Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Microstory 453: Floor 33 (Part 2)

Corporate Financier: Now, hold on—what’s your name?
Former Designer: Former Designer.
Corporate Financier: Former Designer, we can talk about this. You don’t need that gun. I’m not going to hurt you, so why would you want to hurt me?
Former Designer: You’ve already hurt me! You drove me to this! I don’t like guns! I abhor them, actually. I’ve always been a pacifist, but then I started working for this company...and then I stopped.
Corporate Financier: I understand why you’re upset, I would be too, man. But this is not the way.
Former Designer: You did this to me! This is your fault!
Corporate Financier: ...yes, it is.
Former Designer: Wha—what?
Corporate Financier: What, did you think I would deny it? I recognize my contributions for what they are. Unlike other people in this company, I’m not an oblivious fish in a tank. I know that what I do has an effect on others. I don’t know anything about you, or exactly what got you fired. But if you did nothing wrong—which by you being here, I suspect that to be the case—I’m certain that the only reason you were let go is because you were costing them too much money.
Former Designer: I was doing what I was told! I was doing my job!
Corporate Financier: I do not doubt that. Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve not been the greatest person. I’ve been blind to what this company truly is. But I’m getting better. I’m getting smarter. I’m starting to not agree with the way things are run. This window thing, which you seem to have escaped, is just one symptom of a larger issue. But we can do something about it.
Former Designer: What could we do?
Corporate Financier: I don’t know. Look, the building is on lockdown right now, but once that’s lifted, I promise you that we’ll go straight up to Beta’s office and demand answers. How does that sound?
Former Designer: I didn’t come here for answers, I came for justice. I don’t give a crap about what happens to this company, or anyone else in it. This place ruined my life. It can burn for all I care.
Corporate Financier: That may be, but killing me won’t get you peace. All it will get is life in prison.
Former Designer: There is peace in death.
Corporate Financier: I don’t believe that, and I don’t think you do either.
Former Designer: Well...we’ll find out.
Corporate Financier: No.
Former Designer: Both of us.
Corporate Financier: No! Please sto—!

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