Silhouettes in the dark dancing a flame of light and a woman of shadow together forming the perfect whole, one balancing the other and each
completing there partner.
As the dawn came and the hated buzzing of the alarm clock woke Catherine she did not know why for as was the way of dream's she had forgotten even as
she tried to hold onto that other reality, a feeling of loss came over her as she opened her eyes and threw her pillow at the alarm clock which merely
knocked it on the floor where it continued to buzz until she got out of bed to turn it off.
Despite the feeling of loss she actually felt much more clear headed and that deep ache in her heart had eased, she never even gave Derek or Debbie a
passing thought as she made her way to the bathroom to freshen up for work until she saw his shaving foam and razor still there as well as his
toothbrush and shampoo all of which she put in a garbage bag and disposed of.
As she locked her door and turned to start walking to her car for the drive to work she had a sudden very strong flash as she recalled part of the
dream, it was though it was something that wanted to be remembered and she heard a voice, it was Karl she knew but even as she tried to put it out of
her mind fearing the pain it would cause she suddenly felt a peace settle over her and a warm feeling then she remembered him saying "You must live
your life Catherine, find the one You now must meet and bring the children you are destined to into this world, I will always love you and will always
be with you and one day we will all be together again but now my love You must not die inside for me but live for me, for both of us for I live now in
your heart and your pain is my pain so if you still love me then live true to what you must become, stop running my love let me no longer hurt you but
make you stronger for your happiness is my happiness".
The memory was clear, she had been somewhere dancing with Karl her fiance who had died just after they had gotten engaged more than ten years ago,
she had never gotten over it but from time to time a mystery smell would remind her of him, a sound or even a color and after mourning she had nearly
killed herself to run away but had been persuaded of the wrongness of her action and instead went wild running away from the world, from everything
inside herself drinking and worse as she became a party going wild woman before easing out of it about four years later.
She nearly feinted as she remembered the word's and had to hold the door post before telling herself it was just a stupid dream and so now angry with
herself she slammed her set off to the small supermarket in the small town in northern England were she now worked.
As she had already been promoted and was in reality far too highly qualified to waste her life working as a checkout girl or a checkout supervisor
she decided at last to go back on the company promotion and training scheme so spoke to her friend Carol the personnel manager about it.
Later the Stores assistant manager an obnoxious little man who claimed he served as a Parra in the army but bragged about it when those who
served there country never even spoke about it came by, he was small but muscular and bald but she had seen his hair when he grew it and
had suddenly looked like one of the three stooges so that was why he shaved it, his head glistened reflected the lighting like a large over ripe red
tomato and he had told every one to call him Jeff which for some reason made her think of yellow squeezy plastic lemons they stocked and his surname
was patey with went unfortunately well with his shaved head.
As he came over, his usual overbearing attitude in which he thought he could have any woman he wanted based on his paycheck he actually made her skin
crawl but she smiled along with the horrible loud mouthed little man, since he had been promoted everybody said he was was power mad and he spoke to
most of the shop staff like they were dirt so inwardly she hated him but had to listen as he talked feeling like her brain's were dribbling from her
There had been Store Guard there until just a year ago called Paul, he had been liked but because he had never arrested anyone they all thought him
useless and some of the managers led by Jeff had ganged up to get him out of the shop even stooping to lying about him even though he had worked for
them for over eight years.
Now many of them rued his loss as the store was just not the same place and felt even more grey and miserable now without his friendly but awkward
presence like a lumbering but inoffensive bookend standing guard at the door, the replacement guards were strict but not at all liked by the customers
or indeed most of the staff and now the store was loosing even more stock meaning that he had in fact been a good guard and doing a good job, he had
also helped the disabled and was missed by the elderly customer's who came into the shop.
She thought back to a time she had heard her friend Carol a manager who had been over the stock then and Jeff who was then the assistant manger
talking, they had missing warehouse stock and everyone knew Jeff and his boss Peter took what they wanted, Jeff would send Paul into the shop ordering
him to go on patrol to the far end of the store to get him out of the way waiting for him to be up the aisles then Jeff's friend took trolleys out of
the store without paying for them and it had been when Paul had become suspicious that this was happening that Jeff and Peter had hatched the plot to
get rid of him with two younger managers who gathered a clique of staff members around them, she thought also about when Jeff and Carol had been
talking about the missing warehouse stock how Jeff was almost panicking.
He had been in and out of the warehouse, up and down from the offices that were over the shop then his face became grimmer as though he had come to
some serious decision and had gone into the back for about ten minutes when suddenly the fire alarm sounded and the sprinkler system came on causing
tens of thousands of pounds of damage to the stock in the warehouse.
Jeff who had supposedly been in the army or so he claimed had come out of the warehouse door screaming at the top of his lungs "Get them out, Get
them out its a real fire" in a panick, now being the daughter of an officer and an air cadet herself she had seen the incongruity of his actions
immediately for as a manger he was trained in crisis management and as a soldier it should have been drummed in as second nature so it looked like he
was literally putting it on acting in order to set the stage for a cover up of some kind.
Later while they waited outside for the fire fighters to finish there work of checking the building she heard Jeff and Carol talking and knew that
the Stock documentation had mysteriously been burned were the fire had started in a document tray, in a code locked office no where near any
electrical cabling and so she and the rest of the shop knew that Jeff had set the fire to cover for his own and Peter's corruption, the staff also
suspected them of stealing several hundred pounds from a kitty that was collected for a staff party and that had gone missing despite there large pay
packets but when you work in a place like that under people like them what could you do.
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