The Office Whore


The ember shined brightly from the tip of his freshly lit cigarette. The soothing sensation acted like morphine, calming his nerves.

“I didn’t know you smoked Abe?”

He aimed his lips towards the sky and exhaled the fog resting in his mouth.

“I’m not a regular. I just take one every here and there. It helps relax my nerves.”

His friend Jonathan threw his bud to the ground and doused the remaining flame with his shoe.

“Well I have to cut our date short. Got a little meeting with Antoinette, if ya know what I mean.”

Abe was suddenly left by himself and thought how typical of Jonathan. He was always getting free tail anywhere he went, even at work.  

Jonathan made his way into the building and up the elevator. He exited the elevator and instead of heading to his cubicle, he followed Antoinette’s instructions to a secluded destination. Venturing down a couple of hallways he started to realize that these were the old offices the company had once utilized. He looked around a bit and finally saw her waiting impatiently, twiddling her shoulder length hair. He noticed her top buttons were undone, her legs were radiating under her skirt, and when she started to bite her lips, blood rushed to his midsection.

She finally made eye contact with him and slowly opened the door behind her, smiling. As she walked backwards into the room, she gestured him with her finger to come in. Excitement and nervousness overtook him as he ran down the hallway and into the room. He closed the door behind him as his lips frantically met hers. She reached down for his buckle and quickly removed his pants. After finishing with him she moved to her own waist as she dropped her skirt to the ground.

Their breathing intensified as Jonathan picked her up and braced her back towards the wall. She wrapped her legs around him as he pummeled her deeper and deeper into the wall. With her arms around his neck she screamed for more, she wanted to be satisfied immensely. Sweat leaked from their foreheads as their body heat intensified. They were peaking together.

After their rigorous workout Jonathan and Antoinette clothed themselves. Antoinette grabbed both of Jonathan’s shoulders.

“I have one more surprise for you.”

Jonathan sounded even more curious and excited, “Oh really! What’s that?”

“You have to close your eyes first.”

“Ok.”

He stood there with his eyes closed, but he could only hear faint sounds, like knuckles were being cracked. But then a putrid waft entered his nose, it smelled as if someone vomited rancid milk. He raised his hand to cover his nose. His curiosity had become concern as he decided to open his eyes. His heart dropped and his body froze. The scintillating woman was no more but a beast with the fangs of a spider stood before him. From Antoinette’s mouth emerged pincers keen on devouring his face. He screamed for help but his mouth became muffled by an abundant amount of silk.

 

Abe looked down at his watch and realized his brief escape from work was over.  He headed back through the lobby and into the elevator.  How he dreaded the moment the elevator stopped on his floor. Upon every exit he would look through the glass doors, and see his co-workers scurrying like mice in a maze. Their lives seemed irrelevant as they huddled into their cubicles answering ridiculous technical service questions. But it was his job and it paid the bills for now.

Before he sat down, he noticed his neighbor was missing. Rummaging through the faces around the room, he tried to match one to Jonathan’s. There was no sign of Jonathan.

Marie sat on the opposite end of Jonathan, but Abe wished she was closer to him. He had always had a crush on her, but didn’t want to mix business with pleasure. She was also a feisty firecracker who despised having to sit next to a womanizer such as Jonathan.

“Hey Marie. Have you seen Jonathan?”

Her silky brunette hair swayed in the air as her black framed glasses turned to meet his eyes.

“I haven’t seen that pig all day.”

He chuckled, “How can you not have seen him when he sits right next to you?”

“My eyes get teary from the fumes in the pig’s sty.”

He shook his head, “Ok thanks Marie.”

Leaving Marie behind, he searched for the one person who would had to know where Jonathan was. She had just walked through the doors, but her expression only displayed rage. Before he could get a word out she was already raising her voice.

“Where is your friend Jonathan?”

Abe became just as confused as the look on Antoinette’s face.

“What do you mean? I thought..,” he felt a bit awkward finishing his sentence.

“Yeah he was supposed to meet me so what, but where the hell is the bastard?”

Abe scratched his head and spotted James.  He’s the man in the office known as CNN because of his uncanny ability to make everyone else’s business his own.

“Antoinette give me one second, maybe James can help us out.”

She proceeded to her desk while Abe went on to question James about Jonathan.

“James, would you know where Jonathan is?”

“Why? What do I look like CNN?”

Abe held his laughter back because his friend’s safety was more important.

“No James, you just carry a lot of information.”

James paused for a second while he gathered a conclusion.

“Did you see if he was sent out on a field call?”

“No he can’t be all of this stuff is still here.”

“Hmmmm…” James pondered some more and then a light bulb went off.

“Ah there is a meeting today with a select few about a new office in downtown San Francisco. And we all know how much Jonny boy wanted to move there, so maybe he’s in the meeting.”

Abe started to ponder the idea a bit more and it made a good amount of sense.

“Thanks James.”

Relief fell over Abe as he made his way back to his desk. At least his friend was going to move up in the world. Downtown San Francisco is the place to be for small town boys like Jonathan and himself. His headset went off disturbing him from his daydream, duty calls.

 

Today Abe was experiencing a heavy workload as multiple callers required assistance. It was all because of the defects on the new LCD TV his company manufactured. Call after call came in about the same malfunction. It got to the point where Abe didn’t need the manual anymore; he could assist his clients from memory.

Time flew by and before he looked up everyone was on their way home. The sun was almost set outside as his watched flashed 6:30. He got up from his chair, extended his arms and stretched his muscles out.

