The Young Conservative

Colonel Wolstenholme’s three chins rested on his chest. He had dined rather too well and the hall was hot. Speaker after speaker droned on and on. He had to keep awake. It was his duty; he was a judge in the Brocklehurst Young Conservatives’ public-speaking competition. The final entrant was on the platform. Tom Wheeler … Continue reading The Young Conservative

Economics failure

Come in! Which one are you? Callaghan is it? I have a list. Yes, you’re on it here. You skipped my Economics 101 class and you haven’t handed in your coursework. Yes? Well, you are about to learn a very painful lesson. That’s the trouble with so many of you freshers. You don’t think you’re … Continue reading Economics failure

The performance review

Lucas Hodges stood rooted. He wanted to get his legs to move, but they would not obey the command from his brain. He knew he must submit to his boss; not to do so would be unthinkable. The wretched man had complete control over him. Lucas was powerless. He must do what Mr Riley wanted; … Continue reading The performance review

The apprentices

Anders Schmidt’s heart raced, he re-entered the figures on the spreadsheet, double clicked the mouse and waited for it to update. Sweat was moistening his brow and it was not only because the air-conditioning in the room was not working. In a second the computer screen flickered. Schmidt did not have to look; he already … Continue reading The apprentices

The Junior Salesman

The Junior Salesman and other workplace whackings THE TWENTY-YEAR-old junior salesman slowly unclasped his belt and unbuttoned his trousers. He pushed them over his hips and let go. From there they slithered slowly down his legs. A breeze from the nearby open window brushed against his naked legs as he awaited the next command. Tyler … Continue reading The Junior Salesman

A Sting In The Tail

Federico Hernandez shuffled slowly from the elevator, took a left turn, waited for the automatic doors to slide open and headed at a snail’s pace to the professor’s office. It had seemed like a good idea at first. He had thought it through. It would be painful, for sure. Humiliating definitively. But, if the professor … Continue reading A Sting In The Tail

The Expenses Fiddle

Mr Harkaway shuffled the papers on his desk. Something did not look right. He walked over to the filing cabinet and found last month’s returns. Stupid, stupid, stupid boy! He did not say it out loud as there was nobody in the office to say it to. He had unearthed an expenses fraud. It was … Continue reading The Expenses Fiddle

What a Disappointment . . .

No sixth-former had ever been caned at my school, so I made history that day. Actually, hardly anyone had been caned in living memory – it was a “progressive” school and I had thought corporal punishment had been abolished a long time ago. But, as I was to find out it had only fallen into … Continue reading What a Disappointment . . .

Belted by the Boss

Shane waited outside his employer’s office, he knew that he was likely to be sacked and the police would be called: he would do anything to stop that happening. He had stolen seven pounds from the petty-cash tin and been caught, it was as simple as that. There were no mitigating circumstances; he had wanted … Continue reading Belted by the Boss

Making the Grade

  “Look at these grades. I’ve failed psychology.” Randy Caulfield was despondent. He pushed the printed transcript across the table to his friend Seth. The nineteen-year-old student studied the paper carefully, as if a careful examination might change the ‘F’ into a pass. He took a long pull on his iced cola, “What are you … Continue reading Making the Grade