The Awakening Clan
“Still at the job, are you? I’m impressed. I promised to phone back with the infor mation on the buttercup flower. Are you always that quick and efficient? ” Mr Haardens’ masterful tone acted as a catalyst. Good grief, she’d forgotten to phone back and tell him it was sorted out with the client. She should apologise but felt flustered by his undertone. “I think so. Aren’t you?” she replied instead. It was out before she realised! What had made her say that? She was normally not so abrupt. After a short silence she apologised for her tactlessness, explaining that her reaction was directed to someone else. Rather annoyed at herself for being so irritable...she could almost feel his thoughts, as if he were probing into her mind. “It must be.....?” That’s impossible! Was he questioning himself? Surely that must have been her own mind talking to itself? She didn’t know this Mr Haardens. Could he be the same man that had spoken on the radio the day before? “You have a lively mind, Ingrid. By the way, I’m glad you weren’t reacting to me. I will speak to you again,” he laughed, as if he knew something she did not before he hung up. What did he mean by a lively mind? Oh, well, at least he was not offended by her manner. He felt like a rather challenging personality, someone that might not take ’no’ for an answer. She speculated about his appearance. A powerful voice didn’t always match the physical form.
s she passed the new bookshop on the way to the coffee house, a new big sign in the window now read: Decoding Workshops / Starting Soon! Connie, the salesgirl, waved at her to come inside. Ingrid hoped that Connie’s mother would be there. “I think your name is Ingrid, isn’t it?” Biting her lower lip. “Yes! How did you know?” “My mother asked me to give you this.” The girl handed her a blue envelope that made her shaky all over. She had never given Connie her name. Other customers were waiting behind her so she left. 30
The first book in the Awakening series. Ingrid Barendse lives a normal life, working as a maintenance administrator in Holland. Unknown to h...