was organising herself to head off for her lunch appointment with Mildred, when she suddenly remembered she had to email the person who was replacing her while she was on holidays.Quickly she found the address of the person, unsure who the person was as they were
new to the University.The only information she had was that the name was T.J.
Zedka.She quickly attached the files she had been
working on. With the instructions for T.J.Not having any idea of if J. B. was
a guy or girl she just addressed the email as such.
of her computer and handed some filing to the girls on the main desk.They all
wished her a wonderful holiday.She was Flying out to PortCity the following afternoon and only
just managed to squeeze a lunch with Mildred in, in time.She headed down to
the Cafeteria where Mildred was waiting for her outside.
I’m late Mil.”She said out of breath.“I had some last minute things to finish before Leaving from here after we finish lunch.”
worries,” Chirped Mildred, “I was running a little late myself, Bigell had dropped by to discuss something that
was of little consequence.But you
know him he will make a mountain out of a mole hill.”
placed their orders with Jack, who was assisting Marge and Hilda today, as it was rush hour in the Staff Café.They ordered a Greek salad and Tomato and Onion pie.They
felt a little like some extra energy so threw in a large slice of Marges fabulous
Strawberry and chocolate Triple layer sponge with ice cream and cream to top it off.
excuse for the decadence Mildred said “We will probably regret getting this
but, after the morning I’m sure we have both had, we need it”
had reserved a table for them, as the girls had let her know earlier in the week that they were lunching together at .At that hour it was like rush
hour in the middle of Rome, everyone trying to find a table,
leaving to go back to work, kitchen assistants clearing tables for the next lot
of customers.Hilda had set aside their favourite spot just near the pond under
one of the big umbrellas they had up.
are you looking forward to you trip.” Enquired Mildred.
sure am, its been a long time in the planning and an even
longer time getting here.”Joelle took a fork full of salad and savoured
they told you who is replacing you while your away?”
had a mouthful of food so quickly swallowed “Yes some one named J.B Zedka, Never heard of them.”
is the T.J. for? “ asked Mildred,
Have absolutely no idea”Replied Joelle.“I’ve sent them, who ever they are the instruction they need
to do the job for the next 6 weeks, so hopefully they are intelligent enough to interpret them, You remember the last person they had replacing someone from my section.We don’t want another disaster like that!”
both chattered and nibbled their way through lunch Joelle filling Mildred on all the activities of the cruise ship, and her
itinerary.“Is there anything you would like me to bring you back, ill
be sending you several postcards from each of the stops”.
Thought Mildred.“Anything will be fine, if its from you I know it will
had to head back to the office to go over the notes the Mr Bigell had dropped off as she had been
heading out the door.The girls hugged and Mildred wished her a fond trip, She
reached into her bag and pulled out a package for Joelle.
this?” Asked Joelle
a little bon voyage gift” .Said Mildredwith a cheeky grin.
quickly unwrapped the gift, and inside was a sarong and matching bikini in Joelles favourite color.Which happened to be Mildred’s too, Fuchea.On it were some lovely white and green flowers.
Mil., thanks its fabulous”Cried Joelle with joy.
will knock them dead on the ship” Said Mildred with a twinkle in her eye,Joelle
would look good in a sack of potatoes but she was not about to say that.
parted, going their own way, Joelle to finish the packing and organise her ride to the airport and Mildred to her office“I wonder what is in the Red file this time”She asked herself having received “Mr Urgents” most
urgent of files…
at her office Mildred found Tiffany was all in a fluster.
wrong?” Mildred asked
“Oh!!!”said Tiffany in a very distressed voice.“Its
that horrid little man again.”
mean HE is back.”Mildred had over the years been
dealing with a obnoxious client who disappeared.He was a former staff member who had been sacked due to a harassment episode.“I hope you called security”
did, they were here rather quickly, but stilleeek! “Tiffany had been one of his victims and it always set her in
a bad way when was even mentioned.“Security said he breached his restraining
order that was placed on him when he was released from the Psychiatric hospital,
and he will be going either back there or to gaol.”
that’s good!”Mildred sighed with relief.