As his gaze fell he saw Jonathan’s chair was empty but his belongings were intact. He also saw Marie closing up her station; he was more surprised to find Marie working at this hour.

“Marie, what are you doing here?”

She looked startled, “Abe??? What are you doing here?”

“Working late, those stupid defects on the TVs.”

“Yeah same problem.”

His attention drew back to the bodiless chair in Jonathan’s cubicle.

“Did Jon come back?”

“Like I said before I haven’t seen that scumbag.”

“Something’s wrong Marie, very wrong. Come with me. Hurry.”

They ran towards the executive offices in the back of the building. The only light came from the dimly lit emergency track lights. There were only vacant offices after vacant offices, until they finally found one with a light emitting from the crevices. Abe’s heart raced as he heard a loud clank coming from inside. He quickly braced himself and Marie against the wall. Suddenly the door creaked opened. Out came the dark outline of a man, causing the trio to shriek at the sudden sight of each other.

The man fell to the floor as his cart slammed into the opposing wall. Abe and Marie let out a sigh of relief to uncover that it was only the janitor. The janitor breathed heavily as he sat upright.

“You kids scared the shit outta me.”

“We’re sorry Carl. We were looking for my friend and then there was you making all that noise in there.”

“Well obviously. I have to clean up the place.”

Abe extended his hand and pulled the night janitor to his feet.

“You haven’t by chance seen my friend have you?”

“What’s he look like?”

“Taller than me, ruffled browned hair, dimple on his left cheek.”

The janitor scratched his head for a bit as he searched his memories for any encounters with such a character.

“Oh yeah earlier this afternoon. I saw him heading towards the old offices. I guess he went to meet that blonde bombshell because I saw her heading that direction a few minutes earlier.”

Abe looked at Marie. “Antoinette!”

“Thanks, can I borrow your flashlight Carl.”

Abe took the flashlight from Carl and headed off to the other side with Marie in hand. They ran down the dimly lit hallways until the abandoned office spaces came to view. They slowed down their pace in order to catch their breath and to investigate which room Jonathan could be in. To the left of Abe were long forgotten cubicles and along the walls surrounding the cubicles were the older executive offices.

He looked over to Marie, still out of breath.

“He has to be in one of these rooms.”

Together they opened door after door to locate Jonathan, until they opened the wrong door. Marie gasped as she saw what lay ahead of them, while Abe’s forehead furrowed with mystery.  They both wanted to know what was going on.

Ahead of them, a desk was replaced with two odd shaped objects. It appeared as if something or someone was cocooned. Abe moved closer and saw the coating on the outside was waxy, yet sticky, like a heavily woven spider web. What the hell was going on he thought to himself. Suddenly the door behind him slammed shut. He turned around to find Marie at the entrance.

Her expression had changed; she wasn’t afraid anymore, but eerily placid. A smile stretched across her face. Underneath her bangs he could see her devilish gaze fixated upon him.

“Marie?”

“Sorry Abe.”

Abe’s mind was fumbling over what could possibly be occurring.

“What’s going on here Marie?”

“I really like you Abe, but it seems you’re concern for your friend has led you to find out my secret.”

 “What secret?”

Her mouth widened and the pincers gradually exited. He could see a slime covering the grotesque growth emitting from her mouth. His gut wrenched and his brain malfunctioned. What on God’s earth was this monstrosity?

Marie dived across the room to grapple Abe’s body. Fortunately for Abe, as he stepped backward he tripped over the cocoons.  Still on the floor he heard something slither out of his pocket. As he sat upright he could see a metallic blue plastic case shimmering. How grateful he was for being a smoker. He wasn’t sure if bugs were afraid of fire but he knew one thing, they sure as hell burned easily. He turned to the left and saw Marie stalking him as she clung to the wall on all fours. He needed something that would burn fast and a way to keep Marie distracted.

“So you put Jonathan in one of these cocoons hunh?”

Marie decided to amuse her prey with her achievement.

“Yes your buddy was actually an easy catch.”

From the corner of his eye he saw a sheet used to cover a tall bookcase. Perfect he thought. He rose to his feet, but concealed the lighter in his palm. He adjusted his body closer to the sheet so that he was in range to spark a fire.

“But Jonathan never did anything to you. Why would you do this to him?”

Her pincers crawled into their hole as her mouth became normal again.

“Guys like him make good meals. Strong, full of testosterone, and a lot of people wouldn’t mind if he went missing.”

Abe slightly hid his right arm behind him and began his task.

“But Carl said Antoinette was also heading this way, so it couldn’t have been you?”

A smirk appeared on her face.

“Among other things Abe darling I can shapeshift.”

The brunette clinging to the wall instantly became the blonde vixen all of the men in the office craved.

Abe’s mouth dropped as became shell-shocked.

“So it was you!! But….but….whose in the other cocoon?”

“The dumb blonde herself. I couldn’t leave any loose ends hanging around, so Jonathan had to make another appearance. He lured her here himself.”

Abe was dumbfounded at the mere witchcraft happening before his eyes.  But he was brought back to reality when he felt the intense heat forming behind him.

“Well sorry, but I’m not in the mood to be someone’s snack.”

He threw the sheet as it burst into flames onto Marie. She was too late to react as she became entangled by the flaming fabric. She fell to the floor, tumbling and struggling to escape her burning casket. Figuring this wasn’t enough he reached behind the tall book case and toppled it onto Marie’s position. There was a loud crash as it collided with the ghastly creature. Marie’s blood oozed from her body as Abe watched in relief.

He spliced open both cocoons to revive Antoinette and Jonathan. How relieved they were to see a familiar face.

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