takes us in directions,
don’t wish to go,
that is how we gain experience,
is how we grow,
learn to survive hard times,
to accept a loss,
we learn to face the wind,
around us waves toss.
Vanna woke with a start. What time was it? What about her job? Then all the memories rushed in. There was no time for self pity. She had to start looking for a job. Where would she go? Jobs were scarce now that
the economy was floundering. Did she
even have a chance to find one that she liked?
She lay back against the pillow and her confidence returned. She would go out and see what she could find.
Vanna dressed quickly but primped to look
her best. For the first time in months she would wear earrings. She selected a
pair and put them on. She patted the coin and murmured “thank you”. If she only had one chance she wanted it to
be a good one.
She turned from the vanity and remembered, “I
have to have the coin.” She needed the coin.
It made her feel good. It also
seemed to affect those who were around her. Where would she keep the coin all day? She didn’t have pockets in this dress. Her purse?
What if it got snatched or she left it unattended just for a few
minutes? She didn’t dare lose it or let
it be taken from her. She finally
decided to put it inside her bra where it would be close to her heart. Vanna smiled. She knew the coin’s vibrations would remind
her all day long that its power would be there if she needed it.
On her way downtown the bus ride was
uneventful. When the bus stopped at one
of the tallest buildings the coin vibrated and Vanna stepped outside. She looked up and stared in awe at the impressive
and intimidating building. Already a steady
stream of suited men and neatly dressed women were entering through the
to flee rather than enter, Vanna took several deep breaths. The coin began pulsating and her courage
returned. She pushed her way through the
doors and walked directly across the room to a directory on the wall. She studied it carefully trying to decide
what to do next. “Full speed ahead. Why
are you hesitating?” She was shocked by
her own thoughts. She had never been this
bold around those she called the big shots.
A voice startled her. “Could I help you, young lady?” A well dressed man in a pin striped suit
approached. He had a kind face but there
was something vaguely familiar about his mannerisms.
The coin was vibrating and Vanna took that
as a signal that she must react. “Yes, Sir,” she answered. “I’m on my way to the top. I want a job where I can see the city.”
He smiled and offered his hand. “I’m Derek.
I’m on my way to the top floor now.
I’ll be glad to escort you, Miss….?
His voice trailed off as if waiting for her to offer her name. There was no action from the coin so Vanna
only said, “Thanks. That would be kind of you.”
She felt isolated in this world with only
the coin for protection, and yet, the coin was enough. A sharp tingle jolted her breast as the coin
began to hum. The elevator climbed
steadily up. It did not stop even as
others waited and punched the button for the top floor. Vanna felt a sudden chill and she could
picture Derek undressing in a dark room.
No, not a dark room. A dungeon! Her fury rose within while outside she
remained calm and cool.
Her self-esteem should have been low, but she
surprised herself when she turned and said, “Derek, just what kind of job are
you going to find for me? I don’t want a
small office. I want a large office next
to the windows. I told you I wanted to
see the city and that’s what I expect.”
Derek’s jaw dropped. This lady was not intimidated by him. There was a glow in her eyes that scared
him. He thought he could hear a slight
hum but then again he could have been mistaken.
His knees felt weak and his heart pounded. “You’re kidding, right?”
Vanna stared at him without blinking. “Derek, you’ve always stepped on those that
are vulnerable and innocent. In your
path you’ve left a trail of victims. You’re
heartless and don’t care about people. I’ll
give you a chance. In thirty minutes I
want my requests arranged. Do you have
Right in front of him this beautiful young
woman had changed into someone he didn’t like. He had been a football star, an
Army Ranger, and a mercenary in several small wars. He could always be counted
on to confront and rout the enemy. He
had faced fabled lawyers and won, bullied his way up as he raced to the top of
the financial world. Now he found a
small woman making a bold demand and he could not speak. For the first time in his life Derek felt
(To be continued)