31 August 2013

'Out of the Frying Pan' - A short story set in the World Trade Center

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Neal James, titled 'Out of the Frying Pan'
MARK knew that he was for the high jump as soon as he got the summons to head office from Burt Travers, the head of corporate HR. He had failed on a number of potentially lucrative contracts and the work required to seal each deal had been neither complicated nor time-consuming.
Now it was time to face the music and, as he sat in the company's reception area of the 38th floor of the World Trade Center in New York, he started to worry about how he was going to explain things to his wife Selma. They had been married for 22 years and, although they had no children, his was the only source of income and they had a hefty mortgage to pay on their Philadelphia home. It was a riverfront property off St Columbus Boulevard and he had gambled on his commission to pay off the interest on the loan. He was snapped out of his reverie by a call over the reception intercom."Doreen, send Mr Carston in please."
She waved Mark down the corridor to room 3810.
Travers was standing facing the window, looking out across the New York skyline. He told Mark to take a seat in that blunt, dead, no-nonsense voice which Mark had heard on a number of occasions when the man had visited the mid-west offices in Philadelphia. He turned around and stubbed out his cigar in a large ornate marble ashtray, went to the door and asked his secretary to bring in a cup of coffee, and leaving it open took a deep breath, shook his head and sat down.
"Carston, normally in circumstances like this I would have the cops standing in the corner ready to take you away after what we've found out about your activities, but it's your lucky day – with the merger coming up we don't want any jitters affecting the stock price now that we've almost got pen put to paper."
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Neal James is the author of five books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds', 'Threads of Deceit' and 'Full Marks'.

Published: Short Stories - Volume One
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