THE NEXT MORNING. I sent Gina several articles and short stories I'd written over the past couple of years. Okay, most of the work was plagiarized, but I'm running on a timeline. It's not like everyone at the Seattle Times is innocent of plagiarism. I'd read several articles that matched the New York Times' content verbatim or even the Washington Post.
I sat at the computer, tapping my fingers on the desk, waiting for Gina's phone call. For some reason, I thought she'd call right away. I mean, she had the proof that I'm a good writer, at least better than most. I switched between drinking coffee and clasping my hands as if to pray.
"Hello!" I said, fumbling the phone to my ear.
"Woah... Been expecting a call?" Gina laughed.
"Get my files?"
"I did. You got the job."
I held the mouthpiece inches from my face to let out a sigh. "That's good news."
"We will need a resume and references for your employment file, though."
"Sounds good, Gina." After I hung up the phone, I copied and pasted a resume I'd found online. I just switched the names. No way in hell I'm giving this bitch my real information.
"Hey, babe?" Pam said.
"I didn't hear you come in," I said.
"I want you to meet my daughter, Angie."
The girl was 18-years-old and drop-dead gorgeous. I swallowed a lump in my throat, and we exchanged pleasantries. I caught a glance of Angie anytime Pam ranted about some bullshit at work or gossiped about a friend. I remember thinking I'd never want to be on the other end of her gossip. Angie gave me a cocky wink and a confident smile. I thought she was interested in me and it was just plain wrong, right?
TWO WEEKS LATER, Pam introduced me to her parents. We chatted about my past, which I totally made up when a breaking news report popped on the screen. Investigators found a mother and her four children murdered in an upscale home in the suburbs of Chicago.
"Oh, my god," Pam said, throwing her hand to her mouth.
"Maybe he just got tired of hearing the bitching," Steven Parker (Pam's dad) said.
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The Wrong FatherShort Story
Seeking a fresh start, Mark Jamison moves to Seattle, Washington. He left his old life behind to find another wife--a perfect family-a ready-made family. But when his past catches up to him, will his future wife, Pam, believe any of it?