My boss, Steve, leaves the office and heads for the studio. Fifty typos later I decide I can’t take anymore, and prop open the office door with a small, maroon chair. As I stand securing it against the door, I instantly feel the heat begin to creep over the threshold. I feel like meat being pulled out of the freezer. Happily enough, I sit back down at my desk, fingers slowly finding their ground again as blood flow returns to them. And then I sense it; a stickiness on my keyboard, a slight *stick, stick, stick* each time I hit a key. My computer screen slowly becomes fuzzy and wet. The humidity is setting in. I feel it between my fingers, feel my baby hairs rebelling in a wild dance of frizz. Suddenly everything is heavy with hot, wet air.
My office is a Cambodian jungle, there are vines tracing their way around my ankle, swallowing my computer screen with brush, the glass door now laden with wet growth, dimming the sunlight from outside. Poisonous plant life disguised as deep purple flowers spit up around me, and the roots are thickening around my ankles and arms. I see the ice cube beetle, black and red, skirting along my mouse pad which is now a bright mossy patch. “Help!” I scream, but the studio walls are too thick, and my boss can’t hear me through the open door. I muster my strength, rip my feet from their lush shackles, each root popping as a yank my feet forwards. As I move through the vegetation, I spy a Spitting Cobra hiding upright among the tall weeds, keeping a close eye on me. I skirt past him, tripping over the roots of a Strangler Fig Tree, but recovering as I grasp the leafy door handle. I yank the chair away and push the door shut!
When I turn around, my office is it’s boring self again, with khaki walls and grey popcorn carpet. Everything is dry and freezing. “Better than the alternative,” I think as I make my way back to my leather rolly chair. As I sit down and face my computer, my legs are already regaining their goosebumps. I open up my email and start sending out my reminders. As I reach for the mouse to send them on their way, I barely see him: the red and black beetle scuttling off the edge of my desk.