had a bit of a crush on one of the Security guards, and wondered if Ted had come to sort the problem.Or if he was on night shift.Ted was an interesting guy, she
had no idea if he was single, straight, gay or what.But he was very friendly and always stopped by for a chat if he was on his rounds.He kept pretty much to himself.Mildred thought that Ted looked a little
like someone she use to go to school with, but could not remember his name,It
had been years ago.He was one of
the Jocks at school and all the girls were mad in love with him.
getting Tiffany a coffee with lots of sugar in it to help her over the shock, Mildred went
into her office and opened the “urgent”
file..It was just as she expected, it could have waited for a day or two as
it was just a note to let her know that one of her designs was approved for the letterhead of the new library.He wanted her to initial some minor changes that executive had suggested and get the file back to him by
so and got one of the junior staff to run it up as she was expecting a retired staff member to come in and assist her with
some identification of old staff members.They were planing on inviting them to the official opening party of the
new Super Library.Mrs Bents was in
her 80’s her mind was a sharp as it had been in her youth and she had some
of the most fabulous tales to tell.Some of them could curl your toes.
arrived home and put Mildred’s gift in her open suitcase, :”what a
lovely surprise, it must have cost a fortune”she thought as she started
to assess what else she needed to take.She had made a list of what she Needed,
what she would like to take, and who she had to buy gifts for.So there had to
be an allowance so as not to go over the baggage weight limit.Carefully going
over the list she decided that one pair of sneakers was enough.And One hat was enough.If she lost them, or they became too badly damaged for some reason she would buy a new one.
satisfied that everything was in order Joelle, called her sister Larissa and arranged for the pickup time of .Seeing it was an early start in the morning,
Joelle finished her packing and then headed for a shower and then early bed.
At the alarm went off in Joelles bedroom,
she was full of excitement and could not wait to get to the ship.Her sister was going as well, at on the dot, her
sister arrived.The bags were installed carefully by the driver of the taxi they
had hired.He looked a little bleary eyed, must be nearly the end of his shift.They arrive at the airport in good
time, thanked the driver and gave him an extra tip.
all their luggage was checked in, they headed off for a coffee to wake themselves up.
were not too many at the airport at this hour, but it was a little busy with 3 flights just landed and 5 about to depart in
the next 3 hours.Their flight was called so they hurried to the gateway.
onboard they settled back buckled in and closed their eyes for a bit of a rest.The
plane took off with out any delays.“Oh good”thought Joelle.It was not long before the girls were dozing.
the 4 hour flight they landed without any incidence, they had booked their luggage
to go straight to the ship from the airport.This way it would be less stress
and hassle.The PortCity harbour was only a 15 minute taxi ride and it backed onto the major
airport they had just landed in.
the hour they were settled in their cabins and were unpacking.
Zedka settled into his new office, he had received the email and information packets that Joelle had sent him the previous
to himself.What can this person tell me I don’t already know.He had already checked out the scenery and found some People that were of interest to him.
there is some talent here T.J. Old boy”he cockily said to himself, “You
could make out rather well if you play your cards right.”
then one of Joelles co-workers came in to introduce himself and show T.J. around. Bobby Anders had been in the university
for a number of years and had worked with Joelle ever since he had arrived.
T.J.” said Bobby cheerfully “I’m Bobby.I’ve been asked
to give you the grand tour and get you settled in”.
showed T.J. the usual things, meeting rooms, where all the equipment was and the roster for the UES to staff the Postgraduate
area and the Medical library collections.Next on the list the Staff café and
other things that he thought may be of importance for T.J. to know.
Bobby old boy, nice of you to take the time to show me.” T.J. said while checking himself out in the reflection from
the glass in one of the windows.“Say maybe you can give me the low down
on who is who and so forth”.His main motive for this was to find out which
chicks were easy, available and which ones not to waste his valuable time.
“Sure,”said Bobby, not quite sure what the meaning behind the smile and look was that T.J.
had given him.
been three days since the ship left the port, Joelle and Larissa had easily adjusted to the motion of the boat thanks to some
very good advice from Jose the very cute cabin attendant.
had already gone off to lunch with one of the guys she had met at the cabaret the previous evening.Joelle had decided to write out some postcards to be posted at the port first thing in the morning.She had selected several nice postcards of the ship.One card she wrote to her friends in the section she worked in.One was
to her family and the other was for Mildred.
