77.A Thankful Passing
John closed the door to his home, glanced at the exterior faced with stone, smiled a sad smile and then turned to get into his car.
He wasn't sure he'd ever see it again! He was fagged out.
He had spent the night awake, thinking about ways to fade away.
But when he factored in all of the difficulties of living a life on the run, he knew that he had to face the music and go eyeball to eyeball with his superiors about his accounting errors.
Slipping on to the express way, John found it hard to extract himself from his thoughts enough to concentrate on driving.
It would be hard to face up to accusations of criminal intent.
It had all started as extra work to earn an extra buck.
And John had taken his orders at face value.
There must have been someone else who knew that what he was doing was wrong.
But no, it was only John now! And he had to face the fact that no one would back him up!
When John suddenly faded back in to where he really was, he was face to face with a large express business truck!
In those last seconds he was peaceful as he realized that now his family would never know he had failed in his job as an accountant!
He had only failed in being an attentive driver!
He was right. After his death his superiors stopped the investigation for the sake of John's mourning family.
They never knew that he had cost the company millions with his accounting errors.
1.face up to 勇敢地面对(或接受），正视
例句：We might as well face up to the fact that we live in a car culture, and it won’t change overnight.
2.face value 票面价值,表面价值，字面意义
例句：No experiment can, or should, be automatically taken at face value.
3.faced with stone 用石头湖面的
例句：The brick house was faced with stone.
4.factor in (或into) 把…作为因素计入
例句：Time is the key factor in the plan to slash costs.
5.fade away 消失，离去
例句：And should we choose to neglect it, it will simply fade away.
6.fag out 使精疲力竭
例句：I'm fagged out.