Well Worth It: Flash Fiction
I didn’t care what anyone had to say. She deserved it, every icy, pin-pricking sting that hit her face and made her stupid blouse crinkle. I especially enjoyed the way her glasses sat eschew on the bridge of her nose, a nose that was begging me to sock her one.
I’d always been the ‘blessed child,’ as my mother used to call me, a stickler for coloring in the lines and following the rules. I was, indeed the predictable, safe, choice for just about everything.
But today, no, the last few months had worn my resolve thin as oiled tissue paper. And so, rather than taking several breaths and turning the other cheek, I acted on impulse.
The glass was already in my hand when Cassidy began to drip her poison from her ruby lips. I’d begun to image the color was from blood stains. She was a blood-sucker. She had an indiscriminate way of choosing her victims, hounding them with petty jibes, underhanded comments, and back-stabbing behaviors, all given with a smile as she wheedled her way up the corporate ladder.
Blood-sucker, straight from Hades. Cassidy Wellhagin was strictly unholy. Today, however, she had received a blessed baptism with an icy rebuke to follow. The red marks from where the ice cubes had thunked her in the forehead had begun to peak through her pale skin.
The staff cafeteria was eerily quiet, that was until I burst into a fit of laughter. I’m not quite sure if it was from Cassidy’s still frozen posture, the fact that I’d done something so out of character, or that my boss was approaching the two of us as if he were trying to defuse a hostage situation.
He even flinched when I sat the glass back on the table. “No worries, it’s all gone.” I offered him an assuring smile, said Cassidy’s name as if in thanks, before turning on my heels and heading towards the exit.
I had no hope of retaining my job one minute past that stellar moment. Assault is generally frowned upon at the workplace.
But the applause that followed me as I made my grand exit was certainly well worth it.
Better late than never, I say! Today is Blog Battle Tuesday, with the KEYWORD: INDISCRIMINATE and by GENRE: CONTEMPORARY, but I’ve decided to marry the occasion with a well overdue completion of a Monday’s Muse prompt from February. Click Monday’s Muse to see the original prompt and rules. To read more stories by other Blog Battlers, or to join the challenge yourself, click HERE.
Dream. Imagine. Belive. Do. CONQUER!