TNP 08 "Misinformation"

TNP 08 "Misinformation"

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My time and life in working for the government during the Savings & Loan Crisis of 1990 with a beautiful woman who took care of absolutely everything for me in my employ. And I mean EVERYTHING.

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THE NANCY PRINCIPLE

My time in working for the government during the Savings & Loan Crisis of 1990 with a beautiful
woman who took care of absolutely everything for me in my employ. And I mean EVERYTHING.


© July 2013 Written by David Wicker
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CHAPTER 8 - MISINFORMATION
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This chapter is Rated: TEEN

The rest of the morning passed uneventfully. More papers arrived on my desk and I worked on them and dutifully turned them into Nancy. Trudy behind me told me I could go to lunch, so I left, and it was quiet and relaxing, with no further disturbance.

As I came back I saw Barbara hovering over my computer and she was going through the papers I was supposed to type up. She saw me and gave a slightly surprised look at seeing me. Was she going through my personal effects as well ?

I looked at her and the expression on my face clearly showed I was confused why she was here ?

Finally she said, "David, the remainder of these pages need to be sent to office D-18 and set them on the desk in there. That's on the 2nd floor. Don't turn them into Nancy. Understand ?"

"Not to Nancy ?" I asked a little puzzled.

Barbara repeated in an angry voice, apparently surprised I would question her, "Not to Nancy. Do you know where office D-18 is ?"

I shook my head. "No, but I'm sure I can find it." I said, remembering she said it was on the floor above this one.

"Good boy. Then do what you're told." she said and then left to return back to her own cubicle.

I shrugged. It was about 9 pages. I finished typing them and then thought about bringing them to Nancy to confirm that was where they would go. But if Barbara was certain they needed to be put there, wouldn't I be wasting Nancy's time asking ?

I quickly asked Trudy behind me if I went to the 2nd floor could I get back to the 3rd without a key ? She assured me, yes, I could do that, but if I went to the 1st floor I would need a key to get back to either the 2nd or 3rd floor.

So be careful if I don't have a key or I'd have to speak with the receptionist and have someone escort me back down.

I sighed and hoped there wouldn't be any more circumvented orders and stacked them in a neat pile before placing them in a manila folder and left my cubicle to take the elevator to the next floor above. After only a moment's searching, I found it.

There was room D-18 before me, just a few rooms past the elevator. I knocked on the door and it was silent.

I tried the door handle and it opened and the room was empty and the lights were out and it smelled a little musty in here. I was eager to leave this spooky room so I quickly set the pile of papers right in the middle of the desk and left to return back to my own cubicle.

Barbara saw me coming from the elevator and gave me a thumbs up for a job well done. I smiled back at her.

I saw a few more pages were added to my INBOX from my trip to the elevator so I was going to work on these but still a bit concerned I would ask Nancy where these went so I would bring them to her rather than D-18.

I hadn't gotten very far, about 5-minutes into typing when I heard some whispering excitedly. Then it took on an angry tone. Somebody was in trouble for something ! That much I knew !

I smiled, slightly curious myself. I heard Trudy's phone ring softly and she answered and spoke into it. I was deep in thought until Trudy from behind me said suddenly, "David ! You need to see Nancy, RIGHT NOW !"


She said it in such a severe tone that the angry whispering suddenly died out.

Oboy, I was in for it now ! I nodded meekly and got up to leave, my fingers froze in their joints from fear. Seeing I was apparently responsible for the problem, everyone glared at me as I got up to walk down the hallway to her office.

I didn't even bother to knock but opened the door. If it was rude to do that, Nancy didn't say anything but sharp-fingered me to sit in the seat and not say a word.

I felt tears collect in the back of my eyes, "I'm sorry." I said pitifully, but it wasn't enough.

Nancy spoke in a tight and quiet voice, "David, you were not given permission to speak. Now sit quietly until I find out what you did wrong."

I nodded silently and stared down at the hands in my lap. Helpless to even apologize for what I did which I didn't know what I did yet.

There was a soft knocking at the door and Nancy called out, "Come." It was clear she was still angry by the tone of her voice.

It was 5 other women, including Trudy and they all piled into her office and Nancy motioned them closer. They talked quietly to each other a moment. So quietly I couldn't make it out, but occasionally one or two of them pointed to me with an accusational finger, all except for Nancy or Trudy I noticed.

After a minute I suddenly smelled all the perfumes mingled in one room and fairly choked on it despite my feelings of guilt right now, and I pretended not to notice and twiddled my fingers uncomfortably.

"David." Nancy called to me. At first I didn't answer.

"David !" she said louder. One of the women giggled seeing I was dazing off. I jerked upright in my chair and looked at her and the expression in her face had changed. She was not so mad now but looked concerned.

"David, when you got back from your lunch, where did you put those new forms after you typed them up ?"

