Chapter - 07
"Time is up," One of the ladies called out and hearing her, the others walked from seat to seat collecting the papers.
After all the papers were collected and bundled up, the lady said, "We will be announcing the result in one hour. Until then, you can head to the cafeteria on the sixth floor and enjoy the refreshments arranged by the company for you," Saying this, the lady walked out of the room, followed by others.
Alex also followed the other candidates out of the room and made his way to the sixth floor. Due to the constant bickering of his parents, he was not able to eat to his heart's content in the morning.
'I hope they live up to the brand Theation' Alex thought.
The cafeteria was unique in its own way. Unlike the usual layout where a room was filled with tables for the employees to stuff themselves, it was way different from the normal. As soon as one steps on the sixth floor, he is greeted with walls made of glass. O the other side of the glass were employees having food. Following the experienced crowd of applicants, Alex walked through the door and into a glass corridor. On either side of the corridor was the eating area, and at the end were stairs. They were not allowed to take the stairs, instead, they were guided to the eating area.
The lunch arranged for them was the same as their employees, and Alex has to admit that it was on par, if not better, than many high-class restaurants. Working in Theation may be hard for men, but if you are an employee here, the company takes care of you remarkably. On top of that, the perks, not talk about the soothing and peace a man gets by ogling over the women working here, are second to none.
After Alex was done with his lunch, he had still more than half an hour to spare. To make use of that time, Alex decided to explore the company he might end up working for.
As Alex made his way through the various floors, he made his way through numerous sets, shooting online reality shows. Some creators were eating a whole bunch of food in front of them, or some girls were licking the microphone making weird noises. But what fascinated Alex was the things going on behind the scene. The corridors were filled with staff bustling from here and there and the directors shouting at their assistants. Though it looked chaotic, it was enthralling.
Though everything was lively and all, what struck Alex was the scarcity of men he came across with. He has been going around for a while now, but the number of men he passed could be counted on the palm of his hand. However hopeful Alex was, he could not dismiss the fact that he might end up being trapped in a female kingdom as nothing more than a pawn to them.
'Phew!' Alex sighed. There was no use thinking about what the future had stored for him. He has already decided to board this pirate ship.
Alex, when looked at his watch, the one hour given to them was almost up. It was time for him to head back and wait for the result. Alex got into the elevator and pushed the button for the fourth floor. Though a lot of people were there on the floor, he was the only one getting on the elevator.
As the elevator door was about to close, a slender hand stuck between the doors, and the door opened again. A lady wearing a floppy hat, big sunglasses, and a mask covering her face stormed inside as if running away from someone. She hurriedly pressed a button, and without giving Alex a chance to understand anything, she hid behind Alex.
Before Alex could ask anything, he heard footsteps hurrying in their direction. Alex was not sure about the situation she was in, but one thing was clear, if anyone passed by them, they will be easily able to spot her because of that large hat. There was no use hiding behind him.
"Find her. She couldn't have gone far," Alex heard a man's voice. It was no threat but anxiety and uneasiness that Alex felt in his tone.
"She is a real trouble maker. Can't she act her age?" Another man was heard saying.
"She has been stuck inside four walls for over a week. Maybe she went out to take a breather. I am sure she will be back soon." This time it was a feminine voice that took the girl's side.
"Do you think I enjoy keeping her inside, locked up? I am doing it to keep her safe, and this is what the CEO has ordered me. It is the CEO paying for my kid's school, not her," The first man said, irritated.
"All of you check the elevators."
By this time, the elevator doors had started closing again. As the steps drew closer, Alex acted as if he was removing his coat. With the coat widespread and the doors closing, those who peeked inside to take a look could not see anyone else other than a guy and walked away without looking intently.
As the doors closed and the elevator began to move down, Alex wore his coat back and stood straight, looking ahead.
"Thank you," The girl said, coming out from behind him.
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