An hour or so later, Ean approached a squat brick building. This is where I work, he explained as he walked up to the door. It’s a software development firm I interned at in college. I made myself so indispensable that they hired me on the spot afterward.
He swiped a badge over a sensor at the door, which beeped and let him in. He started toward his office but paused as he noticed the quotes.
Hey! he protested. That’s just mean, Narrator. It’s not that b-
Ean cut off what he was saying as one of his coworkers rounded the corner.
Woah, said Fred. Coffee boy? You made it in today on time?
Ean glanced at the hallway clock. Early, even, he offered with a weak chuckle.
Well, doesn’t that just figure, Fred groused. As soon as I change my portfolio to include investments in geothermal energy, Hell has a cold snap.