I heard the news today, oh boy

Most of you will know V—- who has been part of the Reception Team here for the past year. It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that V—- was killed in a road accident last night not far from the campus. This news has come as a great shock to us all and it will take some time to come to terms with what has happened. She will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

You will understand that V—-’s closest colleagues on Reception and in HR may not be in a position to provide help with things in the usual way today.
*****
Head of Human Resources

Last night my flatmate commented that the road was closed about 1/2 a mile from my house, and the cops were there, that it looked nasty. He was saying this whilst saying that the flashing lights distracted him from his actual mission of getting food, meaning he had to go out again.  I called him a stupid bugger to get distracted by the flashing lights and didn’t think about it any more.  This morning the above is in my inbox.

Yes, I knew V. She was (mostly) a pain in my ass – by not doing the job she was hired to do, we PA’s had to pick up the slack and do it for her. She thought she was the queen for a while, and was certainly treated like one by some of the men in IT. I’ve wished many things would happen to her, mostly to do with being taken down a peg or two, but not being killed. Especially not 1/2 a mile from my house.

And the really scary thing is that I can picture her…  not on the job, but in the car.  Keeps flashing through my head.

And then I think about her family, in Europe.  They would have got a very bad phone call last night.  Makes me think about what sort of phone call my family in Oz would get.  Makes me think about driving a little slower.  Being a little more careful.

Makes me really want to go home to Oz for a bit.  7 days from now I’ll be there.  7 days to go.  5 days til I get on the plane.  5 days to go.  Don’t screw your plans up now, Jane.  Take it easy, ok?

And RIP V.  You were a bitch, but you didn’t deserve that.  Safe journey.

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About Miss J

Gen-x Australian female - out of my mind and my country. Cast adrift, as it were :) Enjoys: cat-cuddling, books, movies, music, theatre, travel, rpgs, cricket, F1 racing and all things to do with the sea..
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