She was the last one to come see me in my office, after everyone else had gone.
"I'm sorry I couldn't make the going-away lunch, but the teleconference with London just wouldn't end. And now that you're leaving, you selfish asshole, I'll have to handle all of the European clients on my own."
She said it with a wink, and I laughed. "You stopped by just to call me names on my last day?"
"No, I came by for a better reason." Her eyes twinkled. "I came by to give you your going away present."
I shouldn't have been surprised. She was sweet and thoughtful and a good friend. She saw me look around and smiled. "You're right, I don't have a box, do I?" She paused. "This is a gift that doesn't come in a box."
She paused again, letting the anticipation build. I admit, I was curious, as she was obviously building up to something.
"Remember the Christmas party last year?"
Last year's Christmas party? Hmmm...I think I remembered most of it. At least the part before the third Scotch.
"You remember our conversation at the bar? Late in the evening?"
"You're going to have to refresh my memory."
"We were talking about the rumor that the two new girls in marketing were...adventurous. And you said...."
It all came back to me in a flash. "I said, 'What I wouldn't give to see that!'"
She laughed triumphantly. "You have a good memory. Now sit back and enjoy."
Dedicated to Advizor, on his last day of hosting Flash Fiction Friday. His efforts have been much appreciated, and I hope his last day at the FFF offices went exactly like this!