Townies, Cronies, and Hayseeds II C7.7

By the time Brielle got back to the line to gather her things, break was over. Alvin noticed the sad and distressed look on Brielle’s face and that she was picking up her purse and gathering the rest of her personal belongings.

An Unpleasant Surprise

“Aw, naw! What the hell?” Alvin mumbled as he jumped out of his seat.

He approached Brielle.

“Brielle, what’s going on? Are you leaving?” he asked.

“Got no choice, Sam just laid me off. Said that work was getting scarce and that the company can’t afford to keep me,” Brielle answered.

What??? No, noo! That can’t be! They’re still hiring, Brielle! And they just promoted you!” Alvin cried.

“Yep. But now they’ve demoted me, all the way down to unemployed,” Brielle said before walked away.

Alvin’s Outrage and Sam’s Remorse

Alvin stood there, feet shoulder-width apart, and watched as Brielle made her way to the exit until she disappeared behind the machines, lines, people, and huge pallets of boxes. He put his hands on his hips and began slowly shaking his head.

“Hell no! This isn’t right! Something’s up!” he mumbled in a low, angry voice.

Alvin burst into Sam’s office. The sudden entry cause Sam to jump in his chair with shock.

“Alvin, what’s the big i-“Sam began before he was cut off.

“Why did you just lay Brielle off! I’ve been working here for forty years, and I haven’t seen anyone who works as hard as she does! And she doesn’t make trouble for anybody. What’s up, Sam! Why did you let her go!” Alvin thundered.

“Alvin, calm down!” Sam said gently.

“No! I wanna know why you let her go!” Alvin shouted.

Brielle’s Frustration

Sam just sighed, looked down, and shook his head. He looked back up at Alvin.

“Close the door and sit down, Alvin. You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you,” Sam told him.

Alvin slammed the door shut, stormed over to the chair, and sat down. Sam leaned forward in his chair and propped his forearms on top of his desk.

“Now listen, I trust you, Alvin. You’ve worked here longer than anyone and you’re a good man. So, don’t breathe a word of what I’m about to tell you to anyone else who works here.”

Brielle arrived home fifteen minutes later. Grandma Bennett and the girls looked up, shocked. The baby snoozed in her play pin.

Brielle’s Early Arrival

“Mom?” Jane called, puzzled. She and Olivia looked at each other in disbelief.

“Brielle, what are you doing home so early?” Grandma asked.

“They fired- uh, laid me off,” Brielle answered.

“Which one, did they fire you or lay you off?” Grandma insisted.

“They laid me off, Grandma. (Scoff) Oh, what’s the difference, fired me, laid me off, it’s the same thing with the same result! I no longer have a job!” Brielle said as she frustratedly tossed her purse on the sofa.

“What are you gonna do?” Grandma asked.

“Mine and Raina’s court date is next week. So, I won’t worry about it until then.

Jane’s Newfound Fan Club

Jane returned to school on the Thursday before Brielle’s and Raina’s court date. She walked into the school, and, to her surprise, several other students flocked to her.

“Hey, we heard you beat the crap out of Breanna Lindsay and Audrey Crabtree! Way to go!” said a skinny, nerdy boy as he gave her a high five.

“Thank you so much for giving those two wenches a taste of their own medicine! It was long overdue!” a pretty brunette gushed.

Jane didn’t know what to think. Those kids were flocking to her in droves, as if she were some kind of rock star, and it was awkward, to say the least.

Not far off, Jane could see Breanna, Audrey, and another girl named Ashley Childers, who was Ashton Childers’ daughter. They were glaring at her from across the front area that was between the office and the front entrance.

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