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What She Was Worth

Updated on June 4, 2016

You're Hired!

Evan invited Tanya to work for him.
She grabbed the offer gratefully.
She really did need a job.

Since her accident she had been
virtually a shut-in, with no
transportation, no way to travel
save by friend as her funds had
dwindled and she couldn't afford

Evan's offer came at the exact perfect moment and was blessed. She grabbed the job instantly.

As a professional, as someone who had worked for decades, who had been a colleague of Evan, she knew what she was worth. She expected her salary to fall in a particular range.
Not as high as it had been, of course, but comfortable.

Evan offered her 50% less than the low end of the range.
She could not speak.

Meeting his eyes, aware that she was desperate and he knew it, she nodded acceptance.
Arrangements were made.

Each day the driver would pick her up at home, take her to work, then return her in the evening. This was part of the 'package'.

Unilaterally, however Tanya decided to do a single task per day to justify her salary.

As she arrived at the office, Tanya would connect to the Internet, check her mail, play Scrabble, write articles for various on line publishing sites.

She would, by the way, open a word processing program and begin her single task.

She’d take a morning break, sit outside, smoke a cigarette and relax. She’d sit outside until she felt perfectly at peace, then return to her desk.

She'd dabble with the job she was paid to do, then make a few more plays in her Scrabble game. She would check a number of web sites, answer incoming mail, then take her lunch break.

The Usual Day

Some days she would bring lunch from home. Some days Evan bought her lunch,
so she'd leave her lunch in the fridge for tomorrow.

She would eat her lunch, return to her desk and Cyberspace. Tanya would make a few personal phone calls and just before taking her afternoon break would again dabble with her document.

Then she would join the terrace, relaxing her mind. In wonderful humour.
Perfectly at peace, she would return to her desk and finish the work.

By three thirty she had completed her task but would spend about thirty minutes
tweaking it. She would change a font, reword a line, and then, get it ready to be
printed, her eyes alert for the driver.

Sometimes, she'd print the document. Most times, she let it sit and lock off her
computer in preparation for exit.

If the driver was late she'd go to the bathroom or go to the terrance and wait.
But that computer went off fifteen minutes before her 'sentence' was up.

Often she would have the Driver stop at the supermarket or some commercial venue
before taking her home. This saved her a great deal of time, money and effort.

She considered the driver part of her 'perq' part of the salary she wasn't receiving.

Sometimes one simple task she could knock off in an hour if she wanted, would fill
two days. Occasionally she completed two tasks in a day.

Usually, she began work one hour after she arrived and drag it to one hour before
she was allowed to leave. Tanya assumed that Evan felt paying her 50% less than
she was worth was a great bargain.

Tanya felt doing 50% less than she was capable of made the scales balance.


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    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      thanks arusho

    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Mz Chaos, she really needed the job. She had been in an accident and hadn't been able to work and expected she would be paid near what she was worth. Evan was paying her so little because he knew she was desperate.

    • arusho profile image


      7 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Great hub!

    • MzChaos profile image


      7 years ago from Indianapolis

      Makes me interested in the character and why in the world she would bother, and if it wasn't a test from Evan that if she had voluntarily given more and stepped up to what she was capable of doing - perhaps the pay would have be adjusted accordingly. Don't know where you were going with the story but if I am asking questions like, why did she do that...what did he think, did he notice, did he tell her that all he wanted was this one task...if I had questions, it is enough to keep me reading.


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