Patty wanted to scream! As she watched the tanned man with the withered hand and an impish smile that belied his age attempt to release the elastic band on the box of copier paper with just enough flair to impress the younger female assistants, she so wanted to cave in and go do it herself!
But because he was her boss, she might get fired for embarrassing him. There were some among her colleagues who would get a kick out of her leaving, particularly that new mysterious French gal who seemed to have a fit of vapors when Patty caught her trying to open the caisson underneath the gun cabinet in the office library.
So, she kept still, and eventually he succeeded at his task. She felt like saluting him with tea and a biscuit!