Sneak Peek at short story #2: “Elaine’s Adventures in Reality”:
“She was starting to feel back to normal when at quarter to 4:00 Norm Poleski came bursting through the door. His brown suede coat got caught on the handle, he cursed under his breath and yanked it back into his possession. Norm was the regional manager of all things business for J.D. Constantine Inc. He was their boss and they rarely saw him. He usually popped in once a month or so to check on things. He would give them some new rules to follow and then praise them for their hard work. He was always out the door as quickly as he had come in.
He was not expected on this particular day and he freighted the two women as his large bulk stumbled through the door. Norm’s thin brown hair was especially greasy this day and it stuck up in every direction. Despite the slight coolness of the day Norm’s red, blotchy face was coated in a layer of sweat. He was obviously not having a great day, after having to make an unexpected trip to Sutherford Glen.
“Girls,” Norm’s loud voice boomed, “I have some terrible news. I’m not sure you have been noticing our sales volume has been down over the past six months.” Of course they had, they entered every monetary amount that flowed in and out of the company. They both hadn’t thought much of it. Over the winter things usually were a bit slow.
“Well,” Norm continued, “J.D. has decided to downsize and he won’t be needing the data entry department any longer. He is going to outsource to a foreign company. I really hate to give you such short notice, but today is going to be your last day. Just leave everything here, take your personal effects and leave the key in the mail box out front. Someone will be by this weekend to clean this place out. Your last checks will be deposited as normal. I am really sorry girls, if you need anything let me know. I’m real sorry.” And without even letting Elaine or Sally say a word Norm turned and burst back out the door leaving the two woman staring at each other in disbelief.”
I am working on a book of short stories. So far I have three completed. I would like to get two more completed and then self-publish the collection.