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|bing a fixture (standard:other, 1383 words)|
|Author: deorah||Added: Sep 16 2002||Views/Reads: 2031/1269||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|a guy who seen as "no big loss" as he slowly slips into his own world where he "isn't a piece of furniture"|
being dropped in the middle of things and expected to pick up the pieces and make everything al-right was nothing new to Sam. People were always doing it to him. His boss, fellow employee, neighbors, family members. They'd take the credit if it turned out right or he'd take the fall if it didn't. Sam was actually getting real tired of doing it but every time he'd stand up and say no, someone somewhere would remind him of an embarrassing moment and he would lose his confidence and give in. Well, no more he thought, today is the day that this all changes as again another crises is dropped in his lap. Something really big as he was handed the huge envelope and was told that should he fail, it will cost him everything. You're right, he thought as he was plotting to himself as to how to go about ending this torture as he threw the folder in with the pile of others that supposibly needed fixing. Maybe I'll do it before you need it or maybe not. It was a few more days before Sam even got up the energy to even look at the work on his desk. that pile was almost reaching to the antique desk lamp that his great uncle Walter had given him. Sam stared at it blankly, He couldn't even remember what he looked like any more. Uncle Walter was his favorite relative. Some how he always under stood just what he was going thru and had a comforting thought for him. Even when he died, Sam could still picture him and the way he would talk to him as if he hadn't gone away. Now that seemed gone. Had he abandoned him too. Trying to shake off the cobwebs, Sam stared at the pile of work again and sighed. No one even bothered to ask if anything might be wrong. Just here, plop. Even his assistant and secretary moved about him as if he was part of the furniture, aware and not aware of his existence. Again they walk in and just drop the folders there. This went on five more times. Not even a hello or even a glance his way. Well, I'm not even going to bother today as he packed up to head home. Not that things were any better there. Sam took the long way home just to daydream of how his life might have been different if he hadn't made some of the choices he had. Maybe if he hadn't married so soon or maybe not to Claudette. Oh she was a great wife and best friend thru-out the twenty-five years of married but maybe they had just become to use to each other. Or maybe he should have taken the promotion that was offered to him or even taken that job that he always wanted. I don't know, he thought, maybe it was everything or nothing. He just needed to find a way out. To change it some how. But where and how?? Finally, Sam pulled up in front of his how and Claudette was standing on the front lawn with the look of concern on her face. Unbeknownst to him, she had been noticing the changes in her husband but didn't say anything because she didn't know what to day. Or how to even approach him on it. She ran up to him and gave him a great big hug which took Sam by surprises. âI called the office and was put on hold for fifteen minutes while they were supposible looking for you. I even hear some comment that they didn't even know if you came in or not much less that you left. Even someone stated oh well and not a loss if you couldn't be found. What kind of people do you work with?â âThe kind that treat you like furnitureâ he commented as he walked away. A little taken back by that remark she hesitated on telling him why he was trying to reach him. Maybe later. This was one fire that he didn't really need to put out. Sam settled in his favorite chair in the darken den. he wasn't in the mood to watch tv or read or anything. just stare. he stared into the dark emptiness of the room until sleep overtook him. And even the sleep was a restless on, taking too long to takehold. From the doorway, Claudette was watching him with great concern This, what ever was going on was starting to get out of hand. She remembered when Sam couldn't wait to get home from work and all the fun they use to have, going out and even staying home. It didn't matter how much work he had or that he brought a lot of it home, he managed to get away from it if no more than for a little while and relax. Even when the families would dump their problems on him, he still managed to ride it like the big hawaiian surfing waves that he use to love to do. There were a lot of things that he love to do. Sometimes just being outdoors was just enough. Now he would rather be in dark rooms to himself. Something was definitely wrong. Sam finally woke up after sleeping for what seemed like weeks. Actually, it was more like three days. He was shocked that Claudette let him sleep for so long. And what about his job. He knew that that would go Click here to read the rest of this story (39 more lines)
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