Having a wonderful time wish you were here.
The ship is fabulous, the food is terrific.Cant fault
The service.The staff are absolutely wonderful
Just the kind of thing I needed.Miss you heeps
Hope this gets to you before I get home.
off the other post cards, was going to pop them into her bag, but remembered in the brochure that the ship had its own post
office.So she put on her hat and sunglasses, and the bikini that Mildred had
bought her and headed off.As she stepped out of the cabin Jose was just coming
around the corner.
after Madam, I do hope you are enjoying your stay with us”said Jose cheefuly.
you JoseIt’s the most relaxed Ive been in ages, could you direct me to
the post office I have some postcards I want to send off.”.
I’m heading there myself now, would you care to accompany me.”His
smile shone those pearly white teeth.He was close to six feet tall very tanned
and very well proportioned. the uniform and those gorgeous brown eyes, were enough to make Joelles heart flutter.
thankyou “She returned his smile with one of her own bright grins, and
fluttered her eye lashes.
offered her his arm as it had got a little rough, she could feel his biceps.He
most certainly worked out at the gym.They strolled along the passage way, Joelle
did not know how he could have found his way around this rabbit warren of passages and doors that all looked the same to her.
her at the Post office, saluted to her,“If I can be of further assistance,
be sure to call on me”There was that smile again…
knees went week.She sighed, “Oh if only Mildred were here”.She had in mind to find Mildred a nice guy to settle down with.Mildred was such a nice person, but just had a habit of picking the wrong guys to fall for
posted her letters she went in search of Larissa who said that she would be on the fore deck lounge for lunch at 12.30.She found her way with no trouble, as the lady in the post office had given her a
very good description, of how to get there.She found Larissa just as she had
thought, in deep conversation with a very good looking man.Just as she approached
them, the man excused himself and headed off to an appointment at the onboard spa.
“Hmmhe was nice”Joelle commented to
her sister, as she sat down.
his name is Mack and he is from the States.” Larissa was smitten by the tall hansom American.“We are having a game of badminton tomorrow.I’m
so glad you convinced me to come along on this trip.Its just what the Doctor
was a buffet lunch so the girls helped themselves to a little of almost everything on offer.
are you going to do now”Larissa asked
its so nice outside that I think I’ll take a book out on the deck and catch some sun, then have a dip in the pool.”
beat, I think ill have a nap for an hour or so.” Said Larissa
thought there was a bit of a fib there, she had the impression Larissa was up to something.Being 10 years older Joelle had helped her mother raise Larissa so she knew her little habits and could read her like
Joelle told her sister “but your looking a little pink if you go out again make sure you put on sun screen”
headed out to the pool deck with a novel she had purchased from the gift shop.It
had been ages since she had the opportunity to read a good book. There was always too much to do and too many people wanting
her assistance with one thing or another outside of work time.
a big hearted person, she was always happy to do so, but there is a limit, and everyone needs some “Me Time”.She found herself a chair under the awning just near the pool and the life guards
afternoon M’am” the life guard called as he strolled past on his tour around the pool to make sure the passengers
were keeping safe and in no danger of sunburn or drowning.
,” Joelle called back.“Lovely day”
m’am it sure is, you make sure you cover up well with sunscreen” he warned.
ill make sure I do.”
down with her book, not long after one of the bar staff came around asking if she would like some refreshments.After ordering a Hawaiian Punch she continued reading, the waiter bought her drink and enquired her room
number for the billing.
finishing chapter 4 she decided it was a little warm so she took off the sarong and strolled over to the side of the pool.Dipping her toe in, to test the warmth of the water, she hated diving in if it was
freezing.She found the water was a lovely cool temperature so plunged in.
had been taking care of his own business at the same time as doing his work.He
had already scored 5 dates for the next 2 weeks.2 with other staff members and
3 with students.He really had no morals at all when it came to mixing business
with pleasure.Mildred had had a run in with him, and found him to be a very
unpleasant person to deal with.Yet when Tiffany went to speak with him he was
all smiles and very helpful.“Hmm” thought Mildred “I’ve
got his number”.She had just made it back to her desk when the phone rang.
