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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER-

August 11, 2009.

Waiting outside Atiq’s office with three stoic guards arranged around the door and Xiao pacing back and forth was a nerve-racking experience. Stephen couldn’t imagine how it could possibly get any worse inside the room. Xiao was an accumulation of nerves and energy waiting for the moment to explode. Between taking calls on his cell phone and having his assistants sprint from their offices every few minutes to ask him questions or remind him of missed meetings, Xiao would glance expectantly at Atiq’s closed door. Other than Becky delivering lunch as she had been ordered, Atiq’s door hadn’t opened since he had arrived. For three hours, Stephen had done nothing but wait silently.

“You’re Stephen, correct?” ...

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