Flashes of Sanity #106: Similar Desires

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Today’s entry: Similar Desires

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“As I see it, you and I have a common interest.” Susanne resisted the urge to shiver in the cold wind. ”We both want Donald Diamond gone.”
The man in front of her remained silent in his chair. He scratched his chin.
“But if I am mistaken, I can always find someone else who shares my interests.”
The man opened his eyes. They had once been blue but now they were mold.
“You will have a hard time finding anyone who shares those interests as fiercely as I do. What concerns me, though, is if you are willing to go far enough.”
Susanne raised her right eyebrow. “He humiliated me in front of the whole world. I want him down. I want him in a place were even death feels like a reward.”
A smile played on the man’s face. The holes where teeth should be created blackness between all the white.
“Do you know how it feels to explode?”
“Can’t say I do.”
“It is painful.” The man leaned forward so the light caught all his hideousness. ”What comes next is worse. The fire burning you but you never char, the pitchforks stabbing you but you never bleed, the arms tearing you apart but you remain in one piece, all your failures screaming in your face. Donald knows about this too. And while I was in the darkness, I heard his voice screaming. Susanne, I know we can make him weep. Donald Diamond will wish he remained in hell’s eternal machine. I will make sure of it.”
Susanne scanned the smile on what remained of a face. The laugh jumped up and down in his exposed throat.
This would have scared Dina out of her mind, she thought.
“We have a deal, Mart Adamson,” she said.
“It gladdens me Susanne Queen.” Mart arose on his boney legs. “I will be in touch once my father has gathered my army.”
They shook hands. The slippery tissue on Mart would take hours to wash away.

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Flashes of Sanity #99: Signing papers

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All they saw was a round table with some papers on. Susanne saw more. Much more. This was her road to winning. The round table and the suits on the other side were just obstacles.
”The last bidder pulled out yesterday.”
”Yes, sir,” Susanne said.
The press had been filled with scandals the latest days. Such scandals that forced one to focus on other things than the acquisition of SurgeRay.
Luckily, Susanne had no such problems. She had made sure framing her was impossible.
Beside Susanne, little Dina looked up from her crayons.
”Mom,” she said. ”I’m thirsty.”
”Of course, Darling. Sir, do you mind if I go get some water?”
”No problem at all, Mrs. Queen.” The lawyer said.
”Could I borrow more paper?” Dina asked as Susanne filled the glass.
”Of course, you can.” One of the men gurgled.
When Susanne came back Dina had pushed the pictures of their family to the side for a new drawing.
”What are you drawing, dear?”
”A dog.”
”Do you want a dog?”
The little girl turned to her mother with wide eyes. “Yes.”
”We’ll see if we can find something on the way home, okay?”
Little Dina nodded, and returned to her drawing, now with two long haired stick figures beside the dog.
”So, where were we?” Susanne continued with a smile.
“We were just about to go through the clauses.” The man handed Susanne a stack of papers, all filled with too many words. And at the bottom was the line she would sign. Oh, how she longed for putting ink on that line.
“I see, lets start then.”
“You will acquire the shares of the late Gary Oliviallo who acquired them from Mart Adamsson who consequently acquired them from Donald Diamond after his passing.”
Susanne zoned out, just mumbling a ‘mhm’ at the right moments. This was all formalities.
But men loved their formalities, Susanne thought.
The dog on Dina’s paper changed form from poodle to golden retriever.
“The signing person will have to assign a new board to the company which includes at least 50 % of the current board for five years.”
“Mhm.”
“The board members are specified in Appendix 24.”
Just the old dogs, Susanne recalled. Which was those she wished to remove. But what isn’t life if not another hurdle.
“If the signing is aware of all the clauses for the acquisition of SurgeRay, we are now ready to sign.”
“Mhm.”
A board member handed her one of the pens on the table. Archival grade ink, in the finest pen one could find. Susanne weighed it in her hand.
So light.
The dog on Dina’s papers had turned into a Border Collie. That also felt right.
Susanne put the pen to the paper. Her signature was clean, yet quick. She turned the stack of papers towards the suits.
Your turn, she thought.
Then everything turned dark. A shout echoed through the windows, and all the warmth in the room disappeared.

