【小說下半部】第三十二章:人性顯露 (Final)

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「What’s wrong with him?」Charmaine關心地問:「I’ve never seen Sam so mad!」她看看地氈:「I can’t see the problem! Just some sand!」她彎低身看:「It seems you will have a very bad day, and Sam is in a really bad mood.」

 

回想這個早上所做的十多個房間都要重新吸塵,不禁洩氣:「It’s OK, that’s my fault.」

 

「Let me help you.」Charmaine準備動身去雜物房多拿一部吸塵機。

 

「Nonono, that’s fine. I can handle it.」我免得拖慢Charmaine進度,最後又給Sam責罵。

 

吸塵的工作是Housekeeping最輕鬆,也是最愉快的一個步驟。一來只不過拿著吸嘴掃來掃去便成,二來到了「吸塵」這個最後工序,意即一個房間將近完成,自然做得最落力。可是,如今我卻要把所有房間重頭做一次,更只是不斷重覆「吸塵」這個工序,再加上我不想太隨便,讓Sam有藉口找碴,便大力地吸著地氈。我知道要令地氈找不到一粒沙,是天方夜談的事情,最起碼讓他別責備我吧?

 

過度用力又不敢怠慢,只想盡快完成,沒消半小時我已筋疲力盡。

 

Sam路過走廊看著我,竟搖頭嘆息。

 

「Is everything OK?」我當然明知故問。

 

「Come.」Sam帶我到之前一個房間,拉開窗簾、搬開座地燈,並指著牆角說:「See?」

 

牆角邊隱約有一條小毛髮,如非刻意抬開座地燈,根本沒可能看到。

 

「Please, please pay more attention.」

 

我想起在Port Douglas做Housekeeping刻意找碴的經歷,突感委屈。

 

「Come on! Sam! What’s wrong with you today? Are you mad?」敢與Sam這樣說話,只有Charmaine一人:「He’s just a kid! Nobody will look at the corner, who will move this shit, and vacuum that corner!」

 

「Don’t try to protect him! You have fault too.」

 

「Oh my fault?」Charmaine大叫:「How come is my fucking fault?」

 

「You are Jacky’s partner, you need to check his work.」

 

「Are you out of your mind? Tell me, who the fuck will check that fucking corner during their fucking stay?」Charmaine愈說愈激動。

 

「Mind you word, Charmaine.」對著這位「老臣子」,Sam也得忌他三分。

 

「I don’t know what the fuck you are thinking!」

 

「Hey guys! Calm down! Please! I will be more careful in the coming room, OK?」我不想因我傷了大家和氣。

 

「Then that’s great! You better do!」我看得出Sam強忍怒氣,他回頭看看Charmaine:「Damn it!」我看著Charmaine,從心感激:「I don’t know what to say, but, thanks for your help. I really appreciate.」

 

「No worry, ahahaha!」Charmaine睜大眼睛:「It’s OK! I don’t know what’s wrong with Sam today. He had never acted like this, he’s not a picky guy.」

 

根據過往經驗,我大抵猜到將會發生甚麼事,一個跟我無仇無怨,突然性情大變的上司,原因只有一個。只是,我沒有說出口,也沒有告訴Charmaine。

 

來了澳洲大半年,我從沒怕過甚麼人,往後的幾天,我看見Sam便心寒,甚至不敢對他直視。這位慈祥的伯伯,發惡時竟變得觸目驚心,那已經超越了「威嚴」的地步,簡直覺得他想殺了我。幸好,Charmaine也知道他突然變得情緒化,處處保護我,每個房間時都收拾得整整齊齊,但Sam仍總有藉口向我大呼小叫。

 

「Hey Jacky! WHAT THE FUCK YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING!」有一天,他近乎向我咆哮。

 

「What’s wrong?」我早有心理準備。

 

「Every room is such a mess, I can’t bear! None of them is acceptable! Jesus!」

 

