By Edith Maxwell
Copyright 2013 Edith Maxwell
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This story was first published in Thin Ice by Level Best Books (2010).
My phone rings. Patricia, my manager, says she needs to see me. Now. I am instantly numb: talk of layoffs has been buzzing in the halls for an hour. Pressing my lips together, I begin the long walk down through the blue-gray cubicles. Patricia has an office with a door.
I huddle half an hour later with my now-former coworkers. For years we've worked together writing and debugging software to further the prospects of the company. It's all over. I feel like there's a knife behind my eyes and a scarf wrapped too tightly around my throat.
“So, Jackie, what’d Patricia say?” George asks, the furrows in his forehead deeper than usual.