Combover has been making muffled noises of exasperation in the office.
"Do you have a minute, please."
Here we go again, The Hero thinks.
"Why did you do this?" Combover asks The Hero in an accusatory tone.
"Why did you use this code for this invoice and why did you do what you did?"
Baffled, The Hero looks at the transaction and wonders the very same thing.
Combover grows visibly impatient.
"I'm not sure. I don't even remember doing this," The Hero says, puzzled.
"What do you mean you don't remember? This is your code isn't it? You did this!"
Now, The Hero has an elephant's memory. With the lack of training provided by Combover, he still manages to figure his way through the dark hallways of departmental procedures. In fact The Hero can proudly say that he is self-taught on 80% of the work that he does today.
The Hero tries to reason with Combover, saying that if he has done this, he would at least have a recollection of the invoice. However on this occasion, he has no recollection whatsoever.
They continue to debate for about half an hour, with Combover vehemently insisting that The Hero should have asked him if he was in doubt about any transaction. The Hero tells him that it is impossible to ask Combover anything if The Hero has not in fact done the transaction. Just when The Hero thinks the combover on Combover is about to mutate into a raging furry beast, he says,
"Go and retrieve the supporting document!"
Still confused, The Hero complies and hands the document over to Combover. Within minutes of looking at the document, the mutation stops and the combover shrivels visibly. Something from that document has shot tranquilizer darts at the mutating Combover beast and tamed it. The subdued beast declares,
"You know what? Let's forget about it. I'll rectify it. Not to worry."
The Hero is baffled. After all that hooha, Combover decides to forget about it? Has he gone bananas or is he suffering from a male version of menopause? Or is The Hero out of his mind?
The Hero rejects the beast's attempt to cover up the issue.
"We should figure this out to prevent this from happening again," The Hero says.
"No, let's just forget about it. Continue what you were doing," Combover says and picks up the phone, dialling a random number.
This is really strange, The Hero thinks. Obviously Combover has discovered something that he does not want The Hero to know. The Hero is not about to let this go without getting to the bottom of the matter.
When Combover goes off for his lunch, The Hero retrieves the supporting document and looks at it, wondering what Combover saw that made him retreat from his attack. There on the document was a written comment from Combover pointing out the transaction error done on that day.
The Hero feels his blood boiling as he recalls what happened a few weeks ago.
During one of their short training sessions, Combover went over to The Hero's work station to 'guide' him in a transaction. This explained The Hero's ID code on the transaction.
On that occasion, Combover made a mistake in the system. He panicked for a good half hour while The Hero watched, totally amused. He finally had to 'confess' his mistake to BDM Manager. At this point, The Hero realizes that Combover must have put the blame on him so as to cover his own ass in front of BDM Manager.
The Hero looks up. Combover has returned from lunch.
The Hero steps into Combover's office with the supporting documents and coolly says,
"Do you want to apologise to me or do you want me to jog your memory as to what happened?"
For a split second, Combover contemplates reaching for his handy excuse of ignorance. But on seeing the look on The Hero's face, he decides against it. "Oh yes yes," Combover says shamefully. And again, proceeds to dodge the bullet by talking about something else.
WHAT A BASTARD, The Hero thinks to himself.*Strike 3*
Combover strikes out. He is now officially:
THE OFFICE BASTARD