「See the window? See these dirt?」Sam再次拉開窗簾,指著那些沒有人看的角落,Charmaine見狀,跑到我後面,正想替我辯護,Sam馬上阻止:「Don’t help him, Charmaine, don’t. I saw you Jacky, you are the last one leaving the room, you should be the one who check the dirt. Why? Why can’t you take one further step to clean it? You are a housekeeper!」

 

他帶我到下一個房間:「See? What the fuck is this?」他指著牆角的沙,我氣得一時不懂怎回答他,他把臉貼近我,聲線大得把口水都噴到我的臉上:「Don’t know? Huh? Let me tell you! This is the fucking sand! A stupid fucking sand that you don’t even care a shit to do it!」

 

「Hey Sam, enough, that’s enough.」Charmaine嘗試冷靜Sam。

 

「And you, Charmaine. You help this guy makes you slower. What’s the time? Vacuuming the floor thousands time, so what? You guys are far behind schedule!」

 

Charmaine嘆息一聲。畢竟Sam還是她的上司,她也不能事事頂撞他,Charmaine硬生生地把話吞下:「OK, I get it… “We" get it. We will do it very, very careful, cleaning every corner in all these room, OK?」

 

「FUCK!」Sam頭也不回。

 

Charmaine為我這樣出頭,我已不懂如何感謝她,眼見她收起了一貫嬉皮笑臉,眉頭深鎖,我也有點不好意思:「Thanks, that’s the only thing I can say.」她沒理會我,埋頭繼續搬弄床單,完成了這房間後,我們回到雜物房添置洗頭水、淋浴露等東西,她才打破沉默:「I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Be careful, Jacky, I mean it.」

 

我數數日子,連同假期外,實際上班時間只有大約多一個星期,我微笑道:「I am fine. Anyway, it’s only one more week.」我看著雜物室上掛的客人入住率,下星期入住率極低,看來我受的責罵也多極有限吧?

 

「You have suffered a lot in these few days.」Charmaine摸摸我的額頭,她雖然瘋瘋癲癲,骨子裡應是個好媽媽,她嘆一口氣:「Poor kid.」

 

我好奇地問Jo和Katy,到底Sam有沒有對她們發惡,她們都說Sam與往日無異。在餐廳工作時,我在廚房問Jun,他苦笑:「He’s mad with me every day, you know.」

 

「Hey Kim! What the fuck?」突破廚師向Kim大叫,Jun對我說:「I think Kim has the same situation as you. The chef shouted at him every day with no reason.」

 

那刻,我沒管Kim被罵的原因,反正他在我心中是個徹頭徹尾的「廢人」,換著我是他的上司,大抵都會責罵他。我卻沒想到,這一幕竟蘊釀著一場陰謀、一場將影響我的陰謀。

 

快要離開這個地方,最後一次假期,我決定參加當地的Local Tour。身為員工可以免費參加,離開前自然要去看看。沒想到Kim也跟我一同參加,上車一刻也有點反感。Kim視我作陌生人,我倒耳根清靜。

 

公園內的登山徑可以自已走,但一些荒原與峽谷卻路途遙遠且地勢危險,不單要驅車前往,更得要有專人帶領才可內進。與山上景色不同,山谷內更能感到人的渺小,何其震撼。在導遊介紹下,更能看到岩石內藏了幾億年史前生物的沉澱物,告訴著我們地球的年歲。從山谷內看,每塊岩石、每片山坡之奇形怪狀也令我大開眼界。我自知這些景色很難才有機會看到,得好好記下每分每秒。

 

午飯時,我們在一處平原上午餐。這裡不足一百年前還是有人居住的,更是當地的大型牧場,後來因為畜牧與旅遊發展難並存,再加上天氣太乾罕,牧場被迫關閉。我看著這一望無際的草原,心曠神怡,拿著旅行團所提供的三文治,幻想幾百頭羊一起奔走的畫面。

 

