Gabriella instantly became incapable of comprehending the reality, stiffening with the hand on the door knob. She blinked twice when she was called for the second time. At the hearing of an old and grave voice she managed to avert her eyes and look up.
"Y-yes, Mr. Winston?" She cleared her throat and immediately and efortlessly straigthened herselft, embracing a more professional posture to stand in front of the director of HR Department.
"Since you are new to this company I would like you to give Philip Morgan a tour around here."
"Of course, sir," Gabriella returned the old man's smile, feeling relieved and less embarrassed. She motioned for Philip to follow her and he silently obeyed looking as confident as she remembered him yet strangely humble.
Holding a copy of Philip's resumé, Gabriella inwardly reprimanded herself for not taking a glimpse at his file. During the last two weeks she had been so busy with preparing notices and advertisements for vacant positions in the Marketing Department that she hurriedly skimmed throught each of the candidates' files, being completely unaware of the fact that he applied to that firm.
Clearing her throat again, Gabriella turned on her heels and exited the room with Philip following closely behind. Trying to seem unaffected she turned her head and gave him a cheerful smile.
"I'm glad to see you again!"
He slightly arched his lips into a genuine smile and replied, "Yeah, it's nice to see you, too."
"It's been a long time since I last saw you. You will love it here. Almost anyone around here is cheerful, kind and always eager to give you a piece of advice. And if you ever need anything you can ask me; I'll gladly help you."
Philip nodded his head and let the silence settle. The only sound that boldly echoed was the clicking of Gabriella's heels down the hall to the Marketing Department.
"This is you. Good luck!" Smiling again, she patted his shoulder and disappeared into the elevator.