Mary and Percy
short stories by Adam Mann
Copyright Adam Mann, 2017
Mann asserts his rights as the author of this story.
short story was originally published as William, Mary and Percy, the
first in the series, under ISBN: 9781370291182
in the Office
Third Stage, Karachi, Pakistan
War, Fleeing to Safety.
for this box set: 9781370225323
in the Office
was a redhead, and a single mother, I learned this from the HR files.
I also remembered that she was now twenty five as I had been part of
the interviewing panel two years ago. In the office in which we
worked she was the Cashier, and a very good one, as being the
Accountant in that same office myself I knew I could rely on her to
bring me very precise and accurate statements of the rents collected
from the various properties that the company owned, and the unpaid
had cut her hair quite short and dyed it a bit, as was the fashion in
those days, I suppose a victim of the times as her red hair was
actually auburn and would have been gorgeous with long flowing locks,
but never mind.
in the week the managing director announced that the company had been
“taken over” by a bigger property company. We were all naturally
concerned about whom we would be working for next week, or indeed if
we would be working at all.
Mary and I, were asked to produce a financial report on various
properties for the new company, so that involved both if us having to
put in some extra hours – overtime it’s called – to get the
the second evening Mary and I were the last to leave the office, and
it was dark outside.
hungry, can we go and eat?” I pleaded.
idea,” she agreed.
decided to find some food, not really a date, but just something to
eat together. I was keen on the new Italian restaurant, but Mary
told me she preferred Indian food, and took me to another restaurant
just a few yards along from the new gleaming Italian shop, to a dark
window with a door leading into room full of small tables each neatly
spread with a white cloth, and polished cutlery.
proprietor wearing a turban greeted us full of bows and smiles, and
we appeared to be the only customers, but they were open all day and
had many customers at other times, I learned. The Indian waiters
were all dressed in smart white coats buttoned to the chin with gold
do like Indian food especially as I had lived and worked in India,
and realized that each region had its own specialties. I have no idea
why I had never been to this restaurant before as my office was only
a few hundred yards away.
cannot remember what we ordered but it was very good, and left our
mouths tingling, and we each had a beer to go with it.
we paid the bill and left the restaurant it was close to ten o’clock
and Mary asked me;
dark now, can you walk with me to my flat, please?”
flat was about a quarter of a mile away, and was in one of those old
tall Victorian buildings that had recently been converted. The
planning regulations forbid developers to change the frontage of the
building, but they could completely gut and rebuild behind that
frontage, with the result that some floors divided some of the ornate
stone windows in the old buildings, and so in that way the developer
could add one or two extra floors.
and meet my Mum?” Mary invited me, and I followed her into the
building. The developers had put in a small lift, and she pressed
the button for the fourth floor.
front door of her flat was close to the lift gate, but I forget the
number, and she opened the door calling;
come and meet William.”
Mum was an older image of Mary, and she said hello and went to get us
a chair,” said Mary and switched on the television, “the
bathroom’s over there,” she added, “if you need it.”
The tea came and was good after
the residual taste of the Indian food we had just eaten. We chatted
for a bit, mainly about the “Take over” and speculated about our
future jobs. Mary’s Mum said goodnight as we finished the last of
the tea and went to a room at the back of the flat.
was a bit puzzled as there was no mention of a child, Mary’s child,
but I did not ask. We avoided talking about the takeover, and were
both uncertain about how it would affect us.
you like to stay here tonight?” Mary suddenly asked, “As it’s
getting rather late for you to go home?”
not sure what I said, so she prompted me by saying; “Let me show
you the room.”
took me the door I could see, probably next to her Mum’s room.
There were two beds, one single and one small double.
can have that one,” she smiled pointing to the larger of the two
kind of you, but I didn’t bring any overnight clothes with me,”
was my lame excuse, which she ignored.
went out closing the door, and I began to take off my clothes. I
looked at the larger bed which had a duvet under the covering
blanket, and began to get undressed. I looked outside and then
nipped across to the bathroom. I came back and stripped down to my
boxer shorts, and got into the bed.
had forgotten to turn off the lights but Mary came back into the room
wearing just a nightgown, turned off the lights and got into the
said goodnight, but about half an hour later I felt Mary climbing
into the other side of the larger bed with me in it!
had to touch me as the bed was too small not to, and I noticed the
soft fabric of her nightgown as she snuggled up to me, and put her
arms around me.
turned to face her, and she kissed my chin. She smelt very feminine,
without using any discernible perfume.
put my arm on her waist, and then up to her back.
was a bit startled as the back of her bra felt like canvas webbing
through the soft nightie, but she snuggled up me again without saying
moved my hand to her bottom and found another canvas garment there,
which was like a pair of knickers made from thick denim material.
my chastity belt,” she whispered, “Go to sleep,” she commanded.
trouble is that you’ve woken up Percy,” I complained.
she was startled, and I could sense her looking at me in the
one eyed monster,” and she laughed, and reached down between us to
she said and took a condom from under the pillow.
your boxers off,” she commanded, so I did.
me help you,” as she took the condom out of its foil wrapping.
was wide awake by now and ready for action, even wearing a raincoat.
felt for Mary’s knickers, but in the half light I felt her shaking
wriggled under me, and made sure that Percy was touching her stomach
through the soft fabric of her nightie.
used her hands to excite Percy, who didn’t want to wait probably
because he’s been a bit inactive recently, and then Mary held me
tight as she felt him reaching a climax, and I groaned I must admit
still holding her tight.
both went to sleep. I wasn’t really disappointed as I had never
dated Mary. She was just another girl in the office. The auburn
hair might have helped but she’d cut it off, although I have
avoided office romances.
felt Mary moving in the bedroom about five in the morning. She went
to the bathroom, and I noticed that the used condom had been taken