Laura closed the diary, replaced the half empty box back on its shelf. It had been a wild few months with Julie and that was just the start of it. She relaxed her shoulders; thought about all the times they snuck out.
Teenage years to be proud of.
What possessed her to ring Martha anyway? She had understood the rules of their affair. Part of that was to keep it secret until Thomas had been successful in his job application.
His text, official and to the point, sent her to bed.’ Our relationship has come to an end.’
Elizabeth was conscious he would be upset, but at least their connection would be out in the open. It would give all parties a chance to talk. Instead she was abandoned, and the night loomed long. Her slumber fitful, she had just managed to settle, when her alarm disturbed her again.
As she turned over, the sapphire quilt revealed the empty hollow in the sheet. She even considered her first day off in three years but couldn’t let Simon down.
As each hour passed, the day stretched ahead of her. Elizabeth’s lethargy became so ruinous that she couldn’t even think straight. She hoped Thomas would have at least got the job, but youth won over experience.
Typing the same phrase – You have been successful – pulled her further away from Thomas and into oblivion.
She retrieved her mobile from her black, leather bag and sent a text. We need to talk. I need to explain why I called Martha. She anticipated the sound that would spring her into action, but the phone remained silent. It would always remain empty unless she proved her loyalty.
It was her job or Thomas.
‘Is everything okay Elizabeth?’ her boss tapped her on the shoulder.
‘I didn’t get much sleep last night.’
Elizabeth covered her mobile with her hand and returned to the computer screen.
‘You do look a little pale. If you want to take some time off, I don’t mind.’
It didn’t help that he was so concerned about her welfare. After all she had done and possibly what she planned to do since her argument with Thomas, she didn’t deserve his kindness.