A flip of the coin

Image by Stefan Waldvogel Stefan Waldvogel from Pixabay

Belina was what some might call an “A Personality.” As Head of Marketing, it became more and more difficult for Belina to maintain her professional edge while still remaining a team player with the rest of the division heads. Nobody worked as hard as Belina did, yet when it came time to get out onto the golf course, she had to play nice with her team mates.

Rodney Paddle, the Head of New Acquisitions, was cutthroat in the office environment but a terrible golfer; she inevitably got stuck with him as a golf partner on their golf outings. Rodney’s favorite go-to phrase on the green was, “There is no I in team.” After he’d said it for the 20th time, all Belina could think of was using Rodney’s pasty shaved head as a golf ball.

As all important decisions for the company happened out on the course, and a lot of big changes were in the works, sometimes the executive group outings were 3 times a week. Each time, she was paired with Rodney. Her stress level got so bad that she started dreaming of digging herself into a hole with her golf club. This was her collective unconscious telling her something had to be done.

One night, after 9 holes and the obligatory 2 or 3 martinis in the course lounge, it was just Belina and CEO, Marietta Orange, left up at the bar. Three martinis to the wind loosened Belina’s tongue.

Ms. Orange, there’s something I need to say that I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. I think it is unfair and downright ludicrous that I keep getting paired up with Rodney on the green. It’s also aggravating as hell when Rodney harps on, ‘There is no I in team,’ when he’s clearly the weakest golfer of the bunch. Please, can we switch things up for a change?”

Marietta got a stern look on her usually pleasant face and said nothing. Belina’s fear level ramped up and she felt on the edge of tears. She’d really put her foot in it this time.

Marietta said, “I feel ambivalent about what you’re saying, but I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to flip my lucky silver coin, which always steers me right. If it lands heads, I’ll take Rodney on as my partner and you can have Wilson as yours. If it lands tails, your time with the golf outings is over and I’ll invite your assistant, Wendy, to come and golf instead.”

As Marietta reached into an inner pocket of her purse for the coin, Belina reached for her martini and took a big gulp.

Marietta flipped the coin high, and you could see the pink neon from the sign over the bar flickering in its reflection. She caught the coin hard and slapped it onto her wrist. She looked up and deep into Belina’s eyes – then lifted her catching hand off of the coin. It was heads.

Marietta started laughing and said, “Start packing your office things up tomorrow. You’re going to be moving.”

What?!?,” said Belina, as she felt her chest tightening.

Yes, you’re moving from the 3rd floor up to the 5th floor, in the office next to mine. Rodney’s being downsized. He’s as shitty in Acquisitions as he is at golf. I’ve been carrying him for months but keeping his ineptitude on the downlow. Wilson’s being moved to Head of Marketing, and you’re taking over Acquisitions. On Friday, you’ll partner with Wilson, and Wendy will be my new partner. I hear she has a hell of a swing.”

“Oh, one more thing….” said Marietta, and turned the coin over in her hand so Belina could see that both sides were heads.

I ordered a couple of shots of Jim Beam Honey for us and we toasted.  I sipped it as I contemplated my new lease on life.

The End.

Fandango’s FOWC is ludicrous, the Word of the Day Challenge is paddle, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are lease, cannibal, silver , and Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompts are the line, “There is no I in team.” and the photo.





3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ghostmmnc says:

    I like how things turned around, and all because Belina spoke up! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly! The boss was testing her.

      Liked by 1 person

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