A Perfidious Exchange (Trifecta Challenge, Week 61, January 2013)

DSCN4205Rob sits on the steps of the office block, his belongings in a box beside him.  Fired!  All because of problems with that bitch of a software program he’s designed.  The boss launched it too quickly; no sooner had Rob fixed one glitch than another developed.  He’d needed more time but the boss lost patience.

Good job he’s got Plan B in hand.  Not something he’s proud of, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.  That geeky girl in his apartment block, Shelley, asked him a while back to look at her laptop. Just a minor problem as it turned out, but whilst browsing her files he discovered she’s writing a novel.  It’s brilliant!  So he downloaded it, and after that he simply planted a bug that would need fixing every month or two, so he could download the next few chapters when she returned it.  He’s submitted the first few chapters, in his own name of course, to a publisher… and bang! Twenty thousand dollar advance and a six figure sum on completion.  Shelley will be his very own cash cow!

And speaking of Shelley, isn’t that her coming down the street?  She nods curtly and enters the office block.  Shortly after she emerges arm in arm with his boss!  They hail a taxi, give the name of the best restaurant in town.

The boss turns.  “This is Shelley,” he says. “Your replacement.  She’s just debugged your program.  It was a virus, dumbo, something really sophisticated.  You must have downloaded it from somewhere.”  He gets in the taxi.

Shelley smiles.  “I really fancied you, Rob. I could have fixed my own computer problems, I’m pretty good with technology, as you see.  I just wanted to get to know you.  And now I do, I don’t like what I’ve found.  Oh, and that novel you’ve been stealing… I already sold it, in its entirety.  It’s out next week.”

The taxi disappears.

Rob groans.  Terrific!  And he owes twenty thousand dollars!

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This was created in response to the Trifecta Challenge Week 61, details below:

BITCH (noun)

1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
2 a : a lewd or immoral woman
b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant
Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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46 Responses to A Perfidious Exchange (Trifecta Challenge, Week 61, January 2013)

  1. yerpirate says:

    Oh that was sublime! I’m speechless..I actually laughed at poor Rob, but an unpleasant person he is! Really good read!

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  2. zennjennc says:

    Oh, The Cheater Got CheateD

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  3. atrm61 says:

    I relished this so much that I went back & read it again:-)Loved the Machiavellian plot which kept me glued to the screen-just my type of story,hee!hee!Well done!

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  4. jwilliams057 says:

    I love it when people get what they deserve.

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  5. Kim Song says:

    Yikes! Well played

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  6. barbara says:

    hahahaha – love it when a good plan works – or backfires – depending on which side I’m on. 🙂

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  7. muZer says:

    Ouch! That must have hurt as hell.. Well, what goes around comes around.. hehe.. Enjoyed reading this one! 🙂

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  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    That was too cool. From start to finish, a story with a happy ending for everyone except Rob. (and even his name was perfect for him.)

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  9. joetwo says:

    I don’t know! The phrase ‘geeky’ with the girl got me very suspicious. Well written!

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  10. steph says:

    Great story. I smiled when Rob got his just desserts. You covered a lot of ground in those few paragraphs. Nice job!

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  11. That saying God don’t like ugly comes to mine. Terrific writing.

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  12. Jane Burgess says:

    Snappy , dramatic and ironic.
    Well done Sandra.

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  13. The geeky girl seems to have hit the lottery! Nice story.

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  14. tedstrutz says:

    Cute story, Sandra. Nice turnaround.

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  15. deanabo says:

    proves my point that if you lie, steal and cheat, you will get caught! Great post.

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  16. Interesting play on personality testing. Love it.

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  17. Rachael says:

    Yay!!! This is awesome, my favorite so far of the week! Stupid boy…

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  18. Brian Benoit says:

    Ah, plagiarists getting what’s coming to them – what could be better? haha, nice one

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  19. Draug419 says:

    I love backfired revenge stories (:

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  20. Ouch – I was really hoping he’d get away with it.

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  21. lexy3587 says:

    Great! Poor Rob, but really, what a jerk!

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  22. Judee says:

    What a turnaround! Loved it!

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