I dragged myself to work the next day and noticed people giving me strange looks. Shoulders tense and face burning, I scurried to my cubicle. It was empty - even the desk was gone. I found myself in my boss’ office. Hair disheveled, he looked at me solemnly for a moment, “Listen. This is not what I meant when I said to get more social. You’re our best worker, but even I couldn’t convince management to just give a warning. Your work has been .. subpar lately. And then the computer. They’re asking you to pay for it.”
My eyes snapped up. “What? But... but I didn’t do it...”
“We’ve got two witnesses swearing that you got into a fight with Leo and heard you say you’d frame him by destroying your computer.”
“I know - its ridiculous! But frankly, management loves him and want to believe him. They told me to ... let you go.” .
“They’re lying! I’d never..”
“He went above me. I believe you, but my hands are tied. I’m sorry. Truly.” It didn’t make sense. Why would they... Then it hit me - the stupid bet!
The door swung open suddenly and Leo sauntered inside - a smirk plastered to his face. “I just wanted to say good luck before you go. No hard feelings, right?”
I turned, shoulders squared and looked him in the eye, “How could you be so cruel?” Turning to my boss, I said flatly, “I appreciate all you did for me. But I’m not paying for anything.” With that, I marched out into the rain. Trusting Leo was the most expensive mistake of my life. I lost everything.