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   It started with two quick pulls of his index finger,

a signal for me to go to him.

I could see it coming.

An instant shield of sweat

formed over my now reddened face as I struggled to drag

my lead feet and unbending legs toward him

My whole body could see it coming.



As I walked the many miles from my counter

to his office, the others

just stared at the floor.

They knew my fate.

But as I continued my journey,

my fear turned partially to hope.

It probably wasn't what I thought.

It could never happen to me.

Paranoia - that's all it was.



I arrived.

He had a fixed look on his face, but

it wasn't a look of good news or bad news really.

Just a look of indifference.

Ah, indifference - I still had a 50% chance.



The conversation lasted for about a minute and

90 or so words were said.

But I only really remember the last seconds

and the last few words.

YOU'RE FIRED.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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