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(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)
This picks up from last week.
It suddenly occurred to me that I was a stranger entering private property with no proper introduction, and that I looked a bit rough and bedraggled.
“The woman that was just leaving told me to see myself in,” I said, holding my empty hands out to my sides to show that I was no threat. “I’ve come about the job posting.”
A quick nod was my answer and the soldering iron was laid aside and a gloved hand pushed the goggles up over the scarf.
I nodded, my tongue suddenly tied in a knot – or twelve. The bloke in front of me was no bloke.
“So, how may I help you?”
“I – I’m looking for V.R. Madison.” I fumbled the letter of reference out from inside my coat, relieved that it was still dry.
“I’m V.R. Madison.”
“I’m Daniel McKelvy. I’ve come about the position advertised in today’s paper.”
I held the envelope out to her and she pulled off her gloves and reached out with a delicate hand to take it from me.
(I just have to say that I’ve been laughing for weeks at you all thinking that V.R. Madison was a man.)