Shiro is furious but I need her on my side, in case of a new job
Posted Thursday, August 16 2012 at 20:13
Things are progressing quite well with the head hunter. Just last week, I had to fly to Nairobi for an interview with my potential employers.
The interview was quite rigorous but I had prepared well using Google and of course calling up my tried and tested resource — Lydiah.
Just as I was winding up my ‘consultation’ with Lydiah she asked me, “Jose is everything alright at home?” I responded quickly and said, “Things are fine they have never better.”
That attracted a strange silence from Lydia and so I asked her, “what have you heard? Has Shiro been talking to you?”
She talked for a minute about how she “felt guilty about betraying a confidence since Shiro had trusted me with her feelings”. I was very curious about what Shiro had told Lydia. I decided to play the loyalty card.
I reminded Lydiah of how far we have come as friends and the many things we have experienced. I had to remind her that, “I am even the one who introduced you to Shiro”.
That seemed to thaw her and she spilled the beans. Shiro had confessed to Lydiah that she finds me in Lydiah’s words, ‘to be secretive about money and having no plan about making mad cash in the future”.
According to Lydiah, Shiro is unhappy about not having her own car and that we do not seem to do great stuff together. I was kind of taken aback by this and told Lydiah, “But Shiro has never complained to me about things. She seems okay.”
Lydiah told me that Shiro is usually scared of talking to me because, “I dismiss her thoughts”. There was more. Shiro told Lydiah that she feels depressed about losing the baby yet I appeared so unbothered.
To be honest, though I felt sad about losing the baby. I was relieved that now we had time to plan but from the sound of things, Shiro thinks differently.
According to Lydiah therefore, “Shiro feels that you should go for counselling and I agree with her. You really should.” I was tempted to tell Lydiah a few choice words but instead I said, “We have barely been together a year and you want us to see a counsellor, that is just wrong.”
Just then my phone started flashing with a call waiting from an unknown number. I took this as the right cue to end the talk so I told Lydiah, “Sorry we will have to talk later since I have to take the call.”
As I answered the call, I realised that my voice was a bit stiff-even the caller asked me, “Did I catch you at a bad time?” I changed to my tone to sound professional and said, “Sorry I was just engrossed in some project.”
Just as I had hoped, it was the head hunter. I held my breath. She told me that they “considered me to be a strong candidate and with great potential”.
I was waiting for the “but”, which would lead to the inevitable disappointment. She said, “before we can consider offering you a position we need copies of your pay slips for the last three months.