Let It Bleed — Standing in the Shadows


“I’m always standing in Wayne’s shadow,” Ken groused. “I do all the work and he stands up, grabs the spotlight, and takes all the credit.”

“Well,” said Ellen, “he’s the sales guy. That’s what sales guys do. You’re the subject matter expert. What do yo call it? The “SME”? You’re the man behind the man.”

“Yeah, I get that,” Ken said. “But it would be nice if Wayne would deign to give credit where credit is due. He wouldn’t be half as successful a salesman as he is were it not for me.”

“Have you talked to him about how you feel?” Ellen asked. “Maybe if you were a little more assertive, you might get the credit you feel you deserve.”

“The funny thing is, Ellen,” Ken said. “I could do what he does, but he couldn’t do what I do. I’m the friggin’ wind beneath his goddam wings!”

“Perhaps you should go to the head of sales and see if you can apply for a job as a salesman,” Ellen suggested.

“What?” Ken said. “And stand up in front of all those people and make a sales pitch? No way.”

“Okay then,” Ellen said. “Apparently in the shadows you were meant to stand.”

Written for this week’s Let It Bleed Challenge, where the prompt is the word “shadows.”

5 thoughts on “Let It Bleed — Standing in the Shadows

  1. Breathing Deeply June 12, 2018 / 5:59 am

    You put this guy in his place! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Saumya Agrawal August 27, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    An unexpected closure! Great one 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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