A Position of Trust
Beauty is only skin deep
When the lights went off suddenly I realized much to my panic that the old lady was still in the locker room perhaps groping around in the dark for her jewelleries and other assets anxiously and screaming for help. I shouted to press the standby generator into service but alas! Due to some technical snags it was also not serviceable! So I rushed to the strong room to enquire about the lady. Standing in front of the main door and totally embarrassed I was dumbstruck finding her bedecked with countless golden and diamond ornaments and watching herself closely in the mirror oblivious of my presence and perhaps reminiscing the past. An endless number of such ornaments were also lying scattered on the Centre tables.It was a spacious room with adequate furniture allowing anyone to spend some time to put on ornaments and relax sitting or pacing up and down on the carpets like one’s own living room. Since I was hesitant to enter the room at such an inconvenient time I chose to cough voluntarily by way of warning when she seemed to come to her senses and without using her voice only signalled me to hand over the candle I was carrying and leave the place. Still I told her to wait a jiffy till the lights returned and assuring sufficiently that the whole Bank staff members were with her and not to worry. She again seemed to be immersed in her job of looking at her adornment. I also soon returned to my seat to be surrounded by the waiting clients who had by then swelled substantially due to my short absence and unfortunate power disruption. However, nobody could have an inkling of what an unsavoury incident had happened downstairs during such a short period of power failure as every staff member was busy looking after own documents and requesting the waiting customers to bear a little with the Bank in view of such unforeseen circumstances.
Opening a locker
Where core beauty lies
After a few days the lady visited the branch accompanied by her daughter to operate the locker again. At the very sight of them my heart went pit a pat imagining that they would be whipped into fury recalling the incident sending us into a real tizzy whining about any missing item, for no fault of the Bank though. I took the opportunity to read her mind by politely asking “Madam, Why don’t you bring your daughter or a daughter in law while operating the locker? Generally the elderly locker hirers act in such a way and we are also relieved of any unnecessary worries regarding safe keeping of your valuables?” “I have full faith in this Bank and I am sure if I leave any item unconsciously you will immediately contact me over the phone. So why disturb them who are busy working women. Further I am extremely sorry for the unusual delay on my part last time when I was silently celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of our marriage in the locker room”. We had so long been charmed by her enviable physical beauty but now we discovered the graciousness and honesty of the widow.
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