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Business As Usual


The staff at Center City High School were amazed to see Superintendent Harold Flanders walk in the door on Monday morning with a smile on his face like nothing out of the ordinary had occurred last week.  

But that was far from true, since his dear friend and long time business manager Mrs. Barnes had been accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the school, and then had disappeared along with the school janitor.  Rumor had it that they had eloped and were hiding out somewhere in Mexico.

It was business as usual for Mr. Flanders during the remaining two weeks until Christmas vacation, though he seemed to keep more to himself.

When teachers and students returned to school after New Year's Day, they were shocked to learn that Mr. Flanders was being held in a Mexican jail, and Mrs. Barnes and James the janitor had been found dead.

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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin for Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "business".

22 comments:

  1. What a story! This reads like something right out of the headlines! Fabulous! Makes me want to read more!

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    1. Writing fiction is new for me this year Carrie, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. The very short format for FSF is perfect, I don't have to work at it too hard!

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  2. Oh dear, you always hear such nasty things about those Mexican jails. Poor Mr. Flanders.

    That's a cool story, I think I'd like to fiction some day.

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    1. Indeed Ken, I fear that Mr. Flanders may have miscalculated his plan. He will be lucky if he comes out of this experience any better off than his former coworkers!

      Five Sentence Fiction really is great fun, and with your creativity you'd be great at it, give it a try soon!

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  3. LOL, poor Mr. Flanders. You know, back when I was in high school the French teacher really did embezzle thousands (from where I have no idea) and run away!

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    1. That is too funny, Robin! I've heard of it happening too. How is that no one catches on until they're gone?!

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  4. My goodness! When did the teaching occur at this school? Nicely framed :))

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    1. Much drama indeed Jo-Anne, unlike many work environments today!

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  5. The janitor? Not the janitor! Oh, the shame of it! A maths teacher I could understand; even home economics, but the janitor! Really? Tell me it isn't so!

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    1. LOL J, I found myself thinking the same thing! :-)

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  6. Oh my, Josie! Where do you come up with this stuff?!

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    1. I suspect there may be a few kinks in my brain, McGuffy Ann. I really can't say what inspires these stories!

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  7. Mmm, the money--who ended up with moolah? Nicely written.

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    1. Yay Arvilla! I was wondering if anyone would question that. It certainly affects what has occured here!

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  8. Like Arvilla, I'm wondering who got the cash? Nicely done Josie!

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    1. Yay Lisa! That is the real question isn't it? Along with some questions about true nature of Mr. Flanders and Mrs. Barnes relationship!

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  9. Crime never pays. At least, not for those three. Well written piece.

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    1. Well, it certainly didn't for Mrs. Barnes and James, but we don't know for sure that Mr. Flanders doesn't have that money safely hidden away in hopes of an early release or a well-executed escape plan! ;-)

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  10. I thought it was a true story for a minute there. Really well written!

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    1. It definitely could happen in real life, Selma, similar things have I like the loose ends to this story, there is likely much more to it than we will ever know. :-)

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