The next day, Jade claimed she had to be at work at ten a.m. I had particular documents to deal with and doing them at ‘home’ (if this place could gain that term) was more efficient, (I could smoke, eat, play music, relax my mind) I wasn’t planning to leave until past that.
I began ‘work’ at about eight, took my time. It was about forty minutes past ten when I came onto the veranda. Jade was sprawled there as she usually was. I pressed my lips together not to laugh.
I went to the office, did what I needed, and on the way back, stopped into a nearby shop which was having a sale. The prices were unbelievably low and I picked up a few things.
I returned to the flat about half past four, and Jade (who had claimed she needed to be at work at ten) was still on the veranda.
As I saw her, to cover my surprise, I told her about the sale, even showed her the items.
“I can’t go today, I have to go to work…” she said.
I made no reply, went into my room.
Jade never left the flat that day. Clearly, she had no job, and no money.