Guest column by Mara Wood, contributor at Talking Comics and co-host of The Missfits
He leaned back at his desk, surveying her intently. He sighed, rolled his, and spoke in an exasperated tone:
“Look, it’s for the company. My father won’t promote me to president until I start a family. You’ve been a secretary for this company for 3 years, and you are devoted. I don’t have time to date, and my parents choose insufferable women. Marry me, help me advance in this company, and I’ll cover your parents’ debt so you won’t have to work as hard.”
The young secretary blushed. She didn’t know what to say. The vice president is cold, distant. The other office workers avoid him at all cost. But they never mentioned how handsome he is.
“O…K,” she offered, hesitantly. Her parents were crushed under the weight of their debt, and the hours she put in at the company barely made a dent. She thought of her two younger siblings, and how this opportunity could change everything for them.
“That’s settled, then,” he said, leaning forward on his desk. “Give your apartment number to my assistant, and he’ll arrange to move your items this afternoon.”
“It’s best to get this done quickly. I’ll add you to my family registry this morning.”
“Wait! Isn’t this too fast? I mean, I don’t even know your name!”
“We’ll get to know each other very well, don’t you worry about that.”