Lex had arrived twenty minutes early. She had left home early in case traffic delayed her, yet naturally, it hadn't. She'd arrived at the parking garage precisely twenty minutes early, the hanging temporary pass on her rear view mirror enough to let her in much to her relief. The guard had also checked her ID against the roster just in case, naturally, and feeling jittery, Lex had pulled into the last parking space she could see. For all she knew those earlier gaps were people's normal spots and agents were polite enough with one another not to simply take them. She'd never been so relieved to be early than she'd felt in that moment.
At precisely 6:50 a.m., Lex finally dared to get out of her car and walked to the lift she saw others entering. She made sure the floor she'd been told had been pressed, and up and away the lift car went with her and those she assumed were fellow co-workers in it. She said nothing, afraid anything out of her mouth would sound stupid. When her floor came up, Lex stepped out, watching as some people went for the staircase to the right and others went straight through the hall toward a set of glass doors where they had to use a fob to get in. Lex rushed after the last one, but it was too late.
With a sigh, Lex decided to stand by the door, her hands clasped. She was still early enough. Surely there would be that one straggler. Surely. And hopefully they weren't that one late straggler. Wouldn't that be wonderful arriving twenty minutes early only to be five minutes late? Hopefully someone was watching for her. Because she desperately wanted in and to be guided to her department head for further instruction and hopefully a guesstimate of when her ID badge and fob would arrive. Perhaps the director would even have it. She could only hope. She didn't want to have to go through this for a week or longer.