A Win-Win All Round – short fiction by MorgEn Bailey

The following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s smaller short story collection (just 93 stories instead of 250!), The Story A Day May Collection, available in eBook and paperback from Amazon  and Morgen’s online store where you can not only instantly download the collection but also purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

A Win-Win All Round

Money used to mean everything to Sam. The harder he worked the richer he became… and the quicker it went courtesy of Libby, Mrs Sam Chase. Wardrobes stuffed with carrier bags; Prada, Versace and names he didn’t recognise but the lettering gave away their status, the status Libby thought washed off on her.

He’d not told her that he was up for promotion – he knew what she’d want him to do but it meant switching from ‘on the road’ to behind a desk which in turn meant more time at home, more time with Libby.

George had given him twenty-four hours to think about it. Sam didn’t need that long but he knew if he turned it down, George would take longer to ask again but Sam also knew that his colleague Ted was better at his job, a more suitable candidate so it would be a win-win all round if he said “no”.

He left work then drove around for a while thinking about what he should do. Libby was at her dance session so he had plenty of time before she was due home.

Having seen the same shops half a dozen times, he found it wasn’t helping so went home.

There was a light on in the master bedroom when he pulled into his driveway and assumed Libby had forgotten to switch it off before she went out.

Sam let himself in, put his briefcase down in the hallway, read the post and headed upstairs to change. Opening the door, a predictable sight greeted him; stacks of boxes and bags by the chair, piles of clothes on the floor but unexpected was his wife, dressed in bright red and black underwear. Not only was she not at the gym but she wasn’t alone.

Sam took off his jacket and threw it on to the chair. “Hello, Ted.”



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