The office was empty with the exception of a few people; the manager, his secretary and a few mid-shifters who had nothing better to do than wait for work. They all busied themselves with time-wasting work until something came up, and the mid-shifters, Tom Davis and Hec Monroe, watched TV. Most businesses like their offices to be buzzing with activity, but for this business an empty office was a good thing- it meant work was being done and money was rolling in.

The manager, however, was always in the market for more work. And work, it seemed, needed to be done on a very special project. He set his desk phone back in its cradle with a sharp grunt, one that indicated annoyance. "Davis! Monroe! Get in here!" he shouted into his office intercom. While he waited for the two men to shut off the TV and come in, he lit a fat cigar and rolled it between his fat fingers.

Davis was the first through the flimsy office door with Monroe right behind him. "Yeah, Boss?" Davis asked nervously.

The Boss pointed the tip of his smoking cigar at his phone. "That was the foreman on the Greenville job. You know what he just told me?" he asked the two men hotly. Davis and Monroe shook their heads wordlessly- how could they know? They'd been watching Ricki Lake for the last hour, not listening in on the manager's phone line. "He tells me," the Boss informed them, "that there's a perfectly good stretch of road off Hutchis Street. Now, why do you suppose that is?"

Monroe groaned. "Aw, hell, Boss. How're we supposed to know about that? You got us workin' clear on the other side o' town all week."

The Boss scowled. "And how's that goin', anyway?" he asked.

Davis shrugged and answered for his partner. "Not bad," he said. "Just this morning we saw a Jeep with a cracked axle next to a dilly of a pot hole on Purvis Drive- while it was raining. Now that's job satisfaction."

The Boss grinned cruelly as he shoved his Havana cigar back into his puffy mouth and sucked on it thoughtfully. "Good," he mumbled through a puff of smoke. "Real good. I want you two to leave that spot alone for a while and work on that patch I just told you about."

David and Monroe looked at each other with mild surprise. "Now?" Davis asked.

"No! Not now, you moron!" Boss growled. "Wait 'till midnight, take one of those modified silent jack hammers and pound the hell outta that road. And when you're done, cruise the area and see if you can find a few more places that need some holes."

"But, Boss," Monroe protested, "we've been makin' pot holes all week. Can't this wait 'till Monday?"

Boss threw his half-smoked cigar at Monroe and almost hit the man with it. "We're here to make money, you dumb sack of shit!" he shouted. "Decent roads mean less work and less money! Now get outta my sight and go fuck up some roads or, so help me God, I'll reassign you to do real work!"

Davis nodded and jabbed his elbow into his friend's ribs to shut Monroe up. "You'll let the cops know to watch out for us and keep the area clear, right?"

"Of course I will," Boss said indignantly. "Don't I always? Now go home and get some rest. You got work to do tonight!"

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