It’s a freaking jungle out there! Okay, here’s the underlying secret: I’m only going to say this once. If you keep reading my articles, you’re going to have to remember this. Anyone who doesn’t read this, but reads the other articles, won’t know what the hell is going on.
So, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, or the street term for it is referring to me as an “Aspie,” that doesn’t jive very well with the amnesia I’ve had previously. Let me just say they don’t work very well together. But you’ll want to be aware of this for the story I’m getting into next. Understanding my thinking a little bit will help you comprehend how I’m utilizing something negative to help me in a positive way.
I was hired a week before this other girl at my job. And you know, some people are just really sneaky, and they become your friend so they can find out things about you. They do it with everybody, not just you. You’re not special to them. They’re everyone’s friend. And they make little mental notes about everyone in their head. Later, when it’s time for them to make their move, they determine whether or not you will be useful in their journey or not. These are not people you want to be friends with, trust me.
So as an Aspie, I can boldly say with absolute certainty that just because someone has Asperger’s doesn’t mean they’re not as intelligent as another person. It’s like they’re a “different side of the coin.” If someone gives you a quarter, there’s a front side and a back side; it’s still a quarter. It’s the same with people, whether Aspies or not — they’re just different. Not less intelligent, but they have a distinctly different methodology of arriving at answers. Some Aspies score extremely high on IQ tests. My 128 wasn’t bad.
One of the traits of an Aspie is “honesty.” And it’s not just honesty that you can trust a person because when you ask them if you look okay they’ll tell you. It’s not really like that — it’s much more blatant. Sure, they’ll definitely be straight up. But chances are they’re not going to stop and double-check their answers before giving it to you when you’ve asked for an honest opinion. It sort of just falls out of their face. They may say something like, “Wow, you look really good,” and mean it sincerely. But if you look really bad to them, they’ll tell you so without dressing it up. After all, you’ve asked. Right?
Socially, some people appreciate harsh honesty, but most people don’t at all. In fact, it’s better to lie and tell your friend they look great — let them go out in public looking like a total dork because you were polite. So, with that being said, let me go back to my job.
Anyway, toxic people, like the girl I was talking about, start talking about people to other people. If they can get others to say nasty things, they’ll run back to the person they were just talking about and tell them what you said. We refer to it as backstabbing. One day when she was doing this, I defended the people she was talking badly about, and she didn’t like this. Finally, when she determined I was no longer a pawn in her sadistic game, she blatantly ignored me–even when trying to help. For example, when she dropped a pill on the floor, I called her name three times to tell her about it. When I left to get a drink and returned, it was gone. But after her complaining to my boss, she moved to the other side of the room. Far away from the girl who she boasted to about a pair of $2,000 shoes “a friend” bought for her. Yeah, I told her she was setting herself up. Nobody buys a gift like that for free.
The first day after her move to her new area, I heard her talking to another woman and say, “Oh, I was just kidding — geez!” That means that the game is afoot! But that’s the negative side I’m about to flip upside down like a pineapple cake. Like I said, I like turning things around to make them positive. As a writer, I thrive on this type of coping.
So I found this place that allows writers to submit work, up to 7,000 words. And this particular article is fiction. It needs to have a god in it with a good vs. evil plot. I’m writing a story to coincide with these factors. (Perhaps I’ll include a link later so you can read it and get a glimpse of how my unique mind works.) It’s about the goddess Adrestia; she’s the goddess of retribution and sublime balance between good and evil that cannot be escaped. Basically, she makes people pay for wrongdoings. My office cohorts will be included, although their names will vary. But the best part is all my frustrations can ventilate toward a positive end. Ka-ching!
I’ll be able to include the personalities I work with and be paid for the task. Best of all, I can allow this horrible creature to continue after I “bite the bullet.” It will feel freakin’ awesome!