We were in a little bit of a rush, but I wanted to go into the store “real quick.” After some haggling, I was allowed to go, subject to some rules (but, of course). The instructions were fairly clear:
Come back in 10 minutes.
Just buy the ones you want, don’t just stand there gawking.
I hurried in, and headed straight for the information counter. A winsome girl gave me smile just as winsome – but I remembered the second rule and asked her in my best business-like tone,
“I’m looking for a book called Never Let Me Go.”
“Sorry. Don’t have that author.”
“What about Smith, Z-a-d-i-e?”
Taps on keyboard, “Yes, we have.”
One out of two isn’t too bad.
“Ok, where is it?”
“What does ‘we have’ mean?”
“Have in database.”
Damn. I start to walk out disappointed – not smart to sign up to review two books at Veena’s Booker Mela without checking for availability. Just then, the girl calls me,
“We currently have a sale. 25% discount on all Danielle Steel books.”
I wanted to thank her for rubbing it in, but my ten minutes were up.