“Are you stupid or what?” said the voice through the phone called.
“Huh” Leigh muttered, her brow furrowed, confused
It was afternoon time, the horizon colour even started change into reddish orange and the sun almost hide in the west horizon and called it end of the day. She was happy because one hour again she will go home and rest for the day. But it seems it’s not going the happen.
"Just a simple concept drawing and you're not good at making it?" snapped the voice on the phone.
"Hmm…. Mr Thomson, is this regarding a new project drawing?” Leigh already guesses what Mr Thomson was talking about, she asked just to make sure.
Hearing the mad voice from Mr Thomson, she still patient, she tried to speak calmly as to not make Mr Thomson even more anger. So, she listens to his snapped word silently.
“Ah… You stupid damn!” retorted Mr. Thomson out of patience, which he thought Leigh was outrageously stupid.
“You've been working with me for almost 5 years, and you're still doing damn job, Pathetic” he suppressed the word pathetic as if Leigh was a pathetic person. if only when he finished speaking that words and Leigh stood in front of him, he would slap in her face. "What the hell are you even doing all this time?"
“Eh… Mr Thomson, that drawing its still a draft, if the drawing you do not like it, I could still change the drawing as you want how the drawing should be” she try to make the problem could be solve immediately and still spoke with gentle and low voice to him.
“The drawing I am asking for, you should have separated between the main drawing and the side drawing” he said that sentence with tense voice, a little bit higher if want to say it again. “Are you even understand the drawing I ask for Miss Quinn? I ask you to separate the drawing but why the hell are you combine it at once drawing”
The bang sound could be heard at the back of the phone sound. It seems he is throwing something out of anger. Leigh inwardly thought, and she sight still in patient.
“Hmm… Mr Thomson, yesterday I have made it separately and sent it you. And then yesterday afternoon you came to the office and spoke directly to me, asking to combine it on one drawing. I even ask you the make sure because its look weird for me. But you said firmly, asking to combine it. And that the drawing after I have made the changes”. She tried to explain the discussing between her superior and herself yesterday.
“For God’s sake, did you understand with the drawing or not” he said with gritted teeth and emphasize every word he says.
“Yes, I understand Sir” replied Leigh with soft voice.
“Then why you make this stupid drawing?” he burst out impatiently, it felt like the oxygen stack on his lung, and he pushed hard the oxygen to out through his mouth when he said the words.
“Sir, the changes I made based on your instruction yesterday. And I confirmed with you about that” still she said with soft voice even not the tone up little bit. To respect her superior. She always respects other people they age below her, not because with that she thought can manage the relationship between the colleagues and even with the clients.
And then she continues to explain “This afternoon, after I made the drawing draft, I have sent to you for the approval of the drawing, but your replied just said, your wife wants the drawing to send it the General Manager, so he’s the one who will send it to the client”
“Miss Quinn, I ask you for one last time, did you even understand the drawing concept I ask you to draw or not?” he said that sentence with the low deep voice and emphasize every word that came out form his mouth with gritted teeth, sound like the anger that already on the top of his head that could outburst in any second.
“Yes Sir, I understand, what did you expect me to do sir? ” she answers directly without delay any second.
“Find HR and then scram, don’t you dare to step foot at office from tomorrow morning” with those final words have said, the phone call ended just like that.
Leigh dumbfounded! she was shocked to the core. She couldn’t believe what just she heard, is she just got fired? With the ridiculous funny issue. She even doesn’t know where exactly went wrong. She did what have been told, she even sent the drawing draft to get the approval or to make sure the drawing is the right concept her boss asking for. And the answer to ask her to send to the general manager, but she even has not sends to him the draft for him to send to the client. So basically, it’s pure still drawing draft and still can change as per instructions.
After she received the instructions to send to general manager, half hour later she got phone called from the general manager, he asks the drawing draft, and he also have the same thought with her, the drawing was not supposed to be made combined as one drawing. She replied to him, she draws like that as per instructions from the boss directly, and she explained everything based on what she has been told to him. At the end he just follows the instructions and request the drawing be made neater.
She just sat on her chair with daze gaze. She forgets what she had been told to go to HR, to get for her fired things done based on company rules. Still thinking about what just happen.
Second later, the HR came to her room and ask “Leigh, I just left office a while, and this happened. Can you share what happen?” the HR waited to get her answer for a moment, but she didn’t budge. Just silent with blank gaze. After a moment she said “I will come back here in a moment” then the HR step back forward and disappear to her own room.
She just stares at the HR with blank daze, she even didn’t know what to say. It felt like, in front of her superior she is the stupidest, dumbest, luck of knowledge. Like she did not to work here the first place.
Five years of worked its just a number being counted, with no meaning at all. No praise, no award, no grace. It was like the most looser in the world.
Her Superior words keep ringing on her ears ‘You, stupid damn’, ‘Are you stupid or what’, ‘Just a simple concept drawing and you're not good at making it’,’ You've been working with me for almost 5 years, and you're still doing damn job, Pathetic’.
Her heart clenched, like there are a rope that wrapped her heart tightly, no let even little space of loosen up. For the heart to hammer up to fill her life. She feels like she is standing on the edge of the cliff, with no hope.
And finally, the last sentence that was said by her superior fill her mind ‘Find HR and then scram, don’t you dare to step foot at office from tomorrow morning’. She doesn’t have other choice rather to write a resignation letter, at least she can get the reference certificate for her to find another job.
Her hand move itself. She sat and face on her laptop. Her right hand holds the mouse, dragged it to the window taskbar and then click it to find word icon. After that she click on the icon. The work paper opened on the screen. She put her both hand on the keyboard and the start typing the word by word. It just took 10 minutes for her to write the Resignation letter.
When the HR come back to her room. She just gave the letter to HR. The HR received the letter and read it. Finished reading, she just stares at her with sad expressions. Still blank with what have happened to her.
The HR sat on the chair before her. Put down the letter on the table. Asking her.
“At least explain to me, so I can help you” she said the soft and gentle tone.
“There is no I can do here anymore, since my superior in another word the owner of this company, do not wish to see me again starting tomorrow morning, Mrs. Reindorf”.
“I still want to know Leigh” she said with plead voice.
With no other choice, Leigh explains to her what actually happen. From the start she receives the order to make the drawing until she got phone called last few minutes ago. The HR just listen to her every word she says in silent.
While explain to HR, Leigh packing her things and put it on the box. After finished her explanation. The HR ask her to wait, because the HR need to make the Reference certificate and other support document for her. After that Leigh leave the office without look back.