Dear Mr. X

Dear Mr. X,

Kindly find attached My CV, cover letter, and application for the 6th time. Let me know if the shadows appearing in the light are swaying where you are. Tell me if they steal another chunk of my impossibly mediocre attempt to work for free under your supervision. I know, I know, you can’t help but be bureaucratic about it; after all you still work under the bigger system where I am a shadow far more intricate and detailed than the ones who have further dimmed their silhouettes to slip through eagerly into that which is unknown.

Mr.X,

I know you won’t be reading this email, answering text messages or even walking your own dog because someone else does that for you. I will receive an automated email informing me about what a succesful email it was and how warmly it was received. Knowing that, here’s what I would like you to know about me:

It doesn’t matter if I am employed at a job I love or hate. I will always be the best I could be under the given responsibilities. I would not mind skipping lunch break to get more work done, not because I care about how much work I get done but because as soon as I leave my work and start thinking about my thoughts, I will spiral back into the shadows. Those shadows are not nice entities, and if I lose track of time while hanging out with them, I fear I will no longer be able to satisfy your unpredictable requests. As diabolical as your initial work force ideal is, I will settle down at my desk and uplift your demons back to what they do best. I will greet them and introduce them to more people, get them the best deals in real estate and favor them over people like me.

So you don’t have to worry. The deals will get signed without any adjustments done to the terms. The sheep will remain sheep and the wolves will look at them, selecting the latest weakling to devour at lunch time as I finish the necessary forms for this to be done.

So Dear Mr.X,

All I can thank you for is what you helped me accomplish: Not to become someone I don’t want to be.

Best regards,

Y

Getting Dumped Via Email


You receive the bad news via email. It is the first time someone breaks up with you like that. The email is formal, short, and to the point. It starts with “Dear Borislav,” and ends with “Best Regards.” It reminds you of that resignation email you sent to your boss last year. If you remove the sugarcoated paragraph about how great it was working for the company, all you’ll be left with is “it’s been great, but I have to go and you have to find someone to replace me.” Her email said the same thing. But instead of finding a better paying job, she found a better person to be with (who probably has more money than you do). And now you have to replace her.

The sky is clear and the sun is unbearable. It reminds you of Camus’s The Stranger, when Meursault shoots the Arab four times. You want to shoot somebody, but there’s no one around you and you don’t have a revolver. If anything, the one you really want to shoot is your lover, ex-lover, who emailed you about an hour ago. She dumped you for the most stupid reason- you’re a level or two below what is called middle class. There is no future with you.

Do you really love her? Do you really want her back now that you know she’s a fucking whore? The answer is yes: you want her back because you don’t know how to live without her. You’ve been together for so long that you think you two belong together. You’re a classic idiot.

You sit at the bar and order beer. The bartender knows you, but he doesn’t start a conversation. Just by looking at you he knows that it’s not a good time to trade jokes and talk about the weather. Minutes later, you order a shot of whiskey, then another, then another. You want to die or get drunk, so you get drunk. And the bartender helps you: “This one’s on me.”

Then the funniest thing happens. Your lover, ex-lover, enters the bar with a new lover. How long has it been since she dumped you? No more than four hours.

At this point, you are completely intoxicated but the sight of her sobers you up. Your heart burns, your blood boils, and a raging animal roars inside of you. Nonetheless, the seconds pass and you are back to being a drunkard at the bar. Whatever you do now, you will not stand a chance against her or the new lover. Whatever you say or do will make you an asshole.

Your wit has abandoned you: you are a warrior without his faithful sword. You will break, you will fall, and you will die.

She looks at you and smiles. Your stool breaks, you fall to the floor, and a part of you dies. The bartender comes running to help you. But as he tries to carry you back up, you whisper: “Let me die here. Let me die here…”