It was my first time in his office,
I was the contractor’s representative
he, the client –
a big client
a million-dollar tender when $100,000 gave change, on a good house.
Sometimes it’s 50/50
but this was 55/45 – at best
more than marginal, not quite blatant.
staff confidence is fence sitting –
not yet of an opinion to stay,
I said, I knew I was asking a lot
but I really had to win this one.
Throughout he had not interjected
asked for clarification
or shown emotion.
Now, he removed his glasses,
looked directly at me and said, “yes, you do.”