I breathed a sigh of relief. I could answer this.

"Barbara told me to bring them to D-18, on the 2nd floor, so I set them on the desk in there, ma'am." I said truthfully.

Nancy's face changed from curiosity to rage, "Why the hell would she ... !?"

Nancy then reached across her phone with her right hand and picked up the receiver and tapped 3 buttons with the same hand on her fingers before speaking into the receiver, "Barbara, I need to see you - right now, please." She then set down the receiver to regard me.

There was a busy whispering going on from the girls now and I was obviously getting a little frightened at the frenzy, Trudy stepped over to stand beside me, protectively to my right. For a moment I held out my hand, hoping she might grasp it to comfort me, but she ignored it.

I quickly set it back down again in my lap and wondered if I was going to get fired for this.


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Barbara then entered the room and I felt it important to stand up right then for some reason, so I did. Just then Trudy suddenly squeezed behind me and sat down where I was earlier so she was sitting inches behind my back.

Barbara came in and had such a guilty smile on her face, it was terrible. I scowled a bit myself but Nancy shot me a serious look for me to behave as she asked her some questions.


I couldn't sit down either because Trudy was already in my seat right behind me and there was just one in Nancy's office at the moment. The other girls hovered near the desk and looked on to see if she could solve this problem.

Barbara walked right up to Nancy and Nancy asked her if she told me to put my finished work in room B-18.

It was so curious. She could've lied to her, denied the whole thing, her word against mine, and then I really would've caught it, but she didn't.

Barbara said matter-of-factly, "I understand David is one of our new employees here, a good worker to be sure, but I ALSO understand that he doesn't always follow his orders."

She sniffed disdainfully, "So I merely gave him a test, as anyone would, to see if he could get distracted from his original instructions. And he was." Her voice took on a hard edge, "Therefore I think HE is the one responsible for this mess since he can't seem to follow the simple instructions that are given to him. Nor can he recognize the chain of command !"

Clearly that wasn't her real intent as she was trying to get me in trouble and possibly fired for no good reason. I think everyone in the room saw that, so it was a weak ploy of hers that backfired as she got found out about it.

But it apparently satisfied Nancy for her to confess and this and then Trudy who was still sitting directly behind me suddenly and surprisingly grabbed my legs in a kind of hug and pushed the side of her head up against my butt like it was a pillow and said, "See ! David doesn't lie ! He does what he is told !"

She squeezed herself closer for a tighter hug and for a moment and I felt a curious weakness in my chest and knees as my stomach flip-flopped in her unusual embrace.

"Thank you, Trudy." Nancy said in a tired voice, unaware of my discomfort, and touched her temple with two fingers before adding, "David. You can go now."

Trudy let go of me at once and continued to sit in her seat watching my back. But then I was confused and said, "Go where ?"

"God ! Go on break, David !" Nancy said, her voice getting cross again.

I paused. I think I was going to get her upset again because I really did not know was not know where I needed to go.

"But I just got back from lunch, ma'am." I really was confused and I think she saw this perplexed look in my face. Yes, I am this dense sometimes.

Apparently that was the last straw for her, especially with this situation.

"David," she said in a quiet voice that dripped severity now, "You need to go right now and SIT on your BOTTOM in the little boy's room and THINK about what we just talked about. And you will sit in that seat mister until we leave for today, understand ?"

There was some mean giggling and hushed whispering when she said that. Even Barbara smiled a bit out of the corner of her mouth for this terrible punishment Nancy was issuing me with.

"No ma'am !" I said really frightened now. It didn't make any sense ! I mean - I thought I - understood what she said, but then she was saying I didn't so - so I was so confused right now ! And she wanted me to sit in the bathroom till the end of the day ? Why !?

I quite honestly started to cry.

Nancy didn't let up one iota and leaned over her desk as if it would make her meaning more plain to me.


"Now you listen to me David ! If you are still confused as to what I just told you, you are to take one of those special index cards I gave you and write up your question on it with that special pen I gave you, then you are to place it in your suggestion box, at the WOMEN'S RESTROOM. And THEN go sit on the toilet until I call for you."

"Do you remember where you put your index cards ?" she asked in a nicer tone but it was still laced with obvious menace.

I nodded. I really didn't want to speak right now because I knew my voice would sound quite pathetic and miserable.

Angriness returned to her in my silence, "It is OUTSIDE the women's restroom. Not INSIDE ! Don't you go inside there ! If I find you inside the women's restroom you'll REALLY be in trouble ! Understand !?"

I nodded but it was crazy ! There was no way I'd be stupid enough to enter a women's restroom. The soft giggling got louder as they all apparently assumed I didn't know enough not to enter there, especially from her chastising tone.

Nancy then stood from her seat to point to the door. "Then go and find that seat that has been saved just for you and sit on it - right now ! Scoot !"

