‘Amazing!’ I said, trying my hardest to muster up enthusiasm in my voice.
‘I know, Han! I’m so excited about this,’ Candice squealed from the other end of the phone. ‘The team seems great and they invited me out for lunch today. I said no though because I’m just so busy.’
I looked down at the McDonald’s I had visited over the road from work. I could have taken it back to the office, but I couldn’t bear to spend a single second longer with my colleagues than I had to already.
‘Oh Candice that’s fantastic. I’m actually just quickly grabbing some food and then going back to the office. I just can’t stay away!’ I made a face as I looked at my building, and shoved a few chips into my mouth.
‘Me neither!’ We both laugh, me a little too hard.
‘And how is Gerard?’ Candice asks.
‘Fantastic, we’re great thank you!’ Complete lies. He hadn’t spoken to me for 11 days.
‘It’s so great that’s it’s working out for both of us isn’t it!’ I heard Candice shuffling some papers.’ Oh, sorry Hannah I’m going to have to go, the boss has just come in and she wants to drag me into this really important meeting. Can I call you next week some time?’
My heart squeezed uncomfortably. I hadn’t been in an important meeting in my entire working career. ‘Sure thing, I’ve actually got to rush off anyway, got a few vital deadlines coming up!’
‘Fab, I’ll call you next week.’ She hung up. I put down the phone and viciously bit into my burger.
Over on the other side of London, Candice looked miserably at her soup, before glancing around the empty office. It was nice to finally have a chance of competing with Hannah’s life. It was a shame that it was all lies.