*This is the 3rd instalment of a short – you can find the 2nd one here:
Vigor returning to my step, I head to the lunchroom now sporting blinders to all around me.
“Nigel, I need to talk to you.” I look directly at him and head for the coffee pot.
He’s sitting in a fuchsia chair at the lunch table, his long fingers wrapped around a cup of sludge. His dark, thin eyebrows lift when he hears my tone.
“Well, you’re all business bright n’ early, love. Not even a good mornin’ for your crackerjack boss, then eh?” Nigel’s British lilt, although normally one of his few redeeming qualities, is bordering on annoying this particular day.
“I’m not kidding, boss. A serious face to face – when are you free?”
I look down at the dark liquid spilling out of the carafe. With bits and pieces of brown substance bobbing up and over the spout, I swear I see an entire bean pass through the flow and into my mug. Espresso, stock boy style.
His fingers punctuate his words and as he stands, Nigel’s tie uncurls like a snake’s tongue. “I may have some time post lunch,” he grazes on my attire, tasting his way from my boots up to my shabbily-chic ‘bunned’ hair. “You do have a way when it comes assembling”, he observes. “Quite an eclectic ensemble.
Not wanting to portray any self-doubt, I do not look my outfit over in front of him, but rather resurrect a mental image of my full-length mirror from this morning; Meh, I was good.
“I do like to think outside The Box once in a while, you know Nige…? There are options beyond…” Small pools of sweat form in my pits as I wonder if my metaphor is over his head, but I continue to doctor my coffee, now morphing into a latte, as I add more and more milk.
“As I say,” he sprays, “I’ll text you after my lunch. I’m not sure how long I’ll be with Denise,” Was it my imagination or did he hiss the S? “But we do have a lot to go over.”
With a snap of his tongue he slithers away. I put his cold mug in the sink and use my still damp cuff to wipe his venom off my forehead.
*To be continued
*Constructive criticism encouraged!