Corporate Man is called in to investigate reports of vile, unethical business practices at Great American Business Company. What he finds there just might destroy him (except we all know the ending to The Tragic Death of Corporate Man so it should be fairly obvious that it can't really destroy him, though it can come close).
Enslaved by the Bonus Whores is an all new Corporate Man Adventure Serial. Chapters will post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Friday, September 5, 2014
“Where have you been?” Tess asked, her voice a hushed whisper.
Corporate Man hadn’t even settled into his chair yet, his computer was still loading programs. He shrugged. “I was sick.”
“You’ve been out of the office for two days.”
“Yeah. Would’ve been nice if someone had brought me chicken soup. Or cleaned up the mess.”
Corporate Man held up a hand to silence her. He shook his head minutely. Not here, the gesture implied. Tess nodded. “Well, I was worried about you.”
“We all were,” said the bosslady, appearing suddenly at Tess’s side. “You never called in. I was beginning to think you’d abandoned your post.”
“Sorry about that,” said
“I couldn’t find the number in my day planner and, apparently, our
offices aren’t listed in the phone book.
I didn’t look until this morning.
I was too sick to comprehend what was happening to me the last couple of
days and ‘calling in’ never actually entered my mind.” Corporate
“We’ll let it go this time,” the bosslady said. Then she glanced coolly at Tess. “Miss Adams I’m sure Donald appreciates your concern, but he does have a lot to catch up on. As, I imagine, do you.”
Tess scampered off, eyes cast downward.
The bosslady stepped into Coporate Man’s office and shut the door. “Don’t worry. It happens to us all.”
Corporate Man shrugged.
The bosslady tossed a legal-sized envelope on his desk.
“What’s this?” he asked.
“Your first bonus,” she said.
“Payday’s not until the end of next week.”
“For them,” the bosslady said, casting a dismissive head gesture toward the outer office. “We at the executive level like to calculate our bonuses on a more immediate basis. Instant gratification and all that. The decision to eliminate Gladys’s position and redistribute all her work has been implemented. Done. The fruits of your labor await. If you have any questions, stop by my office.”
She crept to the door, opened it quickly as though she were trying to catch eavesdroppers on the other side, and slid out of the room.
Corporate Man picked up the envelope. There was more than a check inside. It was thick with papers and there was some sort of object in the bottom. He opened a desk drawer, retrieved a letter opener, and slid it along the top of the envelope, splitting it open revealing an unmistakable shade of green.
And quite a bit of it.
He pulled the bills from the package and started counting, though he instinctively knew the exact amount as soon as he saw the stack. It was mesmerizing. His fingers tingled as the bills passed from one hand to the other. He was halfway through the stack when he remembered the object at the bottom of the envelope. He set the cash on his desk and pulled the envelope open.
Inside was a syringe.
It was cold to the touch; metal and glass. He picked it up by the cylinder and held it in front of him. The metal was golden, the glass like crystal. There was a runny, oily liquid inside. A translucent but familiar shade of green.