I walked into Burt's office and showed him the letter. I thought that was the best way to do it. That way he wouldn't think I made up the prize just to get a vacation.
He read the letter a couple of times and didn't say anything.
"If you need to say no, I understand. I'm expecting it. I can just call them and they can give the prize to someone else."
"Have you ever won anything before?"
I shook my head. "No, I've never even won a scratch off lottery ticket."
I had actually forgot I submitted my name for the drawing until the letter came. Then I remembered signing up for it when I was out shopping for Jessica's baby shower. I'd never been on a real vacation either.
Burt read it one more time. "I'll tell you what. Since you would not be asking for time off were it not for winning this prize, I'll let you take the time off. However, you'll have to take it during the slow time of year."
Alaska in January? I shivered just thinking about it, but if that was my only option, I'd take it.
"Okay," I said, "we have a deal."