There couldn’t be two people more
different than Chloe Bryan and Dennis Reid.
It wasn’t their height or their complexion or their body type. Truth to
be told he was tall and she was tall and both were thin. They were both working for Obrien and Charley,
Reid, why are you looking at me like that?” Chloe asked.
am I looking at you, Chloe?”
if you’re angry with me because I told you to stop drinking and smoking.”
had just finished having lunch and were sitting outside under a large tree in
front of the company’s offices.
Reece and Jack Beacon came and sat beside them.
never seen you two and you’re not quarrelling,” Marjorie remarked.
must be in love,” Jack put in.
doesn’t need a girlfriend. He takes out his sorrows in liquor and cigarettes. I
doubt if he knows what the inside of a nightclub looks like,” Chloe jibed.
I smoke and I drink. Do you think I used to do those things by myself? I used
to go around with a lot of friends. It’s just because things are so tough now
why I’m not partying all that much.”
if things weren’t that tough you still wouldn’t be partying, Dennis,” Jack
do you know, Jack? A bar’s as good as a nightclub. Sure, you might not be
dancing, but at least you’re meeting people and enjoying yourself,” Dennis put
a nightclub you have more atmosphere and lots more people. I would never go to a bar. If I wanted to
enjoy myself, I’d go to a party or a nightclub,” Marjorie opined.
nightclubs can be quite stifling because of the crowds,” Jack countered.
then Bridget Charles joined them. She was tall and very pretty and was going on
twenty five years of age.
Tanya and Rene just got their letters of dismissal,” she told them.
of them were expecting it.
Geddes had worked with the firm for under a year and there were numerous
complaints about his work. He drove a car and the back was always full of files,
but he had never managed to complete a job on his own, which was a bad sign. He
had gotten numerous warnings about his performance. Tanya Gabay and Rene
Distant were just finishing up their probationary three months period and it
was generally agreed that they had both performed below expectations.
came here as a senior from one of the big four firms in the island. I just
can’t understand why he can’t do a job,” Jack remarked.
Tanya and Rene I’m sorry for,” Bridget put in.
saw both of them just sitting there staring into space. If they didn’t
understand, why didn’t they go to a senior?” Marjorie asked.
time was up and they all went back to work. That Friday, Weston, Tanya and Rene
all left the organization. All the workers were sad to see them go.
few staffers took them to Lita’s Pub in Half Way Tree to have a small send off
Monday, new replacements came in. They were Byron Roberts, Philbert Quarry and
Bryan and Dennis Reid had a bitter quarrel almost resulting in both of them
never speak to that guy again,” Chloe said, referring to Dennis.
can’t see why both of you are so angry with each other,” Marjorie declared.
wanted all of the new recruits and when I told him I wanted one of them he got
angry and told me that I’m behaving as if I own Obrien and Charley.”
saw Dennis coming over, and Chloe left and went inside.
are you and Chloe at each other so much, Dennis?” Marjorie asked.
too stubborn and wants to get her way all the time.”
came outside and heard what Dennis just said to Marjorie.
I’m no more thick headed than you. I’ve worked at places before and didn’t talk
to several persons. I think I’ll start it here and you are the first person I’m
putting on my list.”
ahead and do that as if you didn’t know that I’ve resigned.”
you going abroad to study like June and Reedy?” Marjorie asked and before
giving him time to answer she continued.
you hear what happened to Reedy? Ruddy Maxwell, his girlfriend, Sylvia’s boss, threw this big party for him when he
was going away. It’s six months since
he’s been away and Sylvia is pregnant for Ruddy.”
others turned around, shocked.
God, I feel it for Reedy and he’s such a quiet guy. I hope it doesn’t interrupt
his studies,” Chloe said.
know Reedy did a lot for that girl. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was he who
got that job for her,” Dennis put in.
can be bastardly too. Ruddy knew that
she was Reedy’s girlfriend. He didn’t have to go fooling around her,” Marjorie
as I understand it, they were friends before Reedy went away. They were
certainly happy to see him go,” Dennis stated.
Dennis, you’ve resigned. I sure hope it wasn’t because of me,” Chloe told him.
can make me do anything against my will. I just want to go on my own. I have
about thirty clients and more will be coming my way pretty soon.”
months later he migrated.
just left for the United States without a word to any of us,” Chloe lamented to
Marjorie as they sat under the big tree.
had strong feelings for him, Chloe?”
used to quarrel a lot, but I still liked him a lot.”
you never hear from him again?”
would mean that he has found a better girl than
me. If that’s the case so be it,”
year later and Chloe left for the States. Two years later there was pandemonium
in the office as who should stroll in arm in arm, but Dennis and Chloe, both
sporting similar married rings. There were smiles all around for the happy
couple. It was also revealed that
Reedy hadn’t returned to Jamaica but had in
fact married an American woman and migrated to that country. The End.
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