Chuck at the Office

 

For the final draft, we decided to cut this in favor of Chuck dropping a bombshell on Chad and Christine when he decides to leave. Much more effective.

 

“Hey Chad, come on in,” Chuck said, motioning his coworker  to one of his office chairs. Chad Mitchell was about ten years younger than Chuck and had been at the firm over twenty-five years. He had been a rising star, then when Chuck took over, Chad became Chuck’s go-to guy. Now he was poised to take things over when Chuck retired.

For years, Chad believed he had unwittingly blown open Chuck’s affair with Tracy Ravenna. However, the way Chuck responded when Chad admitted his role, and Chuck’s single-minded pursuit of restoration with his wife made a deep impression on Chad. The skeptical agnostic began to ask questions, and Chuck answered them all with honesty and humility.

 After months of dialogue, Chad met Chuck at his office door one morning, grinning broadly. “I did it!” he exclaimed. “And Michelle, too!” Chad was a tremendous apologist now, able to reason with anyone the logic and simplicity of the Gospel. There were other Christians at the law firm, but Chad and Christine were special gifts, Chuck believed.

“Did you want Christine, too?” Chad asked before he sat down.

“Yes,” Chuck said, waving across the lobby at his secretary.

“How’s Bobbi?”

“That’s what I wanted to talk to you about,” Chuck said. He took his glasses off and laid them on his desk. He still hated the things even after all these years.

“Mr. Molinsky, what did you find out?” Christine asked as she slipped in, closing the door behind her.

“Not much yet,” Chuck said. “When we get the results back, we’ll go from there. I just want to prepare you both. If this is bad, I’m through here.”

“I think that’s a little premature,” Chad said. “They can do a lot for cancer these days.”

“I realize that,” Chuck said, “but I need to feel like I have a plan in place. It helps me feel like I can respond, you know?”

“How is Mrs. Molinsky taking it?” Christine asked.

“Bobbi’s very calm. I think she’s in crisis mode again, but Joel’s concerned it may be something else. She and I haven’t had much time to talk.”

“Did she retire, Chuck?” Chad asked.

“Yeah, she did. The school board approved it a couple of weeks ago, so it’s official.”

“What can we do?” Christine asked.

“Pray, and keep making excuses to my clients,” Chuck answered.