I felt so dejected and helpless right now. Even Trudy was silent and I missed the comfortable hug she gave me earlier despite how odd it made me feel inside.

I turned around to face the door. Barbara quipped to me on the way out, "Yeah, go and soak your butt in it !" and then laughed cruelly. One of the girls standing next to her gasped in surprise at what she said.

Nancy spoke in a quiet reply, this time her anger was directed to her, "That's enough, Barbara. I think David knows where he needs to be right now." and then glared at me to make sure I was leaving the room.

I started to look back at Barbara angrily but I knew she would say something even nastier then so I didn't. I just nodded my head like a whipped pup and left the room. The heavy door quietly closed behind me on a spring at the top.

It was so unfair ! I wasn't the one responsible for the trouble here. Barbara was ! With the door now closed, then it was a flurry of everyone talking at once, but I ignored it.

I scuffed my foot angrily, hoping my shoe would unravel in my rage, and of course, it didn't. I felt so miserable right then, and that pinprick of suicide chirped in. I knew I was on meds for clinical depression so it didn't get very far in my head. I just felt - tired.


That's what anti-psychotics do to you when you feel suicidal. Your heart gets to racing too fast and they just knock you out. Real medical technology, right ?


I looked ahead and saw there was a row of 4 seats out in the hallway.

I thought about sitting on the one closest to Nancy's office so I could try to eavesdrop what was going on, but decided on the next seat down, maybe slightly frightened.

Maybe Barbara will get paddled for messing up the company this way ? I could only hope ! I know they did that back in school and the way authority seemed to run here, apparently everyone was being treated as children, it couldn't just be me.


Then I heard Barbara's voice. I couldn't make out what she said, but she definitely had the center floor at the time. And of all things she sounded confident and in charge ! What the hell ?

After a moment all the girls broke into loud laughter with what she said, all except Nancy. Then I heard Nancy's voice speak, trying to regain composure, and a bunch of serious, 'yes ma'am's from everyone else. And then suddenly they all piled out of her room !

I would be caught ! I tried to shrink up in my chair but it would do no good. Nancy, the first one out of her office saw me and said, "Mm hmm !" in a very tight and angry and crisp voice and bee-lined and clicked her high heels noisily echoing in the empty hall to where I was sitting.

The other girls sidled past giving me goofy smiles, almost dancing and cavorting their way around me and talking under their breath that I was REALLY gonna catch it now and laughed about it and I felt the tears start up again.

Then I saw Barbara. I did my absolute BEST not to look at her as she walked slower than then rest, determined to catch my eye, but I wouldn't give it to her. Not after the mean thing she said to me.

Nancy sat down right next to me in an adjacent chair and waited for the other teasing women to leave. Then it was silent in the hallway. I felt her eyes bore right through my skull. I don't know how anyone as pretty as her could look so mad as she did right now.

Finally I jerked in feeling her finger touch my knee, to see if I was awake. I thought she was going to give me a comfortable pat there to show me everything was okay but when she knew I was aware of her, she suddenly slapped it hard with the flat of her two fingers on the nail - sharply causing it to sting for a moment.

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I reached up to rub my sore knee for a moment and looked up at her.

Then she spoke in a quiet and tight voice, "David, where do you need to be right now ?"

"Sitting." I said. At least I was right about this part.

"WHAT do you need to be sitting in right now ?" she said in an angrier voice.

I couldn't reply to this and I knew all too well where I was supposed to be. The seat reserved just for me she called it. God ! It was bad enough she was punishing me like that, but did she have to say it in front of all the other workers there ?? I could die of humiliation !

Nancy persisted, "I told you to sit in the little boys room on your SEAT until we're done for the day. You DO know where your seat is in there, don't you David ?"

I was silent.

"You DO know what seat I'm talking about, don't you !?" she added, a bit louder not at all happy I wasn't saying anything.

I nodded and felt new tears well up in my eyes.

If she saw them, she ignored them. I saw her bite her lip as if deciding something. She got up for a moment to return to her office. She returned and had a lady's magazine, Vogue or something.

She tucked it under her arm and returning back to me said, "Come on then." in that child-like tone of condescending I was so familiar with her by now and started pulling on my arm.

For a moment I had a horrible sight of her dragging me by my hand to where I was supposed to be, kicking open the bathroom door and sitting me down hard on the toilet seat in there to stay until the workday was done, while assigning someone outside the door to make sure I stayed put. I didn't want that to happen !

She pulled harder and I cried louder and she let go suddenly. She looked around for a moment, I think afraid that I was so upset, and I knew I had to look completely pathetic right now.

Then I felt it, a comforting hand on my shoulder. I looked up at her again and stopped crying. Feeling some of my sorrow drain away with this act of kindness on her part.

Suddenly she let go of my shoulder to stoop down and slap my knee again, harder than before. It stung, but I was more concerned with another pain, disappointing Nancy right now.

