"Wow. Now that's funny." Persephone's wide smile lights up her eyes with mirth.
"Come again?" Dude in the grocery line asks looking at Perce questioning whether she was addressing him.
"Geez, you may lose your load." Perce responds to the five bottles of booze in his arms as they are slowly but surely slipping from the big hug he's giving them.
"What's so funny?" The hugger is more focused on what he may have missed.
Persephone notices he should be focused on his drawers. One false hip move and they're at his ankles for sure.
"Everyone in this line is purchasing alcohol. See the two in front of you?" Perce uses her head to get her point across. "She's got enough wine to placate a ladies luncheon. The guy next to you is obviously into flavored vodkas. I'm thinkin' he's a craft martini bartender. You?"
"What? Yeah." The bear hugging liquor dude's pants are now below his hips. He wiggles as if it will help.
Perce refuses to give up on the exercise gesturing with a surreptitious nod toward those in the rear. "You can tell the Where's Waldo gent just behind is most likely an amateur as he's in his what?... in his 80s and has Goldschlager not so well hidden in his cart. It is festive looking though." She giggles spying the gold flecks floating about the concoction.
Perce continues. "Oh, and the one behind was surely given the task of night caps, she's got some real players in her cart." She's ogling at the Grand Marnier, Armagnac, Port and Irish crème.
Smiling to the guy in front of her. "So give it up. What's with the basic bar you are about to drop to the floor?"
"Oh nothin', just restocking." The conveyor belt has just enough room, just in time for his bottles as well as his pants to be saved.
Looking down at the bottle nested at Perce's chest, he asks. "What's up with your D.J.? Gift?"
She grabs the spirit's neck bringing it down to her side. "It's actually my favorite Tequila."
"I see… just restocking." He smiles as the cashier garners his attention.
Seeing humor in everyday life.
With a curt gesture. "This is your office. You've got 10 minutes then you'll address the employees." He quickly closes the door.
Perce jumps inside as the door swipes her backside. Looking around her eyes are drawn to the lush green landscape past the long picture window wall, the surrounding walls mahogany paneling.
Before her is a conference table seating eight. A Chinese black lacquer privacy screen hugs the corner. As her eyes continuing to cruise right, she notices a modern couch with coffee and end tables.
The back wall home of her credenza, lateral file and executive style mahogany desk. The largest black leather chair she's ever seen is turned towards her inviting her to take a seat.
Persephone's small figure dives into the swivel chair. Spinning, she presses the height lever swirling down as if she's on a curving slide.
She lands at the bottom and adjusts the height to match her petite legs. "Geez, just how tall was your last owner?" she smiles to herself.
Grinning, she looks around taking in the old world smells, clean textures and warm dark colors. At the edge of her desk, a marble name plate.
"That's lovely", she picks it up not realizing how heavy it is. Perce baubles the long triangular form finding purchase just before a sharp corner cracks the desktop.
She squeals a bit recognizing she's as nervous as heck.
She hadn't prepared anything for the staff. She realizes now that of course, she would address the entire team. There was just so much to organize before her first day. She's been preparing for the day's meetings with her management team, assistant and contemporaries.
"If it's the Whole Town in five, then so be it." She looks to her phone and stands peering into the wood framed tall mirror straightening her smart black suit smoothing her hair. She presses on a bit of lipstick.
Perce smiles embodying the joy of landing the position. Just as she's fully straightened, her assistant wraps her knuckles on Perce's door and peeks in, "You ready?"
"Let's do this." Perce smiles at the warm eyes holding the question.
If you are nervous, have fun with it.
Lightening up. You?
Cheers and best,
Telling Tales | Whispering Secrets
Day 49 of 365 Orbit
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