Chapter 3: Home
I woke up early so I won’t get stranded on the road because of traffic. I used my old uniform which is a polo shirt with the logo of the company with my department name printed at the back partnered with denim pants and white shoes. I haven’t dressed up like this for two years so it’s making me feel awkward. It’s a good thing that I didn’t remove my old stuffs especially my id inside my bag; I remembered to look for it as soon as I boarded the bus so I panicked a little.
Since my work starts at 7:30 am and I arrived 30 minutes early, I went to the cafeteria to grab some coffee since I can’t prepare breakfast a while ago. I can see unfamiliar faces at the information desk but the lady who sells my favorite pie in the cafeteria is still there, and that is what mattered to me. I saw her bright smile as soon as she saw me approaching her store.
“Hey young man, it’s been ages. Would you want to order the usual?”
I smiled at her and nod.
I ate my pie and brought my coffee with me. I returned my plate, pay for what I ate and thank the old lady. As I walk through the elevator I can sense stares from a lot of people. Maybe they heard about the news how I abandoned my work and my team 2 years ago and now I am suddenly popping out of nowhere. I just sighed and put my head down the whole time and wished I’ll reach our department and my office (if it still belongs to me) faster. As soon as I opened the door of my office, my boss is sitting there with her eyes closed. I think it’s rude that I didn’t bother to knock wherein I’m the one who hates people going inside my room without notice in the first place. I looked around and the whole room is still the same, my carved name and position on the glass is still on the table. There are no dusts as well, every single person in our department knows I’m a clean freak, I don’t want to assume that they never let this room dirty for me but I felt a bit of happiness for which I think I already forgot.
“That grin can become wider” I heard my boss’ voice and I saw her looking at me with a teasing face. I admire her looks, despite her age she still look young and her fashion sense is on a different level. Even if she’s only wearing a shirt and pants she looks like she’s a model of some expensive branded clothes.
“Good morning Ma’am, it’s been a while”
“I was really nervous that you won’t come back. I thought asking you to train a newbie won’t work but you’re here and I‘m so happyyyyy”
She’s smiling at me widely and wiping her tears as if her prodigal son came back home after running away. To be honest, I can’t let her down anymore because she did a lot of good things to me. She became my mom and supported me not just financially but also gave me all the love she can give as soon as we met eleven years ago.
“I’m sorry” I’m loss of words, I am so guilty that I can’t look at her she told me it’s okay, hugged me and pat my back.
“C’mon wipe your tears Ash, the whole team is waiting for yah”
Chapter 4: Play Again
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