APtS: Chapter 12 Page 1

So close to the end…. I love this scene so much! Rhae takes a stand against the ole Dragon Lady!

Monday morning, shortly after I arrive in the office, I craft an email to all of my clients giving them Dee’s contact information and informing them I would no longer be working for the company. I walk over to Bill’s desk. He’s hunched over, squinting at a spreadsheet.

“Bill, I need to talk to you.”

“What’s up?” He sits back and smiles at me.

“I thought I should tell you first. I’m leaving. Quitting. Resigning.” He seems to process my news for a minute, “I’m proud of you. Ginger is going to miss you a lot.”

“Thanks Bill. Do you want me to write down instructions on how I make the coffee?”

“Would you? Lord, knows what kind of coffee I’ll turn out, but hey, it’s worth a shot.”

I grab his legal pad and write up the instructions for using the coffee pot and which brands of coffee I buy. At the end of the note, I write down my cell phone number and my email address. When I look up, Bill is staring down at the paper, and he grabs me in a bear hug.

“I’m gonna miss you, girl. I’ll send you pictures of Ginger tap dancing on Dragon Lady’s face.”

We both fall apart laughing. “You do that. I look forward to it!”


Feeling satisfied that I have thought of everything, I walk over to Dee’s desk.

“Can I speak with you for a moment?”

She looks up from her computer, then locks the screen, “Sure. Come in.”

“I wanted to say Thank you for everything, but I have decided to resign my position.” I smile and hand her my resignation letter.

She nods, “Are you sure? We can work through this thing with Bernice. I’ll help any way I can. We really can’t afford to lose you.”

“It’s not the company, or you. It’s not even Bernice.” I think through Irma’s directive and the need for a fresh start again. I can’t share any of that with Dee without being outfitted with a white jacket that lets me hug myself. “I love working for you! Thing is, I need to find out what else is out there for me now. You know I’m on my own. I have some life insurance money from Ryan, and I think I just need to spend some time figuring out my life.”

Dee looks like she’s about to cry, “I understand. I wish you all of the best. We’ll miss you so much.”

We shake hands and I go to my desk to pick up my box. Dee walks me to security where I turn in keys and my ID badge. She grabs me for a swift hug and I let her. Apparently, I picked the perfect time to do this. As I pull back from Dee’s hug, I see the Dragon Lady strolling through the lobby.

“What’s going on here?” She asks with a fake smile.

“Bernice,” Dee begins, “Rhae has decided to leave the company.”

“Well, I wish I could say I didn’t see it coming, but I did. Best to you, Rhae.”

I give her a sarcastic smile, “Kiss my ass.”

“What did you say to me?” Dragon Lady stammers and God help me, Dee starts laughing. She is laughing and covering her mouth to mute the sound, which only makes it worse.

“You seem to be getting slow in your old age. Plus, you seem addled with all the gossip and back-biting you’ve been doing for so long. I’ll say it again, slowly. Kiss. My. Ass. Dee, it has been a pleasure to work for you. Thank you for everything.” I smile at Dee genuinely, and then I turn to Dragon Lady, who looks absolutely stunned by my small rant. I flip her off and walk to my car. I feel like a million bucks. I stood up to the old Dragon Lady!



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