Everyone’s voices are too loud and the lights are too bright. Two women laugh by the copy machine. The sound saturates the air and is broken by the code being keyed into the door. Beep, beep, beep, beep. A third woman joins in at the copy machine, their heads lean in and their voices fall to whispers. They share the kinds of secrets that sink ships.
Just around the corner, sits the subject of their conversation. A powerful sitting duck.
“He needs to get up off his rusty dusty and do something about…” a voice rises from the cluster of three and falls back to an inaudible whisper.
I am unable to cope with the drama and leave the office. While wandering the long hallways, people pass with purses and bags on their shoulders with appointments and parking validation on their minds. Conversation is light or heavy depending on the room from which they left or to where they are heading.
Finally, I reach the safety of the coffee shop. Dim lighting makes it a cozy nook, plus it’s harder to see stains and spills in the dark.
“A small coffee and…”
Feeling impulsive, I look around. I need something to make me feel better about life and work and getting through the next 8 hours. There are energy drinks in the cooler, a tray of rock-hard rice crispy treats, and barrels of healthy snacks like nuts and apples. And then I see it, the barrel that I need.
It is filled with baggies of brightly colored, freshly packed gummy bears.
I casually throw a bag on the counter like it’s no big deal. Like I am not going to open it immediately after purchase, rip it open with my teeth if necessary, and begin to annihilate the cute little red, green, yellow, blue and orange bears. The clear ones are garbage and will be spared, while the rest are about to be put on the once endangered and now extinct species list.
Soon I will be intoxicated with a combination of gummy-bear power and caffeine, and once again ready to take on the world.