Gay Boss left last Thursday.
After two hours in the boardroom with CEO he knocked on my office door to say goodbye. He held out his hand in a professional manner and told me that he'd come to wish me luck. My eyes welled up. I ignored his outstretched hand and I gave him a hug.
"Keep in touch."
Then he was gone.
I sat alone in my office for a while thinking about the past few months. I finally stood up and walked into the boardroom. CEO was sitting at the head of the table sorting through sheets of paper.
"Elise! Hello, how are you?"
He gestured to a chair. I numbly sat down.
"Well, I guess you've heard." He smiled in a friendly manner. "They'll be some good changes around here. You'll meet the new guy tomorrow. He's a very nice man. Over fifteen years experience you know."
His voice tuned out. I sat in silence. Unable to say a word.
After a while CEO got up to leave. I stayed seated. As he walked to the door he looked over his shoulder.
"You will be nice to him won't you?"
Of course I'll be nice to him! What the hell does he think I'm like? It's not the new guy's fault is it?
I nodded. He shut the door.
I sat in the empty boardroom for a while. For the first time since working there I felt alone. Stoner finally knocked on the door and let himself in. We sat in silence holding hands.
"You know, nothing is going to be the same."
"No more late mornings."
"No more long lunches."
"No more sarcastic swearing."
"No more secret office meetings."
"No more undercover spying."
It was the end of an era.
Bimbo called my mobile phone not long afterwards. I couldn't work out what she was saying, she was sobbing so loudly. I told her to meet us in the boardroom. A few minutes later she burst through the door. He face was swollen and red from crying so much. He hair was in a complete mess. She looked so ridiculous, I couldn't help but laugh.
We all spent the day in the boardroom swapping stories. Slowly more people joined us. By the end of the day all of the employees were sitting on and around the table laughing and joking about Gay Boss.
He will be missed by us all.