She walked in timidly. I knew that my rants and raves caused many in our offices to keep their distance in fear of being in the line of fire. But I had not expected this behaviour from Alyssa – my friend and a girl’s best secretary. A hesitant smile and the words, “They did not accept your proposal.”
My first reaction was to rail against the woman who stood in front of me, her head held up in preparation for a fight. But I couldn’t, not against the one I enjoyed spending so much time with. Instead I unleashed my frustration on my desk, swiping the items onto the floor. Crash! I clenched my fists as I thought of the hours spent refining the proposal: the meetings with a client who kept changing her mind; the wasted hours spent wining and dining her; the many times I forced myself to keep quiet in order to keep her with our company.
“You know this need not be the end of it.” The softly spoken words brought focus to my mind. “Their competition has been after your services for a while now. Maybe it is time to switch sides to those who appreciate your talents more.”
Oh yes, a switch would lead to a sweet revenge. This is why I should never shoot the messenger. Often the messenger is on your side.
Do you often shoot the messenger?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt: Messenger)