A prompt response for Master Class ~ Assignment ~ BRAZEN WHISPERS
by John Yeo
“I know what to do to turn this company around without too much effort and at a minimal cost. We need to lie about our performance. We need to attract money by polishing up the performance statistics.”
The board meeting was suddenly quiet at this amazing statement.
“That’s possible but the market will not react too strongly unless we can back our statements up with facts.” replied Erickson, the company accountant.
“Sir surely exaggerated lying is immoral, and against the current financial policy!” Alice Stevens a long-standing member of the board interjected.
At that precise moment, there came a knock at the door and a smartly dressed lady entered the boardroom, pushing a tea trolley laden with delectable cakes and assorted beverages and soft drinks.
“OK! Thanks, Mavis: We will take a break now everyone.” said the chairman.
Mavis left the drinks trolley and returned to the kitchen.
“Bill, I was eavesdropping at the door and I overheard that prissy Miss Stevens say our company is immoral. What do you think of that?” Mavis excitedly said to the office manager, who just happened to be hanging around the kitchen.
“I wouldn’t be surprised Mavis, I have heard that she is living in sin with two illegitimate children. I wouldn’t, put anything past that lot. The Managing Director is gay; my friend Marvin saw him coming out of a gay club one night last week.” retorted Bill with a wicked gleam in his eye.
“No! Really, Bill, I haven’t heard that before.”
“Yes! A lot goes on behind the staid appearances portrayed by this crowd of crooks.” Bill responded.
At that moment a telephone rang and Mavis was summoned to clear away the used cups. As she approached the door a voice from within was saying.
“If we sell our shares on a high we will all become wealthy overnight, and we can abandon the sinking ship.”
Mavis stood transfixed, she recognized that voice as coming from the throat of Mr. Blenkinsop the company secretary.
Mavis knocked and entered the room, after removing the dirty crockery, she quietly closed the door, then loitered outside and listened.
“What about our loyal employees?” asked the familiar voice of Stephen Wilcox, a founder member of the company.
“Don’t worry Stephen, they will not be our problem if we sell the company!” responded Erickson the accountant.
At that moment a loud voice sounded at the end of the corridor. “Mavis! Get along to the kitchen you are blocking the corridor.” This was Pete the security guard, doing his rounds.
“Hi, Pete! I have just heard we are all going to be taken over by a large company and probably get the sack. I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation.”
“Really Mavis! I think we will have to let the workers know something is up. I will post this on Twitter. All our colleagues have a Twitter account.”
“Good idea Pete, everyone should know. Apparently, we are working for an immoral company. God knows what else they are getting up to!”
Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.