It was this cold look you gazed at me, that ignites a quick rushing fear through my veins. In between moments there, I could feel my heart beat so fast; an extremely dangerous speed that could cause it to break. I smelled in me, fear. I could have seized myself away from moments as troublesome as this. If at all I thought I was afraid, I wanted to hope I was wrong and that am strong enough to handle whatever comes my way. Sometimes I have thought and tried to act normal, like any other human being should. If even that thought to act normal saw me through my worries and fears.
My first step into your company was nice and slow, but approaching the crowd where you commanded the conversations. I could feel your rejection off your unneighbourly stare. Then listening keenly to you . I had the guts to raise my hand and ask clarity on matters arising. Then you blocked me with a cold answer ” What do you know? you are only hours old here, myself and a few others here who seem not to have a bother over these issues have been doing this for years young feller. So! Sit your ass down tight and let you learn Mr.” Right there and then, if my heart was to piece apart; I think that was its time to scatter the conference room and fill the office environment with rhythms of all kinds . However, I switched my hurting moment off and stayed strong for the next topics, but the more I listened to her; was the more her resounding voice filled my soul with regrets of why I gave in to the idea of showing up or even staying in this meeting. Huh! If even I had a choice whether to be or not be there. Am just an intern!
After the meeting, I insignificantly walked out the door towards the stairs off the conference rooms. There I hear my name called on the loud speaker by the receptionist to report at their desk. This gave me quite a scare. Am fired! Now so many voices inside my head, accompanied by inner thoughts frightening my existence in this space . What a day?
At the Reception. “Welcome Sir! The C.E.O would like to see you at His office.” Am now wondering where that is. She continues, ” you seem bothered Sir, are you okay?” Yes I am! Thanks. Where is His office? “It’s fifth floor on your Right.” Thank you.”You are welcome Sir! and please do have a good day” You too Miss.
My foot had no enough strength to carry me up the stairs by this juncture, so I took the lift. Facing on the right of fifth floor .The secretary is quick to notice me. “Welcome Sir! You can have your way in. He is expecting you.” Thank you, I reply heading inside the office.
“Good morning young man?” Good morning Sir! You requested to see me? ” Yes I did! I was watching and listening to the senior and junior employees’ conference meeting earlier before, here in my office. And I realized that you raised a very good point which was disregarded by my colleagues. And for that, I really do apologise on their behalf. Myself believe we need more of these great young minds like you around here a lot.” Thankyou Sir! I appreciate your kind words. Right away in that moment, we both couldn’t help smiling at each other. After a long conversation accumulating to around 3hrs over a cup of tea and some snacks. We amassed several issues in agreement and disagreement then closure. He also requested that the following day I do the presentation of these impeccable ideas during the board meeting on His behalf . Even myself didn’t believe what just happened. Where would I gather such courage? but again! Where would I get such a chance? Not to forget my situation earlier on. So I put myself together and agreed to my Boss’s orders. If this not what we call a blessing in disguise; then I dont know what is.
It sure was a sleepless night that day with me trying all my suits and verbal plus vocal presentations in front of a mirror almost the whole night. The following day the Board meeting went well after the C.E.O highly introduced me . I then gave the presentation my best shot. There after, almost everything I presented was passed and approved by the Board members including the head of department who had ignored me the previous day. She personally felt the need to mention to the board members that I was working under her department. She also mentioned that she was very proud and at the same time lucky to have me under her mentorship. After the meeting, new announcements and assignments from the meeting were given to the employees and they worked wonders to achieving the company goals and objectives. I became the subject of most talks in the office. I could notice those glimmering faces with calm voices saying hello to me everywhere I went around the company building.
Later the following month after our company gave a great lead in the financial marketing. Making tremendous profits and returns in investments. Our head of department asked me out for Dinner and a catch up conversation. Something deep down my heart was hesitant about agreeing to her offer . But then! I let the work of Grace humble me into hearing her out . However! I couldn’t hold back asking her. Why were you rude to me the very first time we met, then nicer to me the second time? ;and now you want to be my friend. When was it that you were pretending?
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