Thursday: Drink some water, cool off

Two things were true about Diana as she sat opposite Matthew that afternoon; she was still reeling from her confrontation with Charles and she was hungry.

“So, do you always talk about people on phone?”

“Why do you ask?”

“I heard your conversation. I would say that I know what I want and go after it, so bossy is a bit soft, if you were to describe me, then you could use ‘assertive’ it works well on CVs and is gender neutral.”

“Um…okay, well, you see…it’s, okay, look, I did not mean for it to come that way…”

“You were on phone and your tone was relaxed, so you definitely meant for it to come that way, why should you think otherwise?”

“I just don’t want to offend you.”

“It’s okay, you are entitled to your opinion and I don’t have to pay a subscription fee to it, so go ahead.”

“Are you always like this?”

“Like what?”

“Ready to charge?”

“I’m in marketing, I guess, some things rub off on people, but it’s not just that, I had to confront someone and I am still a bit unsettled, however, let’s take a look at the file. Where will the driver be making his stop?”

“I’m meeting a few people at Laico.”

“Okay, we can look through this…”

Diana dipped her hand into her bag looking for her notebook. When she turned to Matthew, he was holding a bottle of water, directing it at her.

“What’s that for?”

“You need it.”

“No, thanks.”

“Try it. You need to cool off and I know water is the only thing that does that, well, there may be others, but for the sake of professionalism, I’ll say, drink some water, cool off.”


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