In Summary
  • Despite the circumstances, I drive to work with a smile on my face; the lovely memories of the weekend I have just had with my friends is top on my mind.
  • I am so happy we are all finally together and happy.

By the time Monday morning rolls around I am feeling well prepared for my big, scheduled altercation with our human resource department and Frank from the factory.

Despite the circumstances, I drive to work with a smile on my face; the lovely memories of the weekend I have just had with my friends is top on my mind.

I am so happy we are all finally together and happy.

In fact, when we drove back to the city yesterday evening, we decided that we would now make this retreat a monthly thing so that, in Fatma’s words, “we always keep in touch with each other’s emotional space.”

FLOATING ON A CLOUD

And so I waltz into the office, feeling like I am floating on a cloud. Ciru watches as I walk in. “Looks like someone had a great weekend,” she notes.

And the sound of her voice brings me jarringly back to earth and to the troubles that await me.

“It was good,” I nod, trying hard not to look too happy – I mean, Ciru and I still have all the drama we have to fix, and that drama affects a good number of women here. “How are you?” I ask her. “I hope you are ready for this week?”

She sighs sadly and nods. “Do we have a choice?” she smiles wryly. I shake my head and purse my lips; things have progressed too far for us to back down now.

“We’ll all be okay, you have my guarantee,” I reach out to pat her arm and then make my way into Chris’ former office… which is now officially mine.

The first email I see when I flip my computer open is from the HR department, stating that we shall meet to review the claims that the female employees have made against Frank… and to review the claims he has made against me, on Tuesday. “Game on,” I say to myself as I look at the appointments Ciru has made for me.

PLEASANTLY SURPRISED

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