GOTTEN WORD IT’S TIME FOR US 2 MOVE. HAVE U BEEN PROPERLY BRIEFED? ANY QUESTIONS?
The text message glared from the screen. Insistent. Unavoidable.
PROPERLY BRIEFED, came the reply. NO QUESTIONS.
GOOD. THEN B READY TO …
GOT 2 BE HONEST. A LITTLE NERVOUS HERE.
There was a pause at the other end. The sender wondered if making that confession would result in some sort of reprimand.
To the contrary, what came back was … understanding. Empathy, even.
OF COURSE U R NERVOUS. I WAS, TOO, BEFORE MY FIRST. NERVOUS IS NORMAL. WOULD WORRY IF U WERENT NERVOUS.
A short pause, followed by …
TAP INTO THAT NERVOUS ENERGY TO COMPLETE YOUR TASK AS SWIFTLY AS U POSSIBLY CAN. TAKE 2 QUICK STRIKES, MAYBE 3. U MUST B EFFICIENT. THEN, U MUST GET OUT OF THERE.
A moment to think about that. Then …
YOU DO KNOW HOW MUCH I WANT 2 DO THIS, DON’T YOU? I’M NOT NERVOUS OUT OF FEAR. NERVOUS OUT OF … EXCITEMENT.
YES, WE KNOW. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE TRANSFORMATION. WE ALL LOOK
FORWARD TO WELCOMING U INTO THE FOLD. EVERYONE IS EAGER TO MEET U, TO SHARE OUR FELLOWSHIP WITH U. IT IS WONDERFUL HERE. U WILL LOVE BEING ONE WITH US. WE ARE EVEN PLANNING A PARTY FOR U, A WELCOME FOR OUR NEWEST SUPERSTAR!
A reflective sigh on the other end. Then, a smile, followed by thumbs flying.
CANT WAIT 2 MEET MY CONRADES EITHER! I WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!
There was a long pause. It seemed the conversation had ended.
But then …
GOOD, MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T.