Read by Lois Tucker
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- Become unemployed
For the past three months, there have been clues you weren’t fitting in. They didn’t like it when you corrected their grammar. They didn’t like it when you removed every adjective from that guy’s manuscript. They didn’t like it when you reduced that novel of eighty thousand words to just one side of double-spaced A4.
“It’s not that you’re not taking the job seriously,” your boss tells you. “In fact, quite the opposite.”
You know where this is going. Her tone of voice is different now. So, before she can say the words “let you go” or “call it a day”, you stand up, go to your desk, and pack your things with such haste that you leave behind some tea, a mug, and a pen.
Outside, it seems unclear whether you have just quit or just been fired, but it hardly matters, because either way, you’re unemployed.