The Monday following the audit meeting, John disappeared. There is a betting pool in the NOC speculating whether he suffered a nervous breakdown, was fired, is just hiding, or worse.
I see Wes and some of his engineers, all laughing loudly, presumably at John’s expense.
I clear my throat to get Wes’ attention. When he walks over, I turn around so that my back is to the NOC, shielding everyone from hearing what I’m telling Wes. “Do me a favor? Don’t fan the rumor mill about John. Remember what Steve was trying to impress upon us at the off-site? We need to build a mutually respectful and trusted working relationship with him.”
Wes’ smile disappears and after a moment, he finally says, “Yeah, I know. I’m just kidding, ...