When I walked into work, there were flyers inside everyone’s locker.
It had a sizable HUSH at the top of the page. It said to mark the date on the calendar. The owner is retiring. The dispatcher was the secretary to the Heating plus Air Conditioning company owner, & she was planning a gathering for the owner. I was excited for him, although I was also concerned about who was going to take over. His child was a jerk & would ruin the business. I wondered if he was going to offer the company to one of the Heating plus Air Conditioning techs. I knew I would not take the position, although I also knew there were some of the other Heating plus Air Conditioning techs who would want it. The other worry was if he would sell the company to another Heating plus Air Conditioning company owner, or just close it up; You would guess if that were an option, he would have already said something. I knew every one of us were going to need to wait until the retirement gathering for him to announce what was going to happen. When the boss asked me into the office, I thought nothing of his retirement. Normally, if he called me in, it was because he had another trainee, & he wanted me to oversee their apprenticeship. I walked in, expecting to see a new Heating plus Air Conditioning recruit. I saw his daughter laying in the other chair, & he roughly introduced us. He said his daughter had been working for another Heating plus Air Conditioning company & he was considering putting her in as the new company owner. He asked if I would be interested in being co-owner & working with her? I had no answer, because this wasn’t a twist I had expected.