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The Offer – Fiction

“I hear you want a new job,” A voice said.

I put the can of tuna I was looking at back on the shelf and turned around.

And older gentleman of average height, gray hair and glasses was looking at me.  He had a sport coat on, a nice pair of shoes that shined from the overhead lights.  Not who you would expect in Walmart.

“Hi,” I said.

“Hi,” He replied.

“What can I help you with?”

“Oh I just wanted to offer you a job.”

“A job?” I asked.

Were there hidden cameras somewhere? Was I being punked?

I looked behind me and above.  Behind the old man I saw nothing but people bustling about with their carts and chasing kids.

“Who are you?  I don’t even know you and you want to offer me a job?”

“Yes.  We just lost our systems administrator and I heard you were looking for something.”

“Who told you that?”

“Someone we both know.”

This was getting weirder by the second.  Who in their right mind would just offer someone they didn’t know a job.

“So who are you?” I asked again.

“Oh sorry,” He said.  “Name is Haldon.  I run a company called 12.  Out on the east end of town.”

“Good to meet you Haldon,” I replied and shook his hand.

I looked again for cameras.  Nothing.

“Tell me more about your job.”

“Why don’t you come down tomorrow and I can show you. Here’s my business card and the address is right there.”

“After work okay?” I asked.

“Yeah that’s fine.  See you then.”

He turned around and disappeared into the crowd of people.

“Weird,” I muttered to myself and continued shopping.

“Hey honey,” I called out as I walked in the back door.

“Hey how’s it going?” She called out from the kitchen.

“Had the weirdest experience ever at Walmart.”

“Were the weirdo’s out in the day instead of night time?” She asked.

“No.  Someone offered me a job.”

“Really?  That is kind of weird.”

“Yeah and older guy.  Looked like a banker or something. Said they needed a systems administrator for their company.  Place called 12.  Have you heard of it?”

“No. Can’t say that I have.  What did you tell him?”

“Well I told him I’d come out tomorrow, after work, for an interview.  Nothing to lose right?”

“Yeah.  Maybe this is the one?”

This is a story that’s been bouncing around my head for the past few weeks and at time earlier than that.  I think there’s something here and I need to get it out. So here we go!  Probably what I’ll be posting a lot of in the coming days or weeks.