The Corporate Beast

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Money and wealth is a mirage. This is the short story of an affluent man, Samuel Murdock.

The Corporate Beast

~An hour preceding~

'Johnny bro, you know there is so much more you can do for this little bakery? With the right Financial Advisors, the right Insuran-'

'Bla bla bla bla...all baloney Samuel. Don't bring your fancy pancy Corporate world into my sugary delicious shop,' he smirked and popped a salted plum between his lips, wrapping up a cheese cake.

'What if your bakery burnt down?'

'I'd open up a preschool.'

'Do you have any idea what life is when you're rolling in money and luck?'

'Bland, lacklustre, stressful, competitive?'

He was somewhat correct.

'No Johnny! You could...charm the President if you wished. You could have luxury at your beck and call. You could...travel the world! Have you travelled the world?'

'My wife and I toured Europe and China, backpacking. We made a lifetime of memories for ourselves,' he smiled, blowing a kiss to his wife, who mixed syrup in a heavy cauldron-like pot.

Somehow, Samuel couldn't bring to light a single memory that would make him smile and blow a kiss to his wife. The only thing that seemed to taunt him, was the memory of her tantrum after an appetizer spilt over her Vera Wang gown.

~Corporate Meeting~

He analyzed himself with a nonchalant air, in tall platinum-edged mirrors. His tasteful Tag Huer watch and choice of “Brioni Vanquish” suit, encompassed his soignee persona spot-on. His smooth, manicured fingers grasped a set of keys to a sporty Audi coupe.

Tousling with his perfectly coiffered hair is a tall Barbadian enchantress, seductive in every measure. Her rugged features, olive-hued eyes and enamoring smile, left a history of broken hearts when he'd slipped a vintage diamond ring solitaire onto one of her elegant caramel fingers.

Meet Samuel Murdock, a symbol of affluence and influence. The high-fligher. The “crème” of society. Here was the man envied by the commoner, despised by the competitor and wooed by the prospective client. He had everything going for him, a gorgeous wife, a high-flying career, a promising retirement fund that swelled each day.

Yet he sat at the conference principal table –on a raised dias, the presiding head Executive Director –with eyes that bore anguish. His fingers trembled against his stemmed glass of distilled water. Blood pounded within the expanse of his cranium, singeing his thoughts.

'Uhh...boss,' his Advisor nudged him.

The opaque veil cleared from his eyes, he stared at the room of expectant, fellow Corporate gazes, and something detatched, something evaporated.

'I'm sorry,' he muttered huskily, dropping his papers and rushing out of the Conference Room...

~Five minutes aft~

Samuel Murdock had lost it. His rationality, his sanity and his mind!

Rivulets of sweat ran the length of his anquiline jaw. His breath escaped in small gasps as he ran down his street, the image of a young lad building up his stamina, or alternatively chasing the young lass of his dreams.

Finally his eyes grabbed sight of his target. Perched on the stool of a humble bakery sat a middle-aged man, twisting cinammon sticks with a jolly smile, uninterested of his mediocre income. He looked up with a delighted sparkle at the sight of Samuel.

'What brings you here Sam? You look...dog tired!'

Samuel flung his briefcase onto the linoleum, his temples pulsating. The contents spilled out.

'Take it!' He yelled, his heavy voice richocetting off the walls. 'Take everything! Take my life Johnny!'

John immediately slipped out from under the counter, placing a hand on Samuels shoulder tenderly.

'What are you rattin' about?'

Samuel panted furiously, clutching his heaving chest.

'Take my money! Take my career! Take my car!' He flung the Audi Locus keys at John. 'I want your life Johnny! Switch places with me please!' Tears began to roll down the face of this prominent, unsentimental man.

'I'm lost mate. Few hours ago you were rolling in money and luck. Now you havin' a mid-life crisis a hundred 'n eighty minutes later. Somethin's fishy.'

'Look at me Johnny!! You think I give a s*** about money and luck?! You think I give a f –'

'My wife is here,' John raised a warning brow.

