“The line’s pretty long today.” He stated with the accusation of a question.
“Well, it normally gets backed up around this time.” I reply.
“Really? I would think things would be moving right along.”
“Yeah, you’d think. That’s why I always stop for a drink. Just sorta hang back in the cut.”
“So you’ve been called up here before?”
“Oh, I got my notice a while back now.”
“Really? I just got mine today, I don’t even know what all this mumbo jumbo is scrawled across the header. Can’t make heads or tails of it. Is it like a loggin code or something?”
“That’s for the higher ups. Some sorta filing system they got or something. Pete over there seems to have a pretty good grasp of it.”
“The guy by the door behind the desk?”
“Yup, he’ll take care of you.”
“Do I need some identification, I think I left all that downstairs.”
“Just give him your notice, he’ll tell you where you need to go next.”
“Alright well thanks man, I better get back in line. Don’t want to be late, not make the cut.” He said timidly.
“Ah, you’ll do fine, I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.”
“Aren’t you gonna get back in line? I mean, you wouldn’t wanna miss the ‘boat’, right?” You could tell he was nervous and was trying to get me to help bolster his confidence.
“Nah, they know I’m here.”
“Alright, well it was nice to meet you. Don’t wait too long, you might be standin’ around this place ‘forever’..See ya around. Hahaha” He chuckled uncomfortably, like he was afraid he might have insulted me somehow.
“Same time tomorrow.” I click my tongue, wink and shoot a hand pistol in his direction with a smile.
“Who was that?”
“Dunno, just the 3:15 trying to get where he’s going. How is it you still can’t tell time?”
“I don’t keep track, you know that”
“Yeah, but you’re the one who figured out the whole watercooler thing.”
“Hey, that’s was the easy part. Here, I found some coffee.”
“Finally, I could use some joe.”