If Looks Could Kill

Vicki always felt that she was living her life vicariously through all of the high-powered, totally fascinating people that worked in the firm. She would answer their calls, greet their visitors, run errands for them, do their bidding, and fantasize that maybe, one day, she might just be able to fly here, there, and yonder and work for the rich and famous just as they did.

She was lost in her thoughts when one of those beautiful people stood, unnoticed, in front of her desk. “Snap out of it, Vicki,” he said. “I don’t have time for this nonsense. Frankly, you need to get your head out of your ass and stop being so careless. I told you to handle the arrangements with the travel agent for my trip to Cannes next week, but I still don’t have my tickets confirmed or my hotel room booked, and that’s damn frustrating.”

Vicki frantically sifted through her notes, her emails, her text messages, and her scheduler and she couldn’t find any record of him having asked her to make these travel arrangements. She was quite perplexed. She looked up at him, shrugged her shoulders, and said, “I’m sorry. I’ll get right on it.”

He looked down at her, sitting in her desk chair, looking so forlorn. It was almost enough to make him feel sorry for her. But she was just a receptionist. Besides, she was generally pretty good at her job, is cute as a button, and has a body that would stop a clock. So this time he would let it go, as long as she continued to agree to stop by his office everyday at 5:00 and to, well, take care of his needs. “See you this afternoon, then?” he asked. But it was not a question.

Vicki smiled up at him and nodded her head. But as soon as he was out of sight, the expression that graced her face silently screamed, “if looks could kill.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vicariously), Your Daily Word Prompt (yonder/besides), The Daily Spur (snap), Word of the Day Challenge (frankly), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (careless), My Vivid Blog (frustrating), Ragtag Daily Prompt (perplexed), and Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge (receptionist).

Fandango’s note: no offense meant toward the role of receptionists in businesses. They are one of the most important cogs in the office world, working in fast-paced work environments with a high level of often critical administrative responsibilities.

12 thoughts on “If Looks Could Kill

  1. Marleen February 9, 2022 / 1:28 pm

    Great story.

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    • Fandango February 9, 2022 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks, Marleen.


  2. SueW February 9, 2022 / 1:34 pm

    Nicely done with fabulous use of so many challenges. Thank you for including ours in your response to them.

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  3. Sadje February 9, 2022 / 6:25 pm

    Ha… she should quit her job and work someplace else. Great use of all the prompts Fandango

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  4. Nope, Not Pam February 10, 2022 / 2:19 am

    A very sad tale, I won’t write down what I’m thinking, it’s uncharitable

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  5. leigha66 February 19, 2022 / 7:08 pm

    I am guessing he never told her. I hope she find better employment soon or a better boss anyway.

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