I’d like to escape to
Jay stared at the sentence on her screen. It was true, but it was hardly the slogan that would win her the once-in-a-lifetime holiday to
Jay, I’m allowing Yolanda to arrive late so you’ll have to make extra efforts to get in on time to provide cover for her.
I hear you’re complaining about the air conditioning yet again. It will not be switched off just because you’re cold. You need to learn to compromise. Let me remind you that you’re part of a team, Jay. “Us” is the word you need to remember, not “me”.
For pity’s sake. If you’re incapable of doing the simplest thing, I’ll have to do it myself.
Jay angrily grabbed at her cup of coffee, misjudged the distance, and managed to knock the contents all over her keyboard. “Aargh!” she yelled, while frantically swiping at the mess with a paper napkin.
She groaned when she returned her attention to the screen. “Your entry was successfully sent!” it merrily chirped.
Oh well, it wasn’t as if anything would actually come of it.
A month later, Jay scowled at yet another email headed “Congratulations! You have won a trip to
Then the voicemails started.
“This is Abigail from Wonderful Indonesia. Please could you call back as soon as possible?”
“It’s Abigail from Wonderful Indonesia again. Your slogan ‘I’d like to escape to
Jay gaped at the phone as her hand moved towards the redial button.
A month later, and Jay stood in front of her open suitcase wondering how many bikinis she should pack. She smiled as her mind drifted back to her job and the comments she’d been making virtually every day.
Yolanda, I’m afraid you’ll have to take that conference call as I’ll be in
Feel free to leave the air conditioning on. I’ll be warm enough when I’m lying on a beach.
Yes, it was petty but it was also the most fun Jay had had at work in a long time.
She had also written one more thing, and this time it wasn’t a joke.
I would like to hand in my notice…