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Ruth’s Secret – part 4

Did you miss the previous parts of this story?

part 1 | part 2 | part 3

Ruth was quiet on the other end on the phone. Clearly she was hesitant to tell Shelly the rest of what was going on. Ruth and Shelly had been a little more that boss and subordinate since Shelly’s promotion as lead worker within the division had gone through. They had become friends. They were careful not to let it interfere with work though. Friendships outside of one’s level, no matter how platonic they were, were frowned upon. The reasoning behind it was to avoid jealousy, which would interrupt the flow of productivity. Yet, who else was Ruth going to talk to? Her life was too busy for friendships outside the office and most of the other supervisors she knew were married and/or had children. There just wasn’t anything in common with them.

Finally, Ruth said, “Mr. Cooley — you know who he is, don’t you?”

“Yeah, the vice president of this idiot company.”

“Well, yesterday afternoon, after you had left, the photographer showed up here. I pushed him into my office and closed the door. Yeah, I was a little ticked off. He had my pay with him though. What was I suppose to do? Tell him I wanted it later at home? I doubt very seriously that he’d be happy with that seeing that he came all the way over just to bring it to me. I should have put it in my purse, but I must have had a brain fart or something because I just held the envelope in my hand. I showed him the way out and started to go by to my office. It was then that Mr. Cooley saw me walk across the aisle where your cubicle is, and motioned for me. Shelly, I got flustered. I put the envelope in your bottom drawer and went on to see what Mr. Cooley wanted.” A sigh of relief was heard.

Shelly swiveled in the stool and looked out the living room window as if the right thing to say was just outside. “Okay, that pretty much explains it. How long are you going to keep this up?”

“Until I’m out of financial danger, I guess. The job isn’t bad, Shelly. The photographer has no interest in me so I don’t have to worry about unwanted advances or anything.”

“Are you thinking of keeping this up?” Shelly asked with skepticism.

“I might — maybe until my looks start to fade.”

“Ruth, want to have lunch on Saturday? Or are you working?” Shelly said actually trying to make a jab at her friend.

“I’m free. How does noon sound?”

The End

Did you notice? I finally chanced the title of my blog. Any thoughts about it out there? 😀


24 comments on “Ruth’s Secret – part 4

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  3. Cat

    Nice story Glynis, but I didn’t think it was one of your best. I got a little lost over why on earth she would put so much money in her colleagues drawer and then forget to take it… just as well Shelley was honest. I love the new title, I doubt it will lose you any readers


    • Glynis Jolly

      You’re right. It isn’t one of my better ones. For some unknown reason, I felt confined while writing.

      I like the new title too. It says more about what my blog is about now. In approximately 6 months, I’ll be switching the URL over.


      • Cat

        The writing is perfect, of course, but I could sense you weren’t enjoying it after a while

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        • Glynis Jolly

          Maybe I knew all along that the storyline was off. Anyway, I think I might need to take a break from the short stories. :/

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  4. Hi Glynis, this one left me a little perplexed. The reason being, who in their right mind would give their seedy (semi) pornographer a) their real name, or much worse b) their place of employment so they could show up there? If I was embarrassed by my activity the last thing I’d want them to know would be where I worked. Why did she tell him that? Did I miss something?


    • Glynis Jolly

      You didn’t miss anything, Susan. Some people can’t get into having aliases. I’m one of those, in fact. I just can’t get into it. I am who I am and nothing else. As for the photographer showing up at her work, it was unexpected to Ruth. “Well, yesterday afternoon, after you had left, the photographer showed up here. I pushed him into my office and closed the door. Yeah, I was a little ticked off.” About him know where she worked — what would you talk about while photos are being shoot?

      It could be just that my life experiences have been different from yours. I was kind known as a rebel when I was younger. I didn’t go outside the law, except for smoking marijuana sometimes, but I did push the envelope when others wouldn’t have dreamed to do so.


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  8. Jacqui Murray

    Ah, does Shelly want to try it too? Hmm…

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Haha! Jacqui, while I was writing it, I pondered on the idea of just one more entry of the story just to have Shelly get into the crazy 2nd job too. But, to tell the truth, I was getting tired of the story so I guess it was time to end it. 😉


  9. Let's CUT the Crap!

    It’s a good thing the two women became friends, especially since Ruth has something she wants to keep quiet. 😀 😀 Good one, Glynis.
    I like the name change just fine and your avatar is wonderful. I like the art you use. Huh. So changing the main name doesn’t cause loss of your subscribers? Good to know. The blog looks wonderful. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Glynis Jolly

      The vote hasn’t come in on any loss or gain of readers yet. I’ll be checking my stats in about a week to see how I’m doing. This Saturday’s entry will include something a tad more substantial about the change.

      I’m glad you caught the lack of understanding of the relationship between the two women. I was just taking it for granted that people would assume this. That’s what I get for being too much of a westerner. I’ll have to watch this so that I don’t do it in other writing too. :/


      • Let's CUT the Crap!

        I wasn’t unclear about the story at all. 🙂
        I didn’t lose my ‘subscription’ to your blog, so this tells me nobody else did either.


        • Glynis Jolly

          I wasn’t really worried about losing readers because they can’t find me — that is, not yet. I’m more concerned about readers thinking that my focus of my blog will be narrower than it already is and they’ll decided they’re bored with what I write. People do jump to conclusions when they read a title. I mean, how many books have you rejected before ever picking them up all because of the title? In about six months, if I have a courage, I’ll be changing the URL of my blog. That will mean writing numerous posts about the change before it happens so readers will be sure to resubscribe. I’m still not sure how it’s going to work.

          As for the relationship of the women, I wouldn’t have put in anything about a promotion for Shelly, but after your comment, I realized that I needed to explain their connection better.


          • Let's CUT the Crap!

            So that’s why I haven’t lost you, because you haven’t changed the URL. Now, I’m confused. Why do you have to change the URL? A new slate. What about all the lovely stories etc. you’ve written at this one? 😮

            The added promotion helped the connection between the women. ❤ ❤


            • Glynis Jolly

              From what I’ve read so far here at WP, I can change the URL and not lose anything. The only stipulation is that I’ve never be able to use this URL again. Another way I can do it though is to export this blog to a new one I create. That way I can have the last post of this blog saying what my new URL is. Either way, I think it’s better if I wait awhile.


              • Let's CUT the Crap!

                All interesting information that hadn’t occurred to me and probably never would. No need to rush it, right?

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  10. Jill Weatherholt

    Thanks for sharing your story, Glynis. I enjoyed it. As for the new name…I like it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glynis Jolly

      I like this new name too. The prior one just didn’t say what I want readers to think when they come to the blog. Thanks for the positive vote. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Kate Loveton

    Sounds like a friendship will now develope since Ruth has shared something so personal with Shelly.

    I enjoyed this story from start to finish, Glynis!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glynis Jolly

      I have my misgiving about this one. I think it was a little choppy. But I happy to hear you enjoyed it. 😀


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