Accommodation and food came with the job –
the food rather institutional
and a single room
with bookshelf and wardrobe.
A television and refrigerator could be had on request
signed up for,
just an agreement to return at the end of contract.
I asked the accommodation manager what it was worth
“a replacement – seven or eight hundred dollars.”
Replacement: that’s what had happened –
one of my staff
had asked to keep his television until the last day
and then replaced it –
with a cheaper model.
Did the better one go with him?
“Did he steal it you mean…… I would imagine so.”
A black moment, I could feel it coming
interviews with security.
the click of a camera, the creep of a glacier
a bride to walk up the aisle ….
a new divorcee to leave a lawyer’s office.
The year had gone as well as I hoped
I felt pride …..
at the end of the game
a dropped ball I could see it
a request for the contract to cover client’s loss
it would have to be explained – a black mark.
The man across the desk spoke
“I know you’d have had nothing to do with this
and would not approve ….. I can bury this one.”