She starts work today in the pay department of Railtrack, Waterloo Station. She forgot until reminded by her brother.
She looks at her chin in the mirror and thinks: you'd never believe I used to have a beautiful complexion. Marie is unsure if she is pretty. She would really like to be told one way or the other. The face in the mirror bears so little resemblance to the one she remembers.
She is sure they will not mind her being late in the new job. She will explain that she forgot today was the first day. Then she'll ask for a nice cup of tea.
The doors open and close. Through the window, the sign says Lambeth North. How many more stops to Waterloo? Marie gets out her map as the train gathers speed toward Elephant and Castle.
Car 1 map