Chapter 5 of The Pile Driver, A Novel

Mike replied, “They are really more your friends. Jessica is okay, when I get a headache listening to Ivor.”

“What’s wrong with Ivor? asked Courtney.

“Ivor is probably one of most boring people I’ve met in my life. I hate pseudo-intellectuals.”

“Let me tell you it’s no bundle of joy listening your friends either. All they want to do is talk about mixed martial arts fighting, wrestling and video games.”

“Well at least my friends have hobbies other than reading and watching documentaries,” Mike retorted.

“I’m not going to argue about this Mike. We have a date for tonight that you’re not going to jam out on. Not only that, you’re going to have fun too.”

Would Mike and Courtney arrived at The Spider Club, Ivor and Jessica were already there and had ordered their drinks.

Ivor asked Mike, “When are you going to get a real job Mike? Get some direction in your life?”

“I’m only twenty-two years old Ivor. I don’t have my whole life planned out for me like you do.”

With that Ivor laughed and said “Ah Ha! We have a free spirit among us.”

“Don’t worry about Mike, Ivor. This is going to be his last year substitute teaching. This summer he is going to be applying for permanent teaching positions in the whole state.”

With the positive references that he will get from his principals, Mike will be sure to land a full-time teaching position for the fall.”

“I don’t know. I haven’t thought that far ahead,” Mike responded.

“What is wrong with being a full-time teacher Mike?” asked Courtney.

“There’s nothing wrong with teaching as a profession. I’m just not sure it’s a fit for me,” replied Mike.

Courtney gives out an exasperated sigh, “Then what is your perfect fit Mike?”

“I don’t know. I’m still looking looking for it.”

This conversation did not make for a very pleasant evening of socializing. In fact the atmosphere was quite uncomfortable. You cut the tension with a knife.
MF 4

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