|The Plan (standard:drama, 1165 words)|
|Author: ms||Added: Sep 20 2006||Views/Reads: 1891/1209||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Joe Barnes has a plan for revenge.|
THE PLAN by Marc Sangalli Joe Barnes had a plan. He tried to look casual as he approached his boss' office. Joe sighed. It was not easy looking casual when your heart was pounding and your hands were sweaty. He looked around cautiously. No one was noticing how nervous he was. With another sigh, he was both irritated and comforted by the thought that no one ever noticed Joe Barnes. “Besides,” he thought as he chuckled, “people were often nervous when they approached Mitchell England's office.” Mitchell was a ruthless and selfish executive at Montgomery State Bank. This was the first time in quite a while that Joe was nervous about seeing Mitchell England. Frequently he was angry or frustrated on the way to his boss' office. More often than not, however, he was embarrassed and humiliated as he left. “Mitchell England used to make me very nervous,” Joe thought. Pausing outside the office door, his mind drifted backwards about 13 years. One day after school (Junior High). “Hey guys, look, it's jittery Joe,” Mitchell England called to his buddies. “Hey Joe, how many shirts do you have like that? Oh yeah, it's the same shirt as yesterday.” Mitchell and his buddies laughed like this was the funniest thing they had ever heard. They always did. “Hey Joe, let me freshen-up your shirt for you.” Mitchell then punched Joe in the stomach. “You look better already,” Mitchell said as he laughed some more. Joe was silent during the hazing. He had learned that anything he said would just prolong the teasing and the beating. “At least that toughened me up enough to play football,” Joe thought. Second string quarterback for a 5A Texas High school was an accomplishment he was proud of. His work ethic and patience helped him to walk-on at Texas A&M and eventually won him a football scholarship. Not all of his memories of football were pleasant, though. His mind drifted again. Montgomery High School Tigers vs. Wislon Wolverines. Joe was dreading the game. The wolverines were favored to win by 30 points. The wolverines always won. They were bigger, faster and meaner. “This is one time I will be glad to be on the sideline, “Joe thought. “Don't get too comfortable Joe,” Mitchell said after bumping Joe forcefully with his shoulder pads on his way to the field for their first offensive play. Joe ignored him. He had long since stopped paying attention to Mitchell's insults. The starting quarterback, Mitchell England, took the snap, dropped back to pass and was quickly sacked. The trainers and coaches rushed out when Mitchell was slow to get up. After several minutes, Mitchell jogged off the field holding his right arm with his left. “Joe,” coach yelled, “You're in.” Joe put on his helmet, took a deep breath and started for the field. “Have fun!” Mitchell laughed as he again put his shoulder into Joe, causing Joe to stumble onto the field. Everyone laughed. Everyone laughed except Joe and his coach. “Get a move on Barnes,” coach yelled. Joe looked back briefly to see Mitchell waving at him with his right arm. That's when Joe understood what Mitchell had meant earlier. Joe took a beating that day. He lost track of how many times he was Click here to read the rest of this story (82 more lines)
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