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|Don't Get Mad, Get Even (standard:Satire, 4997 words)|
|Author: Steve Remington||Added: Sep 26 2003||Views/Reads: 3137/2005||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Ever wish you could get back at someone who duped you? Read how a retiree couple 'evened the score' in dramatic fashion. They are modern day Robin Hoods but they are the beneficiaries. Read, chuckle and ENJOY!|
DON'T GET MAD, GET EVEN By Steve Remington DON'T GET MAD, GET EVEN It took Mary Ann and Dennis just a little over three months to take their retirement project from idea to fruition but they had plenty of spare time. They were essentially retired but not as comfortably as they would have preferred. Sure, they were living in Florida like tens of thousands of other retirees but their finances were thin and getting thinner. Dennis, forced into early retirement by a corporate merger, thought he had a significant nest egg when he retired at 56 but inflation and stock market losses were rapidly eroding all the dreams that he and Mary Ann had for their retirement. Mary Ann had invested a sizable chunk of her meager retirement savings into founding a small Internet business but the return was marginal. They had just come home from grocery shopping on an unseasonably hot and humid November day. After storing the purchases, they sat on their patio enjoying a cold iced tea and discussing thoughts about Christmas gifts for their grandsons, daughter-in-law and son. Mary Ann turned to Dennis and said, “Why don't we think about flying to see them for Christmas?” Dennis responded dolefully, “A great idea but the budget won't handle that plan very well. Since they got transferred to London, it is a bit beyond our means.” “Oh, Dennis, we have to do something to give our income a bit of a shot. I get angry sometimes when I realize how strapped we are.” Dennis thought for a moment and said, “Well, as my mother always said, ‘Don't get mad, get even.” “What does that mean?” she said in an increasingly angry tone. “Let me refill this iced tea and then I'll share an idea with you. Can I refill yours, while I am going to the kitchen?” Returning to his chair and setting the refilled glasses on the patio table, Dennis turned to Mary Ann and said, “I used that old adage that my mother used so often to kick off a discussion on an idea that has been forming in my mind for several days. Your suggestion about Christmas plans reminded me. Let me run this whole idea by you to see what you think. Let me start by mentioning a name . . . Skip Anderson.” “Skip Anderson!” she almost spat out the name. “He is a classic reason why we have money problems. Talk about getting mad and getting even, that is a man that I would like to get even with.” “Exactly my point, we need to get even. We are simply too nice. I would like to have the money that we invested in that worthless stock that he touted to us. He is a step inside the law. Then, how about Doug's Auto Repair over on Highland Avenue?” “That botched repair job on my car cost us $800 and then we got blind-sided by his ‘automotive expert' in Small Claims Court and lost.” “Here's another one - - - Alan Denman.” “The guy I worked with at WZZN? What about him?” “Remember? . . He sold us his big screen TV for $400 when he moved to LA and the damned thing was already shot according to the repairman. We just quit chasing him and kissed off the $400.” “Dennis, I see your pattern here. Just these three guys have cost us over $4,000 but what is your point? I get mad just thinking about these Click here to read the rest of this story (495 more lines)
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