'Johnny you have a home, a business that you chose, that you love! You have a wife that is rapturously in love with you, that makes you tea and massages you after a rough day –' John smiled at his wife, winking. '–I have a massive estate bustling with people I don't even know. I have a wife that goes nude for magazines and has been frequently caught sneaking men in and out of my house. My career is a tyrannical monster! I have grey hair and I'm only done with half my bloody life! I gamble and I drink to soothe the stress that I deal with every single day of my wretched existence! I hate this! I hate myself Johnny! I've lost the person that I was! I hate wealth! I would rather be a Gypsy that plays the guitar and tosses candy out to little kids –' He was forced to stop, as his air supply choked shut and he gasped again to catch his breath.

John gazed at him for a moment, then chuckled. 'Man is a slave to life. He chases it and chases it, the wealth and the fame. Then when his life is almost over, he comes to realize that, like a mirage, no matter how much you run, you never reach it.'

'What is the solution?' Samuel asked hoarsely, Johns words bearing down on him.

'Humbleness my friend. Don't matter whether you rich or poor, famous or unknown, always be humble in what you do...then only will you appreciate life. And an appreciated life is a fulfilling one.'

Copyright © Faathima Khan 2011


Submitted: June 09, 2011

© Copyright 2021 Khano. All rights reserved.

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zatowg

Eloquent writing and structuring. Liked the moral behind the story to.

Jazach Allah Khair : )

Thu, June 9th, 2011 10:02pm

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Jazakallah Khair to you! This means more than you know. :) As long as it was of some benefit, I'm happy.

Fri, June 10th, 2011 7:02am

Alain Lee

alhamdulillah

that was a really nice read
I LOVE IT so much!
makes me wonder that it's OBVIOUSLY TRUE that money isnt everything in life.
I'm very fortunate to have read this
life is simply a temporary pit stop
and akhirah is forever after
masya Allah
thanks for the great read.

:D

Fri, June 10th, 2011 4:34am

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Jazakallah Khairan akhi! :)... Money is here to sustain us, to "survive". Not to control us. It really is only temporary. We invest too much of time in worrying about petty things, when they leave us when we die anyway.
Thank you for the amazing comment!

Fri, June 10th, 2011 7:01am

Darkie

Hello my dearest Khano ^_^ I am so sorry but I wasn't online these days due to having my exams.
And on top of this I fell into a hole and broke my leg >__<
Anyway U asked me how I do it: SIMPLE!!! I just take each and every request and read it carefully and comment and give a like even if I don't like it,but I am pro the idea of supporting my fellow writers how good or bad they are or write their stories.
And...OH! yeah Patience.I do have a lot of this.And another thing I do take the short stories or poems first and then end with novels or books.
I am glad u r enjoying my comments.ANd yes I do like to write long comments to people with whom I talk a lot and have AWESOME AND BRILLIANT wirtings and I do long comms because about ur works I do have a lot to say (good things that is ^_^ )
Anyway look u don't have to read my work if u don't like sci-fi or what I write :d It's totally all right.Really ^_^ !! I just update everyone so to make sure that I don't skip the ones wich read my works ^_^
I read ur works from the pleasure of reading them.
ANd if u say one more time *not to bother you* I personally come and break ur PC so u can't write anymore because u don't bother me *tongue out*.
Ok *breathing deeply* now about ur story here what can I say it's perfectly wirtten,with no spelling mistakes.
Genious...really I don't know why u even bother to write the story because the title was enough to express what you meant.
Then you exposed the relation between vanity and simplicity.The joy and happiness of the simple life without luxury,expensive everything.You expressed the feeling of happines in simple people life ^_^
And on the other part of course the vanity and badness in rich people trying to corrupt the others and making the good people bad and vain.
And I don't know how u wrote the story of wich meaning u though u gave when u wrote it but I see this:
U expressed those one hundred and eighty minutes later like years because some of us do not realise in aprx 2 hours our life's missery.And the lost of life wanting more.This was excruciating and painfull.U work all of ur life and then u collapse?
Yes you do because life doesn't consist only in money and vanity it also has to have happines and joy.
ANd I love how you expressed all these in a short story,how u managed to make the diffrence between them,how in a simple short story u managed to capture the complexity and meaning of their lifes,making a diffrence between them in simple and short words.
I am compelled by the complexity of this story and now I see and realise what I have been living for years:money doesn't bring happines,it just sustain it...but one day you will collapse and you will think about how beautifull is a mediocre life.
Do keep me updated (KMU) if you write something new and I will surely do make time to read because you are the first in my top ten reads here on booksie and also my fan,but above all when I start taking my reading request and completing them I firstly take what request I find more important to me ( reads like urs) and then with others.Well all reads are important,but at some ones I am dying to know what they had written.
Best of wishes from ur no.1 fan *_* and KMU and as always a comment will be there from me..and a like ^_^

