The Serpent

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Wrote this for my teacher Ms. Clark. I enjoyed writing it, hopefully you guys will enjoy reading it.

The Serpent
Ripping apart the packaging, blood pumped through my body as I slid the cards in my jacket pocket and stuffed the plastic wrapper in the corner of an aisle, just as my friend and I had been doing for the last two weeks. I was becoming good at this, I thought to myself as I reached for another pack to take. I looked to DJ, my best friend, and I saw him concealing his second wrapper behind the Nerf toys. Within a moment we were walking away with triumph and a sense of accomplishment. The haze produced in the moment of such an act was lifted and it felt as if I was finally able to breathe again. We walked through the aisles of Wal-Mart, as we always did after every victory, when the sly serpent entered my mind. He teased me to do what was forbidden, a second battle, a thought that had frequently crossed my mind but never entered the realm of action. My conscience tried to fend away such actions but greed had overcome me, it was too late, I had bitten the offering. All that was left to do was to offer it to DJ.
“Lets do it again,” I said to him as we neared the end of the fabric aisle.
DJ thought to himself, informing me that my offer was not original, and he too was tempted by the serpent. And that’s when I knew, no response was needed as we head to the card section preparing our sense and hands to do battle, once again.
There we were, as we had been ten minutes ago, ripping through wrappers and pocketing its contents. I was focused and had acted faster than ever, for a second battle was foreign to me and when faced with the unknown, I resorted to speed and instincts. As we finished and strolled through another aisle, we each felt equivalent to Achilles himself, immortal in battles. To our knowledge, a second battle had never been attempted before, let alone a victory achieved. And then there she was, my Paris, wearing a red shirt, approaching from the other end of the aisle.
You see, a blue shirt means you’re a regular employee, a dispensable bolt in the machine. But a red shirt was more, a supervisor, a central gear that keeps the machine turning. Perhaps she was just passing, DJ and I thought simultaneously. Instinctively we turned and looked at the products; I announced that we had need a poster (that was located at the other end of store) in order to make our movement seem less conspicuous. It was as if we had seen the Fallen Angel himself, a blue shirt at the other end of the aisle, blocking our escape route. Something was wrong.
“You two come here,” the women said aggressively.
We turned and I attempted innocence, “Yes ma’am?”
“Show me what’s in your jacket pocket,” firing her arrow, rupturing my heel. An immortal slain by greed induced weakness.
The moments after that was a blur, but I do remember resolving the problem with tears and my appearance as a sixth grader. And that her shoes were Sketchers; I had spent a long time staring at them. It was through this incident I finally realized and took to heart the phrase that has always been embedded in gambling and that is to “stop while you are ahead.” I reached this conclusion during my walk home from Wal-Mart. It was through analyzing my favorite stories such as, Achilles of The Iliad and Adam and Eve of the book of Genesis that I realized that all these great characters have weaknesses, especially through their foolish actions of greed, seeking glory, and caving to temptations. At first, I claimed to eradicate myself of those weaknesses but I soon realized I am human and I make mistakes. Acknowledging this, I knew I couldn’t get rid of my mistakes but I could try to improve.
In hindsight, I see foolishness universally through my actions in Wal-Mart. The first being that I had ignored the immorality of stealing in my reflection after the incident and the second being that greed and glory isn’t necessarily a weakness. I have now realized that it can often be used as a form of motivation, although commonly producing undesired effects, can, at times, produce great results.
I commonly look back to this event and it has been a fundamental story that I have analyzed endlessly, coming to different conclusions. I guess that’s the definition of personal growth, to change opinions as you age.
 
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    You need to buy a laptop that supports external GPUs for this.
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    I'm pretty lucky to get myself an Alienware 15 with RTX 2070.
  • Varine Varine:
    I think I'm moving back up north for the summer, I got offered my job as the tournant chef back and I'm tired of struggling down here, it pays like twice as much too
  • Varine Varine:
    I think imma give four or five weeks of notice today to my boss, and see how much that backfires on me. I know he's struggling to hire anyone though, so it's like, do a couple weeks of interviews with me and then we'll have two or three weeks to train someone to take over for me. Hopefully he doesn't fucking let me go in like two weeks cuz that would really fuck me up right now
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    Wouldn't it be better if you give 3 to 4 weeks of notice? So that, at least you are guaranteed for 1 more week of paycheck to hold you over?
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    By the way, where are you moving to?
  • Varine Varine:
    Back to Idaho for the summer, then maybe Houston in August or so, my girlfriend or whatever we are loved it there
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    I'm not sure yet, but my parents need some help cuz they're getting older and my mom has MS so can't do much anymore, so I'll be able to get their property fixed up so they can sell their other house. And the resort is stoked to have me back for the summer, cuz they always struggle with staff.
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    I think it'll be alright, even if they cut me loose a bit early I do have some money and I know plenty of people that will lend me the few hundred bucks to get up there. I'm just catching up after last year still, if I have to kite some bills for a couple weeks it'll be fine.
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    I hate my job but I do like one of my bosses, he does try really hard to get me what I need, and I want to make sure I leave with them comfortable with a new manager
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    I like my coworkers for the most part too as much as I bitch about them, they just aren't reliable. As kids tend to be, I was a shithead at 19 and 20 too I'm sure, so
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    Good luck on getting things going.
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    Eh, it'll be fine, I got it mostly planned out already. Roommates know, boss will know in about an hour when I go to work, I'll have a plane booked once we decide my last day, and I have a place to stay up there lined up for two or three months
  • Varine Varine:
    That all came together surprisingly easily
  • Varine Varine:
    I think I'm going to give 4 weeks, so that'll give me 2 more full checks probably, and then one more coming after I leave.
    +1
  • Varine Varine:
    All that shit came together really well suprisingly. My boss was upset cuz I am really good at my job suprisingly, but he's stoked that he got 4 weeks, plus one or two if he needs it, my flight's book in mid June, but I start my new job almost immediately so it'll be nice to have some time to chill and pack and get my rooms cleaned out. He actually gave me a dollar raise right after I gave notice to thank me for not being short or just leaving and making sure I can help interview and train someone to replace me. He is really cool, his food truck has just been a nightmare to run. I get my vaccine next week finally, allegedly Idaho will let me have my license back when I get there, and I have all my bills up to date so it should be an easy move this time around.
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    Is anyone else getting server timeouts in the chat? I think it's on my end, my wifi adapter has been acting up recently
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    100% my end, idk what it is though.
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    Just woke up. No idea.
  • jonas jonas:
    sounds great :) have fun in Idaho
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    freaking Idaho
  • Varine Varine:
    Yeah it sucks up there, but it'll be a bit easier for the summer probably.
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    When you get to Houston you will have your pick there is a huge shortage of good people to work in your field here. They are hiring everywhere and Texas is pretty much fully open.
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    for anyone else following this yes I am in Houston so Varine and I will RL meet gotta love it! Looking forward to it!
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    awesome

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