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The Best Laid Plans


"No, no, no!" Jackie stormed into Mark's office, slamming the door behind her. "Not this time, I won't do it!"

Mark, the ever laid-back boss, took notice of Jackie's anger and quickly sat up in his chair.  He'd never seen her like this before. Jackie was the easy-going, always willing employee, his go-to girl whenever he needed back-up coverage or an extra hand.  This morning he'd emailed Jackie informing her that he needed her to work the front desk of the hotel on New Year's Eve because Reba, the young night clerk he had recently hired, had to go out of town on an emergency.

As Jackie read the email, she grew livid and headed down the hall to his office, hands on hips and a look of total defiance on her face. "You've had me working New Year's Eve for the last three years", Jackie protested.  "Every year there's another missing person that I'm expected to cover for.  Well not this time!  I have plans to go out of town with my boyfriend and I won't let you ruin them. Find someone else!"

Before Mark could even reply, Jackie wheeled around and marched out of his office. "Damn", he muttered to himself. "How am I going to explain to Reba that our own little New Year's Eve celebration just got cancelled?" 

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I'm linking up with Megg at  Sunday Scribblings
where the prompt this week is "defiant".

24 comments:

  1. ha ha ha .... way to go! It's about time the door mat stood up and walked away!
    Bravo on this story Josie!

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    1. My thinking exactly Brenda, we've seen this play out in the workplace before!

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  2. Good on her and good to see that she was being used...again. Let's hope she can find another job, probably without a reference! A great short story that tells you everything you need.

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    1. Thanks Old Egg. I'm betting that Mark comes crawling to Jackie and begs her to stay, realizing that his selfishness is about to cost him one of his most loyal employees. There comes a time to stand up for yourself!

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  3. sounds very true to life... Have a beautiful new year's eve, you and the Bear. Enjoy!

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    1. Sadly it is Shimon, there will always be those who try to take advantage of other people's willingness. Thankfully, that isn't true of everyone in life, I've had a few awesome supervisors too! Thank you for the New Year's Eve wishes, the best celebration for me is just to have Papa Bear in my life!

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  4. ha ha... loved this twist:)
    happy new year..

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    1. Thank you! I think Mark got what he deserved in having his plans to entertain the new desk clerk disrupted. I suspect this is a familiar game with him. Jackie was probably aware that the "out of town emergency" was suspect. Staff tend to have an instinct about such things!

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  5. Another fine story to herald in a new year..a dilemma which must have been played out in many a place recently..so often things come out at the wrong time! happy writing in 2013..jae

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    1. Thanks Jae! Yes, I think this scenario is fairly common in the workplace. It takes a good sense of timing to know when to say "enough" and hopefully to be able to retain both your self-respect and your position. Sometimes such confrontations serve as a good wake up call for things that have been going on too long!

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    1. Thanks McGuffy Ann! I have been known to do a few office-storming sessions myself in my younger days! :-)

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  7. Paging O. Henry! Read Josie Two Shoes; she'll show you how to handle those endings!

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    1. LOL Berowne, I know it was a happy ending for Julie, I have no doubt that she walked out of Mark's office feeling better about herself than she had in a long time!

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    1. Me too! Standing up for yourself is always in good form!

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  9. RIGHT ON. Too much bullying in the workplace, if you ask me. No need for it, either. Good one!

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    1. I so agree, Selma. Too often bosses take advantage of dependable employees and make excuses for non-performers. Everyone needs to stand up for themselves, preferably before it gets to the point of confrontation!

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  10. Josie, loved it; the ending was sensational.

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    1. Thanks Kay! It required a bit of reading between the lines there, but I think the message came through. :-)

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