Once Upon a Time….

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All the doors where open when I arrived for my job interview. I thought it was quite strange, but perhaps their air conditioning was broken or maybe they liked fresh air. I like fresh air, so why not?

    I called out, “hello?” but there was no response and then I thought, maybe they are out to lunch or having a meeting in a closed door environment for privacy. It could be for a dozen different reasons. “I am not about to be worried,” I told myself, “am I…worried?”

“Oh, of course not,” I said. Just walk on in, I thought, and introduce yourself. But then, I pictured what might be going on…after all…I have been patiently waiting here for a good forty-five minutes and not a sound have I heard. Hmmm. What could possibly be going on? Maybe they left for lunch? I looked at my watch, probably not, I though, since it is only ten-thirty in the morning, and my interview was for 9 o’clock sharp, they said.

Okay, enough is enough, I thought. I will walk right in. I hesitantly stepped over the threshold with one foot and then stepped back again. I asked myself…what would someone else do?  So, instead of walking in, I called out again. “Hello? Is anybody there?”  I waited for a response. None came. Hmmm…well, maybe I should just go home. Maybe, they have left me a phone message.

I made my way home, and put down my resume, purse, and took off my shoes. I decided to wait until they called me. The very next morning, I opened the morning newspaper as usual. I was shocked. Apparently, they were tied up and robbed yesterday morning, and the robber had just left them tied up and gagged.

Fortunately, they were unharmed, just scared to death. I realized that the robber might have seen me waiting and I hoped I wasn’t in trouble. Suddenly, I heard a knock on the door. I wasn’t expecting anyone at that time of the morning, and didn’t answer the door. I decided not to leave my apartment for a couple of days and didn’t answer the phone or the door.

To my regret, it wasn’t the thief, and why I should regret that I don’t know, but the person at the door was the boss I was to be interviewed by and by the time I called them to explain, they had already hired someone else. Nonetheless, I felt sure I had done the right thing. I can always get a job, but not a new life. “Better safe then sorry,” my mother would always say…and she would be right.

 

18 thoughts on “Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt: Open

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Sometimes, you have to go with your gut… 😉

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    1. Particularly in job interview situations, our gut is usually right. Unfortunately, we don’t often listen.

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      1. Sue Vincent says:

        Learning to trust instinct is an art 😉

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      2. Yes, Sue, absolutely. I learned to trust my instinct at an early age. One day, I will write a story about it – just a short story. Thank you, Karen 🙂

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      3. Sue Vincent says:

        I hope Ill get to read that, Karen.

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      4. I will think about turning it into a short story. Karen

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      5. Yes, Liz, particularly in job interview situations. I know because I have had a few that were quite, shall I say – interesting. Karen 🙂

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    2. Sue, thank you so much and yes…in a situation like the young woman was facing…is dangerous and she did the right thing. Also, I would love to present my new historical novel on your site and what an honor to do. Thank you so very much. Karen

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      1. Sue Vincent says:

        That would be wonderful, Karen…just drop me a line when you are ready! 🙂

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      2. Sue, thank you so much. As soon as I receive my completed formatting and put it on Amazon, I will…with bells on…as they say. Karen 🙂

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      3. Sue Vincent says:

        Brilliant, Karen 🙂

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    1. Jenanita, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Karen 🙂

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  2. Jenanita, thank you so much. I guess now I will have to add more to my story…just for you! I will try to add to it in the next couple of days. Thank you again, Karen 🙂

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  3. Jennie says:

    Moms are always right!

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    1. Jennie, yes they are and I always followed my mom’s advice – she was never wrong. Karen 🙂

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      1. Jennie says:

        😀😍😀

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