Zak and I sat in the break room across from each other, but saying nothing. It was late on Friday. Most of the people in the building had left and gone home, excited about the upcoming weekend off. Unfortunately, we weren’t among them. It had been a long frustrating day and even worse of a week. I wasn’t sure if the quiet between us was due to nothing to say or if simply that we were both so beat we were past the point of being able to speak.

The first day here I’d brought in some of my favorite first flush Darjeeling tea. It was one of my guilty pleasures. It was an expensive indulgence and although I doubted this place could give me water at the temperature to properly brew it, I was so fried and ...

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