Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ever Been Fired?

I think the best part of writing is getting to create characters and settings. In Tainted Waters, I needed a specific setting as the story revolves around this small lake which only is owned by four families and where a lot of illegal activity is happening. Sam, who has really struggled in life with figuring out who she is and what she wants, stumbles onto the possibility that her dad hadn't committed suicide when she was a child. After someone tries to kill her, she finds she has little options but to hook up with Keegan, who doesn't believe his grandfather died of natural causes. Together they discover that the families who own the land around the lake are dieing off and they seem to be the only ones questioning it.


  “You’re fired!”
   Sam’s hands slammed down on the arms of the office chair as she jerked forward. “Because some dude stole a necklace from his wife, pawned it and got the insurance for it? And I had the nerve to tell the story?”
  “You’re fired!”
  There was so much more she wanted to say to him, to tell him. It wasn’t fair that she was getting kicked to the curb for other people’s lies and secrets. It wasn’t her fault that she felt truth should win out at all costs. Climbing to her feet, she stared hard at her boss, debating about telling him again why she’d written that story. The blue vein bulging from his forehead and the deep crimson color of his puffy cheeks told her it was pointless and might just cause a heart attack.
  “The story didn’t run, so what’s the big deal?”
  His mottled face started to shake with fury. Sam picked up her coffee which she was glad she’d set down when she came in and took a step back. The last man she’d seen that angry had thrown a punch.
  “Only because I caught it. Nothing and I mean nothing, gets printed in this paper without my say so.  Very sneaky Samantha. Not acceptable. You’re done here. And don’t worry, you won’t ever work in this industry again.”
  She shook her head hoping something would fall into place and this would all make sense. It wasn’t like it was any different than any of the other stories the newspaper wrote – they got details, or as many as they could and then skewed them sideways if that’s what made the tale sensational. Only she hadn’t needed to do that. The facts themselves had been enough to make the story astounding. For once the paper might have been able to print the truth and nothing but the truth. The informant who’d put her on to this situation had been right, it had been unbelievable. She wished she’d been able to thank him but that was part of the agreement – no names, no thank yous, no mention of where the story started. And she couldn’t tell anyone because it wasn’t actually supposed to have been hers to tell.
  “I’m fired.” It didn’t compute.
  “Of course. I don’t say things I don’t mean. Now get out.”
  She eyed Mr. Donner, the man that she’d thought she was going to have a lot of respect for, the man she’d envisioned thanking in the future for all he’d taught her. For taking her under his wing and making her the exceptional journalist that she was. Okay she knew that was crap but she had hoped that her initial ‘feeling’ about him had been wrong. Besides she figured that even if he wasn’t more than a pompous figurehead, there had to be some people at the paper that she could learn from. To date, unfortunately, she’d only been patted on the head and given the lame jobs. Still, she’d actually started to believe that this work might be her calling. Well, until she’d taken it into her head to run with a tip she’d been given. It hadn’t really been meant for her but since Tom hadn’t been at his desk when his phone kept ringing and ringing, she’d figured it had been hers to run with since she’d been the one to answer it. She had planned to show them what she could do and that would have been the start to her amazing career.
  Another damn dream dashed.
  Without stopping to think about what she was doing or even taking the time to rationalize that this wouldn’t be in her best interest, she tossed her almost full cup of lukewarm coffee across the expansive cherry wood desk, into the face of the man who had been her supervisor for a few short months.

Have you ever had a boss like Sam that you may have wanted to do what she did?


Catherine Lee said...

I have never been fired...and I would never throw coffee (or any other beverage) at a boss...even if I somehow thought it was justified. I don't believe in burning bridges.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

E.L. F. said...

Fortunately I have been blessed with mostly reasonable their bosses...that's another story, lol.