A Tale for the Modern Attention Span
As she sashayed toward him he couldn’t help but be tantalized—and suddenly engorged—by the pleasing jiggles beneath the thin silk. But he dismissed these feelings immediately, for this was the one woman he knew he could never have again. His mentor had drilled that into his head, if nothing else.
“Hello, Burl,” the woman said warmly.
“Hello, Mrs. Bolt-Vandermere.”
Viveka opted not to get into a big thing with him about how it wasn’t Bolt-Vandermere anymore because her husband had died, which is how he ended up with a billion dollars. “How are you?”
“Good—no wait, I mean, well.”
She giggled kindly. “I’m glad.” She looked him up and down for a moment, causing an unwitting genital flush of her own. She quickly crossed her arms over her chest before her constricting nipples could broadcast her reaction to Burl. “Ahem, are you surprised to see me?” she asked.
“A little, I guess.”
“Well, I must say I was surprised when Steel told me you were back in town. I understand you’re starting a company of your own.”
“That’s what I’ve come to talk to you about.”
“First of all, I want you to know, Burl, I don’t regret any of the time we spent together. You are an exceedingly sweet man and I think it’s fair to say that we ... meshed rather well. But the fact of the matter is, when we were having our affair, I was going through a very difficult time. Everything I did was rooted in hate. I drank and took pills and smoked so much because I hated myself, and I did what I did with you because I hated my brother Steel.”
“Yeah, you sure did,” Burl agreed.
“But I’ve changed. Changed for the better. I no longer do those harmful, hateful things. The truth is, there’s a new man in my life whom I love more than anything. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re launching this enterprise in an attempt to win me back, don’t bother. No matter what you do with this company, regardless of what you accomplish, I’m sorry but I will never come back to you.”
“Don’t worry about it, this has nothing to do with you,” Burl said matter-of-factly.
“Oh?” Viveka responded, dismayed. “This isn’t your way of trying to win me back?”
“No, not at all. I really liked doing it with you, but I don’t think it would be nearly as much fun since your brother ain’t my boss anymore.” (Burl had been taught that the illicit nature of his affair with Viveka was its primary attraction.) “It was always really cool doing it in the hay too.”
“Oh. Well then ... I guess ... I guess I might as well be going.”
“Okay. See y’around.”
“Uh, okay,” said Viveka Bolt before turning and making her way out of Burl’s office, feeling like her dignity was trailing a few steps behind.
Continue Reading: Episode 41: Enragement Leads to Engagement