Fri, June 10th, 2011 1:10pm

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I want to cry!! Can I offer you the biggest, most loving hug in the world?! Oh don't worry I've been having exams myself, noo pressure whatsoever I'm just so so sooo happy you took out so much of time to write such an amazing comment out! OF COURSE I am going to read your work. How could I not be as faithful and loyal as you are! I believe I do have tears in my eyes. :) Okay okay I promise I'm not gna say sorry, but I do feel bad coz...y'know? You have a loot of requests and as a loving friend I don't like to trouble [sorry] you! Exactly. I was bring to light the value of being grateful and happy, it is something money cannot buy. THANK you so much!!!

Fri, June 10th, 2011 6:59am

Waad

I've no words to say, but the message you convey is reality. It's remarkable work of you and its something relating to my personal life.

Fri, June 10th, 2011 5:29pm

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Oh I get that, when I don't know how to express myself fully. lol. Thank you very very very much. Yes it is reality. The world out there is not a fairytale. Movies and reality are set far apart. I think the problem is that everyone strives for perfection, when perfection is actually non-existent. Rather what we should strive for is "improving'.
It really does give this feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction when I receive comments like these. Like I have achieved what I strived for. Thank you again and again. :)

Fri, June 10th, 2011 10:52am

TheBeast1026

Your work was very impressive. Every word, every thought, was perfectly flawless. It reflects your personality and qualities and shows the reader that there is more to life than money and wealth. People make the mistake of thinking success comes from wealth when they're wrong. Success is derived from your personality, and judging by your works, I can tell you're a successful young lady just by the way you write. The writing was very descriptive, and the dialogue was exquisite. Each time you write, I get more and more impressed. It stokes me to have a friend as genuine as you, my friend. Continue to be the splendid vision for others to emulate.

Sincerely,
TheBeast1026

Sat, June 11th, 2011 1:47am

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I really don't know what to say...whew. This means so much. I was slightly afraid that the message wouldn't go across, but I'm so happy that it did. Succesful? Inshallah, I do have a long way to go, much to learn still. Well it stokes me to have a friend like you too. :D... Thank you so much for your precious time.
Khano

Sat, June 11th, 2011 2:49am

arun

Bland, lacklustre,
stressful, competitive?'
He was somewhat
correct - ha ha, I think that's true Khano. It makes the reader (me) nod in acceptance.

Vera wang gown, Tag Huer watch and choice of“Brioni Vanquish” suit, encompassed his soignee persona - ugh I've no idea what they all meant to confess the truth!

The opaque veil cleared from his eyes, he stared at the room of expectant, fellow
Corporate gazes, and
something detatched,
something evaporated. - astonishing Khano. You rock wow. How the hell are you able to think in such an awesome manner? I'm jealous of you.

The entire weight of the story is let to hang on dialogues alone... Awesome, many writers are not able to do it. I take my hats off to you.

