“I need you to strive to achieve new heights, Ken,” my boss said to me. “I need you to soar.”
“You mean soar in the virtual sense, right?” I said.
My boss shook his head. “Yes, I don’t mean you need to literally soar, but I do expect you to rise to the occasion. Do you understand what I’m saying, Ken?”
I chuckled. “Yes, boss, my wife always says that when we’re having sex.”
“Oh my God, Ken,” my boss said. “You need to focus. Your job is on the line. It’s sink or swim time, my boy.”
“But sir,” I said, “I don’t know how to swim.”
My boss threw his hands up into the air. “I’ve tried, Ken, I really have,” he said. “But I can no longer make excuses for you and I won’t be culpable for your failure to perform in this role. I have to let you go.”
“Oh please sir, give me another chance,” I pleaded. “I promise I’ll be much more culpable in the future.”
“Get out of my sight!” He shouted, pointing to the door to his office.
Written for these daily prompts: Jibber Jabber (soar), Word of the Day Challenge (virtual), The Daily Spur (sink), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (culpable).