- An Elementary Lesson: An extra scene
for Elementary Steele. (Part 1 of 1)
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2008
- From: Helen
- An Elementary Lesson
- Mildred tried to placate Laura with
coffee and a sympathetic smile, but she
was far, far too angry. Mildred understood that he had been reckless
agency's money, but it was his agency and, in the end, it seemed
sweet gesture to her.
- The games made no sense to her and
she had no idea why he needed an excuse
to tell Laura how he felt when it was frankly obvious to anyone
who ever saw
them together. Well, anyone who looked at them and saw the light
in his eyes
when she smiled and heard the edge of panic in his voice when
they argued. No
man had ever covered her desk with flowers. No man had ever played
for her benefit. Yes, he was sometimes a spendthrift, but the
money he had
wasted this time, he had wasted on her. To see Laura's response,
think he'd spent her money on the flowers.
- Laura had begun another list of
his faults. He didn't have as many as she
would have liked him to have and she was now at the point of
"He's always late. Has he ever been the first through that
- "Well ... " Mildred began.
- "And the whole world has to
grind to a halt if his tie isn't straight."
- "Well, the image of the ...
- "I never know where he is or
what he's doing!" She waved the piece of paper,
the evidence of his folly. "And now this!"
- "At least it means he's trying."
- "Only my patience, Mildred.
Is it too much to ask that he should try to be
- "Being fair, he has managed
to build quite a reputation."
- To Mildred's surprise, Laura let
out an exasperated growl. "That man! That
... " She looked at the paper again. "Do you know what
the agency could have
done with this money!"
- "But in a way,it is quite a
- "To be manipulated, deceived,controlled?"
- Mildred could see her point, and
it did seem a little insulting of him to
assume that Laura wouldn't discover his little ploy. But perhaps
her to. Who could tell what was part of the game and what wasn't?
- She knew what came next. When he
was in his office, Laura would go in,
snapping and snarling and he would try to charm his way out of
it and they would
end up going off in opposite directions, each swearing that the
utterly unreasonable. It seemed such a waste, when they made
such a gorgeous
couple and were clearly very attracted to each other. She didn't
want to see
either of them hurt and she knew of only one thing that would
calm things down
and, at the same time, tell him exactly how bad a mistake he
had made. She
waited for Laura to go back into her office and then quickly
called a florist.
"How fast can you deliver? I have an emergency here."
- The End