Tuesday, March 20, 2007
New Beginning 242
The court adjourned for lunch and everyone left. The clerk remained alone at the front of the courtroom, awash with black apart from the white bib at her neck. She sat back down with a sigh, contemplated the papers in front of her for a long moment, then she picked up the first one and started sorting.
Tom, hovering at the door, wished that the clerk had looked less engrossed in her paperwork. Well, he would have to be even more charming than usual to win her support. He took a moment to pat his hair, still neatly tied back, and glanced down at his attire checking it was impeccable from his polished brown top boots, up his long legs, all the way to his straight collar. Satisfied, he walked to the front of the courtroom, an appealing smile already settling across his features.
"Madam Clerk? I am sorry to intrude," he began in his pleasant voice.
"And yet intrude you do," she replied without missing a beat or looking up. "On my lunch break. When, although I am hungry, I'm still working."
"Yes, about that . . . I may have just what you need," he crooned.
She sighed, set down the papers and looked up. "Please," she said apathetically, "do enlighten me."
"Well, Madam Clerk, it's about . . . my daughter. You see, it's that time of year, and . . . well . . . Can I put you down for a couple boxes of Thin Mints?"
Opening: Aimee....Continuation: Annie