She stood back up to face me and threatened, "If this ever happens again I will take away ALL your bathroom privileges, and then you'll have to hold your personal business till AFTER work each day, would you like that to happen !?"

I didn't say anything except sniffle on my tears and shake my head.

She pointed a finger at me and spoke succinctly, "Don't - let - me - catch you again - in my office - for breaking - company policy - EVER AGAIN. Understand ?"

I nodded. That wasn't enough. She spoke angrier, "I can't hear you mister !"

"Yes ma'am !" I said loudly and realized my voice sounded just as bad as I thought it would, all choked up with tears and in a horrible squeak.

Nancy relented a little of her anger but became moody and stepped up to walk away for a moment in deep thought speaking to the wall and taking the magazine from under her arm she rolled it in a cylinder in apparent frustration, "David, you were doing so well. And then you broke company policy. What AM I going to DO with you ?"

I shrugged. Honestly I had no idea and I felt a new wave of sorrow enter my frame. I really did want us to get along. Nancy seemed to understand my feelings so well, and then at times, like now, I - I just wasn't certain.

I had a weird sight in my head of both me and her enjoying some ice cream in a parlor - I just - wanted this day to be over with already. I know my mind would wander when I was in a bad situation. I could almost taste the ice-cream I wanted to be away from here so bad right then.

She turned to face me and bargained facing the magazine cylinder at me, "I'm disappointed in you, but I'm willing to overlook it, this time, but NEVER disobey me again ! Clear !?"

"Yes ma'am." I said, knowing she wanted a verbal response from now on.

Her face softened and she walked up to me smiling softly, "David, just what were you hoping to learn sitting outside my office anyways ?"

I was silent and wiggled my church shoes uncomfortably on the floor where they squeaked.

"Go on." she said in a kind voice. I sat down in the chair with my hands in my lap and stared down at them. She sat down adjacent to me and reaching over, raised my chin with the tip of her finger so I would look in her face, "You can tell me, David."

I spoke and was surprised at how much better my voice sounded right now, but it was still pretty quiet and meek but I tried to put anger in my voice. A little of it came out, "I was hoping Barbara would get paddled for messing me up !"

Nancy turned her pretty eyes to look into mine, "Is that what you really wanted to see ?"

I shrugged and nodded slightly. Well, yeah, really, I did.

Nancy then got tight-voiced again and lowered her tone angrily, "Maybe I should call Barbara back to my office and let her watch YOU get paddled ! Would you like that instead !?"

I immediately reached my hands out and sat on them and shook my head hard left and right to show I really didn't want that, and tried to protect my bottom from her hand as I knew she could smack pretty hard considering how my knee felt right now.

Nancy laughed politely which I wasn't expecting, "No worries there, David. I think that covers everything. You just mind what I say and we won't have problems like this again. Now go back to your desk and finish your papers. We'll talk about this later, okay hun ?"

"Yes ma'am." I said with a bit more spirit in my voice and she reached out a hand to raise me from my seat as she pushed me around her. I paused, standing, and touched my face which was still pretty wet with tears, looking at my fingers, fascinated at their wetness for a moment.

"Well go on then. Scoot !" she said a little impatiently and perhaps a little angry since I was trying to spy on Barbara and then smacked my bottom with the magazine roll as she was standing directly behind me now.

"Okaaay." I said, whining a little, and half-ran half-walked to get away from her, covering the back of my pants with one hand to protect me, but mostly I hurt deep inside because I felt so ashamed at the moment for disappointing Nancy rather than the pain of what she just did.




END OF CHAPTER 8



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Another riveting chapter, David.

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dw817

7 Years Ago

Hmm ... You've got a few chapters to go. Glad you like it. :) I'll post a new one a little later tod.. read more
I really enjoyed this chapter it had a very interesting and it kept me interested!

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dw817

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Thanks ! Things start to wind down here pretty soon and I wind up in the mental ward for my rectitud.. read more
ThoughtsofShyann

7 Years Ago

:) cool and your welcome
Can I say that I'm really p***d right now? Well I am.
I had to stop reading this several times because I can't get angry..
Hope you're working in another place now..

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Riding the Rainbow

7 Years Ago

OMG! I'm so sorry!!! I wish I could hug you now. What happened to them? Hope the guilt is eating the.. read more
dw817

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Actually by that - what I mean to say is. I agree with you. It was very stressful.
dw817

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What happened later is I am fired (released ?). I'm not really sure how it was supposed to work out... read more
This was an emotional chapter, I think. The treachery, the fear, the hurt. It was a splendid mix. I felt like smacking Barbara. Manipulative b*****d. there were a few grammatical errors, though nothing major...

Great writing, as always. :)
Sylvia.

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dw817

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Barbara - is worse later. I actually work here into the fictional part which comes after I believe t.. read more

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