My manager at ACE calls me into his office.
You’re late a lot, Steve.
I know. I’m sorry. I’m going through a difficult period.
So your personal life is interfering with your professional life.
Yes. I’m sorry.
I’m going to call a meeting with HR.
It’s been since my mother died…
He checks his diary.
How about next Tuesday at 9. Are you teaching then?
That’s fine. And the death threats.
So that’s Tuesday at 9am with HR.
Death threats to the little girl. She’s only two. You’ve got a young daughter, don’t you?
He shuts his diary.
Right, I’ll confirm by email.
That’s fine, I say.
I leave his office.
See you next Tuesday, I say, closing the door.