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Hour 1

Two men in suits in an elevator.

Man #1 is pressing the first floor button repeatedly.

Man #1 It's not moving.

Man #2 I can see that.

Man #1 I guess...we'll just wait for someone to come help.

Man #2 Yep.

Awkward silence.

Man #1 You know I wouldn't have said any of that stuff just now if...if, uh...

Man #2 You dad to be stuck in an elevator with me afterwards?

Man #1 Ye...yeah..

Awkward silence.

Man #1 Just seemed like a good dramatic way to quit –

Man #2 You don't need to say anything else.

Man #1 Yep.

Hour 2

Awkward silence.

Man #1 ...taking a while isn't it?

Man #2 Yes. Yes it is.

Awkward silence.

Hour 3

Awkward silence.

Man #1 The shit-breath comment wasn't necessary.

Man #2 Excuse me?

Man #1 I got a bit carried away. Your breath isn't actually that bad, Margaret's is way worse, I think that's what I was thinking of when I...ehm, point is, your breath is fine, I take it back.

Man #2 Uh-huh, but the “psychotic control-freak who would micromanage when I can wipe my ass if you could” comment, that one I'm assuming still applies?

Man #1 ...yeah, yeah I still stand by that one.

Man #2 And the “I would rather be rather be trapped in a cage with horny hyenas than spend one more day with you in charge of me” passage?

Man #1 I guess...yeah, I guess that was a bit of an exaggeration.

Man #2 So if you had to choose between a cage full of horny hyenas and having me as your boss for one more day...

Man #1 I'd probably...I'd probably choose the second option.

Man #2 Right.

Hour 4

Awkward silence.

Man #1 I just realised I left my watch in the office. Do you think...once they get this moving again...I could go back and get it?

Man #2 glares at him.

Man #1 I can also just leave it.

Pause.

Man #1 Yeah. Yeah, I'll just leave it.

Hour 5

Awkward silence.

Man #2 Do the other employees feel the same way about me?

Man #1 What?

Man #2 All the stuff you said. The other employees feel the same way?

Man #1 I mean...not in those words.

Man #2 Sure. But overall...

Man #1 They're not crazy about you, no.

Man #2 Huh.

Man #2 starts tearing up. He's trying hard to stop himself from crying.

Man #1 starts repeatedly hitting the first floor button again.

Hour 6

Man #2 is sitting in the corner, crying deeply. Man #1 is busy looking anywhere but his direction.

Man #2 I mean, I knew I could be tough, but I didn't think that they all hated me.

Man #1 Yeah, yeah that's tough.

Man #2 I'm just trying to do what's best for the company.

Man #1 Uh-huh.

The elevator starts moving again.

Man #1 Oh hey look at that, they fixed it.

Man #2 I can't go out there and face them again.

Man #1 Hey come on, sure you can. Look, they might not like you but they all respect you.

Man #2 R-really?

Man #1 Sure. I mean, they all do what you say, don't they?

Man #2 I...I guess.

Man #1 Exactly, so don't worry about what they think of you.

Man #2 Do you think you could...maybe keep working here? Maybe you could, like, help me be a bit of a better boss?

Man #1 Oh...uh...

The elevator doors open.

Man #1 ...no.

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