“Campbell asked you to ring Greed & Mayhem ASAP.” Joan shouted along the long corridor from her receptionist’s tiny office to Julia’s panelled room.
“You mean Reid & McHalm?” Julia had noticed the matter-of-fact tone in Joan’s voice.
“I thought Campbell said Greed & Mayhem. Sorry.”
“It’s fine, Joan. Will do.” said Julia in her soothing voice. Joan was new to the office, but she would get used to Campbell’s feeble puns, she thought.
Thursday is sale day at Hillman Roberts and porters were busy preparing the auction hall for the usual invasion of dealers, chancers, and pensioners all looking for a bargain.
Julia hated Thursdays and was glad that she was not involved in the organized chaos of the weekly auction of household items amd curios – the detritus of cleared houses and de-cluttering efforts. As a specialist in Oriental Antiques her job was to seek out, value, and possibly bring to auction the bewildering array of Japanese and Chinese works of art that have mysteriously managed to end up in Scottish homes, from two-bedroom bungalows to stately mansions.
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