After reading one of the stories submitted in YGS, it reminds me of an experienced I had eight years ago. Although nobody was locked in, but while I was reading the story my mind drift back to this particular event.
Back then I was working with an insurance adjuster company as a clerk. There is thirteen other staff in my workplace, which consist of six female and seven male which is the adjusters. We were very close friends and went out for lunch together almost every day. I can say we were like family. But the four persons that were very close to me were Alice, Anne, Don and Alex. We were like brothers and sisters, always goofing around even when in the office.
Alex likes to play jokes to everyone in the office especially me. His favorite is holding the door shut while I was coming in to the office. Our office door is made of thick see-through glass and his desk is right in front of the office door. He will do this to me every time without fail whenever he is in the office (he will take turn going outstation with other adjuster). And every time I will be furious with him for doing this.
Everything is normal in our office until one day my manager received a call from one of our clients informing us very tragic news. It was about 5 pm, 4 Oct 2009, we were informed that Alex had involved in a tragic car accident and pass away immediately on the scene due to severe head injury. We were shocked and sadden with this news. We were all crying we have lost a great friend that day. We were told his body will be arrived tomorrow after an autopsy was done and a memorial service will be held a day after.
The Memorial Day came and all of us attend Alex's memorial except for our account clerk Lily and one of the senior adjuster Ng who have to attend an important meeting. We were all heartbroken, seeing Alex's wife and two young children (five and three years old) crying, makes it worse. After the memorial is done we went back to the office. Finally the day ends and we went home.
The next day as usual I arrived to office early around 6.30 am. I was usually the first to arrived to the office and unlocked the door. As usual I take my keys out and unlocked the door but when I pushed the door it won't budge. First I thought I didn't turn the key properly so the door is still locked so again I took my keys out and start to unlocked the door but to my surprised the door is not locked. I push the door again still won't budge. I start to inspect the door whether there is something blocking it from opening but can't see anything. I locked and unlocked the door again just to make sure I have unlocked it and sure enough it is unlocked but every time I push the door it won't budged.
I was puzzled and doing the same locking and unlocking the door for almost five minutes. I was getting annoyed that's when I felt a light breeze coming from my office and at the same time saw a reflection of a man standing in front of me for just a few seconds than disappeared. I just stood there wondering what I just saw then realization hit me. I smiled with tears in my eyes. I know it's Alex playing his last trick on me. I push the door again and sure enough the door opens easily.
Thank you for reading.