As she waited to be called, Laura tried to stop biting her nails. All the other candidates had gone inside when she was finally called in.
‘Laura Masters.’ A woman, not much older than her mum called her inside.
Laura’s legs were shaking, but the thought of Tabitha’s grin willed her inside.
‘Would you like anything to drink before we start the interview?’
‘Could I have some water please?’ Her tongue felt like it was stuck to the roof of her mouth. It was the first time she had begun to doubt her abilities. She didn’t know where to put her hands.
‘It’s okay Laura, you have no need to be nervous.’
‘Sorry.’ Laura almost spluttered out the words.
‘There is no need to worry.’
Eased into her chair, Laura noticed her kind eyes.
‘Now as you know the position is only part time, would the post still be suitable to you?’
‘That would be perfect.’
She searched through Laura’s application form, blinked, and carried on. ‘Have you any experience working in a library?’
‘I worked as a hospital receptionist for about a year before my daughter was born.’ Laura hadn’t enjoyed the demands the job entailed. She had seen things, in accident and emergency, which brought back too many bad memories. ‘But I haven’t worked since.
Pulled back in her chair, her interviewer squinted into the light. ‘Why do you think you would like to work in the library?’
‘I love reading. Too many people these days don’t give enough respect to books.’
Laura waited for her to continue with the interview, but she just stared at her CV like something bothered her. She wasn’t sure, but she seemed a little distracted.