The last three paragraphs were, just the best. Were the best... I've no words to praise it, I really cried almost. Khano that was a greatttttt beautiful exquisite unique theme... Loved it the most... Well, I'm sorry, I can't find words to praise you... Kmu, Keep writing, all the best... Always, loving friend Arun. A like it from me.

Sun, June 12th, 2011 2:03pm

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You, Arun, are someone every single writer should have! I'm nodding in so much of HAPPINESS!!
Lol... they're just names of fancy suits and watches. haha. I would like to buy you a Brioni Vanquish suit for your awesome comment! I don't rock as much as you do at this point. Jealous of moi?? Naaah, there are a lot of improvements I could still make on this. YOU nearly cried? What about ME?? I'm on the verge of tears here myself! Thank you sooooo much! I don't know how I can ever repay you!

Sun, June 12th, 2011 8:45am

Naminesfriend

holy frodoing snaps the internets logged me off again! ohhh internets. . .just hate me dont you? haha well everything I said unregistered is true even when registered :D

Sun, June 12th, 2011 5:25pm

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Haha, booksie is a nutty website. But you still have to love it right? :D.

Sun, June 12th, 2011 10:41am

i.Reem

love it khano.. GREAT job (L)

Tue, June 14th, 2011 2:49pm

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thank you so much! :D...I appreciate it!

Tue, June 14th, 2011 8:51am

sinaid kincaid

Hey :P
I love the emotion. I love the way you get your reader's to FEEL Sam's anguish.
'The Boardroom Scene' - too - riveting:)

^_^

Tue, June 14th, 2011 3:01pm

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Thank you! I can always count on your uplifting comments.

Tue, June 14th, 2011 8:48am

Reizo

Great job I loved it good moral to the story keep it up

sincerely Reizo

Thu, June 16th, 2011 4:12pm

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Thank you so much for your time [it is verry appreciated] :)

Fri, June 17th, 2011 10:08am

Daemonic Resplendence

This is a modern fairytale of short, that's how I see it. And also has a moral. If only things were really like that and businessmen could understand that money are not to be taken in the afterlife... the world would be a better place.
Nice on Khano. I would love to read more in this particular style.

Sat, June 18th, 2011 2:57pm

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If only eh? I guess at some point they come to realize that money isn't the be all and end all of life.
But they say that change begins with ourselves so as long as you and I don't get carried away, hopefully the rest of the world would benefit. :)...thank you for commenting!

Sat, June 25th, 2011 8:24am

ConnorCauley

wow!! I just realized I never commented on this!! it upset me greatly...(not the story), but my obliviousness to comment on such a riveting piece :) good job Khano :) it is almost as if you are standing next to Samuel and feeling the exact same things he feels as he goes through the story... only a select number of people can do that my friend... the way your words creep into my head and send mental pictures flashing across my brain makes the book equivalent to a movie, for it is so well written :) my apologies for not commenting sooner... never stop writing :) your friend-- cc

Tue, June 21st, 2011 1:11am

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Haha, don't worry I swear! And you did read it sooner. Your comment was left on my profile. :)...don't let it upset you.
Really? Like a movie? I'm glad you think so.
Hey no need to apologize. You've already done so much.
Thank you for your awesome comment.

Sat, June 25th, 2011 8:31am

GuruGuy

Salam Alaikum,

First off, I would like to say that this piece is phenomenal! Masterpiece! Intriguing! Realistically Mind-blowing! Unbelievably unique! And last but not least, a solid truth to reality as we can appreciate what has come to us and what hasn't.

The comments above are what I want to say about this piece. But to add it up, here it goes:

"The Corporate Beast" is one of the rarest stories you'd find elsewhere on this planet earth; it is not only a testament as a realization for most of us who remained blind of reality, it is also a true-to-the-heart story from the author (Khano) who primarily intended to give the audience the true meaning of human struggle, social behavior, et cetera.

It's well written and told, interesting, mind-gripping, nonfiction in relation to real situations, and a MUST read story. The language use is great, advanced, and nice choice of words.

