Friday, November 4, 2016

Microstory 445: Floor 41 (Part 2)

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Floor 42 (Part 2)

Beta: Gamma, Delta, what can I help you two with?
Gamma: Would you like the good news first, or the bad news?
Beta: Good news.
Delta: The good news is that you’re getting a promotion. The bad news is that we have no choice but to push Alpha out.
Beta: That’s not bad news. That’s no news. That’s positively not happening. I’m not going to push out my business partner.
Gamma: That’s the real bad news. Not even for the good of the company?
Beta: Not even. I’ll tear this whole building down before I betray a friend for the corporate ladder, or anything else.
Delta: I don’t think you understand what’s going on. We’re not pushing him out so that you can take his place. We’re pushing him out because it has to be done. We would like to do it with your cooperation, but it is not required. We are expecting to vote on this on Tuesday. Feel free to lobby the rest of the voters, but I don’t think you’ll have much luck. Our clients need to see a major change.
Beta: Alpha is more than a symbol...more than the face. He worked his ass off to make this. He came from nothing.
Delta: He started out with a million dollar loan from his father.
Beta: Still. He deserves better than this. We know he’s not at fault. He can’t be responsible for every single little mistake the workers make.
Gamma: We know that, and trust us when we say that this is not easy, but we have investigated the defective windows, and have been unable to trace the actual source of the problem.
Beta: Let me do it.
Gamma: Do what?
Beta: Investigate. You say the vote won’t be for another few days? Give me a few days.
Delta: What do you think you can do in such a short time that we’ve not already tried...that you’ve not already tried?
Gamma: Now, hold on, Delta. If he wants the time then give him the time. He’s right. Nothing is happening today. We might as well continue trying to find the source.
Delta: Omicron will not be happy about this.
Beta: This is Omicron’s idea? I should have known. That son of a bitch. I need to talk to him first. Where the hell is he?
Delta: I believe he went to speak with the vice presidents.
Beta: Can’t you see what he’s doing? He’s mining support. This has nothing to do with saving the company! This is all about his own ambitions! Why the hell is this thing taking so long? No one should be using the executive elevator this early!

Floor 40 (Part 2)

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