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The Will

by Len Jeffrey about a year ago in comedy
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The Will
Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi on Unsplash


Jack sat back on his easy chair looking up at the ceiling. A refreshing late August breeze flowed in from the two large windows in his front room. His wife was at her sister's house for their weekly get-together. Jack turned on the CD player and the first track of relaxing music started to play.

He thought about the decades that had passed and the literally thousands of people he had met over his lifetime.

“I can't believe how fast the years have gone by,” he whispered aloud.

“It seems like only yesterday I was stumbling along, starting up the business.”

He sipped his iced tea and paused to think.

“It was really my friends, not just me alone, who built the business up. And later, if it weren't for my employees, this company wouldn't be where it is today.”

Jack turned to look out the window as the blue curtains danced back and forth in the breeze.

“I know that I have some of the most loyal employees that anyone could hope for. How fortunate I have been!”

His thoughts were interrupted by the multiple 'gong' sounds of the grandfather clock in the front entrance-way.

“I just realized that it's ticking away just like the remaining days of my life.”

Then it happened. A thought flashed into his head. It took a few moments to process completely.

“How do I leave a fitting legacy about my accomplishments and at the same time repay the thousands of people employed by me? How do I show all of my employees that I am truly grateful for their loyalty and hard work? I cannot kid myself. They are the ones who actually helped me get this company to where it is today. Why, they are the ones who are keeping this company running today.

They are the ones responsible for the millions of dollars continuously flowing into my bank account. I know that when I am gone my family and descendants will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.

There is more than enough money to go around, that's for sure. I know that this might be crazy, but what if I were to give each of my employees a large sum of money? Not right now when I am still alive, but after I'm gone. I know that it will probably make a huge financial difference in their lives. The money won’t mean anything to me where I’ll be going. And when the news gets out after I’m gone that I did this, it’ll be all over the news and that can’t hurt the business at all. I think that this is exactly what I am going to do!”

The next morning Jack awoke and phoned his lawyer to make an appointment.

“Bill, I want to make a small change to my will. I would like to add something,” he said to his lawyer.

“OK Jack. I’ll have the paperwork ready for you to sign,” the lawyer replied. “Now tell me what it is you would like to add to your will, Jack.”

While Jack was explaining his idea over the phone to his lawyer he was unaware that his wife had picked up the extension phone and was listening in on the line.

“And I want to give each of my employees a one-time amount of ten thousand dollars,” Jack said.

His lawyer asked him if he could make it in the next day at eleven o'clock.

“Certainly, Bill. I’ll be there.” Jack replied.

“Over my dead body you’ll be there!” a woman shrieked on the extension.

At that Jack added, “Bill, I’ll be a few minutes late!”



About the author

Len Jeffrey

I am 74 years old and got the bug to write late in life. It has been about two years since I last wrote a short fictional story and now because of Vocal I got the 'urge' back again. To tell the truth, I like it!

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