The fire escape corridor is empty.
As I lay gasping for air I asked Noreen what had happened.
"We've done them!"
"What? All of them?"
"But what about the annual last-minute visit to buy up the stock nobody else wanted?"
"We're not doing one."
"You're kidding me!"
"Counting the stuff that's on order that should arrive in the next week or two we've hit all the targets we have to."
I am astonished and ask Bronwyn for confirmation.
"Oh yes," she says. "The Library Service has had all year to get stock ordered. They didn't bother over the summer and we're not going to kill the Acq. Team by dumping a pile of invoices for books we don't really want on them to do in double-quick time to fiddle the statistics. If we've not hit targets by now then it's just hard luck."
Bravo. Even so, I can see Bronwyn having a few fights about the subject with certain people over the next couple of weeks.