This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.”
Rita watched Matt walk out of the Starbucks and get into a dark gray car. The engine came on and he roared away.
She took a sip of coffee but it tasted awful. Might as well go home, where she could cry unobserved. At least Matt hadn’t stayed to watch her reaction.
The door opened, and a beautiful woman came in. She had strawberry blond hair, a heart-shaped face, full lips, and was smiling. Rita recognized her right away from the picture on her blog. Maybe she’d listen. She left her cup on the table and walked over.
“Excuse me,” she said, “are you Gloria?”
“Yep, that’s me.”
“Do you have time to talk?”
“Sure. On or off the record?”
“You have a nice house,” Gloria said, as they got out of their cars, each with a cup in her hand.
“Thanks.” It wouldn’t be hers for much longer, what with no job and the outstanding mortgage payments.
She showed Gloria into the kitchen, went and got her laptop, and came back and sat across from her. While the computer started up, Gloria sipped coffee.
The desktop finally materialized out of the electronic gloom, and Rita opened up the e-mail from Matt. She turned the computer to face Gloria, who put down her cup and began to read.
After a minute, she said, “Thank you for showing me. Do you mind if I read your reply?”
“Sure, go ahead.”
Gloria clicked the trackpad and said, “Oh, I’m in Trash. Those cat pictures are so cute! Is that your kitty?”
“No, that’s Mom’s new kitten, Fluffy. That trackpad jumps around as much as she does.” Gloria laughed.
“Got it. Here we go. Okay, I’ve read everything. So what happened when you met him?”
“He’s the CEO. Matthew Taylor Hargrave Reid. He’d been watching me all along. He fired me.”
“What a dirty trick! I wonder if he’s done it before. Have others been dismissed that you know of?”
“Yeah, maybe, but I don’t know if they were fired or if they quit, but three or four women have left in the last year.”
“Would you like me to write a story about this?”
“For your blog?” She nodded. “Won’t he sue me?”
“If you published information about his company, he could certainly take legal action, but I would publish his e-mail and the fact that he fired you. I won’t say anything bad about him, and his e-mail doesn’t say that you shouldn’t tell anybody.”
Rita took a sip of coffee, smiled at Gloria, and said, “Thank you. Let’s do this.”
The final part of “The Choice” is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Need a link to parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6? Here you go!