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(Noun)- An expert at failing to read the fine print or consistently not thinking before acting. In both cases they wish to reel back the wheels of time for a chance to right the wrongs.

By Lamar WigginsPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

Life is full of moments we wish we had back. No one is perfect, everyone knows that. Yet, the term perfectionist exists. This stems from a deep-seeded belief that everything can be thoroughly planned out and executed.

Our process of decision making furnishes the opportunity to weigh the pros and cons before proceeding. Some of us bypass this opportunity, for example, lets tune into the life of Martin Beetle. His self-proclaimed brilliance has never been confirmed.


"Martin! I thought you were driving the foster kids to the Friendship Camp!" his boss lividly confronts him.

"I was going to but found an affordable transit service that only charges a hundred bucks. It's within our budget and I can continue working on securing accounts."

"Unbelievable! I'm guessing you didn't read the fine print! Anything over twenty miles and we get charged ten dollars a mile! Plus, add in the three hours of pay the driver receives for waiting to bring them back. Combine those and what do you get? A bill for 600.00 dollars!"

"That's impossible!" Martin says as he scurries to find the contract. "The camp is only nine miles from here."

"Yes, but the directions you gave him were to the Cider Mill, which is next week's assignment and is thirty miles away. Dammit! Do the math! This isn't the first time you've cost me money!"

"I guess this means I'm fired?"

"THAT, assessment, my friend is pure genius. You can leave your keys on the desk."

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About the Creator

Lamar Wiggins

Creative writer in the Northeast US who loves the paranormal, fiction, mystery, articles and the occasional poem. Take a chance, you'll be thoroughly entertained.

"Life is Love Experienced" -LW


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  • JBaz15 days ago

    I am laughing yet I am kind of sad for the poor guy. Not enough mulligans in the world to cover that blunder ( apparently not the first)

  • E.K. Daniels25 days ago

    Love the golf reference. A “handicap” I think many have…

  • Even in golf under the most generous of terms, there are limits to the number of mulligans you can take. (If nothing else, it will eventually get too dark to see.)

  • Lisa santosabout a month ago

    Perfect !!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    Oh boy!!! What a blunder!! Great word and story to go with it, very clever!!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    That's a major oops alright considering it cost him his job. Poor Martin. Lol. Loved your story!

  • Zara Blumeabout a month ago

    That word is quite the mouthful, but I loved your story! Thank goodness we’re all readers here.

  • Mark Gagnonabout a month ago

    That small print will get you every time! Good word!

  • Jay Kantorabout a month ago

    'Sup L-bro - Say that (3) times really fast, I dare you! Can't keep up with the new 'Conjunction Craze' but I'm really a 'Schtickler' when it comes to reading legalese contracts.  - Always my Pleasure - j-bro

  • Andrei Z.about a month ago

    Nobody likes reading contracts, right?

  • J. S. Wadeabout a month ago

    Oops 😅. We have all applied this word sometime in our lives but just didn’t know what it was. You have filled a blank. Thank you. Great story. Lamar. 😎

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    I like how much world you made here so quickly!

  • Naveedabout a month ago

    This well-written short story

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Oooh, Martin flubbed that one. Great word, and story.

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Why are you picking on me. I have mulligan......ism for sure. I never read the fine print..I just skim. I better start reading them. So true,

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    Awesome story and I love how you built it up. Poor Martin losing his job is really sad. He was just trying to help. Those fine prints really suck sometimes.

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