POD: Set in the future
All Fall Down
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Patty was a co-worker of Louise Ferguson at a Japanese ramen noddle importer. When Louise began working there, Patty helped her to get settled and showed her how to work the complicated spreadsheets her job entailed. Louise was grateful but wondered why Patty didn't get the job herself. Patty replied that she preferred to quietly crunch numbers rather than deal directly and constantly with Mr. Nobashi. After experiencing his explosive behaviour, Louise understood what she meant.
Patty was a gossip and would come around Louise's desk every once in a while to chat. Louise didn't normally mind but when she found out she was pregnant, she tried to put off telling Patty as long as she could and managed to do so until her swollen belly made it obvious. When Louise had James Henry, Patty filled in for her when she went off on maternity leave.
One day in the spring, two and a half years after Yellowstone Supervolcano eruption, Louise arrived for work and heard Patty crying. As she rushed to her office, she nearly ran into Mr. Nobashi coming out. He was very apologetic and bowed low to her, inferior to superior, as he explained that the home office in Hiroshima had decided the U.S. operation wasn't profitable enough and they were shutting it down. Patty came out with a tear streaked face and complained she had given the company twenty-six years for nothing. Mr. Nobashi said he would do what he could and give them both "most excellent letters of recommendation" but that it was beyond his control. He acknowledged it wasn't much as Patty cursed him out. He bowed again then left to tell the other employees.