A Busy Man

Every week, the lovely Siobhan Muir hosts Thursday Threads over on her blog, The Weird, the Wild & the Wicked! This week’s prompt:

“There’s blood everywhere.”

The challenge is to write a flash fiction, 100-250 words, including the prompt.
I’ve posted my entry here, as an appetizer. Go on over to her blog for more goodies made with this week’s prompt.
As always, thanks for stopping by. Come again anytime!

A Busy Man

“Mr. Sanders?” his secretary’s disembodied head and left shoulder peeked around the door frame.

His humor at addressing only the top half of her was buried deep beneath a grimace. Jesus Christ, he thought, I’ve got a three thirty deadline on this article and she’s determined to interrupt me every five seconds. “What is it Susan?”

“Kylie just called,” Susan said as she stepped into the room. She fidgeted by the door. “She won’t be coming back from lunch today.”

Sanders’ barked reply startled her, “Who?”

Susan flinched as if she’d been slapped. “Kylie, the receptionist.”

“Okay.” A blank stare from Sanders. “So what’s the problem?”

Susan took a deep breath, “I don’t know exactly. When she called, she just kept saying, ‘Oh my God, there’s blood everywhere.’ When she left for lunch, she said she was going to meet her fiancee and the realtor at the old Avery place. I guess she’s still there.”

Sanders took a deep breath of his own, expelling every foul word he couldn’t say aloud, on a sigh. “Susan, I mean what’s your problem? Do whatever you normally do when the receptionist calls in. Don’t bother me again today. I’ve got two hours to get this article written. You think you can keep the world from falling off its axis until then?”

“Yes sir, of course.”

“Close the door behind you, Susan.”

Funny, Sanders thought, I could have sworn the old Avery place was abandoned. I guess I’ll have to find a new workshop.

250 Words

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