#63 Work is Going Fine (400 words)

Inspired by: Guess I’m Doing Fine

Ein woke up before dawn, got dressed, and walked to work. He misjudged the time it would take to get there and arrived an hour early. He received several strange looks from employees going to work until the man who hired him, Douglas Berry, came in and recognized him. 

“You’re a punctual one, huh?” Douglas asked as they walked and talked into the building. 

“I’m terrible with time. Left too early.”

“So long as you don’t punch out early, it’s fine by me!”

Douglas laughed, and Ein smiled appropriately. 

“Alright, let me just put my things away, and I’ll take you around the lab.”

“Sounds great.”

Once Ein was familiarized with all the equipment, he was handed off to Jen, who would be his supervisor and trainer.

“I have a meeting and will check in on you this afternoon.”

“It’s all pretty self-explanatory, right? Nothing you can’t handle?” Jen asked. 

“No, I’ve used this instrumentation before. I’m pretty comfortable with everything I’ve seen. It should be fine.”

“Great.”

Jen walked Ein through the test she was working on, and he shadowed her for the rest of the day. 

“So you’re friends with Sadie? I heard she put in a good word for you.”

“Yeah, she recommended me for the job.”

“Sadie is great. We all love her. She’s always very reasonable about her data. She’s so sweet.” 

“She is great.”

“Have you known her long?”

“As long as I’ve been in beacon. She was the first person I met actually.” 

“Sounds like fate.”

“I probably would have been trampled if she wasn’t there.”

“What?”

Before Ein could explain, Douglas came back into the lab. 

“Ein, Jen, how is training going?”

“He’s doing well. He’s just been watching and asking questions today. He seems to be getting it.”

“Is that true, Ein? Are you getting it?”

“I am.”

“Fantastic! Then I’ll be seeing you tomorrow have a good night.”

“I’m just going to finish up some paperwork, but you can go for the night.”

“Okay, have a good night Jen.”

“You too!”

Ein walked out of the lab as Jen finished up some paperwork. She watched Sadie come down the hall and kiss Ein. Her heart began to beat faster. She forgot what she was writing, crossed out, initial, and dated the entry error. When she corrected the mistake she looked up, Ein and Sadie were gone. 

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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