My Way

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A FICTIONAL story featuring Mr Grump, Mrs June and Mr Garage. Any similarity to real people is entirely unintentional!!

Submitted: November 22, 2016

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Submitted: November 22, 2016

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My Way

 

Excuse me, Mr Grump, sir. I’ve Marina June on the line waiting to speak to you as requested.” The man stood nervously in the door-way, waiting for a tongue-lashing should he have done wrong.

 

Mr Grump, soon to be President Grump, turned to look towards the man, attempted to snap his fingers then gave up and pointed instead. “Speaker phone,” he said, making it clear to his minion that he was now dismissed.

 

Good morning, Mrs June. How are you?”

 

Good afternoon, Mr Grump. I’m fine apart from all these headaches. Whoever thought Breksplit would be so complicated. All these problems are causing chaos with my social life.....”

 

Yeah, yeah,” Mr Grump broke in. “My time is money, as I’m sure you can appreciate. Let’s cut to the chase. Mr Garage.....I’d like to see him representing your good country over here.”

 

No, Mr Grump. That is not going to happen.”

 

Mrs June, did I hear you right? You said ‘No’? To ME?” The outrage expressed by the man was genuine. How dare this WOMAN from a tiny country dare to say that word to him.

 

That’s right, Mr Grump. Mr Garage is not really considered a ‘suitable’ representative, even if there was a vacancy for that position. Which, of course, there is not.” Mrs June still sounded resolute in her defiance.

 

Well, I’ve got news for you, Missy! This country is no longer prepared to work with your present representative. In fact, he is no longer welcome in this country at all and will be deported next week! It would be good for you, and for the people you claim to represent, if you were appoint an ‘acceptable’ replacement as soon as possible.”

 

Mr Grump, YOU might find Mr Garage ‘suitable’ but we in the Ununited Kingdom do not. How about Mr.....”

 

Stop grasping at straws, Mrs June. It’s Garage, or I may have to look again at our relationship with your country. Reassess our position.....We are all for the Right here, as I believed you were coming to be in agreement with. And Mr Garage is of a similar mind to me of what exactly ‘Right’ is.”

 

There was no video link which was in both Mr Grump’s and Mrs June’s favor. Mr Grump was indeed becoming grumpy, petulant even; whereas Mrs June was feeling tears of total frustration beginning to form in the corners of her eyes.

 

Mr Grump sensed he was gaining the upper hand and was determined to press home his point. “Consider, Mrs June, your already strained relationship with Tourope. Your import and export position is rather, how shall I put it.....in danger of collapse. You could gain yourself a bit of a boost over here. Or, rather, Mr Garage could!”

 

But this is bribery, Mr Grump!” Mrs June was outraged, to put it mildly. The Ununited Kingdom will not be dictated to by you!”

 

Mr Grump, used to business dealings and getting his own way in them, knew just how to play things now. He did not say a word but let the seconds silently tick past.

 

You are really not playing fair here, Mr Grump. But if it would improve our trading position I’ll agree to re-examine the situation.” Mrs June thought the offer she was making was more than fair, a compromise. She would not be pushed in to making any rash decisions.

 

You do that, Mrs June. And I’ll be re-examining our trade agreement. I’m sure you’ll come to see that Mr Garage really does have exceptional qualifications for filling this post. I’ll look forward to your call.”

 

As the phone link was severed Mr Grump thumped the air in triumph. Business was business and politics was business – and he knew just how to play that game. Now, to put a call through to Mr Garage and tell him the good news.

 


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