Thomas is grumpy

Here is another extract from my first Radwinter story called, unsurprisingly, ‘Radwinter’! Thomas is at work and the officer ‘junior’, Kylie has passed him some paperwork:..

“You’re very grumpy today,” Kylie was never shy of the honest opinion… which in a way I prefer.
I once overheard Julie and Vicky who hadn’t seen me as I was on the floor picking up the paperclips I’d managed to throw into the air and sprinkle everywhere. They’d come in after lunch and were talking about ‘the firm’ as they called the solicitors, as opposed to ‘the office’ which was the administrative staff. By some fluke they just happened to be talking about me… I was alright, one said, but I had no inter-personal skills.
I stayed crouched beside the filing cabinet until I heard one say she needed to go to the Ladies, and the other say she would take the letters to the Post Office across the road. On that occasion it was Kylie who’d found me still on my hands and knees feeling angry and upset… what was wrong with my interpersonal skills?
“What’s wrong with my interpersonal skills?” I asked Kylie now as the paper-clip incident jumped into my head.
“Yer what?”
I’d spoken without thinking, as so often happens and now I blushed and stuttered and became more grumpy as I asked her about some papers I wanted.
“Can I be honest?” said Kylie, once I’d finished snapping at her.
I sagged… Rebecca had said that last night… Can I be honest? Well, no, not if you’re going to say something I don’t want to hear.
“You’re just an awkward git,” Kylie said. “I don’t mean awkward like you want to be difficult, I mean awkward that you don’t know what to say and get all embarrassed and blurt things out and then get more embarrassed.”
I could feel that I was red to the tips of my ears now. I shuffled some papers around and looked at the computer screen which I hadn’t switched on yet.
“Can I be even more honest?” Kylie went on. “You need to do something daring – do a parachute jump, or go on the Trans-Siberian railway, or have an affair!”
“Affair!” I spluttered. “I’m married!”
“Exactly!” and with that Kylie flounced off.
It’s impossible to describe my feelings at that moment.

© Lois Elsden 2018

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