Surrounded By Assassins

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He called me to his side, put his arm around my shoulder and said, “The enemy is at the gate, my boy. Never forget that.”

This was my first day at my first real job right out of college. Harvey was an older man, probably in his sixties and he was my new boss. I wanted to — needed to — make a good first impression. But I was confused by what he had just said to me? “The enemy?” I asked. “Who is the enemy?”

“You have much to learn, son,” Harvey responded, his arm still draped over my shoulder. “They’re all our enemy.”

I was still confused. Maybe I just should have nodded in agreement and found my way to my cubicle. But I didn’t want my first day at work to start off with a misunderstanding with my boss. So I asked again, “Who is our enemy?”

Harvey seemed a bit irritated and he removed his arm from my shoulder. “All of them. The competitors, our clients, the public, the government. They’re all out to get us, to destroy us. We must always be vigilant to keep them from storming the gate.”

I began to wonder if my new boss was a bit insane. “You know,” I said as I backed away from him, “I’m not sure that this is the right place for me.”

Harvey looked me over, shook his head, and said, “Yes, you’re probably right, lad. But this is a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog business, and in order to succeed, you always need to know who your enemy is.”

As Harvey turned his back in me and walked away, I heard him say, “I’m surrounded by assassins.”


This post was written for today’s one-word prompt, “Gate.”

 

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47 thoughts on “Surrounded By Assassins”

            1. Ohhh. So what am I then, Sight, huh? What am I?! (I’ve flipped the table in a fit of rage which is masking my insecurity of not belonging in this cybersocial setting)

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            2. Ask Sandi.. She gave us these designations. (For me you would be the philosopher. Another way of saying Intelligent with occasional daydreaming)

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            3. Sigh! See that’s why i wrote the post Shut your Pie Hole.. Everyone gets angry.. I’m not insulting you.. I am describing you as a philosopher..

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            4. Chillax as the young people say. Easy, Sight. I was just joshing you. I have no idea why these slang terms are floating around in my head.

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            5. I clarify to let you know I was joking. Again, there’s no sarcasm notification on phones yet. They need to get on that. More important than nuclear weapons.

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  1. He secretly works for Oliver, in the Green Arrow. You BLEW your chance to know a super hero, and possibly help out with fighting the band of assassins. (sigh) – what am I going to do with your boys!! Do you not watch the Green Arrow? Our city is in peril. (hey that rhymes…heheh- someone do a poem, quick)

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            1. Now that would be an instant sensation, this over-weight 40 something white chick… it would be funny. (and I’ll wiggle my fat fanny in the video – shoulder shimmy the big boobs) Wait let me call up my buddies Will Smith and Eminem for inspiration.

              HEY you change your name Aqua girl no longer makes sense now – nice to see you Tricia!

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            2. HI!! I’ll be your hype woman! We’ll get Snoop too. He’ll be down for the get down. All ’bout that bass, woman! Big girls are in now. We’ll be the newest version of The Weather Girls! Hahaha!

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