On Being an Assistant (The Pencident)

11 Apr

What to do when the boss-man isn’t the one making the demands?

***

“Penny, I need 50 copies.”

“Penny, my computer is frozen.”

“Penny, the printer is jammed and I am too lazy to open the paper drawer.”

***

What to do when the boss-man isn’t the one making the demands?

***

I smile.

I nod.

***

What to do when the boss-man isn’t the one making the demands?

***

Footsteps.

A presence, slinking down the hall.

I look up; he’s there, the one from two doors down.

***

What to do when the boss-man isn’t the one making the demands?

***

“Do you have a pen?”

“Yes… they are in that cup there.” In which you’ve already rooted.

With expectant silence, he waits.

“Oh, did you want this pen here that I have open on my notebook and was using? This pen?”

“Great.”

Do you have a PEN?

Previously, On being an assistant

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