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by Samantha Ely | Score: 3000

I walked into Mr. Hurbert's office. "Shut the door, Amanda." I did as he asked and then sat in the chair across from his desk that he motioned to. "I am really sorry," he started and my heart fell. "I have just gotten word from upstairs that I have to start cutting people," He held up his hand when I opened my mouth. I wasnt even sure what I was going to say. "I hate having to do this. You're one of my best employees but I can't keep you. We have too many people on the team you're working on."
I decided to just nod. I couldn't think of anything to say and the truth was he had already made up his mind. I stood and walked to the door when he said my name. I turned to look at him, "sir?"
"I really am sorry about this. I know with your mother sick, you need money." I nodded sadly. "I know you will find another job soon. And I will obviously write you a great recommendation letter to help that."
"Thank you, Sir," I said before I turned and left the office and headed toward mine. I quickly started grabbing the few things that I kept on my desk while trying to fight the tears that were building. What was I going to do now? I heard the door open and looked up at my best friend, Shannon. "What am I going to do now? I voiced my question out loud this time to her.
"You will be okay. John and I will help you, you know?" I nodded and forced a smile. I knew they would help out if I needed it but  I had to do this myself. I was stubborn that way. Mom always said I reminded her of Katniss Everdeen from the The Hunger Games books that she read with me when they had first come out. I would laugh and say, "I wish I could be half the woman she is." And it's true, maybe if I was, I would still have my job.

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Begin Start typing to begin
Words Reach 50 words
Letter Use the letter A
Words Reach 100 words
Words Reach 200 words
Words Reach 300 words
Prop Include a novel
Event Someone loses his/her job

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