T.Aldous told Maisie at the beginning of the working day as he left for parts unknown.
"I'll be asking you to do a letter for me later,"
"It's quite urgent. How long do you think it would take you?"
"It depends. I can probably get it done while you're out and have it ready for you."
"I need to get some more details. I'll sort it out with you when I'm back."
So he gets back and an hour after his arrival he drifts over to Maisie to tell her what he wants in the letter. Sort of.
He says, scribbling out a passage of text. This is repeated a few times, including one time when he comes back saying:
"I'll just give Warner a ring to find out what he wants putting there..."
"Kara says that Warner likes square bullet points."
One last time he says that he'll need to check on details and disappears into his office. For the next half hour Maisie goes over every so often to see if he's off the 'phone yet.
"Go home," I suggest.
"Oh, I can't leave him in the lurch," replies Maisie.
"But he's left you up Shit Creek. Why are you worrying about leaving him in the lurch?"
"Ooh no, I couldn't."
One last time she goes over to his office and is appalled to find he's gone.
"Did you see him go out?"
"No. He's not been past this way. Has he gone into Policy Team's room?"
Yes he has. And the door's closed with a "Meeting in progress. Do not disturb" sign on the door.
"I'm off home," says Maisie.