"Perpetrator..."I said, amused. "It's time you had a decent break from court reporting, my friend.”
"What? Oh yes, I hear you - and I hear again what I said. You're right, Ruby. Otherwise the next thing I'll be doing is calling the editor 'Your Honour', and we can't have that, can we? It would be too embarrassing. Imagine if he'd invited me to lunch, for instance, and he was about to get up from his fancy office chair to leave for the restaurant and I said to him that he may now step down from the dock?”
"Does he do that often?”
"What, step down from the dock?”
I giggled at the mental image.
"No, invite you for lunch.”
"On the rare occasions, when he wants me to do something extra for the newspaper.”
"Hmmm - okay Benji, I'll do the court reporting for you.”
Ruby-Jane Ryan is a hardworking and widely travelled freelance journalist in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has friends who are prone to gossip and although Ruby-Jane is fond of them, they also annoy the heck out of her.
One of them is constantly trying to woo her, without success, into ascending new spiritual heights with him, preferably in his spa pool. Another stretches their friendship with his complaints as well as his problems with various women he discovers on dating dates online.
Additional work for Ruby-Jane is as an advice columnist, written by an 'agony aunt' and who is kept secret from her gossipy friends. It's through her column that she's able to exact a form of revenge on her persistently annoying pals who write to her column, not knowing she is, in fact, 'Aunty Jane'. For relaxation and a good laugh, Ruby-Jane loves to watch old movies, amusing documentaries and old, cheesy ads on TV...