I rushed into my office on Monday morning. I was twenty minutes late and I already knew that today was going to be crazy. I switched on my computer before walking to the coffee machine and setting it up to give me the only thing that would get me through this week.
As I sat down, I noticed someone outside my office door. It was Maddie. She was an hour early. I frowned and walked towards the door.
“Maddie, what are you doing?” I asked her.
“I hope you don’t mind. It’s going to take me a while to get settled into this job, so I just thought I’d come in a bit earlier today.”
“How good are you with computers?” I asked her curiously.
“Pretty good I’d say, why?”
“And with numbers?” I ignored her question.
“I’d say I’m average,” she shrugged.
I laughed. “I’m going to give you access to the accounting system. There are times when I might need your help with something if that’s okay with you?”
“What exactly will you need help with? I’m not good with that sort of thing.”
“It will mostly be after I’ve worked late nights for a few nights in a row and I can’t see straight and all the numbers look the same, I might ask you to just double check formulas for me.”
“Okay, that I can do,” she sighed in relief.
“What do I have in my calendar today?”
“You have a meeting with the auditors at 10am and a meeting with Jake at 2pm.”
“Okay that doesn’t sound too bad. Will you please ask the audit manager to provide me with a list of outstanding items for my division? I’d like to get this over with so that I can start working normal hours for a few weeks.”
She nodded. “Cecilia introduced me to the audit team last week. I’ll go speak to them as soon as they get here.”
“Thank you. I don’t know if Cecilia told you, but I would like a reminder ten minutes before all my meetings.”
“No problem,” she smiled at me.
There was just something about her that attracted me to her. Her inner light shone so brightly that even if her appearance weren’t as attractive as she was, I would still be drawn to her. I realized I was staring at her. She was typing something on her computer and a piece of her bangs kept sliding over her one eye. She swiped away at it in frustration. I chuckled and went back to my office.