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COLD WAR - FF200 March 2019

March 1, 2019

Sometimes events overtake us. Both here on the ground and in the international arena.



                                                     COLD WAR


Gotcha! Katarina thought. The stale smell of her chain-smoking boss Mr Entitled, drifted out of the little room. Inside, she had left her iPhone set to ‘Record.’ Katarina shrank back as her French assistante brushed past, red-faced.

            At the on-line languages school that morning, he had leaned against Mademoiselle’s shoulder. Drowning under a flood of electronic communiqués, Katarina strained her ears. “Small meeting room.. eleven o’clock.” Upshot: the underling had been offered promotion.

          Katarina gasped. She was being sidelined. Stellar graduate of Moscow University French department, she had fought for this position. Her boss wanted them younger, cheaper with more cleavage.

       Meticulous in her habits, she gathered together this latest voice recording, photographs, a litany of furtive gropes and false promises. The KGB passed her mind and she shuddered. Katarina’s fingers hovered over the keyboard. “Send,” she cc’d the cybertrail to her target audience.

       That afternoon Mr Entitled returned after an extended absence. Katarina jumped, darting her eyes as he entered her office. She swept away the remains of her hastily snatched sandwich. He was forever on ‘working lunch’ with one of his harem. Lunch she was never invited to, of course. Someone had to staff the office.

       “Thought I’d be the first to tell you. I’m retiring. I’d like you to apply for my job.”


Want to participate? Go to the World Writers' Collective here in Melbourne or their Facebook page.


                                    COPYRIGHT:  MAGZ MORGAN 2019




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