art by Cheryl Owen-Wilson
by Afalstein JD Kloosterman
It was the start of third shift and Quality Assurance Specialist Wilfrid Sachs was, as usual, typing out his resignation letter on his clean suit's wristpad.
...being long past retirement age, and health no longer allowing me to fulfill my job appropriately, I must again resign my position at Thermadyne Inc. I again thank Thermadyne for the many opportunities it has given me over the years, and trust the company will continue well enough without me.
Wilfrid sat back and looked at that last line critically. Was it a bit much? he wondered. There was just the hint of sarcasm to it. Well, perhaps sarcasm would succeed where politeness had so often failed. Shrugging, he hit the 'send' button.
As always, the reply came back nearly instantly.