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'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

In one moment, their fate was decided

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled: 'In one moment, their fate was decided' "To his right, standing in front of the teller, was a man clad in black, the gun in his hand pointing straight at the teller's head." MICHAEL O'Reilley was going to apologise to his family. Apologise for all the wasted years he had inflicted upon each of them and somehow beg their forgiveness for the emotional anguish which he had caused. Jennifer, his wife of 22 years, had suffered most over the past three of those, and it was to her that he was now hurrying, heart and mind filled to the brim with remorse and self-loathing for the humiliation which he had heaped upon her during that time... Read entire story at: Derby Telegraph Site © Article and image source - Derby Telegraph Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' , 'Short Stories - Volume