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Cashier Number 3 Please by Terry Green

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12 SEPTEMBER 2006. 9.50 A.M.

I took a deep breath. As I rode the elevator skywards, I tried to marshall my thoughts. Twelve floors of shiny stainless steel and glass passed me by. It had taken six months of emails, phone calls, and patient, polite follow-ups to get this meeting. There was too much at stake to fail now. The lady I was about to meet, a senior executive of a major bank, had a reputation for taking no prisoners. I had heard that her meetings rarely lasted longer than 20 minutes before terrified salesmen were sent scurrying back to the lift. I would have to work fast if I wanted a fair hearing today. I had to grab them in the ...

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