Nikhil saw his boss pass by his cabin. He was going towards hers, again. He had decided to do something about it even though it put his job on risk. He dialled her number and hoped she’d pick up the phone. As soon as she accepted the call, the boss reached opened the door to her cabin.
She kept sitting there, with a stern look on her face.
‘Ritika, I suppose you didn’t get my message.’ He asked.
‘What message?’ she asked back, surprised.
‘I sent the clerk to inform you to be in my cabin when I returned after lunch!’
‘I’m here right now, what can I do for you?’ she thought, what now?
‘Ah! You know what YOU can do very well but what you don’t know is what I can do.’ He replied, cheerfully.
‘I beg your pardon?’ she asked, confused, God! He is talking crazy again. Who appointed this drunkard!
‘I just got to know about your brother’s accident. I hear he needs to be operated.’ He spoke with fake concern on his face.
‘Yes, you heard it right, but that’s none of your business.’ She was shocked, but she managed to not show it.
‘But I want to help you! I can arrange the money required for the operation. INR 150000, is that right?’ He said, earnestly.
‘Yes, but I don’t need your help. Now if you will excuse me, I have a lot of work to do.’ Take help from you and screw you in return? Do I look that stupid to not figure out what your friendly talk means? She thought, annoyed.
‘You know what; the biggest problem with you is that you don’t listen to people. The loan you have applied for, from the company, won’t be sanctioned until I sign the reference note. So as a matter of fact, you do need my help.’ His eyes were shining as he spoke.
‘And why wouldn’t you sign a piece of paper that wouldn’t cost you anything but would cost my brother his life?’ She asked, taken aback and disgusted at the same time.
‘Well, I’ll be more than happy to sign it for you, just come to my office with the paper. You can get the paper from my assistant. And yes, JUST THE PAPER.’ He spoke those words with a pause.
‘Wait, I’ll get it right now, just give me a minute.’ What’s on his mind now? Well, if he is doing it without any offer that he makes usually, that’s all the more good for me. She thought as she stood up.
‘Oh, no no no. I wouldn’t want to disturb you. Come by at 5, I’ve got some things to discuss too.’ He reached by her side and motioned her to sit.
‘But the office time gets over by 4:30!’ So, here’s the loophole, she thought.
He leaned in the table, his face a few inches away from her and spoke very slowly and clearly, ‘Yes but it’s very crowded, I don’t want to be disturbed. And remember, come with JUST THE PAPER, there should be nothing else WITH YOU OR ON YOU. See you, then!’ He left as she sat there dumbfounded.
‘What the hell...!’ the colour drained from Nikhil's face. I’m not letting you get away with this, you jerk, he thought to himself as he saw him pass by his cabin, smiling smugly.
He looked at his phone, put the record button to stop and cut the call. He made his way to her cabin. We’ll get rid of him soon, he thought, smiling.
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