Wow, I managed two weeks in a row.
This week’s snippet once again, comes from my age-gap WIP about a head teacher and his newest member of staff, and takes place a little before the one I posted last week.
The background to this one is that, Tristan is at home resting after a disastrous first day at work that involved delayed flights which made him late and a visit to A&E. His suitcase was lost in transit and has just turned up at the school so Jules signs for it, persuading the delivery guy to leave it with him instead of taking it to Tristan, mostly to save the delivery guy a very long round trip, but Jules may have other motivations he’s not admitting to himself. Jules signs Tristan’s name on the delivery receipt to keep the guy’s records correct.
“Jules McPherson, you’ve just committed fraud.” Suzy gasps, following me as I carry the suitcase back up to my office.
“Oh my god.” I have to sit down, because my legs are shaking. “I did didn’t I? I don’t know what came over me, except it makes sense for me to take the suitcase to Tristan since I live so close.”
“Yes, it makes perfect sense.” Suzy sounds dubious and is giving me a strange look.
I need to get away from her before she starts asking any deep searching questions, like “why?”.
“I’m helping out a colleague in trouble, Suzy.” I frown at her, answering as if she’s asked the question anyway.
“What?” She raises her eyebrows and feigns innocence but I can see her brain working, the cogs moving at a million miles an hour. “I never said a word. But there’s helping out a work colleague and then there’s committing a felony for a friend. You know, like the: I’m-such-a-good-friend-I-would-help-you-hide-a-body kind of thing?”
“Suzy, what on earth are you talking about? I hardly know the man.” I can’t make out her reasoning at all. “I haven’t offered to hide anyone’s body, and signing Tristan’s name to say I’ve received his suitcase is hardly a crime against humanity. As long as Tristan gets his stuff, what’s the harm?”
Well, there you go. Another week, another snippet.
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