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The Tick Tock of Stock – (Flash Fiction Tuesday)


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kathy attempted to enjoy the carefree days away from her restaurant franchises. She was known as the she-devil with the Audrey Hepburn style. She wore big-rimmed sunglasses, pointy toe shoes and diamond studs in her ears. Even when walking from the bedroom to the kitchen everything about her screamed ready for business. But for the past month she was hardly content with drinking expensive lattes and browsing Better Homes & Gardens in her living room. Calling the shots and being in charge put a smile on her face like nothing else could. When she wasn’t working she was out of her element.

Kathy’s mind naturally turned to business. “If Michael can’t handle the pressure this time I’m firing his butt quicker than Georgia heats up in July. I still hold majority stock in the company and refuse to let incompetent people run it.”

Frustrated, she threw the magazine down. If she read one more change your home change your life type article she might gag. Most of her life had been about change, she changed from a poor country girl into a business tycoon. All those long hours and hard work had paid off. She had the finest material things and the respect of the social elite.

Before she could check the NASDAQ the phone rang. Kathy squeezed it tightly.

“Are you sure?” She coughed.

She finally had to face what she’d been regretting so she called Michael.

“Michael.” Her voice was hollow, like a whisper through a mason jar. “The cancer’s back.”

“Mother, why are you telling me? Don’t you have contacts in Brazil for this type thing?”

At that moment Kathy longed to be loved, even if it meant being regular and penniless. While she was building an empire she had lost her family and would die alone.

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  1. October 5, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    How does the old saying go? Hind sight is 20-20. Sometimes people get so caught up in achieving what they & society consider success that they fail to realize that along the way they have lost what really makes us rich (ie the love of family, peace of mind, true joy (the kind the world didn’t give and the world can’t take away), and good health)

    • October 5, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      Exactly! Sometimes we are super achievers because we are trying to gain the respect or admiration of others. We give other people’s opinion too much weight. It’s fine to want certain types of success but life should be balanced. If it’s not we will surely pay a price in the end.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I love the dialogue about my stories 🙂 As you probably recognized, this one is for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  2. sando
    October 5, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks ChUC! You know how I need my Flash Fiction fix! This is beautiful, sad and timely.

    • October 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Thanks, I try to supply what you need! LOL!! You know that when I’m thinking about something I have to make everyone else think about it too 🙂

  3. #1ChiefRocka
    October 6, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    You can have all the power and money in the world, but at times like that, someone greater controls the outcome….look at Steve Jobs…R.I.P. Great Story!

    • October 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      Thanks! Power and fortune won’t mean anything in the end. So if you have it, do something positive with it. Fortunately, I don’t’ have that problem lol!

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