The Parting Gift

August 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm 24 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 August 2016

Janet Webb
Photo Credit: Janet Webb

“I’m sorry, I have to let you go,” the manager told Kevin.

“It’s not personal,” he added. “It’s strictly business.”

“Yeah, right,” Kevin muttered to himself.

It didn’t come as a surprise once the company was sold to a group of investors. If anything, it gave him time to prepare for the eventuality.

As Kevin was escorted out, he took one last look at the place they called the beehive. It was home away from home no more.

Unbeknownst to everyone, Kevin planted a virus in the company’s network system as a parting gift. It woke up after he left.

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. iainthekid  |  August 18, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Great twist at the end, and good use of the prompt. Nice one.

    • 2. plaridel  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 3. rochellewisoff  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Now that was cagey of Kevin. Well structured story. I could feel the backstory.



    • 4. plaridel  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm


      he’d probably go to jail with a smirk. 🙂

  • 5. Sandra  |  August 18, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Revenge is sweet, I guess.

    • 6. plaridel  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm


      it could be when you felt aggrieved. it provided him temporary satisfaction.

  • 7. draliman  |  August 18, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Ooh, what a nasty chap. I hope it didn’t do too much damage!

    • 8. plaridel  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm


      it should make the network guys sweat for a bit. 🙂

  • 9. jellico84  |  August 18, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Ooooo, now, that’s cruel. Been a few jobs that I would have liked to have done that for.

    • 10. plaridel  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm


      it’s a fantasy that we entertain once in a while. 🙂

  • 11. gahlearner  |  August 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    There I was sorry for Kevin in the beginning, but not anymore. If you can’t have it, ruin it for everyone else, what an attitude. Great story, Plaridel.

    • 12. plaridel  |  August 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm


      his mind was blinded by revenge. he wasn’t thinking right when he did it.

  • 13. Zee  |  August 19, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Perfect story !!

    • 14. plaridel  |  August 20, 2016 at 9:18 am


      glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 15. rgayer55  |  August 19, 2016 at 3:07 am

    We had 3 infected computers at work this week–and I haven’t seen Kevin in a while. Hmmm, things are starting to add up.

    • 16. plaridel  |  August 20, 2016 at 9:17 am


      he’s keeping a very low profile. 🙂

  • 17. Ann GrubbsnCritters  |  August 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

    It would suck for the person who takes over the IT responsibility!

    • 18. plaridel  |  August 20, 2016 at 9:17 am


      you bet, most especially if there are no regular backups.

  • 19. Margaret  |  August 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Clever twist. I didn’t expect it – I had Kevin as the victim in the story, but I was wrong.

    • 20. plaridel  |  August 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm


      gotcha! 🙂

  • 21. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  August 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I think that’s a much smarter idea than to slash the tires of the managers car (something I know has happened) or come back with a gun…

    • 22. plaridel  |  August 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm


      i agree. it’s just sad that one’s career should end that way.

  • 23. Easter Ellen  |  February 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Love it.. revenge planted just in time.

    • 24. plaridel  |  February 19, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      easter ellen:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for reading.


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