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Flashes of Sanity #94: Office Realizations

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This week’s entry: Office Realizations

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Donald Diamond stared at the photograph put on the table.
He went home after all…
“Do you know anything about this?” The officer asked.
“No,” Donald answered. “I have no idea what this is about.”
“So you have no idea what Sam was doing in the Westwyrm woods?”
“No, not at all.” The lie settled as an ugly lump in his throat. He spread the photographs and got a better view of his once-a-friend and once-a-business-partner. The woods had taken their revenge in the most grotesque of ways. Roots and worms wandered in and out of his face in every possible opening.
He always feared the label of a traitor, Donald thought. The woods were never kind to traitors, he had said. Neither was the people Sam came from. Judging from the images, Sam didn’t lie.
“You know…” The officer continued. “It looks suspicious that Sam is found dead just weeks after he got voted of the board, on your initiative.”
“I know. But our disagreements were not enough for me to kill him. He was my friend, and I still considered him as a friend even though our last meeting was a heated one.”
“Would Sam considered you a friend after that meeting?”
Donald sighed. “Probably not.”
“Do you know who could have wanted him dead?”
To many, Donald thought. “No,” he said.
The officer nodded and closed his notepad, clearly not satisfied with the outcome from their meeting.
“Call me if anything comes to mind.”
“I will,” Donald pressed a button and the door behind them opened. “ Security will show you out.”
As the officer left, Donald sighed again.
Sam why did you go home, you idiot.

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Flashes of Sanity #91: A Queen among Kings

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This week’s entry: A Queen among Kings

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The door bell shimmered as the woman entered. She held a little girl’s shaking hand in her own. The little girl looked around, seeing everyone yet taking eye vontact with mo one.
So many, the girl thought. Her hand tightened around the woman’s.
”Don’t worry, darling,” the woman said. ”Everything will be okay. They are as harmless as sheep.”
”Susanne Queen!” One of the suits broke off from the masses. ”To what do we owe the pleasure?”
Dom Arnold’s body swallowed the thin woman.
”Oh Dom,” Susanne said. ”I think you know what I am doing here.”
”Off course, I do.” Dom laughed as he released her from the hug. ”You are here to scan the competition for the SurgeRay acquisition. Like everyone else in this shack.”
”Including you?” Susanne corrected her dress as she scanned the large body.
Dom burst out into a second growling laugh. ”I may be an idiot but I am not so stupid that I would risk a fight with you, Susanne.”
”Great choice.” Susanne smiled. ”Hopefully you are not alone in making that decision.”
Dom gave Susanne an amused look. ”You would be surprised by the number of brain cells in this Little room,” he said. “Let me get you a drink, and something for your little wonder there.”
Susanne found a table at the furthest back of the bar and began scanning the crowd. Not long after a waiter came by with two glasses, gin for Mrs. Queen, and juice and some crayons for little Ms. Queen.
”Look now Dina,” Susanne said as she sipped her drink. ”Everyone here is the competition.”
Dina looked up from her two stick figures. One long and one short. Both with long hair.
”But we can’t tell them. That’s the rules. But as soon as we exit this bar, we will stab them mercilessly.”
Dina nodded. Then she went back to her crayons. The two stick figures got a knife each.
”Good girl,” Susanne said. ”Now let’s see… Where to start?”
“You see that bald guy?” Susanne pointed at a suite sipping his Wine by the bar. “Charles Borlogh. Owner of Brainflood the biggest IP bank this world has ever seen. Sadly his father will soon get to know about his son’s interests for misters instead of mistresses.”
Dina nodded and a stick figurer ended up by the two knife bearers feet.
Susanne smiled. How perfect you are, she thought and pointed at the next suite.
“Dino McHallow is easy. His wife is about to lose control over gambling addiction, again. That usually keeps him occupied.”
A new victims lined up by the stick figure’s feet. And blood splattered over their faces.

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