Cal Look — On the way to work

Paul N
2 min readJun 3, 2022

Manny was in the zone, walking long on auto pilot. His phone rang.

“Where are you?” Manny had no chance to even say hi, he was straight away greeted by Rob's question.

“Outside the tube” Manny Responded

“Near your home?” Rob asked back

“Nope the other end. Paddington” Manny affirmed

Rob let out a deflated breath on the other end of the line.

“He's not in, and he's not going to come in.”

“What … Your joking, what about the networking meeting?” Manny said in a surprisingly high pitched voice, the networking meeting had been planned for a week and their little team had prepped for it over slack for the last few working days getting all their questions noted down and all their bases covered.

“He sent an email last night late to move the meeting, something about an emergency at home” Rob explained “I can't believe it, just our luck we have come in for nothing. Do you want to turn back and work from home, I can cover things here whilst you travel” he sighed.

“Nah, I might as well come in,” Manny said in a cheerful voice. “we always do this, forget to check our email before coming in”

“I know right. I can't believe the meeting is cancelled after all that preparation. The meet has been moved for a week as well. We're going to have to go everything again to remind ourselves next week” Rob sat at his desk, on the bank of three desks he was alone with no coworkers behind him to overhear his complaints or see his screen, a deep house youtube video playing.

Manny walked along the canal with his phone in hand. “lets got to BrewDog at lunch”

In the office Rob leant back in his chair, his face lit up “now that's a good idea, my friend, at least we can put this day to some use”

Manny hung up the call, he stood outside the office a menacing block of glass and concrete he looked up and smiled to himself, it was time to go in. He had travelled all this way and would not talk to anyone in the building face to face, everyone he spoke to would be on slack, even Rob who sat next to him, the two of them listening to music and communicating on the instant messaging platform until the clock hits 12, when they would yet again vacate to the pub for lunch and drinks.

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Paul N

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