|The Gem – London’s Summer
Sophie Grant had been planning the send forth dinner for about three weeks now; she even contacted Josephine Olsen, David’s mum in Aylesbury to confirm some of his favourites. Sophie had been David Olsen’s personal assistant in the last two and half years so she had a good knowledge about his schedule, his likes and dislikes. David was a principled easy going man; everything was fine as long as one kept the communication line opened. He was a dedicated and diligent worker; the Guardian would definitely miss his input and presence within the organisation. He was a sucker for excellence and within the five years he brought a lot of improvements to the organisation.
The send forth dinner was a surprise and the whole department had been looking forward to it for weeks. The venue of the send forth was The Giraffe, Victoria and Sophie had called to make a reservation for half past six for 20 people. Everyone was to arrive by 20 minutes past six so that David would have no idea that he was to be surprised. The plan was to have Sophie meet David at Victoria Station for half past six and they would both walk down to the venue which was less than five minutes from the Station.
Special requests were made for ‘Sundaes’ and ‘Apple and Red Cherry Crumble’ since those were David’s favourite desserts according to his mum Josephine. The dinner menu would include ‘Orange BBQ Duck Tostada’ and ‘Nachos Nirvana’ as starters, ‘Grilled Chicken “Club” Sandwich’ and‘Grilled Steak Sandwich’ as Mains and ‘Apple and Red Cherry Crumble’ and ‘Rocky Road Sundae’ as Desserts. Sophie asked the room to be beautifully decorated in shades of green. She was already so excited about the evening. The best surprise of all was his mum; she was going to be present at the dinner party. ‘All that is left is to re-confirm my list of people’, Sophie thought to herself with a smile on her face as David called her into his office to help him with his final editorial assignment in the Guardian.
David Olsen had been watching Sophie Grant in the last two weeks; it seemed like she had something really exciting on her mind. He was not one to pry; she usually shared what was on her mind if she felt the need to. She generated an aura of excitement around her which he could see was already contagious. His whole department seemed to be excited about something he was not aware of. ‘Oh well. I have one more assignment left to do as the editor-in-chief of this department and I’m giving it my best!’ David thought to himself as he went back to the feature on his computer. As David was reading through the feature, he remembered that he was expecting a package from his agent concerning the contract the new landlord wanted him to look at before he moved in and he needed someone to go check if it had arrived. David picked up the intercom and dialled, ‘Sophie, could you please come here for a few minutes?’, he said. While he was waiting for her arrival, David remembered he also needed to know what he had left to do since he had only two official working days left. Sophie walked in at the instant he was trying to itemise what he could remember. She was looking really lovely; she had on a baby pink blazer with a fuchsia pink camisole, a black midi pencil skirt and a pair of black lacy stiletto peep-toes. Her jewellery was simple; a string of pearls, pearl earrings and a bracelet wrist watch. ‘Wow! You outdid yourself today Sophie. Got a hot date tonight?’, David complimented with a big smile on his face. The compliment brought an instant blush to Sophie’s face. ‘David! You are such a tease!’, Sophie said laughing. ‘I’m just happy and decided to reflect my happiness in my clothing’, Sophie said with her tongue sticking out. David burst into a ripple of laughter and had to wait for some seconds before he could recollect why he actually asked Sophie to come over to his office. ‘Oh yes! I would like to know what is left on my work schedule. I would also like you to go to the front desk to find out if I have any parcel from the agent. Thanks Sophie. You have been amazing!’ Sophie smiled again and went ahead to check if the parcel had arrived at the front desk.
The parcel arrived at the front desk just about twenty minutes before Sophie called to find out if it had arrived. Sophie also had a message at the front desk informing her that the Giraffe needed her to come make final arrangements for the dinner party. The dinner party was set for tomorrow evening and David’s mum was to arrive in London tomorrow at noon. Sophie had sent Josephine’s train tickets to London in the mail last week. She just had to re-confirm her hotel reservation and taxi reservation. Josephine was going to be staying at the Chester Hotel in Westminster. Sophie thought this was a good idea since the hotel was about five minutes from the Victoria Palace Shopping Centre; a good place to window shop in the heart of London without the overwhelming crowd of Oxford Street, London. She hurried to the front desk to get the parcel and headed back to David’s office. On getting to David’s office, she met him standing by the window and staring out; it was obvious he was already missing his office and the Guardian. She quietly walked over to his side and remained silent until he turned to face her. ‘You know Sophie, when I arrived in London about eight years ago I did not realise I would work in the Guardian not to talk of rising so fast to be the editor-in-chief of this department. It has been a really wonderful experience and I would definitely miss everyone here. So have you made a decision about what we discussed?’ David turned to her with his eyes shining so bright with a grin. ‘Here is the parcel, David. We all miss you already. I will let you know what my decision is by the middle of next week before you move’. She went ahead to remind him that they had a meeting with a potential private client the next day and she would be waiting for him at the Victoria Station. Sophie asked if he wanted his lunch at his desk and headed back to her office.
To be continued…