The Revenge of Laura Nelson

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic

A woman attempts to get revenge on her boss.

The Revenge of Laura Nelson

By Joseph Logsdon

She was offended. Not only was she offended, she was also incredibly annoyed. He had insulted her, and one way or another, he would have to pay for his mistake. All her life, Laura Nelson had been a carefree woman. Even when people were mean to her, she still managed to put a smile on her face. Every woman, no matter how tolerant, has a limit. One night, Laura had reached her limit.

Laura’s boss, Bob Carson, was an awful man. No matter what she did, she could never win his approval. Day in and day out, she smiled at him, but deep down, she was frowning. Eventually, after years of being bullied and neglected, Laura decided that she couldn’t take it. In almost no time at all, she had created the perfect scheme. Laura wasn’t a good girl, she was a vengeful spirit.

One night, around midnight, Laura was working late. Everyone had gone home, everyone except Bob Carson. Having no life of his own, Bob was always the last person to leave the office. On that night, however, Laura planned to be the last person to leave. After all, it was the last workday of the year, and like so many other people, she had fallen behind.

“Why, Laura, what are you doing here this time of night?”

“I’m working, same as you,” Laura replied as Bob entered the small office.

“I’m impressed, I must say,” Bob laughed, taking out a cigarette.

“Smoking is bad for you, you know,” Laura stated.

“Very true, very true,” Bob laughed.

“If you’ll excuse me, I have work to do,” Laura stated, removing her coat.

“What kind of work, may I ask?”

“Same as usual,” Laura grunted.

“Oh, come now, Laura, we both know what you’re planning to do,” Bob laughed.

Hoping to avoid being discovered, Laura quickly turned away. If he saw the guilt in her eyes, she would definitely be discovered. What did he mean by that statement? Could he know the truth? Did he suspect anything? Laura asked herself those questions over and over again, but every time she did, she didn’t have an answer.

“Tell me, Mr. Carson, what do you think I’m planning to do, huh?”

“You’re going to quit, aren’t you?”

“What gave you that idea?”

“Well, for one thing, you’ve been acting very rebellious lately, and as you know, I don’t tolerate rebellion. Why you sit here and do your meaningless job, I’m actually having to deal with real problems. You know what I think? I think you’re a lazy, good for nothing parasite. Always were, always will be! If we weren’t understaffed, I’d send you straight to the unemployment line,” Bob grunted.

Speechless and out of breath, Laura tried to pull herself together. In all her life, she had never been called such things. Even after hearing his insults, Laura refused to show anger. Every ounce of her wanted to kill him, but she couldn’t allow her emotions to get in the way. The calmer she appeared, the more convincing she would be.

“You’re right, Mr. Carson, I’ve been a very bad woman. Hey, since we’re the only people here, why don’t we have a drink?”

“Sorry, I don’t allow alcohol during office hours,” Bob stated.

“In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been closed for hours. So, what do you say, do you want to have a drink with me?”

“Oh, what the hell, why not?”

Without further delay, Laura proceeded to remove a wine bottle from her desk. First, she poured Bob a drink, then she poured herself a drink. Normally, Laura wasn’t the drinking type, but given her current situation, she had no choice. With every sip, Bob got drunker, and as he got drunker, Laura got smarter. Little by little, the wine was controlling his mind.

“You’re beautiful,” Bob laughed.

“That’s the wine talking, I’m afraid,” Laura replied.

“No, I mean it. You’ve always been beautiful, I was just too afraid to admit it. At the end of the day, I’m just a coward,” Bob sighed.

“Well, we all have our weaknesses, don’t we?”

“That we do, Laura, that we do,” Bob laughed, nearly collapsing on the desk.

For the first time in many years, Laura actually felt sorry for Bob Carson. Sure, he was a mean man, but he was also a human being. He had flaws, just like her. Despite her mixed feelings, nothing could dissuade Laura from taking her revenge.

“By the way, how are you going to spend Christmas break?”

“Oh, I just thought I’d spend some time alone,” Laura stated, heading for the door.

“Hey, you know what would be really funny?”

“What?”

“If someone got trapped in this building, they’d probably die. I mean, the heat is off, and of course, the janitor won’t be back. Yeah, they’d freeze, I guess,” Bob laughed.

Before Bob could say anything else, Laura slammed the door, locking him inside. No matter how much he screamed, no matter how much he begged, she wouldn’t let him out. He was, more or less, doomed to suffer the wrath of winter.

“Laura, what’s the meaning of this?”

“Shut up, you horrible, good for nothing parasite! That’s right, I’m calling you what you called me, because that’s what you are, a parasite! Why the employees do all of the work, you just sit in your office, gloating over your money. Well, I guess you’ll have plenty of time to do that now, won’t you?”

“Let me out, I beg you!”

“Sorry, it’s too late, far too late,” Laura laughed.

Several weeks later, Bob’s body was discovered. When Laura returned to the office, she acted very surprised. Since the body was found in her office, she was questioned by the police.

“I told you, I never saw Bob,” Laura stated as the police officer interrogated her.  

“Don’t worry, we know you didn’t kill him,” the officer stated.

“What do you mean?”

“When we searched his desk, we found a note. Do you know what that note said?”

“Why, of course not,” Laura stated.

“Had he lived, Mr. Carson would’ve promoted you. He was planning to, he just didn’t get around to doing it. He was a generous man, wasn’t he?”

“Yeah, I guess he was,” Laura sighed.

The End

 


Submitted: April 22, 2015

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