woke early with her cat meowing for attention.It was an hour too early for her
to get up but when Ruffles called, you better take action.She got out of bed
put on her kimono and slippers and
out to see what his fuss was all about.
morning Ruffles, what on earth is the matter with you”.When the sleep had
left her eyes she noticed that he was looking a little wet.“You didn’t
!”She raced to her fish tank and found that Hubert was missing and Walter
was floating upside down.
bad cat you”she placed Walter in a plastic bag for burying later and put
the cat in his outside enclosure.“May
as well get showered and head for work early”she sighed to herself.She fed Penelope and decided that Ruffles
had had enough to eat, Hubert had not been
a small fish by any means and the meal Ruffles had out of him would do him for the rest of the day.
had been a gift from Tinkles for her birthday 3 years ago.She would have to
email him and let him know, as he was as fond of the fish as she had been.
to make lunch for the day, as she was lunching with Errol today, she put on her favourite green and white shirt, and navy
colored slacks.They were going to have lunch at the Libraries café As Errol
had indicated he wanted to see some of Tinkles handy work. She headed off on
her bike thinking of the tasks she had ahead of her during the day.First she
wanted to get a start on the design of the new letterheads for the library.She
had toyed with several ideas, but wanted to have them drawn up on her computer to get a good idea of what her ideas looked
earlier than normal, so she thought of going to the art section of the library and getting some books to read and maybe find
inspiration for her designs.The art section of the new library was on the floor
below hers in the Red tower, “ Oh !” she reminded herself she would have to get use to calling the towers by their
new names.Hers now beingThe ‘WilliamSMurtleBuilding’.It had
a rather dignified name to it now she thought.William Murtle had been her great
great grandfather, on her mothers side,He had lived to a ripe old age of 115,
and Mother had a photo of herself sitting on his knee at his 112th birthday when she had been 6 months old.
family was very well known in Wattle Grange, but Mildred preferred to keep that to herself.Mildred was a fairly shy person, until she got to know people she was very wary of what she let on about herself.Several people had tried to convince her to wear makeup telling her she would look
so much prettier than she did.But I suppose you could say that Mildred was a
typical Librarian, glasses hair always tied into a bun and very quietly spoken.Even
as a child she had always been told she looked like a Librarian.I suppose it
was because people saw her as serious, and the only person she felt comfortable with being herself was Errol and Tinkles.
her books selected from the shelves and a quick hello to the people behind the information counter who she knew she headed
to her office to start on her designing of the new letter heads.
not til Tiffany popped her head in the office 4 hours later that she realised the time.It was Tiffanies late night so she always started at 11.30, which worked out well for Tiffany as she had a chance to
catch up on sleep she did not get on the weekend, and also to get some shopping done.Saturdays was too hectic so it was a chore she did on the Tuesday morning.
you see ‘Olivia’s promise’ last night”Tiffany asked.
and I balled like a baby yet again.No matter how many times I see it, the part
where she is told she is dying and when she dies I always sob”
nodded in agreement, she was the same with that movie, they both shared a common liking of movies and so forth.
are the kids” Mildred asked
are doing really well”Replied Tiffany, “their schooling has improved
and they seem more settled.”Tiffany was feeling a little unsettled, It
had only been 8 months since her Husband had been killed in a railway accident.The
train he was driving had failed to take a bend and he was killed instantly.They
had not planned on such an incident, so it had left Tiffany and the kids not very well cared for.That is why she had to work extra jobs to make thing meet.Ralf
had been a bit of a gambler too, so they did not save any money for a rainy day, as her grand mother had often told them to.
time are you having lunch with your friend Mildred”Enquired Tiffany.
is coming here to collect me when he finishes his tutorial.”She was happy that Tiffany had reminded her, she had been so
absorbed in her work that she almost forgot the time.“thanks for reminding
clear up her and show you what needs doing Professor Hills is coming in for those books and theses today.Ill show you where they are and which
ones he can and cant copy.”
dashed off to the ladies room to freshen up for Errol, and then quickly explained things to Tiffany. Professor hill was a handsome 40 year old, 6feet 11 inches, muscles on muscles, he looked more like a profession
sports star than an academic. He specialised in Modern Architecture and also had a liking for Tiffany.Mildred had not failed to notice the blush that had come to Tiffanies cheeks when Professor Hills was mentioned.She had an inkling that Tiffany had a liking for him too.So this was a perfect opportunity to leave the two alone.“Its
time Tif had some fun back in her life”, she thought to herself. Four moths ago Mildred had found out about Tiffanies
other jobs, but kept it to herself as she knew that Tiffany was a proud person who did not want sympathy.