The organization (paragraphing) is well handled; You start off with two men who have different realities, and continued on with one who appeared to be a "symbol of affluence and influence", then back to the two men. This is well handled. The description of his struggle, encounter with others, at the workplace, is nicely written. Great Work!

The last message is powerful, as it relates to the old saying, "The end justifies the means", which means it's important to be humble, grateful, patient, and to accept it as far as success goes.

Very well done, Khano, you have reached a new level of literacy where unique stories are taken into consideration by many. I salute you for that. I have a feeling that someday you might be a bestselling author. Keep it up!

Oh! Call me GG. Cheers!!

Mon, June 27th, 2011 5:54am

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Oh no you're KILLING me with the COMPLIMENTS!! How am I supposed to take this bro??!!!
Too many compliments, I'm SPEECHLESS!! Thank you? THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! "You" my friend, are TOO KIND. I wish I could learn how to thank people properly. To be able to AWE them with greatfulness!! Thank you for your inspiring, motivating, uplifting, moving comments that just made me the happiest person in the world right now.
Cheers!! :D

Thu, June 30th, 2011 3:16pm

trapped43v3r

hey, im sooooooooooooo sorry i wasnt able to read this till now! i just saw ur comment on my wall. but it was GREAT its like you are samuel! you made such a great oh how should i say this....... piece of art!

Fri, July 1st, 2011 5:16am

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Oh don't worry at all!! I'm happy that you actually made the time, no matter how late. I have more to apologize for than you do. Trust me!
It does not deserve such high praise from such lovely people, but that you praise it so highly it means everything to me. :)...
take care of yourself!

Thu, June 30th, 2011 11:30pm

Dawnstag

This is a wonderfully profound, intriguing piece that explores in depth the psyche of a broken, disillusioned man. Perfect!

Sun, July 3rd, 2011 5:45pm

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It is far from perfect. ;)... but thank you so much for your insightful comment.

Sun, July 3rd, 2011 11:56am

Lee Edward Neale

Nice one. Floats my boat! Keen to read more!

Fri, July 8th, 2011 4:02am

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Whatever floats your boat is good enough to rock it! :P. Thank you for your enthusiasm. Am now keen to write more!

Fri, July 8th, 2011 8:41am

ToniTaylor

I LOVE LOVE LOOVE this. It's quite intriguing, and it caught my eye... and I really don't read novels/stories online, not often at least. I feel like I'm saying goodbye to a really good friend when I finished it.. if you know what I'm saying. But it's truly interesting, and you know how to keep your writer intrigued. :) I loved it!

Fri, July 8th, 2011 11:59pm

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Haha, yes I know exactly what you mean. Merci Toni!!

Sun, July 10th, 2011 1:05am

Gagan

Friend! there is an incredible honesty,in your writting,the way you sketch your characters speak volumes of the depth you have in them.I feel as if,they are your own opinions and counter opinions which are battling in form of characters with the swords of words.Like all your other posts,this one also have a charm of it's own,and i liked it ver much..Good work;))

Mon, July 11th, 2011 4:43am

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I do tend to write from my heart. So whatever comes out is unusually spontaneous. And knowing that you enjoyed it really makes a difference and motivates me. Characters with swords of the word, I was hoping for that. :). Thank you!

Mon, July 11th, 2011 1:46am

Asa

That was really good I love it~Andrea

Huge illuminati reference I like~Andreco

Mon, July 18th, 2011 4:07pm

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Thanks! :)

Mon, July 18th, 2011 10:33am

writerlover

.......... oh... my... gosh. All of your writing always leaves me speechless, with goose bumps on my arms and legs, and eyes the size of oranges. I love all of your work!! I love how each thing story has a meaning to it that doesn't fully appear until the end! i love love LOVE it!!!

Sat, July 23rd, 2011 9:15pm

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bumps!! That's not a good thing! ;P.... I'm giving you a hug right now! You're just my favorite person in the world right now. :D. Love you Holly!

Sat, July 23rd, 2011 2:28pm

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