Mil.Its me”It was Joelle
calling from the ships phone.
on earth are you”Enquired Mildred.
on the ship just heading out of Fiji on
the way to Samoa, thought I would give my best mate a call”
was pleased to hear from her “I got your postcard the ship looks fabulous, have you met any nice people”
the staff are fabulous and Larissa has at least 3 guys on the go.” Joelle laughed.“How are things going there.
boy the guy, T.J. they have doing your job is a real piece of work” sighed Mildred
what has he done, did you find out what the T.J. stands for.” Joelle had been a little curious.
but is should stand for Total Jerk” Mildred informed her,” he is hitting on all the pretty girls, and I heard
a rumour some of the guys too.”
grief, anyway ill be back in 1 week and there is so much to tell you about, gotta dash someone else wants the phone.”
for the call Jo, great to hear your voice look forward to seeing you when you get back.”
she hung up, Mr Bigell walked in the door.“Oh what do you want”she thought to herself.
ended on a high, the ships crew had organised a fancy dress for all the passengers and a talent night.It had been such an exciting but exhausting time..Joelle
and Larissa both finished their packing before going to the party, they only left out the clothes they would need for the
morning.The costume shop onboard had a huge selection of every type of outfit,
and it was only a $25 hire fee which $15 of it was returned on return of the clothes, the rest was for dry cleaning and staff
15, 16, 17… I don’t know how many photos we have taken I’ve lost count” Larissa was sitting on the
bed counting the number of rolls they had to make sure they were all there.“Each
of these had at least 36 exposures.18, 19 I’ve got 19 here”
got at least 20 and one half finished.”Joelle was thankful that their
brother Lennard was in the photographic industry so he processed all their films for them at a quarter of the cost.“Its really going to be a chore putting them in order and remembering who was in the photos and all
finished dressing and headed off for the final night party.Larissa had dressed
as Cleopatra, one of her men was Mark Antony.Joelle had decided to go as Queen
had made friends with the Life guard and he was going to go as Prince Albert.
danced the night away, Larissa won a prize for the worst singing voice, A bottle of champagne .Joelle won the door prize, a gift voucher to her favourite book store.At the end their partners walked them to their doors, bid them a good night.Both girls were in bed and sound asleep before they knew it.
docked at , they had organised to get a connecting bus direct to the
airport and their luggage sent direct to their flight from the shipping office.They
first had to go through customs.
on holidays Ladies?”, asked the customs officer
felt like saying“No actually we have been robbing a bank”
thing to declare?” He had asked this question hundreds of times… and normally the answer was no,
being quick witted replied ”as she was placing her luggage for inspection
at the customs counter. “I declare Holidays are great, but it will sure be good to sleep in my own bed tonight
comedian that’s all I need” the customs officer rolled his eyes in mock disgust, had not heard that one before.
mentioned a few gifts that she thought might come under the customs controls like boxed chocolates and fruits she had bought
on her tour of some plantations and factories.But they had the proper customs
documents attached to them so everything was fine.The customs man wished them
a safe trip home.
before Joelle finally walked in through her front door, she would
check her messages on her answering machine in the morning. All she want was bed.
her suite case on the sofa she kicked off her shoes and headed for the bedroom got into her pyjamas brushed her teeth and
then climbed into her nice queen sized bed.“You were right little sis”she commented to herself.“Nothing
beats sleeping in your own bed”.
phoned Joelle at the following morning to check to see if she got
home ok and if she needed a hand with anything.Joelle, who had slept in until
the phone rang woke with a start.
Mil, yes would love a hand, and then I can give you your presents.”Joelle
climbed out of bed and headed in to the shower.It sure was good having room
to move the shower in the cabin was not that large, and when the boat rocked it made it difficult to wash.
knocked on the door at , she had a basket in her hand, I bought lunch”
an angle” Mildred could hear the relief in Joelles voice. “I’m starved, If you had not called when you did
im sure I would have still been a sleep.”
set about unpacking, and sorting out what was gifts, what was to be washed and what was for Joelle to keep.It took them a good 2 hours.
heaps, it would have taken me so much longer, and your so organised.” Joelle hugged Mildred.
with a coffee and chatted, shared the gossip from the library, and the cruise.Then
Mildred headed home.Joelle headed for a soak in the tub and curled up in front
of the TV.