girls”, Called Errol as he walked into the office.“Ready for Lunch
am, Errol this is Tiffany my colleague and friend, Tif this is Errol, my best friend from childhood days”Errol and Tiffany exchanged pleasantries and when she thought Errol was not looking she gave a look of
is gay”Mouthed Mildred as she left.And saw the disappointment in Tiffanies eyes.Tiffany had hoped that Mildred had at last found a nice boyfriend.
headed for the Staff canteen where Marge and Hilda were busy with their other staff serving, staff that came in for early
lunch.“What will it be today Mildred”Asked Marge.
looked at the board with the meals listed… “Oh it all is so delicious, what is the special today”
Errol.Every University café had a special of the day. And it was usually pretty
roast Pork and apple pie, It was a favourite of General Hamington.” Replied Hilda
take that then thanks”Said Mildred, she had had the pork and apple pie
before, and it was
heavenly.Roasted pork and sliced apples with Green Vegies in a crisp pastry.One of the ladies specialties that they had invented themselves.They took their pies and a selection of salads, some coffee and Cake and headed out to the island in the middle of
sure is a real master piece”, commented Errol, “Tinkles has done himself proud.”
he even came and asked the staff in each of the libraries what was efficient, what could be improved and what they would like”.She took a bite of her pie, and it just melted in her mouth. Errol could see the satisfaction
in the smile and shine of her eyes.
that’s strange for an Architect, they never bother to ask anyone anything.But
then Tinkles was always one for being different”Noted Errol as he savoured
his pie.“Hey these pies are great”
“hmmmmm”was all Mildred could say as her mouth was full.“so how is Josh?” she asked when finished her mouthful.
he is just fine” Replied Errol,” He was so excited when I told him
I had bumped into you that he insisted we have a little get together in a few weeks.Do you think you could get hold of Tinkles.Josh is dying to see both
of you gain”.
that would be great, but Rupert is away until the end of Next month on business,
so maybe we could make it then.”She
quickly wrote down Ruperts email address and gave it to Errol “here is his email, drop him a line and let him know,
any time is fine with me, but Ruperts schedule is rather crazy sometimes.So
its best to contact him direct the you and Josh can work around your schedule and Ruperts.”
Ill email him later this week.”Errol stuffed another piece of the delicious pie into his mouth.
finishing their lunch, Mildred took Errol on the grand tour, Commenting on the
different layouts each of the 4 buildings had.One was specifically designed as an administration, research facility, so on each floor there was either a Seminar
facility, or Office space for the various heads of each Library Department.Proper training facility, and on 3 floors of one of the two taller buildings they
had dedicated Private Study space for the Research assistance, and Post Graduates.Most
of study facilities were just in the finishing stages of getting their computer hook up and other electronic resources for
each set of 6 study rooms.Plus the tea rooms were having their dishwashers and
hot water systems installed early next week.the room had already been booked up by the future residences.Each room was equipped to handle 2- 3 clients.And there were special facilities in 12 rooms for people with various disabilities.
of the User Education Specialists ( otherwise called UES) took one day a week to oversee the area, so that the clients had access to assistance at all times.There
was always at least 3 UES staff on hand during library opening hours.
this would have been a treat, when we
were studying” commented Errol
sure would have been, I think Rupert had that in mind after his experiences” replied Mildred.“Say I have been meaning to ask you.Did you ever find out about
your birth mother.”
yet, I’ve got some contact numbers to chase up, but with the new job and the move, I’ve not had time to do anything.Its going to be a priority in the next few weeks once I get more settled.”Errol looked very thoughtful for a moment.
if you need a hand, im more than happy to assist in any way I can.” Offered Mildred
friends headed off on the rest of the tour, by the time they had finished it had
taken a good hour and a half to complete the more interesting aspects of Cousin
Ruperts master piece.
must say he has out done himself.”Errol had been
most impressed with the color scheme in all the buildings and the functionality of it all.“He surely has thought of everything”
bid good bye to each other and headed off in their own direction to return to the days grind.Errol had a 1st year class to teach and Mildred had a meeting with Mr “this is Urgent” Anthony Bigell’s.They were going
to discuss the thoughts on the new letter heads and the possibility of extra staff for the Special collection area since it
had trebled in size from the small dusty and cobweb ridden hole she had been kept in for the last 3 years, since taking on the current
walked into Mildreds office with his usual swagger and leer at Tiffany who was in the middle of dealing with Professor Hills.Its amazing how helpless Professor Hills became when
Tiffany was around and just had to have that little bit of extra assistance.She
hoped that he would ask Tiffany out and get it over with, the suspense was killing
Bigell nice of you to take time to help me with this.”Sang Mildred in
false happiness.She realy could use no help from him as he always managed to
get things more in a mess than anything else.
nice of you to take this on, I always find your designing skills so much more interesting and creative than the others, and
you always seem to know how to put a personal touch to things.I realy do find
that by getting a professional company to do it, it loses something in the presentation”.Rattled on ‘Mr Urgent’
blah blah.. “ thought Mildred to herself while maintaining a ‘oh I do agree’ look on her face.“what you really mean is its cheaper”she added
silently in her thoughts
let me see what you have come up with” Bigell sat silently poring over her
certainly like the way you have incorporated the 4 colors, and the representation
of the four buildings is excellent.But
then this one here with the floral emblems is also superb.Ill take it to the executive meeting
next week and see what they think.”With that he waltzed out the room waving
to the Professor and Tiffany as he left.
