As the darkness fell Jenny ate a sandwich that she had put up for herself and turned on the lights. When John left she reminded him to tell his mother how much it would cost to do her washing in future.
Another woman had trouble with the decimal coins and asked where they went so Jenny gave her a hand. She wanted washing powder and detergent so Jenny got them as well.’
Some young boys came into the laundrette and began to chase one another until Jenny threw them out and locked the door. They put their tongues on the glass window and stuck their fingers up at her but Jenny wasn’t bothered; she just carried on with her work. They soon got bored and cycled away.
It was ten o’clock when Paul returned he asked how her day had gone and she told him about the young boys.’
“I see you liked the lemon and barley water my mother made.’
“Actually I sold it for you; I got cups from your cousin and sold each cup for twenty pence. Now if you could make enough of it I will sell it here on the premises for 20p a cup I could have made a fortune here today.’
“Well tomorrow I will get my mother to make enough to fill two five litre plastic bottles. I will give you half of what ever you sell.
“Will you supply the plastic cups? Also if you had tea, coffee, and hot chocolate I could sell those too. Not everyone wants cold drinks even in the summer.’
“You are one clever girl do you know that.’
“Tomorrow I will get you a kettle, some teabags, some instant coffee, and some hot chocolate. Again what ever we make I will half with you.’
“If you run out, just see my cousin and he will sort you out.’
Paul went around emptying all the cash boxes as Timothy Stewart called in after his shift to pick up the shirts for himself and his consultants.’ He thanked her then paid her what he owed and then gave her thirty pounds.’
Thank you said Jenny as she folded the money and placed it in her apron.
You certainly work very hard don’t you said Tim; do you not get time off?’
Yes,’ I don’t work on Saturday or Sunday; I like to have time to myself.’
Where do you go?’
“Well,’ I either go down to the coast with a picnic and sunbathe or I head up to Newcastle to the Grainger market.’
“Do you ever go to the pictures?’
“Yes if there’s something that I want to see.’
“Would you like to come with me this Saturday night?’
“I don’t know, I mean you are a doctor and I am just a laundry girl.’
“I am only a junior doctor and there’s nothing wrong with being a laundry girl. It is a job; you are hard working and deserve better.’
“You work long hours too don’t you said Jenny.’
“I do but I get paid overtime.’ So what do you say will you come with me?’
“Alright where will I meet you?’
“I will meet you in the Haymarket at seven o’clock, is that alright?’
“Yes, I will see you then Tim.’
“Goodbye for now said the doctor.’ As he got into his car and drove away.’
“Hope that you know what you are doing said Paul as he came around to where she was standing.’
“What makes you say that?’