“Cheese,” said Charlie. “It definitely needs more cheese.”
“Well, you’re the chief chef, Charlie,” Charlotte said.
Charlie threw his hands up and sat down on a kitchen chair. “We need to chat, Charlotte,” he said.
“Uh oh,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Do I have a choice?”
“Didn’t I ask you to chop up the chives for the chowder?” Charlie asked. “Christ, Charlotte, I personally chose you to be my assistant chef, chiefly because I thought I could count on you to carry out your assigned tasks. I took a real chance on you and I thought you’d be up for the challenge. But something has changed, recently, and your behavior seems a bit chaotic of late. Is there anything you need to get off your chest?”
“Oh Charlie, I used to be so charmed by you,” Charlotte said. “I cherished your skills in the kitchen, and choosing me as your protege was like the cherry on top of the sundae for me. But I think things have been getting a bit too chummy between us and it has made me uncomfortable.”
Charlie took a deep breath. “Listen, Charlotte, if you’re about to take a cheap shot….”
Charlotte interrupted Charlie before he could finish. “Chillax, Charlie. Stop acting like a child,” she said. “You asked and I answered. But don’t worry, I’m not going to say anything to anyone.
“Is that supposed to cheer me up, Charlotte?” Charlie asked. “Do you think I’m some kind of charlatan?”
“No, Charlie, not at all,” Charlotte said.
“Well, you’re done here, Charlotte,” Charlie said angrily. “I’ll send your final check to your home address.”
With that, Charlie and Charlotte turned to the audience and took a bow to a round of cheers and applause. Then Christine Chemsworthy, head of HR, stepped up to the microphone and said to the group of employees gathered in the large conference room, “I’d like to thank Charles and Charlotte for their great presentation illustrating inappropriate workplace behavior.”
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where we were asked to “ind a word that starts with ‘ch’ and use it as your prompt word. Bonus points if you start your post with that word.” I found quite a few words.