Employee Review
Story by Shane
Andrea Neal photographed by Lorelei

 

Andrea wondered if bringing up the account books with her boss was such a good idea. The moment she mentioned them to him in his office that morning, he tensed. She wasn't sure why, but instead of dropping the subject, she kept talking.

"The guys reviewing the accounts said there's a discrepancy," she told him. For once, she noticed as she spoke, he wasn't staring at her legs. "They asked me about it. I figured I'd bring it up with you."

"I don't know anything about it. I'm sure the money will turn up." Andrea wasn't surprised by his answer. She knew that something was wrong. Things concerning her boss had gone wrong before and he managed to weasel his way out of them somehow. She was sure he'd pull it off again.

Still, as the day wore on, she began to get nervous. She kept thinking about the way he stared at her when she first mentioned the accounts: very intense. The way he looked at her made her wish that he had stared at her legs instead.

At lunch she wasn't hungry so she went to pick up her dry cleaning. After climbing back in the car, Andrea saw she'd taken less time than she expected and decided to drop the clothes off at her apartment and check the mail before heading back to work.

As she walked up to the second floor of her apartment complex, she heard or saw nothing, not even the loud echo of her heels on the stairwell's tile floor. All she could think about was the way that her boss had stared at her.

She was so absorbed that she didn't notice the sounds behind her when she hung up the clothes in her closet.

"Don't move," the voice behind her said after the man grabbed her shoulder and pushed her up against the wall next to her closet. Because of her heels, Andrea swayed unsteadily on her feet and took a few small, dainty steps to regain her balance. She nodded to show she would comply. Quickly the man behind her tied her wrists together behind her back.

 

Turn page