The Red Orchid Blooms
by Alexander S. Bauer
Copyright 2013 Alexander S. Bauer
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“She,” the assistant started, hesitating on his opening word. As if ‘she’ was a real person. “She's waiting for you in the cleansing room Mr. Black." Brian S. Black straightened his gold-rimmed nameplate, looking out the window on the far side of his office. He could see into Princeton’s Holder Hall in the distance, wishing, not for the first time, that it was the University Chapel instead where students really furthered their education.
“Thank you Mr. Ellison,” Black replied. “I’ll be down shortly.” He glanced into the small mirror that laid flat on his desk, checking his complexion. It wouldn’t do to appear unseemly when he approached her. Shortly satisfied he stood, bumping his desk back a few millimeters as he did so, unaware of the irony of his rapidly expanding circumference.