Welcome to Detty December Series, Episode 3. Lotana is dreading the idea of going for her company’s end of the year hangout because she’s a loner. Will she have a Detty December experience by going?
Hangout is FUN, most times. But it could be awkward when you have to do that with your colleagues at work. Most workplaces are professional, and many people prefer to keep their private lives out of their work lives. It could be possible for some to be very introverted at work but very extroverted when you are with friends and family. People differ with what they want to share at work about their personal lives.
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LOTANA’S END OF THE YEAR HANGOUT AT WORK
Lotana works at a start-up tech company called MadX, she is a programmer and literally walks on eggshells at work because she doesn’t feel confident or close to her colleagues in any way. She has been working at MadX for 4 years now and every day still feels like her first day at work. She only talks to her immediate junior at work and barely talks about her private life.
It is the end of the year at MadX and the CEO announced that they are going to a beach for their end of the year hang-out. He also said that everyone must be there, looking directly at Lotana. This was something she hoped to run away from like the past parties that have been held. But she can’t and has no choice but to go.
DAY OF THE BEACH HANGOUT
Everyone was to meet at work to go to the spot together. She decided not to drive and go with a Taxify ride. Her friend, Chi-Chi had already advised her to loosen up a bit this time and not take life to have. She reminded her that she was the one who wanted to enjoy her Detty December and fill every day with great memories.
Lotana finally agreed to drop off her insecurities and have fun today. Everyone was already on the tour bus that was chartered as she arrived at work. They are 30 people who work at her company. There was a vacant seat by the side of Mrs. Adera who was pregnant.
ARRIVAL AT THE LAKKA BEACH
The trip to the beach was strangely fun. The traffic delayed the trip for about an hour but her colleagues already started having fun by doing some karaoke on the bus. The funniest part was when their C.O.O, Akande who looked very grumpy sang along to Eminem’s Stan rapping all the lyrics perfectly.
On the arrival to the beach, everything looked beautiful already. Their boss had rented a spot at the private Lakka Beach which was the most expensive in Lagos. There were 3 Gazebos with barbeque, suya, drinks, a mixologist for cocktails, and a lot of food.
Everyone had to participate in the games. From dance competitions to swimming competitions, more karaoke, Jenga, scrabble and lots more. There were also Intellectual conversations and not so smart conversations. There was some flirting amongst some colleagues but lots and lots of laughter.
Playing the game 2 Truths and 1 Lie was the breakpoint from her shell. It must have been the alcohol but she was very enthusiastic about that game. Everyone was surprised but we’re loving the reawakened Lotana. She finally became the moderator of the games and suggested a storytelling game. Everyone had to tell a story about them. And she did, she told her story about why she is quiet and doesn’t like to make relationships at work.
It was time to go home around 10 pm after spending almost 8 hours at the beach. The bus was dropping off everyone at home for safety purposes and some were taken home by their sober colleagues. Folake, the CEO’s secretary took Lotana home. They spoke about the hang-out during the ride until Lotana slept off.
Lotana wakes up with a hangover. Chi-Chi had already prepared some chicken soup to help cure her hangover. She was drinking her soup when flashbacks from yesterday came flooding her head. She screamed and laughed out immediately. Chi-Chi asked her what was wrong and she said, “That was the best way to define a Detty December End Of The Year Hangout”. “Everything was litty, litty!!!”