of the morning. She still could not figure out how Lucy made it to work on time. She spent the morning preparing plan B. Reginald knew Mary was behind him but had no intention of turning around. He heard Mary mumble something but only caught the words ‘water’ and ‘choke’. What did you say Mary? Oh never mind; with that she slithered away. Reginald shook his head and kept on walking.

Lucy finished mopping the bathroom floors; it had taken her longer than usual. With each mop she paused to think into life another Reggie and Lucy moment. At 11.45am she picked up the bucket and mop and went to the storeroom to put them away and collect her bag.

Mary kept an eye on the storeroom door and saw Lucy enter the room. She slipped past Stuart and as she left the teller counter, she stopped at that board that held all the office keys. She slipped the storeroom key off and into her bra. There was nobody in sight as she stealthily approached the storeroom door. It took her less than a minute to lock the door. She had trapped Lucy.

Lucy thought she heard the click of the lock but figured it was just her overactive imagination. She poured out the dirty bucket water and soaked the mop; then grabbed her bag and went to leave. The door would not open; she twisted the knob in every direction. What the fuck is going on, she screamed. It was not odd that someone else would lock the storeroom door, often Lucy would go out for lunch forgetting to lock the door, which violated Health and Safety protocol.
She thought surely they would have checked the room before locking it.
Fortunately, Lucy keeps the office master key in her bag. She unlocked the door and did not stop to ask who had locked the door, she was in a hurry and there was nothing that was going to keep her from Reginald.

Mary could not believe it when she saw Lucy fly out the door.

Angela noticed Reginald as he walked through the door. Her heart fluttered. She felt his stare; she returned it.
Lauren, why don’t you take a break, I’ll take care of him. Lauren did not argue, her feet were swollen and she was dying for a smoke. Angela greeted Reginald. Welcome to Café Rush. Are you here for lunch? Will anybody else be joining you?
She wanted to ask. Are you wearing contact lenses or are your ocean eyes your own?
No not lunch today and yes I am waiting for one other person. Could you please seat us toward the back of the café?

Yes of course, please follow me.

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  • Lore and Oida (The Plume)
    Lore and Oida ...over 5 years ago

    when you talk of finding don’t mean characters doing things out of character do you?
    maybe you could through that in every now in then to see iof people are really paying attention. i’m not paying attention. i’m still paying homage;)

  • Any errors..hehe

    I do hope if anyone sees an error whether, spelling, grammatical or character…they will point it out. I suspect I’ll trip up a bit with character…I’m not overly worried about that; though of course I’d like consistency.

    Homage….now that is a wow….I don’t know what to say other than thank you and ditto….

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 5 years ago

    Great read once again Lisa, this story really is compelling and the whole idea of not getting the instant gratification, but having to wait makes it all the more suspenseful. A nice little insight to the bitchy female too ;-)

  • Thank you so very much Matt, I really appreciate all your help and attention to detail….
    I am really pleased that you are enjoying the build..

    This will be my last instalment for awhile; I think we all need a break from Reggie and his harem LOL

    – Lisa Jewell

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1over 5 years ago

    This is splendid! I loved finding out that Mary sabotaged Lucy’s bike in this installment! I’m hangin’ on the edge of my chair for the next one!
    Love it Lisa! ;~)

  • Thanks Robert, I’m really glad you are enjoying each instalment. It means a lot to me :))

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Leda D
    Leda Dover 5 years ago

    ok i am so totally hooked ! I find myself coming on each day to see if there is a new installement : you rock!

  • hehe how cool is that :)) thanks so very much :)

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 5 years ago

    I read your comment that this is the last installment ;( Oh….I will gather my cheer squad for Angie babe and be ready to shout …..Angie GO Angie YO….Get your MOJO
    Looking fwd to your next write. This has been a great read for me……really enjoyed your characters and their moods and plotting…..Brilliant! XXXX

  • Oh no it is not the last…..I just thought I’d give everyone a bit of a break….then again I might not…hehe. I’ve had a very busy weekend so I won’t be writing anymore until next week sometime.

    Thank you so much for all your support and wonderful comments xxxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • PintaPinta
    PintaPintaover 5 years ago

    honey… you are so on track here, i feel like i’m watching the fickle finger of fate stir a story brew. i’ve been reading your responses to comments and what-not… and after having experienced NaNoWriMo last year, i just want to say to you… let you pen go for now… get everything out and don’t worry about errors. all that housekeeping can be done later. for now, we’re all ready to pounce on whatever next tidbit you throw our way… so continue to unravel this my love, right down to the lovely core. bravo, this is just tantalising.

  • You are so right….

    I should just write it and then worry about the housekeeping. It is so often almost impossible when writing longer pieces not to make stuff ups….
    I’m still enjoying the process but I’m aware that I’m very new to short stories…

    Thank you Darling xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyover 5 years ago

    I agree with Holly….it is totally tantalising me!!
    Don’t leave us gasping for too long Lisa… heart couldn’t bare to be away from these gripping characters for yet another week!!
    Gorgeous stuff…..I totally love this mini series! :) xxx

  • hehe I’ll try not to, so far it has sort of written itself….I hear the call of the story and well write and post. I’ve been and continue to be very busy this weekend. I know the story is not over by a long shot so yes, there will be more soon.

    Thanks again babe xxxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerover 5 years ago

    MMmmm juicy juicy juicy… you’re doing a superb job on this sweet Lisa, I’m all a-giggle when reading these!

  • Thank you so much SD :))) I’m so glad you’ve having a giggle….xx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • natapee
    natapeeover 5 years ago

    Are you wearing contact lenses or are your ocean eyes your own?

    oh I adore that line. I hope we’ve all convinced you to keep going. You’ve hooked us all in now my dear! xx

  • hehe yes, I’m convinced besides I want to know what happens too….LOL….
    I am so enjoying the process of short story writing….these characters are becoming very real to me.


    – Lisa Jewell

  • bearpaw
    bearpawover 5 years ago

    wow wow wow!!! xox

  • There is that word….I love hearing hehe….

    – Lisa Jewell

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