TITLE: Emotionally Compromised
I take a drag of my cigarette, and exhale into the phone, "Derek, are we really talking about this?"
"How long is your break?" he asks ignoring my question.
I laugh mockingly, "Not long enough for this conversation, I'm sure."
"I swear, are you always set to anger mode?"
Another giggle erupts from me. I can feel him smiling on the other end too. "Take off that grin I know you have right now. You are not funny, Derek."
"I know, but as long as I can just make you laugh I'm good."
I lean against the building, sigh evidently into the phone, and he says, "I've made you mad again haven't I?" Suddenly his tone shifts, "Are you smoking? I feel like I can hear you smoking. I thought you were trying to stop?"
I grunt, but I guess I'm smiling. I cannot be doing this, "Agent Matthews, do you have anything new to report?"
He responds the same way, and sighs heavily, "Back to formalities I guess is only fair on company time. Just know that this is me caring, Agent Turner."
I rub at my temples, and I am thankful he can't see the look on my face.
"Agent Matthews..." I whine.
"Alright, alright...no, Agent Turner, nothing new to report. Just don't do anything stupid. Take your time with this."
"I'll call you later Derek."
I hang up the phone wondering how I've gotten myself into this mess as I take another long drag of my cigarette.