FFfAW — Greasing the Skids

82C27BC6-29B2-40A3-B15E-A95DA59D0254Hank walked into Milton’s office, shut the door behind him, and sat down in the chair opposite Milton’s desk. “Would you mind telling me what’s going on, Hank?” Milton said. It was less of a question than an order. “I went out to the construction site this morning and no one was there. What the hell, Hank? You’re my operations manager.”

“Sorry boss,” Hank said, “but the EPA shut us down. Something about toxic chemicals in the soil. I’ll look into it.”

“I’ll handle this, Hank,” Milton said. “Tell your guys to be ready tomorrow.”


The next day Hank returned to Milton’s office. “Boss,” we just got clearance to start working at the site again. How’d you get that done?”

“It’s not what you know, Hank, it’s who you know,” Milton said. “I gotta guy at the EPA who’s going through a tough time, you know. So I greased the skids a little.”

“A payoff, boss?”

Milton got a smug look on his face. “Hank, always remember this. Money talks, bullshit walks.”

(175 words)

Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Photo credit: wildverbs.

17 thoughts on “FFfAW — Greasing the Skids

  1. Abhijit Ray November 13, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Sad truth but this seems to be reality all over the world. Only the quantum of bribe may vary.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Marleen November 14, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I don’t like to buy into the idea that this is just the way it [always] is. Otherwise, why bother paying attention to who one votes for and so forth? But could you have already known about this story from another source yesterday? It has different details, though.

    The Rachel Maddow Show 11/13/18 | MSNBC BREAKING NEWS November 13, 2018 ☆

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marleen November 14, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Stench Of EPA Official’s Indictment Scandal Reaches Jeff Sessions
      ☆ | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

      The previous post link isn’t currently running the video. Here, above in this post, is the same material.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 14, 2018 / 10:17 am

      I’m a Rachel Maddie devotee.


      • Marleen November 14, 2018 / 10:38 am

        Excellence in broadcasting!

        Liked by 1 person

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