「Ah! It’s so boring!」我想得入神,Kim突然坐在我身旁:「I don’t know why you are enjoying this, everywhere is the same!」

 

我不想理會沒趣的他:「Every people has different wants.」

 

「God! I wanna to go! I hate here.」Kim大叫,我沒有理會他。

 

為不讓他破壞這美好一刻,我沒理會他。

 

「I don’t mean the environment, I mean the people here.」Kim好像有甚麼想說,他略思一會:「Jun told me that, Sam treated you very bad suddenly, same as me! Every chef treated me like shit these days, I don’t know why, that’s why I want to chat with you, for a long time.」

 

這倒引起了我的興趣:「Really?」

 

「I like working here, the pay is good, and I can save a lot money…」的確,以這裡週薪超過千五元,工作了近一個月,已儲了七千多元,Kim只在晚上於廚房工作,更天天買酒喝,他仍能儲到錢,可見薪水有多好,他續說:「I want to stay here for 3 months, but the chef made me feel like, I am suffering in hell everyday!」

 

我覺得這非巧合,更覺Kim想留三個月是天方夜談,我心中所想的那件事,似乎真會成真。千頭萬緒,我難把兩件事連繫,也難想出一個概況來,我只有跟Kim說:「Maybe, it’s just a coincidence. I have my fault in housekeeping too…」

 

「But Jun said that, you did even better than him…」

 

沒想到,Jun竟在背後這樣說。

 

「Take it easy, you never know what’s happening tomorrow. This is Working Holiday, right?」

 

「No, I think… Something is gonna happen.」

 

原來,你總算也不太笨。

 

沒想到,他竟說:「Maybe, I can tell Keith about this shit! Or, I can work as waiter or housekeeper as well! I want to change my position, I don’t like kitchen hand. Should I try?」

 

唉,你太天真了。

 

「I don’t think that’s a good idea, it’s useless, trust me.」

 

「Why? I will try! You are leaving next week, right? They need one more staff anyway, it should be my chance!」

 

「Well, why not have a try?」我壞心腸地想,真想離開前看Kim一次徹徹底底的出醜。

 

旅遊巴停在酒店詢問處前,我遠遠看到Keith站在車站旁。他以其一貫的「迷人笑容」,誇張地大叫:「Welcome back! Welcome back! wonderful day?」

 

「Yes, it’s so beautiful, I love the trip.」我禮貌地答。

 

「How about you, Kim?」

 

「Um… Boring.」Kim說得也真誠實。

 

「Hahaha! I got you, Kim!」Keith誇張地指著Kim大笑:「You are so honest! I love what you said! But, don’t let the other guests know, OK? Hahaha!」Keith的笑容並沒有讓我和Kim帶來任何反應,場面帶點尷尬,他馬上「專業」地自圓其說:「Good… It’s a happy trip, I know it… Do you guys have time? Why not come to my office and have some tea? I’ve never chatted with you guys since you come here.」

 

來得這麼快?

 

Kim興奮地說:「I will tell Keith now.」

 

Keith繼續保持其笑容說:「Have a seat guys. Enjoy the time here?」

 

「Yes.」我心想,有話快說、有屁快放。

 

「Well, that’s great. I have something for you guys.」他在桌面為我們端來兩封信,以一副「專業」得詭異的笑容說:「Your contract is being terminated, you can stay until Tuesday for the bus back to Adelaide.」

 

即使我早有心理準備,我仍大叫:「What?」

 

「Yes… Haha, I appreciate for what your help in the resort, I mean it.」Keith掛起他那虛偽的笑容說:「For Jacky, I think it’s not a big deal for you, you are leaving one week later anyway, but Kim, em… Sorry about that, I have to end your contract two months earlier.」

 

Kim面色一片慘白:「But… I don’t understand…」

 

「There’s no reason, Kim. If you guys don’t have any problems, now get the hell out of my office.」Keith以一副令人厭惡的「笑臉」下了逐客令。

 

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