“I didn’t hire him to do anything,” I said, confused. My boss stared at me and slowly turned around. He straightened his shoulders and headed back to the front of the office. I watched him bypass the unknown male sitting at the table in the front of my partition. I guess he must have shown up this morning and sat down at the first available desk.
The fact my boss wasn’t going to say anything to him was unbelievable, but not surprising. He was a master at avoiding most, if not all, problems. He originally had been so wonderful and charming that he was the reason I joined the team. Now, I felt as if I was just here to collect a paycheck.
I kept my eye on the stranger at the front desk and waited for someone to approach him. I quickly became completely distracted from my work as I watched groups of my coworkers literally huddle around the water cooler and talk about the new guy. But yet, no one would approach him to ask what he was doing there.
I finally couldn’t take it anymore. I had to know everything about him. Who was he and what was he doing here? As I approached, he acted totally normal. Like he was supposed to be in the building, working.
“I’ve been waiting for you. I’m here to warn you. Get out now.” With his message delivered, he got up and walked out the front door without turning back.