“Whew!!”Was all Mildred could say..
caught the look of relief and exasperation on Mildred’s face and returned a friendly
smile acknowledging that she would feel the same if it were her in there instead.
finished off with the Professor and started clearing the tables of the items so that Angus could shelve them when he started his shift at .She was going to be there until herself but Angus
was an excellent worker very diligent
and reliable, so she did not mind leaving this task to him.If it were one of
the others she would be very reluctant to let them handle the rare and valuable stuff that Prof. Hills had just finished with.
was on his way out and then hesitated… “Um…err… ahhTiffany” Stammered the Professor.
do wish you would call me by my first name, Mitchell”.Said Mitchell with
a slight blush to the cheeks.“I was wondering if you might like to have
lunch with me tomorrow”.
“Oh!”Tiffany was a little shocked, she had hoped he would ask her one day,.. but
this was a little unexpected.“Why yes thank you professor, I mean Mitchell”
gave a silent cheer of joy on hearing this from the door way to her office as she
locked up.To leave for the afternoon.“I sure hope they get together, they would be so good for each other”thought Mildred to herself.
Friday at 12.30 be ok, I know you finish then so have the afternoon free, as do
I”Mitchell rattled off.“If
that’s not convenient then you name the time.
Friday,”she thought for a moment
and caught the nod of approval from Mildred “Why, yes thankyou Mitchell, that would be nice”.
the look of great excitement came to his face.“ Ill drop by here and collect you shall I, there is a new restaurant that opened
last week in the middle of town, My brother and his wife own it and they are both excellent
look forward to it” Tiffany blushed as she waved him goodbye.
day Mildred had the day off.So she thought she would take the time to get some
gardening done.She loved her little
garden, It was not very big, but then
she did not need anything too large.It was just her and the pets.She thought she would start by cleaning out Ruffles out door enclosure.It did not take long, she added a few logs and rearranged some of his cat furniture.Took out some of the old toys and washed them, replacing them with some new toys she
had bought the other day.
such a nice day that she bought Penelope outside and put her under the tree so
she could get some fresh air and see something different from the inside of her
cage and house.“I must get around to having an outdoor gage for your Pen dear”she said to the bird as she placed
the cage on the hook hanging from the branch of the Peach tree in the back yard.
where to start!”
the yard, she decided it was time to weed the rose bed, the roses were just starting to bloom. She had 10 different roses her pinks, reds, whites and yellows.Her favourites were Pink Seduction, Exotica, and Grand Gala.They filled her garden with a lovely sent,
the bees that visited in the spring were a bit of a bother at times, but Mr Henley
from down the road had bee hives in this and he always made sure she had a jar or 2 of his wonderful honey every few months.Dear Mr Henley his wife died 3 years ago,
they had been very friendly, and it
was such a shock to see Mrs Henley pass away.She had been such a dear lady, not that old only 67, but Breast cancer had
taken her from her family.Every now
and then when Mildred baked, she would
make a special honey cake for Mr Henley and drop it down to him and spend the day chatting.Sometimes they would go for
a walk in the park over the road.It had a magnificent
display of flowers each year.
working on the weeding for about an hour, she heard the phone, so she brushed off the dirt and raced in to catch it before
it stopped.It was Rupert, calling from his latest job.
Cousin, Its me your favourite person” joked Rupert.
Rupert, hey you will never guess who is now working at the Uni. “ she teased
came the reply“I had an email from him first thing this morning, he said
he and Josh were organising a get together at the end of next month when Im back.How is the old duffer”
is doing well, did he tell you about the job he now has here?.”Mildred
replied that he had all the details from Errol and that Errol had commented on
his liking of the design of the new library which he had designed.
chattered on for a while, catching up on what had been going on since they last
Walter and Hubert are dead, Im afraid the cat got to them”. Mildred informed Rupert.
no, that blasted cat!” Said Rupert.“I knew that would happen”.
finished their conversation and Mildred decided to make a spot of lunch before resuming her gardening.She made a sandwich and a coffee and took them outside to her patio area.Penelope was chirping away, and Ruffles was lounging in the
sun on one of the logs in his enclosure.
