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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
- TITLE: Promotion
By Amber Sa
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“Here she goes again.” Pat grumbled, frustrated with the pile of paperwork that was dumped on her desk this morning.
“Her voice actually reached here from the reception.” Lilly giggled and stretched above the cubicle partition to peek into Pat’s desk and her mountain load of work, “why is she so free chatting around?”
“Who knows? She’s always like that. So annoying at times. Can’t she just be quiet?” Pat stopped punching her keyboard and shifted a new pile on her desk.
“That’s quite a load you got there.” Lilly got up to Pat’s desk and giggled, “I’m lucky, so free so far. Heaven must have smiled at me today.”
Pat rolled her eyes to Lilly as George approached her desk. In the distance Sally’s voice echoed followed by another roll of laughter.
“How are you ladies doing?” George smiled, grinning from ear to ear.
“Why are you so happy?” Lilly asked curiously.
“You,” George paused and shifted his weight, “are looking at the new project manager for marketing. Ha.”
“Well, congrats!” Lilly cheered pretentiously just as her phone started to ring.
“Yeah, congrats to you. I got a little promo too, and look what I got instead.” Pat gave a stare at the corner of her eye then back to her computer screen.
“Oh, looks like everyone is getting good news today.” Lilly bounced from her seat after hanging up her phone. “That was HR, I guess it’s my turn for my raise.”
Lilly checked her lips from her compact powder and then started down the corridor, humming on her way. From the other end, Sally’s voice got louder and louder.
“Here comes that girl.” George mumbled under his breath. Pat stopped her 95 words a minute and lean back to take a breath, anticipating the arrival of the laugh bag.
“Hi Pat. Oh, hi George! You’re here too. Congratulation on your promotions.” Sally beamed as if she’s seeing a long lost friend at last. “You must be getting really busy now. Sorry to trouble you, but I just want to come by and say good-byes.”
Pat blinked and George’s mouth opened.
“Yeah, I got let go this morning. At first it was a shock, but then I was relieved.” Sally bobbed her head.
“What are you going to do?” Pat asked.
“I’m going to go on a vacation, a short term mission actually, with my church group I told with you about. This is an answered prayer I tell you, cause they wouldn’t approve my leave before, so I say this couldn’t have come in a more perfect timing.” Sally leaned on the cubicle and winked.
“Hey, I’ll come visit after my trip and we’ll have lunch together, okay? I’ll send you pictures. BYE! BYE! Oh hi Lilly, cheer up! I’ll see you later.” Sally practically screamed as she passed Lilly down the hall.
Lilly ignored her and stormed back to her seat. Then unfolded the card board box she had in her hand and heaved her personal belongings from her desk. In ten minutes without a word she was packed and gone.
George departed on his way to the next aisle after his failure to get his attention from the typist who filled the air with the clattering sounds of her keyboard.
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