By Nury Vittachi
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And you, Mr—Mr—Mr—are part of what needs to be done, so your presence here is good. And you, dear, thank you for being so kind. ’ Mrs Wanedi squeezed Joyce’s hand. ‘We’ll just be as quick as we can and then scram like sharpish,’ the young woman said, with a reassuring smile. ‘Yes, let us begin,’ Wong said, gratefully putting down his still-full teacup. ‘Do you have any papers on the house which we can see? Floor plans, ground plans, deeds and other things? Anything like that? ’ The old woman retrieved a fat file and left the visitors looking at the papers in a stuffy, odorous drawing room.
The young woman spent the morning looking through books on feng shui, and the afternoon attempting to get to grips with the filing system—no easy task, since Winnie made it up as she went along, the main reason why she could not be replaced. Wong just sighed and tried to focus on his work. Mo baan faat. What to do? But as the afternoon wore on, the geomancer found himself starting to listen with interest to her phone conversations. He suddenly realised that his irritating new assistant might have a use after all.
This is your decision. ’ ‘Oh. Was that the assignment you said about last week, and I’m like, “Yawn-yawn, that’s as dull as a dead dodo’s doodoos”? ’ She spoke with the voice of a yawn. ‘No. No one is dead there. ’ He picked up his bag. ‘I think I’ll just stay and write up my notes from last week. ’ She put her feet back on the desk and resumed her somnolent conversation, which seemed to consist mainly of making humming noises. ‘Okay. Winnie, if there are any important calls, please call me at Update.