Hello everyone *dodges bottle*
i apologize for the looooong wait. Totally unplanned long wait.
Do enjoy the conclusion.
After the happenings of the previous night, it was safe to say that Adah and Paul were apprehensive. As at 1pm, Debby hadn’t said a word about the lift incidence. In fact, she seemed to be in a very good mood. Goke was his usual cheerful self, Gloria was out of the office and Mr. Lawal was somewhere around telling anyone who cared to listen about how they almost died in the “lipt”.
Paul eventually had to go to her office for a meeting. Fortunately, there were also about four others in the room so it was less awkward for him. It got a bit more awkward when two of the four rounded up their end of the meeting and left. Then it was terribly awkward when the meeting finished and as he got up to go, Debby asked him to stay behind.
Paul visibly flinched as the door was shut behind the last person. His eyes were everywhere but on Debby. Debby on the other hand, got on the phone (presumably with a client) and was talking away, her eyes focused only on Paul as he sank deeper into the seat. He couldn’t wait to get out.
Debby kept her eyes on Paul, and the fact that he was uncomfortable made her keep at it. She kept pretending to talk on the phone as she watched him squirm. When she got bored, she ‘hung up’, dropped the phone and stood, still facing him.
Paul almost wet himself.
“Paul” She sing-songed. “So how did the rest of the night go? Hope you still managed to have some fun on your anniversary?”
“Ye..Yes I did. And th-th-thank you so much for the cake. It was really really thoughtful of you. Vize loved it.”
Debby just smiled and said nothing.
“Ca-can I know who made it?” He asked for lack of anything to say.
“It’s a friend, his name is Mayowa and his cakes are truly good. I thought it would be nice to have one sent over to you guys.”
“Yes it was ve-very nice. Thank you so much.”
She smiled. Then sat down, tapping her nails on the table. She then reached for her phone box and dialed a number.
“Hello Adah, please come to my office. Yes now please. Thank you.”
Adah came in shortly after. For some reason she was sweating and Paul couldn’t understand why… that was till he realized that he was sweating also. Oh boy!!!
As Adah ‘settled’ (sat on the edge looking totally awkward and caught in between trying to cross her leg and look relaxed or leaving her legs stretched out) down, Debby turned and dropped her phone in front of them.
Both their eyes systematically went down to the phone, slightly up to give each other a baffled look and then way up to see face Debby again.
She calmly walked over to their side of the table. Standing behind them, she reached out and pressed some buttons on the phone.
Paul stopped breathing as he listened to a (very clear) play back of the ‘discussion’ that occurred in the lift. Adah had her hands to her mouth.
When Paul finally managed to breathe he asked, “But how?”
“Well it seems that last night when I was being harassed by faithful employees, my shaking hands on my phone somehow pressed the record button”
“Madam, please we’re sorry, we’re very very sorry!” Adah said between tears.
“Heeeeeeey, hey hey hey, calm down I already told you guys that you’re forgiven. Stop crying.”
“Ahhh, so no problem. Thank God. Thank you madam.” Paul almost got down on his knees.
“Errrr, there actually IS a bit of a problem”
“The recording somehow got to the director, and you know how he hates insubordinate employees and so he forwarded it to HR.”
“WHAT???” They both sputtered.
Debby walked back to her side of the table.
“So what will happen to us?” Paul asked.
“What has happened is that you’ve both been suspended for three months without pay.”
“Oh my God! Why would you do that to us?’
“Who me? I didn’t do anything, HR sent the letter” Her hands were up. “See guys, it could have been a lot worse so just go.”
“Debby I..” Paul started.
“I believe our meeting is over dears. See you in three months.”
Debby watched as they dragged themselves out of her office. She tried to feel bad for them, she really did. It just didn’t happen. You may be stressed, you may be scared, you may even be having a mental breakdown…bottom line is, never be rude to your boss!
She sighed as she went back to her seat. Life goes on.
She picked up the phone.
“Hi John… now about that date…“