But if I do recommend you Muriel you won’t let me down will you or my name will be mud and they won’t touch me with a barge pole.’
“I understand Gerry; I just need a chance.’
“You won’t get an interview until the beginning of January because that is when they start to recruit new staff. Would it matter if it were in Newcastle instead of North Shields because there is bigger scope there?’
No I don’t mind at all; already Muriel’s mind was working over time and she was thinking what she could tell Edward.
After a few minutes she had it; she would say that she left Humphrey’s to seek other employ because they were paying off staff.’
“Well that didn’t take long did it said Gerald.’
“No, I pick things up very quickly.’
This I why you will go far as an office clerk; hopefully in six to eight months you can rise to become a legal secretary; this is job pays a good salary.’
“If I could land a job as a legal secretary I know I could do it Gerry.’
Alright I will push for you to get in as a legal secretary but please prove your worth because you won’t get second chances.
“Thank you Gerry she said and kissed him on the cheek. I won’t ever forget what you have done for me.’
“I may need your help one day so it has been a pleasure.’
Gerry left at ten o’clock and headed back to his bungalow after thanking Ester for dinner.’
Muriel was pleased with herself in only six weeks she had taught herself how to type and learn short hand she now could return home in the New Year once Gerry had found her a job. It would be sad leaving Coventry but she knew that she couldn’t stay forever.’
Muriel was about to go to her room when Ester called her back.’
I’m sorry dear I forgot to tell you that there was a letter for you it’s from Edward I think.’ It’s not your father’s handwriting.’
There is another letter here too from the same address.
“That will be from Edward’s sister.’
“She took the letters and went to her room and sat at the desk.
She opened the letter from Ellen first so she could savour the letter from Edward. How she missed him; it wouldn’t be long before they were back together again.
When she opened the letter it was not what she was expecting.’
“Ellen called her a liar and a cheat. She told her how she had gone to Humphrey’s and there was no record of her actually working there.
Muriel heart was beating very fast as she read on. Ellen said that she had told Edward everything. She asked why she had done this to her brother whom she loved very deeply. Now Edward was hurt he had put his trust in her she went on to say.
“Please stop deceiving my brother she warned and if you love him then you must let him go.’
Muriel was now in tears; wishing that she had just told Edward that she was just a herring girl who worked on the fish quay. Maybe he would have still loved her for what she was not who she was trying to become.’
She opened the letter from Edward who was demanding an explanation.
She began to cry again and picked up the writing paper and was about to tell Edward everything but she knew if she did their relationship would surely be over.
Instead she told him that she was seeking other work after being paid off from Humphrey’s. Muriel went on to say that she didn’t know why they had no records of