I saw her waiting from a distance and I secretly hoped the elevator would arrive before I joined her. Trying to slow the pace of my walk as much as humanly possible, I realised that my encounter was unavoidable.
Given that I found myself at the end of the business day, the elevator was simply going to take a long time to arrive.
Walking through the glass exit doors I prepared myself to engage in at least a little menial conversation. As she was looking me up and down I thought it time to say hello, to which she responded, ‘Are you new or something?’
…This struck me as being rather disturbing as I’d been working in her Division for almost four years. I’m pretty sure we’d even had a couple of conversations in the past…‘Um no…I sit around the other side of the floor, we’re a bit hidden away. I guess you see some people more than you see others…’
‘Mmmm, yeah I suppose.’ She looked uncomfortably at her watch.
While she seemed kind of reluctant to chat further, I felt like I needed to offer further explanation and justify my existence.
‘I guess we don’t really walk around the rest of the floor all that much, so that’s probably why you don’t see me all that often. Most times we seem to only see the other sections on the floor on the odd occasion at the bathroom or like now at the elevators.’
After explaining all this I looked up to see what she thought, but of course I’d missed the arrival of the elevator and she was already gone…perhaps we’ll meet for the first time again another day.