finishing lunch, Mildred got back into the gardening and finally finished around
.She surveyed her work
and was quite pleased.Even having
the roses sprayed with white oil to keep those pesky aphids at bay.She thought
a nice soak in the bath would be the order of the day now, and then curl up with
a good book and a nice CD to listen to.She
bought the bird and cat inside and fed them, then ran her bath, adding a rose scented bubble bathand sunk into it
months had passed pretty much the same as every other week.There had been no word from Mr Biggel as to the letter head designs she had worked so hard on, with very little
help from him.Mildred was heading in to work on a lovely spring day and bumped
into Joelle as usual out side at the staff bike lockups.“How are things
in your neck of the woods Joelle” She enquired,
only got 1 week and then 4 weeks holiday.” Joelle said with relief in her
face and voice.Since this move to the new building it has been chaotic.“Then
I will be sunning myself on the shores of Samoa, Fiji
yes that’s right, your heading of on that 3 week cruise of the Pacific, Oh how I envy
you.”Replied Mildred with envy
in her voice.“Don’t for get to send
me a few postcards and tell me all the wonderful things your doing.You know
ill be eternally jealous of you.”
do that” Joelle was very excited and Mildred could hear the excitement in
Joelle, she was assured of meeting many people and having a great time.She had
always been a People person that’s why she made such an excellent User Education Specialist.Both girls finished
locking up their bikes and headed in for some of Marge and Hildas wonderful cakes and fresh pot of coffee. Joelle and Mildred arranged to have lunch later in the week, before Joelle headed off on her adventure.
got to her office a little earlier than usual, and Tiffany had already sorted the mail and overnight requests from people
who wanted information that was housed in the Rare collections. The student workers were not able to retrieve things from here due to the fragile nature of most of the
Tiffany, how are things going with Professor Hills”enquired
had a dreamy look in her eyes and a happy smile on her face, “Very well thanks, he is such a nice guys, the kids love
him and he makes such a fuss of them”There was an extra something in the
way Tiffany looked this morning.But Mildred could not quite place her finger
on the meaning behind it.It had only been
4 weeks since the Professor and Tiffany had started seeing ach other, but Mildred had a good feeling about the hole thing.They just seemed so perfect for each other.
was very happy for Tiffany, and wished that she could know the same happiness.Most
of the guys Mildred had been involved with were less than honest and complete losers
and users.Well better to be single than in a bad relationship she thought.
her pile of mail and information booklets that had arrived.Most of it was pretty
much the same things that came in each week, information on the latest electronic resourses.Latest discoveries in the book world of rare and valuable books. Rare books that had come on the market for sale.She read through the first few, and then
came across a lovely floral envelope with her name written
beautiful script writing ,
you could have knocked Mildred over with a feather; she went flying out of the
office.Waving the invitation in her hand
“Tiffany”She shouted with great excitement and forgetting herself and where she was“You
never said a word you little sneak, when on earth did all this happen”
I know it is only a short time that we have been seeing each other, but it just
feels so right, and the kids and Mitch get on so well.”There was a deep
blush on Tiffany’s cheeks and her face was just glowing with happiness.“Would
you be one of my brides’ maids”
course I will!” they hugged and had a good cry to the amusement of some clients that had just walked through the door and burst out in a round of applause and congratulations.Most of them were well ware of Tiffany as they had dealings with her for several years
and knew of her circumstances either first hand or through the grape vine.
showed Mildred and everyone the lovely emerald and diamond ring that the Professor had given
her.It was just simply exquisite a heart shaped emerald set with 3 diamonds
on either side in a white gold band.The green
in the ring set of Tiffany’s eyes beautifully.
just so happy for you Tif. The professor is such a nice guy, and you deserve some happiness” Mildred cried.In her mind Mildred was screaming “YES YES YES!!!”she
was so overjoyed at Tiffany’s happiness, she had started planning the Hens
the excitement died down they all went
about their business. But it was a very happy and light hearted day for all of them.The day seemed to just speed by as more and more of Tiffanies friend came
down after receiving their invitations in the morning mail also.And the phone
did not stop ringing all morning.
dampener on the day was a call from Mr Biggels secretary asking Mildred to come
and see him first thing in the morning at .
was only a few months away so there would be a lot of planning, Tiffany said that Mitchell insisted on paying for everything,
and it had not been until a few days after he had popped the question that Tiffany
suddenly realised she could hand her notice in at her other jobs and tell them
where they could stick it.She had never told Mitchell of her other jobs waitressing,
she thought it would put him off.But none of that mattered anyway, She quickly
sent an email the her boss at the convention
centre and informed them that they could find a new girl as of now..Boy did that feel good.
headed home with happy thoughts of helping to plan Tiffany and Professor Hills wedding.
“she sighed, “if only I could find someone as charming and kind”