This post is a work of fiction inspired by the Everyday Inspirations writing course from WordPress. The one-word prompt was “choice.”
Matthew’s phone rang. Good, his new client would be ready for him. He lifted the receiver, but didn’t speak.
“Good morning, Mr. Reid,” his secretary said. “Your nine o’clock has arrived and is in conference room one.”
He looked at his watch and saw that it was 8:55 a.m. Good. That meant he had twenty more minutes to drink his coffee in peace.
At 9:15 a.m., he left his office, which took up half of the top floor, and unlocked his private elevator. The doors opened, and he stepped out. He turned left and walked down the hall, turned the corner, and stopped in his tracks.
Stretched across the full width of the hallway was a banner with a picture of a gray kitten printed on it. The animal had been photographed in mid-leap from floor to bookshelf, and a speach bubble had been added, which read: “We quit.” Standing under and behind the banner were the six women and four men who worked in cubicles and who had no business there, especially not when he had an important meeting to attend.
The conference room door opened, and his secretary came out.
He heard her say, “Mr. Reid will be here any minute now.” She closed the door and joined the group behind the banner. “Good morning, Mr. Reid, please take this as my resignation. Your client’s becoming rather edgy without his dose of caffeine, so I suggest that you go to the kitchen, if you can find it, and brew him a pot of coffee.”
“Hi Matt,” somebody said behind him. He turned and saw Amelia, his wife. A tall man stood beside her. “I’ve always wanted to go into business, and after talking to Rita, I know we’ll work well together. Don’t worry, we don’t plan to compete with you. Oh, and let me introduce my lawyer, Mr. Jasper. After reading that despicable e-mail you sent, I want a divorce.”
I’ve had a ton of fun writing “The Choice,” and the first installment of my next shory story, “The Dark Tide,” will be posted on Friday, April 24.
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